VA Removes Former D.C. Medical Center Director

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has fired former Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center Director Brian Hawkins for his failure to provide effective leadership to the D.C. Medical Center. The department undertook this action using authorities provided by the VA Accountability Act, which the president signed into law in June. […]

New DoD videos feature veterans sharing their experiences of TBI recovery and hope

After paddle boarding helped retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Josh Collinsrecover from multiple traumatic brain injuries (TBI), he embarked on a record-breaking 3,500-mile paddle boarding journey to raise awareness of TBI. Former Navy Lt. Amanda Burrill and former Army Sgt. 1st Class Elana Duffy are friends who both sustained TBIs, sought help and got better through a healthy lifestyle. All […]

VA reaches out to Veterans in Tampa after Hurricane Irma

Dr. Miguel LaPuz, VA’s acting principal deputy undersecretary for health, joined James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital director Joe Battle in visiting a special needs shelter at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The leaders met with Veterans who had evacuated their homes at the approach of Hurricane […]

Tampa VA ensures safe return of patients to Bay Pines after Hurricane Irma

In advance of Hurricane Irma, VA’s hospital in Bay Pines, Florida, transferred approximately 100 patients to VA facilities in Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville. Once the storm had cleared and patients were able to return, the facilities got them back to Bay Pines. In Tampa, after caring for Veterans for several days, the VA team ensured […]

VA Releases Veteran Suicide Statistics by State

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The release is part of VA’s comprehensive examination of more than 55 million records, from 1979 to 2014, which will be used to develop and evaluate suicide prevention programs across every […]

Veterans with Disabilities Gear Up for Adventure at San Diego Summer Sports Clinic

Veterans from across the country are set to participate in the 10th National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic from Sept. 17-22 in San Diego, California. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — in collaboration with founding event sponsor the Veterans Canteen Service and host level sponsors Fisher House Foundation, Cisco and Wyndham by the Bay Hotel — […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 September 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD == Fleet Expansion [01] —- (Will Unmanned Vessels Count?) == Navy RAO Program [01] —- (Overseas Volunteers Needed ) == POW/MIA [76] —- (ID Rate and Numbers Accounted for Increases) == Nuclear Waste [01] —- (Only Repository Running Out of Space) == BRAC [59] —- (Pentagon Supports McCain/Reed […]

VA to make beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma

Today, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin announced that VA is making beds available where possible to non-Veteran nursing home residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Secretary Shulkin has been working with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson and their staffs on this issue beginning yesterday evening. “We thank Governor Scott […]

VA NCA Veterans Legacy Program Field Trip

The National Cemetery Administration hosted a day of learning at Florida National Cemetery. Florida middle school students met with University of Central Florida students to learn about the impact Veterans made in national, state, and local history. Through the Veterans Legacy Program, college students presented their research to the next generation. “Today we honor our […]