A launches National Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the National Artificial Intelligence Institute (NAII) for advancing the health and well-being of Veterans, as part of the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month in November. The new NAII is incorporating input from Veterans and its partners across federal agencies, industry, nonprofits and academia, to prioritize and […]

VA inspires communities to support hospitalized Veterans throughout the holidays

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging community members, individuals, businesses and organizations to help support hospitalized Veterans nationwide by turning good intentions into action on this International Volunteer Day Dec. 5. Each year, thousands of Veterans spend the holidays at VA inpatient facilities away from family and friends. “The holidays can be an especially […]

VA launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are contacted during initial transition

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, Dec. 2, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military. The program will engage contact with approximately 200,000 Veterans each year and is […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 December 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == PTSD Punitive Discharges Lawsuit [07] —- (Could Codify New Standards into the UCMJ) 07 == Military Academies [02] —- (Academy Athletes Can Now Delay Service, Go Pro) 08 == DoD Audits [04] —- (Pentagon, As Expected, Fails FY19 Audit) 09 == Afghan Casualties —– (CWO 2 […]

VA gives thanks for Whole Health peer facilitators

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has designated Nov. 25, as National Whole Health Peer Facilitator Recognition Day as part of Veterans Month. Whole Health is a patient centered approach that considers the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental factors that can influence a Veteran’s health. “Peer facilitators are an essential […]

VA reports significant increase in Veteran use of telehealth services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) found more than 900,000 Veterans used VA telehealth services in fiscal year 2019 (FY) as revealed in a mid-October report. The 17% increase over the prior fiscal year contributed to VA’s delivery of more than 2.6 million episodes of telehealth care in FY 2019. “VA is committed to offering […]

Wilkie Praises HVAC Leaders’ End-of-Year Suicide Prevention Goal

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie praised members of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today for setting the goal of getting important Veterans suicide prevention legislation passed before the end of the year. Wilkie appeared before HVAC today to testify in support of H.R. 3495, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act. The bipartisan bill, which currently has […]

VA uses innovative means to help reduce diabetic limb loss

November is National Diabetes Month and as part of broader efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to confront diabetes, Dec. 1, VA will begin regional implementation of the Podimetrics Mat, a new medical device that has the potential to prevent limb loss in Veterans with diabetes. he technology, now in use at 15 […]