RAO Bulletin Update 15 October 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD == NDAA 2020 [23] —- (Basic Needs Allotment Proposed) == TRICARE Chiropractic Care [01] —- (New Proposed Policy Could Include Family) == DoD Suicide Policy [13] —- (Reserve Component Reaches 30.6 deaths per 100,000) == USERRA [22] —- (Key for Guard, Reserve Personnel) == Commissary News [13] —- […]

How to Help Homeless Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its partners are diligently working to ensure that homelessness among Veterans is rare, brief and non-recurring. You can help by following the recommendations in this video if you know or encounter a Veteran who is homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. For information about the work […]

New VA Clinic to be built in Worcester, MA

Ryan Lilly, Network Director of VA New England Healthcare System, announces VA will be breaking ground and building a new, state-of-the-art clinic on the campus of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. This accomplishment would not have been made possible without the work of Mr. John Collins, Director of VA Central Western Massachusetts, […]

Veterans can now enroll in VA’s Million Veteran Program online

Veterans can now join the Million Veteran Program online (MVP) as part of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) effort to improve the lives of Veterans through health care research and innovation. More than 775,000 Veteran partners have already joined MVP, a national, voluntary, research initiative that helps VA study how genes affect the health of […]

VA provides Veterans fleeing domestic violence with housing and supportive services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reminds Veterans nationwide that VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and Grant and Per Diem (GPD) provide housing and other services for Veterans experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Additionally, in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program will gather with internal and external national partners […]

VA to approve GI Bill benefits programs in California

Effective Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will serve as the State Approving Agency (SAA) for California in fiscal year 2020. The department will determine which programs of education are eligible for GI Bill benefits in California. “VA takes the roles and responsibilities of SAA very seriously,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We want […]

VA and health care leaders create a call to action through national suicide prevention task force

The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) task forcehosted a health care leadership meeting at the White House to bring together leaders across the health care industry to discuss their role in changing the culture around mental health, substance misuse and addiction. VA recognizes it must work with communities, faith-based and […]

VA improves information sharing with community care providers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will implement new procedures by January 2020, for sharing medical information for Veterans accessing health care in the community. The department is changing its procedures for electronic health information sharing in accordance with Section 132 of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act). […]