VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Veterans and their families

Yesterday evening President Donald J. Trump declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and…celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and sacrifice make our military the finest in the world.” Beginning in 2017, President Trump proclaimed […]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie State of VA Community Town Hall

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie hosted his first State of VA Community Town Hall on September 27, 2018. The secretary and eight guest panelists highlighted the activity and direction of VA since his appointment to lead the department in July. “VA exists to make life easier for Veterans,” Wilkie recently told the crowd of […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 October 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Space Force [03] —- (Air Force Secretary Comments on Pentagon Blueprint) 05 == Army Recruiting [09] —- (Medical and Behavioral Issues | A Second Look) 06 == Defense Appropriations Bill 2019 [01] —- (Passed | Trump Signed 28 SEP) 07 == MCAS Futenma Okinawa [12] —- […]

VA researchers work to create 3D-printed artificial lung that may revolutionize treatment of Veterans with lung disease

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan recently announced that they are working to create a 3D-printed artificial lung that could potentially revolutionize treatment of Veterans affected by lung disease. Though still in its infancy, VA researchers hope to build what they call the first artificial lung that […]

VA national cemeteries welcome nonprofit volunteers providing tree-and landscape-care services

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its National Cemetery Administrationis partnering with more than 2,000 green-industry professionals across the country Sept. 19 to host “Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance,” an opportunity for tree-care professionals to help maintain and beautify VA cemeteries. “The work and volunteerism of Saluting Branches shows everyone has […]

VA achieves historic goal by delivering 81,000 appeals decisions to Veterans in fiscal 2018

On Sept. 14, two weeks ahead of schedule, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) exceeded its goal to deliver 81,000 appeals decisions of disability benefits and services to Veterans in fiscal year 2018 — 28,000 more decisions than the previous year. In doing so, VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals provided thousands of Veterans with critical, life-changing […]

VA SAIL report scorecard shows majority of VA medical centers have improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans

Using a web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities. Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the July 2018 release of VA’s Strategic Analytics […]

President signs bill into law requiring VA to hire 50 outreach specialists to support Veterans involved in justice system

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it is ready to hire an additional 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists following President Trump’s signing today of the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, a new law shoring up support services to Veterans impacted by the justice system. The law requires VA, within one […]