VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program. The MISSION Act will […]

VA nabs four Telly Awards for virtual-care educational videos

As a result of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) efforts to educate and help Veterans better understand health care services available to them, VA’s Office of Connected Care (OCC) recently won four Telly Awards for educational videos highlighting the department’s virtual care experience. The awards, which were presented May 21, honor excellence in video and […]

MESSAGE FROM VA Secretary Robert Wilkie – “Fact check” inaccuracies in a recent news article”

I want to call attention to several inaccuracies in a recent media “fact check” article that claimed the Trump administration is taking credit for progress made under the Obama administration. This unfortunate piece went out of its way to misinterpret President Trump and my own words. Worse, it gets basic facts wrong in a way that could […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 June 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Military Investigative Policy —- (Tracking Device Found in Navy Email to Navy Times) 05 == WikiLeaks Investigation —- (Chelsea Manning Ordered Back to Jail) 06 == U.S. Space Force [13] —- (HAC Will Not Support DoD’s Funding Request) 08 == SOCOM —- (Where Special Forces Fit […]

VA encourages Veterans to quit tobacco on World No Tobacco Day

In recognition of “World No Tobacco Day” on May 31, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  will reaffirm its “Better Starts Today” campaign, calling on Veterans who use tobacco to discover reasons to quit and take advantage of innovative VA resources to help them succeed. Led annually by the World Health Organization, VA’s observance of […]

VA now transplanting kidneys that are positive for hepatitis C

Underscoring its mission of improving the quality of life for Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began offering a new option to patients awaiting kidney transplants: organs that are positive for hepatitis (hep) C. In early March, a team from the Iowa City VA (ICVA) Health Care System (HCS) successfully transplanted hep C positive kidneys […]

Disabled Veterans eligible for free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful […]