VA initiatives grab recognition for leadership, management and contribution to science

Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) initiatives were recently named finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for VA’s Connected Care program and 3D printing initiatives. Leadership and management of VA’s Connected Care’s efforts on telehealth, mobile apps and other digital health solutions has made headway in removing barriers to care for thousands of Veterans, while the department’s […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DOD Watch —- (Being Maintained Despite Pandemic) 05 == Coronavirus Disinformation —- (China’s Exploitation of the Pandemic) 06 == PCS Moves [10] —- (30,000 Military Families to Move during Stop-Movement Order) 06 == DOD Immigrant Soldier Citizenship —- (Lawsuit | Promise Broken by U.S). 07 == […]

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support

In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign. The focus is on getting Veterans the support they need from family and friends through professional mental health treatment. “As VA’s health care environment continues to evolve, the department is working […]

VA and Parkinson’s Foundation partner to help Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Parkinson’s Foundation announced today they are teaming up to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of Veterans living with Parkinson’s disease. “This collaboration ensures Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s have access to the information and resources they need to better manage their health,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. […]

Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Process for Charting the Course – Agency Plan on Returning to Pre-COVID-19 Operations

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a three-phase plan for resuming regular operations at its medical centers, benefit offices and national cemeteries in a post-COVID-19 setting. VA never closed its doors during the pandemic but did implement a wide range of actions to ensure the safety of its patients and employees. Under VA’s plan, conditions on […]

VA gets boost from CARES Act to provide emergency assistance to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it has expanded support services enabled by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to make available immediate relief for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Act allocates $17.2 billion for the Veterans Health Administration, […]

VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry reaches major milestone

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) today announced the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry now exceeds 200,000 registrants. The registry, which began in June 2014, allows Veterans and service members to self-report their exposures and health concerns in an online questionnaire that can be used to initiate discussions of health concerns with a provider. […]

VA enhances National COVID-19 Reporting Summary tool

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it enhanced its National COVID-19 Report Summary website that provides a real-time look at the status of COVID-19 patients who have been tested or treated at VA facilities. “The accelerating pace of VA’s response to the national emergency required VA to leverage the department’s unique national data […]

VA is protecting and serving all of America

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced it is helping 38 states and territories with their response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), providing care, services and supplies to hundreds of non-Veterans in this time of uncertainty. In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), VA has deployed doctors, nurses and nursing […]

VA expands access to virtual hearings

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) today announced it is expanding access to virtual hearings to all Veterans awaiting their Board hearing after successfully testing the capabilities during the last year. Virtual hearings are a secure, confidential and convenient option for Veterans and their representatives to have their Board hearing […]