VA Provides Reorganization Plan to Strengthen and Modernize Department

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced specific recommendations in the President’s “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” – Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.” The plan is the result of President Trump’s Executive Order 13781 – “Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch,” signed March 13, 2017. Specific mentions […]

VA Showcases New Medical Advancements in Veteran Care on Capitol Hill

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Research and Development hosted a Research Fair at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill to share new medical advancements in improving health care and quality of life for Veterans across the nation. “VA has a long and distinguished history of health-care research leading to new […]

VA Releases National Suicide Data Report

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings from its most recent analysis of Veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This report yields several important insights: Suicide rates increased for both Veterans and non-Veterans, underscoring the fact that suicide is a national public health concern that affects […]

VA Issues New Policy to Protect Veteran Homeowners from Predatory Lending

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a new policy implementing the May 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, to protect Veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when obtaining a VA-guaranteed refinance loan. The act helps protect Veterans and service members from the dangers associated with repeatedly refinancing their home loans, requiring, among […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 June 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Commissary/Exchange Future [01] —- (First Official Consolidation Step Taken) 05 == Commissary Reform [01] —- (Plans to Regain Lost customers) 07 == GTMO Prison [11] —- (Will Remain Open for the Long Term) 08 == AFRH [13] —- (Trust Fund Getting Back on Track) 08 == […]

VA and PsychArmor Institute Offer Online Suicide Prevention Training

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with PsychArmor Institute, a national nonprofit that provides online education and support to Americans who work with, live with or care for military service members, Veterans and their families, recently launched an online suicide-prevention training video, titled “SAVE,” which is designed to equip anyone who interacts with Veterans to […]

VA Extends Record of Transparency with First-Ever Posting of Annual Nursing Home Ratings

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extended its unprecedented 18-month record of transparency disclosures by making public for the first time its annual nursing home ratings. View the ratings here. The data show that, overall, VA’s nursing home system – composed of more than 130 community living centers – compares closely with private sector […]

VA’s Veterans Crisis Line Improves Service With Third Call Center Opening in Topeka, Kansas

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has opened its third Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) call center in Topeka, Kansas on the campus of the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center. “Our focus is, as it always has been, to provide 24/7 world-class suicide prevention and crisis intervention services,” said VA Acting Secretary Peter O’Rourke […]

VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence(IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need. The funds will strengthen IPV Assistance Programs in VA facilities nationwide. “VA recognizes that intimate partner violence is a health issue faced by many Veterans and their families,” said Acting […]

President Trump signs historic MISSION Act

Today President Trump kept his promise to our Nation’s Veterans and signed the historic VA MISSION Act into law. His leadership today in the Rose Garden is testament to his commitment to Veterans, caregivers, and their families. The bipartisan support fostered by the tireless work of both the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairmen […]