VA selects 18 medical facilities to start ‘high reliability’ journey

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the selection of 18 medical centers that will lead the way in the department’s efforts to transform the nation’s largest integrated health care system into a high reliability organization (HRO). Pioneered in highly complex environments, such as aviation and nuclear energy, HROs put procedures and protocols […]

President Trump signs executive order to empower Veterans and end Veterans suicide

Today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide,” which focuses on improving the quality of life for America’s Veterans and ending the tragedy of Veteran suicide. “As the largest integrated health care provider in the nation and a leader in developing innovative mental health […]

Secretary Wilkie statement on signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine”

Today, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie issued the following statement on  President Trump’s signing of the Executive Order, “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine:” “This executive order means a lot to me personally because my grandfather was a mariner. “This represents a true win-win for our nation’s Veterans […]

Woody Williams remembers the Battle of Iwo Jima – Part 3

Battle of Iwo Jima (Part 3): Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams remembers his company commander asking if he could do something about the pillboxes on Iwo Jima. “So, I strapped on the flamethrower to go take out some pillboxes.” This six-part series will be released on VA’s social media channels every Tuesday through March […]

VA’s Center for Women Veterans kicks off Women’s History Month with ‘Trailblazers’ campaign

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will celebrate the start of Women’s History Month in March with a kickoff event on March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by VA’s Center for Women’s Veterans, the event will feature 15 women […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 March 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == National Military Strategy —- (New Edition Completed | Unclear if the Public Will Ever See it) 06 == Okinawa U.S. Military Bases [01] —- (Residents Deliver A Resounding “No” Vote) 07 == Border Wall [09] —- (DHS Asked to Identify Construction Location Priorities by DoD) 08 […]

Secretary Wilkie testifies that VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients

Today at a congressional hearing VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced that effective in April, it will provide priority disability benefits claims processing for the initial claims from discharged combat Veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Secretary Wilkie announced his decision at a hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans […]