RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 05 == McCain’s Brain Cancer —- (Impact on 2018’s Military Policy Decisions) 05 == Trump Military Readiness Plans [01] —- (What Will 2018 Bring?) 06 == NDAA 2018 [20] —- (Putting it All Together) 07 == SECDEF [14] —- (Jim Mattis Pre-Holiday Base Tour) 09 == Transgender Lawsuits […]

VA Accomplishments in 2017

Today Secretary Shulkin provided a year-end statement focused on VA accomplishments for 2017. The text is below and there is a link here to see his accompanying video message: youtu.be/1I8d_nMFUl4 Happy Holidays! 2017 has been a year of accomplishments for the Department of Veterans Affairs and this is a perfect time to reflect on, acknowledge, and […]

Wreaths Across America Event to Honor Veterans at VA National Cemeteries

This Saturday, Dec. 16, volunteers will place holiday wreaths to honor and remember America’s Veterans at more than 100 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Now in its 12th year at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries, the Wreaths Across America campaign was created by […]

Aimed at Preventing Suicides, VA Invites 7 Cities to Participate in Mayor’s Challenge

Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among service members, Veterans and their families. The goal of the Mayor’s Challenge is to eliminate suicide by using a comprehensive public health approach […]

Reopening of Lafayette Building in D.C. Highlights VA’s Modernization Efforts

Underscoring a key milestone in VA’s efforts to modernize its infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) marked the reopening of its newly renovated Lafayette Building at 811 Vermont Ave., in Washington, D.C., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility Dec. 11. The 11-year renovation project consolidates VA’s footprint from four buildings into one […]

VA Decision Ready Claims Program Expands to Include More Types of Claims

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in the program. “These enhancements […]

VA Exploring Alternative Treatments for TBI and PTSD

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it will use two innovative treatments to ease the everyday challenges associated with living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We know that for a small group of Veterans, a traditional approach to health care may not be the most effective,” […]