RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Military Exchange Closures —————— (Hiring Freeze Impact) 06 == Commissary Employees [01] ——————- (Hiring Freeze Impact) 07 == SBP Legislation [01] ————————- (Budget Planners Impact) 08 == DoD Relocation Policy ———– ( Flexibility for Families Concerns) 09 == DoD Drug Testing ————————- (Expanding for Applicants) 10 […]

Statement from VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin on the Passing of Organ Transplant Pioneer Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the nation as a whole, have benefited from the work of Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, who died March 4 at age 90. Dr. Starzl, regarded as the “father of transplantation,” is credited with performing the first successful liver transplant. As a transplant surgeon and research scientist for more […]

VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service members With Other-than-honorable Discharges and in Crisis

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin while testifying in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an […]

Statement of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin on Senior Personnel

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief of Staff Robert (Bob) Snyder to retire After almost 8 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Robert (Bob) Snyder, VA Chief of Staff will be retiring from federal service, as of March 4. Bob has at been at the forefront of our path toward transformation as both […]

VA offering up to $8 million in grants for adaptive-sports programs that aid disabled Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is providing up to $8 million in grants to fund adaptive-sports programs that offer activities for disabled Veterans and members of the armed forces who have disabilities, VA announced Feb. 22. The application period for the fiscal 2018 Adaptive Sports Grant begins Feb. 21, 2017, and will close at […]

Charles Liteky’s “Renunciation” – the Story About a Pilgrimage

On July 29, 1986, Charles J. Liteky placed the Congressional Medal of Honor he received for his service in Vietnam at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. In his posthumously published autobiography, Renunciation, Mr. Liteky explains his reason for returning this award at a significant time in his life as he […]

VA partnership provides community organizations with path to support homeless Veterans

Military Outreach USA, a partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), recently launched a program to encourage communities to connect with local VA facilities and help VA provide support to homeless or recently homeless Veterans and their families. The Adopt-a-VA program, which began in February, connects individuals and community organizations, such as schools, faith-based […]

FREE Veterans Medical ID: Why You Should Claim This Benefit

Medical IDs are an important benefit that veterans can claim, free of charge. It is Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policy that medical ID bracelets and pendants are made available for veteran patients at no cost. Medical IDs save lives A medical ID is jewelry that could save your life. Medical conditions like diabetes, heart problems, […]

VA study highlights benefits of enhanced aspirin in preventing certain cancers

Researchers know of aspirin’s benefits in preventing certain ailments — from cardiovascular disease to most recently colorectal cancer. But while the link to those two conditions was made, researchers also questioned how and if this “wonder drug” could work to ward off other types of cancers. Thanks to a team led by Dr. Vinod Vijayan […]