VA and Pet Partners combine efforts to bring therapy animal services to more Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with non-profit organization Pet Partners in October to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health of Veterans, by increasing access to animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services throughout the VA health care system. Pet Partners and VA will train therapy animal teams, encourage VA medical […]

The VA Innovators Network enlists FedTech to help transform employee ideas into Veteran solutions

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracted with start-up organization FedTech to provide training to VA employees during FedTech’s Innovation Boot Camp Nov. 19 – 21 in Washington, D.C. The instruction will be provided throughout a one-year period to more than 150 employees from 34 Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Innovators Networks (iNET), sponsored medical centers. […]

Veterans can now access information through Health Records on iPhone

In honor of Veterans Month this November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out nationwide access for Veterans to their VA health data, alongside their health records from other health care providers in one place, in the Health Records section of the Health app for iPhone. Now, patients will be able to see their medical information […]

VA equips 200,000 Veterans with lifesaving naloxone

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) program announced that from May 2014 to September 2019, the program issued naloxone — a medication used to block the effects of a potentially fatal opioid overdose — to more than 200,000 Veterans. VA is a leader in naloxone distribution to health care […]

Four VA female leaders recognized for influence in health IT

Four senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) were among more than 30 women honored by FedHealthIT magazine during an award ceremony Oct. 30 at the Leading for Impact: Women in Leadership conferencein Arlington, Virginia. FedHealthIT recognized the women for their work as leaders at organizations and mission-focused strategic programs across the federal […]

VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes National Family Caregivers Month this November honoring the 5.5 million family members, friends and neighbors who care for Veterans suffering from chronic conditions, disabilities, disease or daily difficulties. This year’s theme, #BeCareCurious, encourages family caregivers across the country to ask questions, explore options and share in the care decisions that […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 November 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == USS Gerald R. Ford [15] —- (Navy Secretary Slams Congress for Spreading Disinformation) 06 == Arlington National Cemetery [83] —- (What You Need to Know About Proposed Changes) 08 == JVS Chairman Senior Enlisted Adviser —- (New SEAC Air Force CMSgt Ramon Colon-Lopez) 09 == Commissary/Exchange […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 October 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD == NDAA 2020 [23] —- (Basic Needs Allotment Proposed) == TRICARE Chiropractic Care [01] —- (New Proposed Policy Could Include Family) == DoD Suicide Policy [13] —- (Reserve Component Reaches 30.6 deaths per 100,000) == USERRA [22] —- (Key for Guard, Reserve Personnel) == Commissary News [13] —- […]