VA strengthens care and benefits for Veterans with $243 billion budget request for fiscal year 2021

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a proposed $243.3 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The 10.2% increase from FY 2020 will allow VA’s continued commitment to provide Veterans with high quality health care and timely access to benefits and services. “The budget request will ensure Veterans and their families experience health […]

VA encourages communities to volunteer and recognize hospitalized Veterans during National Salute to Veteran Patients week

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will honor hospitalized Veterans at VA medical centers, clinics and facilities nationwide from Feb. 9-15 during National Salute to Veteran Patients. This annual observation gives all Americans the chance to thank the more than 9 million Veterans who receive care from VA through volunteering and creating Valentines cards. “VA […]

Secretary Wilkie statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie released the following statement today: “America’s accomplishments during President Trump’s first three years in office are nothing short of historic, and tonight the president set forth a bold and optimistic vision to build on this progress. “Whether it’s the expanded health care choices of the MISSION Act, the increased educational options […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 February 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DoD Casualty Reporting [01] —- (Administrative & Medical Reporting Systems Sometime Differ) 05 == DoD Lawsuit | Board of Corrections —- (Failure to Make Decisions within Prescribed Timelines) 06 == DoD Lawsuit | Bad Paper Discharges [03] —- (Pentagon Reverse Policy on Publishing Decisions) 07 == […]

Applications open for community organizations to apply for millions in adaptive sports grants to support community reintegration for disabled Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to Veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities. Application instructions and eligibility information for these grants — which will help qualified organizations plan, […]

VA releases updated DOD list identifying Agent Orange sites outside of Vietnam

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released in January an updated Department of Defense (DOD) list of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored by the United States military. “This update was necessary to improve accuracy and communication of information,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA depends on DOD to provide […]

American Heart Association praises VA genetic research

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) earned national recognition for its impact on heart disease and stroke science in VA studies published in 2019. The American Heart Association (AHA) lauded the research as top examples of how gene studies expand knowledge. The studies were based on VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) landmark research effort. MVP is a national […]

VA launches diabetes campaign to help Veterans, health care teams better manage care

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new campaign this month to give Veterans a better understanding of their diabetes numbers, which are critical to their well-being. The Understand Your Diabetes Numbers campaign educates Veterans and their families on hemoglobin A1C, glucose meter, blood pressure and kidney tests, and other vital measurements. “One […]

VA announces proposed rule regarding equal treatment of faith-based organizations in VA-supported social service programs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  proposed a rule, Jan. 16, that would implement President Trump’s, May 3, 2018, Executive Order (EO) establishing a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, to remove regulatory barriers allowing religious and non-religious organizations equal treatment in VA-supported social service programs. The proposed rule ensures VA-supported social service programs are […]