RAO Bulletin Update 01 April 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Space Force — (Trump’s Comment Raises Issue) 05 == DoD/VA VLER [13] —- (Combined Health Record System Deal Status) 06 == Military Enlistment [18] —- (Dependent’s Military Health Record Impact) 07 == Chemical Weapons [02] —- (Disposal Over Budget & Behind Schedule) 08 == DoD Disability […]

VA Hosts First Women-Owned, Small Business Industry Day

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will host an industry day on March 28 in Springfield, Virginia, aimed at attracting Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to learn more about initiating and conducting business with VA. VA WOSB Industry Day, also open to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB), […]

Paralyzed Veterans of America Responds to Removal of VA Secretary

Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) released the following statement today from its Executive Director, Carl Blake, in response to the removal of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin: “Paralyzed Veterans of America is deeply disappointed by the departure of Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Given the vacuum that already exists in […]

American Legion: Shulkin made ‘positive changes’

The leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization, American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan, issued the following statement regarding the departure of Dr. David Shulkin as secretary of Veterans Affairs: “Secretary Shulkin has acted in the best interests of America’s veterans and was making meaningful, positive changes at the VA. We wish Secretary Shulkin […]

#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ted Houghton

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Theodore “Ted” Houghton. Ted served from 1943 to 1945. Ted joined the Army in 1943 and became a paratrooper. During his military career, he served in Italy, France, and Belgium. For his service, Ted received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAME […]

Applications Opening Soon for 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin accepting applications on April 2 from Veterans interested in competing in the 2018 National Veterans Golden Age Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 3-8. Veterans ages 55 and older who are eligible for VA health care benefits may complete applications online through May 2 at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. “The […]

VA and U.S. Digital Service Launch New Web Tool to Help Veterans Track their Benefits Appeals

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S Digital Service announced their launch of an improved Appeals Status tool to increase transparency and enable Veterans to track the progress of their benefits claims appeals. “It’s important that our Veterans have the opportunity to track their appeals process in a timely and efficient manner,” said VA Secretary […]

VA Open Application Programming Interface Pledge Gains Momentum to Shape a New Direction for Health Care

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that to further accelerate the benefits of the VA Open Application Programming Interface (API) pledge, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs  David Shulkin has asked Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, to lead the initiative. “I am excited to […]

VA Leader Receives Blue Star Families Caregiving Award for VA Support

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that Dr. Lynda Davis, chief veterans experience officer, accepted the 2018 Blue Star Families — United Health Foundation Blue Star Award during the annual Blue Star Neighbors Celebration on March 13 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Davis, a U.S. Army Veteran and Veteran caregiver […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == Selective Service System [27] —- (Should the Draft Be Reinstated?) 05 == DoD Tuition Assistance [06] —- (Non-Traditional Use Proposal) 06 == Arlington National Cemetery [73] —- (Burial Eligibility Restrictions Proposed) 07 == AFRH [11] —- (IG Report on Declining Finances) 07 == DoD Weapons Sales […]