Statement by Secretary Robert L. Wilkie on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today we mourn the passing of a trailblazer and lifelong advocate for women’s rights, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Graduating at the top of her class at Columbia University law school in 1959 she became a highly successful academician, reaching tenured status at Rutgers law school in 1969. Her career as a jurist […]

VA recognizes HeRO award winners for safety initiatives, COVID-19 efforts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it honored Veterans Health Administration (VHA) National HeRO Award recipients for their contributions to VHA’s journey to becoming a high reliability organization (HRO). VHA’s enterprise-wide journey to high reliability aims to continuously improve its processes by maximizing safety and minimizing harm to achieve the goal of […]

VA offers debt relief to Veterans impacted by natural disasters

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today its commitment to extend debt relief to Veterans adversely impacted by natural disasters. The department recognizes Veterans and beneficiaries are negatively impacted by the wildfires and hurricanes prompting the offering of financial debt relief. “Veterans and their families should be focused on their health and safety […]

VA expands Veteran access to telehealth with iPad services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a new collaboration with Apple to increase Veterans’ access to virtual care benefits. VA’s iPad program provides qualifying Veterans with cellular-enabled iPads to access telehealth services and currently helps more than 50,000 Veterans across the country connect to VA health care services virtually. “VA will continue working diligently to provide […]

The country makes a milestone commitment to prioritize suicide prevention for Veterans and all Americans

The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Office and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today 42 states and one U.S. territory signed the PREVENTS state proclamation pledging their prioritization of suicide prevention for Veterans and all citizens in their jurisdictions. Each state pledging promises to promote and […]

VA notifies Veterans of compromised personal information

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Management today announced a data breach involving the personal information of approximately 46,000 Veterans and actions taken by the department to prevent and mitigate any potential harm to those individuals. The Financial Services Center (FSC) determined one of its online applications was accessed by unauthorized users […]

VA awards $1.3 million to support Veterans at elevated risk of suicide from experiencing or being at risk of homelessness

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it recently awarded $1.3 million in grants to 11 regional homelessness nonprofit organizations to bolster suicide prevention services for Veterans who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. VA’s combined public health approach to preventing suicide and addressing homelessness aims to improve the identification of Veterans […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 September 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 03 == NDAA 2021[08] —- (Bill Vote/Compromise Isn’t Likely Before Nov. 3 Elections) 04 == Artificial Intelligence [01] —- (SecDef Says AI Will Change the Battlefield) 06 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [25] —- (NTSB Report Faults US Navy for Collision) 07 == DoD Religion Policy [01] —- (On […]

Secretary Wilkie Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging House Action on Veterans Suicide Prevention Legislation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie today released the following statement after a bipartisan group of more than 30 senators called on House leaders to pass S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, which would expand mental health resources for Veterans both inside and outside VA. “The Commander […]

New study shows Veterans give VA health care facilities and VA community provider network high marks

A recently published study shows Veterans receiving outpatient care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities or community providers within VA’s network are pleased with their experience overall. The study, Veterans’ Experiences with Outpatient Care: Comparing the Veterans Affairs System with Community-Based Care, compared survey responses from more than 1 million […]