VA lead facilities reintroduce health care services while ensuring safe environment

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce health care services in select VA facilities May 18, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has selected Lead Sites to be the first to implement a phased approach to reintroducing select health care […]

VA launches clinical trial for Veterans with COVID-19 based on prostate cancer drug

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) began a new clinical trial to test a Food and Drug Administration-approved prostate cancer drug as a potential treatment for male Veterans with COVID-19. In a double-blind randomized controlled trial, VA scientists will compare the drug degarelix (trade name Firmagon) to a placebo for improving the clinical outcomes of […]

VA, multiple agencies launch Joint Mortgage and Housing Assistance website for Americans impacted by COVID-19

To ensure homeowners and renters have current and accurate housing assistance information during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today, along with several other agencies, launched a new unified mortgage and housing assistance website. Veterans and service members with a VA home loan, other homeowners with a federally backed mortgage and tenants living […]

VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today it will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath laying ceremonies. Another offering is a new online memorial feature allowing the public to pay tribute to Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries across the country. “This year, by necessity, will be different from […]

VA reports rising patient capacity, stable supplies and staffing 8 weeks into COVID-19 emergency

Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has maintained an increasing supply of beds for both Veterans and COVID-19 patients, steady supplies across the nation and a stable staffing situation in the vast majority of VA locations nearly two months into the national emergency. As of late April, VA had the capacity […]

VA accepts mask donation from South Korea to assist with COVID-19 efforts

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has accepted a donation of half a million protective masks from the Republic of Korea to assist the department in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The donated masks will be distributed for use nationally across VA. The masks arrived at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in […]

VA initiatives grab recognition for leadership, management and contribution to science

Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) initiatives were recently named finalists of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) for VA’s Connected Care program and 3D printing initiatives. Leadership and management of VA’s Connected Care’s efforts on telehealth, mobile apps and other digital health solutions has made headway in removing barriers to care for thousands of Veterans, while the department’s […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DOD Watch —- (Being Maintained Despite Pandemic) 05 == Coronavirus Disinformation —- (China’s Exploitation of the Pandemic) 06 == PCS Moves [10] —- (30,000 Military Families to Move during Stop-Movement Order) 06 == DOD Immigrant Soldier Citizenship —- (Lawsuit | Promise Broken by U.S). 07 == […]

VA kicks off online campaign emphasizing mental health support

In recognition of Mental Health Month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the launch of the “Now Is the Time” campaign. The focus is on getting Veterans the support they need from family and friends through professional mental health treatment. “As VA’s health care environment continues to evolve, the department is working […]