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VA launches Veterans Legacy Memorial to honor deceased Veterans online

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) launched the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM), Aug. 14, the country’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to the preservation of the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. Each Veteran will have their own memorial page on the VLM, a secure, web-based platform […]

VA modifies smoke-free policies at health care facilities to include workers aimed at increasing the quality of care for Veterans

As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to a smoke-free health care environment for Veterans, in October, the department will extend its smoke-free policies to include employees at its health care facilities. This follows the department’s June 10 announcement of a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities. […]

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The Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM) is the country’s first digital platform dedicated entirely to the preservation of the memory of the 3.7 million Veterans interred in VA national cemeteries. Each Veteran, interred in an VA cemetery, has their own memorial page on VLM, a secure, web-based platform that creates a perpetual memorial extending beyond the […]

Operation Song continues mission of telling stories through music

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is expanding its partnership with nonprofit Operation Song to launch a series of songwriting retreats aimed at helping Veterans share and cope with military experiences through music. Operation Song is hosting 10 Veterans for a three-day weekend retreat in Nashville, Tennessee, from Aug.15-17. “VA is […]

RAO Bulletin Update 15 August 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles: DoD 04 == DoD Deploy or Out Policy [03] —- (Non-Deployable Airmen Drop from 7% to 5%) 05 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [03] —- (All Troops Out by 2020 Election) 07 == DoD Lawsuit ~ Nissan Repossession Policy —- Cash Settlement For Troops Impacted) 07 == DoD Pharmacy Program […]

VA releases Launchpad app to streamline health care access for Veterans and caregivers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new mobile application designed to save Veterans and their caregivers time online. VA Launchpad for Veterans simplifies and organizes several existing tools and resources into one convenient location to help manage health care needs. “VA has developed dozens of apps for Veterans to take charge of […]

VA and DOD partner to modernize department’s health care supply chain

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) entered into a strategic partnership Aug. 12 to enhance VA’s supply chain management modernization efforts. This first step gives VA networks across the country increased access to DLA’s broader supply catalog; improving productivity and efficiency. The agreement provides […]

VA updates the disability rating schedule for infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies

As of Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD, or Rating Schedule) that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies. The collection of federal regulations used by the Veterans Benefits Administration helps claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings. […]

VA and Hiring our Heroes partner on military spouse hiring initiative

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative  recently joined efforts to lead and support military spouse employment at VA and throughout the federal government, and reduce the high unemployment rate for military spouses. Effective July 29, this initiative is part of both Secretary Wilkie’s priority of […]

VA launches August Women’s Health Mini Residency Program

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partners with the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Training to offer a Women’s Health Mini Residency Program, Aug. 13-14 in Tampa, Florida. This program gives VA’s women’s health providers experience in conducting breast and pelvic exams with the help of trained Gynecological Teaching […]