Veterans benefits (21 - 30 of 47 items)
DOD and VA Health Care: Challenges Encountered by Injured Servicemembers during Their Recovery Process
GAO-07-589T: Published: Mar 5, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2007.
As of March 1, 2007, over 24,000 servicemembers have been wounded in action since the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), according to the Department of Defense (DOD). GAO work has shown that servicemembers injured in combat face an array of significant medical and financial challenges as they begin their recovery process in the health care systems of DOD a...
Homeless Veterans Programs: Improved Communications and Follow-up Could Further Enhance the Grant and Per Diem Program
GAO-06-859: Published: Sep 11, 2006. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2006.
About one-third of the nation's adult homeless population are veterans, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Many of these veterans have experienced substance abuse, mental illness, or both. The VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program, which is up for reauthorization, provides transitional housing to help veterans prepare for permanent housing. As requested, GAO r...
Information Technology: VA and DOD Face Challenges in Completing Key Efforts
GAO-06-905T: Published: Jun 22, 2006. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2006.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is engaged in an ongoing effort to share electronic medical information with the Department of Defense (DOD), which is important in helping to ensure high-quality health care for active duty military personnel and veterans. Also important, in the face of current military responses to national and foreign crises, is ensuring effective and efficient delivery o...
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Needed in Transition Assistance Services for Reserves and National Guard
GAO-05-844T: Published: Jun 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2005.
The increased role of the armed forces in military operations around the world, and the greater reliance on the Reserves and National Guard, has focused national attention on what is done to help service members transition to civilian life. GAO was asked to testify on its May 2005 report Military and Veterans' Benefits: Enhanced Services Could Improve Transition Assistance for Reserves and Nationa...
Military and Veterans' Benefits: Enhanced Services Could Improve Transition Assistance for Reserves and National Guard
GAO-05-544: Published: May 20, 2005. Publicly Released: May 20, 2005.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 mandated that GAO review whether the transition assistance program (TAP) is meeting the needs of service members leaving the military. GAO (1) assessed TAP administration, including program participation, and (2) identified actions agencies are taking to improve TAP and challenges that remain. TAP serves military personnel with at least 1...
DOD and VA: Systematic Data Sharing Would Help Expedite Servicemembers' Transition to VA Services
GAO-05-722T: Published: May 19, 2005. Publicly Released: May 19, 2005.
Since the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the Department of Defense (DOD) reported that more than 12,000 servicemembers have been injured in combat. While many return to active duty, others with more serious injuries are likely to be discharged from the military. To ensure the continuity of medical care and access to all other Department of Veterans Aff...
VA Disability Benefits and Health Care: Providing Certain Services to the Seriously Injured Poses Challenges
GAO-05-444T: Published: Mar 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 2005.
More than 10,000 U.S. military servicemembers, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, have been injured in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those with serious physical and psychological injuries are initially treated at the Department of Defense's (DOD) major military treatment facilities (MTF). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made provision of services to these ser...
VA and DOD Health Care: Efforts to Coordinate a Single Physical Exam Process for Servicemembers Leaving the Military
GAO-05-64: Published: Nov 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 12, 2004.
Servicemembers who leave the military and file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be subject to potentially duplicative physical exams in order to meet requirements of both the Department of Defense's (DOD) military services and VA. To streamline the process for these servicemembers, the military services and VA have attempted to coordinate their physical exam requi...
VA and Defense Health Care: Potential Exists for Savings through Joint Purchasing of Medical and Surgical Supplies
GAO-02-872T: Published: Jun 26, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 2002.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $500 million and the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $240 million for medical and surgical supplies in fiscal year 2001. Since the 1980s, To achieve greater efficiencies through improved acquisition processes and increased sharing of medical resources, VA and DOD signed a memorandum of agreement in 1999 to combine their buying power. VA and DOD saved...
VA and Defense Health Care: Evolving Health Care Systems Require Rethinking of Resource Sharing Strategies
HEHS-00-52: Published: May 17, 2000. Publicly Released: May 17, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) and Department of Defense's (DOD) shared health care resources, focusing on: (1) the benefits gained from sharing; (2) the extent to which VA and DOD are sharing health care resources; and (3) barriers and challenges VA and DOD face in their efforts to share health resources.GAO noted that: (1...