Veterans (21 - 30 of 99 items)
Recovering Servicemembers: DOD and VA Have Jointly Developed the Majority of Required Policies but Challenges Remain
GAO-09-728: Published: Jul 8, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2009.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA 2008) requires the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to jointly develop and implement comprehensive policies on the care, management, and transition of recovering servicemembers. The Wounded, Ill, and Injured Senior Oversight Committee (SOC)--jointly chaired by DOD and VA leadership--has assumed responsibility f...
Veterans Affairs: Implementation of Temporary Residence Adaptation Grants
GAO-09-637R: Published: Jun 15, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2009.
As of May 2009, approximately 34,000 service members had been wounded in action as part of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. In response to concerns about the assistance that service members injured in combat receive when they transition back into civilian life, Congress has enacted several laws to improve the benefits available to veterans and service members, including the V...
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: Better Incentives, Workforce Planning, and Performance Reporting Could Improve Program
GAO-09-34: Published: Jan 26, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 26, 2009.
In 2004, the Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program was reviewed by a VR&E Task Force. It recommended numerous changes, in particular focusing on employment through a new Five-Track service delivery model and increasing program capacity. Since then, VR&E has worked to implement these recommendations. To help Congress understand whether VR&E is now better prepared...
VA National Initiatives and Local Programs that Address Education and Support for Families of Returning Veterans
GAO-09-22R: Published: Oct 22, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 22, 2008.
As the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq--known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), respectively--have progressed, increasing numbers of OEF/OIF servicemembers have transitioned to veteran status and have begun receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA data show that as of March 2008, over 868,000 OEF/OIF servicemembers, including...
Veterans' Disability Benefits: Better Accountability and Access Would Improve the Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program
GAO-08-901: Published: Sep 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Oct 9, 2008.
Recent military conflicts have increased interest in federal efforts to support servicemembers preparing to leave military service. Through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD), has made efforts to streamline access to veterans' disability benefits by allowing some servicemembers to file a c...
Military Disability System: Increased Supports for Servicemembers and Better Pilot Planning Could Improve the Disability Evaluation Process
GAO-08-1137: Published: Sep 24, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2008.
In February 2007, a series of articles in The Washington Post about conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center highlighted problems in the military's disability evaluation system. Subsequently, the Department of the Army, Department of Defense (DOD), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) undertook initiatives to address concerns with the disability evaluation process. In 2007, the Army took s...
Veterans' Benefits: Improvements Needed in VA's Training and Performance Management Systems
GAO-08-1126T: Published: Sep 18, 2008. Publicly Released: Sep 18, 2008.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) disability claims process has long been a subject of concern because of long waits for decisions and large backlogs of claims pending decisions. To address these issues, VA has hired almost 3,000 new claims processors since January 2007. However, adequate training and performance management are essential to developing highly competent disability claims proc...
VA Health Care: Recruitment and Retention Challenges and Efforts to Make Salaries Competitive for Nurse Anesthetists
GAO-08-647T: Published: Apr 9, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2008.
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), registered nurses who have completed a master's degree program in nurse anesthesia, provide the majority of anesthesia care in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. There are approximately 500 VA-employed CRNAs (VA CRNA) who provide care to veterans in VA medical facilities. While the demand for CRNAs has increased, many employe...
VA Health Care: Additional Efforts to Better Assess Joint Ventures Needed
GAO-08-399: Published: Mar 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2008.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have a long history of partnering to achieve more cost-effective use of health care resources. Their partnerships have evolved to include joint ventures--joint efforts to construct or share medical facilities. VA has maintained eight joint ventures with DOD across the country. VA has also developed partnerships, or affilia...
Chemical and Biological Defense: DOD and VA Need to Improve Efforts to Identify and Notify Individuals Potentially Exposed during Chemical and Biological Tests
GAO-08-366: Published: Feb 28, 2008. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2008.
Tens of thousands of military personnel and civilians were potentially exposed to chemical or biological substances through Department of Defense (DOD) tests since World War II. DOD conducted some of these tests as part of its Project 112 test program, while others were conducted as separate efforts. GAO was asked to (1) assess DOD's efforts to identify individuals who were potentially exposed dur...