Veterans benefits (121 - 130 of 559 items)
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 Health Care: Overview of VA's Capital Asset Management
GAO-09-686T: Published: Jun 9, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2009.
Through its Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the largest integrated health care systems in the country. In 1999, GAO reported that better management of VA's large inventory of aged capital assets could result in savings that could be used to enhance health care services for veterans. In response, VA initiated a process known as Capital A...
Recovering Servicemembers: DOD and VA Have Made Progress to Jointly Develop Required Policies but Additional Challenges Remain
GAO-09-540T: Published: Apr 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 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 Senior Oversight Committee (SOC)--jointly chaired by DOD and VA leadership--has assumed responsibility for these policies. The NDA...
VA Health Care: Challenges in Budget Formulation and Issues Surrounding the Proposal for Advance Appropriations
GAO-09-664T: Published: Apr 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2009.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates it will provide health care to 5.8 million patients with appropriations of about $41 billion in fiscal year 2009. It provides a range of services, including primary care, outpatient and inpatient services, long-term care, and prescription drugs. VA formulates its health care budget by developing annual estimates of its likely spending for all its h...
Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting with Veteran Owned-Small Businesses
GAO-09-391R: Published: Mar 19, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2009.
The federal government's long-standing policy has been to use its buying power--the billions of dollars it spends through contracting each year--to maximize procurement opportunities for small businesses, including those owned by service-disabled veterans. Under the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to give first and...
VA Health Care: Challenges in Budget Formulation and Execution
GAO-09-459T: Published: Mar 12, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2009.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates it will provide health care to 5.8 million patients with appropriations of $41.2 billion in fiscal year 2009. The President has proposed an increase in VA's health care budget for fiscal year 2010 to expand services for veterans. VA's patient population includes aging veterans who need services such as long-term care-- including nursing home and no...
Traumatic Brain Injury: Better DOD and VA Oversight Can Help Ensure More Accurate, Consistent, and Timely Decisions for the Traumatic Injury Insurance Program
GAO-09-108: Published: Jan 29, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 2009.
In 2005, Congress created a traumatic injury insurance benefit program, known as TSGLI, to help servicemembers with traumatic brain injury and other serious injuries with the financial burdens that they and their families face. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the program, in collaboration with the Department of Defense (DOD), while the branches of service are responsible for de...
Electronic Health Records: DOD's and VA's Sharing of Information Could Benefit from Improved Management
GAO-09-268: Published: Jan 28, 2009. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2009.
Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are required to accelerate the exchange of health information between the departments and to develop systems or capabilities that allow for interoperability (generally, the ability of systems to exchange data) and that are compliant with federal standards....
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...