Recommendation: To improve VA's outreach and support for eligible servicemembers and veterans, communication with school officials, and oversight of its education benefit programs, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
should increase efforts to make school certifying officials aware of available training opportunities, including VA's online training module, and consider providing information for school certifying officials on working with servicemembers and veterans with disabilities.
Summary: Require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
to modify the formula, known as the Veterans Equitable Resource Allocation (VERA) system, for the allocation of funds appropriated to the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care to different geographic regions of the Nation, and for other purposes.
Recommendation: To enhance VA's effort to successfully fulfill its forthcoming plans for the outpatient scheduling system replacement project and the HealtheVet program, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
should direct the CIO to ensure implementation of a requirements management plan that reflects leading practices for requirements development and management.
Summary: Authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
to conduct a pilot program to determine the effectiveness of contracting for the use of private memory care facilities for veterans with Alzheimer's Disease.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs
will deal with a record increase in unemployed veterans and shrinking resources for benefits.
Recommendation: To better ensure that women veterans have access to health care services that meet their unique needs and to strengthen oversight of the services delivered to women veterans at VA facilities, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
should direct the Under Secretary of Health to provide complete information on VA's external Web sites on the specialized residential mental health treatment programs VA offers for women veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST) or other traumas.
Nicholson, a Vietnam Veteran, was sworn in as Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The games bring together veterans who landed at Normandy, POWs from Korea, and Purple Heart recipients from Vietnam,'' said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Barbara Ward is an outstanding fit in her new job and will provide a fresh perspective on women and minority issues," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Recommendation: To enhance information available for congressional oversight and use by stakeholders on VA's spending and workload for mental health services, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
should include workload information, including number of encounters and average daily census, by type of service, for mental health services provided in VA settings primarily used for providing mental health services with its presentation of mental health spending in its annual congressional budget justification.
Life-long veterans' advocate and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
I defy the public not to be moved by the heroism seen in those displays and heard on the tapes,'' said Anthony Principi, secretary of Veterans Affairs
, who flew out from Washington, D.