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VA - 1331 - Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameAdvisory Committee on the Readjustment of VeteransAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number1331
Original Establishment Date10/9/1996Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date4/16/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter4/16/2018Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Richard
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Barbato
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixMr.
Specific Establishment Authority*38 U.S.C. 545Designated Federal Officer Phone*(781) 382-5911
Effective Date Of Authority*10/9/1996Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 273-9071
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*To fully map the readjustment service needs of Veterans returning from military service in a combat theater, the Committee strives to understand the psychological, social, familial, economic and educational needs critical for a successful post-war readjustment to civilian life, as well as the psychosocial readjustment needs that accompany the physical wounds of war such as TBI, and family supportive counseling. In conjunction with its needs assessments, the Committee reviews VHA’s services available to meet these war-related readjustment needs. The Committee has identified several VA programs that are of value to Veterans' post-military readjustment to include: Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Centers; Mental Health with particular attention to VHA's Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Care Management and Social Work Services, PTSD and substance use treatment programs; Primary Care; polytrauma systems of care; homeless programs; and VBA's employment, education and service connection programs.
Based on the unique needs of combat theater Veterans, Service members and their families, the Committee will focus on critical readjustment service functions that not only match VA’s priorities of: Goal 1: Veterans choose VA for easy access, greater choices, and clear information to make informed decisions, Goal 2: Veterans receive timely and integrated care and support that emphasizes their well-being and independence throughout their life journey,Goal 3: Veterans trust VA to be consistently accountable and transparent, Goal 4: VA will modernize systems and focus resources more efficiently to be competitive and to provide World Class capabilities to Veterans and its employees; but also those that correspond with VHA’s priorities and RCS's strategic goals of 1) building the trust of Veterans and the American people; 2) fostering our organizational learning; and 3) modernizing our systems. The Committee's reports will be widely distributed within VA, to Congressional leaders, and to the major Veterans service organizations.
How is membership balanced?*The Committee is composed of war-zone Veterans, all of whom have shown some type of significant post-military career accomplishment in their respective communities. Among the membership are attorneys, health care and mental health providers, state directors of Veterans' services, and other various professionals, all of whom collectivity represent the various branches of the U.S. Military. The Committee membership also maintains diversity of gender, ethnicity and geographical representation. The Committee provides a diversity of perspective and expertise indispensable to its function as a Veteran consumer representative body that reinforces VA's efforts to Improve the Veteran Experience and build their trust.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee conducts at least two meetings each year. The input of this Committee continues to be positive, constructive, and helpful in informing VA's understanding of post-war readjustment problems and in advising the management of service delivery systems to meet the needs of returning war Veterans. The Committee contributes to quality improvements in VA programs in readjustment counseling, medical facility PTSD services, Veterans employment and family issues pertaining to readjustment, and resolving difficulties regarding compensation and disability for PTSD. The Committee's input also provides substantive contributions to improving Veterans' trust in and access to VA services. The significant level of utilization of VA programs in readjustment counseling, mental health and health care among the new Veteran populations who served in Afghanistan and Iraq suggests that this Committee's activities will be quite useful to VA for the foreseeable future. In FY 2022, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee was able to meet twice virtually in OCT, 2021, and again in FEB 2022.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Committee provides an organized forum of motivated Veterans of various backgrounds and areas of expertise who review VA services and benefits, and provide recommendations to the Secretary. The Committee's input represents that of well-informed and thoughtful consumer representatives who focus their attention on the effectiveness and coordination of VA and other agency services, with particular attention to the readjustment needs of Veterans returning from combat. The Committee's conclusions and recommendations are generated from testimonies of Veteran consumers, VA, other agency service providers, and various other program officials. The Committee also conducts thoughtful reviews of relevant research findings and program policy positions significant to Veteran services. VA service providers and management officials are sufficiently involved with ongoing issues of direct service delivery and program management to preclude this type of careful attention and review provided by the Committee regarding the interface between VA service providers and Veteran consumers. The Committee is the only organized external body that provides systematic review of Veterans' readjustment problems to include war-related PTSD. The Committee's input is directly relevant to building trust and positive experiences, and is of significant value for Suicide Prevention.
Why close or partially close meetings?The Committee's meetings are open to the public, unless the Committee meets directly with Veteran consumers which would be closed in order to protect the patient privacy and in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. section 552b).
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee's twenty second Annual Report contained four recommendations, however, Recommendation 1 contained 4 parts, Recommendation 2 contained two parts, and Recommendation 3 contained 3 parts. Primarily focused on further organizational development of the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) and the areas of needed collaborative alignment with VHA to ensure the continued success of the RCS Vet Center program mission for providing outreach and readjustment counseling to combat Veterans, Service members and their families. The response to report recommendations has been published and the committee will begin work toward composing the 23rd report when they meet in November of 2022.
The Committee recently completed a membership package and appointed four new members.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationYes
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Committee's conclusions and recommendations have been referenced by the agency in Congressional reports and hearing statements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentBased on the Committee membership being composed of Veteran leaders in their home communities, a positive outcome is enhancement of public relations for VA.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*201Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of recommendations that VA concurred with or concurred-in-principle with on reports submitted from FY 2003 through FY 2022.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*97.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentPartial implementation of some recommendations is considered a positive outcome by the Committee.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*10.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentAll of the Committee's recommendations are given serious consideration by the agency and implemented to the extent feasible.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentCommittee members networking within their respective communities with other local community leaders provides additional informal access to the Committee's work.
Agency Feedback Comment*Agency feedback is provided in writing in response to the Committee's reports. Feedback is also provided verbally from participating VA officials during the course of the Committee's meetings each year.Narrative Description*The Congressional mandate of this Committee to assist VA to improve the post-war readjustment of Veterans who served in combat is central to VA. The Committee's recommendations contribute to facilitating Veterans' post-war transition to civilian life and to the successful recovery of war-wounded Veterans.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$8,400.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$7,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$38,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$64,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$58,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$10,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$46,400.00Est. Total Next FY*$139,800.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/20/2022 1:59 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.30
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.30Est Cost RemarksCosts are based on 13 members, 2 staff support, and three face-to-face meetings.
Cost RemarksThere were no face-to-face meetings held in FY22. Costs are associated with stipends and support to Committee in holding virtual meetings and staffing the annual report.  
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Interest Areas

Eligibility Programs
Social Services
Health Care
Job Training
Health and Health Research
National Defense
National Security and Defense
Rehabilitation and Disability
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039953Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2021
 COM-037771Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2020
 COM-035951Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2019
 COM-033601Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2018
 COM-001240Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2017
 COM-003063Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2016
 COM-003269Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2015
 COM-005153Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2014
 COM-005482Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2013
 COM-007302Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2012
 COM-008235Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2011
 COM-008808Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2010
 COM-009690Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2009
 COM-010677Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2008
 COM-012112Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2007
 COM-013226Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2006
 COM-014246Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2005
 COM-015215Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2004
 COM-015331Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2003
 COM-016348Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans2002
 COM-018176Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of War Veterans2001
 COM-018189Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of War Veterans2000
 COM-019247Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of War Veterans1999
 COM-020905Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans1998
 COM-021141Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Vietnam and Other War Veterans1997