Veterans Affairs officials recently concluded two yearlong reviews, opting to retain inpatient facilities at Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Muskogee, Okla. The reviews were part of the VA’s effort to eliminate old, underused inpatient facilities in favor of more community-type clinics, under the title Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services program, better known by its acronym CARES. The VA also added cardiology services at Poplar Bluff and plans to expand psychiatric service at Muskogee.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.