RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2015

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RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2015

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:45 am

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BULLETIN
15 August 2015

THIS BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
* DOD * .

06 == Commissary Policy Changes [02] --- (Cost-Plus-5% Possible Repeal)
07 == DoD 2015 Budget [02] ----------------------- ($900M Tricare Shortfall)
07 == NDAA for 2016 [14] - (Stuck | Compensation & Retirement Reform)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse ------- (Reported 01 thru 14 Aug 2015)
12 == POW/MIA [63] ---------------------------- (WWII Vet Retrieval Efforts)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ----------------- (Reported 150801 thru 150814)

* VA * .

17 == VA Agent Orange Claims [05] ----- (Benefit Expansion Retroactivity)
18 == VA Webinar ------------------- (Terminally Ill Veteran Needs | 18 Aug)
18 == Combat Vet Enhanced Benefits [10] ----- (35K+ Vet Claims on Hold)
19 == VA Purchased Care Program ----- (Unsolicited Medical Prescriptions)
20 == VA Website [02] ------------- (McDonald | Make it Easier to Navigate)
21 == VA Vet Choice Program [22] -------------------- (Ten Things to Know)
22 == VA Vet Choice Program [23] ------ (Permanent VA Choice Card Act)
23 == VA eHMP ------ (CPRS Replacement Patient Record Access System)
23 == Agent Orange Okinawa [08] ---- (Granted VA Compensation Claims)
25 == VA Telehealth [07] ------------------ (New Medical Technology Pilots)
26 == VA Privatization ----- (Secretary McDonald Blasts Political Proposal)
27 == VA Claim Filing [06] ------- (10k Vets File Wrong Form in 1st Month)
28 == VA Immunizations [01] -------------------- (What Adults Should Have)
29 == VA Immunizations [02] - (National Immunization Awareness Month)
29 == PTSD [199] ----------------------------- (Treatment Effectiveness Study)
31 == VA Whistleblowers [33] ---- (VA's Watchdog Office is Failing Them)
32 == VA Whistleblowers [34] -------- (VA OIG POGO Subpoena Dropped)
33 == VECI [01] ----------------- (New VA Vet Training Programs | No cost)
34 == NPRC 1973 Records Fire - (What you Can Do To Help Recover Data)
35 == The Daily Show -------------------------------------- (Jon Stewart vs. VA)
37 == VA HCS Northern CA ----- (Vet’s Death Blamed on DNR Wristband)
38 == VA HCS Black Hills SD [02] --------- (1100 Patient Records Trashed)
39 == VAMC St. Cloud MN [14] -=---------- (Probe Finds Mismanagement)
40 == VAMC Cleveland [01] - (Trail Begins for Director’s Accused Briber)
41 == VARO Cleveland OH --------- (Claims | Backlog Down - Appeals Up)
42 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ------------ (Reported 01 thru 14 Aug 2015)

. * VETS * .

43 == Arlington National Cemetery [53] ------------ (Expansion Scale Back)
43 == Vet Unemployment [03] ------------------- (Remains Below 7 Percent)
44 == Vet Jobs [180] ---------------------------- (Military Friendly Employers)
45 == GI Bill Colleges --------------------------------- (Most Popular FY2014)
46 == Vet Cremains [30] -- (21 Interned in Utah’s Vet Memorial Cemetery)
47 == Desert Storm Memorial [02] -- (Years Away from Becoming Reality)
47 == Desert Storm Memorial [03] ------------ (Boone County Ichthus Issue)
48 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [16] -------=---- (The Virtual Collection)
49 == Eisenhower Memorial [04] ----- (Sen. Bob Dole Championing Effort)
51 == Vet Toxic Exposure~Lejeune [54] ---- (VA Disability Status Review)
52 == Veteran News 150811 -- (New Hampshire Veterans Museum | Fraud)
53 == Veteran News 150812 ----- (Convicted Espionage Vet Current Status)
54 == Veteran News 150813 -- (WWII Vet Bluford Smith Denied Benefits)
55 == WWII WAVES [01] ---------------------------- (Hilda Newsom’s Story)
56 == OBIT | Doohan~James M. | WWII ------------------------- (20 Jul 2005)
57 == OBIT | Payne~Frederick | WWII --------------------------- (6 Aug 2015)
59 == Military Retirement Locations [01] -------------------- (States Compete)
60 == Retiree Appreciation Days -------------------------- (As of 13 Aug 2015)
61 == Vet Hiring Fairs ------------------------------- (16 Aug thru 15 Sep 2015)
62 == Veterans Vision Project [10-] ----------------------- (Sargent, USMC (2)
62 == WWII Vets 92 ---------------------------------------- (Scheinhartz~David)
64 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ------------------------ (Oklahoma 2015)

* VET LEGISLATION * .

64 == Vet Health Care Savings ---- (HSA Program | President Signs S.1889)
65 == Toxic Exposure Research -- (Biological Children | H.R.1769 & S.901)
65 == NDAA for 2016 [15] -------- (Congress Faces Impossible Task in Sep)
66 == SC Military Friendly Legislation -------------------------- (2014 & 2015)
67 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ---------- (150731 thru 150814)

* MILITARY * .

68 == USAF B-1 Bomber -------------------------------------------- (Parameters)
68 == AAFES Credit Card ----- (Military Star MasterCard Program Change)
70 == USS John Warner (SSN-785) ------------------ (Commissioned 1 AUG)
71 == THEIA ----------------------- (DARPA Initiative to Track Internet Data)
72 == Military Enlistment Standards 2015 [04] ------------ (Credit & Finance)
72 == Medal of Honor Citations ----------- (Hagemeister~Charles Chris | VN)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

74 == Aviation Art -------------------------------------------- (Lighthouse Louie)
75 == NASA --- (Buzz Aldrin’s Moon Trip Expense Report/Customs Form)
75 == Iwo Jima Reflections ------------ (Hardy Eubanks | William Braddock)
76 == Military Trivia 112 ---------------- (Battle of Antietam | MOH Awards)
78 == Military History -------------------------- (Hiroshima After the A-bomb)
80 == Military History ------------- (Hiroshima Survivor | Hiromu Morishita)
83 == Military History -- (Japan Surrender | Was the Atom Bomb Needed?)
85 == D-Day ------------------------ (Wading Ashore at Omaha Beach 6 JUN)
86 == Normandy Then & Now ----------- (Sainte-Marie-du-Mont June 1944)
86 == WWII Prewar Events ------- (Weilu Poland after Luftwaffe Bombing)
87 == WWII PostWar Events ---- (Bikini Atoll Nuclear Explosion Jul 1946)
87 == Spanish American War Images 71 - (USS Olympia | Battle of Manila)
88 == Military History Anniversaries ------------------------- (16 thru 31 Aug)
88 == WWI in Photos 131 ---------- (German Flame-Thrower Practice 1917)
88 == Faces of WAR (WWII) -------------------------- (Personal Effects 1943)
89 == Ghosts of Time -------------------- (Then & Now’ Photos of WWII (02)

* HEALTH CARE * .

89 == TRICARE & OHI [03] ---- (Commercial Health Insurance Reporting)
90 == TRICARE Pharmacy Policy [25] --- Prescription Refill Change
90 == TRICARE Webiner ---- (Health Care Options | 19 Aug @ Noon EST)
91 == Pain Free Patriots -------------------- (Individual Vet Treatment Grants)
92 == Sleep Apnea [05] ----------------- (OSA Causes, Risks, and Treatment)
94 == Dental Hygiene ----------- (Don't Believe All of the Advertising Hype)
95 == TRICARE Help --------------------------------------------- (Q&A 150814)
97 == TRICARE Dental Program [11] ------------ (Mobile Dentist Directory)

* FINANCES * .

98 == IRAs [02] -------------------------------------- (What Happens if Hacked)
99 == OPM Data Breach [06] ---------- (Hack Victims Must Wait 4 Months)
101 == Identity Theft Protection ------------------------- (Does it Really work?)
102 == Long Term Care FLTCIP [09] --------- (No Notice Premium Increase)
103 == Medicare Premiums | 2016 ----- (Federal Retiree’s Projected Increase)
103 == Cellphone Plans -------- (Saving Money with MVNOs | Comparisons)
106 == Retirement Tax Considerations [04] ------------------ (What to Budget)
107 == FICO Credit Score [08] ---------------------------- (Credit Score Killers)
108 == Saving Money ------------------------------------- (Mattress Buying Tips)
111 == Quack Cure Scam ------------------------------------------ (How it works)
112 == Ransomware Scam 2 --------------------------------------- (How it works)
113 == Tax Burden for Wisconsin Retired Vets ------------- (As of Aug 2015)
116 == Tax Burden for Kansas Residents --------------------- (As of Aug 2015)
117 == Thrift Savings Plan 2015 ---------- (Share Prices + YTD Gain or Loss)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

118 == Notes of Interest -------------------------------------- (1 thru 14 Aug 2015)
119 == Brain Teaser --------------------------------------------- (Tricky Questions)
120 == Computer Security [01] -------- (U2 Hosting & Profiting from Ratters)
120 == RP~China Dispute [11] ----- China’s Freedom of Navigation Position)
121 == Generics -------------------------------- (5 Best and Worst Things to Buy)
123 == USPS Mail Delivery ------------------ (Real Mail Notification Program)
123 == Household Tips [02] -------------------------------------- (Stain Removal)
125 == Presidential 2016 Election -------------------------- (Moody’s Prediction)
126 == Photo of the Day ----------------------------------- (Cypress Tree Avenue)
126 == Photos That Say it All ------------------ (Arlington | Pfc David Metzger)
127 == WWII Ads ----------------------------- (Chrysler | Black as Tojo’s Heart)
127 == Interesting Inventions -------------------- (Built-in Wall Extension Cord)
128 == Most Creative Statues -------------------------- (Taipei, Taiwan | Hippos)
128 == Moments of US History ----------------------- (NYC Central Park 1930)
129 == Parking -------------- (Revenge Tactic #5 against Inconsiderate Parkers)
129 == Have You Heard? ----------------------------------- (Husbands & Wives 1)
130 == Brain Teaser Answer ----------------------------------- (Tricky Questions)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
2. Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written on the subject. To obtain previous articles send a request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net.

*ATTACHMENTS* .

Attachment - RAO Bulletin 15 Aug 2015
Attachment - Veteran Legislation as of 14 Aug 2015
Attachment - Most Popular GI Bill Colleges FY 2014
Attachment - Oklahoma Vet State Benefits & Discounts Aug 2015
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 Aug
Attachment - Retiree Activity\Appreciation Days (RAD) Schedule as of Aug 13, 2015

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-- http://www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin (past Bulletins)
-- http://www.nhc-ul.com/BullSentMasterIndex-150101.pdf (Index of Previous Articles as of Jan 01, 2015)

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