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RAO BULLETIN 1 December 2015

#1 Postby boardman » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:55 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 December 2015

THIS BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
* DOD * .

04 == DoD/VA Seamless Transition [32] -- (JLV System’s Interoperability)
05 == Army Retention Program --------- (Re-Enlistment Opportunity | 2016)
06 == DCoE Webinar ----------------------- (How Blue Light Can Hurt Sleep)
07 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---------------- (Reported 151116 thru 151130)

* VA * .

10 == VA Appeals [14] ---- (No Mechanism to Prevent Endless Challenges)
11 == VA Privatization [01] --------- (New Poll Indicates Vets Not in Favor)
12 == VA Caregiver Program [30] --------- (Alzheimer’s Awareness Month)
13 == VA Scandal News ------ (Exorbitant Relocation Allowances | 151220)
14 == Agent Orange Exposed Ships [03] ----- (Nov 2015 Updated List | VN)
15 == VA Health Care Enrollment [05] ---- (Post-9/11 Combat Vets Denied)
16 == VA Vet Choice Program [25] ---------------------- (New VCP Proposal)
17 == VA Pharmacy [05] --------------------------- (2016 Copay | No Increase)
18 == VAMC Albany NY -------- (Director Placed on Administrative Leave)
20 == VAMC Washington DC [01] ------------------ (Home Care Wait Times)
20 == VAMC Richmond VA [01] ------- (OSHA Unsafe Workplace Notices)

. * VETS * .

21 == Homeless Vets [70] ---------------------------- (Small Decrease in 2014)
22 == Stolen Valor ------------------------------- (Reported 15115 thru 151130)
24 == Vet Documentaries ----------------------------------- (PBS Florida Links)
24 == Vet Data Source --------------------------------- (www.veteransdata.info)
25 == WGU Salute to Veterans --------------- (50 New Scholarships Offered)
25 == Vet Cemetery Hawaii [04] - (Construction Stopped at Maui Veterans)
26 == Retiree Appreciation Days ------------------------ (As of 28 NOV 2015)
26 == Vet Hiring Fairs --------------------------------- (1 Dec thru 31 Jan 2016)
27 == WWII Vets 95 --------------------------------------------- (Hudson~Frank)
29 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts -------------------- (Rhode Island 2015)

* VET LEGISLATION * .

29 == VA Family Caregiver Assistance [02] ---------- (H.R.2894 Introduced)
30 == VA Bonuses [29] ------------- (H.R.1338 | 2016 $2M Senior Exec Cap)
31 == NDAA for 2016 [17] ---------------------------- (Obama Signs Into Law)
32 == SSA COLA 2016 ---- (S.2251 | One Time Payment in Lieu of COLA)
32 == Vet Employment/Education/Healthcare Improvement Act - (H.R.3016)
33 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ---------- (151115 thru 151130)

* MILITARY * .

35 == USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) [04] ---------------- (Nearing Completion)
37 == USS Lake Erie (CG-70) Update [01] --------------------------- (Mascot)
38 == USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) -------------- (A Navy Ship Built for Speed)
39 == Gravestone Coins [01] --------------------------------------------- (Origin)
40 == Military Retirement System [20] -------------- (New Proposal Update)
41 == Military Retirement System [21] -------- (New One Signed Into Law)
42 == Military Enlistment Standards 2015 [07] ------------------- (Education)
42 == Medal of Honor Citations ------------------ (Hartsock, Robert W. | VN)

* MILITARY HISTORY * .

44 == Aviation Art --------------------------------- (Cat and Mouse over Wake)
44 == Remember the 80’s Navy [01] --------- (Things that No Longer Exist)
45 == Military Trivia 115 --------- (Civil War Casualties & Troop Ethnicity)
46 == Military History ------------------------ (Nuremberg IMT Trial Results)
46 == Military History Anniversaries ------------------------- (01 thru 15 Dec)
47 == WWII Ads ------------------------------------------------------ (Baby Ruth)
47 == D-Day --------------------- (Recuing Survivor off Normandy Jun 1944)
48 == WWII Prewar Events ------- (Italian Fascist Party Headquarters 1934)
48 == WWII PostWar Events ----- (German Toxic Bomb Destruction 1946)
49 == Spanish American War Image 78 ----- (Presidential Campaign Poster)
49 == WWI in Photos 103 ------- (Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassination)
50 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ----------------------------- (Italy May 23, 1944)
50 == Ghosts of Time ------------- (Then & Now’ Photos of WWII Sites (05)

* HEALTH CARE * .

51 == TRICARE Online [03] ----------------------------------------- (Resources)
51 == TRICARE Webiner - (TYA, Open Enrollment &Health Care Options)
52 == TRICARE Help --------------------------------------------- (Q&A 151130)

* FINANCES * .

54 == Road Usage Tax --------- (Possible Traditional Gas Tax Replacement)
56 == IRS Audit [05] ----------------------------- (Now Less Than 1% Chance)
57 == Pet Owner Tax Deductions ------------------ (Six Allowable Write-offs)
58 == Saving Money ------------------- (Air Conditioning Operating Expense)
60 == Fake Customer Service Numbers Scam ----------------- (How it Works)
61 == Personal Email Impersonation Scam -------------------- (How it Works)
61 == DFAS SmartDocs Email Scam --------------------------- (How it Works)
62 == Tax Burden for Alaska Retired Vets ------------------ (As of Nov 2015)
63 == Tax Burden for Massachusetts Residents ------------ (As of Nov 2015)
64 == Thrift Savings Plan 2015 ------------------ (Returns as of 27 Nov 2015)

* GENERAL INTEREST * .
65 == Notes of Interest ----------------------------------- (15 thru 30 Nov 2015)
65 == Prescription Drug Advertising -------------------- (AMA Calls for Ban)
66 == Household Item Longevity ------------------------------ (What to Expect)
68 == Presidential Retirement Benefits --------------- (Former Presidents Act)
69 == Robocalls [01] -------------------------------------- (Blocker Test Results)
70 == Mexican Inventions ----------------------------------- (10 Amazing Ones)
71 == WD-40 -------------------------------------------------------------- (44 Uses)
72 == Brain Teaser ----------------------------------------------- (Odd Word Out)
73 == Vision Test ---------------------------------------------- (Hidden Image 01)
73 == Photos That Say it All -------------------------------------- (Remembered)
74 == Most Creative Statues ------------------------- (Oxford, UK | The Shark)
74 == Interesting Inventions ------- (No more Rear View Mirror Blind Spots)
74 == Moments of US History -------------- (Wall Street Crash Suicide 1929)
75 == Parking ------------- (Revenge Tactic #8 against Inconsiderate Parkers)
75 == Have You Heard? -------------------------------------- (Did You Know 3)
76 == Have You Heard? ------------------------------------------- (Beretta Story)
77 == Help!!! -------------------------- (Things that might make you say it (01)
77 == Brain Teaser Answer ------------------------ (Odd Word Out)

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 1 DEC 2015
Attachment - Veteran Legislation as of 30 Nov 2015
Attachment - Nuremberg IMT Trial Results
Attachment - Rhode Island Vet State Benefits & Discounts NOV 2015
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 Dec
Attachment - Retiree Activity\Appreciation Days (RAD) Schedule as of 28 NOV 2015

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-- http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/r ... ffice.html (HTML Edition)
-- http://thearmysecurityagency.com/rao.html (PDF Edition w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin (past Bulletins)
-- http://w11.zetaboards.com/CFLNewsChat/topic/10387883/1 (Index of Previous Articles as of 7/1/15)

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