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RAO BULLETIN 1 August 2016

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:43 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 August 2016

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THIS BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Commissary Privatization [03] ----------------- (AAFES Has A Plan)
06 == DoD/VA Seamless Transition [35] --- (VA Official Says Won't Work)
07 == DoD Headset Project ------------- (Improve Brain’s Learning Skills)
08 == PTSD [214] ------------------- (Do PTSD Vets Deserve a Purple Heart?)
10 == TRICARE Regions [02] ---------- (TRO North & South Merger 1 JUL)
11 == TRICARE Cataract Coverage -------------------------- ( IOL Surgery)
11 == TRICARE FAI Coverage --------------------- (Hip Condition Approved)
11 == TRICARE ASD Care --------------------------------- (ABA Rate Change)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---------- (Reported 16 thru 31 Jul 2016 | Eight)

. * VA * .

16 == VA Secretary [47] ----- (Same Day Appointments Coming by DEC)
16 == VA Nursing [03] ----(Anesthesiologists Oppose Proposed VA Rule)
17 == VA Art Expenditures ------- ------------------------ (Oversight Report)
17 == VA Accountability [36] ------ (VA Refuses to Apply VACAA Law)
18 == VA Project ARCH [01] - (Ends 7 AUG | Users Care Will Continue)
19 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [60] ------ (Regulation Change Pending )
20 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [61] -------------- (VA Issues Final Rule)
20 == PTSD [212] ----------------------------------- (Virtual Reality Therapy)
22 == PTSD [213] ------------------------------- (Lessons Learned Since 911)
23 == VA Performance [09] ----------------- (RAND Corporation Findings)
25 == VA Mediterranean Diet Review ------------ (Health Effect Findings)
26 == VA Secretary [46] ------------ (House VA Chairman Support Shifts)
27 == VA Vet Choice Program [47] ------- (2M Appointments Since 2014)
27 == VA VISTA [11] ------- (GAO Asked to Examine Efforts to Modernize)
29 == VA PACT [01] ---------------- ( Seamless Care for Traveling Veterans)
29 == VA Cemetery Memorials [01] --------- (Walks, Sections, and Walls)
30 == Trump VA Plan [01] ----------- (Republican Party Platform Similarities)
30 == Trump VA Plan [02] ---------------------------------- (AFGE Opposed)
31 == Trump VA Plan [03] -------------------- (VFW Convention Remarks)
32 == Clinton VA Plan ---------------------- (VFW Convention Comments)
33 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ------------- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
35 == VA Grave Marker Medallion [02] -------------------- (How to Obtain)
36 == VAMC Altoona PA ----------- (Medical Records Illegally Accessed)
37 == VAMC Oklahoma City [03] ----- (Improvements Across the Board)
38 == VAMC Charleston SC [01] ------------- (Rebuilding Veterans Trust)
39 == VA HCS Pittsburgh [06] --------- (Trying To Change A Bad Image)

. * Vets * .

40 == Vet Preference [13] - (OPM Guidance | Deceased/Disabled Vet Parents)
40 == Forgotten Warrior Memorial Wall --------- (PTSD | One -Of-A-Kind)
41 == Vet Educational Assistance ----- (35K Vet's Tuition/BAH in Jeopardy)
42 == Clinton on Vet Benefits ------------------------ (Education & Health Care)
43 == Mesothelioma ------------------------------ (What Veterans Should Know)
45 == Veterans Advantage ------------ (Military Discounted Amtrak Vacations)
46 == Korean War Memorial [03] ------------ (San Francisco Opening 1 AUG)
47 == Korean War Valor --- (Sgt Reckless Posthumously Awarded Medal)
48 == Honor Flights [10] ------------ (Looking for Western New York Vets)
48 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs -------- (2000+ Contaminated Sites)
49 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ------------------------------ (16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
51 == WWII Vets [113] | Completed 50 Missions------------ (Grim~Robert)
52 == WWII Vets [114] | Decorated by France -------- (Mercedes~Manuel)
53 == Vietnam Vets [17] ------------------------------------- (Kettles~Charles)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---------------------------- (As of 10 JUL 2016)
56 == Vet Hiring Fairs ------------------------------------ (01 thru 15 AUG 2016)
57 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts --------------------- (Connecticut 2016)

* Vet Legislation * .

58 == VADIP [02] -------------------------------------- (Senate Passes S.3055)
58 == Congressional Gold Medal [06] ------ (Honoring Filipino Veterans)
60 == NDAA 2017 [16] ------------------- (S.2932 | Senate Okays Conference)
60 == Reservists Separation Physicals - (H.R.4251 | Enhance VA Eligibility)
61 == TRICARE Retiree Eligibility ------ (H.R.5458 | Opt In/Out Option)
62 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ----------- (160716 thru 160731)

. * MILITARY * .

64 == Islamic State Air War ------------- (Air Force Weapon Release Data)
64 == VirtualEye ---------------- (Looking Behind Closed Doors Remotely)
66 == Military Combat Physicians ---- (Maintaining Trauma Skills Proposal)
66 == Navy Financial Education Program ----- (Informed Decisions Goal)
67 == Election 2016 | Poll --------- (Dissatisfied | 61% Trump & 82% Clinton)
69 == Trump Military Readiness Plans ------ (Pledges to Rebuild Military)
70 == USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) [02] ------- (Years Behind Schedule)
71 == Navy Digital Library Program ------------------------(Access Procedure)
71 == Space Fence ---------- (Necessary to Reduce Bubble of Uncertainty)
73 == Iraq Bomb Detectors --------------------- (Fake Ones Finally Banned)
74 == SC Guard Concealed Weapons ----------- (Armories | Now Authorized)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

76 == WWII Operation COBRA ------------------------ (Friendly-Fire Incident)
78 == Korean War Remembrances [03] --- (Armistice's 63rd Anniversary)
79 == Military History ------------------------------ (Andersonville Prison | CW)
80 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) ------------------- ( New Search Lead Found)
81 == Military History Anniversaries -------------------------- (01 thru 15 AUG)
81 == Medal of Honor Citations ----------------------- (Bell~Bernard O | WWII)
83 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 1 ----------------------- (Do You Know?)
83 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 1 -------- (Did You Answer Correctly?)

. * Health Care * .

85 == Quirky Health Hacks ------------------------ (Do You Know these 10)
86 == Tricare Webiner --- (Asked & Answered | 3 AUG @ 12-1300 EST)
86 == Blood Pressure [06] -------------- (15 Things to Know About Yours)
88 == Hearing Aids [02] ----------- (Reasons you Might Need Hearing Help)
90 == Acne ------------------------------------------ (What Patents Should Know)

. * FINANCES * .

93 == COLA 2017[ 02] --------- ----- (Veterans Benefits/SSA Will Match)
94 == Cell Phone Insurance ------ ----------------------- (Should You Buy?)
95 == IRAs | Automatic --- (Where Does Your State Stand On the Issue)
97 == Social Security Reduced Benefits [ 02] - (Back-Door Debt Limit Deal)
98 == IRAs | Inherited --------------------------------------- (SSA & Tax Impact)
98 == Saving Money -------------------- (Things You Should Never Buy New)
100 == Federal Student Tax Scam --------------------------------- (How It works)
101 == Pokomon GO Phishing Scam ----------------------------- (How It works)
102 == Skimmers ----------------- (BBB Warning | Credit/Debit Card Readers)
103 == Reverse Mortgage [02] ------------ (Now Safer With Rule Changes)
105 == Tax Burden for Kansas Retired Vets -------------------- (As of Jul 2016)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

106 == Notes of Interest ------------------------------------ (16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
108 == HVAC Update 19 ------------ (Tim Walz Making A Bid for Chairman)
109 == Cell Phone Chargers ----------- (Current Ones Soon Will be Obsolete)
110 == Food Tips ---------------------------------------------------- (12 How To’s)
111 == Retiree Moving --------------- (4 Questions To Ask Before You Do)
113 == Pokemania --------- (Pokemon Go | 7.2M Downloads in 1st Week)
114 == Cell Phone Service Plans [01] ---- (Defense Mobile Restructuring)
115 == Brain Teaser --------------------------- (Should You be Institutionalized)
115 == Have You Heard? ---------------------- (Donuts || Marine trained dog...)
116 == Brain Teaser Answer ----------------- (Should You be Institutionalized)

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 AUG 2016
Attachment - Veteran Legislation as of 31 JUL 2016
Attachment - Connecticut Vet State Benefits & Discounts JUL 2016
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 AUG

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