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RAO BULLETIN 1 June 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:44 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 June 2017

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

05 == DoD Basic Pay to Salary Conversion - (Plan Due NLT Jan. 1, 2018)
06 == DoD 2018 Budget [02] --------- ($639.1B Request Sent to Congress)
08 == DoD 2018 Budget [03] --------------------------- (TRICARE Impact)
09 == DoD 2018 Budget [04] -------- (Military Family Support Impact)
10 == BRAC [57] ------------------------- (2021 Closures Sought by DoD)
11 == Pentagon Procurement [01] - (809 Panel Interim Report | Not Good)
12 == Okinawa U.S. Military Bases ------- (Presence Frustrates Governor)
13 == DoD Recognized Religions ----------------- (Increased to 221 Faiths)
14 == Transgender Troops [02] --------- ( Policy Decision Deadline 1 JUL )
16 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [18] - ( USS Frank E. Evans Decision )
17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2017)
17 == POW/MIA [86] ------------ (Army 1st Lt. Ewart Theodore Sconiers)
19== POW/MIA [87] -------------------- (Families Sue to Identify Remains)
21== POW/MIA Recoveries -------- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2017 | 14)

. * VA * .

25 == VA Reform [07] ------------------------- (Trump 10-Point Plan Status)
25 == VA Secretary [59] ------------- (Shulkin's First State of VA Address)
26 == VA Budget 2018 [01] ----------------------- ($186.5 billion Proposed)
28 == VA Budget 2018 [ 02] ----------------------------------- (Benefit Trims)
29 == Independent Budget FY 2018 [02] ------ (IBVSO's Response to VA)
30 == VA Budget 2018 [03] --- (American Legion | Privatization Attempt)
31 == VA Individual Unemployability [03] -------- (Social Security Offset)
32 == VA Suicide Prevention [41] ------- (OTH Mental Health Care Plans)
33 == VA Arthritis Care -------- (Variety of Treatments Available to Vets)
34 == VA Vision Care [05] ---- (Outsourcing | What Could Vets Expect?)
35 == Obesity Pacemaker ----- (vBlock Neurometabolic Therapy Implant)
36 == VA Postpartun Depression Care - (What is Offered to Women Vets)
37 == VA Medical Marijuana [28] --- (AL Asking for Research Approval)
39 == MyVA Way ---------------------- (VA Seeks Indoor Navigation App)
40 == VA Hearing & Vision Benefit [07] ------- (Only 1 in 4 Vets Utilize)
41 == Traumatic Brain Injury [62] ------------------- (mTBI 20-Year Study)
41 == Traumatic Brain Injury [63] - (Low Disability Rating Assignments)
42 == PTSD & TBI [06] ------------ (HVAC Passes MeRT Treatment Bill )
43 == VA Accountability [47] --------------------- (AFGE Opposes S.1094)
43 == VA Disputed Claims [18] -- (Henry Mayo Jr. | Ft McClellan Victim)
44 == VA Phone Scam [01] ------- (Do Not Use (800) 606-8198 for VCP)
45 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse --- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2017)

. * Vets * .

48 == Florida Veterans Homes [06] - (Construction Red Tape Removed)
48 == Veterans' Treatment Court [23] ------------------ (A Second Chance)
49 == Vet Homeless Recovery Programs [03] ------ (Tampa FL Problem)
50 == Gold Star ID Card -- (Available for Air Force Gold Star Families)
51 == WWII Vets [136] -------------- (Joseph Aquilante | Army Air Force)
52 == Vet Cemetery Idaho [02] ---- (New Eastern Idaho State Cemetery)
52 == UCX ---- (Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers)
53 == GI Bill [229] ------------- (Vet Groups Agree on 4 Needed Changes)
54 == Iwo Jima Flag Raising Monument ------ (Pendleton to Get Replica)
55 == Vet Jobs [221] ------------------------- (Wells Fargo | 20,000 by 2020)
56 == Vet Jobs [222] ----------------- (Wal-Mart Leave-Of-Absence Policy)
56 == Military Retiree Best/Worst States ------------ (Florida Stands Out)
57 == Vet Toxic Exposure | GTMO -------------- (No Cancer Link Found)
57 == Retiree Appreciation Days ------------------------- (As of 31 May 2017)
58 == Vet Hiring Fairs ------------------------------------ (1 thru 30 JUN 2017)
61 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ------------------- (Kansas MAY 2017)


* Vet Legislation * .

61 == VA DIC Rates [06] -------- (H.R.1329 | Make DIC COLA Equal SSA)
62 == VA Claim Medical Evidence - (H.R.1725 | Private Medical Evidence)
62 == VA Facility Smoking Ban ---------------(H.R.1662 | Indoor and Outdoor)
63 == Military PCS Moves ---- (H.R.279/S.1154 | Mil Family Stability Act)
63 == VA Employee Accountability [06] - H.R.1461 | Official Time Limits)
64 == Burial in a National Cemetery [02] ------- (S.1179 | Laos Supporters)
65 == VA Women Vet Programs [29] ------- (H.R.91 Women Veterans Act)
65 == HVAC Update 23 ----------------- (Newly Passed Bills for Floor Vote)



. * MILITARY * .

66 == UCMJ [02] ------- (Death Row Inmate Ronald Gray Appeal Denied)
67 == USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) ------- (4-Yr Overhaul Completed)
68 == Ticonderoga-Class Cruisers --------------- (No Replacements in Sight)
70 == NAS Oceana --- (94K Gal Jet Fuel Spill | Switch in Wrong Position)
71 == Navy Ship Under Manning - (In port Workload 70-Hour per Week)
71 == Portable Battlefield Brain Scanner ------- (Detects Bleeding in Skull)
72 == USMC Photo Scandal [03] ---------------- (Marines United Response)
73 == Other than Honorable Discharge [07] -------- (Mental Health Factor)
73 == Bullet Stopping Goo ---------------- (Air Force Cadet Makes it Work)
74 == Pvt. Manning Prison Release ---------- (Wikileaks Document Leaker)
76 == Missile Defense 101----- (North Korea Could Hit With Little Notice)
77 == Missile Defense 101 [01] ---------------------------------- (Trump Budget)
78 == GI Bill [228] ------------ (Spouse/Children In-State-Tuition Eligibility)
79 == Exosuits [02] ---------------- (Lockheed Martin’s Newest Exoskeleton)
81 == Military Hearing Loss ---- (Research Aims to Reverse Hearing Loss)
82 == USCG Icebreaker Fleet --- (Soon Only 1 Operational | More Needed)
83 == Navy Rail Gun Program -------------------------------- (Battle Readiness)
85 == Fort Hood Memorial ----------------------------- ( 4th Inf Div Iraqi Statue)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

86 == WWII Vets 137 ------------ (Ely~William J. | Oldest West Point Grad)
87 == Operation Catapult --------------- (WWII | Destruction of French Fleet)
88 == Battle of Cold Harbor -------------- (Civil War | May 31 - Jun 12 1864)
89 == Man In The Balloon --- (T.C. Lowe | Aerial Reconnaissance Inventor )
89 == Mexican-American War --------------------------------------- (1846-1848)
92 == Last Cavalry Charge ---------- (Led by 1st Lt. Edwin Ramsey | WWII)
93 == Military History Anniversaries ---------------------------- (1thru 15 June)
93 == Medal Of Honor Story ---------------------- (Ryan Pitts | Afghanistan)
93 == Medal of Honor Citations ----------------- (Fisher~Almond E | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

95 == Pain [02] ----------- (Improving Care & Safety in Pain Management)
96 == PCS Moves [01] ----------------------------------------------- (Health Tips)
96 == Medicare Card [04] ------------------------------------ (Changes Coming)
97 == Drug Cost Increases [07] ------------ (Prospect of Change Uncertain)
98 == Drug Cost Increases [08] ----------------------- (Fair Drug Pricing Act)
98 == Ticks [01] ------------ (Removal Procedure | Peppermint Oil Hazard)
99 == PTSD [228] ----------------------------------- (Heart Disease Link Study)
100 == Chagas Disease ------- (Deadly | Triatomine Bug is Parasite Carrier)
100 == TRICARE Podcast 398 -------- (Lead | Eating Plan | Allergies/Asthma)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 399 ---------- (Drugs | Back Injuries | Personal Info)

. * FINANCES * .

104 == Trump Budget Plan [ 02] - ($1.1 Trillion Spending Proposed for 2018)
105 == USFSPA & Divorce [30] -------------- (Supreme Court Vet Pay Ruling)
106 == Car Insurance [14] ------------- (Prior Insurer Factor in Higher Rates)
106 == Credit's True Cost if Bad ----------------------- (An Expensive Burden)
108 == Tuna Pricing ------------------------------ (You Might Be Getting Taken)
108 == Dumb Insurance [01] ------- (Dental, Children's & Permanent Life)
109 == Pet Care Costs ----------------------------------- (Dog vs. Cat and Others )
110 == Tax Burden for Oregon Retired Vets --------------- (As of MAY 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

112 ==SBCglobal Email Provider - (Blocking RAO Bulletin Notices as Spam)
112 == Notes of Interest ----------------------------------- (16 thru 31 MAY 2017)
113 == U.S.-Russia Tensions [01] ---------- (Putin Comes to Trump Defense)
114 == RP~China Dispute [22] - (Duterte Gets Firm, but Friendly Warning)
115 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [09] ---------------- (Three More Missile Tests)
117 == George Washington's Mother --------------------- (She Was A Handful)
118 == Father's Day ------------------------------------------- (3rd Sunday in June)
120 == Smart Phone [01] ----------------------------------- (Steps to Take if Lost)
121 == Garage Doors --------------------------------- (Making Yours Stand Out (3)
121 == Aging [ 01] ------------------------- (Cell phones, GPS, and Grocery Bags)
122 == Have You Heard? - (Old, cranky, and you ain't fixin' me | Welfare Kids)

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 June 1, 2017
Attachment - Kansas Vet State Benefits & Discounts MAY 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 1 thru 15 June
Attachment - The Man In The Balloon




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