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RAO BULLETIN 1 October 2017

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BULLETIN
1 October 2017

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES



Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

05 == BRAC [59] ---- (Pentagon Supports McCain/Reed 2019 Proposal)
06 == BRAC [60] ---- (Support For The Initiative Is Gaining)
06 == Exchange Online Shopping [12] ---- (Registration Required)
08 == Hack The Air Force ---- (Pentagon Bounty Program Paid out $130,000)
08 == NDAA 2018 [12] ---- (Annual CRs Impact on Military Readiness)
10 == NDAA 2018 [13] ---- (Remaining Issues to Resolve)
12 == Transgender Troops [10] ---- (Pentagon Releases Policy Details)
12 == Israel's First Permanent U.S. Base --- (Army Site 883 Life Support Area)
13 == DoD Procurement [01] ---- (Bomb/Missile Stockpiles Low | Budgetary Inaction)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
17 == Gold Star Parents & Families Day ---- (24 SEP 2017)
18 == POW/MIA [94] ---- (Staff Sgt. John E. Lillich)
19 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017 | Forty-Six)

. * VA * .

22 == VA Vet Choice [60] ---- (Emergency Funding May Not Be Enough)
23 == VA Secretary [60] ---- (Travel Transparency Site Announced)
23 == VA Suicide Prevention [44] ---- (Lawmakers Told What is Needed)
24 == VA Opioid Therapy [06] ---- (Choice Users Face Higher Abuse Risk)
25 == VA Opioid Therapy [07] ---- (Cleveland VAMC Roundtable Discussion)
26 == VA Flu Shots [05] ---- (No Cost Shots at Walgreens)
26 == VA Emergency Room Care [01] ---- (Dealing With Bills)
27 == VA My Health eVet Website [02] ---- (Are You Enrolled? )
28 == VA Caregiver Program [46] ---- (No Charge Online Course)
28 == VA Benefits Delivery at Discharge [01] ---- (1 OCT Changes)
28 == VA Health Care Access [56] ---- (As Good or Better Than Private Sector)
30 == VA Medical Marijuana [34] ---- (AL Asks Secretary's Direct Involvement)
31 == VA Compensation & Benefits ---- ( Problem Solving Program Q&A -- 5)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
35 == VA Whistleblowers [53] ---- (Amazing How Little Has Changed)
38 == VAMC Manchester NH [04] ---- (Congressional Hearing on Patient Care)
39 == VAMC San Juan PR [01] ---- (Hurricane Maria Impact)
40 == VAMC Spokane WA [02] ---- (Missing Computer)
40 == VAMC Washington DC [06] ---- ( Former Director ReFired)
40 == VAMC Huntington WV [02] ---- (90-Year Old Vet Volunteer)
41 == VAMC Memphis TN [03] ---- ("Mafia-style" Leadership Accusations)
43 == VAMC Memphis TN [04] ---- (New Accountability Law Utilized)

. * VETS * .

43 == AFRH Update [08] ---- (Chief Operating Officer Fired)
45 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [20] ---- (Volunteers Sought)
46 == McCain Fights Back ---- ( CBS's 60 Minutes 24 SEP Interview | New Insight)
47 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [01] ---- ($2B Clean Up Estimate)
48 == Vietnam Vets [26] ---- (Sanzaro~Mike | Delayed Purple Heart)
50 == New Mexico Vet Cemetery [01] ---- (Gallup Receives Grant)
50 == National Order of the Legion of Honor ---- (Awarded to 10 WWII Vets)
51 == Veterans' Financial Shape ---- (Comparison to Civilians')
51 == Vet Suicide [17] ---- (VA Releases Findings by State)
52 == Vet Suicide [18] ---- (Female Vet Rate 250% Higher Than Non-Vet)
53 == Obit: William Ely ---- (19 Sep 2017)
54 == Veteran Scams [03] ---- (Ongoing Ones)
55 == WWII VETS 144] ---- (Marvin Strombo | Japanese Flag Returner)
56 == AFL Q&A [06] ---- (Korea Agent Orange VA Coverage)
57 == Veterans Day Poster 2017 ---- (Selection Made)
58 == Agent Orange | A Toxic Legacy ---- (Vets Still Battling Aftermath 42-Years Later)
58 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 30 SEP 2017)
59 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 30 SEP 2017 )
59 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Missouri 2017)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

60 == NDAA 2018 [14] ---- (TRICARE Fee Increases | Grandfather Clause)
60 == Transgender Troops [09] ---- (Senate Bill to Block Ban)
61 == Veterans' Treatment Court [24] ---- (S.946 | Help Justice-Involved Vets)
62 == Vet Orthotic/Prosthetic Care ---- (Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act)
62 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [45] ---- (S.319/H.R.1279 | Senate Passage)
63 == VA Medical Care Copayments ---- (H.R.1100/S.116 | Preventive Health Services)
63 == VA Mental Health Care [34] ---- (H.R.918 Projected Cost)

. * MILITARY* .

65 == Holiday Troop Mail [02] ---- (2017 Military Shipping Deadlines)
65 == Air Force Readiness [02] ---- (Stressed Out, Stretched Thin and Tired)
67 == Air Force Readiness [03] ---- (Too Small for What’s Being Asked of Them)
68 == USAF Tanker/Transport Fleet ---- (Inadequate Against Sophisticated Enemy)
70 == Navy Readiness [03] ---- (Overburdened Navy Must Just Say 'NO')
71 == Short Range Training Ammo ---- (New SRTA for .50 Caliber Guns)
71 == Interim Combat Service Rifle ---- (Army M4 Replacement Program Cancelled)
72 == B-21 Stealth Bomber ---- (Cost Monitoring)
73 == Navy Seventh Fleet ---- (Loss of Confidence Firings)
73 == MAVNI Program [01] ---- (Terminated Enlistment Contracts)
74 == Korea Evacuation Messages ---- (Hoax)
75 == Overseas Troops ---- (Cpl. Sunsette Winsler)
75 == USS Ponce (AFSB-1) [01] ---- (Former LPD-15 Returns Home For Last Time)

. - * MILITARY HISTORY* .

76 == Angels of Bataan ---- (Courage To Live)
79 == Obit: Stanislav Petrov ---- (19 May 2017 | Averted Cold War Nuclear Disaster)
80 == WWII Comfort Women ---- (Memorial Number 12 Dedicated in San Francisco)
81 == USS Cole Attack ---- (Before there was 9/11, there was 10/12)
83 == Canada's American Civil War Monument ---- (40k Participants Honored)
85 == Hanoi Jane ---- (Jane Fonda’s 1972 Trip to North Vietnam)
87 == Holocaust Denial ---- (Illegal in Belgium)
88 == Abandoned Military Bases [08] ---- (Balaklava Submarine Base)
88 == Insanely Daring Air Raids ---- (No. 7 | The 1943 Mosquito Raid Of Berlin)
89 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 OCT)
89 == MOH Awards [07] ---- (Capt. Gary Michael Rose | Upgraded DSC)
92 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Fox, John R | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

94 == TRICARE 2018 Transition ---- (Action You Need to Take)
95 == TRICARE Changes [02] ---- (New Rules Could Raise Copays)
96 == Long Term Care w/TFL ---- (Overview)
97 == Alzheimer's ---- (Fall Prevention
99 == Marathon Running ---- (How to Get there Without Injury)
100 == History Of Medicine ---- (An Early Mastectomy)
101 == Kidney Disease [06] --- (Air Pollution May Harm Your Kidneys)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 415 ---- (Secondhand Smoke | Hurricane Season | Assisted Living)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 417 ---- (Preventing Suicide | Fraud | Turning 65)

. * FINANCIAL * .

104 == Health Care Inflation [01] ---- (4.3% Increase Anticipated for 2018)
105 == VA Home Loan [50] ---- (Crackdown on Predatory Lending Schemes)
106 == Military Star Credit Card ---- (Commissary Acceptance)
106 == Forced Arbitration [01] ---- (Essentially Nullifies Servicemembers' SCRA Rights)
107 == Student Loans [05] ---- (Total Debt $1.4 Trillion | $34K per Student)
108 == Homeowners Insurance [07] ---- (Do You Know What is Covered?)
110 == Equifax Phone Phishing Scam ---- (Data Breach Followup)
111 == Tax Burden for Vermont Retired Vets ---- (As of SEP 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

113 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
114 == Air Force One [02] ---- (Trump Deletes Air-Refueling Capability)
115 == National Anthem [05] ---- (AL, VFW & IAVA on NFL Protests)
116 == National Anthem [06] ---- (U.S. Code | Conduct Required When Played)
117 == Metal Foam Armor ---- (New Material Will Stop Bullets)
117 == Continuing Resolution [02] ---- (BCA & 2018 NDAA On Collision Course)
119 == Agent Orange Forgotten Victims ---- (Vietnamese People)
121 == Teacher of The Year ---- (Martha Cothren | A Lesson in Freedom)
122 == Opioid Addiction [01] ---- (600 People A Week Die in U.S.)
125 == U.S. Embassy Cuba ---- (Closure Under Evaluation | Health Incidents)
126 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (01)
127 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [17] ---- (Pacific Ocean Test | Logical, Terrifying)
128 == DPRK~US War [01] ---- (War of Words Escalates)
130 == Garage Door Billboards ---- (Making Yours Stand Out (10)
130 == Have You Heard? ---- (Marriage Lesson | Importance of Walking)

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 OCT 2017
Attachment - Missouri Vet State Benefits & Discounts SEP 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 OCT
Attachment - Agent Orange | A Toxic Legacy
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