RAO BULLETIN 15 October 2017

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RAO BULLETIN 15 October 2017

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BULLETIN
15 October 2017

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES



Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

05 == Misbehaving Generals ---- (New Emphasis On Senior Leaders Is Needed)
06 == Transgender Lawsuits [01] ---- (DoJ Asking for Dismissal)
07 == Operation Troop Treats ---- (Halloween Candy Exchange)
08 == Operation Gratitude ---- (Troop Support)
08 == Cold War Radiation Testing ---- (Scholar Alleges Unsuspecting People Tested)
09 == Camp Pendleton ---- (Significant Deficiencies Found In Water Supply)
10 == Guam [02] ---- (DoD Asked to Halt Military Construction)
10 == USS Cole Attack [01] ---- (Slow Pace of Trying Alleged Terrorist)
11 == Military Star Credit Card [01] ---- (Commissary Use Authorized)
12 == Military Star Credit Card [02] ---- (Card Use Facts)
13 == WWI Commemorative Coin ---- (100th Anniversary of the End of WWI)
13 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 OCT 2017)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 OCT 2017 | Twenty-Two)

. * VA * .

17 == VA Rating Criteria ---- (Review & Update | Dental and Oral Conditions)
18 == VA Individual Unemployability [04] ---- (No Cuts in 2018)
18 == VA Secret Agreements ---- (Staff Mistake and Misdeed Concealment)
20 == VA Prosthetics [18] ---- (Possible $256.7 Million Overpayment by VHA)
21 == VA Home Loan [51] ---- (Appraiser Shortage Impacting Vets Adversely)
22 == GI Bill [240] ---- (Retail Ready Career Center Loses Eligibility)
23 == GI Bill [241] ---- (Ethics Law suspension Averted)
24 == GI Bill [242] ---- (Flight Training Programs Loophole)
24 == VA ID Card [10] ---- (New Photo Cards Available in NOV 2017)
25 == VA Emergency Room Care [02] ---- (VA Technique Cuts Wait Times)
26 == VA Telehealth [12] ---- (Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care Initiative)
27 == PTSD [233] ---- (Former Ineligible Veterans May Qualify)
27 == VA PTSD Claim Support [03] ---- (How to Pursue A Claim)
31 == VADIP [04] ---- (Dental Program Enrollment Begins 15 NOV)
32 == VA Lawsuit | Togus Veteran's Hospital ---- (Foot/Ankle Care)
32 == VA Conflict-Of-Interest Law ---- (Push To Suspend 50-Year-Old Ethics Law)
33 == VA Compensation & Benefits ---- (Problem Solving Program Q&A -- 13 thru 16)
35 == VA Health Care Access [57] ---- (Tips to Reduce Wait Time)
36 == VAMC Sioux Falls SD ---- (Pin-Ups For Vets Visit Rejection Withdrawn)
37 == VAMC Clarksburg WV ---- (Wait Time Manipulation Uncovered)
37 == VAMC Denver CO [09] ---- (Cancelled/Postponed Surgeries)
38 == VAMC Tomah WI [18] ----(Ex-Head Allowed to Resign)
39 == VARO Providence RI ---- (Manager Disciplined for Toxic Work Atmosphere)
40 == VA HCS Central AR ---- (Community Clinic Shift to VA Personnel Manning)

. * VETS * .

40 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Palomares Spain ---- (Ionizing Radiation )
41 == Toxic Exposure | Wurtsmith AFB [01] ---- ( Assessment Reopening)
43 == Vet Service Dogs [21] ---- (Where Federal Regulations Allow)
44 == Vet Pensioner Abuse ---- (VA and Congress Crawling Toward Actions)
45 == Iraq Vets ---- (Chong Kim | Fighting Deportation)
47 == Vet Job Resume Writing [04] ---- (Five Blunders to Avoid)
48 == Korean War Vets ---- (Dr. Kuang S. Kim)
49 == Vet Deportations [12] ---- (VA Urged to Increase Services & Outreach)
50 == Vet Unaccompanied Burial ---- (10 at Camp Butler National Cemetery)
51 == Vet Unemployment [13] ---- (Dropped to 3.0% in SEP)
52 == Starbucks Vet Question Campaign ---- (Ask Better Questions)
52 == Obit: Donald Malarkey ---- (30 Sep 2017)
53 == Obit: Harold Beasing ---- (7 Aug 2017)
54 == WWII VETS [145] ---- (Harold Berg | Guadalcanal Memories)
55 == AFL Q&A 07 ----(VA Individual Unemployability Eligibility)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 15 OCT 2017)
57 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 15 OCT 2017)
58 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Massachusetts 2017)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

58 == VA Health Care Access [57] ---- (S.1153 | Vet ACCESS Act)
59 == VA Budgeting ---- (New Legislation Pushed to Mandate New Oversight)
59 == VA AL-TBI [01] ---- (HR .3819 | Pilot Program 5-Month Extension)
60 == Vet Asbestos Claims ---- (H.R.906 | Slow Fund Depletion)
61 == VA BRAC [01] ---- (Legislation Under Consideration)

. * MILITARY* .

62 == MSL(V) Landing Craft ---- ($1B Mike Boat Replacement Contract Awarded)
63 == Military Holiday Mailing 2017 ---- (Deadlines)
63 == Army Recruiting ---- (Pilot Program Combines All 3 Components)
64 == Army Recruiting [01] ---- (Generation Z Impact)
65 == Navy UUVRON 1 ---- (First Underwater Drone Squadron)
66 == USAF Pilot Shortage [01] ----(VRRAD Program Open Till Dec 2018)
66 == USMC Parris Island ---- (Mascot Cpl Legend Dies)
67 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [03] ---- (Repairs To Be Done in Japan)
68 == USS Shiloh (CG-67) ---- (USS Bread and Water)
69 == Military Capabilities Assessment --- (Warning From Heritage Foundation)
71 == Army COS ---- (Pray For Peace, Prepare For War)
72 == Space Warfare ---- (Strategic Review Underway)
73 == USMC Infantry Squads ---- (Plans to Make Them More Lethal Than Ever)
74 == Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ---- ( Vietnam-era M113 Replacement)
75 == Army Field Manual 3.0 ---- (A New Way to Fight)
77 == M-1A2SEPV3 Tank ---- (1st of ~1000 Received on Time & On Budget)
78 == Transitioning Servicemembers ---- (3 Tips From Former VA Secretary)
79 == Ammunition [01] ---- (Underwater 50-Caliber Round)
80 == Overseas Troops ---- (Cpl. Rachel Warford)

. - * MILITARY HISTORY* .

80 == Revolutionary War Death Ship ---- (HMS Jersey)
81 == Navy Birthday [01] ---- (Navy Turns 242-Years Old)
81 == Battle of Tarawa [01] ---- (A Homecoming 70-Years Late)
83 == Holocaust Denial ---- (Illegal in Belgium)
85 == Abandoned Military Bases [09] ---- (Flak Tower)
85 == Insanely Daring Air Raids ---- (No. 8 | Operation Jericho)
86 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 31 OCT)
86 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Fryar~Elmer E | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

88 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [03] ---- (Unanticipated Twist Will Raise Copays)
89 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [04] ---- (Fiscal to Calendar Year Shift)
90 == Glioblastoma ---- (Brain Cancer Tumor)
91 == Medicare Coverage [01] ---- (Non-Working Spouse Eligibility)
92 == Terminal Patients ---- (Experimental Drugs Access)
93 == Alzheimer's [13] ---- (Vets At Higher Risk Than Civilians)
94 == Aging [02] ---- (Home Modifications to Assist You Age in Place)
95 == Brain Tumors ---- (Do you Know The Symptoms?)
96 == Prosthetics ----(New System Can Learn From Its User)
97 == History Of Medicine ---- (Indigestion)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 418 ---- (Women's Health | Infants/Nurse | Bullying)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 419 ---- (Upcoming TRICARE Benefit Changes)

. * FINANCIAL * .

100 == Taxpayer War Costs ---- (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria since 9/11)
100 == SSA COLA 2018 ---- (Continues To Disappoint With CPI-W Measure)
101 == Retiree/VA Disability 2018 COLA ---- (Biggest since 2012)
102 == Bank Fees [04] ---- (Record Highs | How to Easily Avoid Them)
103 == Social Security Number [ 01] ---- (Replacement System Sought)
104 == Top Wage Growth Jobs ---- (Ten Fastest)
105 == Servicemembers Credit Cards ---- (DoD Rate Limit Rules)
106 == Pet Sales Scams ---- (Phony Ads and Fake Breeders)
107 == Netflex Scam ---- (Phony Tech Support)
108 == Hurricane Relief Work Scam ---- ( Phony Job Offers)
108 == Survivor's Debt ---- (What the Widow(er) is Liable For)
110 == Mortgage [07] ---- (Refinancing After Retirement)
111== Tax Burden for Virginia Retired Vets ---- (As of OCT 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

113 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 OCT 2017)
114 == NAFTA ---- (Trade Negotiations Are Underway | Impact on You)
116 == Coping With Grief ---- (Life After Loss)
117 == Car Winterizing ---- (Seven Things to Do)
118 == Military 11 General Orders ---- (Nostalgia | Do You Remember Them? )
119 == National Anthem [06] ---- (U.S. Code | Conduct Required When Played)
119 == Metal Foam Armor ---- (New Material Will Stop Bullets)
120 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (02)
121 == Garage Door Billboards ---- (Making Yours Stand Out (11)
121 == Weird Facts About Your Body ---- (01 thru 12)
122 == Have You Heard? ---- (Courtroom Humor)

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 OCT 15, 2017
Attachment - Massachusetts Vet State Benefits & Discounts OCT 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 OCT
Attachment - Revolutionary War Death Ship
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