RAO BULLETIN 15 November 2017

The latest news from the veteran community
Message
Author
User avatar
boardman
Site Admin
Posts: 2173
Joined: Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:24 pm
2-5 Connection: Yes
unit: G 2/5
Contact:

RAO BULLETIN 15 November 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:13 am

RAO
BULLETIN
15 November 2017

HTML/PDF Editions



THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

05 == Surface Navy Comprehensive Review ---- (Report To Congress)
06 == Nuclear Weapons Arsenal [03] ---- (Presidents Authority to Use)
06 == SBP DIC Offset [49] ---- (Partial Fix in Proposed NDAA Bill)
07 == SECNAV Retiree Council [07] ---- (Applications for 2019 Membership)
08 == ID Card Copying Restrictions [02] ---- (U.S. Code Violation)
08 == Army Secretary [01] ---- (Mark Esper ACS Confirmation Hearing)
10 == U.S. Overseas Wars ---- (Full Cost Since 2001 Approaching $6 Trillion)
11 == Ground Midcourse Defense System ---- (ICBM Threat Protection)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017 | Seven)

. * VA * .

15 == VA Motto ---- (Alleged Sexist, Outdated and Exclusionary)
16 == VA Survey 2017 [01] ---- (WWP Results | Employment & Trust Up)
16 == VA Legal Services ---- (Vet Pro Bono Access)
17 == VA Pension Program [01] ---- (Nursing Home Vets Overpaid ~$7 Million)
18 == VA Physician Workload ---- (Secretary Reduces Administrative Email)
18 == VA BRAC [02] ---- ( AIR Act Moves Forward)
19 == VA Secretary [61] ---- (Agent Orange Presumptive Ailment Expansion)
20 == VA Benefits Advisory Board ---- (Purpose | Review to Find Ways to Simplify)
21 == VA Health Care Access [58] ---- (Latest Battle Centered on VA Programs)
22 == VA Doctors ---- (Unknown How Many Work for VA)
23 == VA Artificial Intelligence ---- (Promises to Transform the Healthcare Sphere)
25 == VA Agent Orange Benefits [03] ---- (No Decision on Expansion)
26 == Gulf War Syndrome [43] ---- (First Direct Biological Evidence)
29 == VA RAMP ---- (Goal To Resolve Vet Benefit Claim Disagreements Sooner)
29 == VA Medical Marijuana [36] ---- (Vets Support Expanding Research)
30 == VA Blue Water Claims [42] ---- (Expansion Proposal Sidelined)
31 == VA Disability Evaluation System [03] ---- Back, Neck, & Joint Ratings
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
33 == VA Compensation & Benefits ---- (Problem Solving Program Q&A -- 21 & 22)
35 == VAMC Bedford NH [01] ---- (Shulkin Call for Hospital Shake Up)
36 == VAMC Beckley WV [02] ---- (Tele-ICU Program Implemented)
37 == VA HCS Ann Harbor MI ---- (Do Not Resuscitate Mix Up)

. * VETS * .

38 == How to Talk to A Vet ---- (Suggestions)
41 == AFRH [09] ---- (Now Accepting Applications for Residency)
42 == Vet Job Hunting [02] ---- (CBP Ranked 3rd Best Place to Work)
42 == Vet EEOICP Eligibility ---- (Veterans Who Built/Supported Nuclear Weapons)
43 == TSGLI [07] ---- (Decision Reversed by ABCMR After 4-yrs)
44 == Women Vet Health Risks ---- (Greater Than Civilians)
45 == Eisenhower Memorial [05] ---- (Work Is Finally Set To Begin)
46 == National Vet/Military Families Month ---- (November Designated)
46 == Worst States for Retirees ---- (6th thru 10th)
48 == Chem-Bio Agent Tests ---- (Army Participants Eligible for Medical Care)
49 == Gulf War Syndrome [44] ---- (Vets Work to Bridge Info Gap)
50 == Obit: Cavazos~Richard E. ---- (31 OCT 2017)
51 == WWII Vets 147 ---- (Roberto E. Rosales | Bataan Death March Survivor)
52 == AFL Q&A 09 ---- (Over 65 VA Individual Unemployability Benefit)
54 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 15 NOV 2017)
55 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 15 NOV 2017)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Montana NOV 2017)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

56 == VA Transplant Program [02] ---- (H.R.2601 | VICTOR Act of 2017)
57 == VA Management ---- (H.R.1066 | Passed Bill to Clean Up VA's Management)
58 == VA Telemedicine [01] ---- (H.R.2123 | House VA Committee Passes)
58 == VA Mental Health Care [35] ---- (H.R.918 Passes House)
60 == VA Vet Choice [63] ---- (H.R.4242 On Hold Pending GAO Cost Estimate)
61 == VA Women Vet Programs [31] ---- (H.R.3558 | Privacy & Security Standard)
61 == VA Aid & Attendance [20] ---- (H.R.3122 | Passed by Voice Vote)
62 == HVAC [25] ---- (Newly Passed Bills for Floor Vote)

. * MILITARY* .

62 == PSLF Program ---- (Federal School Loan Pay Off Program in Jeopardy)
63 == Navy Fleet Size [08] ---- (Perry Class Frigate Reactivation Discussions)
64 == Ft. Bliss Medical Care Problems ---- (Demobilization/Redeployment Processing)
66 == USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) [01] ---- (Shoddy Seamanship Blamed)
67 == Navy Fleet Readiness ---- (Nuclear-Powered Attack Sub Maintenance Backlog)
69 == Military Reenlistment [01] ---- (Navy Convening A Continuation Board)
71 == Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ---- (Humvee Replacement)
73 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [08] ---- (Investigation Report Findings)
74 == USS Cole Attack [03] ---- (GTMO Judge Finds USMC General in Contempt)
75 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [05] ---- (Investigation Report Findings)
77 == Bergdahl Court Martial [02] ---- (Sentencing Rational)
78 == Bergdahl Court Martial [03] ---- ( $300k In Back Pay in Limbo)
79 == Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix ---- (DI Sentenced to 10 Years)
81 == Overseas Troops ---- (Lance Cpl. James Nemger)

. - * MILITARY HISTORY* .

82 == Nuclear Missile Accident ---- (Details Released After 53 Years)
82 == Operation Torch ---- (75th Anniversary)
85 == A D-Day Victory Story ---- (Actor Charles Durning's Experience)
86 == Operation Crossroads ---- (Bikini Island Radioactivity Lingers After 60-yrs)
88 == Fort Des Moines Museum ---- (JAN Closure Anticipated | Lack of Funds)
89 == Abandoned Military Bases [11] ---- (Hashima Island, Japan)
89 == Insanely Daring Air Raids ---- (No. 10 | Operation Tidal Wave)
90 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 30 NOV)
90 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Fuqua~Samuel G | WWI & WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

92 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [08] ---- (Drug Cost Hike Advances in Congress)
92== TRICARE Changes 2018 [09] ---- (20 NOV Webiner on Changes)
93 == Diabetes [12] --- (Hypoglycemia | Low Blood Sugar)
94 == Hemorrhoids ---- (We All Have Them)
96 == Hemorrhoids [01] ---- (How can you relieve the symptoms yourself?)
98 == PTSD Sleep Impact ---- (Insomnia & Nightmares)
100 == Alzheimer's [15] ---- (Gates Pledges $50M to Help Fight It)
100 == PTSD [234] ---- (New York Law Approves Medical Marijuana Treatment)
101 == History Of Medicine ---- (Eye Inflammation)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 422 ---- (TRICARE Enrollment Freeze)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 423 ---- (HPV Vaccine | Upcoming Webinar | MilConnect)

. * FINANCIAL * .

104 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [01] ---- (House Republican Version Released)
105 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [02] ---- (MOAA's Take on Vet Impact)
106 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [03] ---- (PVA's Take on Vet Impact)
107 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [04] ---- (SALT Restoration Rejected)
108 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [05] ---- (Impact on Active Duty Military)
110 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [06] ---- (Senate Proposal Released 9 NOV)
111 == Medicare Enrollment [02] ---- ( 7 Things You Need to Know)
113 == TSP [20] ---- (Passed H.R.3031 Gives 401k Federal Holders More Options)
113 == VA Loan ---- (Lender's Abusing Vets | IRRRL Refinancing Downside)
115 == Drug Cost Increases [10] ---- (Authorize Personal Drug Importation)
116 == Drug Cost Increases [11] ---- (Drug Price Relief Act Defeated)
117 == Diamonds ---- (Laboratory-made | Should You Buy One)
118 == Confirm Your Account Scam ----(Amazon)
118 == Disabled Vet Gift Scam ---- (Fake Checks)
120 == Emergency Scams [01] (Military Grandparents)
121 == Fraud Protection Agent Scam ---- (Targeting Veterans)
121 == Tax Burden for Washington Retired Vets ---- (As of NOV 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

123 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
124 == U.S. Naval Academy [03] ---- (Sen. John McCain's Clarion Call)
124 == NFL Anthem Controversy ---- (One of America’s Biggest Industries Black Eye)
125 == Fire Extinguishers ---- (Kiddie Recalls 40 Million | Faulty Handle)
126 == Smartphone [02] ---- (Phubbing | How It Hurts Others)
128 == Refrigerator Tips ---- (16 To Organize and Save Money)
130 == Drones | Aerial [04] ---- (V-Bat | Vertical Take-off & Landing)
131 == Remember When ---- (Nostalgia (6))
132 == Black Days ----- (Every Day of the Week Represented)
132 == DPRK~US War [02] ---- (Only Way to Determine Nuclear Arsenal Extent)
133 == U.S. Embassy Cuba [02] ---- (Cuba Says U.S. Lying About Sonic Attacks)
134 == Test Your Recollection ---- (Nagasaki Atomic Bomb 1945)
134 == Robocalls [02] ---- (Some Tips to Stop Them)
136== Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (04)
136 == Costco Secrets [01] ---- (Rotisserie Chicken)
136 == Weird Facts About Your Body ---- (26 thru 37)
137 == Garage Door Billboards ---- (Making Yours Stand Out (13)
138 == Have You Heard? ---- (Walkin | According to some philosophers | Oh My!)

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 NOV 15, 2017
Attachment - Montana Vet State Benefits & Discounts NOV 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 NOV
Attachment - Nuclear Missile Accident 1964
Attachment - It's Time to Wake Up
-o-o-O-o-o-

FAIR USE NOTICE: This newsletter may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The Editor/Publisher of the Bulletin at times includes such material in an effort to advance reader’s understanding of veterans' issues. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material in this newsletter is distributed without profit to those who have expressed an interest in receiving the included information for educating themselves on veteran issues so they can better communicate with their legislators on issues affecting them. To obtain more information on Fair Use refer to: http: //www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this newsletter for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

-o-o-O-o-o-

TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD THE ABOVE ARTICLES, ATTACHMENTS, OR PAST BULLETINS GO Online To:

-- http://www.nhc-ul.org/rao.html (PDF Edition w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://www.veteransresources.org (PDF & HTML Editions w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://frabr245.org (PDF & HTML Editions in Word format)
-- http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html (PDF & HTML Editions w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://www.nj-americanlegionpost493.org (PDF Edition w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin (past Bulletins)

Note: The above websites are blocked by some, if not all, USAF & USCG military commands for security purposes. To gain access you need to open them using a non “...@us.af.mil“ “...@uscg.mil“ source. Contact raoemo@sbcglobal.net if you are unable to do this.

Notes:
1. The Bulletin is provided as a website accessed document vice direct access. This was necessitated by SPAMHAUS who alleged the Bulletin’s size and large subscriber base were choking the airways interfering with other internet user’s capability to send email. SPAMHAUS told us to stop sending the Bulletin in its entirety to individual subscribers and to validate the subscriber base with the threat of removing all our outgoing email capability if we did not. To avoid this we notified all subscribers of the action required to continue their subscription. This Bulletin notice was sent to the 20,007 subscribers who responded to that notice and/or have since subscribed. All others have or are in the process of being deleted from the active mailing list.

2. Anyone who wants to remove or change their email addee from the Bulletin mailing list SHOULD NOT USE the automatic “UNSUBSCRIBE“ or “Change of Address“ tabs at the bottom of this message as they are no longer fully functional Send a message to raoemo@sbcglobal.net with the word “DELETE“ or “COA“ in the subject line.

3. Bulletin recipients with interest in the Philippines, whether or not they live there, can request to be added to the RAO's Philippine directory for receipt of notices on Clark Field Space 'A', U.S. Embassy Manila, and TRICARE in the RP.

4. New subscribers and those who submit a change of address should receive a message that verifies their addition or address change being entered in the mailing list. If you do not receive a message within 3 days it indicates that either I never received you request, I made an error in processing your request, or your server will not allow me to send to the email addee you provided. Anyone who cannot reach me by email can call (858) 432-1214 to ask questions or confirm info needed to add them to the directory.

5. If you have another email addee at work or home and would like to receive Bulletin notices there also, just provide the appropriate addee to raoemo@sbcglobal.net.

6. Past Bulletin articles as well as an index of all previously published article titles are available on request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net. Bear in mind that the articles listed on this index were valid at the time they were written and may have since been updated or become outdated.

7. The Bulletin is normally published on the 1st and 15th of each month. To aid in continued receipt of Bulletin availability notices, recommend enter the email addee raoemo@sbcglobal.net into your address book. If you do not receive a Bulletin check either http://www.nhc-ul.org/rao.html (PDF Edition), http://www.veteransresources.org (PDF & HTML Editions), http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html (PDF & HTML Editions), or http://frabr245.org (PDF & HTML Editions) before sending me an email asking if one was published. If you can access the Bulletin at any of the aforementioned sites it indicates that something is preventing you from receiving my email. Either your server considers it to be spam or I have somehow incorrectly entered or removed your addee from the mailing list. Send me an email so I can verify your entry on the validated mailing list. If you are unable to access the Bulletin at any of these sites let me know.

8. Articles within the Bulletin are editorialized information obtained from over 100 sources. At the end of each article is provided the primary source from which it was obtained. The ++ indicates that that the information was reformatted from the original source and/or editorialized from more than one source. Because of the number of articles contained in each Bulletin there is no why that I can attest to their validity other than they have all been taken from previously reliable sources. My staff consist of only one person (myself) and it is a 7/10-12 endeavor to prepare and publish. Readers who question the validity of content are encouraged to go to the source provided to have their questions answered. I am always open to comments but, as a policy, shy away from anything political. Too controversial and time consuming.

== To subscribe first add the RAO email addee raoemo@sbcglobal.net to your address book and/or white list. Then send to this addee your full name plus either the post/branch/chapter number of the fraternal military/government organization you are currently affiliated with (if any) “AND/OR“ the city and state/country you reside in so your addee can be properly positioned in the directory for future recovery. Subscription is open at no cost to all veterans, dependents, military/veteran support organizations, and media.
== To change your email addee or Unsubscribe from Bulletin distribution DO NOT USE the “Change address / Leave mailing list“ tab at the bottom of the Bulletin availability notice that advised you when the current Bulletin was available. It is currently not fully functional. Instead send an email to raoemo@sbcglobal.net indicating the change you want.
== To manually submit a change of email addee provide your old and new email addee plus full name.

**************************

RAO Bulletin Editor/Publisher:
Lt. James (EMO) Tichacek, USN (Ret) Tel: (858) 842-1111 Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net
Bulletin Web Access: http://www.nhc-ul.org/rao.html, http://www.veteransresources.org, http://frabr245.org, and
http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html [PDF & HTML Editions w/ATTACHMENTS]

RAO Baguio Director:
SSgt Terrance (Terry) Parker, USAF (Ret), PSC 517 Box 4036, FPO AP 96517-1000, Tel: Smart 0921824728 or Globe 09454073380, Email: rao.dir.baguio@gmail.com

RAO Baguio Office: Mountain Lodge, 27 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City, 2600 Philippines
FPO Mail Pickup: TUE & THUR 09-1100 --- Outgoing Mail Closeout: THUR 1100
Boardman 8)
"See You On The Other Side"
http://www.2ndbn5thmarines.com

Return to “Today's Veterans' News”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests