RAO BULLETIN 15 March 2018

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RAO BULLETIN 15 March 2018

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BULLETIN
15 March 2018

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Selective Service System [27] ---- (Should the Draft Be Reinstated?)
05 == DoD Tuition Assistance [06] ---- (Non-Traditional Use Proposal)
06 == Arlington National Cemetery [73] ---- (Burial Eligibility Restrictions Proposed)
07 == AFRH [11] ---- (IG Report on Declining Finances)
07 == DoD Weapons Sales ---- (Waivers to Foreign Governments Cost Taxpayers Billions)
09 == DoD Lawsuit | PTSD Biased Discharges ---- (Impacts 57,000 Between 2011 & 2015)
10 == DoD Lawsuit |Tripler AMC Malpractice ---- ($24.7 Million Awarded)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2018)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2018 | Eight)

. * VA * .

14 == VA Secretary [65] ---- (More Leadership Changes Promised)
15 == VA Secretary [66] ---- (Power Struggle Paralyzes Trump's Plan to Fix Veterans' Care)
17 == VA Health Care Access [61] ---- (Audit Reveals Incorrect Reporting of Wait Times)
18 == VA Cancer Treatment [09] ---- (Colonoscopy Impact on Colorectal Morality Rate)
18 == VA PDSI ---- (Safer Therapy Initiatives for Anxiety/Stress/Depression/Insomnia)
20 == VA Mustard Agent Care [07] ---- (Compensation Approved)
21 == VA Adoption Assistance ---- (Final Interim Rule)
22 == VA Hepatitis C Care [17] ---- (Vets Infected 2014 - 146k | 2018 - 20k | 2019 - 0)
23 == VA Vet Home Policy ---- (Life Ending Drugs)
24 == Opioid Addiction [03] ---- (Opioids Not Better than Nonopioid Treatment for Pain)
24 == VA Accredited Representatives ---- (Disability Claim Assistance)
26 == VA Lung Cancer Care ---- (LDCT Screening Enhances Care for Veterans)
26 == VA Physician License Revocations [01] ---- (Record Review Promise Blasted)
27 == VA HUD-VASH [07] ---- (Sting Uncovers Vet Home Leasing Discrimination)
28 == VA Benefits Eligibility [08] ---- (Based on Disability Rating)
30 == VA Vet Choice [71] ---- (New Study Questions Private Care Provider's Capabilities)
31 == PTSD [243] ---- (Sample Disability Claim Pointman Stressor Letter)
33 == PTSD [244] ---- (Service Dog Pilot Program)
34 == PTSD [245] ---- (Pilot Telehealth Program (TOP) for Rural Vets)
35 == VAMC Miami FL [04] ---- (HIV Testing Discrepancies)
36 == VAMC Phoenix AZ [01] ---- (Screened! Take Ownership Of Your Health)
37 == VAMC Washington DC [07] ---- (Major Improvements Undertaken)

. * VETS * .

38 == MOH Awards [08] ---- (WWI Black Nominee's Recommendation Under Review)
39 == GI Bill [250] ---- (Transparency Expanded on Expenditures)
40 == California Veterans Home [17] ---- (Yountville Vet Center Killings)
41 == California Veterans Home [18] ---- (Unanswered Questions on Killings)
42 == Trump Pardons Sailor ---- (Convicted Of Taking Illegal Photos Aboard Submarine)
43 == Vet Jobs [230] ---- (Training Funded for 20,000 Tradespeople)
43 == Stolen Valor [109]---- (Reported 180301 thru 180315)
44 == Vet Suicide [20] ---- (AMVETS/VA Partnership | HEAL Program)
45 == Vet Scholarships [09] ---- (Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship)
46 == National Resource Directory [05] ---- (Designed For Veterans)
46 == Military Spouse Deportation ---- (PIP Eligibility Blocked by ICE & DHS Actions)
48 == Military Spouse Deportation [01] ---- (Multiple Families Under Stress)
49 == Military Spouse Deportation [02] ---- (Multiple Families Impacted)
52 == Vet Cemetery California [17] ---- (MINC Petition Gets VA's Attention)
53 == Obit | Floyd Carter Sr. ---- (8 MAR 2018)
54 == Obit | Togo West Jr. ---- (8 MAR 2018)
55 == Obit | Veronica Byrnes Bradley ---- 28 FEB 2018
55 == AFL Q&A 21 & 22 ---- (Grandchild VA Benefits & Purple Heart Obtainment)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 15 MAR 2018)
57 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 16 MAR 2018)
57 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (South Carolina | MAR 2018)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

58 == Military Food Stamps [03] ---- (Senate Legislation Proposed)
59 == Vet Legislative Wins 2018 ---- (March | S.2372, S.2248 & H.R.3656)
59 == Military Retirement Pay [09] ---- ( AB-2394 | Exemption From CA Income Tax)

. * MILITARY* .

60 == USMC Data Breach [01] ---- (Email Sent to Wrong Distribution List)
61 == Columbia SSBN Program [01] ---- ($100 Billion Projected Cost)
62 == Helicopter War Memorial ---- (Arlington Dedication 18 APR 2018)
63 == USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) [01] ---- (To Be Commissioned 24 MAR)
63 == Navy Hybrid Destroyers ---- (Installation Program Cancelled)
64 == USS Lexington (CV-2) ---- (Wreckage Discovered)
66 == MAVNI Program [07] ---- Military Base Immigration Center Closures
67 == Military Working Dogs [04] ---- (Mishandled | Army Will Comply w/Call for Reform)
67 == SCRA [08] ---- (BMW Financial Services' $2.2 Million Settlement)
68 == Marine Corps Boot Camp ---- (High School Educators Get 5-Day Course)
69 == Military Humor ---- (Bumper Stickers Seen On Bases)
70 == West Point [04] ---- (8 Things To Consider Before Applying)
71 == Warships That Will Change The Future ---- (SAS Mendi F-148)

. * MILITARY HISTORY* .

72 == HMS Hood Sinking ---- (How She Was Sunk by the Bismarck)
72 == Operation K ---- (2nd Pearl Harbor Raid | A Colossal Failure)
74 == Air Force Legend ---- (John L. Levitow | USAF's Lowest Ranking MOH Recipient)
75 == French Cruiser Emile Bertin ---- (WWII Career)
76 == WWII Vets 157 ---- (George Ciampa | Picking Up The Dead)
77 == WWII Vets 158 ---- (George Mendonsa | The Kissing Sailor)
78 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 31 MAR)
79 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Gerstung~Robert E | WWII)
80 == WWII Bomber Nose Art ---- (02) Windy City Kitty)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

81 == Health Care Options At Age 65 ---- (Veterans)
81 == Sleep [07] ---- (Why Are We So Sleep Deprived, and Why Does It Matter?)
83 == Kidney Disease [07] ---- (Risk Reduction)
84 == Opioid Addiction [02] ---- (Trump Suggests Death Penalty for Dealers)
85 == Opioid Addiction [04] ---- (Punitive Approach to Addiction Does Not right the Wrongs)
86 == Uterus Transplant ---- (Military Spouse Delivers Baby in Experimental Procedure)
88 == Mononucleosis ---- (Kissing Disease | It’s A One-and-Done Event)
88 == TRICARE Podcast 439 ---- (Nutrition Tips - Qualifying Life Events)
89 == TRICARE Podcast 440 ---- (TRICARE Enrollment Changes)

. * FINANCIAL * .

90 == IRS Tax Deductions [01] ---- (Property Taxes 2018 thru 2025)
91 == Student Loan [06] ---- (Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Jeopardy
92 == IRS Forgiven Debt Policy [02] ---- (Student Loans)
93 == VA Home Loan [58] ---- (Second Mortgage)
93 == VA Home Loan [59] ---- (Energy Efficient Mortgage Program)
94 == Medicare Card Switch Scam ---- (How It works)
94 == Making Money After Retirement [01] ---- (10 More Ways to Do It)
96 == Tax Burden for California Retired Vets ---- (As of MAR 2018)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

97 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 MAR 2018)
98 == Gun Deaths ---- (2016 Breakdown of U.S. Deaths)
99 == Gun Deaths [01] ---- (More Thoughts on Gun Control
99 == Russia Nuclear Weapons ---- (Latest Developments)
101 == National Suicide Hotline ---- (3-Digit Number A Step Closer)
102 == Men vs. Women ---- (How To Make Each Other Happy)
102 == National Anthem [08] ---- (Military Movie Theaters)
103 == Funerals [01] ---- (Trends | A Few Interesting Options Worth Investigating)
104 == One Word Essays ---- (Friendship)
105 == Quotable Quotes 01 ---- (Things to Think About)
105 == Billy Graham ---- (The Story Behind His Casket)
108 == What's Inside ---- (Hand, 9V Battery, Fireworks Shell, & Mature Hedge)
108 == Brain Teaser ---- (Grandmas and Trolls)
109 == Vinegar [01] ---- (Multiple Uses | Grooming, Health, & House Cleaning
110 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (12)
111 == Brain Teaser Answer ---- (Grandmas and Trolls)
111 == Have You Heard? ---- (Older Bud-weiser | The Cynical Philosopher)

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 - South Carolina Vet State Benefits & Discounts MAR 2018
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 MAR
Attachment - HMS Hood Sinking

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