RAO BULLETIN 1 April 2018

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RAO BULLETIN 1 April 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:41 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 April 2018

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Space Force --- (Trump's Comment Raises Issue)
05 == DoD/VA VLER [13] ---- (Combined Health Record System Deal Status)
06 == Military Enlistment [18] ---- (Dependent's Military Health Record Impact)
07 == Chemical Weapons [02] ---- (Disposal Over Budget & Behind Schedule)
08 == DoD Disability Severance [05] ---- (Refund on Improper Taxation)
09 == Commissary Prices [10] ---- (Online Availability)
09 == TRDP [18] ---- (To Replaced FEDVIP in 2019)
10 == Transgender Troops [15] ---- (Barred From Serving With Limited Exceptions)
12 == Tricare Prime Allotment [04] ---- (45,000 Households Pending Prime Disenrollment)
13 == Exchange/DeCA Merger ---- (Proposed to Make DOD Operations More Efficient)
14 == SBP DIC Offset [50] ---- (Offset Status as of MAR 2018)
15 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2018)
16 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2018 | Twenty-Three)

. * VA * .

20 == VA Service Connection [01] ---- (Events That Warrant It)
21 == VA RAMP [01] ---- (Program Progress Report Discouraging)
22 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2018)
22 == VA Background Checks ---- (IG Reveals 6,200 Workers Have Not Received One)
23 == VA Golden Age Games 2018 ---- (To Be Held AUG 3-8 in Albuquerque NM)
24 == VA Medical Research ---- (Dog Testing Restrictions Under Spending Bill)
24 == VA Mental Health Care [38] ---- (Bad Paper Discharge Access Approved)
25 == VA Reforms [07] ---- (In Jeopardy | Removed From Spending Bill)
26 == VA Agent Orange Healthcare ---- (Expansion Limited by Cost, Science & Politics)
28 == GI Bill [251] ---- (Delayed Spring Semester Payments)
28 == GI Bill [252] ---- (Private/Foreign School Limit Increase)
29== VA Special Monthly Compensation [02] ---- (Non-Economic Loss Compensation)
30 == Dependents’ Educational Assistance [04] ---- (The Forgotten Benefit)
30 == VA Secretary [67] ---- (Our Veterans Need Shulkin)
31 == VA Secretary [68] ---- (Key GOP Senator Backs Shulkin)
32 == VA Secretary [69] ---- (Only As Good As Their President… And Their Congress)
32 == VA Secretary [70] ---- (Trump's Surprise Nomination Raises Questions)
33 == VA Vet Choice [73] ---- (Program Impact on Maine Hospitals)
34 == VAMC Buffalo NY [03] ---- (Inappropriate Action Led to Patient's Death)
35 == VA HCS Palo Alto CA [01] ---- (Data Breach Reported)

. * VETS * .

36 == Military Parades [03] ---- (MOAA Survey Results | Costly Distraction)
37 == National Vietnam War Veterans Day ---- (Annually On 29 March)
38 == Bataan Death March [07] ---- (29th Annual Included 100 Year Old Vet)
40 == Illinois Veterans Homes [07] ---- (Quincy Legionella Eradication Efforts)
41 == Veterans Advantage [01] ---- (Amtrak Elimination 26 MAR Inexcusable)
42 == Vet Deportations [17] ---- (Afghan Vet Miguel Perez Jr. Denied Citizenship)
42 == Vet Deportations [18] ---- (Afghan 2 Tour Green Card Vet Deported)
43 == Vet Deportations [19] ---- (Deported Vet Granted U.S. Citizenship)
44 == Bladensburg WWI Vet Memorial [04] ---- (Supreme Court Appeal Pending)
46 == Desert Storm Memorial [07] ---- (Public Comment Invited thru 13 APR)
47 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 15 thru 31 MAR 2017)
47 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Atlantic NC ---- (Contaminated Drinking Water)
49 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 1 APR 2018)
49 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 1 APR 2018)
50 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (South Dakota MAR 2018)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

51 == VA Home Loan [61] ---- (S.2155 | Refinancing Legislation)
51 == Generic Drug Pricing [04] ---- (S.2476 | Targets Pay-For-Delay Big Pharma Tactic)
52 == VA Vet Choice [72] ---- (H.R.2683 | Protecting Veterans Credit Act)
52 == GI Bill [253] ---- (H.R.4508 Prosper Act | Congress Should Do Better)
54 == Vet Legislative Wins 2018 ---- (March | H.R.506, 1725, 3122, & S.324)
54 == VA Burial Benefits [44] ---- (S.2248 | Tribal Cemetery Headstones)

. * MILITARY* .

55 == Navy Hospital Ships ---- (Retirement for 1 of 2 Proposed)
56 == Military Chaplains [01] ---- (Secular Humanist's Application Denied)
56 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) [02] ---- (Definitive Survivor Number Determined)
57 == Military Spouse Deportation [03] ---- (Sailor Faces Deployment & Wife’s Deportation)
59 == Military Spouse Deportation [04] ---- (Defense Secretary Looking Into Problem)
60 == Military Discounts ---- (Some You May Not Be Aware Of)
60 == Army Uniforms ---- (Pinks and Greens)
62 == Navy Red Hill Fuel Tanks ---- (Estimate $500 Million to $2 Billion)
63 == Navy Carrier Program ---- (Multi-Ship Purchase Approach)
63 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [11] ---- (Negligent Homicide Charges Recommended)
64 == USS Juneau (CL-52) ---- (Sullivan Brother's Ship Located)
65 == Reasons To Love USMC ---- (Five)
66 == USS Colorado (SSN-778) [01] ---- (Christened 17 MAR 2018)
66 == Marine Corps Mascot ---- (Chesty XV in Training)
67 == USCGC Alert (WMEC-630) ---- (Equipment Casualties Terminate Patrol)
68 == Military Retirement Locations [02] ---- (Top 2 | RP & PN)
69 == Warships That Will Change The Future ---- (HDMS Absalon L16)

. * MILITARY HISTORY* .

69 == USS Cyclops ---- (100 years later, the question remains - What Happened to Her?)
72 == Profile In Courage ---- (Staff Sgt. Edward Carter Jr.)
74 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) [02] ---- (Definitive Survivor Number Determined)
75 == Korean Expedition 1871 ---- (U.S.-Korean Relations Started With Conflict)
76 == Battle of Lima Site 85 ---- (Monument Unveiled to Honor Those who Perished)
78 == WWI Sgt. Gerald York ---- (MOH Awardees' Education Legacy)
79 == Military History ---- (Gunboats in Hell: Battle at Iwo Jima)
79 == USS Vesuvius ---- (Custom-Built Dynamite Gun Cruiser)
81 == WWI German Spring Offensive ---- (Lessons Learned)
82 == Major Pauline Cushman ---- (Actress Turned Union Spy)
84 == WWII Vets 159 ---- (Edward Mims | POW Turret Gunner)
85 == Vietnam Vets [28] ---- (John Bennett | Left Battlefield in Body Bag)
86 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 APR)
86 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Gibson~Eric G | WWII)
88 == WWII Bomber Nose Art ---- (03) Do It)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

89 == Transient Global Amnesia ---- (Temporary Memory Loss)
90 == Vaping ---- (Dangers of ‘CBD’ Vape Oils)
90 == Health Care Cost ---- (Military vs. Civilian | 2018)
91 == Biostatic Project ---- (Slowing Life To Save Life | DARPA)
92 == Eyeglasses ---- (Obtaining at Minimum Cost)
93 == TRICARE Podcast 441 ---- (Health Care Plans | Retirement)
94 == TRICARE Podcast 442 ---- (TRDP | Understanding Disenrollment)

. * FINANCIAL * .

95== Bad Money Habits ---- (How To Break 10 of Them)
97 == Scam Stats for 2017 ---- (FTC Report
98 == Home Selling Costs ---- (Hidden | $18,342 On Average in 2018
98 == FICO Credit Score [12] ---- (What's Considered Excellent Credit?)
99 == Retirement Costs ---- (Don't Get Blindsided | 7 Unexpected Ones)
101 == VA Home Loan [60] ---- (New Construction Rules)
101 == VA Home Loan [62] ---- (Entitlement Restoral)
102 == Cell Phone Porting Scam ---- (How It works)
103 == Job Hunt Scam 3 --- (New Twist | Fake Interviews)
103 == Western Union Settlement Scam ---- (Again)
104 == Tax Burden for Colorado Retired Vets ---- (As of MAR 2018)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

106 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 31 MAR 2018)
107 == Military Force Authorization ---- (Congress Not Doing Its Job)
108 == United Nations ---- (U.S. Funding Reduction)
109 == Contradictions ---- (Have You Ever wondered?)
110 == Retirement Trends ---- (How They Differ From Your Parents)
111 == Brick Street Construction ---- (How Its Done in the Netherlands)
111 == The Silent Generation ---- So Our Children and Their Children Will Understand)
113 == Home Warranties ---- (Don't Expect More than They Deliver)
114 == Vinegar [02] ---- (Multiple Uses | Appliance Aid and Clothing & Accessories)
115 == Have You Heard? ---- (Driver's License (2) | Mayonnaise)
116 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (13)


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 Dakota Vet State Benefits & Discounts MAR 2018
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 APR
Attachment - Gunboats in Hell: Battle at Iwo Jima

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