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RAO BULLETIN 15 June 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:32 am

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BULLETIN
15 June 2018

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Commissary/Exchange Future [01] ---- (First Official Consolidation Step Taken)
05 == Commissary Reform [01] ---- (Plans to Regain Lost customers)
07 == GTMO Prison [11] ---- (Will Remain Open for the Long Term)
08 == AFRH [13] ---- (Trust Fund Getting Back on Track)
08 == Transgender Troops [18] ---- (Congressional Letter | Reverse Pentagon Ban)
09 == ISIS War Casualties ---- (Number of Civilians Killed Will Never Be Known)
10 == Arlington National Cemetery [76] ---- (Millennium Project Completed)
12 == Air Force One [05] ---- ($24 Million Refrigerators Plan Scrapped)
13 == DoD Malaria Treatment ---- (Antimalarial Drug (Mefloquine) Side Effects)
14 == DoD Malaria Treatment [01] ---- (Lack of Record-Keeping Not Uncommon)
15 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [50] ---- (Back In the Spotlight)
15 == DoD Lawsuit | HIV Ban ---- (People Living With HIV Cannot Serve)
16 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUN 2018)
17 == POW/MIA [103] ---- (The Korean War MIAs)
18 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUN 2018 | Eleven)

. * VA * .

20 == VA Suicide Prevention [47] ---- (Plan to Assist Personnel Leaving Service)
21 == VA Deaf Vet Care ---- (Growing Number Unable to Communicate Their Needs)
22 == VA Nursing Homes [08] ---- (Annual Ratings Now Available)
23 == VA Presumptive Disabilities [03] ---- (Civilian Doctor Awareness)
23 == VA Cancer Treatment [10] ---- (Skin Cancer Prevention)
24 == VA Mission Act [02] ---- (Signed Into Law)
24 == VA IPV Help [01] ---- (Vets at Greater Risk than Civilian Counterparts)
24 == VA Prostate Cancer Program [15] ---- (Watchful Waiting May Be Best Option)
26 == VA Budget 2019 ---- (Senate Appropriators Propose Nearly $196B)
27 == VA Transplant Program [03] ---- (VA Mission Act Will Help)
28 == VA Registries [07] ---- (Medical Implant Devices Launched)
28 == VA Vet Choice [81] ---- (Months-long Appointment Delays to Continue)
29 == VA Appeals [29] ---- (53,650 Decisions to Date in FY 2018)
30 == VA Leadership [02] ---- (Thomas Bowman | VA Is Not Broken)
31 == VA Medical Images & Reports [01] ---- (Files Can be Shared with Doctors Anywhere)
31 == GI Bill [255] ---- (VA Comparison Tool)
32 == VA OCONUS Connection ---- (Veterans Residing Abroad Newsletter Apr 2018)
32== VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUN 2018)
34 == VAMC Brooklyn NY [01] ---- (ENT Program Shutdown Imminent)
35 == VAMC Manchester NH [07] ---- (Bill Allows VA Docs to Treat in Any NH Hospital)
36 == VAMC Cincinnati [08] ---- (Sixth Leadership Change in 18 Months)

. * VETS * .

37 == Homeless Vets [87] ---- (Measuring Communities Tool Utilization)
38 == Homeless Vets [88] ---- (HUD Secretary Concerned But Not Pessimistic)
39 == Vet Lawsuit | Saucier~Kristian ---- (Former Sailor to File Against Obama Officials)
40 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [51] ---- (7 JUN House VAH Subcommittee Hearing)
43 == Vet Suicide [21] ---- (White House Releases Promised Interagency Plan)
44 == Vet Predatory Loans [02] ---- (Offenders Freedom & Sun West Being Punished)
44 == Vet Unaccompanied Burials ---- (8 in San Antonio | 1 JUN 2018)
46 == Veterans in Congress [08] ---- (Over 400 Are Running or Will Run this Year)
47 == Vet Jobs [234] ---- (SVA Launches Business and Industry Roundtable)
48 == WWII VETS 166 ---- (John Whipple | D-Day Glider Pilot)
49 == Obit: Holiday~Tom ---- (11 JUN 2018 | Navajo Code Talker)
49 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 15 JUN 2018)
50 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 15 JUN 2018)
50 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Virginia JUN 2018)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

51 == Disabled Vets Space “A” [01] ---- (H.R. 936 | Extend Eligibility to 100% Rated Vets)
51 == Mare Island Naval Cemetery ---- (H.R.5588/S.2881 | Transfer Control to VA)

. * MILITARY* .

52 == U.S. Indo-Pacific Command ---- (U.S. Pacific Command’s New Name)
53 == Military Deaths [02] ---- (15,851 Since 2006)
54 == Air Force Parental Leave ---- (3 Options Now Offered)
54 == Military Deserters [02] ---- (Capt. William Hughes Captured After 35-YR)
55 == USCGC Forrest Rednour ---- (Coast Guard Took Delivery on June 7, 2018)
55 == Navy Fleet Size [13] ---- (Service Life Extension under Consideration for All Ships)
57 == MREs [02] ---- (Pizza Available in About 18-Months)
57 == Officer College Requirement ---- (Why?)
59 == Army Procurements ---- ($1.5M for Retired Boeing 777 to Blow Up)
59 == Military Deployment Time ---- (145K Personnel Underreported for Last 2 Years)
60 == Navy Uniform Changes [05] ---- (At-Sea Working Uniforms Being Tested)
61 == Troop Hydration Needs ---- (New Tech Items under Test)
62 == Jaguar Reconnaissance Armored Vehicle ---- (Prototype Unveiled)
63 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (Steregushchy 530)

. * MILITARY HISTORY* .

64 == Battle of Belle Wood ---- (“Retreat, Hell We Just Got Here!”)
67 == USS Coimbra ---- (Sunk With A Cargo of 64,000 Barrels of Lubricating Oil)
68 == Japan's American Invasion ---- (A Disastrous Failure)
71 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 30 JUN)
71 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [08] ---- (Yellow Rose)
71 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (William J Grabiarz | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

72 == Traumatic Brain Injury [69] ---- (Current Migraine Treatments Inadequate)
75 == TRICARE User Fees [102] ---- (Under Age 65 Retirees Could See Major Fee Hike)
76 == TRICARE Medication Machines ---- (Use Easy As Withdrawal From an ATM)
77 == Aging [03] ---- (Impact on Brain & Thinking)
78 == TMOP [26] ---- (TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy Payment Guidelines)
79 == Medicare Drug Procurement [01] ---- (62% Surge In spending)
79 == Dementia [05] ---- (Everyday Activities Could Yield Subtle Warning Signs)
80 == Herpes Simplex Virus ---- (Infection Causes & Treatment)
81 == Breast Cancer [08] ---- (Good News | Chemotherapy Study Results)
82 == Migraines [02] ---- (Headaches That Strike Out Of The Blue)
83 == Aphasia ---- (Difficulty Understanding What’s Being Said | 1M American Sufferers)
85 == Prescription Drug Costs [04] ---- (Gag-Rules Increase Your Costs)
86 == Prescription Drug Costs [05] ---- (Delayed Marketing of Cheaper Generics)
86 == Tennis Elbow ---- (More Common than Golfer’s Elbow)
88 == TRICARE Podcast 452 ---- (DEERS - PTSD Care & Support Webinar - RP PPN)
89 == TRICARE Podcast 453 ---- (Men's Health Month - Qualifying Life Events – PTSD)

. * FINANCES * .

90 == SSA Payments ---- (10 Things That Could Reduce Them)
92 == Living Trusts [03] ---- (Not Compatible With New VA Loans)
92 == Federal Reserve [01] ---- (Rates Rise | What It Means For You)
93 == SSA Income Livability ---- (Places to Live With Best Standard of Living)
94 == Federal Poverty Level ---- (2018)
95 == IRS Collection Policy [06] ---- (Private Tax Debt Collector Use)
95 == Dental Cost [02] ---- (Ways to Save)
97 == Garbage Disposal (01) ---- (What Garbage & Recycling Workers Earn)
97 == Military Retirement Pay Taxation [02] ---- (Colorado Victory)
98 == Death Gratuity Combat Related [05] ---- (Government Shutdown Impact)
99 == Facebook Messenger Scam ---- (Con Artist Use to Contact Victims)
100 == Tech Support Scam ---- (Phony Refund Offerings)
100 == Tax Burden for Georgia Retired Vets ---- (As of JUN 2018)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

102 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 JUN 2018)
104 == USCIS Denaturalization ---- (Office Launched to Identify Prior Deportees)
105 == Afghanistan Failures [02] ---- (Afghan Police Denied Pay by US-led Coalition)
106 == US Immigration ---- (GOP Amnesty Plan Negotiations)
107 == Coastal Flooding ---- (Likely to Continue Breaking Records)
108 == Taiwan-China Dispute [04] ---- (U.S. Must Provide Taiwan Means to Defend Itself)
109 == Gold ---- (Illegal To Own in U.S. For 41 Years)
110 == Sunscreen [01] ---- (Using It Correctly)
111 == China Espionage ---- (Former CIA Agent Found Guilty)
112 == Coca Cola [03] ---- (Share a Coke with Some Troops)
112 == Golden Years ---- (A Few Things to Think about If You’re Getting Up in Years)
114 == You Could Have Heard A Pin Drop ---- (Proud to Be an American Stories)
115 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (18)
115 == Have You Heard? ---- (Heaven | Hind Lick Maneuver | Golf)

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 – Virginia Vet State Benefits & Discounts JUN 2018
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 30 JUN
Attachment - VA OCONUS Connection APR 2018

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