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RAO BULLETIN 15 January 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:10 am

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BULLETIN
15 January 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [60] ---- (Advocates Hope to Reignite Debate in 2019)
05 == DoD Medical Billets ---- (Plans To Eliminate 17,000 Uniformed Ones)
07 == DARPA [07] ---- (KAIROS | System to Use AI to Better Understand Global Events)
07 == Toxic Exposure | Moody AFB GA ---- (Nearby Community’s Groundwater)
08 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [02] ---- (Lawmakers Look to 15 JAN Payday)
09 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [03] ---- (Ethics Rule Work Around)
10 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [05] ---- (Website Tip Sheet Removed)
11 == Navy Carrier Program [01] ---- (Pentagon Approves Two-Carrier Buy)
12 == Transgender Troops [21] ---- (Circuit Court Backs DoD’s Policy)
13 == U.S.-Mexico Border ---- (DHS Requests Additional Support)
13 == DoD Blended Retirement System [03] ---- (Use Overestimated by 66%)
15 == Pentagon Facts [01] ---- (10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About It)
16 == Commissary/Exchange Merger [01] ---- (Merger Task Force Has Finished Its Work)
17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
19 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019 | Nine)

. * VA * .

21 == HVAC [26] ---- (New Chairman’ Goal - Building Up VA, Not Outside Care Programs)
22 == VA Secretary [86] ---- (Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide)
23 == VA Private Sector Care ---- ($55B in Contracts Awarded for First 3 Regions)
24 == VA Private Sector Care [01] ---- (Veterans’ Medical System Transformation Preps)
26 == VA Blue Water Claims [59] ---- (Lawmakers Hope for Swift Action This Year)
27 == VA Medical Marijuana [56] ---- (Can It move forward in 2019?)
28 == VA Suicide Prevention [53] ---- (What Really Happened With Their Budget)
29 == VA Gambling Findings ---- (Addiction | Path to Recovery)
39 == VA Health Care [01] ---- (How Medicare Can Work with VA Health Care)
31 == VA Blood Drive ---- (January is National Blood Donor Month)
32 == VA Loan Limits ---- (2019)
33 == VA Health Care Access [62] ---- (Choice Rules May be Completely Rewritten in 2019)
33 ==VA Prostate Cancer Program [16] ---- (Survivor Care)

. * VETS * .

35 == Homeless Vets [91] ---- (Salt Lake City Valor House Vacancies)
36 == Vet Congressional Staffers ---- (Shortage | Needed for Their Perspective in Policy Work)
37 == Government Shutdown [23] ---- (Vets Said To Be Disproportionately Affected)
38 == GI Bill [275] ---- (Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship)
38 == Vet Myths ---- (Five | Ways the Public Views Vets Isn’t Always Accurate)
40 == Space Available Flight Eligibility [01] ---- (100% Disabled Vets Now Category 6)
41 == Vet Employment [10] ---- (Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.6% for DEC 2018)
41 == Vet Groups [03] ---- (Effectiveness and Impact on the Younger Vet Community)
43 == Afghan Welcome Home Bonus ---- (OTH Dischargees Win Lawsuit)
44 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
45 == Cold War Vets ---- (Pete Schiavo | The Groin Crusher)
46 == WWII Vets 181 ---- (Duane Sherman | Birthday Greetings)
47 == In Memoriam 2018 ---- (Remembering Military Figures We Lost)
47 == Obit: Richard Overton ---- (27 DEC 2018 | Oldest WWII Vet)
48 == Obit: John Lyle ---- (05 JAN 2019 | WWII Tuskegee Airman)
49 == Obit: Leo Dulacki ---- (04 JAN 2019 | Served in 3 Wars)
50 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 16 JAN 2019)
50 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 16 JAN 2018)
51 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Iowa 2019)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

51 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [04] ---- (S.21 | Pay Our Coast Guard Act)
52 == VA Blue Water Claims [60] ---- (H.R.203 | Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019)
52 == Medicare Dental Coverage ---- (S.22 | Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019)

. * MILITARY* .

53 == A-10 Thunderbolt II ---- (Infantryman’s Best Friend… The Enemy’s Worst Nightmare)
54 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [18] ---- (Collison Causes Worse Than Thought)
57 == Military Lodging [04] ---- (Expect Rates to Rise Substantially)
58 == Navy Training [01] ---- (Iwo Jima Carrier-Landing Practice Potential Move)/8
59 == West Point [06] ---- (Email Change From .mil to .edu)
50 == Air Force Bombs ---- (New Designs Needed To Fight Russia And China)
60 == Navy | What to Watch for in 2019 ---- (1 thru 9 of 19 Things)
64 == Navy | What to Watch for in 2019 ---- (10 thru 19 of 19 Things)
66 == GI Bill Transferability [05] ---- (Changes You’ll Need to Know About in 2019)
67 == UCMJ [04] ---- (Reforms Effective 1 JAN)
68 == Railgun [03] ---- (China’s Naval Version Ahead of Schedule)
69 == Navy Evals ---- (New Criteria)
71 == Mk 13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle ---- (Fielding To Begin in 2019)
71 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (Baby Shit thru BAM)
72 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (BNS Riachuelo (S40)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

73 == Davis Gun ---- (Navy’s Attempt to Build a Flying Cannon)
75 == Project Blue Book ---- (The Air Force’s Covert UFO Investigation is Brought to TV)
76 == Black-Eyed Peas ---- (Why Southerners Eat Them on New Year’s)
77 == War Memorials ---- (Patriots Peace Memorial, Louisville Kentucky)
77 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) [03] ---- (The Final Chapter Video)
77 == Operation Magic Carpet ---- (Bringing Home the 8 Million Boys after WWII)
79 == Carrier Exchange Pilot ---- (USAF Pilot Assigned to USN Carrier Ops)
81 == Emancipation Proclamation ---- (A Strategic "War Measure" to Beat the Confederacy)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [22] ---- (Call House Madam)
83 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Heinkel He-162 "Volksjaeger" Captured Experimental Aircraft)
83 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Almost)
84 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 31 JAN)
84 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Robert Merlin Hanson | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

86 == Hypothermia [01] ---- (Impact on Older Adults)
86 == Toxic Exposure Health Monitoring ---- (Gulf War, Post-9/11 Vets & Offspring)
88 == TRICARE User Fees [104] ---- (Once Again, In the Crosshairs)
88== Medicare Fraud Update 135 ---- (Disclosures 1-14 JAN 2019)
91 == Pneumonia [03] ---- (HIV Sufferers at Greater Risk)
91 == HIV/AIDS [05] ---- (Air Force Will Now Approves PrEP Use with a Waiver)
92 == 3D Bone Printing ---- (DoD $2M Grant To Help Military Personnel)
93 == Glaucoma [05] ---- (Why Vets Need Regular Eye Exams)
94 == Health Saving Account [01] ---- (Reasons to Consider Opening One)
95 == Inflammations ---- (What They Are & What They Do)
97 == Stroke [09] ---- (Fitness Affects Risk)
98 == Prescription Drug Costs [21] ---- (Democrats Look To Unlikely Ally on Drug Pricing)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 483 ---- (Qualifying Life Events - Publications - New TRICARE Enrollees)
100 == TRICARE Podcast 484 ---- (Flu Vaccine - Preventive Services - Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record)

. * FINANCES * .

101 == Hospital Charges [01] ---- (Will Soon Be Available online)
101 == Mortgage [11] ---- (Government Shutdown Impact on Getting & Managing)
103 == SNAP [08] ---- (Food Stamps Funded thru FEB despite Government Shutdown)
104 == Property Tax [01] ---- (Postponement Program)
105 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [04] ---- (Four Things You Need to Know)
106 == Airline Tickets ---- (Senior Discount Comparisons)
107 == Mortgage [10] ---- (Prospective House Hunters Window of Opportunity)
108 == USAA CFPB Settlement ---- (Pay 66,240 Account Holders $181.59 Each)
109 == IRAs [03] ---- (Why Convert to a Roth IRA?)
110 == Restaurant Menus ---- (Ways They Trick You into Spending More)
111 == Tax Deductions [04] ---- (Changes for Tax Year 2018)
112 == Medicare Outpatient Charges ---- (Procedure Price Lookup Website)
113 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190101 thru 190115)
114 == Social Security Scam ---- (Callers Pose as Social Security to Steal Your SSN)
115 == Tax Burden for Minnesota Retired Vets ---- (As of JAN 2019)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

117 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
118 == Government Shutdown Impact on Senate ---- (Democrats Blockade All Legislation)
119 == God Bless America ---- (The Song That Galvanized the American Spirit)
120 == Personal Security [01] ---- (Your Old Tweets Give Away More Than You Think)
122 == Dishwasher Tips [01] ---- (Non-Dish Uses)
123 == China’s Pacific Expansion [01] ---- (Chinese Domination Key Is Inflicting Mass Casualties)
124 == China’s Offensive Capability [06] ---- (Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles Deployment)
125 == Iranian Navy [04] ---- (Plans to Deploy Warships into the Atlantic Ocean)
125 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [02] ---- (Don’t Tell the Enemy what We’re Doing)
126 == AP VoteCast Results ---- (Poll Shows High Job Approval for Trump from Veterans)
128 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [25] ---- (Kim Says Ready to Meet Trump Anytime)
129 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Virus Alert)
129 == One Word Essays ---- (Excitement)
129 == Mexican Border Tunnels ---- (Unfinished Tunnel Running Under California Discovered)
130 == Have You Heard? ---- (Mexican Book Store | Mother's Dictionary | Immigration Laws)

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. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Iowa Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 JAN (Updated)
Attachment – In Memoriam 2018: Military Figures We Lost

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