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RAO BULLETIN 1 February 2019

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BULLETIN
1 February 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

05 == DoD Blended Retirement System [04] ---- (500K+ Now Enrolled)
05 == Pentagon Spending [01] ---- ($4.7 Billion Saved In the Past 2 Years)
07 == Selective Service System [26] ---- (National Commission’s Interim 2019 Report)
07 == Transgender Troops [20] ---- (Supreme Court Lifts Preliminary Injunctions on Ban]
08 == DoD Climate Change Impact ---- (Installations & Infrastructure)
09 == Exchange/DeCA Merger [02] ---- (Critics Question Where Any Cost Savings Would Go)
11 == Taiwan Straits ---- (China Urged to Follow International Rules At Sea)
12 == Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [70] ---- (SECNAV Denies $963 billion in Claims)
12 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019 | Nine)

. * VA * .

16 == VA Blue Water Claims [62] ---- (Stumbling Block is Pay-go which Needs to Go | Opinion)
17 == VA Blue Water Claims [63] ---- (Federal Court Rules VA Cannot Deny Benefits)
18 == GI Bill [278] ---- (Audit Discloses $585M in Improper Payments)
19 == VA Lawsuit | Bradley Hammersley ---- (Podiatrist Negligent Care on 115 Vets)
21 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [05] ---- (Unlawful VA Regulation Lawsuit)
23 == VA Appeals [33] ---- (A Long-Overdue Fix)
24 == VA Vision Care [07] ---- (Available to All Health Care Enrolled Vets)
24 == VA Agent Orange Benefits [05] ---- (VA Continues Opposition to Extending Benefits)
25 == VA Health Care Access [63] ---- (Notable Progress on Wait Times since 2014)
26 == VA Private Sector Care [02] ---- (VA Secretary says VA Privatization a Myth)
27 == VA Health Care Access Standards ---- (Proposed Under Mission Act Implementation)
28 == VA Mission Act [06] ---- (Secretary Wilkie: Revolutionizing VA Health Care)
29 == VA Medical Marijuana [58] ---- (Multiple Bills Submitted for Research & Access)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)

. * VETS * .

31 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [61] ---- (Supreme Court Rejects Vets Appeal)
33 == Vet Surveys ---- (IAVA Results on Public Policy & Military Transition Issues)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Water [16] ---- (Congressional Task Force Created)
34 == California Veterans Home [19] ---- (Audit Reveals Properties Mismanaged)
35 == Memorial Desecrations [01] ---- (Freeport Florida)
36 == MOH Awards [10] ---- (Bills Seek Medal of Honor for 102-Year-Old WWII Hero)
37 == Stolen Valor [114] ---- (Fake News | Tribal Elder Was Not A Vietnam Veteran)
38 == Vet Unemployment [18] ---- (2008 thru 2018)
39 == CBO Budget Recommendation [02] ---- (More 2019 TRICARE & VA Proposals)
41 == Government Shutdown Vet Impact [01] ---- (No Checks for 150K Vet Employees)
42 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
44 == WWII Vets 182 ---- (Louis E. Curdes | American Flying Ace)
46 == Vet Unclaimed Remains ---- (3 in Memphis TN + 21 More in FL | Jan/Feb 2019)
47 == Obit: Joe M. Jackson ---- (13 JAN 2018 | Battle of Kham Duc MOH Awardee)
48 == Obit: Richard Sherman ---- (09 JAN 2019 | WWII Flying Tiger)
49 == Obit: Charles Kettles --- (21 JAN 2019 | Nam MOH Army Helo Pilot)
50 == Vietnam Vets [32] 01 ---- (R. Lee Ermey | POG Staff Sgt. & Actor Burial)
51 == WWI Vets [03] ---- (Morris Weiner)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 31 JAN 2019)
53 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 31 JAN 2018)
53 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Idaho 2019)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

54 == SBP DIC Offset [53] ---- (H.R.533 | Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act)
54 == VA Medical Marijuana [57] ---- (S.179 | VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act)
55 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [62] ---- (H.R. 663/S.191 | Burn Pit Accountability Act)
55 == GI Bill [276] ---- (S.2248 | Veterans Benefits and Transition Act)
57 == GI Bill [277] ---- (S.3777 | Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act)
57 == Military Spouse Deportation [07] ---- H.R. 557 | Protect Patriot Spouses Act)
58 == DoD/VA Concurrent Receipt ---- (H.R.303 | Retired Pay Restoration Act Reintroduced)

. * MILITARY* .

58 == Army Retention Program [01] ---- (‘Up or Out’ Is On Its Way Out)
59 == Navy Blue-Gold Model ---- (Projected Crewing on New FFG(X)
60 == PCS Moves [03] ---- ($11,592 to Fly Two Pet Dogs to Guam)
62 == USS South Dakota ---- (SSN-790 to Be Commissioned 2 FEB 2019)
63 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [06] ---- (Recent Accomplishments without Pay)
64 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [07] ---- (Coast Guard City’s Response)
65 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [08] ---- (Wives Concerned About Reoccurrence)
66 == U.S.-Somalia Ops ---- (Our Military to Stop Giving Details on Strikes)
67 == Feres Doctrine [10] ---- (Potential New Rules Being Looked at by Congress)
67 == Nuclear Power Program ---- (Project Dilithium | Deployable Nuclear Reactors)
69 == Military Earplug Lawsuit ---- (Defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplug Impact On Vets)
69 == M17/M18 Sidearm ---- (Army Fielding New Pistols w/Enhancers)
70 == U.S. Naval Academy [05] ---- (Audit Shows It Is Falling Apart)
71 == Military 3D Printing ---- (May Revolutionize Maintenance for Air Force F-22 Raptor)
72 == Payday Loans [05] ---- (CFBP Authority to Verify Lender’s MLA Compliance)
73 == Airforce KC-46 ---- (Delivery accepted 10 JAN 2019)
73 == Robotic Targets ---- (Use Can Modernize any Range & Keep Marines, Soldiers Shooting Sharp)
74 == Nuclear Weapons [01] ---- (Work Completed on Navy’s Upgraded Nuclear Warhead)
75 == Nuclear Weapons [02] ---- (U.S. Cost Projected to be $494B Over the Next Decade)
76 == Weapons Testing ---- (Navy Builds Hypersonic Test Ground in California)
77 == USS Gerald A. Ford [11] ---- (Once Beleaguered by Critics, The Ford Gets A Lift)
78 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (TCG Heybeliada F-511)
79 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (Banca Boat thru BB Stacker)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

80 == Battle of Kham Duc ---- (MOH Joe Jackson’s Involvement)
82 == Leningrad Siege ---- (Tamara Chernykh’s Survival)
84 == SADM Units ---- (Hand Carried Nukes Users)
85 == USS Pueblo [06] ---- (Held Hostage for 11 Months | Freed 2 days Before Xmas)
86 == War Memorials ---- (Liberty WWI Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri)
86 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [23] ---- (Whodunit? The 2nd)
87 == Post WWII Photos ---- (First U.S. Cemetery at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer France)
87 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Continuation War)
87 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 14 FEB)
88 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Roy W. Harmon | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

89 == TRICARE Urgent/Emergency Care [03] ---- (Do You Know the Difference?)
90 == Hemochromatosis ---- (Research Reveals Genetic Condition More Serious Than Previously Thought)
91 == Medicare For All ---- (What It Is & What It Would Cost)
92 == Surprise Medical Bills [01] ---- (Trump Boosts Fight Against Unexpected Medical Bills)
93 == Prostate Cancer [17] ---- (New Biopsy Procedure More Accurate and Thorough)
94 == Prescription Filling Options [03] ---- (Online From Canada)
96 == Tricare/Medicare Fraud ---- (False Medical Bills)
96 == POCUS ---- (New Portable Ultrasound Device Produces Precise, High-Quality Results)
97 == Food Safety Myths ---- (Exposed)
98 == Medicaid Fraud [96] ---- (Disclosures 16-31 JAN 2019)
99 == Medicare Fraud [135] ---- (Disclosures 16-31 JAN 2019)
100 == Prescription Drug Costs [22] ---- (Inulin Prices Doubled Over 5 Years)
101 == Prescription Drug Costs [23] ---- (International Pricing Index Proposal)
102 == Prescription Drug Costs [24] ---- (Pharmaceutical Execs Decline to Testify Before Congress)
103 == TRICARE Podcast 485 ---- (Pharmacy Program - Shutdown & Allotments – Emergency/Urgent Care)
104 == TRICARE Podcast 486 ---- (2019 TRICARE Benefit Resources - Winter Safety Tips – ECHO)

. * FINANCES * .

105 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [05] ---- (Penalty Waiver for Underwithholding)
106 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [06] ---- (Credits & Deductions You Should Not Overlook)
107 == Social Security Taxation [11] ---- (What to Expect for Tax Year 2018)
108 == Bankruptcy [01] ---- (Chapter 13 vs. Chapter 7 Impact on Handicapped Vets)
108 == COLA FY 2019 [01] ---- (December's Numbers Show Downward Trend)
109 == Health Saving Account [02] ---- (401K for Medical Expenses)
110 == Military Travel Discounts & Offers 2 ---- (DoD/Priceline New Leisure Travel Site)
110 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190116 thru 190131)
111 == USPS COA Scam ---- (Moving Soon? Look Out for This Trick)
112 == Deployment Letter Scam ---- (Payment Solicitation to Contact Loved Ones Overseas)
113 == Shark Tank Scam ---- (Look Out for Phony Claims about TV Endorsements)
114 == Tax Burden for Missouri Retired Vets ---- (As of JAN 2019)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

116 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
117 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [26] ---- (Assessment | Unlikely To Dismantle Its Arsenal)
118 == Emergency Preparations ---- (Top 10 Steps to Take in Advance)
120 == Government Shutdown [23] ---- (The Stop STUPIDITY Act)
120 == Subic Bay Philippines [01] ---- (Philippines' Largest Shipyard Has Chinese Firms Interest)
121 == Border Wall [07] ---- (GoFundMe Campaign Change)
122 == Border Wall [08] ---- (Wall That Nobody Wants to Talk About)
123 == Trump Foreign Policy [01] ---- (America’s Endless Wars Must Stop)
123 == Trump Foreign Policy [02] ---- (AP Poll Shows Low Marks)
125 == Trump NATO Policy [01] ---- (Credited For Obtaining $100B More in Defense Spending)
125 == Iran Space Program ---- (Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit after Launch that Worried US)
126 == DPRK Biological Weapons ---- (Lesser Known Military Threat)
129 == Japan*China Dispute [02] ---- (New Weapons, Military Roles Surge to Meet China’s Rise)
130 == China’s Offensive Capability [07] ---- (Pentagon Intelligence Report)
131 == Iraq War Study ---- (Iran Was the Only Winner | Many Lessons for Future Wars)
133 == Interesting Ideas ---- (No Ice chest!)
134 == One Word Essays ---- (Security)
134 == Have You Heard? ---- (Stuff You Didn't Know You Didn't Know | Q&A’s | What’s Your Handicap)

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. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Idaho Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 14 FEB (Updated)
Attachment – The Pueblo Incident


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