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RAO BULLETIN 14 February 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:02 am

RAO
BULLETIN
14 February 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == U.S. Philippine Bases [18] ---- (New Facility Opened on Luzon)
05 == SECDEF [17] ---- (Patrick Shanahan’s International Debut)
06 == Nuclear Launch Authority [01] ---- (H.R.669/S.200 | No First Use Act)
07 == StratCom ---- (A First Look inside New $1.3 Billion Headquarters)
09 == China’s Space Program ---- (U.S. Military Warns of Their Argentina Space Station Threat)
11 == GTMO Prison [12] ---- (Option of Last Resort for ISIS Detainees)
12 == DODDS No Touching Rule ---- (New NBC Policy Questioned)
13 == PCS Moves [05] ---- (Privatizing Household Goods Shipments)
15 == DoD/VA Health Care ---- (Portions of Both Systems May Merge)
16 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2019)
18 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2019 | Seven)
20 == DoD Websites [01] ---- (Watch Out for Fake Ones)

. * VA * .

20 == VA Access via ID.me ---- (New Option Brings Virtual Identity Proofing to the VA)
22 == VA Blue Water Claims [64] ---- (Court Ruling Fuels Renewed Effort for Bill)
23 == VA Blue Water Claims [65] ---- (Now is the Time to File VA Form 21-0966)
23 == VA Disability Rating [02] ---- (How To Increase Your Percentage)
25 == VA Disciplinary Actions [02] ---- (Vet Indicted for Making Threats and Assault)
25 == VA Shadow Rulers ---- (HVAC Investigation Launching on Trump’s Golf Buddies)
26 == VA Lawsuit | Caregiver Program ---- (Laws & Regulations Not Followed by VA)
27 == VA 3D Printing ---- (Use is Lowering Costs, and Reducing Surgery/Healing)
28 == Twilight Brigade ---- (VA Evicting Group after 21 Years at the Bedsides of Dying Patients)
30 == VA Appeals [34] ---- (Appeals Modernization Act Now In Effect)
31 == VA Health Care Access [64] ---- (Fight over Privatization to Escalate)
33 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2019)

. * VETS * .

34 == Vet Small Businesses ---- (New Law Offers Surplus Equipment to Vet Entrepreneurs for Free)
35 == Concurrent Receipt Status 08 ---- (Restore Full Retirement Pay to All Disabled Vets)
36 == Vet Suicide [23] ---- (VA Parking Lot Trend)
36 == Toxic Exposure | Holloman AFB NM ---- (Groundwater Discharge Permit Violated)
37 == Toxic Exposure | Wurtsmith AFB [03] ---- (MDEQ on USAF Cleanup)
37 == WWII Vets 183 ---- (Wilson Watson | The One-Man Regiment)
39 == Vet Unclaimed Remains ---- (Killeen TX | 29 JAN 2019)
40 == Obit: Rosemary Mariner ---- (31 JAN 2019 | One of 1st 8 Female USN Aviators)
41 == Obit: Ruth Wheeler ---- (02 FEB 2019 | Longest-Tenured VA Volunteer)
42 == Vietnam Vets [34] ---- (Sidney Shachnow | Legendary Special Forces Officer)
44 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 14 FEB 2019)
44 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 14 FEB 2019)
45 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Illinois 2019)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

45 == Vet Benefit Fraud ---- (H.R.450 | The Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019)
46 == VA Child Care Subsidy [01] ---- (H.R.840/S.91 | Veterans' Access to Child Care Act)
46 == DoD/VA Concurrent Receipt [01] ---- (H.R.303 | Retired Pay Restoration Act)
47 == Vet Deportations [25] ---- (H.R.1078 | Repatriate Our Patriots Act)

. * MILITARY* .

48 == Navy Carrier Program [02] ---- (Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System A Failure)
49 == SASC [03] ---- (Admiral Pressed on Navy’s 2 Collisions)
50 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) (19) ---- (Warning Signs Prior to the Collision)
52 == USMC Suicides ---- (Reach Highest Level in a Decade)
52 == Army Drones [03] ---- (Black Hornet | $40M Contract Awarded For More)
53 == ACTS Database ---- (Expanded to Keep Tabs on all USAF Officer Ranks)
54 == Military Daycare ---- (Critical Readiness Issue)
55 == Military Justice | Golstevin ---- (2010 Taliban Bomb Maker's Death Case)
56 == Military Justice | Gallagher ---- (2017 Execution of Islamic State Prisoner)
57 == Military Justice | Forbes ---- (Failure to Disclose HIV+ Status Ruled Sexual Assault)
58 == Russian Military Strength [02] ---- (Filin | Makes Targets Hallucinate, Vomit)
59 == Navy LCS Program [04] ---- ($1.4B Wasted on Excess Helicopter Purchase)
59 == Military Payday Lenders [04] ---- (CFPB/DoD Financial Protections Lawsuit)
60 == 350 Ship Fleet [01] ---- (Navy May Back Off and Look at New Options)
62 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (JDS Hyuga)
63 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (Baby Shit thru BAM)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

64 == USS Hornet (CV-8) ---- (Wreck Discovered Off the Solomon Islands)
65 == The Battle of Dak ---- (Airstrike Gone Terribly Wrong)
68 == Military Music ---- (It's A Long Way To Tipperary)
69 == U.S. Army & Prohibition ---- (How The Army Was Impacted)
71 == USS Thresher Memorial [01] ---- (Approved by Army for Arlington
72 == War Memorials ---- (National World War II Memorial)
73 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Expelled Germans Returning Home)
73 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Not A Total Loss)
73 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (15 thru 29 FEB)
74 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [24] ---- (Bronx Bomber)
74 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Harry R. Harr | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

75 == TRICARE Pharmacy Tiers ---- (Fourth Tier Is Planned)
76 == Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [20] ---- (Compound Drug Kickback Scheme)
77 == Heart Disease [04] ---- (How Sleep Protects Against It)
78 == Implants ---- (DARPA’s New Program to Create Bioelectonic Ones to Help Heal Wounds)
79 == Opioid Addiction [05] ---- (MHS Prescription Drug Monitoring Program)
80 == Liver Disease [02] ---- (Y-90 Radioembolization | Hepatitis C Tumor Treatment)
80 == Snow Shoveling ---- (Ways to Clear Snow Safely Without Hurting Yourself)
81 == Dental Care [02] ---- (How & When to Brush Children’s Teeth)
82 == Malaria Drugs [01] ---- (Lariam | Impacted Vets Plead with Panel for Thorough Review)
83 == Heart Valves ---- (Coping With Their Diseases)
86 == Cholesterol [04] ---- (Control It to Protect Yourself from Heart Attack and Stroke)
87 == Stroke [10] ---- (Prevention)
88 == Medicaid Fraud [97] ---- (Disclosures 01-14 FEB 2019)
90 == TRICARE Podcast 487 ---- (Preventing Winter Injuries - Cost Tool - Newborn/Adopted Children)
91 == TRICARE Podcast 488 ---- (Dental Program - Dental Options Webinar - TRICARE.mil Web Tools)

. * FINANCES * .

92 == IRS Collection Policy [07] ----- (What they Can do If You do Not File)
93 == Tax Refund [02] ---- (How to Best Use It)
94 == Timeshares [02] ---- (Buy New If At All)
95 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190201 thru 190215)
95 == Social Media Sales Scam ---- (How it Works)
96 == Government Agency Call Scams ---- (BBB Sees More Phony Government Agency Calls)
97 == Medicare Telephone Scam 2 ---- (Medicare Numbers)
97 == Tax Burden for Maine Retired Vets ---- (As of FEB 2019)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

90 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 14 FEB 2019)
100 == Trump Foreign Policy [04] ---- (Great Nations Do Not Fight Endless Wars)
101 == INF Russian Treaty [01] ---- (Talks Fail | Irreconcilable Differences)
103 == DPRK Missile Program [04] ---- (Dispersing to Prevent “Decapitation” Strikes)
104 == How to Buy a Refrigerator ---- (Step by Step Procedure)
105 == Iran Military Posture --- (Result of Three 20th Century Invasions)
106 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Bracelets)
107 == One Word Essays ---- (Scary)
107 == Have You Heard? ---- (Eating In The fifties | Paddy | Things You Learned From your Parents)

NOTE
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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.
3. Recipients of the Bulletin are authorized and encouraged to forward the Bulletin to other vets or veteran organizations.

. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Illinois Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 15 thru 29 FEB (Updated)
Attachment – British & Soviet Iran Invasion 1941

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