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RAO BULLETIN 15 September 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:51 am

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BULLETIN
15 September 2017

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Fleet Expansion [01] ---- (Will Unmanned Vessels Count?)
05 == Navy RAO Program [01] ---- (Overseas Volunteers Needed )
05 == POW/MIA [76] ---- (ID Rate and Numbers Accounted for Increases)
06 == Nuclear Waste [01] ---- (Only Repository Running Out of Space)
08 == BRAC [59] ---- (Pentagon Supports McCain/Reed 2019 Proposal)
09 == Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [16] ---- (FMCSC False Claims Lawsuit)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
12 == POW/MIA [93] ---- (Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017 | Eight)

. * VA * .

15 == VA Native American Direct Loan] ---- (NADL Utilization)
16 == VA Benefits Eligibility [05] ---- (What Vets Are Entitled To)
16 == VA Crisis Hotline [06] ---- (3rd Call Center to Open in Topeka)
17 == VA SSVF Program [04] ---- ($343M Awarded in New Grants )
17 == VA Canine Testing Programs ---- (VA Secretary Defends Need)
18 == VA Heart Care [02] ---- (Transplant Policy)
18 == VA Hiring [11] ---- (Workers Rally to Fill 49k Jobs)
19 == VA Home Loan [48] ---- (Appraiser Shortage Impact on Borrowers)
20 == VA Home Loan [49] ---- (Misleading Marketing of Refinance Mortgages)
21 == VA Health Care Enrollment [13] ---- (GAO Standards Not Met)
22 == VA Decision Ready Claims ---- (Option Will Complete Claims Within 30 Days)
23 == VA Suicide Prevention Month ---- (#Be There for Veterans & Servicemembers)
23 == VA Prosthetic Hand ---- (Programmable to Change Function With Gestures)
24 == VA Blue Water Claims [41] ---- (Benefit Debate Resumption Hoped For)
25 == VA Cancer Treatment [08] ---- (Lung Screening Access to Increase)
26 == VA Medical Marijuana [33] ---- (Study In Danger of Collapse)
27 == VA Old Folks Homes ---- (Elimination of Older Ones Not A Simple Matter)
27 == VA Compensation & Benefits ---- ( Problem Solving Program Q&A -- 3 and 4)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
29== VAMC Shreveport LA [04] ---- (CITC Program Q&A)

. * VETS * .

31 == Eye Cancer ---- (Choroidal Melanoma | Rate 17 Times Higher for Vets)
32 == Homeless Vets [81] ---- ($188 Million in VA Grants)
32 == Vet Jobs [225] ---- (DaVita Guaranteeing Interviews to Vets)
33 == Vet Jobs [226] ---- (Executive Branch Hired 71,000+ Vets in 2016)
34 == WWII VETS 143] ---- (Gerald P. Stethers | Silver Star Recipient)
35 == AFL Q&A [05] ---- (VA Bladder Cancer Care)
36 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 15 SEP 2017)
36 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 15 SEP 2017 )
37 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Mississippi 2017)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

38 == NDAA 2018 [11] ---- (Concurrent Receipt Amendment Support)
38 == Vet Congressional Issues [02] ---- (Congress Criticized on Bill Handling)
39 == VA Women Vet Programs [30] ---- (H.R.2452 | Deborah Sampson Act)

. * MILITARY* .

40 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [05] ---- (Repairs To Be Done In U.S.)
40 == USCG Icebreakers [03] ---- (Last One Will Last Only 5 More Years)
41 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [12] ---- (New Dismissal Guidance)
42 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [13] ---- (DoD Release No: NR-311-17)
43 == Military Pay Raise 2018 [02] ---- (Trump Proposes 2.1% Cap)
44 == Overseas Troops ---- (Pfc. Ken Sicard)
44 == Drones | Aerial [02] ---- (Cheap One Gets Past Best British Navy Defenses)
45 == Amphibious Assault Vehicle ---- (Perfect Disaster Relief Vehicle | AAV)
46 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [02] ---- (Damage Assessment)
47 == WWIII w/Russia ---- (How It would go Down If They Started It)

. - * MILITARY HISTORY* .

48 == Unexploded Ordinance] ---- (Blockbuster Defused in Frankfurt Germany)
50 == USS Constitution [01] ---- (Reopens to Public Tours After 2 Years)
50 == USS San Diego (ACR-6) [01] ---- (Plan to Survey Wreck)
52 == Abandoned Military Bases [07] ---- (Željava Air Base, Bosnia)
53 == Insanely Daring Air Raids ---- (No. 6 | Operation Focus)
53 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 30 SEP)
54 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Fowler~Thomas W | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

56 == Vaccines ---- (Learn Which You Need to Stay Healthy)
56 == Opioid Addiction ---- (Early Stage Recovery Advice)
57 == Kidney Stones [02] ---- (PUSH | NIH Clinical Trail)
58 == Smartglasses ---- (WWP/VA Contract to Provide to Vision Impaired Vets)
59 == Diabetes [11] ---- (Video Game Decreases User's Hemoglobin A1c)
60 == Sleep [04] ---- (The Importance of Sleep - You Lose if You Don't Snooze)
61 == TRICARE Podcast 413 ---- (TRICARE Changes in 2018)
61 == TRICARE Podcast 414 ---- (Traveling | Enrollment Transfer | TFL Webinar)

. * FINANCIAL * .

63 == Merchandise Outrageously Overpriced ---- (19 With High Markups)
65 == Financial Fouls ---- (How to Avoid 8 of Them)
67 == Housing Cost ---- (Considerations for Military Retirees)
68 == Movies & TV Freebies [01] ---- (Ways You Can Enjoy for Free/Cheap)
69 == Credit Card Offers [02] ---- (5 Sneaky Company Tricks)
70 == Retirement Planning [13] ---- (Your Expenses Cannot be Invested)
71 == SSA Vet Payees ---- ($38M Paid to 746 Deceased Vets)
72 == AARP Fraud Alert ---- ( Veteran & Military Families Scams)
73 == SSA Compassionate Allowance Program ---- (3 New Ones)
74 == Birthday Restaurant Freebies ---- (29 Freebies)
75 == Retirement Planning [12] ---- (States Where $1M Will Last 25 years)
76 == Federal Reserve Scam ---- (Your Secret Account)
77 == FBI Questionnaire Scam ---- (Don’t Take the Bait)
78 == Facebook Scams ---- (Con Artists Move to Facebook Messenger)
79 == Tax Burden for Utah Retired Vets ---- (As of SEP 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

80 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
81 == 911 Terrorists ---- ( 5 Still Awaiting Trial)
82 == U.S. Syria Operations ---- (Controversial Lebanon-ISIS Deal Blocked)
83 == Flood Damaged Vehicles [01] ---- (Buyer Beware)
84 == DPRK Missile Program [01] ---- (Why U.S. Did Not Shoot Down 28 AUG Test)
85 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [16] ---- (Test Blast Most Powerful to Date)
87 == U.S. Capital Building ---- (A Century to Complete)
88 == Garage Door Billboards ---- (Making Yours Stand Out (09)
88 == Have You Heard? ---- (Analysis: Those Born 1930 - 1979 )

Note:
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 - RAO Bulletin SEP 15, 2017
Attachment - Mississippi Vet State Benefits & Discounts SEP 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 30 SEP

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