RAO BULLETIN 1 July 2019

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RAO BULLETIN 1 July 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:14 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 July 2019

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == NDAA 2020 [08] ---- (HASC Draft | GI Bill Transfer Ban for Older Troops)
05 == NDAA 2020 [09] ---- (HASC $733B Draft Advanced to Full House)
06 == NDAA 2020 [10] ---- (Latest on TRICARE, Medical Billet Cuts, and More)
08 == NDAA 2020 [11] ---- (Senate Passes S.1790 Setting Up Fight with House)
09 == Subic Bay Philippines [02] ---- (Navy Eyes Shipyard in Philippines as R&M Facility)
10 == Transgender Troops [24] ---- (Gallup Poll | 71% Support Serving in Military)
11 == DoD/VA EHR [06] ---- (Making Records Compatible Is an Immense Challenge)
12 == Nuclear Weapons Arsenal [06] ---- (Warheads 2019 vs. 2018)
13 == DOD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2019)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2019 | Seven)

. * VA * .

15 == VA Suicide Prevention [54] ---- (PREVENTS Task Force Launched)
16 == White House VA Hotline [04] ---- (Growing in Size, Staff and Call Intake)
16 == VA Medical Marijuana [63] ---- (HVAC in Agreement | VA Must Study Use)
17 == VA Medical Marijuana [64] ---- (Doctor Recommendation Amendment Withdrawn)
18 == VA Lawsuit | Godsey v. Wilkie ---- (Excessive Claim Appeal Wait Times)
19 == VA Facility Safety [03] ---- (New Wheelchair Policy)
20 == VA Mission Act [11] ---- (Top Questions Answered)
21 == VA Hearing Loss Fixes ---- (Top Service-Connected Disability among Vets)
22 == VAMC Salisbury NC [02] ---- (Unauthorized $2.3M Purchase)
23 == VAMC Washington DC [13] ---- (Culture of Complacency)
24 == VA Whistleblowers [58] ---- (Three Employees Claim VA Tried to Silence Them)
27 == VA Suicide Prevention [55] ---- (New Depression Drug Endorsed | Spravato)
28 == VA Suicide Prevention [56] ---- (Spravato Approval Declined for Widespread Coverage)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2019)

. * VETS * .

31 == TEAM Coalition ---- (New | Represents Sick Troops/Vets Exposed to Environmental Hazards)
32 == Wounded Warrior Project [07] ---- (Recommendation | Renew SAH Benefit Every Decade)
22 == Vet Suicide [33] ---- (Three-digit, 911-Style Suicide Hotline Urged for Vets)
34 == PTSD [251] ---- (Study Says Vets w/PTSD More Likely to Die from Suicide & Accidents)
35 == Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial ---- (Honors Fallen Servicemembers Who Donated Organs)
36 == National WWI Museum & Memorial ---- (Dedication Wall Defaced)
36 == Desert Storm Memorial [11] ---- (Two Years, $32 Million to Go)
38 == Vet Lawsuit | Harold Cantrell ---- (Assisted Living Facility Negligence Led to Vet’s Death)
38 == Bladensburg WWI Vet Memorial [08] ---- (Supreme Court Ruling | Okay)
39 == GI Bill [286] ---- (Small-Business Loan Option)
40 == Vet Senior Care ---- (Soon to Be gone - From a Military Doctor)
41 == WWII Vets 194 ---- (Grant Jiro Hirabayashi | Merrill’s Marauders Hall of Famer)
42 == WWII Vets 195 ---- (Oscar Leonard | Pacific POW Survivor)
44 == WWII Vets 196 ---- (William A. Bonsall | Atlantic POW Survivor)
45 == Vet Jobs Update 245 ---- (Potential Job Interview Questions 2 | Be More Prepared)
46 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Why Did the VA Downgrade My Rating?)
47 == Veterans FAQ ---- (How Should I Proceed to Increase My Current Assigned Rating?)
47 == Obit: Robert Friend ---- (21 June 2019 | 142 Combat Mission Tuskegee Airmen)
48 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 01 JUL 2019)
49 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 01 JUL 2019)
49 == Vet State Benefits ---- (Minnesota 2019)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

50 == VA Blue Water Claims [72] ---- (H.R. 299 | Blue Water Navy Vietnam Vet Act of 2019)
51 == Vet Deportations [26] ---- (S.1040, 1041, 1042 | Bills to Prevent Vet Deportations)
51 == VA Telehealth Program ---- (H.R.3228 | Expand Vet Pool of Healthcare Providers)
52 == Vet Treatment Courts ---- (H.R.886 | Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019)
53 == GI Bill [285] ---- (H.R.3369 | Defending all Veterans in Education Act (DAVIE)
54 == Airport Security [06] ---- (S.1881 | Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act)
55 == PTSI Month/Day ---- (H. Res. 455 | National Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month/Day)
55 == Military Sexual Misconduct [02] ---- (H.R.2388 | Harmony’s Law)
56 == Military Sexual Trauma [06] ---- (H.R.1092 | Servicemember/Vet Empowerment Support Act of 2019)
57 == MOH Awards [11] ---- (H.R.3467 | Remove the Stain Act)

. * MILITARY* .

58 == USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS-21) ---- (Launched 15 June)
59 == Feres Doctrine [17] ---- (Defense Bill Amendment Would Allow Medical Claims)
60 == Madigan AMC ---- ($12M Awarded in B.J.P. Medical Malpractice Claim Case)
61 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (HSV-2 Swift)
62 == GI Bill [256] ---- (Cap on Benefit Transfer Option to Dependents Effective 12 JUN)
63 == Military Memorabilia ---- (“We Will Prove Ourselves Men” Civil War Flag)
64 == USS Cherokee Nation ---- (Next Rescue Ship Contract Awarded)
65 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘CAG’ thru ‘CAVU’)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

66 == B-17 Tragedy Over Berlin ---- (Return Leg Collison | 15 of 20 Crewmembers Lost)
68 == WWII D-Day [01] ---- (Germany's Desperate Defense of Normandy)
69 == Wham Paymaster Robbery ---- ($28,000 Army Payroll has Never Been Recovered)
69 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 JUL)
70 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Hermann Goering's Private Loot)
70 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Brush with Death)
71 == War Memorials ---- (Brazil Monument to the dead of World War II)
71 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [33] ---- (The Outlaw)
71 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Joe J. Hayashi | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

73 == PTSD Treatment | SGB ---- (Stellate Ganglion Block Gives Positive Results)
74 == VA HIV Care [05] ---- (All Vets Should be Tested at Least Once)
74 == TRICARE Nurse Advise Line [05] ---- (Don’t Guess! 24/7 Access to a Nurse)
75 == Medical Cost Hardship ---- (Survey | Common in the United States)
76 == Diabetes [20] ---- (Study Finds 25% of U.S. Patients Ration Insulin)
77 == TRICARE Podcast 506 ---- (ECHO - Reporting Fraud/Abuse – Children Moving to College)
78 == TRICARE Podcast 507 ---- (Healthy Tips for Men - TRICARE Costs Tools - Sun Safety Tips)
80 == TRICARE Podcast 508 ---- (DEERS - EOBs - MHS Nurse Advice Line)

. * FINANCES * .

81 == Senior Discounts [07] ---- (10 Retailers That Give Discounts to Older Shoppers)
82 == VA Loan Limits ---- (2019 Cap of $484,350 Removed w/H.R.299 Signed into Law)
82 == Credit Monitoring [02] ---- (New Rules for Military Free Service)
83 == SBP DIC Offset [58] ---- (CBO Cost Estimate to Eliminate)
84 == SBP DIC Offset [59] ---- (Proposed NDAA Senate Amendment to Eliminate Fails
85 == Medicare Coverage [04] ---- (SSA Processing Error Impacts 250,000 Seniors)
86 == Spirit Taxes ---- (How High Are They in Your State)
87 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190616 thru 190630)
88 == Job Scam 2 ---- (New Twist)
89 == Online Plane Ticket Scam ---- (Scammers Pretending to be Online Airline Ticket Brokers)
89 == WhatsApp Scam ---- (Scammers Turn to a New Platform)
90 == Tax Burden for Nevada Retired Vets ---- (As of JUN 2019)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

91 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 30 June 2019)
93 == Congressional Term Limits ---- (Countering Power Abuse or Counterproductive?)
94 == Iran Tensions [04] ---- (Downed U.S. Drone Displayed as Trophy)
96 == Battleships for Sale ---- (Four German Ones Scuttled 100 Years Ago)
96 == Driving BAC Limits ---- (Japan and Now South Korea 0.03%)
97 == Appliances | America’s Most Reliable ---- (New Rankings from Consumer Reports)
98 == China U.S. Trade ---- (Meeting Chinese Made Product Demand)
99 == Secrets of Flying (5) ---- (What You May Not Know)
100 == Toilets [01] ---- (What You Should NOT Flush Down Them)
101 == Stains ---- (Suggestions on How to Remove)
103 == Memories ---- (Woodstock Opening Ceremony 1969)
103 == Interesting Inventions ---- (Self Locking Bike)
104 == One Word Essays ---- (Tenacity)
104 == Have You Heard? ---- (Our Nation’s Debt | Aphorisms 2)

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. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Minnesota Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 JUL (Updated)
Attachment – Army 1899 Payroll Robbery

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