RAO BULLETIN 1 August 2019

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RAO BULLETIN 1 August 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:15 am

RAO
BULLETIN
1 August 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .
04 == DoD Disability Severance [07] ---- (Lump Sum Payment IRS Tax Refund Available)
05 == NDAA 2020 [19] ---- (House Version Will Cause Battle in Conference)
07 == NDAA 2020 [20] ---- (American Public Biological Weapon Exposure Query)
08 == Trump Border Wall [01] ---- (Supreme Court Unfreezes Pentagon Funds)
09 == DOD Discharges ---- (Less Than Honorable Impact on Vets)
11 == Base Housing [14] ---- (21 Military Housing Bases Incentive Funds Withheld)
12 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [08] ---- (New SECDEF Establishes Task Force)
13 == Military Power ---- (MOH Holder Points Out U.S. Weakness | Urban Combat)
14 == Military Shopping/MWR Benefit ---- (Expanding to 3-Million More Vets)
16 == USMC Alaska Base ---- (Could Become the Corps’ Next Twentynine Palms)
17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019)
20 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019 | Five)
. * VA * .
22 == VA Life Insurance [02] ---- (Options and Eligibility)
23 == VA Health Care Access [68] ---- (Wait Time Tracking Progress Dismal after 5-Years)
24 == VA Smoking Policy [01] ---- (Does Not Apply To Employees)
25 == VA Claims Backlog [162] ---- (208,272 Applications Eliminated for Missing Info)
26 == VA Priority Groups ---- (Explained)
27 == VA Lawsuit | Blue Water Navy ---- (Wilkie Benefit Delay Disheartening and Unnecessary)
28 == VA Whistleblowers [59] --- (Culture of Retaliation | New OAWP Office Hasn’t Made A Dent)
30 == CHAMPVA [05] ---- (Users Now Eligible for Online Prescription Refills)
31 == VA EHR [17] ---- (Critical Milestone Reached in Modernization Program)
31 == VA VISTA [12] ---- (VA’s Plans Spark Cost Concerns for New EHR)
. * VETS * .
33 == Homeless Vet Burials [01] ---- (Stephen Jerald Spicer | Bushnell FL)
34 == GI Bill [290] ---- (Everything You Need To Know)
37 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [02] ---- (58 More Sites Identified)
38 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [03] ---- (4 Private Wells near Dover Contaminated)
38 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019)
39 == Vet Jobs [250] ---- (Middle East Opportunities)
40 == Semper Fi Fund ---- (Wounded Veterans’ Assistance)
41 == Stolen Valor [115] ---- (Meet the Navy Vets Who made it Their Life Mission to Expose It)
44 == Vet Cemetery Wisconsin [02] ---- (New 2nd Cemetery Named)
44 == WWII Cadet Nurses ---- (Could Become Honorary Veterans)
45 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Where Can I Locate a Blue Water Navy Ship Listing?)
46 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Are Our VA Benefits Being Depleted?)
48 == WWII Vets 198 ---- (Sydney Hunnicutt | Philippine War Vet Turns 102)
48 == WWII Vets 199 ---- (John Farritor | 30 Year Marine)
49 == WWII Vets 200 ---- (Leonard J. Kovar | AAF POW)
50 == Obit: Pete Poulos ---- (17 Jan 2019 | Helped Pull WWII Navy Pilot Bush from the Pacific)
51 == Obit: William E. Brandenburg ---- (22 NOV 1943 | Tarawa Island 17-yr Old MIA Casualty)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 01 AUG 2019)
52 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 01 AUG 2019)
53 == Vet State Benefits ---- (Mississippi 2019)
. * VET LEGISLATION * .
53 == Vet Jobs [248] ---- (S.2100 | The Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act)
54 == Vet Jobs [249] ---- (S.2115 | Modify DOD Retirement Authority Military Retiree Hiring Rule)
54 == VA Hiring [14] ---- (S.123 | Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act)
55 == Beirut USMC Barracks Bombing [01] ---- (H.R.2790 | OORAH Act of 2019)
56 == Vet Legislation House Wins 2019 ---- (Passed in House on 23 JUL)
. * MILITARY* .
57 == Military Academies ---- (Graduates Could See Longer Military Obligations)
58 == Military Academies [01] ---- (Far More Men than Women Nominated by Lawmakers)
59 == CNO ---- (Vice Adm. Michael Gilday Nominated)
60 == Leaving Service ---- (Harder for Female Vets)
61 == USMC Careers ---- (Top General Looking to Shake Up Service's Career System)
62 == USMC Misconduct ---- (25,000+ Marines Lost in the Last Decade Cost DOD $1B+)
63 == USMC Drug Waivers ---- (Vast Majority of Recruits Require Drug Waivers for Enlistment)
64 == Submarine Service [01] ---- (Enlisted Women No Longer Have to Wait to Apply)
65 == Military Medicine [01] ---- (Former Surgeon Generals on Proposed Reorganization)
66 == Military Basic Needs Allowance ---- (Proposal under Consideration)
68 == USMC Retention ---- (Changes under Consideration to Retain Corps’ Best Talent)
69 == Plasma Laser Balls ---- (Talking Ones under Development for Use as Non-Lethal Weapons)
70 == USMC Ship Needs ---- (38 Navy Amphib Ship Requirement No Longer Realistic)
71 == USCG Pacific Policy ---- (Presence and Deployments to Asia Will Increase)
73 == USMC Sergeant Major ---- (Sgt. Maj. Troy Black | Expect A Whirlwind of Changes Soon)
74 == Cold War Combat Vehicle Flops ---- (Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle)
74 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘Chuffed’ thru ‘CMC’)
. * MILITARY HISTORY * .
76 == Battle of Wake Island [01] ---- (December 8-23, 1941)
78 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 AUG)
78 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Greek’s Fate)
78 == Luton Riots of 1919 ---- (English Ex-serviceman Riot and Burn Down Town Hall)
80 == Gold Star Mothers Memorial ---- (Yonkers, New York)
81 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Liberated Belsen Concentration Camp)
81== WWII Rationing ---- (Gasoline, Rubber, and Cars)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [35] ---- (Mount N’ Ride)
83 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Clinton M. Hedrick | WWII)
. * HEALTH CARE * .
84 == Medicare Part D [38] ---- (COLA Only 1/5th of User’s Out of Pocket Drug Costs)
85 == Prescription Drug Costs [33] ---- (Senate Committee Drug Pricing Reforms Unveiled)
86 == Prescription Drug Costs [34] ---- (White House Order Would Cut Medicare Drug Prices)
87 == Military Health Care [01] ---- (Air Force New Medical Program)
88 == Aspirin [01] ---- (Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Really Necessary?)
88 == TRICARE Retired Reserve [08] ---- (For National Guard & Reserves under 60)
89== Senior Surgery ---- (ASA New Standards to Optimize Options for Those Over 75)
91 == PTSD Mental Disorder ---- (Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment Availability)
92 == Hydration ---- (Why Water is So Important)
93 == Cancer Q&A ---- (190716 thru 190731)
94 == Colon Cancer [07] ---- (Cases Have Risen Sharply Among Young People Since 1970)
94 == Osteoarthritis | Knee ---- (How to Know You Have It)
96 == Osteoarthritis | Knee [01] ---- (How to Deal with It)
98 == Contaminated Military Installations ---- (Dangerous Chemicals Making Veterans Sick)
99 == Fisher House [07] ---- (Houston VA Fisher House)
100 == TRICARE Podcast 511 ---- (TRICARE Qualifying Life Events - TRICARE Publications Survey)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 512 ---- (FEDVIP Vision Coverage - MHS Bug Week – Retired Reserve)
. * FINANCES * .
102 == Living Wage ---- (Is Your Income Considered a Living Wage Where You Live?)
102 == Social Security Benefits [06] ---- (Lose 33% of Buying Power since 2000)
104 == SSA COLA [04] ---- (How the Government Measures Can Mean Bad News)
105 == SSIA [06] ---- (Widow’s Tax | Lets End This Terrible Wrong)
106 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190715 thru 190731)
106 == Car Buying [02] ---- (Secrets Car Dealers Hope You Don’t Know)
107 == Social Ad Scam ---- (“Ad Launderers” Offer Cash for Access to Your Facebook Account)
108 == Military Consumers [02] ---- (At Higher Risk for Marketplace Losses)
109 == Tax Burden for Ohio Retired Vets ---- (As of JUL 2019)
. * GENERAL INTEREST * .
110 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 31 July 2019)
111 == Criminal Justice Reform ---- (First Step Act to Release 2200 Federal Inmates)
112 == Trump Border Wall ---- (Supreme Court Freeze on Pentagon Money Use)
113 == WWII Cryptologist Honored ---- (Chosen as the Face of New English Currency)
114 == 116th Congress ---- (Members Born Outside of U.S. | 29)
114 == ARA San Juan (S-42) Sinking ---- (Navy Brass, Low Budgets Blamed)
115 == Strait of Hormuz ---- (Why It Is So Important)
116 == Trust & Distrust in America ---- (Military among the Most Trusted Public Institutions)
117 == Memories ---- (1950’s Brownies & Cub Scouts)
117 == Iran Tensions [06] ---- (Great Britain Can Find neither Ships nor Friends)
121 == Knowledge ---- (Do You Know?)
123 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Bucket Filling
123 == One Word Essays ---- (Loneliness)
123 == Have You Heard? ---- (Old Farts | Memories | Aging with Humor)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – Mississippi Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 AUG (Updated)
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