RAO BULLETIN 1 December 2019

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RAO BULLETIN 1 December 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:57 am

RAO BULLETIN
1 December 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .
04 == PTSD Punitive Discharges Lawsuit [07] ---- (Could Codify New Standards into the UCMJ)
07 == Military Academies [02] ---- (Academy Athletes Can Now Delay Service, Go Pro)
08 == DoD Audits [04] ---- (Pentagon, As Expected, Fails FY19 Audit)
09 == Afghan Casualties ----- (CWO 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami & CWO 2 David C. Knadle)
10 == TRICARE Open Season [03] ---- (Computer Glitch Impeding Online Enrollments | Options)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2019)
13 == Base Housing [15] ---- (Work Orders at Lackland AFB Falsified)
14 == TRICARE Contract Transition ---- (DHA’s Next Generation’s Contact Preps | 2022 & 2023
15 == NDAA 2020 [26] ---- (Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Sanctions)
16 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2019 | Twenty-One)
. * VA * .
19 == VA Whistleblowers [61] ---- (Significant Backlog in Complaint Resolution)
20 == VA Blue Water Claims [78] ---- (FAQs on New AO Benefit Effective 1 JAN 2020)
23 == VA PTSD Holiday Tips ---- (Coping with PTSD during Holiday Season)
24 == VA Appeals Processing ---- (Report Shows Thousands of Reports Were Not Processed)
25 == VA EHR [20] ---- (Congress is Cautiously Optimistic VA Will Deploy on Time)
26 == VA EHR [21] ---- (Vet Access Issue Identified in House Hearing)
27 == VA Unions [07] ---- (Support to Employee Unions Cut Following Executive Order)
28 == VA Toxic Exposure Study ---- (Major Study on Connection to Vet Illnesses Planned)
29 == VA Toxic Exposure App ---- (For Vets Who Think they were Exposed During their Service)
30 == VA Diabetes Care [12] ---- (Diabetic Limb Loss Reduction Effort)
31 == VA Privacy Act Compliance ---- (Obama-Era Policy Reversed That Resulted In Violations)
31 == VA Identity Theft [01] ---- (3rd Party Claim Disclosure Info Redaction)
32 == VA Medical Marijuana [65] ---- (First Ever Vote to Remove it from the Controlled Substances List)
34 == Veterans Health Library [01] ---- (1,500 health sheets and 150 videos)
34 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2019)
. * VETS * .
35 == GI Bill Colleges [04] ---- (Closing the 90/10 Rule Loophole Gets Support)
37 == GI Bill [296] ---- (Forever’s Program 1 DEC Relaunch)
37 == GI Bill [297] ---- (21,000 Satellite Campus Student Stipends to Lower)
38 == GI Bill [298] ---- (Severely Disabled Vet Loan Forgiveness Effort Resumes)
39 == Vet Financial Well-Being ---- (Compared To Non-Veterans)
40 == Vet Population Geographic Projection ---- (National Census No Longer Tracks)
41 == Vet Homeless Recovery Programs [04] ---- (Beyond the Yellow Ribbon)
42== Vet Suicide [40] ---- (FCC to Move Forward on Proposed 988 Hotline)
43 == Medal, Decoration, & Award Replacement ---- (How To do It)
44 == Vet Jobs [256] ---- (7 Occupations That Are a Good Fit)
46 == Gold Star Fellowship ---- (Program for Relatives of Service Members Who Died in Service)
47 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2019)
47 == WWII Vets 208 ---- (Louis Zamperini | Former POW Turned Missionary)
48 == WWII Vets 209 ---- (Harold Stone | Second Battle of Guam Vet)
50 == WWII Vets 210 ---- (Ira Hayes | Immortal Flag Raiser at Iwo Jima)
51 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 30 NOV 2019)
51 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 30 NOV 2019)
52 == Veteran Benefit Finder ---- (State Programs & Benefits for Veterans Catalogue)
52 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Nebraska 2019)
. * VET LEGISLATION * .
52 == GI Bill Colleges [03] ---- (S.2857 | Push to Limit for-Profit College’s Access to GI Bill)
53 == K-9 Corps [01] ---- (H.R.5081| K-9 Hero Act)
54 == National MOH Monument ---- (H.R.5173 | National Medal of Honor Act)
55 == VA National Park Benefit ---- (H.R.4930 | Wounded Veterans Recreation Act)
55 == Mammograms [02] ---- (S.2944/H.R.5238 | 3D Coverage for Vets)
56 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [71] ---- (S.2950 | Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act)
57 == VA Domestic Violence Programs [01] ---- (S.2915 | VA Domestic & Sexual Violence Services)
57 == VA Pension Poaching [01] ---- (S.2407 | Financial Refuge for Every Elderly (FREE) Veteran Act)
58 == Vet Suicide [41] ---- (H.Res.734 | Purple Star Families Week)
. * MILITARY* .
59 == Marine Corps Readiness ---- (Stepping Off On a 10-Year March to Transform Itself)
60 == Navy Beards [01] ---- (CNP Willing to Consider Allowing Ashore in the Future)
61 == F-35 Fighter Jet [02] ---- (Continues to Fall Short of Full Combat Readiness)
62== Military Toxic Sites ---- (List Has Grown from Former 401)
64 == Body Armor [03] ---- (Army Field Testing Lightweight Subsystem of TALOS)
65 == Cerberus GL Drone ---- (Multi-Shot, 40mm Grenade Launcher)
66 == Air Force Pilot Shortage [04] ---- (Re-Examining Standard Height Requirements)
67 == USMC Coed Boot Camp [01] ---- (General Open to Ending Gender-Segregated Boot Camp)
68 == Army Security Concerns ---- (TikTok Social Media App)
69== Military Housing Lawsuits [02] ---- (History of Neglect by Private Firms & DoD Acknowledged)
71 == Military Proposed Weaponry [02] ---- (Chrysler TV-8 Tank)
71 == USS Iwo Jima ---- (Fire during LHD-7’s Overhaul Injures 11 Sailors)
72 == CBD Products ---- (Products Containing CBD Oil are Off Limits for Airmen)
73 == Military Related Fraud ---- (Cancer Fundraiser Scam by Alleged Veteran)
. * MILITARY HISTORY * .
74 == Libby Prison ---- (Civil War | 100+ Union Prisoner’s Tunnel Escape)
75 == Britain’s Fifth Columnists ---- (WWII Plot to Kill Eisenhower & Montgomery)
76 == Cambodian "Bamboo Pentagon" Headquarters ---- (Nixon’s Fruitless Search to Locate One)
77 == Women Warriors of the Philippines ---- (Heroines Helped Liberate their Country)
79 == St. Nazaire Raid ---- (WWII Operation Chariot)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 DEC)
81 == Pearl Harbor’s Second Raid ---- (Japanese Operation K-1)
82 == WWII Battle of Hürtgen Forest ---- (Bloody Pathway into the Heart of Germany)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [43] ---- (THE Virgin Widow)
83 == War Memorials ---- (Egypt’s Unknown Soldier)
84 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Rufus G. Herring | WWII)
85 == U-1206 Sinks ---- (Sunk When its Captain Took a Dump)
. * HEALTH CARE * .
86 == TRICARE Eligibility [04] ---- (Active Duty, Vets & Caregivers)
87 == Prescription Drug Costs [38] ---- (Congressional Action Not Likely Before Next Year)
88 == Prescription Drug Costs [39] ---- (Colorado’s Canadian Drug Importation Plan)
89 == Smoking [07] ---- (Trends in U.S.)
90 == Phobias [01] ---- (More Unusual Ones You Never Knew Existed)
91 == Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria [02] ---- (Microbial Pests Have Learned To Fight Back)
92 == Cancer Q&A ---- (191116 thru 191130)
93 == Breast Cancer ---- (Early Stage | Does it Make Sense to have Chemotherapy?)
95 == TRICARE Podcast 528 ---- (Open Season - TRICARE Costs - Warrior Care Month)
96 == TRICARE Podcast 529 ---- (TRICARE Reserve Select - New Covered Services - Flu Prevention Tips)
. * FINANCES * .
98 == Military Survivor Benefits [03] ---- (It’s Time for the Senate to Move Quickly)
100 == IRS Tax Brackets ---- (2020)
100 == State Tax Rankings [01] ---- (Where Your State Positions in 2020)
102 == Commissary Prices [11] ---- (New Patron User Fees/Surcharges)
103 == Local Taxation ---- (Sometimes Idiosyncratic and/or Duplicative)
104 == College Financial Plan [01] ---- (Ten Where Tuition is Free)
106 == Childbirth ---- (Costs to Have a Baby around the World)
108 == Open Enrolment Scam ---- ('Tis the Season’)
109 == Sneaker Scam ---- (Sales on Instagram Could be a Con
110 == Holiday Wine Exchange Scam ---- (A Pyramid Scheme)
111 == Tax Burden for Texas Retired Vets ---- (As of NOV 2019)
. * GENERAL INTEREST * .
112 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 30 November 2019)
113 == National Resource Directory [06] ---- (Includes 14,000 Resources for Veterans, Families)
113 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [23] ---- (Collision Lawsuit Filed Against NYK Line)
114 == Navy Ship Naming ---- (Should the Navy Keep naming Ships after Presidents?)
115 == DPRK-U.S. Relations ---- (No Interest in Giving Trump Further Meetings to Brag About)
116 == Trump Veteran Promise ---- (‘You will never, ever be forgotten’)
117 == Yard Sale Option ---- (How to Get Rid of Hard-to-Sell Things)
119 == Homeowners Insurance [08] ---- (Ways the Provider Can Cancel Your Coverage)
120 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Non-Stop Elevator)
120 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘Drunkex’ thru ‘EMCON’)
121== Have You Heard? ---- (Military Humor 8 | Urine Test | Eating In the Fifties)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – Nebraska Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 DEC (Updated)
Attachment – Bloodletting in the Hürtgen Forest”
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