RAO Bulletin Update 01 March 2014

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This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD 2015 Budget —————————- (Proposed by Pentagon)
06 == DoD Mental Health Programs —– (Prevention Mostly Ineffective)
07 == DoD Benefit Cuts [35] ——————- (Benefits Fights Not Over)
07 == GTMO Prison ——– (DoD Billed $660K for Interrogation Music)
08 == DoD Sexual Abuse [13] ———————- (Occupational Hazard)
09 == BRAC [35] —— (DoD Can Close Bases w/o Congress Approval)
09 == DECA Budget Cuts [04] — (20% Shopper Savings Drop Proposed)
10 == Commissary Food Stamp Use [01] ——————- (Leveling Off)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —– (Reported 01 thru 15 FEB 2013)
11 == DoD Mobilized Reserve 21 FEB 2014 ———– (Decrease of 605)
VA
12 == VA LGBT Care — (VHA Vanguard of Equality for LGBT Patients)
13 == VA Grave Markers [06] ———– (No Living Relative, No Marker)
14 == VA Lawsuit ~ Steve Minter ——– (MRFA led to Leg Amputation)
16 == VA Hearing & Vision Benefit [03] — (Hearing Aid Repair Delays)
17 == VA Advance Funding [03] —— (Compensation Check Protection)
18 == VA Pharmacy ——– (CMOP Receives “Top Performer” Ranking)
19 == VA Abe Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Awards — (2013 Awardees)
20 == VA Sleep Apnea Claims [01] ————————– (Claims Surge)
22 == VA ID Card [03] —————————– (VHIC Phase in by JUL)
22 == VA Suicide Prevention [20] ———— (Whistleblower Vindicated)
24 == VA Blue Water Claims [25] – (Restore AO Exposure Presumption)
26 == Vet Toxic Exposure~Lejeune [42] ——— (VA Claims Frustration)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ——— (Reported 16 thru 28 Feb 2014)
30 == PTSD [161] ——————————- (Why Some and Not Others)
32 == PTSD [162] ———– (USPHS Delaying Marijuana Clinical Study)
32 == American Legion ROAR — (VA Obstructs Legion Quality Review)
33 == VA Loans [15] ————————- (What to do if Loan is Denied)
34 == VA Loans [16] ——————– (Hawaii Water Catchment Homes)
36 == VAMC West Haven CT —————- (VA OIG Inspection Results)
37 == VAMC West Los Angeles [09] — (Medical Exam Requests Purged)
38 == VAMC West Los Angeles [10] —— (VA Denies Record dumping)
38 == Agent Orange | C-123 Aircraft [06] ——– (VA Claim Submission)
Vets
40 == MOH Awards —————— (Obama to Upgrade 24 Vet’s Awards)
42 == Vet Census [01] ———————- (Numbers Don’t Tally for Utah)
43 == Elder Vet Abuse [03] ————————————- (Josef Martin)
44 == SSA Disability Claims [04] —– (Expediting Vet Disability Claims)
45 == POW/MIA [21] ———————- (Hagel Orders Agency Shakeup)
45 == NPRC Lost Records [04] —————- (Clarification on Update 03)
47 == OBIT | Denton~Helen ————————————- (3 Dec 2014)
48 == OBIT | Ehlers~Walter David —————————- (20 Feb 2014)
49 == Washington Vet Home — (Walla Walla Home Funding in Jeopardy)
50 == Vet Jobs [142] — (We got a problem: Too Many Vets Unemployed)
51 == Vet Cemetery Florida [09] ———————- (2 New Ones Named)
52 == Retiree Appreciation Days ——————— (Mar 1 thru Dec 2014)
54 == Vet Hiring Fairs —————————— (1 Mar thru 30 Apr 2014)
55 == WWII Vets 58 ———————————————- (Ito~Susumu)
57 == State Veteran’s Benefits & Discounts ——————– (Texas 2014)
Vet Legislation
57 == Vet Legislative Issues 2014 [01] ——- (Omnibus Bill S.1950 Fails)
59 == VRAP [09] ——– (Funding Stops 31 MAR if S.1950 Not Enacted)
59 == VA Advance Funding [04] —- (Putting Veterans Funding First Act)
60 == VA Rural Access [18] —————————– (S.2009 Introduced)
61 == Vet Legislation Submitted to 113th Congress — (As of 26 Feb 2014)
61 == Veteran Hearing/Mark-up Schedule ————- (As of 27 Feb 2014)
Military
62 == Cost of Wars [03] ————- (American Revolution thru OIF/OEF)
64 == POW/MIA [22] —— (Air Force Investigating Inappropriate Photo)
65 == Funeral Honors [01] ——————— (We put the FUN in funeral)
66 == Medal of Honor Citations ———– (Roan, Charles Howard WWII)
68 == Military Lingo/Jargon/Slang ————————————– (028)
Military History
69 == Aviation Art —————– (Westbound: A Date with the General)
70 == Camp Asylum —————————- (Civil War Excavation Site)
72 == CSA H.L. Hunley ——————– (150th Anniversary of Sinking)
73 == Military History Anniversaries ———————– (1 thru 31 Mar)
73 == WWII PreWar Events ——– (Mock Gas Invasion Drill Mar 1938)
74== Spanish American War Image 34 —— (Roughriders Mascot 1898)
74 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ———————— (COL Neel E. Kearby)
Health Care
75 == VA Pain Management [03] —————- (Opioid Safety Initiative)
76 == VA Mental Health Care [26] —– (Bureaucracy Delays Treatment)
77 == Hepatitis C [03] —————— (Disease Progression Preventable)
78 == TFL Pharmacy Benefit [03] ——- (Pilot Program Begins 15 MAR)
78 == Blast Health Effects [01] — (Paucity of High-Quality Information)
80 == Toxic Exposure~Iraq Dust —– (Long-Term Respiratory Diseases)
81 == TRICARE Prime [27] ———- (Working Age Retiree Ban Impact)
Finances
82 == COLA 2015 ———— (Chained CPI Not in 2015 Budget Proposal)
83 == Cola 2016 [10] —————— (2034 Retirees Still Stuck with Cut)
84 == Living Trusts [02] ————————- (Life and Death Decisions)
85 == Saving Money ————————————- (Engagement Rings)
86 == Olympic Counterfeit Merchandise Scam ———— (How It Works)
87 == Dating Online Site Scam ——————————- (How It Works)
88 == Flappy Bird App Scam ——————————— (How It Works)
88 == Veteran Scams ——————————- (What to Watch Out For)
89 == Capital Gains Tax ———————————– (How to Compute)
90 == Cross-State Tax Liability —————————————— (Tips)
91 == Tax Payment w/Credit Cards ———————————- (Pitfalls)
92 == State Tax Filing Information Feb 2014———- (Summary by State)
93 == Tax Burden for Idaho Retirees ———————- (As of Feb 2014)
94 == Thrift Savings Plan 2014 ——- (Share Prices + YTD Gain or Loss)
General Interest
94 == Notes of Interest ——————————– (16 thru 28 Feb 2014)
95 == Rental Rights & Responsibilities – Renters ——- (Do you Know?)
96 == VFW Website Hacked ——– (Remote Access Trojan Discovered)
97 == Photos That Say it All ——— (Once A Soldier Always A Soldier)
98 == They Grew Up to Be —————————– (Charles De Gaulle)
99 == Have You Heard? ————————————- (Idiot Sightings)
99 == Interesting Ideas ———————————– (Disguising Vodka)