RAO Bulletin Update 01 May 2015

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DoD-VA Pharmacy [01] – (HASC Wants Pharmacies to Match Meds)
05 == DoD/VA Seamless Transition [28] ————– (USDS’ New Mission)
06 == DECA Budget Cuts [14] — (Committee Rejects DoD’s Cut Proposal)
06 == Military Allotments [01] —- (MAC Must Pay $3.1M for Hidden Fees)
07 == SBP after Retirement [01] ———– (New Former Spouse Death Rule)
09 == MCRMC [14] ——– (5 of 6 Vet Groups Endorse Retirement System)
10 == NDAA for 2016 [01] ——————————- (The Proposals Begin)
11 == NDAA for 2016 [02] — (HASC Acts on MCRMC Recommendations)
12 == NDAA for 2016 [03] —————- (HASC Adopts a $612 Billion Bill)
13 == Concurrent Receipt Status [01] ———– (Sen. Reid Departure Impact)
14 == Commissary Funding [01] — (Coalition Letter to HASC | Reject Cuts)
15 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse ———- (Reported 1 thru 14 Apr 2015)
16 == POW/MIA [57] ——————————— (New Disinterment Policy)
17 == POW/MIA Recoveries ——————- (Reported 150416 thru 150430)
VA
20 == VA Secretary [37] —— (MacDonald Speaks on Agency’s Difficulties)
21 == VA OIG [03] —— (OIG Releases 140 Previously Unreleased Reports)
23 == VA Vet Choice Program [13] —————— (40 Mile Eligibility Rule)
23 == Agent Orange | C-123 Aircraft [11] —– (VA | Reserves Not Veterans)
25 == Agent Orange | C-123 Aircraft [12] —— (Senators Send Letter to VA)
25 == VA SWAG —————- (Special Medical Advisory Group Members)
28 == MVAC [01] ———————– (Advisory Council Inaugural Meeting)
28 == VA Relocation Program —- (HASC Blasts VA Payments as ‘Scheme’)
29 == VA Health Care Eligibility [01] ———— (Treat Service Caused Only)
29 == VA Budget 2016 [02] ——————— ($163.2B First Draft Proposal)
30 == VA Cemeteries [12] ——————————- (Movie Filming Policy)
31 == VA History —————————————————– (DVA Origin)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ————- (Reported 15 thru 30 Apr 2015)
34 == CAVC — (U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judge Numbers)
35 == VA COLA for 2016 Checks —————————– (H.R.677 Impact)
35 == VA Claim Payment [01] ——————————– (H.R.1414 Impact)
36 == VA Lawsuit | Ball~George + 6 —— (Medical Record Delivery Delays)
37 == VAMC Tampa FL [04] ————————- (Nurse Staffing Shortage)
38 == VAMC Beckley WV [01] — (Substitution of Older Drugs to Cut Costs)
40 == VAMC Aurora CO [07] ——— (VA Panel Lacks Construction Expert)
40 == VAMC Aurora CO [08] ————– (Peter to Paul Plan Riles Congress)
40 == VAMC West Los Angeles [13] ——— (Missing Funds Accountability)
42 == VAMC Wilmington [01] ————– (VA Response Leaves Questions)
43 == VA HCS Maryland ———– (OIG Reports Delays, Staffing Shortages)
44 == VARO Oakland [01] —– (Director Says Claims Were Not Mishandled)
45 == VARO Philadelphia [05] —— (Vets Underserved & Overcompensated)
47 == VARO Philadelphia [06] ————— (Temporally Shifting Leadership)
VETS
48 == WWII Vets [01] ——- (3 Former POW’s Opinion about Japan Today)
50 == Vet Toxic Exposure~Ft. McClellan [03] —————– (New Website)
51 == National Medal of Honor Museum ————– (Conceptual Drawings)
52 == National Coast Guard Museum [01] ———— (Goal to Open by 2018)
53 == OBIT | Steen~Harry E. | WWII —————————- (18 APR 2015)
54 == Vet Jobs [175] ————– (Best for Vets | 2015 Employer’s Rankings)
56 == Veterans Vision Project [04] —————————– (Sargent, USMC)
57 == Retiree Appreciation Days —————————- (As of 27 Apr 2015)
57 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————————— (1 thru 31 May 2015)
58 == WWII Vets [85] ——————————————– (Biel~Raymond)
59 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————– (Massachusetts 2015)
60 == America’s Most Beloved Vets ————- (Operation Iraqi Freedom (1)
VET LEGISLATION
61 == 114th Congress [02] ———— (What First 100 Day’s Meant for Vets)
62 == VA Caregiver Program [28] ——– (S.1085 | Cover Pre-911 Vet Care)
63 == VA Accountability [04] ———- (H.R.473 Sent to HVAC | Provisions)
64 == VA ID Card [05] ——————————– (H.R.91 Gathering Steam)
64 == Enlistment [14] ——– (H.R.1989 | Grant Military Illegals Citizenship)
65 == VA Firing Authority —– (H.R.1994 Applicable to All VA Employees)
66 == VA OIG [02] ————– (H.R.1938 | Ban Secret Health Care Reports)
67 == Vet Toxic Exposure Legislation [06] —————- (S.901 & H.R.1769)
68 == Board of Veterans’ Appeals [08] ——— (H.R.800 | VA Pilot Program)
69 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ————– (150415 to 150430)
MILITARY
73 == Uniforms [04] ——– (White and Blue Crackerjacks Moving Forward)
74 == Sexual Assault Awareness Month ——— (Walk a Mile in Her Shoes)
75 == Military Allotments [02] ———– (Lawmakers Question Restrictions)
76 == Military 2016 Pay Raise —————————– (HASC Backs 2.3%)
76 == UUV ———— (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles | 2015 Deployment)
78 == N-Zero ——————– (Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations)
78 == IMX-101 Ordnance – (Safer than TNT and Composition B Explosives)
79 == DAZ 3D ————————————————— (Proteus Minisub)
81 == Iranian Navy ———- (Mounting Aggressiveness | Cargo Ship Seized)
83 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————- (Gertsch~John G | Vietnam)
MILITARY HISTORY
84 == Iwo Jima Reflections —- (Krodel~James | Friends Lost 70 Years Ago)
86 == Aviation Art ————————————————– (Pacific Glory)
87 == Military Trivia [105] ————————————- (Caterpillar Club)
90 == Military History ——————— (WWII Ulithi | The Secret Weapon)
92 == Vietnam at 50 ————————————————– (“Crazy Joe”)
95 == D-Day ————————————– (British Commandos Landing)
95 == WWII Prewar Events ————— (Anti-Jewish Vandalism Nov 1938)
96 == WWII PostWar Events — (Aachen, Ger School Registration Jun 1945)
96 == Spanish American War Images 70 ———- (The Capture of El Caney)
96 == Military History Anniversaries ————————— (1 thru 31 May)
97 == WWI in Photos 116 ——- (Biplanes Flying in Formation ca. 1914-18)
97 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ——————— (Wounded Tarawa Marines)
HEALTH CARE
98 == Gulf War Syndrome [34] ——————————— (LED Therapy)
99 == TRICARE Reform ——— (HASC Will Not Include in 2016 NDAA)
100 == Staying Healthy ———————————————– (Men at 50+)
102 == Medicare Card [02] ——— (‘Doc Fix’ Law Mandates SSN Removal)
103 == Sinusitis [03] ——————————— (Treating Chronic Sinusitis)
105 == TRICARE Alcohol Awareness Program —- (Recognizing a Problem)
106 == Medicare Reimbursement Rates 2015 [03] — (Doc Fix Becomes Law)
FINANCES
107 == Social Security Lump Sum Payment Options —- (Offered to Retirees)
108 == Food Spoilage [01] ——————– (Tips to Make Food Last Longer)
110 == Commissary Rewards Card —– (Digital Coupon Redemption System)
110 == Saving Money ———————————– (Refurbished Electronics)
111 == Government Grant Scam [01] —————————– (How to Avoid)
112 == Student Loan Forgiveness Scam ————————– (How to Avoid)
113 == Tax Burden for South Dakota Retired Vets ———— (As of Apr 2015)
114 == Tax Burden for Florida Residents ———————– (As of Apr 2015)
115 == Thrift Savings Plan 2015 ———– (Share Prices + YTD Gain or Loss)
GENERAL INTEREST
116 == Notes of Interest ————————————- (16 thru 30 Apr 2015)
117 == Rosie the Riveter ————— (Iconic Painting Model Dies at Age 92)
119 == Flag Desecration [02] ————– (Valdosta State University Georgia)
120 == RP~China Dispute [07] —– (RP-US Combat Exercises Mirror Threat)
121 == Baking Soda [01] ———————– (Alternate Uses | 1 thru 38 of 85)
124 == College Watch Program ———- (Caution Light for Students | Listing)
125 == Microsoft Windows 7 ———————— (Should Users Be Worried)
125 == Have You Heard? ——————————————– (Plain English)
126 == Photos That Say it All —————————— (This Little Piggy …)
126 == WWII Ads ——————————————– (Old Gold Cigarettes)
127 == Normandy Then & Now —— (Queen Red Beach at la Breche, France)
127 == Interesting Inventions ——————— (Jeans for Smart Phone Users)
127 == They Grew Up to Be? ——————– (Lacey Chabert (Party of Five)
128 == Moments in US History ————- (Mark Twain in Tesla’s Lab, 1894)

3 Responses to “RAO Bulletin Update 01 May 2015”

  1. Retiree Activities Office May 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you….you’re bulletin satisfies whatever question a retiree might have.

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