RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == National Coast Guard Museum [03] —— (USCG Authorization Act)
05 == BRAC [45] ———— ($1.1 Trillion Bill Excludes Funding for 2016)
07 == Feres Doctrine [08] ———————- (Application to Birth Injuries)
08 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse ——- (Reported 16 thru 31 Dec 2015)
09 == DFAS 1099-R [07] ———————- (2015 Is Available on myPay)
09== Marine Corps Pacific Realignment ——– (Moving Forward in 2016)
10 == POW/MIA [68] —————- (Total MIA’s as of Dec 2015 | 83,099)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries —————- (Reported 16 thru 31 Dec 2015)
VA
12 == VA Death Verification System [01] ———————– (New Policy)
13 == VA Health Care Access [27] —- (Justice Dept Drops 46 of 55 Cases)
13 == VA Insurance Dividends in 2016 — ($88.1 million to ~430,000 Vets)
14 == VA Claims Backlog [150] ———- (Lowest But Never Going Away)
15 == VA Data Breach [58] ——————- (Oregon DD-214 Compromise)
15 == Veterans Crisis Line [01] ———– (What Happens on the Other End)
16 == VA Minority Veterans Panel [03] ———————- (New Members)
18 == VA Claims Assistance [06] ——————– (Veterans Law Blog ++)
18 == VA Accountability [12] ————————- (Phoenix VA Officials)
19 == VA Accountability [13] — (Meaningful Discipline/Evidence Lacking)
21 == VA Accountability [14] — (Jailable Offense or Management Mistake)
22 == VA Accountability [15] ————– (FY 2016 | Extra $6B w/Strings)
23 == VA Rural Access [23] ———————- (Increased thru Choice Act)
24== VA Flu Shots [03] —————– (VA Retail Immunization Program)
25 == VA Budget 2016 [04] ——– ($163B Approved | H.R.2029 Synopsis)
26 == Fisher House Expansion [11] —————————– (Dayton Ohio)
26 == VA PTSD Claim Support [02] —— (Independent Medical Opinions)
28 == VA Robotic Legs ——- (ReWalk | DVA Has Agreed to Pay for Vets)
29 == VA Data Breach [57] ————————- (November PHI Incidents)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ———— (Reported 15 thru 31 Dec 2015)
31 == VA Medical Marijuana [16] — (Federal/State Laws over Pot Collide)
33 == VISN 16 —————— (Newly Assigned Director Skye McDougall)
34 == VAMC Tomah [14] ——————– (Restoring Trust 100-Day Plan)
36 == VAMC Leavenworth KS ———————– (Eye Clinic Wait Times)
37 == VA HCS Phoenix [18] ——————– (Remains Mired In Problems)
Vets
38 == Cambodia Life for Vets —————————- (Lots of Opportunity)
40 == Vet Fertility Treatments – (Insurance Coverage Lost Upon Discharge)
41 == SBP DIC Offset [43] ———— (Under Review by House Committee)
42 == Vet Brain Trauma ————————– (Undiagnosed Brain Injuries)
43 == Legion of Honor ————————— (Awardee Dr. Ed McAninch)
44 == Honor Flights [09] ———— (Spring WWII Flight Could be the Last)
45 == Vet Funerals ———————————————– (21 Gun Salutes)
46 == Vet Deportations [04] ———————- (Immigrant Defense Project)
48 == Vet Toxic Exposure~Lejeune [57] —– (VA Will Cover 8 Conditions)
50 == K9’s for Veterans ——————— (Expanded Role of Service Dogs)
51 == Obit: Laird~Elizabeth ————————————– (24 DEC 2015)
52 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of 29 DEC 2015)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs ——————————– (1 JAN thru 29 Feb 2016)
53== WWII Vets 97 ———————————————— (Owens~Bud)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ————————- (Missouri 2015)
Vet Legislation
55 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———- (151216 thru 151231)
MILITARY
56== Military Smoking Ban ————— (Hawaii Based Troops under 21)
57 == Navy Fleet Size ———————————— (Set to Grow in 2016)
58 == Tops in Blue ———————————— (2016 Season Cancelled)
60 == Great Green Fleet ——— (Maiden Voyage Scheduled Late January)
61 == Looking Ahead to 2016 ——————————————— (USN)
62 == Less-Than-Honorable Discharge ————– (352,000+ Since 2000)
64 == REAP [03] ————- (Law Change Ends Reserve Tuition Program)
65 == Military Discharge Studies ————————– (Two Due in 2017)
65 == Military Separation Pay [01] ———- (Impact on VA Compensation)
67 == PERM [01] ——————- (3000 Mortar Rounds Ordered | 120mm)
68 == Robotic Cargo Movers [02] ——– (USMC Mule Put Out to Pasture)
69 == Military Enlistment Standards 2015 [09] ———– (Criminal History)
70 == Medal of Honor Citations ———————– (Herda, Frank A. | VN)
MILITARY HISTORY
71 == Military Trivia 117 —————— (WWII’s 1st 25 Mission Aircrew)
73 == Aviation Art —————————————————- (Joker, The)
74 == Military History ———————————– (Chichi Jima Incident)
76 == WWII Ads ———————————————————— (RCA)
77 == D-Day ——————————————————- (Time to Jump)
77 == WWII Prewar Events – (1931 Goebbels Wedding w/Best Man Hitler)
78 == WWII PostWar Events – (Belsen Concentration Camp Cemetery 1946)
78 == Spanish American War Image 80 ——– (Camp McCalla June 1898)
79 == WWI in Photos 105 ———————— (German A7V tanks | 1918)
79 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ————– (GI in Rome, Italy May 23,1944)
80 == Ghosts of Time ———— (Then & Now’ Photos of WWII Sites (07)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ————————- (01 thru 15 Jan)
HEALTH CARE
80 == TRICARE Durable Medical Equipment ——- (Coverage Limitations)
81 == TRICARE Autism Care [15] ——— (Fee Cuts of Up to 15% in 2016)
83 == TRICARE Pharmacy Copay [16] ———– (Change February 1, 2016)
83 == Vet Organ Donation —————- (Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Whalen)
84 == TRICARE Cataract Coverage – (One of the Most Common Operations)
84 == TRICARE Provider Availability [05] ———- (Beware Non-Certified)
84 == TRICARE Pharmacy Emergency Procedures ———- (Storm Goliath)
85 == TRICARE Help ——————————————— (Q&A 151231)
FINANCES
87 == ISIS War Surtax —————————– (Sen. Chris Coons Proposal)
87 == Flood Insurance ———————————- (What is/is not Covered)
89 == COLA 2017 ————————————- (A Deeper Dive into Red)
89 == Charitable Giving Tax Deduction ——————— (Know the Rules)
90 == Social Security Q & A —————————– (160101 thru 160115)
91 == Identity theft Protection [01] —- (Lifelock $100M Settlement w/FTC)
92 == Saving Money —————————- (Refrigerator Do’s and Don’ts)
93 == Syrian Refuge Scam ————————————— (How it Works)
94 == Holiday High Pay Job Scam —————————— (How it Works)
95 == Gift Exchange Scam ————————————— (How it Works)
96 == Tax Burden for Arkansas Retired Vets —————- (As of Dec 2015)
97 == Tax Burden for Maryland Residents ——————- (As of Dec 2015)
99 == Thrift Savings Plan 2015 —————— (Returns as of 30 DEC 2015)
GENERAL INTEREST
100 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (16 thru 31 Dec 2015)
101 == Medical ID Theft ———————— (100 Million Records in 2015)
102 == US Voter Data Breach ———– (Information on 191 Million Voters)
102 == Federal Holidays —————————————————– (2016)
103 == War on Xmas ———————————— (House Resolution 564)
104 == 114th Congress ——– (2015 Performance | Comparatively Not Bad)
106 == Household Tips [03] ——————————- (Alternate Use Items)
107 == Scandals of 2015 ————————————— (15 of the Biggest)
110 == Internet Speed —- (How fast should your high-speed connection be?)
111 == Photos That Say it All ——————————- (Losing A Friend 2)
111 == Most Creative Statues – (Prague, Czech Republic | Man Hanging Out)
112 == Interesting Inventions ——————————- (Spoke-less bicycle)
112 == Moments of US History ————— (Coney Island New York 1940)
113 == Parking ———– (Revenge Tactic #10 against Inconsiderate Parkers)
113 == Brain Teaser ——————————————– (Do You Know 1?)
114 == Have You Heard? ————————————- (Butch the Rooster)
114 == Have You Heard? ———————– (What Confucius Did Not Say)
115 == Help!!! ————————– (Things that might make you say it (03)
115 == Brain Teaser Answer ———————————- (Do You Know 1?)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
2. Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written on the subject. To obtain previous articles send a request to [email protected].

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