RAO Bulletin Update 01 March 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DoD/VA Complex Care Effort —- (Interagency Coordination System)
05 == Gulf War 25th Anniversary ——- (Vets Fume as US Fails To Mark It)
07 == Abandoned Military Projects —- ($51.2 billion on 15 major programs)
08 == DoD Personnel Reform ————— (Proposals Crushed in the Senate)
09 == DoD Torture Use ——— (Waterboarding & Interrogation Techniques)
10 == DFAS myPay System [16] —– (Monthly eRAS Statements Available)
10 == PTSD Pay Grade Impact ——- (Rand Corp Treatment Study Findings)
11 == GTMO Prison [04] ———– (Cruel and Unusual Punishment Alleged)
12 == GTMO Prison [05] ———- (Shutdown Plan Lays Out Costs, Savings)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse ——— (Reported 15 thru 29 Feb 2016)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries —————— (Reported 15 thru 29 Feb 2016)
VA
15 == VA Health Care Access [29] —— (Unreleased IG Wait Time Reports)
16 == VA Health Care Access [30] ———————– (5 Who Died Waiting)
18 == VA Centers of Excellence —— (Proposal Would Reduce Vet Options)
19 == VA Hepatitis C Care [10] ——————– (VA Expanding Treatment)
19 == Gulf War Presumptives [07] ————- (Eligibility for VA Treatment)
20 == VA Lawsuit | Macias~Otto [01] ———————————– (Denied)
20 == VA Accountability [19] ——- (Demoted VARO Directors Reinstated)
21 == VA Accountability [20] ————- (Fired Executives Right to Appeal)
22 == VA Accountability [21] —– (American Legion Leadership’s Opinion)
23 == VA Accountability [22] ——– (Obama’s Carrot-And-Stick Approach)
24 == VA Medical Foster Homes [01] — (VA Working to Expand Program)
26 == VA Whistleblowers [41] — (Lawmakers Tell VA to Stop Harassment)
27 == VA Whistleblowers [42] — (Officials Vow Crackdown on Retaliation)
27 == VA Crisis Hotline [02] ——- (IG Reports Staffing/Routing Problems)
28 == VA Crisis Hotline [03] —- (Corrective Actions Taken and Underway)
29 == VA Crisis Hotline [04] ————- (Additional Changes Implemented)
30 == VA Appeals [20] ——————————— (Appeals Board Access)
31 == VA Appeals [21] ———————— (When an Appeal is Remanded)
31 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ———— (Reported 15 thru 29 FEB 2016)
34 == VA HCS Pacific Islands ——————— (Director Resigns/Retires?)
35 == VAMC Cincinnati [02] — (Federal Probe into Misconduct Allegation)
35 == VAMC Cincinnati [03] ———- (Whistleblowers Describe Poor Care)
39 == VAMC Cincinnati [04] —– (VISN 10 & VAMC Directors Removed)
39 == VAMC Albany NY [02] ————- (Director Will Not be Reinstated)
40 == VAMC Oklahoma City [02] ——– (Unfilled Mental Health Positions)
Vets
41 == Stolen Valor —————————— (Reported 160215 thru 160231)
42 == Soldiers Memorial St. Louis MO [01] ——— (Closed for Renovation)
43 == Vet Fertility Treatments [01] —————- (Why VA Cannot Provide)
45 == Purple Heart Award ——- (An Honor Long Overdue | Cecil Stephens)
46 == Last Day of Freedom – (Death-Row Vets/Combat PTSD Documentary)
47 == Missouri Vet Tuition Aid ———– (House Passes Bill to Change Cap)
48 == St. Marys Submarine Museum —— (WWII Archives Coming Online)
48 == Vet Home – MI [01] — (Grand Rapids Audit Reveals Major Problems)
49 == Vet Learning Courses ——— (Free LinkedIn Online Video Tutorials)
50 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [17] —————- (In Memory Program)
50 == No Man Left Behind [01] ——— (Sculpture’s Depicted Vet Mugged)
51 == Vet Charity Watch [54] ————– (SMVA Cease-And-Desist Order)
52 == Vet Groups ——————————— (Fighting Enrollment Decline)
54 == The Hurt Locker Lawsuit ———– (Appeals Court Denies Vet’s Suit)
55 == Fisher House Expansion [13] ——————————— (Tucson AZ)
56 == SBP Remarriage Options ——————————————– (Three)
57 == Desert Storm Memorial [04] —— (Honorary Chairman George Bush)
57 == Defense Mobile ——— (American Legion Member Special Discount)
58 == Reserve Duty [01] —————————- (The Veterans Who Aren’t)
59 == WWII Vets 102 ——————————————- (Frank Matthews)
60 == Obit: Wells~John K | Iwo Jima Hero ——————— (11 FEB 2016)
62 == Obit: Walker~Bob | Former MCPON ——————– (14 FEB 2016)
62 == Obit: Hittson~Travis | Killer Sailor Executed ———— (17 Feb 2016)
64 == Obit: Cherry~Fred V | Vietnam POW ——————— (16 Feb 2016)
65 == Obit: Encinias~Miguel | WW2-Korea-Nam Vet ——— (20 Feb 2016)
67 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————— (As of 27 Feb 2016)
67 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————————- (01 thru 31 Mar 2016)
68 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————– (North Dakota 2016)
Vet Legislation
69 == VA Claim Exams [01] ————– (Private Physician Use | H.R.1331)
69 == VA Immunizations [03] ———————- (S.1203 Fears Misleading)
71 == VA Claims Backlog [152] ————- (Express Appeals Act (S. 2473)
71 == Retiree Annual COLAs [03] – (American Heroes COLA Act H.R.677)
72 == VA Appointments [13] ———- (Faster Care for Vets Act | H.R.4352)
73 == HVAC [18] —————————– (7 Bills Advanced to Full House)
73 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———- (160215 thru 160229)
MILITARY
75 == Military Trivia 118 ———————— (Resupply via Artillery Shell)
75 == Military Retirement Pay [04] ——– (2017 Budget Proposal Changes)
77 == PTSD [203] ——————— (RAND Study Findings | 40,000 Cases)
78 == Coast Guard Reserve ——————————– (75 Years of Service)
79 == Military Old and New ————————————- (1945 vs. 2016)
81 == Military Caisson Horses ————– (Retirees Free to A Good Home)
82 == Stilwell Chungking Museum —— (Respect for an American General)
84 == Camp Minden Explosives ———– (16 Million Pounds to be Burned)
84 == B-21 —————————– (Air Force’s New Long Range Bomber)
85 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————– (Hosking~Charles E | VN)
MILITARY HISTORY
87 == Military History Anniversaries —————————– (1 thru15 Mar)
87 == Military History ——————————– (WWI Battleship Recruits)
HEALTH CARE
88 == TRICARE Autism Care [17] — (Senate Subcommittee ABA Hearing)
89 == TRICARE User Fees [100] – (What Will Patients Gain from Increase)
90 == Heart-Healthy Breathing ————————— (Techniques To Help)
91 == Medicare Dental Coverage ——– (None | Plan Ahead for Retirement)
91 == TRICARE Cholesterol Screening —————- (Your Heart’s Health)
92 == Medicare Eligible Veterans ———- (Impact on VA Medical Benefits)
93 == Veterans Health Library —- (One-Stop Source for Health Information)
93 == TRICARE For Life [03] ————– (DoD Budget Proposed Changes)
94 == TRICARE Cost Share 2017 ——– (Under Age 65 Proposed Changes)
96 == Direct Primary Care ——————– (New Type of Health Insurance)
97 == Hearing Loss ——————————————– (Threat to Marines)
98 == Insomnia [02] ————————————– (Causes and Symptoms)
99 == Wisdom Teeth ————————– (Should You Have them Pulled?)
100 == Kidney Stones [01] ————— (Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention)
103 == TRICARE Help ———————————————- (Q&A 160301)
FINANCES
104 == IRS Mileage Tax-deduction ———————– (Allowable Amounts)
104 == Senior Discount [03] —————————————— (Restaurants)
105 == IRS Tax-Free Income ——————————– (10 Ways to Earn it)
107 == Mystery Shopper ——— (Things to Know About Mystery Shopping)
109 == IRS Alimony Tax-deduction ————— (Declaration Requirements)
109 == IRS Sales Tax-deduction ————— (Writing off the Right Amount)
111 == IRS Filing Status ————— (Considerations for Individual or Joint)
112 == Saving Money ———————————————- (Cruise Ships 2)
113 == American Chamber of Commerce Scam —————- (How it Works)
114 == Student Job Con Email Scam —————————– (How it Works)
115 == Tax Burden for Connecticut Retired Vets ————- (As of Feb 2016)
116 == Thrift Savings Plan 2016 ——————– (Returns as of 26 Feb 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
118 == Notes of Interest ————————————- (15 thru 29 Feb 2016)
120 == Have You Seen —————————— (Photos of Interest | 160301)
121 == Veterans Affairs Department ——– (Candidates Using Wrong Name)
121 == Centenarians ——- (So who’s going to pay for you to live to be 100?)
124 == Parmesan Cheese ————————– (Tips to Avoid Cheese Fraud)
125 == Windows 10 ————– (How to Prevent Automatic Update of 7 & 8)
126 == Household Aids | Food —————————– (12 Organic Cleaners)
127 == Remember When ———————————————- (Nostalgia (1)
128 == Brain Teaser —————————————— (Son of Spoonerisms)
129 == Have You Heard? ————————————— (Seven Dollar Sex)
129 == Brain Teaser Answer ——————————– (Son of Spoonerisms)

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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