RAO Bulletin Update 01 April 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Commissary Prices [03] ——– (Budget-Neutrality | Variable Pricing)
05 == UCMJ ——————————- (Proposed Changes | 1st in 30 Years)
07 == Pentagon Personnel Policy —— (9 Chiefs in 7 Years Hurting Reform)
08 == Pentagon Personnel Policy [01] ———– (Reforms Will Go Forward)
10 == Philippine U.S. Bases ——- (New Agreement | Five Permanent Bases)
11 == DoD Windows 10 Deployment ——- (Department Wide by Jan 2017)
11 == Military Records/DD-214 [05] ———————— (Available Online)
11== DoD/VA Seamless Transition [33] —- (2012 Problems Not Mitigated)
12 == DoD Audits [01] – (Unlikely | No Working Accounting Systems Exist)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries —————- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2016)
VA
16 == VA Goals ——————— (Improving the Veteran Experience is #1)
17 == VA Services ———— (How to Make It A More Pleasant Experience)
18 == VA Benefits Denials — (125,000 Iraq & Afghanistan Vets | Bad Paper)
20 == Military Sexual Trauma [03] — (VA Offers Free Service to Help Vets)
20 == VA Suicide Prevention [30] ————————– (Crisis Line Access)
21 == VA Vet Choice Program [35] —————————– (Provider Tiers)
22 == VA Vet Choice Program [36] —- (Private Sector Marketing Concerns)
23 == VA Budget 2017 [02] ——– (In Limbo During House/Senate Recess)
24 == VA Fiduciary Program [08] ——- (Additional Beneficiaries Identified)
24 == VA Lawsuit | Gila River Indians —- (Health Care Non-reimbursement)
25 == VA Lawsuit | Colorado Vets ——————- (Medical Marijuana Use)
26 == VA Caregiver Program [32] ————— (Caregiver Support Services)
27 == VA Care ~ Epilepsy —————- (ECOE YouTube Video /Programs)
28 == VA Care Under-Appreciated ————- (Undeserved Negative Image)
29 == VA Care Privatization ———– (Commission on Care Lacks Vet Rep)
30 == VA Care Privatization [01] ——– (HVAC Chairman Meeting w/CoC)
30 == BD-STEP ——– (Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program)
31 == VA Overseas Travel Pay ———————————— (Discontinued)
33 == VA Gulf War Claims [01] ——— (VA Gets ‘F’ for Claims Approvals)
34 == VA Health Care Access [33] ——————– (Telephone Enrollment)
34 == VA Health Care Access [34] ————- (Blatant pro-VA propaganda)
35 == GI Bill [200] —————————— (DeVry University Suspension)
36 == GI Bill [201] ———— (Defrauded Vets Benefit Restoration Request)
37 == VA Accountability [26] —— (Survey Reveals Due Process Concerns)
38 == VA Accountability [27] —- (Texas Leaders Urge Firing of VA Execs)
39 == VA Accountability [28] —————- (Acting VBA Chief Suspension)
39 == VA Accountability [30] —- (Puerto Rico VAMC Hiring/Firing Policy)
40 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ———– (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2016)
44 == VAMC Tomah WI [15] — (Former COS Medical License Suspended)
44 == VAMC Buffalo [01] ——– (Whistleblower Reinstated with Back Pay)
44 == VAMC Aurora [15] —- (VA Employment Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card)
45 == VA HCS Phoenix [20] —– (Notices of Proposed Removals Issued | 3)
47 == VA OIG [05] —————– (Wait Time Reports as of 30 March 2016)
Vets
47 == PTSD [206] — (Self-Medication | Marijuana Dependence on the Rise)
49 == Veteran ID Card [05] ——————————- (Obtainment Options)
50 == Vet Prison Inmate Programs [02] ——— (Regaining Honor | Arizona)
51 == Vet Deportations [06] — (Estimated 2000 Living in Northern Mexico)
53 == Vet Gun Control [11] —— (257,000 Vets Not Allowed to Own Guns)
53 == Veterans in Government ——– (Too Few in National Security Roles)
54 == Vet Unemployment [08] —— (Post-9/11 Vet 2015 Rate Lowest Ever)
55 == Florida Seeks Vet Residents — (Marketing Campaign to Attract Vets)
56 == Vet Jobs [184] ————————- (Best For Vets | Employers 2016)
58 == Super Hero Parking ———————– (A Good Idea | Will it Spread)
59 == Arlington National Cemetery [56] – (No Exception for Elaine Harmon)
60 == Vet Incarceration [01] ——- (Mental Health Care | Joshua Eisenhauer)
61 == Veterans Priorities —————– (HVAC/SVAC MOAA Input | 2016)
62 == Vet Charity Watch [56] ———————– (Can WWP Restore Trust)
64 == WWII Vets 104 ——————- (George Winters & Gunter Buhrdorf)
67 == Obit: Jones~Robert | Navy Cross Awardee ————- (16 MAR 2016)
67 == Obit: Erevia~Santiago J | MOH Awardee —————- (22 Mar 2016)
69 == Obit: Keep~Jimmy | Iwo Jima Vet ————————- (20 Mar 2016)
70 == Obit: Horn~Gilbert | Merrill Marauders Code Talker – (27 MAR 2016)
71 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————– (As of 29 Mar 2016)
72 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————————- (01 thru 30 Apr 2016)
72 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ————————– (Nebraska 2016)
Vet Legislation
73 == USFSPA & Divorce [24] ——————– (Repeal Public Law 97-252)
74 == VA Accountability [29] —– (Bill Prohibits Exec Performance Awards)
75 == Arlington National Cemetery [57] ——– (House Approves H.R. 4337)
75 == GI Bill [201] —- (H.R.3016 Cuts Housing Stipend for Vet Dependents)
77 == Servicemember Loans ———– (Bill To Limit Interest Rates | 3% Cap)
78 == Gulf War Syndrome [39] ———— (Legislative Catch-22 Elimination)
79 == PTSD [205] – (PAWS Act H.R.4764 | Service Dogs for Wounded Vets)
80 == VA Blue Water Claims [33] ——————— (H.R.969/S.681 | Status)
81 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———— (160301 thru 160331)
MILITARY
83 == TERA [05] ———————— (Army | Authorized through FY 2018)
84 == Military OneSource —————— (Proposed Availability Extension)
85 == Navy Remote Minehunting System – (Acquisition Program Cancelled)
87 == Navy Phased Modernization Program ————— (2-4-6 Layup Plan)
88 == USS Minnesota (SSN-783) ——— (Three $2.7 Billion Subs Disabled)
89 == Admiral Denied Promotion ——- (Retaliated Against Whistleblowers)
90 == Congressional Gold Medal [05] —— (Sought for WWII Ghost Army)
91 == MSFP ———- (Military Spouses Financial Counseling Certifications)
91 == USS Conestoga (AT-54) — (Missing Tugboat Located after 95 Years)
93 == Medal of Honor Citations —————— (Bailey~Kenneth D | WWII)
MILITARY HISTORY
95 == French WWII Archives ———– (Secret Services’ Archives Unveiled)
96 == Military History – (B-25 Bomber Collides with Empire State Building)
97 == Tuskegee Airmen —————————— (10 Return to Moton Field)
99 == Rosie the Riveters —————- (Honored With a Trip to Washington)
100 == Battle of Pork Chop Hill ——————— (Korea | April & July 1953)
104 == Military History Anniversaries ————————— (01 thru 15 Apr)
HEALTH CARE
104 == MouthMobile ———————– (Free Vet Dental Care | Got Your 6)
105 == Military Surgeon Clinical Skills —————- (Sustaining thru MTFs)
106 == Military Reserve/Guard ——- (Proposed Coverage under FEHB Plan)
107 == Cholesterol [02] ———————————— (Know Your Number)
108 == PTSD [207] ——————————————- (MI and Stroke Risk)
108 == Military Health Care Reform [03] – (Subcommittee Hearing | MOAA)
110 == TRICARE Allergy Coverage [02] ————– (Season Is Here | 2016)
110 == TRICARE Help ——————————————— (Q&A 160401)
FINANCES
111 == IRS Unclaimed Refunds —– (One Million 2012 Non-Filers | $950M)
112 == my Social Security [02] —————————————- (Go Green)
113 == Elder Financial Abuse & Exploitation [01] ———————– (1 in 5)
114 == SSA Red Book —————————— (Free Guide to Employment)
115 == Saving Money ——————————————- (27 Ways to do It)
117 == Job Scam X 4 ———————————————– (How it Works)
118 == Craigslist Rental Scam ———————————— (How it Works)
119 == Scam Filter Update Scam ——————————— (How it Works)
120 == VA Care Overseas ———————— (U.S. | Overseas Comparison)
120 == Tax Burden for Delaware Retired Vets ————— (As of Mar 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
122 == Notes of Interest ———————————— (16 thru 31 Mar 2016)
123 == Cellphones ——— (Smartphone Refuseniks Switch to Dumb Phones)
125 == Cellphone Rescue ———————– (What to Do When it Gets Wet)
126 == Plumbers —————————– (Dodgy Tricks to Overcharge You)
128 == Sleeping Naked ———————————— (Reasons You Should)
129 == Election Year One Liners ——————————— (Did You Hear)
130 == Remember When ——————————————— (Nostalgia (3)
130 == Brain Teaser ——————— (He Gave Me Smelly Money | Riddle)
130 == Have You Heard? ———————————————— (Marriage)
131 == Brain Teaser Answer ———– (He Gave Me Smelly Money | Riddle)

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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