RAO Bulletin Update 01 August 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Commissary Privatization [03] —————– (AAFES Has A Plan)
06 == DoD/VA Seamless Transition [35] — (VA Official Says Won’t Work)
07 == DoD Headset Project ————- (Improve Brain’s Learning Skills)
08 == PTSD [214] ——————- (Do PTSD Vets Deserve a Purple Heart?)
10 == TRICARE Regions [02] ———- (TRO North & South Merger 1 JUL)
11 == TRICARE Cataract Coverage ————————– ( IOL Surgery)
11 == TRICARE FAI Coverage ——————— (Hip Condition Approved)
11 == TRICARE ASD Care ——————————— (ABA Rate Change)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries ———- (Reported 16 thru 31 Jul 2016 | Eight)
VA
16 == VA Secretary [47] —- (Same Day Appointments Coming by DEC)
16 == VA Nursing [03] —-(Anesthesiologists Oppose Proposed VA Rule)
17 == VA Art Expenditures ——- ———————— (Oversight Report)
17 == VA Accountability [36] —— (VA Refuses to Apply VACAA Law)
18 == VA Project ARCH [01] – (Ends 7 AUG | Users Care Will Continue)
19 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [60] —— (Regulation Change Pending )
20 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [61] ————– (VA Issues Final Rule)
20 == PTSD [212] ———————————— (Virtual Reality Therapy)
22 == PTSD [213] ——————————– (Lessons Learned Since 911)
23 == VA Performance [09] —————– (RAND Corporation Findings)
25 == VA Mediterranean Diet Review —————– (Health Effect Findings)
26 == VA Secretary [46] —————- (House VA Chairman Support Shifts)
27 == VA Vet Choice Program [47] ———– (2M Appointments Since 2014)
27 == VA VISTA [11] ——- (GAO Asked to Examine Efforts to Modernize)
29 == VA PACT [01] —————- ( Seamless Care for Traveling Veterans)
29 == VA Cemetery Memorials [01] ——— (Walks, Sections, and Walls)
30 == Trump VA Plan [01] ———– (Republican Party Platform Similarities)
30 == Trump VA Plan [02] ———————————– (AFGE Opposed)
31 == Trump VA Plan [03] ——————– (VFW Convention Remarks)
32 == Clinton VA Plan ———————- (VFW Convention Comments)
33 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ————- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
35 == VA Grave Marker Medallion [02] ——————– (How to Obtain)
36 == VAMC Altoona PA ———– (Medical Records Illegally Accessed)
37 == VAMC Oklahoma City [03] —– (Improvements Across the Board)
38 == VAMC Charleston SC [01] ————- (Rebuilding Veterans Trust)
39 == VA HCS Pittsburgh [06] ——— (Trying To Change A Bad Image)
Vets
40 == Vet Preference [13] – (OPM Guidance | Deceased/Disabled Vet Parents)
40 == Forgotten Warrior Memorial Wall ——— (PTSD | One -Of-A-Kind)
41 == Vet Educational Assistance —– (35K Vet’s Tuition/BAH in Jeopardy)
42 == Clinton on Vet Benefits ———————— (Education & Health Care)
43 == Mesothelioma —————————— (What Veterans Should Know)
45 == Veterans Advantage ———— (Military Discounted Amtrak Vacations)
46 == Korean War Memorial [03] ———— (San Francisco Opening 1 AUG)
47 == Korean War Valor — (Sgt Reckless Posthumously Awarded Medal)
48 == Honor Flights [10] ———— (Looking for Western New York Vets)
48 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs ——– (2000+ Contaminated Sites)
49 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —————————— (16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
51 == WWII Vets [113] | Completed 50 Missions———— (Grim~Robert)
52 == WWII Vets [114] | Decorated by France ——– (Mercedes~Manuel)
53 == Vietnam Vets [17] ————————————- (Kettles~Charles)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days —————————- (As of 10 JUL 2016)
56 == Vet Hiring Fairs ———————————— (01 thru 15 AUG 2016)
57 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————— (Connecticut 2016)
Vet Legislation
58 == VADIP [02] ————————————– (Senate Passes S.3055)
58 == Congressional Gold Medal [06] —— (Honoring Filipino Veterans)
60 == NDAA 2017 [16] ——————- (S.2932 | Senate Okays Conference)
60 == Reservists Separation Physicals – (H.R.4251 | Enhance VA Eligibility)
61 == TRICARE Retiree Eligibility —— (H.R.5458 | Opt In/Out Option)
62 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———– (160716 thru 160731)
MILITARY
64 == Islamic State Air War ————- (Air Force Weapon Release Data)
64 == VirtualEye —————- (Looking Behind Closed Doors Remotely)
66 == Military Combat Physicians —- (Maintaining Trauma Skills Proposal)
66 == Navy Financial Education Program —– (Informed Decisions Goal)
67 == Election 2016 | Poll ——— (Dissatisfied | 61% Trump & 82% Clinton)
69 == Trump Military Readiness Plans —— (Pledges to Rebuild Military)
70 == USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) [02] ——- (Years Behind Schedule)
71 == Navy Digital Library Program ————————(Access Procedure)
71 == Space Fence ———- (Necessary to Reduce Bubble of Uncertainty)
73 == Iraq Bomb Detectors ——————— (Fake Ones Finally Banned)
74 == SC Guard Concealed Weapons ———– (Armories | Now Authorized)
MILITARY HISTORY
76 == WWII Operation COBRA ———————— (Friendly-Fire Incident)
78 == Korean War Remembrances [03] — (Armistice’s 63rd Anniversary)
79 == Military History —————————— (Andersonville Prison | CW)
80 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) ——————- ( New Search Lead Found)
81 == Military History Anniversaries ————————– (01 thru 15 AUG)
81 == Medal of Honor Citations ———————– (Bell~Bernard O | WWII)
83 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 1 ———————– (Do You Know?)
83 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 1 ——– (Did You Answer Correctly?)
HEALTH CARE
85 == Quirky Health Hacks ———————— (Do You Know these 10)
86 == Tricare Webiner — (Asked & Answered | 3 AUG @ 12-1300 EST)
86 == Blood Pressure [06] ————– (15 Things to Know About Yours)
88 == Hearing Aids [02] ———– (Reasons you Might Need Hearing Help)
90 == Acne —————————————— (What Patents Should Know)
FINANCES
93 == COLA 2017[ 02] ——— —– (Veterans Benefits/SSA Will Match)
94 == Cell Phone Insurance —— ———————– (Should You Buy?)
95 == IRAs | Automatic — (Where Does Your State Stand On the Issue)
97 == Social Security Reduced Benefits [ 02] – (Back-Door Debt Limit Deal)
98 == IRAs | Inherited ————————————— (SSA & Tax Impact)
98 == Saving Money ——————– (Things You Should Never Buy New)
100 == Federal Student Tax Scam ——————————— (How It works)
101 == Pokomon GO Phishing Scam —————————– (How It works)
102 == Skimmers —————– (BBB Warning | Credit/Debit Card Readers)
103 == Reverse Mortgage [02] ———— (Now Safer With Rule Changes)
105 == Tax Burden for Kansas Retired Vets ——————– (As of Jul 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
106 == Notes of Interest ———————————— (16 thru 31 JUL 2016)
108 == HVAC Update 19 ———— (Tim Walz Making A Bid for Chairman)
109 == Cell Phone Chargers ———– (Current Ones Soon Will be Obsolete)
110 == Food Tips —————————————————- (12 How To’s)
111 == Retiree Moving ————— (4 Questions To Ask Before You Do)
113 == Pokemania ——— (Pokemon Go | 7.2M Downloads in 1st Week)
114 == Cell Phone Service Plans [01] —- (Defense Mobile Restructuring)
115 == Brain Teaser ————————— (Should You be Institutionalized)
115 == Have You Heard? ———————- (Donuts || Marine trained dog…)
116 == Brain Teaser Answer —————– (Should You be Institutionalized)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
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