RAO Bulletin Update 15 August 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Mental Health Programs [04] ——– (New Final Rule Issued)
05 == Rising Sea Levels —————— (Military Base Impact | Virginia)
06 == IRR AAFES Use ——————– (Policy & ID Card Procurement)
06 == BRAC [51] ——— (Outgoing SECNAV | Another Round Needed)
07 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse —— (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2016)
08 == Air Force Installation Access — (Gate ID Needed in MN/MO/WA/AS)
08 == Transgender Troops [01] ————— (DoD Policies And Procedures)
10 == NDAA 2017 [17] —– — (Military Housing Allowance Amendment)
10 == TRICARE Medical Identity Theft ——————– (Watch for Signs)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries — (Reported 1thru 15 Aug 2016 | Twenty-One)
VA
16 == VA Medical Staff [02] ———————— (Attrition Rate Increase)
17 == VA Emergency Care [09] ——– (1 in 3 Claim Denials in FY 2014)
20 == VA Pain Care [04] ———- (Study Shows Improvement With Age)
20 == VA Intermediate Care Technician – (Former Military | Career Field)
21 == VA End-Of-Life Study ——– (Results for Non-Cancer Conditions)
24 == VA Pension [06] ————— (One Civil War Pension Still Active)
26 == VA Choice Act [13] ——————————— (Goals Met by VA)
26 == VA Cardiac Rehabilitation Program — (Increasing Life Expectancy)
27 == VA Suicide Prevention [33] ——– (2001-2014 VA Suicide Report)
28 == VA Million Veteran Program [06] ——– ( 500,000+ Now enrolled)
28 == VA Disability Claim Myths ———– (12 Facts You Need to Know)
31 == VA Blue Water Claims [34] ——- (Dismissal Upheld by DC Court)
31 == VA Health Care System [01] – (Making Progress/Improving Access)
33 == VA Health Care Surveys ——– (Joint Commission Reports Released)
34 == VA Health Care Delay [08] ———————- (Has It Been Fixed?)
37 == Green Management Program ——- (Delayed Solar Power Projects)
38 == PTSD [215] —- (Marijuana Study | Volunteers Wanted in MD/AZ)
40 == PTSD [216] ——————– (Talking to your Doctor About PTSD)
40 == PTSD [217] ——————– (Origin | Malaria Drug Raises Questions)
42 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ————- (Reported 1 thru 15 AUG 2016)
43 == VAMC Detroit MI ———— ($300,000 Spent On The Wrong TVs)
43 == VA HCS Nebraska/W. Iowa [01] ——- (Nuclear Reactor Removed)
Vets
44 == Disabled Vet OPM Sick Leave [01] ———- (Final Rule Published)
46 == Vet Employment ——– (What’s Really Going On | CNAS Survey)
46 == Vet Jobs [192] ——————————————– (Border Patrol)
48 == Nebraska Vet Cemetery [06] ————– (Dedication 5 AUG 2016)
49 == Vet Preference [14] ———————————————– (Points)
51 == Vets Petition Senator McCain —————— (Stand Up to Trump)
52 == Homeless Vets [72] ——————– (Reduced by Half Since 2010)
53 == Purple Heart Award [01] —————– (Recipients Tell of Sacrifice )
55 == Vietnam Vets [18] ———————————— (Carter~Matthew)
56 == WWII Vets [115] | B-29 Blister Gunner ————- (Shaw~Gilbert)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————— (As of 12 Aug 2016)
57 == Vet Hiring Fairs ——————————— (16 AUG thru 15 SEP 2016)
58 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —————– (Delaware Aug 2016)
Vet Legislation
58 == Women Congressional Vets ————————– (Legislative Impact)
61 == Korean War Memorial [04] ————— (Expansion Bill H.R.1475)
62 == Veterans Omnibus Bill [01] —— (Hits Stumbling Block in Senate)
63 == Vet Status/Preference Progress —– (H.R.1384, S.743 & H.R.5526)
64 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———– (160801 thru 160815)
MILITARY
65 == Naval Base Flooding — (Some Will Be Mostly Submerged by 2100)
67 == Military Food Stamps [01] ——— (Complete Information Lacking)
68 == Military Spending Caps ———————— (Impact After 5 Years)
69 == Military Fitness Standards ————————– ( Under Revision)
70 == Military Fitness Standards [01] ———- (BMI is absolutely useless)
71 == Military Fitness Standards [02] ———- (Data is Hard to Come By)
72 == Nuclear Weapons ——————— (No-First-Use Policy Concerns)
74 == Army SRB —————– (Suspended for the 1st Time Since 2006)
74 == Military Tattoo Criteria [08] — (USAF Review| Last Done in 2001)
76 == M4A1 Rifle ——————- (117,000 Upgrades Completed to Date)
77 == LRSO Weapon System ——- (Pentagon Solicits Nuclear Contracts)
78 == Navy Uniform Changes [02] —————— ( TYPE I | 3-YR Phaseout)
79 == MUTT ——————————— (Gun Mounted Unmanned Vehicle)
MILITARY HISTORY
80 == BoB Hope —————– (National World War II Museum Exhibit)
81 == USS Quincy (CA-39) – (Brothers – Shipmates | 1 Survived – 1 Died)
83 == USS Monitor [01] ———————————————— (Sinking)
84 == Gold Star ————- (How It Became A Symbol of Ultimate Sacrifice)
86 == Hiroshima Peace Memorial ——————————— (Pokemon No)
86 == Operation Downfall —————— (MacArthur’s Plan to Invade Japan)
88 == Battle of Tarawa Casualty —————– (Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes)
90 == Military History —————— (USS Laffey | Ship That Wouldn’t Die)
90 == Military History Anniversaries ————————– (16 thru 31 AUG)
90 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————– (Doss~Desmond P | WWII)
92 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 2 ———————– (Do You Know?)
93 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 2 ——– (Did You Answer Correctly?)
HEALTH CARE
94 == Hydration ———————- (Water, Electrolyte, & Calorie Needs)
95 == DoD Vaccination Program ————- (Configured to Protect You)
96 == TRICARE Immunization [01] ——— (AUG is Awareness Month)
97 == TRICARE Help ——————————————- (Q&A 160815)
98 == Hepatitus C ——————— (Curable Contagious Liver Disease)
99 == Warming Seas —– (Could Make Us sicker | Vibrio Bacteria Increase)
FINANCES
100 == USFSPA & Divorce [25] ——————— (Amendment to Reform)
101 == State Retirement Income Tax —————————- (Military Pay)
102 == Hulu ———————————- (Say Goodbye to Its Free Service)
103 == Car Leasing Myths ——————- ( Is it Cheaper to Buy or Lease)
104 == Warehouse Stores Best Buys ——————————- (The Top 18)
106 == IRS SPEC ————————– (Information for Veterans Website)
106 == MOPH Presidential Election Scam ——————– (How It works)
107 == Tax Burden for Kentucky Retired Vets ————– (As of Aug 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
108 == Notes of Interest ———————————— (1 thru 15 AUG 2016)
109 == Urban Legends ——————————— (Burglary | Partially True)
111 == Self Healing Clothing — (Biodegradable Liquid Material Developed)
112 == Election 2016 | Endorsements ——– (Who Speaks for the Military)
113 == Trump RP Relations – (Lawmaker Wants Him Banned from Country)
114 == Bizarre Museums ———————————– (Check Out theses 12)
116 == Absentee Voting —————————————— (Myth & Reality)
117 == Nut Theft —- (Lucrative New Target | 600,000 Truckloads Last Year)
118 == Car Theft ————————————— ( Top 10 Targeted in 2015)
119 == Comcast Lawsuit ———- ( $100M in Refunds for WA Users Sought)
119 == Brain Teaser —————————- ————— (Catch the Intruder)
120 == Have You Heard? —– (What’s in the Other Bag || Monkey Business )
121 == Brain Teaser Answer ——————————— (Catch the Intruder)

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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