RAO Bulletin Update 01 September 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Toxic Exposure | Colorado Springs Area ——— (Drinking Water)
05 == DoD Recruitment Concerns ——————- (Influencing Factors)
07 == Commissary Prices [06] —–(New Savings Calculation Approach)
08 == TRICARE Prime [37] —————- (Military Hospital/Clinic Use)
08 == Pentagon Wish List [01] ——————- (Security Enhancement)
09 == Drones | Bomb Carrying ———————– (Pentagon Concerns)
10 == DoD Bible Display Policy ————— (IG Requested to Investigate)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, and Abuse —– (Reported 16 thru 31 AUG 2016)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ——- (Reported 16 thru 31 Aug 2016 | Eight)
VA
15 == VA Blue Water Claims [35] —– (Limited Benefits Will Continue)
17 == VA GEC ——————— (Health and Fitness for Older Veterans)
17 == VA Emergency Treatment Claims ———– (Court Ruling Impact)
19 == VA Flu Shots [04] ——- (VA Retail Immunization Program 2016)
19 == VA Whistleblowers [45] ———- (Greater Los Angeles VA Firing)
20 == VA Spinal Cord Research — (Bone Loss and Fracture Risk Issues)
21 == VA Ghost Panels – (Reported in Iowa, South Dakota & Minnesota)
22 == VA Medical Foster Homes [02] —– (Caregiver Applicants Needed)
22 == PTSD [218] ——- (EMDR Legitimacy is Getting VA Recognition)
23 == Women Veterans Call Center – (New Chat Function Implemented)
24 == VA EUL Program – (Provides Homeless Vets A New Lease on Life)
25 == VA Million Veteran Program [06] ——— (500,000+ Now enrolled)
26 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ———– (Reported 16 thru 31 AUG 2016)
27 == VA Crisis Hotline [05] ———- (Has It Been Outsourced to India?)
28 == VAMC Tomah WI [16] —————— (Wrongful Death Lawsuit)
29 == VA HCS Phoenix [23] —————————– (Yet Another Boss)
31 == GI Bill [207] ————- (6,842 Vets Will be Impacted if ITT Fails)
Vets
32 == College Credits for Military Service —————- (How to Obtain)
33 == Vet Suicide [13] ———– (Northport VAMC Parking Lot Suicide)
34 == Vet Suicide [14] ————————————— (Facts And Data)
35 == Vet Tix ——————— (Free Tickets for 13 Major SEPT Events)
36 == Vet Cemetery Flags [01] — (Confederate Large-Scale Display Ban)
37 == Vet Cemetery Grave Restrictions ——- (Gold Star Wife’s Opinion)
38 == Stolen Valor ————————— (Reported 160815 thru 160831)
38 == Vet Service Dogs [19] — (VA | Mental Health Disorder Eligibility)
39 == Vet Cemetery California [15] ————— (Gravesites Vandalized)
40 == CT Veterans Hall of Fame [01] —— (Nominations Sought | 2016)
40 == Gold Star Families Memorial ——- (Ground Broken in Annapolis)
41 == Korean War Vets —————– (Ronald M Sparks | Homecoming)
43 == Vet Jobs [193] — (Student Vets & Transitioning Service Members)
44 == Vet Jobs [194] ——————————– (Cybersecurity Training)
45 == Vet Jobs [195] ———————————————- (Agriculture)
46 == Vet Charity Watch [62] —————- (Report on VSO Operations)
47 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [62] ——— (Senator’s OMB Letter)
49 == Vet Cremains [33] —————– (Civil War Pvt. Jewett Williams)
50 == Vet Cross Country Run —————— (93-year-old Ernie Andrus)
51 == Obit: Vessey~John William Jr. ———————– (18 AUG 2016)
53 == POW/MIA [74] – (USS Oklahoma Lieutenant Returned to Family)
55 == WWII Vets [116] | Truck Driver ——————— (Taylor~ Robert L)
56 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of 29 AUG 2016)
56 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————————- (1 thru 30 SEP 2016)
58 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —————— (Florida AUG 2016)
Vet Legislation
59 == Vet Appeals Legislation —————————————- (H.R.5260)
59 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———- (160816 thru 160831)
MILITARY
60 == Military Divorce & Separation [04] ——– ( Proposed Law Change)
61 == USMC Infantry Officer Course – (Standards’ Will Not Be Changed)
62 == Navy Crewless Ships ——————————- (Not If, But When)
64 == USS Detroit (LCS-7) —————— (Delivered ahead of Schedule)
65 == Navy LCS Program Woes —————- (4th Breakdown This Year)
66 == Guard & Reserve Spouse’s Guide —– (Benefits After Active Duty)
67 == E-Cigarettes ——————- (Fleetwide Ban Under Consideration)
68 == Fort Hood House Rentals ———- (Rents Start at $995 Per Month)
MILITARY HISTORY
70 == Chosin Reservoir ————— (Korea | Survivors Have not Forgotten)
72 == Monocacy —————– (Civil War Battlefield w/Major Significance)
74 == Normandy Tank Museum —– ( Entire Collection to be Auctioned Off)
75 == USS Independence (CVL-22) —————– (First Images in 60 Years)
76 == Iwo Jima Flag Raising [01] —— ( 2 Vice 1 Participants Misidentified)
78 == Papahanaumokuakea Marine Monument ——– (Quadrupling in Size)
79 == Military History ——————— (2nd Most Decorated WWII Soldier)
82 == Military History Anniversaries —————————- (1 thru 15 SEP)
82 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————– (Drowley, Jesse R. | WWII)
84 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 3 ———————- (Do You Know?)
85 == Famous Civil War Battles Quiz 3 ——- (Did You Answer Correctly?)
HEALTH CARE * .
86 == Zika Virus [02] —————————– (What you Need to Know)
88 == TRICARE Transgender Treatment ——— (Options Now Covered)
88 == TFL Funding [04] ——————————- (Impact on Retention)
89 == VADIP [03] ———————————- (Dental Program for Vets)
90 == PTSD Marijuana Treatment —- (Army Surgeon General Skeptical)
91 == Quirky Health Hacks [01] ——————– (Do You Know these 8)
92 == Tinnitus [02] ——————————————————– (Options)
92 == TRICARE Podcast 363 – (Contractors, Immunizations & Appointments)
FINANCES
93 == Divorce —————————————– (Hazards When Older | 10)
96 == USFSPA & Divorce [26] — (A Rare Disability Pay Victory in Illinois)
96 == VA Loans ———————————– (Be Open To Other Options)
98 == Political Donation Scam ———————————- (How it Works)
99 == Louisiana Flood Scam————————————- (How it Works)
99 == Home Prices ————————– ( 5 Ways to Ride the Rising Tide)
101 == SSA Retirement Age [03] ——————————– (62-65 or Later)
102 == Elderly Parent Care —- (Paid Family Leave Programs | CA, NJ & RI)
103 == TSA PreCheck Price ————– (Waiver/Discount Request for Vets)
103 == Tax Burden for Louisiana Retired Vets ————– (As of Aug 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
105 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (16 thru 31 AUG 2016)
106 == National Anthem [01] —– (QB Protest Riles Some, But Not All Vets)
107 == Mail Theft ———————– (USPS Southern California Employees)
107 == Passwords [01] ——————————– (Paraphrase Replacements)
108 ==Annoying Communications ——- (What you Can do to Reduce Them)
110 == Legacy Lager ———————————————— (Toast A Hero)
111 == Bread —————- (Why it Goes Bad & How to Make it Last Longer)
112 == Keyless Ignitions ——————————————- (Safety Hazard)
113 == Soda Consumption ——————————————– (Tax Impact)
113 == McCain’s Reelection Fight —————– (Retired General’s Concerns)
114 == Dumb Smart Device ————————————— (Electronic Fork)
114 == Brain Teaser ———————————————- (Water In the Cup)
115 == Have You Heard? —————- (Teacher Interview || Father O’Malley)
116 == Brain Teaser Answer ———————————— (Water In the Cup)

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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