RAO Bulletin Update 15 September 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Exchange Online Shopping [07] —- (Late 2017 Recommendation)
06 == Selective Service System [21] —- (Women Registration in NDAA)
06 == DoD Tobacco Policy [01] ———————— (Care Package Ban)
07 == DoD Voting Assistance – (18% Fewer Website Users Than in 2012)
08 == Arlington National Cemetery [61] —– (WWII WASP Laid to Rest)
09== Arlington National Cemetery [63] ————- (A New Gathering Spot)
11 == National Anthem [02] ——————– (Sailor Protests Racist Lyrics)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries ——– (Reported 1 thru 15 Sep 2016 | Eleven)
VA
15 == VA Secretary [48] ———— (Letter to House/Senate Leadership)
16 == VA Health Care Enrollment [08] ——— (Telephone Application)
16 == VA Rural Access [24] – (Redesigned Website w/All New Content)
17 == VA Medical Marijuana [24] ——- (American Legion Resolution)
17 == Fixing The VA —————————— (Easier Said Than Done)
19 == VA Board of Directors ————————— (Creation Opposed)
20 == VA Appointments [15] — (Ear & Eye Direct Scheduling Initiative)
21 == VA PGx Testing ——- (Life Saving Genetics Test Now Available)
22 == VA Hepatitis C Care [14] —- (107,000 Untreated or Undiagnosed)
23 == VA Geriatrics & Extended Care [01] ———– (An Aging Society)
24 == VA Commission on Care [08] ——– (Obama’s Reform Response)
25 == VA Commission on Care [09] —- (McDonald’s Reform Response)
26 == VA Accountability [37] ———— (Still Lacking in Helman Case)
27 == Clinton VA Plan [01] – (American Legion Convention Comments)
28 == Military Sexual Trauma [04] —————— (VA MST Screening)
29== PTSD [219] ———————– (Vietnam Vet’s Disconnect w/VA)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ————- (Reported 1 thru 15 SEP 2016)
31 == GI Bill [208] ———————- (ITT Closing All Of Its Campuses)
Vets
31 == Wisconsin Veterans Homes [04] —– (Concerns | Audit Approved)
32 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [63] —————– (Proposed Regs)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Qarmat Al — (Medical Surveillance Program)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | CWAs —– (VA/DoD Documentation Effort)
33 == Arlington National Cemetery [62] —– (New Security Precautions)
34== Vet Fraud & Abuse ——————- (Reported 1 thru 15 SEP 2016)
35 == Vet Jobs [196] ——————————- (10 Places to Look Into)
36 == Obit: O’Brian~Hugh | WWII Marine Tankman ——– (5 SEP 2016)
37 == Obit: Kellwood~Joe Hosteen | Navajo Code Talker — (5 SEP 2016)
38 == WWII Vets [117] | Paratrooper —————————- (Diffin~John)
39 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————– (As of 14 SEP 2016)
40 == Vet Hiring Fairs —————————— (16 SEP thru 15 OCT 2016)
41 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————— (Georgia SEP 2016)
Vet Legislation
41 == Vet Credit Scores [01] ——– (H.R.5693 | VA Slow Payment Fallout)
42 == DoD Appropriations Act ———– (H.R.5293 | Blocked for 3rd Time)
42 == Vet Bills Submitted to 114th Congress ———- (160901 thru 160915)
MILITARY
43 == Military 2017 Pay Raise [02] ——- (Confirmed | Capped at 1.6%)
44 == Less-Than-Honorable Discharge [01] — (NDAA Senate Provision)
45 == Other than Honorable Discharge [05] —- (Paralyzed Green Beret)
46 == TRICARE Webiner – (Separation History Physical Exam | 21 SEP)
47 == Military Separation Policy ————- (Trauma Related Behavior)
47 == USMC Limited Duty Status ———————— (Rules Modified)
48 == MWR Budget Cuts ——————————— (23% in FY 2017)
50 == MWR Budget Cuts [01] —————————- (Areas Impacted)
50 == Fort Polk Adopt a Horse ———– (Applications Being Accepted)
51 == Civilian Military Knowledge —– (Military/Civilian Cultural Gap)
52 == Missouri Base Worker Access — (Passport Requirement Pending)
52 == Military Retirement System[24] ———– (BRS Opt-In Estimates)
54 == Iranian USN Harassment —————- (Confrontations Escalate)
55 == Military Surplus Hardware ———————– (Online Auctions)
57 == Naval Ship Naming ——————– (Looking Outside the Military)
57 == Military Ranks Quiz 1 ———————————– (Do You Know)
59 == Guam [01] ———- (Where the US Military Is Revered and Reviled)
61 == Military Ranks Quiz 1 ——————- (Did You Answer Correctly?)
MILITARY HISTORY
62 == Nazi POWs ——————————- (Jewish Avengers Poison Plot)
64 == Military Former Punishments — (Laws Were Looser in Olden Days)
66 == Staff Sgt. Reckless Monument — (Ground Broke at Camp Pendleton)
67 == Times Square V-J Day Kiss [01] ——— (Recipient Passes at Age 92)
67 == Pearl Harbor Heroic Pilots ————- (George Welch & Ken Taylor)
70 == Military Legends ——————– (World’s First Black Fighter Pilot)
71 == Military History —- (How the Rum-Soaked Royal Navy Sobered Up)
73 == Military History Anniversaries ————————– (16 thru 30 SEP)
73 == Medal of Honor Citations —————– (Dunham, Russell E | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
75 == Cockroach Milk ———————————– (A Protein Powerhouse)
76 == Make your Morning Healthier ————————– (Seven Ways)
77 == Military Drug Take Back Program —————- (Safe Drug Disposal)
77 == TRICARE Assisted Living Options —————- (Benefits Available)
78 == TRICARE Podcast 364 – (Age 65+ | Prostrate Cancer | Healthy Aging)
79 == TRICARE Podcast 365 – (OHI-Mobile Device Security-Cholesterol)
FINANCES
81 == COLA 2017 [03] ————————— (Projecting What to Expect)
81 == Insurance Coverage —————————- (Its All in the Fine Print)
82 == Long Term Care FLTCIP [10] ———- (Reduced Premium Options)
83 == Social Security Fund Depletion [12] ————— (New Publication)
84 == VantageScore ————————————- (Growing FICO Rival)
85 == Student Loan Scam ————————————— (How it Works)
86 == Government Benefits Scam ———————– (Elderly Victimized)
87 == Zika Cure Scam ——————————————- (How it Works)
88 == SSA Retirement Age [03] ——————————- (62-65 or Later)
89 == Wills [04] ————————————————– (Do Your Own)
90 == Power of Attorney [01] ————————- (Everyone Needs One)
91 == Tax Burden for Massachusetts Retired Vets ——– (As of SEP 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
92 == Notes of Interest ——————————— (16 thru 31 AUG 2016)
93 == Retirement Planning [11] ————– (Consider the Possible Pitfalls)
95 == Dumb Smart Device ——————————————– (Hydrator)
95 == National Anthem [03] —————— (Star-Spangled Banner Origin)
97 == FactChecking —————— (NBC “Commander-In-Chief ” Forum)
100 == Batteries —————————————————- (Which to Buy)
101 == 911 Legacy ——————— (Permanent State of War for 15 Years)
103 == Patton Armored Diesel —- (New Cane Spirit Honors WWII General)
104 == 114th Congress [03] – (Can It Do what it Couldn’t in Last 11 Months)
105 == Philippine U.S. Bases [01] ———– (Obama & Durete Discussions)
106 == Philippine U.S. Bases [02] ——- (Duterte Puts Alliance in Jeopardy)
108 == Philippine U.S. Bases [03] ——————- (Treaty Will be Honored)
109 == Have You Heard? ————- (The Haircut || Peeing On My Flowers)

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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