RAO Bulletin Update 01 November 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Civilian Work Force [01] — (Reduction Cost Savings Unknown)
05 == DoD Fraud, Waste & Abuse ——— (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2016)
06 == Arlington National Cemetery [65] ——————— (Pet/Bicycle Ban)
06 == Toxic Exposure | Colorado Springs [01] – (Perfluorinated Compounds)
08 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [38] —————- (GAO SEP Report Issues)
08 == POW/MIA [77] —————- (ROK MIA Laid to Rest After 65 Years)
09 == POW/MIA Recoveries ———- (Reported 16 thru 31 Oct 2016 | Eight)
VA
12 == Gulf War Syndrome [40] ————— (Claim Time Limit Extension)
13 == Traumatic Brain Injury [57] ————– (Improperly Examined Vets)
15 == VA Agent Orange Claims [07] ———– (Herbicide Use in Thailand)
17 == VA Organ Transplants ———— (Veterans Choice Program Option)
19 == VA Leadership — (Alleged ‘New’ Are Transferees From Within VA)
21 == VA Health Care Access [45] — (522K+ Vets Waiting Over 30 Days)
22 == VA Treatment Delays ———————————– (Why It Matters)
23 == VA Cancer Treatment [07] —————————- (Hadron Therapy)
24 == VA Endovascular Care ——- (Cardiac & Vascular Surgery Referrals)
25 == VA Nursing [05] —— (230K Responses Assigned to One Reviewer)
26 == VA Fertility Services [02] —— (Bob Woodruff Foundation Support)
27 == VA Clinical Pharmacists ——— (Expanding Role Cuts Wait Times)
28 == VA Hospital Quality of Care [03] — (Performance Data Availability)
29 == VA Hepatitis C Care [15] —————- (Cured Advocate Tells Story)
30 == VA Dementia Care ————————– (Snoezelen Room Therapy)
31 == VA Advance Directive ———————— (Advance Care Planning)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse———— (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2016)
32 == VA OPC Colorado Springs ——— (Wait List Related Suicide Probe)
34 == VA OPC Beaumont TX ——————————- (Free Legal Clinic)
35 == VAMC Denver CO [05] ———– (Unofficial Vet Wait Lists Alleged)
36 == VAMC Denver CO [06] ————- (Deceased Vet Remains Mix-Up)
36 == VAMC Cincinnati [06] ——————– (New (For Real) Leadership)
37 == VA HCS Phoenix [28] ——- (Funding/Training Response to Failures)
Vets
39 == Veterans Day Freebies ——————————– (Restaurants | 2016)
41 == Homeless Vets [73] ——————- (More Women Living on Streets)
42 == Homeless Vets [74] ————————– (Property Seizure Lawsuits)
43 == Vet Cremains [34] ————— (16 Forgotten Veterans Laid To Rest)
44 == Enlistment Bonus Payback —— (Pentagon Wants CA Guard’s Back)
46 == Enlistment Bonus Payback [01] —- (Petition Needs 100k Signatures)
47 == Congressional Military Vets ————- (Too Few [18%] in Congress)
47 == Disabled Vets ———————————- (Martinez~Cindy | USMC)
48 == Military Related Job Fairs —————– (R.I. OCT Event Highlights)
50 == Vet Jobs [200] ——————————- (Suits for Soldiers Program)
50 == Vet Jobs [201] ————————————— (Healthcare Industry)
51 == Obit: Pittman~Richard ————————————- (13 OCT 2016)
52 == Obit: Hoover~Bob —————————————— (24 OCT 2016)
53 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of 31 OCT 2016)
54 == Vet Hiring Fairs ———————————— (1 thru 30 NOV 2016)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————– (Indiana OCT 2016)
Vet Legislation
56 == VA Burial Benefits [39] ———— (Benefit Expansion Bill H.R.4757)
56 == VA Unethical Health Care Practices — (Reporting Responsibility Bill)
57 == PTSD [221] ——————- (H.R. 5600: No Hero Left Untreated Act)
57 == USERRA [20] ——————- ( S.3445: USERRA Improvement Act)
58 == House Vet Bill Progress ———————————— (31 OCT 2016)
58 == Senate Vet Bill Progress ———————————— (31 OCT 2016)
MILITARY
59 == USERRA [19] ————– (Federal Court Ruling Impacts Reservists)
60 == GTMO Prison [06] ————– (Guantanamo Diary Author Released)
60 == USS Zumwalt [07] ———————- (Commissioned OCT 15, 2016)
62 == Air Force Deployments ———- (Expected To Continue for Decades)
62 == Reservist Health Care ———— (Line-of- Duty Not Always Covered)
63 == Military Awards Review [02] ———- (Scrutiny Behind Closed Door)
65 == Navy Enlisted Rating Titles [03] ——– (Sailors Demand Titles Back)
66 == Military Presidential Election Poll —— (Differs From National Polls)
68 == RP~China Dispute [17] ——— (Destroyer Challenges Chin’a Claims)
MILITARY HISTORY
69 == Khobar Towers Survivors ————- (Airmen Reflect Back 20 Years)
71 == Staff Sgt. Reckless ————- (Not Just A Horse. She Was A Marine)
73 == Seawolf-Class Subs —————————————– (Why So Few)
74 == The Man Without A Country —————————- (Plot Summary)
75 == Military History ————– (WW2 The White Mouse | Nancy Wake)
79 == Military History Quiz 2 ——————————— (Do You Know?)
79 == Military Trivia 127 ——————————— (Japanese War Brides)
80 == Military History Quiz 2 ——————- (Did you Answer Correctly?)
80 == Medal of Honor Citations ————– (Dyess, Aquilla James | WWII)
82 == Military History Anniversaries ———————— (01 thru 15 NOV)
HEALTH CARE
82 == TRICARE Child Care [01] ———– (Over Age 6 Well-Child Visits)
83 == Unregulated Online Pharmacies ——————- (Pose Serious Risk)
84 == TRICARE Urgent Care [02] —— (Understanding the Pilot Program)
84 == Depression [04] —————————————– (Tools to Fight It)
86 == Photonic Fence ———————— (Malaria and Zika Laser Defense)
87 == Prediabetes ——————————————– (A Serious Warning)
87 == Congestive Heart Failure ————————– (TRICARE Coverage)
88 == Elderly Vet Care ———————————- (VA Assistance Hurdle)
89 == Tricare Preventive Health Program [05] ————- (Making It Better)
89 == Nursing Homes [11] ——————————— (How to Select Tips)
90 == Fisher House Expansion [15] ———————– (Long Beach Opens)
91 == Breast Cancer [07] —————————— (Prevention & Detection)
92 == Fall Prevention [01] ———————— (Take Steps to Avoid Injury)
93 == TRICARE Podcast 370 ————– (Teeth Grinding | FluMist | NAL)
94 == TRICARE Podcast 371 ——– (Weather Safety | Health Care Options)
95 == TRICARE Podcast 372 – (CHF | Preventive Services | Dental Hygiene)
FINANCES
96 == Saving Money ————————————— (Household Hacks | 7)
97 == NFCU Disclosure [01] —— ($23M Settlement | Who’s eligible for It)
97 == COLA 2017 [44] —————- (Military Retirees & VA Beneficiaries)
98 == SSA COLA 2017 —————————————— (0.03% Increase)
98 == SSA COLA 2017 [01] ————– (S.2251 | One-time $581 Payment)
99 == Cell Phone Contracts ————–(Exemptions for Military Members)
99 == Credit Card Charges [08] —————————– (Retail Store Cards)
100 == Deceased’s Debt [01] ——————– (Can Survivors Inherit Them?)
101== Home Inventory ———————— (Tips On How To Develop One)
102== VA Loans —————————————— (Refinance or Purchase)
103== Venmo Scam ————————————————- (How It works)
104== Tax Burden for Maine Retired Vets —————— (As of OCT 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
105 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (16 thru 31 OCT 2016)
107 == Federal Holidays —————————————————— (2017)
108 == Presidential Debates [01] —– (All | Biggest Defense Topics Skipped)
109 == Dumb Smart Device ————————————————- (Socks)
110 == Holiday Overseas Troop Mail ——– (Hanukkah and Christmas 2016)
110 == U.S. Philippine Bases [08] ————————- (Duterte China Visit)
111 == U.S. Philippine Bases [09] — (Duterte Announces US/RP Separation)
112 == U.S. Philippine Bases [10] ———– (Reaction to Duterte Comments)
113 == U.S. Philippine Bases [11] ——– (State Department on ‘Separation’)
114 == Electoral College ————— (The Compromise to Elect Presidents)
115 == Russian Naval Strength ———– (Carrier Task Force’s 8th Med Trip)
117 == Seeds ———————————— (What You Sow You Will Reap)
118 == Military Wisdom —————————————- (The Lighter Side)
119 == Have You Heard? — (HOOAHH || Irishman’s 1st Drink With His Son)

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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