RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Military & Discharge Records ————– (Vet Review Policy)
05 == DFAS 1099-R [08] ———————– (Tax Year 2016 Availability)
06 == Concurrent Receipt Status [02] ——— (CBO Proposes Elimination)
07 == Military Benefit Proposals [03] — (What Will Congress/Trump Do?)
07 == National Resource Directory [01] ————————— (Enhanced)
08 == Spratly Islands Dispute ————— (Weapons Installed on 2 Reefs)
10 == DFAS Fraudulent Emails —————– (Beware myPay Customers)
10 == Supreme Court RFRA Petition – (Isaiah 54:17 in Military Workspace)
11 == Commissary Prices [07] —————– (2017 Fundamental Changes)
12 == DoD Fraud, Waste & Abuse ——– (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2016)
13 == POW/MIA [79] ———- (WWII 1st Lt. Ben Barnes’ Recovery Effort)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2016 | Thirteen)
VA
18 == VA Medical Benefits Package [03] — (Opt Out Option On the Table)
18 == VA Performance [10] ——————— (Gingrich Urges War on VA)
20 == VA Performance [11] —————————— (Impressive Progress)
22 == VA Debt Billing Policy [01] — (DOT Cross Serving Program in Use)
22 == VA DHP ——————- (Cloud-Based Digital Health Platform Plan)
24 == PTSD & TBI [02] ———— (Possible Differentiating Breakthrough)
25 == VA Crises Hotline [34] —————- (Program’s Capacity Doubled)
26 == VA Home Loan [45] ——————————– (2017 Loan Limits)
26 == VA Organ Transplants [01] —————— (Obstacles Still in Place)
27 == VA Glioblastoma Claims ————- (Agent Orange Link Obstacles)
29 == VA Presumptive AO Diseases [24] —- (Pending Decisions for 2017)
30 == Non-VA Facility Care [04] ————————————- (Q & A)
31 == VA Compensable Disabilities ——– (CBO Proposal to Eliminate 7)
32 == VA Secretary [51] —————- (Efforts Upped to Keep McDonald)
33 == VA Secretary [52[——– (Been The Greatest Job I Could Ever Have)
34 == VA Blind Rehabilitation Service [02] —————– (Orcam Device)
35 == VA Notice of Disagreement ————————— (How to Submit)
37 == GI Bill [217] ————————- (For-Profit Schools Skirting Rules)
39 == VA Health Care ———– (Trump Considering Public-Private Option)
39 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ———– (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2016)
40 == VAMC St. Louis [05] ——————– (Mental Health Care Access)
41 == VA HCS Bay Pines FL [01] —– (Shower Room Body Investigation)
42 == VA HCS Pittsburgh [07] —————– (CDC Disinfection Dispute)
43 == VA HCS Black Hills SD [03] — (Hot Springs Hospital Service Cuts)
Vets
44 == Enlistment Bonus Payback [08] — (No Waivers for IN, KY, MO, PA)
45 == Vet Health Care [04] ——————– (Things to Know About 2017)
47 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [65] ———- (More EPA Rule Delays)
48 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [39] ——- (Registry Grows to 95,593 Vets)
49 == WWII Vets [125] ———————– (George~Joe | USS Vestal BM2)
50 == WWII Vets [126] ———————- (Olson~Gerald | USS Wisconsin)
52 == Women Vets —- (Miriam Ben-Shalom | Tackles Carjacker @ Age 68)
53 == Obit: Lawrence Colburn | My Lai Massacre ———— (13 DEC 2016)
53 == Obit: Seth McKee | D-Day General ——————— (26 DEC 2016)
54 == Vet Jobs [207] —————————————— (Law Enforcement)
56 == Vet Jobs [208] ——————————————– (VA Recruitment)
57 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of DEC 31, 2016)
57 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————————- (01 thru 31 JAN 2016)
58 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ———————— (Tennessee 2016)
Vet Legislation
59 == 114th Congress [06] —————————– (Closes With a Flourish)
60 == 114th Congress [07] ————– (Cheers to Whispers on Vet Benefits)
61 == NDAA 2017 [25] —————– (H.R.4909 & S.2932 Signed Into Law)
MILITARY
62 == Navy Enlisted Rating Titles [07] —————- ( Job Titles Restored)
64 == Body Fat Standards —————————————- ( 2017 Policy)
65 == Blast Gauges ———- (Pentagon Monitoring Program Discontinued)
66 == BAH [02] —————————————- (2.4% Increase in 2017)
67 == NATO Support ———— (U.S. Tanks Return After 3-Year Absence)
68 == Navy Fleet Size [01] ———————————— (355 Ship Goal)
70 == USS Gabrielle Giffords [01] ———— (LCS-10 Testing Completed)
71 == Navy Wish List for 2017 ————————– (Navy Times’ Top 5)
72 == Army Wish List for 2017 ————————- (Army Times’ Top 5)
73 == Army Secretary ————— (Billionaire Vincent Viola Nominated)
74 == Special Duty Pay ————————– ($75 to $450 Bump for Some)
75 == USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) Class Destroyers ———– (Overview)
MILITARY HISTORY
76 == WWI Christmas Truce ——————————- (December 7, 1914)
78 == WW2 Aleutian Islands Campaign — (Jun 3, 1942 thru Aug 15, 1943)
80 == Battle of Wake Island —————————————- (Overview)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ————————– (1 thru 15 JAN)
81 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————– (Endl~Gerald L | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
82 == TRICARE Safety Tips —————————- (Winter Preparations)
83 == TRICARE Speech Therapy [01] —— (Learn To Speak More Clearly)
83 == Sleep [03] ————————– (How to Get A Good Night’s Sleep)
84 == TRICARE ABA ——— (Providers Must be Certified by Jan. 1, 2017)
84 == TRICARE Select —— (TRICARE Standard’s Replacement in 1 Year)
85 == Hospital Death Rates [02] ————- (3 Times More Likely at Some)
86 == TRICARE Podcast 378 —- (Binge Drinking | VLER HIE | Staying Fit)
FINANCES
87 == Disability Separation Pay [01] — (HR.5015/S.2712 Benefits 14K Vets)
88 == Credit Card Fraud 2016 ———— (What Crooks Buy With your Card)
89 == Fake Shopping App Scam ——————————— (How it Works)
90 == Trump Tax Plan — (Dramatic Rule Changes for Individual Taxpayers)
91 == USFSPA & Divorce [26] —————- (Pending Supreme Court Case)
92 == Tax Burden for Montana Retired Vets —————- (As of DEC 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
94 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (16 thru 31 DEC 2016)
96 == U.S. Philippine Bases [15] —————– (“Bye-bye America.” Taunt)
96 == Military Community Scholarships ——————- (New Search Tool)
97 == Philippines War on Drugs [01] ——— (Comic Books Latest Weapon)
99 == Have You Heard? ——— (A Touching Christmas Story | One Liners)

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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