RAO Bulletin Update 15 December 2016

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Selective Service System [22] — (Plan Dropped to Register Women)
05 == Selective Service System [23] —– (Obama on Female Registration)
06 == Military Awards Review [03] ———————— (Navy Upgrades)
07 == NDAA 2017 [22] ————– (Draft Compromise Reached | $619B)
08 == NDAA 2017 [23] ————- (Senate Sends $618.7B Bill to Obama)
09 == Commissary Reform ——- (DECA’s Ability to Reform Questioned)
10 == Commissary Private Label Products ——— (Coming in May 2017)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste & Abuse ——- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2016)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ———— (Reported 1 thru 15 DEC 2016 | Five)
VA
15 == VA Emergency Care [10] ————– (Vets Being Stiffed on ER Bills)
15 == VA Nursing [06] —- (Full Practice Authority Regulation Amended)
16 == VA Secretary [50] —————- (Trump Urged to Keep McDonald)
17 == VA OPC Medicine ————————– (New Copay Tier System)
18 == VA Hepatitis C Care [16] ——– (High Cure Rates with New Drugs)
19 == VA Medical Center Rating System ———- (Heretofore Not Public)
21 == VA Cemeteries [15] — (PreNeed Eligibility Determination Program)
22 == VA Privatization [08] — (Make Everyone Pay for Health Insurance)
22 == VA Project Funding ———– (Money Needed for 24 Stalled Ones)
23 == VA Prostate Cancer Program [13] —————– (PCF Partnership)
24 == VA Home Loan [44] ——— (Usage Tripled After Mortgage Crisis)
24 == VA Blood Pressure Study —– (ACC/Nam Vet Hypertension Links)
25 == VACAA Constitutionality ——— (U.S. Court of Appeals Hearing)
26 == Seasonal Affective Disorder [01] ——— (Winter Blues Treatment)
26 == VA Digital Health Platform ———- (Program Detailed Overview)
27 == VA Burial Payment —————- (DVA Maryland Delays | $2.7M)
28 == Vets.gov [03] —————— (Use to Manage Health Care & Benefits)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ————- (Reported 1 thru 15 DEC 2016)
31 == Fisher House Expansion [16] ————— (14 New Sites Proposed)
32 == VAMC Tomah WI [17] ———————— (Dental Patient Recall)
32 == VAMC New Orleans LA ———- (New Facility Open for Business)
33 == VAMC Phoenix AZ – (Whistleblowers Credited With Saving Lives)
34 == VAMC McGuire VA [01] ——————— (Pharmacy Violations)
35 == VA HCS Bay Pines FL ————— (Body Left 9 Hours in Shower)
Vets
36 == Enlistment Bonus Payback [06] —- (NDAA Compromise Provision)
36 == Wisconsin Veterans Homes [05] —– (Immediate Jeopardy Citation)
37 == GI Bill [215] —————————- (Overseas College Utilization)
38 == WWII Vets 123 ————————- (Ralph L. Rossman | Infantryman)
39 == WWII Vets 124 —————– (Lauren Bruner | USS Arizona Survivor)
41 == Famous Vets ———————- (Martha Raye | Honorary USA/USMC)
42 == Vet Pain ————— (More Prevalent and Severe than in Nonveterans)
43 == Vet Jobs [203] ———————————- (Virginia MMAC Program)
44 == Vet Jobs [204] ——————– (Health Care Employment on the Rise)
45 == Vet Jobs [205] —————- (Post-9/11 vet Unemployment Rate Rises)
46 == Vet Jobs [206] ——————— (Lowe’s Big on Vet with Service Dog)
47 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————– (As of DEC 14, 2016)
48 == Vet Hiring Fairs ——————————- (16 DEC thru 15 JAN 2016)
48 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ———————- (South Dakota 2016)
Vet Legislation
49 == Military Food Stamps [02] ——– (Military Hunger Prevention Act)
50 == PTSD Punitive Discharges [05] ————— (Fairness for Vets Act)
51 == GI Bill [216] ———————– (S.1938/HR2360 Signed Into Law)
51 == Congressional Gold Medal [07] —————– (Filipino WWII Vets)
51 == OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act [01] – (House Approves S.2234)
53 == VA Health Care Access [46] ——————- (H.R.6407 Introduced)
53 == VA Claims Processing [17] —- (H.R.5166 | Streamlining Resistance)
54 == Vet Health Care [03] ———– (H.R.6416 | Omnibus Improvements)
55 == Vet Legislative Issues 2016 [02] — (Omnibus Reform Bill H.R.6416)
56 == VA Employee Accountability [03] — (Fire if Felony Convicted Bill)
56 == House Vet Bill Progress ————————— (5 thru 9 DEC 2016)
MILITARY
57 == Civilian Run Military Importance —————- (SECDEF Nominee)
58 == Discharge Review Boards [01] —- (PTSD Must Now be Considered)
58 == PowerWalk ——————– (Army Strap On Battery Pack Charger)
59 == DoD 2018 Budget ——- (Navy Says ‘NO’ to Shipbuilding $17B Cut)
61 == Commissary Medical Clinics ——– (Navy Pilot Program in Florida)
62 == Enlistment Bonus [07] — (Public Faith Hurt by Recoupment Effort)
62 == Ammunition ————- (USA & USMC Rifle Ammo Requirements)
63 == USCG Enlisted Rating Titles ———————- (Phase Out Not Likely)
63 == Other than Honorable Discharge [06] — (Wounded Soldiers Treatment)
65 == USS Colorado (SSN-778) ——————————- (Christened 3 Dec)
67 == U.S. Philippine Bases [13] ————– (Freedom-of-Navigation Patrols)
67 == U.S. Philippine Bases [14] ———- (PHIBLEX and CARAT Cancelled)
68 == Submarine Aircraft Carriers ———————– (The Ultimate Weapon)
MILITARY HISTORY
71 == WWII Speculation ———————- (What If No Pearl Harbor Attack)
73 == Pearl Harbor Day ———- (2016 | Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI)
75 == Battle of Verdun Facts ———— (10 Facts About Longest WWI Battle)
75 == Military History Anniversaries ————————— (16 thru 31 DEC)
75 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————– (Elrod, Henry T | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
77 == NDAA 2017 [24] ———————- (Approved TRICARE Changes)
78 == Navy Medicine ———————– (Surgeon General Reform Aims)
80 == TRICARE Coverage [06] ——————— (AOI & Urinary System)
80 == Cancer Moonshot Initiative ———————– (VA’s Involvement)
81 == Dental Cost ——————————— (Avoid Crazy Dental Fees)
83 == Dental Cost [01] —————————————- ( Delaying Care)
84 == PTSD [224] ————————– (SGB Study Participants Needed)
85 == PTSD [225] ————————————— (Holiday Season Tips)
86 == FLU Prevention [06] ——————- (Staying Healthy This Season)
87 == Traumatic Brain Injury [58] ———— (DVBIC TBI Family Podcast)
88 == Smoking [03] ——————————— (No Safe Level of Usage)
88 == TRICARE Podcast 376 — (Nurse Advice Line | ACA | Avoiding Fraud)
90 == TRICARE Podcast 377 —— (Traveling | Tax Webinar | Handwashing)
FINANCES
91 == Selfie Sextortion Scam ——————————— (How it Works)
92 == Saving Money ———————————– (Stocking Up Limitations)
93 == Tax Burden for Mississippi Retired Vets ————- (As of DEC 2016)
GENERAL INTEREST
94 == Notes of Interest ————————————- (1 thru 15 DEC 2016)
96 == 114th Congress [05] —————————— (What it Accomplished)
98 == WWII Merchant Marines —- (Congressional Gold Medal Legislation)
98 == Air Force One ———————— (Replacement Cost Out of Control)
100 == Have You Heard? ———— (How to live like you’re in the U.S. Navy)

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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