RAO Bulletin Update 01 April 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Navy LCS Program [ 01] ——————————– (Cost Overruns)
06 == DoD/VA Collaboration [02] —– (PTSD Symptom Trajectory Study)
07 == Nuclear Weapons [01] ——— (U.S. General Recommends Upgrade)
08 == USFSPA & Divorce [29] —— Dividing Retired Pay SCOTUS Case)
09 == BRAC [56] — (Trump Presidency Improves Base Closure Prospects)
09 == DoD Fraud Waste & Abuse ——– (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2017)
12 == POW/MIA [82] ————— (Battle of Tarawa Unknown’s Remains)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries ——- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2017 | Ten)
VA
16 == VA Mental Health Care [32] — (Senators Ask for More OTH Details)
17 == GI Bill [220] ————- (Processing Delays Impact 11,000 Students)
18 == VA VIC [02] ———————– (Issued w/VA Benefits Enrollment)
18 == VA Crises Hotline [34] ————- (Over 25% of Calls Redirected)
20 == VA Appeals [25] —- (VA/GAO Agree – Appeals Reform Needed)
20 == VA Appeals Backlog [06] ——————— (Hiring Surge Needed)
21 == VA Burial Schedules ————————– (Now Available Online)
22 == VA Hiring & Retention ————– (Federal Hiring Freeze Impact)
22 == VA Data Analytics ——————- (A Means to Improve Services)
23 == VA Image [01] ————————— (Vets Like Despite Problems)
24 == VA Suicide Prevention [37] ——– (Higher Risk With Opioid Use)
25 == Traumatic Brain Injury [60] – (DVBIC Adds 5 TBI Network Sites)
26 == VA Spinal Cord Program [02] ————————— (Robotic Brace)
26 == Brain Gate 2 ——————— (Paralysis Pilot Study Shows Promise)
27 == Indebtedness to VA ———- (Be Prepared – It Could Happen to You)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —– (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2017)
29 == VAMC Mountain Home TN [01] —— (Opiate Safety Complaints)
29 == VA HCS Connecticut —— (Top Diagnosis is Female PTSD | 45%)
Vets
31 == Trump Vet Listening Session ————- (10 Vet Groups Included)
32 == Vet Health Care [05] ——————– (Proposed ACA Bill Impact)
32 == Homeless Vets [77] —————— (Minnesota Milestone Reached)
33 == Fisher House Expansion [17] ———————— (Dayton VAMC)
33 == Purple Hearts Reunited [01] ————- (1st Lt. Rodney D. Beckel)
34 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Operation Tomodachi – (Nuclear Meltdown)
36 == MOH Day ————————————- (Trump Hosts Recipients)
37 == Bataan Death March [06] —— (19 MAR 26.2 Mile Annual Event)
38 == GWOT Memorial Wall ————- (Beginning Efforts to Get it Built)
39 == Stolen Valor [103] ——————— (Reported 170315 thru 170331)
40 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of Mar 31, 2017)
41 == Vet Hiring Fairs ———————————– (01 thru 30 APR 2017)
43 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —————- (Wisconsin MAR 2017)
Vet Legislation
43 == Vietnam Veterans Day [01] ————————— (Signed Into Law)
44 == Vet Gun Control [13] — (H.R.1181 to End Federal Checks on Vets)
46 == VA Appeals [24] — (Appeals Process Overhaul Bill Reintroduced)
47 == VA Employee Accountability [05] ——– (H.R.1259 Passes House)
47 == VA Women Vet Programs [26] ——– (S.681 | Deborah Sampson Act)
48 == VA Designated Smoking Areas ———- (Bill to Eliminate Introduced)
49 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [42] —————– (H.R.2237 Reintroduced)
49 == VA Adult Day Care [02] ———– (S.324/H.R.1005 | Increase Access)
50 == Vet Toxic Exposure Legislation [08] — (Classified Record VA Access)
MILITARY
50 == USMC Photo Scandal [01] —- (Tillis | Strip Participant’s Benefits)
52 == USMC Photo Scandal [02] —– (NCIS Investigating 1200 Marines)
53 == Air Force Readiness [01] —— (Sequestration and Funding Impact)
53 == SBP Under Blended Retirement System ———————– (Impact)
53 == USAF KC-46 Program ——- (At Risk of Further Schedule Delays)
54 == Freeze Dried Plasma —————- (USAF to Test on the Battlefield)
55 == Military Laser Program ———- (Army HEL MD | 60 KW System)
56 == Military Research [01] – (Navy Environment Sensor Development)
57 == Military Research [02] ——————————– (Army Third Arm)
58 == USCG Budget [02] ———— (Proposed Billion-Dollar Budget Cut)
59 == Army Readiness ———————– (Continuing Resolution Impact)
60 == Army Bedtime Snack Bar —————————- (New for Recruits)
61 == Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle [01] —— (Precision “Guided” Rounds)
62 == Expert Action Badge ———– (Army Non-Infantry Soldier Award)
63 == Locust ———————- (Race to Field Gun Launched Swarmbots)
64 == China’s Offensive Capability [03] —— (PLAMC to Grow to 100k)
65 == Battlefield Acupuncture ——- (Close to 60% of USAF Bases Trained )
66 == Navy Birthday ——————————————- (October 13, 1775)
MILITARY HISTORY
68 == K-9 Corps ——————————————— (War Dog Program)
69 == Roman Legion ——————————— (Ten Little-Known Facts)
74 == Battle for Schloss Itter ————— (One of the Last WWII Offenses)
77 == HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen — (A True Story of Naval Deception)
78 == Liberty Bell ——————————————- (WWI Contribution)
79 == Liberty Bell [01] ———————————————– (Utilization)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ————————- (01 thru 15 APR)
80 == Vietnam Vets [22] ————————— (Hank Beck | Delayed DSC)
82 == WWII Vets 133 —- (Oscar Davis Jr. | 70 Year Wait for Purple Heart)
83 == Medal Of Honor Story —————— (Roberts~Gordon | Vietnam)
83 == Medal of Honor Citations ——————— (Fardy~John P | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
85 == Rehydration ———————- (Rice-Based Drink Powder Solution)
85 == Colorectal Screening ——————————— (Is It time for One?)
86 == AHCA ——————————- (Plan to Repeal and Replace ACA)
88 == Parasites ——————————————– (What’s Eating You (1)
90 == TRICARE Podcast 389 —- (Care Type | Winter Storms | Eye Injuries)
91 == TRICARE Podcast 390 ——- (Allergies | Webinars | Cervical Cancer)
FINANCES
92 == Credit Card Fraud Protection [01] —————– (Available Methods)
93 == Common Money Mistakes —————————– (Beware These 12)
95 == SSA Retirement Application [01] ——————- (15 Minutes Online)
96 == VA Loan Multiple Use [01] ————————————— (3 Ways)
97 == IRS Scam [07] ———————————————– (How It works)
98 == Political Fundraising Scams —————————— (How It works)
99 == Government Grant Scam [03] —————– (Its Back on Facebook)
100 == SSA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —————- ($500M Scheme to Defraud)
100 == Tax Burden for New Jersey Retired Vets ————– (As of Mar 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
103 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (16 thru 31 MAR 2017)
104 == RP~China Dispute [18] ————————- (Benham Rise Concerns)
105 == RP~China Dispute [19] ————- (Scarborough Shoal Radar Station)
105 == RP~China Dispute [20] ——- (3 Man Made Islands Nearly Complete)
106 == Trump Budget Plan — (2018 Winners & Losers if Congress Approves)
107 == Trump Budget Plan [ 01] ——————— (Meals On Wheels Impact)
108 == Airline Bomb Precautions – (Electronic Device Explosive Potential)
110 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [03] —– (Trump Halts Diplomatic Efforts)
111 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [04] – (Preemptive Military Action Option)
112 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [05] ——————– (All Options Are Bad)
114 == Vintage U.S. Nuclear Test Films ——– (Declassified and Released)
115 == PRK Propaganda —– (TV | Burning U.S. Carrier & B-1B Bomber)
115 == Taiwan-China Dispute ————————– (New Missile Capability)
116 == Taiwan-China Dispute [01] ——————- (Plan To Build Own Subs)
116 == Climate Change [01] —- (White House Doubts it, Pentagon Does Not)
118 == Dog Greeting Protocol ————————– (How Not to Be Bitten)
120 == Have You Heard? ——————- (Blonde Stories || Lesson On UP)

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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