RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Military Exchange Closures —————— (Hiring Freeze Impact)
06 == Commissary Employees [01] ——————- (Hiring Freeze Impact)
07 == SBP Legislation [01] ————————- (Budget Planners Impact)
08 == DoD Relocation Policy ———– ( Flexibility for Families Concerns)
09 == DoD Drug Testing ————————- (Expanding for Applicants)
10 == DOD Disability Evaluation System [15] —————- (Proof Impact)
11 == Tricare Provider Availability [06] —- (Network’s Dropout Concerns)
12 == Tricare & Obamacare —————— (ACA Repeal/Replace Impact)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries — (Reported 01 thru15 MAR 2017 | Thirteen)
VA
16 == VA Secretary [58] —————– (Shulkin’s 10-point Reform Plan)
18 == VA Mental Health Care [31] ——— (O-T-H Vets to Get Services)
1 == VA Electronic Health Record [06] —- (VistA Replacement Decided)
19 == VA Accountability [41] ——— (House Movement on New Rules)
20 == VA Health Care Access [48] – (NC | VA Widespread Inaccuracies)
21 == VA Vet Choice Program [49] —– (Remove 40-mile, 30-day Rule)
22 == VA Vet Choice Program [50] – (Appointment Wait Times Report)
23 == VA Cost Projections —————- (Could Balloon w/New Proposals)
25 == The Independent Budget FY 2018 [01] ———- (10% Boost Needed)
26 == VA Copay [14] ——————————————— (Debt Options)
26 == VA Health Care Enrollment [11] —- (Deadline Extension Requested)
27 == VA Cancer Prevention —- (Aspirin Study Reveals Tumor Impact)
27 == PTSD [227] ————-(Arkansas VA Marijuana Treatment Policy)
28 ==Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [68] — (Claims Accepted as of 14 MAR)
29 == Medical ID Bracelets & Pendants [01] ——————- (How To Get)
30 == VA In Vitro Fertilization [10] ———— (Available for Eligible Vets)
30 == VA MOVE! Program [01] —————— (10 Tips on Losing Weight)
31 == VA Caregiver Program [36] ————- (Shulkin Supports Expanding)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —— (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2017)
35 == VAMC Durham NC ——————– (Patients Seen Being Ignored)
36 == VAMC Durham NC [01] ——- (Patient Suicide in Parking Garage)
37 == VAMC Hines IL [06] —————————— (Vet Concerns Aired)
38 == VAMC Tampa FL [07] ————————- (Dying Wish Wedding)
39 == VA HCS Phoenix [29] ———– ($50 Million Malpractice Lawsuit)
Vets
41 == Vet Groups [01] —————— (White House Meeting w/o Trump)
42 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [41] ————– (Amie Muller Has Died)
43 == Wisconsin Veterans Homes [06] —– (King Home Survey Results)
44 == DAV Legislative Presentation — (28 FEB VA Committee Hearing)
45 == DAV Transportation Network [01] – (Free Travel to VA Facilities)
46 == Vet Deportations [09] —————– (Hope for Return Under Trump)
48 == Duplicate SSN Error —————- (Mixup Prevents Vet Retirement)
49 == USMC Reunions ———————————– (Website Established)
50 == Missouri Veteran Homes [01] ————– (Available Care Concerns)
51 == Obit: Wapner~Joseph ———— (26 FEB 2017 | People’s Court Host)
51 == Obit: Liebenow~William ———- (24 FEB 2017 | Kennedy Rescuer)
52 == Stolen Valor [102] ———————- (Reported 170301 thru 170315)
53 == Vet Cemetery South Dakota [01] — — (Black Hills Research Project)
53 == Navy Seal Monument ———————- (Virginia Beach Boardwalk)
54 == Gulf War Memorial [01] ————– (Authorized Under S. J. RES. 1)
54 == Retiree Appreciation Days ————————- (As of Mar 15, 2017)
55 == Vet Jobs [216] ——————– (Unemployment Rate Drops to 4/6%)
55 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————— (15 MAR thru 14 APR 2017)
57 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ————– (Washington MAR 2017)
Vet Legislation
58 == BEST Practices Act ——– (Live Animal Use for Battlefield Training)
58 == PTSD & TBI [04] ———————— (No Hero Left Untreated Act)
59 == PTSD & TBI [05] ———————– (Connecticut House Bill 5580)
61 == VA Records [02] ——————————- (Vet Connect Act of 2017)
61 == VA Burial Benefits [41] — (H.R.1390 Transportation Reimbursement )
62 == Vet Gun Control [12] — (H.R.1181 | 2nd Amendment Protection Act)
62 == VA Caregiver Program [35] ———- (H.R.1472/S.591 | Pre-911 Vets)
63 == SSA COLA [02] ———————— (H.R.1251 | CPI-E Act of 2017)
64 == GI Bill [219] — (H.R.1379 | Post-911 Purple Heart Recipient Benefit)
65 == Other Vet Legislation ——————————- (Recently Introduced)
MILITARY
67 == USMC Photo Scandal ————— (Commandant Addresses Issue)
67 == National Security Cutter Program ——– (Trump Budget’s Impact)
68 == Navy Readiness [02] ————— (Proposed Ships Procurements)
69 == Beards In Uniform ————– (Army Study Could Change Policy)
71 == USS Enterprise (CVN-65) [02] ——————- (Disposal Options)
72 == USCG Budget ———— (Doing the Most with the Least Dilemma)
73 == USCG Budget [01] ——————— (Opposition to Cuts Growing)
74 == Pizza MRE —————————————— (Delayed Indefinitely)
MILITARY HISTORY
75 == WWII Aleut’s Internment ———————– (Executive Order 9066)
76 == Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Memorial ——– (Rosenberg OR VAMC)
78 == Battle of Hampton Roads ——————— (March 8-9, 1862 | Facts)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ———————– (16 thru 31 MAR)
80 == WWII Vets 131—– (Floyd Gene Buck | Merchant Marine Messman)
81 == WWII Vets 132 —————- (Carl Davis | USS Nehenta Bay Sailor)
82 == Medal Of Honor Story ——————– (Donlon~Roger | Vietnam)
82 == Medal of Honor Citations ————– (Everhart, Forest E | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
84 == Cancer Diagnostic Tools [01] —————————- (Colonoscopy)
85 == Compensatory Reserve Index — (New Circulatory Shock Indicator)
86 == TRICARE TBI Treatment —————- (Know Signs & Symptoms)
88 == Heart Health for Women [01] —– (Leading Cause of Death in U.S)
88 == Drug Cost Increases [04] ————- (Trump Jumps Back Into Debate)
90 == Drug Cost Increases [05] ——- (Change Demanded in Rip-Off Prices)
90 == Vitamin Supplements [06] ————– (‘D’ | Natural Ways to Boost It)
91 == Flashbacks —————————- (Strategies for Coping With Them)
92 == TRICARE Podcast 386 —- (Donors | Physical Activity | Sleep Habits)
93 == TRICARE Podcast 387 — (Nutrition Awareness | MHS Genesis | TBIs)
94 == TRICARE Podcast 388 — (Speech Disorders | Privacy | Patient Safety)
FINANCES
96 == SBP DIC Offset [48] —————- (MOAA to Storm The Hill in APR)
96 == Mortgage [05] ———————- (Which is Best – 15 or 30 Year Term)
97 == FICO Credit Score [10] ————– (Civil Judgment/Tax Lien Impact)
97 == Home Loan Guaranty ———————————- (VA Loan Criteria)
100 == VA Home Loan [47] ——————————— (Falling Behind Tips)
101 == SBP Beneficiaries [01] ———————— (Educate Them | Checklist)
102 == Online Cigarette Sales Scam —————————— (How It works)
103 == IRS 2017 Filing Season [01] ——————————— (New Rules)
104 == IRS 2017 Filing Season [02] ————————————— (5 Tips)
105 == IRS 2017 Filing Season [03] ————————- (How To File Free)
105 == Imposter Scams ——————– (Rising | Overtaken Identity Theft)
106 == IRS Student Loan/Tuition ————————————- (Tax Breaks)
107 == Debt Collector Scam —————————————- (How It works)
108 == IRS Tax Debt —————————— (Can’t Pay | Here’s What to Do)
110 == Tax Burden for Nevada Retired Vets ——————- (As of Mar 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
111 == Notes of Interest ———————————– (01 thru 15 MAR 2017)
112 == Rosie The Riveters [03] ————- (National Recognition for ‘Rosies’)
113 == Iwo Jima Flag Raising [02] —– (Photographer Joe Rosenthal Petition)
114 == U.S. Passport Policy [03] ——————– (Owing Uncle Sam Impact)
114 == DARPA [04] ————— (SIGMA Program | Dirty-Bomb Hunting)
115 == NASA [01] —————————————- (Space Poop Challenge)
117 == Have You Heard? — (Mule Funny || How to Live Like a Navyman)

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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