RAO Bulletin Update 15 April 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == SECNAV Retiree Council [06] ———— (Response to 2015 Report)
05 == Navy Retiree Seminar/Appreciation Days ———— (2017 Schedule)
06 == DoD Appropriations Act [02] — (Congress’ Professional Malpractice)
08 == Commissary Elimination [05 ] —————- ( Are They in Jeopardy)
09 == Commissary Funding [29] ———————- (Sales Continue to Fall)
10 == Coast Guard Move to Pentagon ———– (Opposed by Commandant)
11 == Ohio-Class Subs ———————- (Will be Useless in One Decade)
11 == POW/MIA [83] —————————— (All-American Meal Event)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ———— (Reported 1 thru 15 APR 2017 | 27)
VA
19 == VA Survey 2017 – (VFW Results | Establish Private Care or Fix VA)
19 == VA Burial Benefits[42] ——————————– (Pre-Enrollment)
20 == VA Accountability [42] ———————- (Democratic Opposition)
21 == VA Health Care Access [49] ——— (Transparency With New Tool)
21 == VA Crises Hotline [35] —————— (VA Defends Work to Fix It)
22 == VA Caregiver Program [37] ——————- (Dropped Caregivers)
24 == VA Caregiver Program [38] ———- (Stations With Greatest Shifts)
26 == VA Reform [06] — (What Vets Are About to Get from Trump’s VA)
28 == PTSD Marijuana Treatment [02] ——- (JHU Withdraws from Study)
30 == VA Home Loan Appraisal —————– (System Under Pressure)
30 == VA Suicide Prevention [38] ————— (REACH VET Launched)
31 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ——- (Reported 1 thru 15 APR 2017)
32 == VA Benefits Assistance [01] —————————— (Do Not Pay)
33 == DVA Oklahoma ——- (Lawmakers Call for ODVA Investigation)
33 == VAMC Radcliff KY ——– (Public-Private Partnership Proposed)
34 == VAMC Hampton VA [05] ————– (It Shouldn’t be This Hard)
34 == VAMC Washington DC [02] —– (Director Temporarily Relieved)
35 == VA HCS Phoenix [30] ————- (What Still Needs Improvement)
Vets
36 == Desert Storm Memorial [06] ——– (Approval Legislation Signed)
37 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [43] – (Registry Link Not Good Enough)
38 == Military Retirement Pay [07] —— (State Comparative Tax Chart)
38 == GWOT Memorial Wall [01] ————– (Work Has To Start Now)
39 == Tomb of the Unknowns [11] ————— (Evolution of the Tomb)
41 == Homeless Vets [78] —————– (Potter’s Lane | Changing Lives)
44 == AFRH [07] — (Gulfport/Washington Homes Facing Budget Woes)
46 == Alabama Vet Homes [02] ===- (DVA Rejects Hartsville Proposal)
47 == Obit: John Glenn —————————- (8 DEC 2016 | Astronaut)
50 == Retiree Checklist ——————- (What Survivors Should Know)
52 == Retiree Appreciation Days ———————– (As of APR 15, 2017)
53 == Vet Hiring Fairs ————————— (16 APR thru 15 MAY 2017)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ———— (West Virginia APR 2017)
Vet Legislation
56 == COLA 2017 [05] —– (H.R.1319 | Disabled Vet Compensation & DIC)
56 == Vet ID —————————- (Maine Governor Vetos Passport Bill)
57 == VA Vet Choice Program [51] – (S.554 | Program Termination Date)
57 == VA Blue Water Claims [39] ————- (H.R.299 | Opposed by VA)
58 == Vet Jobs [218] ————– (Accelerated Computer Course Legislation)
59 == GI Bill [221] — (S.765/H.R.1793 | Veterans Priority Enrollment Act)
59 == GI Bill [222] —————————————— (GI Bill Fairness Act)
60 == GI Bill [223] ———– (Provide Purple Heart Recipients Full Benefits)
60 == VA Women Vet Programs [27] ——- (H.R. 93 | Improve Care Access)
MILITARY
61 == BAH [03] ————- (Should It Be An Entitlement vice Allowance)
62 == MOAB (GBU-32) ————– (Mother of All Bombs Used on ISIS)
63 == Navy Readiness ————————- (Loose Lips Might Sink Ships)
64 == Arlington National Cemetery [69] ———— (Will Be Full by 2042)
65 == Beards In Uniform [01] ——————————— (It Can Be Done)
66 == Combat Amputations ————————————– (Zero in 2016)
67 == Army Helmets ———— (ACH Gen II | Lighter w/Same Protection)
68 == Award Devices C, D, & V —————————– (New Guidelines)
70 == USMC Sexual Harassment —————– (Boot Camp Preparation)
71 == USCG Missions ———————– (The Little Agency That Could)
73 == USCG Budget [03] ———— (Operations & Maintenance Worries)
74 == SGLI/VGLI [16] – (Navy Members Can Now Manage SGLI Online)
76 == Missile Defense ————— (U.S. Needs Better Sensors, and Soon)
76 == Syrian Strike ———————————- (Pentagon’s Play-By-Play)
78 == Tomahawk Missile ———————————————- (What It is)
MILITARY HISTORY
79 == Siege of Leningrad ——————————— (Eight Horrific Facts)
82 == Bataan Death March [01] —————————- (75th Anniversary)
83 == WWI U.S. Entry —– (Dependence on Foreign Weapon Technology)
85 == WWI Navy ————————- (U-Boat Threat Led to Innovations)
86 == WWII MRE —————————- (Field Ration Connoisseurship)
87 == Military History Anniversaries ———————— (16 thru 30 APR)
87 == Vietnam Vets [23] ———— (Robert Rucker | Scrutinized by Others)
88 == WWII Vets 134 ——- (Wayne Carringer | Bataan Death Marcher)
89 == WWII Vets 135 —————— (Richard Overton | Oldest Living Vet)
90 == Medal Of Honor Story ———– (Miyanura~Hiroshi | WWII/ROK)
90 == Medal of Honor Citations ————– (Femoyer~Robert E | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
92 == Wheelchair Enhancement —- (Waterproof PneuChair Runs on Air)
92 == Drug Cost Increases [06] ———————————– (Dirty Dozen)
94 == TRICARE Dental Program [14] ———————– (Improvements)
94 == TRICARE Dental Program [15] – (Rate Changes Will Hurt Access)
95 == Children’s Health ———————————– (Quiz | True or False)
96 == Back Pain [02] —— (Not Many Benefit from Spinal Manipulation)
98 == Parasites [02] ————————————– (What’s Eating You (3)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 391—————— (TBI | Cervical Cancer | Travel)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 392 ——– (TRDP | Exercise | Childhood Obesity)
FINANCES
101 == Social Security Benefits [04] ——– (Five Steps to Financial Security)
101 == Car Loan ——————————- (How to Obtain – What to Expect)
102 == Car Shopping —————– (Know Your Profile to Get the Best Deal)
103 == Home Sale Tax Exemption ——————————– (How It works)
104 == Watching You Online Scam ——————————- (How It works)
105 == Civil Complaint Scam ————————————– (How It works)
106 == Pet Adoption Scam —————————————– (How It works)
107 == Citgo Russian Ownership ————– (Could Happen by End of 2017)
108 == Tax Burden for New Mexico Retired Vets ———— (As of Apr 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
110 == Notes of Interest ———————————— (01 thru 15 APR 2017)
111 == The Accidental Hero —————————————— (Matt Konop)
112 == Cruise Missiles —————– (U.S. Has No Defense Against Russia’s)
113 == Artificial Intelligence ———– (Future of AI Weaponry That Can Kill)
114 == IRS 2017 Filing Season [04] —————————– (April Madness)
115 == RP~China Dispute [21] ———— (RP To Upgrade Existing Facilities)
115 == USCG Reunion ————————– (June 10, 2017 | Hopkins MN)
116 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [06] —— (Trump Gives China Ultimatum)
117 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [07] —– (China’s Increased Tension Concern)
118 == Taiwan-China Dispute [02] – (Weapons Will Not Prevent Unification)
119 == Japan~PRK Dispute ——————————– (New Level Of Threat)
120 == Illegal Aliens [01] —————- (Benefits | Net Income vs. Joe Legal)
121 == Have You Heard? ———————- (Embarrassing Medical Exams)

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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