RAO Bulletin Update 15 May 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DFAS Address Change ————- (Shift From Kentucky to Indiana)
05 == DFAS myPay System [18] ———- (Beware Bogus email Messages)
05 == USFSPA & DFAS ———————— (Notice Of Statutory Change)
06 == DoD Pro Sports Policy ———————- (Revised | No Deferments)
07 == DoD Procurement – (Update How Equipment/Technology is Bought)
08 == Commissary Prices [09] —– (Changes Effect On Shoppers’ Savings)
09 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ——- (Reported 1 thru 15 MAY 2017)
10 == POW/MIA [84] —————— (Capt. Roger Helwig Final Farewell)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries —— (Reported 1thru 15 MAY 2017 | Seven)
VA
14 == VA Disabilities Overlooked ——— (Top 10 Compensatable Ones)
15 == VA Budget 2018 ——— (Big Changes On Tight Budget Promised)
16 == VA Caregiver Program [41] – (Strategic Review 6-Week Extension)
17 == VA Whistleblowers [51] — (Retaliation Continues After 4 Months)
18 == VA Facility Closures – (Secretary Shulkin Wants 1100 Nationwide)
19 == VA Services [02] ——- (Shulkin Mental Health & Caregiver Plans)
19 == VA EHR [07] —- (Shulkin Exploring All Options for New System)
20 == VA Accountability [44] ———————– (Vet Recourse Limited)
20 == VA Appeals Backlog [07] ————– (Process Overhaul in Works)
21 == VA Million Veteran Program [08] — (ID’ing Genetic Risk Factors)
23 == VA/DOE —————————- (New Big Data Science Initiative)
23 == VA Suicide Prevention [40] ————— (Suicide Line Outsourced)
24 == VA Pain Management [08] ————– (Opioid Research Findings)
25 == VA Claim Denial ———- (Galloway~Robert VN | Back Problems)
26 == VA Health Care Access [51] ——— ( FBI Director Firing Impact)
27 == VA Health Care Access [52] ——– (Ascertaining Your Wait Time)
27 == VA Telehealth [11] — (Plans Technically Illegal | Licensing Rqmts)
29 == VA Vet Choice Program [53] — (Vet Threatens DIY | VA Pays Up)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —– (Reported 1 thru 15 MAY 2017)
32 == VAMC Nashville TN [02] – (Sterilizer Problem Reduce Surgeries)
33 == VAMC Shreveport LA [03] ————— ( Director Mathew Fired)
34 == VAMC West Haven CT [05] ————- (Battlefield Acupuncture)
35 == VAMC Washington DC [03] —————— (Vets Air Grievances)
36 == VAMC Jefferson Barracks MO —— (Whistleblower Complaints)
36 == VA-HCS Boston ———— (Failed to Identify Vet’s Brain Tumor)
38 == VA-HCS Black Hills SD [05] —— (Reconfiguration Put on Hold)
Vets
40 == Memorial Day 2017 ——– (Flowers to Honor Fallen Servicemen)
40 == Vet Transitional Homes – (Montana Willis Cruse Facility Closure)
41 == Vet Jobs [219] ——————— (Hilton/Starbucks to Hire 45,000)
42 == Vet Jobs [220] ————– (Military Retiree Foreign Employment)
43 == Stolen Valor [104] —————— (Reported 170501 thru 170515)
43 == Obit: Hamblet~Julia —– (1 May 2017 | Former Women Marine Dir)
44 == Obit: Yamasaki~Eddie ———- (27 April 2017 | WWII Vet Author)
45 == Obit: Thorsness~Leo — (2 May 2017 | Hanoi Hilton/MOH Recipient)
47 == Obit: Ross~Wilburn K ——- (9 MAY 2017 | WWI MOH Recipient)
48 == Retiree Appreciation Days ———————– (As of 14 May, 2017)
48 == Vet Hiring Fairs —————————- (16 May thru 15 JUN 2017)
51 == Vet Unemployment [12] ——————- (Dropped to 3/7% in April)
52 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ——————– (Idaho MAY 2017)
Vet Legislation
53 == VA Telemedicine – (H.R.2123/S-926 to Expand Use/Cut Wait times)
53 == VA Accountability [45] — (H.R.1259 | Removal/Appeals Authority)
54 == VA Accountability [46] – (S.1094 | Bill Includes Sweeping Reforms)
55 == Vet Service Dogs [20] – (S.1014 PAWS Act | Provide to PTSD Vets)
55 == Vet Health Care [06] ——— (H.R.1628 | AHCA Impact on Access)
56 == GI Bill [227] ——————– (H.R.758 | GI Internship Program Act)
57 == Vet Deportations [11] — (Assembly Bill Passed to Provide Legal Help)
MILITARY
57 == Military Bases Block Access to RAO Bulletin — (Security Concerns)
58 == TRANSCOM —— (Not Enough C-17s/Tankers/Ships for Hot War)
59 == Military Retirement System [26] —————— (New System Flaws)
60 == Military Pregnancy —————– (New Air Force Separation Policy)
61 == Navy Submarine Design ——- (Changing to Accommodate Women)
62 == Navy Dolphins ———————————————- (Mine Locators)
63 == Military Logistics —————————– (Army Need to Streamline)
65 == USS Tripoli (LHA-7) ———————– (Launched 13 Weeks Early)
65 == Household Goods [01] ——————————- (Unclaimed Storage)
67 == Military Appreciation Month ————————————– (Quotes)
68 == Security Force Assistance Brigades — ($5K Bonus for Participants)
69 == Navy LCS Program [02] —————- (HASC Praises Frigate Delay)
71 == GBU-38 GPS-guided Bomb —– (Added to the Reaper Drone Force)
72 == National Anthem [04] —————– (Refusal to Stand When Played)
73 == USMC Recruitment [01] —— (Targeting Highly Motivated Women)
MILITARY HISTORY
73 == WWII Dresden Bombing ———– (8,000 Tons of Bombs in 8 Raids)
75 == Operation Union II ————— (Vietnam Search & Destroy Mission)
77 == Battle of Los Angeles ——————————– (February 25, 1942)
79 == Battle of Cowpens ————————————– (January 17, 1781)
80 == U.S. Invasion of Britain ————- (John Paul Jones | Didn’t Go Well)
81 == Military History Anniversaries ————————- (16 thru 31 MAY)
81 == Medal Of Honor Story ——————– (Kettles~Charles | Vietnam)
82 == Medal of Honor Citations ————— (Finn~John William | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
84 == TRICARE Nexium Coverage ——————— (Will Cease 29 JUN)
84 == TRICARE Preventive Health Program [06] — (Expanded Services)
85 == Healthy Mouth Movement —————– (Free Vet Dental 24 JUN)
86 == Pericarditis —————————— (Smallpox Vaccine Side Effect)
87 == Hepatitis C [01] ———— (Over 80,000 Patients – 90% Cure Rate)
87 == New Smiles for Vets ———— (Dental Care for Vets Organization)
88 == Medical Devices ———————————— (Cybersecurity Risks)
89 == TRICARE Podcast 396 ———— (Nexium | Babies & DEERS | NAL)
90 == TRICARE Podcast 397 — (Urgent Care | Webiner | Medical Devices)
FINANCES
91 == FBI IC3 ——————— (How to File an Internet Crime Complaint)
92 == Homeowners Insurance [02] ———– (Credit Score Impact Growing)
93 == Dumb Insurance —– (Identity Theft, Credit Life, Cellphone & Travel)
95 == Federal Reserve ————— (Rates Remain | What It Means For You)
97 == VA Loan Limits ——————————————————– (2017)
98 == Gasoline Savings [03] —————– (U.S. Gas Tax Potential Increase)
99 == Credit Reports [07] ———– (How to Make Delinquencies Go Away)
100 == Military Appreciation Month ———————————- (Discounts )
101 == Festival Scam ————————————————- (How It works)
102 == Tax Burden for Oklahoma Retired Vets ———— (As of MAY 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
103 == Notes of Interest ————————————- (1 thru 15 MAY 2017)
105 == Nuclear Waste ———– (Largely Forgotten Decaying Infrastructure)
106 == China Island Building [02] ——————– (New Yulin Installations)
107 == Presidential Trip Expense ———————– (Mar-a-Lago Price Tag)
107 == President’s Secret Air Force – (Ensuring CINC’s Ability to Retaliate)
107 == Fisher House [04] — (Founder Added to Philanthropy Hall of Fame)
108 == US-Philippines Relations [01] ———– (Trump-Duterte Phone Call)
109 == Loyalty Day ———————————————————- (1 MAY)
110 == Passwords [02] ——————————————————– (Q & A)
112 == RP Armaments ———————————— ($100 Warship Purchase)
113 == My Son The Marine ————————– (Essay: A Line to My Heart)
115 == Vicks Vaporub ———————————————– (Alternate Uses)
116 == Garage Doors ——————————— (Making Yours Stand Out (2)
117 == Aging ————————————————- (Language Advantages)
117 == Have You Heard? —— (Happy Birthday | Bruce & Jenny’s Love Story)

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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