RAO Bulletin Update 15 July 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == NDAA 2018 ————————————- (House $631B | Senate $700B)
05 == NDAA 2018 [01] ——————————————– (Civilian Workforce)
06 == NDAA 2018 [02] ————————————- (Valor Awards Retention)
06 == NDAA 2018 [03] ————————————- (TRICARE Fee Increases)
07 == NDAA 2018 [04] —– (Transgender-Related Medical Treatment Funding)
07 == NDAA 2018 [05] —————————————————— (BRAC Ban)
08 == Transgender Troops [06] ———— (Enlistment Plan Opposed by House)
09 == Recruiting Non-citizens [02] —— (Opposition to Contract Cancellations)
09 == Exchange Online Shopping [11] ————————– (Beta Test Results)
11 == DoD Budget 2018 [05] —————– (Congress Divided on Pay & BAH)
12 == Project 112 & SHAD [09] —————– (What Happened – Who Suffered?)
13 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —————— (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017)
15 == Pentagon Spending ————————- ( $33.6 Billion In Missed Savings)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries ————- (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017 | Eighteen)
VA
20 == VA Caregiver Program [43] ——————– (DAV Unsung Hero Initiative)
21 == Gulf War Syndrome [41] ————————————- (Claim Denial Rate)
21 == VA Vet Choice Program [55] —————- (Congress Running Out of Time)
22 == VA Prosthetics [17] ——————– ( First 2 Vets Receive ‘LUKE’ Arms)
23 == VA Cancer Policy [03] —– (Bile Duct | Vietnam Liver Fluke Worm Link)
24 == Fisher House Expansion [18] —————————————- (Bronx NY)
25 == VA Hospice Care [05] —-=—– (Increased Care Campaign Showing Results)
26 == VA Adverse Employee Actions ——- ( New Weekly Accountability Report)
27 == GI Bill [232] —————————— (Recruitment Impact From Changes)
29 == VA Did You Know – (Death Confirmation | Ferry Rides | Separation Pay)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —————— (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017)
Vets
31 == GI Bill [233] —- (Reform Bill Receives Initial Congressional Agreement)
32 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [44] ——————— (Lawsuit Ruling Pending)
34 == Medicaid Eligible Vets [05] —————– (GOP Health Care Bill Impact)
35 == Vet Jobs [224] —————————– (Veterans Innovation Partnership)
36 == Massachusetts Vet Bonus [05] ————————- (OTH Vet’s Lawsuit)
37 == Taps [03] —————————- (Vet Faces $300 Fine for Daily Playing)
37 == Vet Cemetery Arkansas [04] —————– ( Fayetteville Land Donation)
38 == AFL Q & A ——————————————————– (Death Benefits)
39 == Retiree Appreciation Days ——————————— (As of 15 JUL 2017)
39 == Vet Hiring Fairs ———————————— (16 JUL thru 15 AUG 2017)
41 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —————————— (Maine JUL 2017)
Vet Legislation
42 == VA Health Care Access [53]————————- (Serve Veterans First Act)
42 == VA Appeals Backlog [09] —- (Appeals Improvement & Modernization Act)
43 == Military Retirement Pay [08] —– (HR 3011 | Survivor Pay Upon Death)
43 == VA Caregiver Program [44] – (S.591/HR1472 | Expand Caregiver Benefits)
44 == GI Bill [234] ——————————– (Lifetime Benefit for New Recruits)
45 == VA Nursing Home Care — (S.683 | Keeping Our Commitment to DAV Act)
MILITARY
46 == USAF MQ-9 Reaper ——————— (First Successful Combat Mission)
46 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [01] — (CO temporarily relieved of command)
47 == Award Devices [01] —————————— (C & R Criteria Announced)
48 == Department of the Navy —————————- (Name Change Proposed)
48 == Navy Lingo ———————— (19 Terms Only Sailors Will Understand)
50 == Navy Fleet Size [04] —————————— (Smaller Carriers Proposed)
50 == Army Hydrogen Fueled Vehicles —————————— (Testing Begun)
53 == KIA LCpl Joseph R. Giese ———————————– (A Father’s Grief)
53 == Navy Peacoat ——————————– (Will It Become Optional Attire)
54 == Recruiting Non-citizens [02] —– (Opposition to Contract Cancellations)
54 == THAAD ———————————————- (14 of 14 Tests Successful)
55 == Military Recruiting [07] —————————– (GI Bill Changes Impact)
57 == Trump 355 Ship Fleet [01] ——— (Navy Plans in Motion to Meet Goal)
59 == Trump 355 Ship Fleet [02] — (Composition | Thinking Outside the Box)
59 == Navy Discipline ————————— (Confinement On Bread & Water)
MILITARY HISTORY
61 == WWII Vets 105 ———————————————— (Cole~Richard 01)
62 == Maryland Vet Cemetery [03] ————– (Loudon Park National Cemetery)
63 == China Submarine Program — (Abacuses Used in Design of 1st Nuclear Sub)
64 == USS Laffey (DD-724) ———————————- (Kamikaze Attack 1945)
64 == Abandoned Military Bases [02] ———————– (109th Iman Fortified)
64 == Insanely Daring Air Raids —————- (No. 2 | The Sinking Of the Tirpitz)
65 == Future of War —————————————— (Battle of Mosul’s Impact)
66 == Civil War Soldier Heroism ——————– (United States Colored Troops)
67 == Military History Anniversaries ———————————- (16 thru 31July)
68 == Medal Of Honor Story —————————– (Sal Guinta | Afghanistan)
68 == Medal of Honor Citations ————————–(Eugene B Flukey | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
71 == Heart Disease [03] ———————————————————– (Men’s)
72 == Flu Shots [10] —————— (Dissolving Microneedle Patch Alternative)
73 == Sleep Apnea [06] ——————- (Don’t Let It Steal Your Sweet Dreams)
74 == Biosensors ————————— (What’s Your Body Trying to Tell You)
75 == Prostate Cancer [16] ————————– (Overdiagnosed and Overtreated)
76 == TRICARE Podcast 404 ——- (Prostrate Cancer | Child Obesity | Vitamin D)
77 == TRICARE Podcast 405 —- (Updating DEERS | Oral Health | Heart Disease)
FINANCES
79 == Linkedlin Scam ———————————- (Bogus Connection Requests)
80 == Wi-Fi Scam ———————————— (Beware Free Connection Offer)
80 == Debt Collection [12] ——————– (Harassment | How to Deal with It)
82 == State Retirement Income Tax [01] ——– (North Carolina Senate Action)
82 == Medicare Coverage Rates ————————————————— (2017)
82 == Gig Economy ——————– (A Means for Seniors to Available Funds)
83 == Credit Reports [08] —————– (Changes Will Help Some Consumers)
84 == Tax Burden for Rhode Island Retired Vets —————— (As of JUL2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
86 == Notes of Interest ——————————————– (01 thru 15 JUL 2017)
87 == China Overseas Bases ———————- (First in Djibouti Being Manned)
88 == Battle of Mosul —– (Victory Declaration | Iraqi Forces Brace for Future)
89 == Aging [01] ————————————————- (End of Life Decisions)
90 == Grocery Stores ————————– (Things You Should Not Buy There)
92 == Driving Tickets ——————————————- (Car Insurance Impact)
94 == Toilets ——————————————- (One Way to Deal with Stench)
94 == GTMO Detainees ————— (Omar Khadr | Awarded $8M in Lawsuit)
95 == Coca Cola [02] ——————————— (23 more ways It Can Be Used)
97 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [12] ————————— (Cost Impact on Troops)
98 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [13] ———————- (First Successful ICBM Test)
99 == Garage Door Billboards ————————— (Making Yours Stand Out (5)
100 == Have You Heard? – (Old Man, Boy & Donkey | Dr. Young vs Dr. Geezer)

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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