RAO Bulletin Update 01 August 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
== Military Disability —————————— (How to Better Understand It)
== War Myths —————– (American Public Needs to Stop Fooling Itself)
== Pentagon Weapon Sales – (GAO Sting Operation Reveals Vulnerabilities)
== Transgender Troops [07] ———————— (Trump Bans Their Serving)
== NDAA 2018 [06] ————————- (More on TRICRAE Fee Increases)
== NDAA 2018 [07] ———————————————————– (Taiwan)
== NDAA 2018 [08] ————————————– (TREA 19 JUL SITREP)
== NDAA 2018 [09] —————————— (VA Medical Tests Using Dogs)
== DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —————– (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2017)
== POW/MIA Recoveries ————– (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2017 | Sixteen)
VA
== VA Reimbursements ————– (Private-Sector Doctors | Slowness Impact)
== VA Caregiver Program [45] —————— (Resumption of Full Operations)
== VA Secretary [59] ——————————————– (Five Key Priorities)
== VA Medical Marijuana [31] ————– (House Won’t Allow Floor Debate)
== VA FMP ——————- (Medical Claims | Effective 1 OCT in Philippines)
== PTSD [232] ————————- (Disability Claims Tripled in Last Decade)
== VA Medical Marijuana [30] ——————— (SAC Amendment Approved)
== GDx App Project —– (Enables Vet Personalized Medicine To Be A Reality)
== VA Vet Choice [55] —— (Emergency Funding Opposed by Vet Groups)
== VA Vet Choice [56] ————– (Answers to 10 Questions About Choice)
== VA Vet Choice [57] —————————– (Proposed Fix Fails 219-186)
== VA Vet Choice [58] ———- ($3.9 Billion Emergency Spending Package)
== Gulf War Syndrome [42] —- (Waco VA Office Claim Denial Rate 90%+)
== VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —————- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2017)
== VAMC Manchester NH [02] ——————————– (Leaders Removed)
== VAMC Manchester NH [03] ———————- (Veterans Air Frustrations)
== Eastern Colorado HCS ————– (Wait Times Among Worst In Nation)
Vets
== Home Depot ——————– (Shoplifting Policy Results in Vet’s Firing)
== War on Terrorism Memorial [01] ——————————— (Why Wait!)
== WWII VETS 140 ———— (Andy Ramotnik | Owed $13 Captivity Pay)
== GI Bill [236] ————————- (Forever Bill Changes if Senate Passes)
== Cold War Recognition Certificate [01] ——————– (How To Obtain)
== Vet ID [01] ———————- (Florida New Veteran Designation Format)
== Space-A-Travel [01] – (CONUS Terminals Telephone Numbers Update)
== AFL Q & A ————————————————- (SMC Rating Award)
== Retiree Appreciation Days ——————————— (As of 31 JUL 2017)
== Vet Hiring Fairs ———————————— (16 JUL thru 15 AUG 2017)
== Vet State Benefits & Discounts ————————– (Maryland JUL 2017)
Vet Legislation
== Vet Funeral Benefits ————————————– (H.R.1212 | Brave Act)
== VA Bonuses [33] ——————— (H.R.1690 | Bonus Transparency Act)
== GI Bill [235] ———————– (H.R. 3218 | Forever GI Bill Passes House)
== VA Health Care Access [54] – (H.R. 1848 | Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017)
MILITARY
== Military Restricted Airspace —————– (Unmanned Aircraft Problem)
== Afghanistan War ————————- (Would Happen If U.S. Pulled Out)
== USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [02] ———————— (Preliminary Findings)
== USS John Finn (DDG-113) —————— (Commissioned 15 JUL 2017)
== Funeral Honors [02] —————————————- (Procession Protocol)
== U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting ———————— (4,000 Recruits Needed)
== U.S. Coast Guard Funding ——- (Not Included in NDAA Spending Bill)
== USS Gerald A. Ford [07] ————————————— (Commissioned)
== USS Gerald A. Ford [08] ———————— (Urinaless | Gender Neutral)
== Navy Fleet Size [05] ——————————— (Submarine Construction)
== Navy Fleet Size [06] ———————- (Projected Cost of 355 Ship Navy)
== GunnAR ————————- (New Wearable Headset for Navy Gunners)
== USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) —————- (Underway for Sea Trials)
== MCAS Futenma Okinawa [09] ————————— (New Lawsuit Filed)
MILITARY HISTORY
== Military History ——- (Moe Harris | Now You Know The Rest of the Story)
== Korean War Explosive Legacy —————— (Dealing With It in the North)
== Military History: Dunkirk – (What You Need to Know Before Seeing Movie)
== Abandoned Military Bases [04] —– (Saint Nazaire Submarine Base, France)
== Insanely Daring Air Raids —————————– (No.3 | Operation Opera)
== Military History Anniversaries ———————————- (01 thru 15AUG)
== Medal of Honor Citations ———————– (Foss~Joseph Jacob | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
== TRICARE Mental Health/SUB [01] —— (Treatment Options Expanded)
== TRICARE Information Service [01] ——————– (Ways to Get Smart)
== TRICARE Changes ——- (New Enrollment Rules/Fees | Who’s Affected)
== Hearing Aids [03] —————– (Military Retiree Dependent’s Eligibility)
== Zika Virus [03] ———————————————- (Protecting Yourself)
== Cancer Detection [01] ————- (New Single Blood Test for 13 Cancers)
== MHS Transparency Site ——- (Shows How Your Facility is Performing)
== TRICARE Podcast 406 —— (Hydration | Mil Pharmacies | Grilling Safety)
== TRICARE Podcast 408 ————— ( Identity Theft | Protecting Your Skin)
FINANCES
== IRS Appeals [01] ———————— (Online Pilot Program 90 Day Test)
== Military Times Best for Vets Index —————– (New Investment Fund)
== Mortgage [06] ———————– (Can You Really Get A No-Cost One?)
== Battery Lawsuit ———————- (Claim Your Share of 45M Settlement)
== Lost Pet Scam —————— (Beware Phony Responses Seeking Money)
== Energy Bill Scam —————————- (Phony Home Energy Programs)
== Death Benefit Scam ——– (Pay Unpaid Portion of Deceased’s Insurance)
== CVA Charity Scam ———————— (Donations to Vets/Vet Charities)
== Movie & TV Freebies ——————————– (17 Online Sites For Free)
== SSA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme)
== Car Dealer Secrets ———————- (Six They Hope You Do Not Know)
== Tax Burden for South Carolina Retired Vets —————- (As of JUL 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
== Notes of Interest ——————————————– (16 thru 31 JUL 2017)
== Laundry Detergents ——————————- (7 Worst | Make Your Own)
== Moving [01] ————————————- (3 Most Common Nightmares)
== Retirement Ceremony Lawsuit ————- (Mentioning ‘God’ in Speeches)
== Railroad Tracks——————- (Horse Ass Size Impact on Space Shuttle)
== Trump Salary Donations — ($178k to Education Dept/Nat Park Service)
== PRK Nuclear Weapons [14] ———— (Continental USA Reachable in 1-Yr)
== Garage Door Billboards ————————— (Making Yours Stand Out (6)
== Have You Heard? ——— (Retirement | According to Some Philosophers)

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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