RAO Bulletin Update 01 October 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == BRAC [59] —- (Pentagon Supports McCain/Reed 2019 Proposal)
06 == BRAC [60] —- (Support For The Initiative Is Gaining)
06 == Exchange Online Shopping [12] —- (Registration Required)
08 == Hack The Air Force —- (Pentagon Bounty Program Paid out $130,000)
08 == NDAA 2018 [12] —- (Annual CRs Impact on Military Readiness)
10 == NDAA 2018 [13] —- (Remaining Issues to Resolve)
12 == Transgender Troops [10] —- (Pentagon Releases Policy Details)
12 == Israel’s First Permanent U.S. Base — (Army Site 883 Life Support Area)
13 == DoD Procurement [01] —- (Bomb/Missile Stockpiles Low | Budgetary Inaction)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
17 == Gold Star Parents & Families Day —- (24 SEP 2017)
18 == POW/MIA [94] —- (Staff Sgt. John E. Lillich)
19 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017 | Forty-Six)
VA
22 == VA Vet Choice [60] —- (Emergency Funding May Not Be Enough)
23 == VA Secretary [60] —- (Travel Transparency Site Announced)
23 == VA Suicide Prevention [44] —- (Lawmakers Told What is Needed)
24 == VA Opioid Therapy [06] —- (Choice Users Face Higher Abuse Risk)
25 == VA Opioid Therapy [07] —- (Cleveland VAMC Roundtable Discussion)
26 == VA Flu Shots [05] —- (No Cost Shots at Walgreens)
26 == VA Emergency Room Care [01] —- (Dealing With Bills)
27 == VA My Health eVet Website [02] —- (Are You Enrolled? )
28 == VA Caregiver Program [46] —- (No Charge Online Course)
28 == VA Benefits Delivery at Discharge [01] —- (1 OCT Changes)
28 == VA Health Care Access [56] —- (As Good or Better Than Private Sector)
30 == VA Medical Marijuana [34] —- (AL Asks Secretary’s Direct Involvement)
31 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- ( Problem Solving Program Q&A — 5)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
35 == VA Whistleblowers [53] —- (Amazing How Little Has Changed)
38 == VAMC Manchester NH [04] —- (Congressional Hearing on Patient Care)
39 == VAMC San Juan PR [01] —- (Hurricane Maria Impact)
40 == VAMC Spokane WA [02] —- (Missing Computer)
40 == VAMC Washington DC [06] —- ( Former Director ReFired)
40 == VAMC Huntington WV [02] —- (90-Year Old Vet Volunteer)
41 == VAMC Memphis TN [03] —- (“Mafia-style” Leadership Accusations)
43 == VAMC Memphis TN [04] —- (New Accountability Law Utilized)
VETS
43 == AFRH Update [08] —- (Chief Operating Officer Fired)
45 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [20] —- (Volunteers Sought)
46 == McCain Fights Back —- ( CBS’s 60 Minutes 24 SEP Interview | New Insight)
47 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [01] —- ($2B Clean Up Estimate)
48 == Vietnam Vets [26] —- (Sanzaro~Mike | Delayed Purple Heart)
50 == New Mexico Vet Cemetery [01] —- (Gallup Receives Grant)
50 == National Order of the Legion of Honor —- (Awarded to 10 WWII Vets)
51 == Veterans’ Financial Shape —- (Comparison to Civilians’)
51 == Vet Suicide [17] —- (VA Releases Findings by State)
52 == Vet Suicide [18] —- (Female Vet Rate 250% Higher Than Non-Vet)
53 == Obit: William Ely —- (19 Sep 2017)
54 == Veteran Scams [03] —- (Ongoing Ones)
55 == WWII VETS 144] —- (Marvin Strombo | Japanese Flag Returner)
56 == AFL Q&A [06] —- (Korea Agent Orange VA Coverage)
57 == Veterans Day Poster 2017 —- (Selection Made)
58 == Agent Orange | A Toxic Legacy —- (Vets Still Battling Aftermath 42-Years Later)
58 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 30 SEP 2017)
59 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 30 SEP 2017 )
59 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Missouri 2017)
VET LEGISLATION
60 == NDAA 2018 [14] —- (TRICARE Fee Increases | Grandfather Clause)
60 == Transgender Troops [09] —- (Senate Bill to Block Ban)
61 == Veterans’ Treatment Court [24] —- (S.946 | Help Justice-Involved Vets)
62 == Vet Orthotic/Prosthetic Care —- (Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act)
62 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [45] —- (S.319/H.R.1279 | Senate Passage)
63 == VA Medical Care Copayments —- (H.R.1100/S.116 | Preventive Health Services)
63 == VA Mental Health Care [34] —- (H.R.918 Projected Cost)
MILITARY
65 == Holiday Troop Mail [02] —- (2017 Military Shipping Deadlines)
65 == Air Force Readiness [02] —- (Stressed Out, Stretched Thin and Tired)
67 == Air Force Readiness [03] —- (Too Small for What’s Being Asked of Them)
68 == USAF Tanker/Transport Fleet —- (Inadequate Against Sophisticated Enemy)
70 == Navy Readiness [03] —- (Overburdened Navy Must Just Say ‘NO’)
71 == Short Range Training Ammo —- (New SRTA for .50 Caliber Guns)
71 == Interim Combat Service Rifle —- (Army M4 Replacement Program Cancelled)
72 == B-21 Stealth Bomber —- (Cost Monitoring)
73 == Navy Seventh Fleet —- (Loss of Confidence Firings)
73 == MAVNI Program [01] —- (Terminated Enlistment Contracts)
74 == Korea Evacuation Messages —- (Hoax)
75 == Overseas Troops —- (Cpl. Sunsette Winsler)
75 == USS Ponce (AFSB-1) [01] —- (Former LPD-15 Returns Home For Last Time)
MILITARY HISTORY
76 == Angels of Bataan —- (Courage To Live)
79 == Obit: Stanislav Petrov —- (19 May 2017 | Averted Cold War Nuclear Disaster)
80 == WWII Comfort Women —- (Memorial Number 12 Dedicated in San Francisco)
81 == USS Cole Attack —- (Before there was 9/11, there was 10/12)
83 == Canada’s American Civil War Monument —- (40k Participants Honored)
85 == Hanoi Jane —- (Jane Fonda’s 1972 Trip to North Vietnam)
87 == Holocaust Denial —- (Illegal in Belgium)
88 == Abandoned Military Bases [08] —- (Balaklava Submarine Base)
88 == Insanely Daring Air Raids —- (No. 7 | The 1943 Mosquito Raid Of Berlin)
89 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 OCT)
89 == MOH Awards [07] —- (Capt. Gary Michael Rose | Upgraded DSC)
92 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Fox, John R | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
94 == TRICARE 2018 Transition —- (Action You Need to Take)
95 == TRICARE Changes [02] —- (New Rules Could Raise Copays)
96 == Long Term Care w/TFL —- (Overview)
97 == Alzheimer’s —- (Fall Prevention
99 == Marathon Running —- (How to Get there Without Injury)
100 == History Of Medicine —- (An Early Mastectomy)
101 == Kidney Disease [06] — (Air Pollution May Harm Your Kidneys)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 415 —- (Secondhand Smoke | Hurricane Season | Assisted Living)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 417 —- (Preventing Suicide | Fraud | Turning 65)
FINANCIAL
104 == Health Care Inflation [01] —- (4.3% Increase Anticipated for 2018)
105 == VA Home Loan [50] —- (Crackdown on Predatory Lending Schemes)
106 == Military Star Credit Card —- (Commissary Acceptance)
106 == Forced Arbitration [01] —- (Essentially Nullifies Servicemembers’ SCRA Rights)
107 == Student Loans [05] —- (Total Debt $1.4 Trillion | $34K per Student)
108 == Homeowners Insurance [07] —- (Do You Know What is Covered?)
110 == Equifax Phone Phishing Scam —- (Data Breach Followup)
111 == Tax Burden for Vermont Retired Vets —- (As of SEP 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
113 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 30 SEP 2017)
114 == Air Force One [02] —- (Trump Deletes Air-Refueling Capability)
115 == National Anthem [05] —- (AL, VFW & IAVA on NFL Protests)
116 == National Anthem [06] —- (U.S. Code | Conduct Required When Played)
117 == Metal Foam Armor —- (New Material Will Stop Bullets)
117 == Continuing Resolution [02] —- (BCA & 2018 NDAA On Collision Course)
119 == Agent Orange Forgotten Victims —- (Vietnamese People)
121 == Teacher of The Year —- (Martha Cothren | A Lesson in Freedom)
122 == Opioid Addiction [01] —- (600 People A Week Die in U.S.)
125 == U.S. Embassy Cuba —- (Closure Under Evaluation | Health Incidents)
126 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (01)
127 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [17] —- (Pacific Ocean Test | Logical, Terrifying)
128 == DPRK~US War [01] —- (War of Words Escalates)
130 == Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (10)
130 == Have You Heard? —- (Marriage Lesson | Importance of Walking)

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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