RAO Bulletin Update 15 September 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
== Fleet Expansion [01] —- (Will Unmanned Vessels Count?)
== Navy RAO Program [01] —- (Overseas Volunteers Needed )
== POW/MIA [76] —- (ID Rate and Numbers Accounted for Increases)
== Nuclear Waste [01] —- (Only Repository Running Out of Space)
== BRAC [59] —- (Pentagon Supports McCain/Reed 2019 Proposal)
== Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [16] —- (FMCSC False Claims Lawsuit)
== DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
== POW/MIA [93] —- (Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp)
== POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017 | Eight)
VA
== VA Native American Direct Loan] —- (NADL Utilization)
== VA Benefits Eligibility [05] —- (What Vets Are Entitled To)
== VA Crisis Hotline [06] —- (3rd Call Center to Open in Topeka)
== VA SSVF Program [04] —- ($343M Awarded in New Grants )
== VA Canine Testing Programs —- (VA Secretary Defends Need)
== VA Heart Care [02] —- (Transplant Policy)
== VA Hiring [11] —- (Workers Rally to Fill 49k Jobs)
== VA Home Loan [48] —- (Appraiser Shortage Impact on Borrowers)
== VA Home Loan [49] —- (Misleading Marketing of Refinance Mortgages)
== VA Health Care Enrollment [13] —- (GAO Standards Not Met)
== VA Decision Ready Claims —- (Option Will Complete Claims Within 30 Days)
== VA Suicide Prevention Month —- (#Be There for Veterans & Servicemembers)
== VA Prosthetic Hand —- (Programmable to Change Function With Gestures)
== VA Blue Water Claims [41] —- (Benefit Debate Resumption Hoped For)
== VA Cancer Treatment [08] —- (Lung Screening Access to Increase)
== VA Medical Marijuana [33] —- (Study In Danger of Collapse)
== VA Old Folks Homes —- (Elimination of Older Ones Not A Simple Matter)
== VA Compensation & Benefits —- ( Problem Solving Program Q&A — 3 and 4)
== VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
== VAMC Shreveport LA [04] —- (CITC Program Q&A)
VETS
== Eye Cancer —- (Choroidal Melanoma | Rate 17 Times Higher for Vets)
== Homeless Vets [81] —- ($188 Million in VA Grants)
== Vet Jobs [225] —- (DaVita Guaranteeing Interviews to Vets)
== Vet Jobs [226] —- (Executive Branch Hired 71,000+ Vets in 2016)
== WWII VETS 143] —- (Gerald P. Stethers | Silver Star Recipient)
== AFL Q&A [05] —- (VA Bladder Cancer Care)
== Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 15 SEP 2017)
== Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 SEP 2017 )
== Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Mississippi 2017)
VET LEGISLATION
== NDAA 2018 [11] —- (Concurrent Receipt Amendment Support)
== Vet Congressional Issues [02] —- (Congress Criticized on Bill Handling)
== VA Women Vet Programs [30] —- (H.R.2452 | Deborah Sampson Act)
MILITARY
== USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [05] —- (Repairs To Be Done In U.S.)
== USCG Icebreakers [03] —- (Last One Will Last Only 5 More Years)
== Other Than Honorable Discharge [12] —- (New Dismissal Guidance)
== Other Than Honorable Discharge [13] —- (DoD Release No: NR-311-17)
== Military Pay Raise 2018 [02] —- (Trump Proposes 2.1% Cap)
== Overseas Troops —- (Pfc. Ken Sicard)
== Drones | Aerial [02] —- (Cheap One Gets Past Best British Navy Defenses)
== Amphibious Assault Vehicle —- (Perfect Disaster Relief Vehicle | AAV)
== USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [02] —- (Damage Assessment)
== WWIII w/Russia —- (How It would go Down If They Started It)
MILITARY HISTORY
== Unexploded Ordinance] —- (Blockbuster Defused in Frankfurt Germany)
== USS Constitution [01] —- (Reopens to Public Tours After 2 Years)
== USS San Diego (ACR-6) [01] —- (Plan to Survey Wreck)
== Abandoned Military Bases [07] —- (Željava Air Base, Bosnia)
== Insanely Daring Air Raids —- (No. 6 | Operation Focus)
== Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 30 SEP)
== Medal of Honor Citations —- (Fowler~Thomas W | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
== Vaccines —- (Learn Which You Need to Stay Healthy)
== Opioid Addiction —- (Early Stage Recovery Advice)
== Kidney Stones [02] —- (PUSH | NIH Clinical Trail)
== Smartglasses —- (WWP/VA Contract to Provide to Vision Impaired Vets)
== Diabetes [11] —- (Video Game Decreases User’s Hemoglobin A1c)
== Sleep [04] —- (The Importance of Sleep – You Lose if You Don’t Snooze)
== TRICARE Podcast 413 —- (TRICARE Changes in 2018)
== TRICARE Podcast 414 —- (Traveling | Enrollment Transfer | TFL Webinar)
FINANCIAL
== Merchandise Outrageously Overpriced —- (19 With High Markups)
== Financial Fouls —- (How to Avoid 8 of Them)
== Housing Cost —- (Considerations for Military Retirees)
== Movies & TV Freebies [01] —- (Ways You Can Enjoy for Free/Cheap)
== Credit Card Offers [02] —- (5 Sneaky Company Tricks)
== Retirement Planning [13] —- (Your Expenses Cannot be Invested)
== SSA Vet Payees —- ($38M Paid to 746 Deceased Vets)
== AARP Fraud Alert —- ( Veteran & Military Families Scams)
== SSA Compassionate Allowance Program —- (3 New Ones)
== Birthday Restaurant Freebies —- (29 Freebies)
== Retirement Planning [12] —- (States Where $1M Will Last 25 years)
== Federal Reserve Scam —- (Your Secret Account)
== FBI Questionnaire Scam —- (Don’t Take the Bait)
== Facebook Scams —- (Con Artists Move to Facebook Messenger)
== Tax Burden for Utah Retired Vets —- (As of SEP 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
== Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 SEP 2017)
== 911 Terrorists —- ( 5 Still Awaiting Trial)
== U.S. Syria Operations —- (Controversial Lebanon-ISIS Deal Blocked)
== Flood Damaged Vehicles [01] —- (Buyer Beware)
== DPRK Missile Program [01] —- (Why U.S. Did Not Shoot Down 28 AUG Test)
== DPRK Nuclear Weapons [16] —- (Test Blast Most Powerful to Date)
== U.S. Capital Building —- (A Century to Complete)
== Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (09)
== Have You Heard? —- (Analysis: Those Born 1930 – 1979 )

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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