RAO Bulletin Update 01 December 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == NDAA 2018 [17] —- (Impact on Defense Spending)
07 == DoD Blended Retirement System —- (Bonus Lowest Allowed By Law)
07 == Transgender Troops [11] —- (Sex Assignment Surgery Ban Halted)
09 == Transgender Troops [12] —- (Third Court Injunction Issued)
09 == AFRH [08] —- (New CEO Named)
10 == N-Zero [01] —- (Battery Might Not Need A Charge for 10 Years).
11 == DoD Children Schools —- (47 Under Consideration for Divestiture)
12 == GI Bill Transferability [03] —- (Policy Change Under Consideration)
13 == GTMO Detainees [01] —- (Artwork Barred From Further Release)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017 | Eleven)
VA
17 == White House VA Hotline [01] —- (Now Fully Staffed 7/24)
17 == VA Privatization [12] —- (H.R.4457 Breaks Nation’s Promise To Vets)
18 == VA Benefits Reform —- (Shulkin Calls for Overhaul & Realignment)
19 == VA Benefits Reform [01] —- (Choice & Tricare Merger Proposal)
22 == VA Benefits Reform [02] —- (VFW Criticizes Veterans Empowerment Act)
22== VA ID Card [13] —- (Vets Can Now Apply)
23 == VA Unpaid Obligations —- ($226M to Settle 23 Claims)
24 == VA Women Vet Programs [32] —- (Depression & Heart Disease)
25 == VA Physician Qualifications [03] —- (Poor Performers Not Reported | 90%)
25 == PTSD [235] —- (HBOT Treatment Option)
26 == VA Suicide Prevention [45] —- (NJ Clinic Was Remiss in Vet’s Death)
27 == VA EHR [10] —- ($800 Million Needed to Begin Overhaul)
28 == VA Appointments [18] —- (How to Use the Online Scheduling)
29 == VA Sexual Trauma Program [08] —- (Disability Compensation & Treatment)
30 == VA Loans —- (Misconceptions)
31 == VA Loan Refinancing [02] —- (Warning Order)
32 == VA Financial Literacy Resources —- (What FLEC Can Do for You)
33 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017)
34 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- (Problem Solving Program Q&A — 23 & 24)
35 == VAMC Denver CO [09] —- (Improper Mental Health Care Wait Lists)
36 == VAMC Jackson MS [02] —- (Barred Physician Draws $339,177 Annual Salary)
38 == VAMC Beckley WV [03] —- (Acupuncture Program on Track)
38 == VA HCS Alaska [01] —- (Hiring More Employees | Improve Care Access)
VETS
39 == Vet Jobs [227] —- (Alaska HCS Hiring)
39 == Ashford University Lawsuit —- (Vet Students Deceived & Defrauded CA Alleges)
40 == Vet For-Profit Schools —- (Why Are they Allowed to Exploit Students?)
42 == Military Records & Medals —- (Preserving the Past | Tips)
44 == Taps [04] —- (Detente Reached With Retiree Over Playing)
44 == Vet Deportations [13] —- (President Asked to Stop It)
45 == Nursing Homes [12] —- (Lawsuit | Hidden Camera Reveals How Vet Died)
47 == Veterans’ Treatment Court [25] —- (Raleigh County West Virginia)
49 == Vet Prison Inmate Programs [03] —- (Separate Housing Unit Trend)
51 == Worst States for Retirees —- (1st thru 5th)
52 == Chem-Bio Agent Tests [01] —- (How Exposed Apply for Medical Care)
53 == Obit: Fox~Wesley L —- (24 NOV 2017)
53 == WWII Vets 148 —- (Kermit Bushur | Merrill’s Marauders Member)
54 == AFL Q&A 10 —- (Benefits Denial Letter)
55 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 30 NOV 2017)
55 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 30 NOV 2017)
56 == Veteran’s State Benefits & Discounts —- (Nevada NOV 2017)
VET LEGISLATION
56 == DIC [10] —- (S.1990 | DIC Improvement Act of 2017)
57 == Vet Educational Assistance [01] —- ( H.R.4323 | Vet STEM Careers Act)
58 == Vet Health Insurance —- (H.R.4457 | Veterans Empowerment Act)
59 == VA Accountability Update 50 —- (S.0000 | VA Provider Accountability Act)
60 == Military Sexual Assault [02] —- (S.2141 | Military Justice Improvement Act)
62 == Military Museums & Memorials [01] —- (H.R.4328 Introduced | WWI)
62 == NDAA 2018 [15] —- (Conference Report Overview)
63 == NDAA 2018 [16] —- (Senate Voice Vote Approval | Sent to President)
64 == NDAA 2018 [18] —- (Little Known Provisions)
MILITARY
66 == Army Recruiting [03] —- (No Change to Standards)
67 == Navy Pepper Spray Policy —- (Once Is Enough)
68 == Navy Name Change —- (Removed From 2018 NDAA)
68 == Navy Fleet Size [09] —- (Smaller Warships w/Bigger Punch Needed)
69 == Floating Guantanamos —- (USCG Onboard Detention of Smugglers)
70 == Afghanistan [01] —- (Troops Told to Ignore Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse)
71== Air Force Lasers —- (Lockheed Martin To Develop for Fighter Jet Use by 2021)
72 == Nuclear Launch Authority —- (President Soley | Congress is Concerned)
73 == D7R-II Military Bulldozer —- (Semi-Autonomous or Remote Controlled Design)
74 == USS Cole Attack [04] —- (Pentagon Suspends Sentence Against Marine 1-Star)
75 == USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) —- (Navy Accepts Delivery from Shipbuilder)
76 == USS Benfold (DDG-65) —- (Minor Collision With Japanese Tugboat)
76 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [09] —- (Underway Aboard Transport Transshelf)
77 == USAF Pilot Shortage [02] —- (Increasing Despite High Retention Bonuses)
78 == Overseas Troops —- (Gunnery Sgt. Santana Jimenez)
79 == USMC Missile System —- (Mobile Anti-Ship Coastal Defense System Needed)
80 == USS Little Rock (LCS-9) —- (Commissioning Plans)
MILITARY HISTORY
81 == Marine Corps War Memorial [05] —- (Afghanistan & Iraq Now Included)
82 == Military History —- (Nazis Helped China Fight Japan)
82 == Military History —- (Sgt. Reckless | USMC War Horse)
83 == Military History —- (WWI | Modane, France Train Derailment)
85 == Battle of Firebase Ripcord —- (Vietnam | March thru July 1970)
87 == Vietnam Myths —- (5 Deeply Entrenched Ones)
88 == Alaska Territorial Guard —- (Natives Defended Their Territory in WWII)
91 == M19 60mm Mortar —- (Favored By Marines in Nam)
91 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 DEC)
92 == Abandoned Military Bases [12] —- (RAF Stenigot, England)
92 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Galer~Robert E | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
94 == Elderly Parent Care [01] —- (When It’s Time to Leave Home)
95 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [10] —- (Pregnancy/Birthing User Fee Increases)
96 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [11] —- (Is Your doctor Still in the Tricare Network?)
97 == Liver Flukes —- (Cholangiocarcinoma | Vietnam’s Silent Bullet)
99 == Liver Disease [01] —- (Symptoms)
101 == History Of Medicine —- (Colic)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 424 —- (TRICARE Select)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 425 —- (Healthy Eating | Holiday Stress | Holiday Fitness)
FINANCIAL
103 == GI Bill Transferability [02] —- (Payback Required if 4-yr Term Not Met)
104 == Retiree Annual COLAs [04] —- (FY 2017 | CPI Impact)
105 == Medicare Hospital Coverage —- (Status Can Cost You $1000’s)
106 == Google Wallet Scam [01] —- (Bait And Switch Schemes)
107 == Online Shopper Scam —- (Phony Tracking Numbers)
107 == Tax Burden for Wisconsin Retired Vets —- (As of NOV 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
110 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 30 NOV 2017)
111 == DPRK Defectors —- (10″ Parasite Found in Stomach of Latest One)
112 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [20] —– (Threat to Make Japan & U.S. Bases Disappear)
113 == DPRK Missile Program [02] —- (Can Now Hit Washington D.C.)
114 == Dishwasher Tips —-(What NOT to Put In Them)
115 == Windows PC Tips —- (19 Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know)
116 == Silica Gel Packet Uses —- (Don’t Throw them Away)
118 == Signs —- (Have You Seen These Thought Provoking Ones?)
119 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (05)
119 == Jewelry Tips [01] —- (The Most Common Mistakes When Buying)
121 == Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (14)
121 == Weird Facts About Your Body —- (38 thru 50)
122 == Have You Heard? —- (We Three | A Man Who Knows His Math | Bad Parrot)

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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