RAO Bulletin Update 15 November 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == Surface Navy Comprehensive Review —- (Report To Congress)
06 == Nuclear Weapons Arsenal [03] —- (Presidents Authority to Use)
06 == SBP DIC Offset [49] —- (Partial Fix in Proposed NDAA Bill)
07 == SECNAV Retiree Council [07] —- (Applications for 2019 Membership)
08 == ID Card Copying Restrictions [02] —- (U.S. Code Violation)
08 == Army Secretary [01] —- (Mark Esper ACS Confirmation Hearing)
10 == U.S. Overseas Wars —- (Full Cost Since 2001 Approaching $6 Trillion)
11 == Ground Midcourse Defense System —- (ICBM Threat Protection)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017 | Seven)
VA
15 == VA Motto —- (Alleged Sexist, Outdated and Exclusionary)
16 == VA Survey 2017 [01] —- (WWP Results | Employment & Trust Up)
16 == VA Legal Services —- (Vet Pro Bono Access)
17 == VA Pension Program [01] —- (Nursing Home Vets Overpaid ~$7 Million)
18 == VA Physician Workload —- (Secretary Reduces Administrative Email)
18 == VA BRAC [02] —- ( AIR Act Moves Forward)
19 == VA Secretary [61] —- (Agent Orange Presumptive Ailment Expansion)
20 == VA Benefits Advisory Board —- (Purpose | Review to Find Ways to Simplify)
21 == VA Health Care Access [58] —- (Latest Battle Centered on VA Programs)
22 == VA Doctors —- (Unknown How Many Work for VA)
23 == VA Artificial Intelligence —- (Promises to Transform the Healthcare Sphere)
25 == VA Agent Orange Benefits [03] —- (No Decision on Expansion)
26 == Gulf War Syndrome [43] —- (First Direct Biological Evidence)
29 == VA RAMP —- (Goal To Resolve Vet Benefit Claim Disagreements Sooner)
29 == VA Medical Marijuana [36] —- (Vets Support Expanding Research)
30 == VA Blue Water Claims [42] —- (Expansion Proposal Sidelined)
31 == VA Disability Evaluation System [03] —- Back, Neck, & Joint Ratings
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
33 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- (Problem Solving Program Q&A — 21 & 22)
35 == VAMC Bedford NH [01] —- (Shulkin Call for Hospital Shake Up)
36 == VAMC Beckley WV [02] —- (Tele-ICU Program Implemented)
37 == VA HCS Ann Harbor MI —- (Do Not Resuscitate Mix Up)
VETS
38 == How to Talk to A Vet —- (Suggestions)
41 == AFRH [09] —- (Now Accepting Applications for Residency)
42 == Vet Job Hunting [02] —- (CBP Ranked 3rd Best Place to Work)
42 == Vet EEOICP Eligibility —- (Veterans Who Built/Supported Nuclear Weapons)
43 == TSGLI [07] —- (Decision Reversed by ABCMR After 4-yrs)
44 == Women Vet Health Risks —- (Greater Than Civilians)
45 == Eisenhower Memorial [05] —- (Work Is Finally Set To Begin)
46 == National Vet/Military Families Month —- (November Designated)
46 == Worst States for Retirees —- (6th thru 10th)
48 == Chem-Bio Agent Tests —- (Army Participants Eligible for Medical Care)
49 == Gulf War Syndrome [44] —- (Vets Work to Bridge Info Gap)
50 == Obit: Cavazos~Richard E. —- (31 OCT 2017)
51 == WWII Vets 147 —- (Roberto E. Rosales | Bataan Death March Survivor)
52 == AFL Q&A 09 —- (Over 65 VA Individual Unemployability Benefit)
54 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 15 NOV 2017)
55 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 NOV 2017)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Montana NOV 2017)
VET LEGISLATION
56 == VA Transplant Program [02] —- (H.R.2601 | VICTOR Act of 2017)
57 == VA Management —- (H.R.1066 | Passed Bill to Clean Up VA’s Management)
58 == VA Telemedicine [01] —- (H.R.2123 | House VA Committee Passes)
58 == VA Mental Health Care [35] —- (H.R.918 Passes House)
60 == VA Vet Choice [63] —- (H.R.4242 On Hold Pending GAO Cost Estimate)
61 == VA Women Vet Programs [31] —- (H.R.3558 | Privacy & Security Standard)
61 == VA Aid & Attendance [20] —- (H.R.3122 | Passed by Voice Vote)
62 == HVAC [25] —- (Newly Passed Bills for Floor Vote)
MILITARY
62 == PSLF Program —- (Federal School Loan Pay Off Program in Jeopardy)
63 == Navy Fleet Size [08] —- (Perry Class Frigate Reactivation Discussions)
64 == Ft. Bliss Medical Care Problems —- (Demobilization/Redeployment Processing)
66 == USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) [01] —- (Shoddy Seamanship Blamed)
67 == Navy Fleet Readiness —- (Nuclear-Powered Attack Sub Maintenance Backlog)
69 == Military Reenlistment [01] —- (Navy Convening A Continuation Board)
71 == Joint Light Tactical Vehicle —- (Humvee Replacement)
73 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [08] —- (Investigation Report Findings)
74 == USS Cole Attack [03] —- (GTMO Judge Finds USMC General in Contempt)
75 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [05] —- (Investigation Report Findings)
77 == Bergdahl Court Martial [02] —- (Sentencing Rational)
78 == Bergdahl Court Martial [03] —- ( $300k In Back Pay in Limbo)
79 == Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix —- (DI Sentenced to 10 Years)
81 == Overseas Troops —- (Lance Cpl. James Nemger)
MILITARY HISTORY
82 == Nuclear Missile Accident —- (Details Released After 53 Years)
82 == Operation Torch —- (75th Anniversary)
85 == A D-Day Victory Story —- (Actor Charles Durning’s Experience)
86 == Operation Crossroads —- (Bikini Island Radioactivity Lingers After 60-yrs)
88 == Fort Des Moines Museum —- (JAN Closure Anticipated | Lack of Funds)
89 == Abandoned Military Bases [11] —- (Hashima Island, Japan)
89 == Insanely Daring Air Raids —- (No. 10 | Operation Tidal Wave)
90 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 30 NOV)
90 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Fuqua~Samuel G | WWI & WWII)
HEALTH CARE
92 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [08] —- (Drug Cost Hike Advances in Congress)
92== TRICARE Changes 2018 [09] —- (20 NOV Webiner on Changes)
93 == Diabetes [12] — (Hypoglycemia | Low Blood Sugar)
94 == Hemorrhoids —- (We All Have Them)
96 == Hemorrhoids [01] —- (How can you relieve the symptoms yourself?)
98 == PTSD Sleep Impact —- (Insomnia & Nightmares)
100 == Alzheimer’s [15] —- (Gates Pledges $50M to Help Fight It)
100 == PTSD [234] —- (New York Law Approves Medical Marijuana Treatment)
101 == History Of Medicine —- (Eye Inflammation)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 422 —- (TRICARE Enrollment Freeze)
102 == TRICARE Podcast 423 —- (HPV Vaccine | Upcoming Webinar | MilConnect)
FINANCIAL
104 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [01] —- (House Republican Version Released)
105 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [02] —- (MOAA’s Take on Vet Impact)
106 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [03] —- (PVA’s Take on Vet Impact)
107 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [04] —- (SALT Restoration Rejected)
108 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [05] —- (Impact on Active Duty Military)
110 == IRS Tax Reform 2017 [06] —- (Senate Proposal Released 9 NOV)
111 == Medicare Enrollment [02] —- ( 7 Things You Need to Know)
113 == TSP [20] —- (Passed H.R.3031 Gives 401k Federal Holders More Options)
113 == VA Loan —- (Lender’s Abusing Vets | IRRRL Refinancing Downside)
115 == Drug Cost Increases [10] —- (Authorize Personal Drug Importation)
116 == Drug Cost Increases [11] —- (Drug Price Relief Act Defeated)
117 == Diamonds —- (Laboratory-made | Should You Buy One)
118 == Confirm Your Account Scam —-(Amazon)
118 == Disabled Vet Gift Scam —- (Fake Checks)
120 == Emergency Scams [01] (Military Grandparents)
121 == Fraud Protection Agent Scam —- (Targeting Veterans)
121 == Tax Burden for Washington Retired Vets —- (As of NOV 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
123 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 NOV 2017)
124 == U.S. Naval Academy [03] —- (Sen. John McCain’s Clarion Call)
124 == NFL Anthem Controversy —- (One of America’s Biggest Industries Black Eye)
125 == Fire Extinguishers —- (Kiddie Recalls 40 Million | Faulty Handle)
126 == Smartphone [02] —- (Phubbing | How It Hurts Others)
128 == Refrigerator Tips —- (16 To Organize and Save Money)
130 == Drones | Aerial [04] —- (V-Bat | Vertical Take-off & Landing)
131 == Remember When —- (Nostalgia (6))
132 == Black Days —– (Every Day of the Week Represented)
132 == DPRK~US War [02] —- (Only Way to Determine Nuclear Arsenal Extent)
133 == U.S. Embassy Cuba [02] —- (Cuba Says U.S. Lying About Sonic Attacks)
134 == Test Your Recollection —- (Nagasaki Atomic Bomb 1945)
134 == Robocalls [02] —- (Some Tips to Stop Them)
136== Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (04)
136 == Costco Secrets [01] —- (Rotisserie Chicken)
136 == Weird Facts About Your Body —- (26 thru 37)
137 == Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (13)
138 == Have You Heard? —- (Walkin | According to some philosophers | Oh My!

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One Response to “RAO Bulletin Update 15 November 2017”

  1. Dee Fasoli November 17, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Please note the following error on page 35: VAMC Bedford NH Update 01 ► Shulkin Call for Hospital Shake Up. It should read VAMC Bedford MA Update 01 ► Shulkin Call for Hospital Shake Up.

    ENR VAMC is located in Bedford MA, not Bedford NH.

    Thanks for this great resource!

    Dee

    DiJon R Fasoli
    CDR, USN (Ret)
    [email protected]

    Member, SECNAV Retiree Council 2015 – 2018
    Website: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/retiree_council/

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