RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == McCain’s Brain Cancer —- (Impact on 2018’s Military Policy Decisions)
05 == Trump Military Readiness Plans [01] —- (What Will 2018 Bring?)
06 == NDAA 2018 [20] —- (Putting it All Together)
07 == SECDEF [14] —- (Jim Mattis Pre-Holiday Base Tour)
09 == Transgender Lawsuits [04] —- (Nicolas Talbott’s Enlistment Setbacks)
10 == Transgender Lawsuits [05] —- (Trump Appeal Struck Down)
11 == DoD UFO AATIP Program —- (No More | Funding Exhausted)
11 == USMC End Strength —- (185,000 | Focus on Readiness vice Growth)
12 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2017)
14 == POW/MIA [97] —- (Search for San Antonio Rose)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2017 | Eight)
VA
16 == VA Accomplishments in 2017 —- (Secretary David Shulkin Message)
17 == VA Overpayments [01] —- (Record Keeping & Communication Problems)
19 == VA Suicide Prevention [46] —- (Medical Record Flag Program)
20 == VA Medical Marijuana [37] —- (VA Refutes Rumors Of A New Policy)
21 == VA Medical Marijuana [38] —- (Directive Clarification)
22 == VA Shipping Costs —- (Savings Projections Not Acted On)
23 == VA DRC Program [01] —- (30 Day Decision Clarification)
23 == VA Vet Choice [65] —- (Program Not Functioning Well)
25== VA Vet Choice [66] —- (Stopgap Funding Bill Signed)
26 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [01] —- (Minnesota VA Denials Continue)
28 == VA Compensation & Pensions [10] —- (Involuntary Separation Pay Impact)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2017)
29 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- (Problem Solving Program Q&A — 24 & 25)
30 == VAMC Amarillo TX —- (AFGE Claims Vacancies Go Up Yet Care Goes Down)
31 == VAMC Muskogee OK [01] —- (New Facility/PTSD Service Dog)
32 == VAMC Manchester NH [05] —- (Bed Bugs)
32 == VARO Roanoke VA [01] —- (Mishandled Disability Claims)
VETS
34 == Vet Deportations [14] —- (Pardon Leads to Regaining U.S. Residency)
35 == Military Sexual Assault [03] —- (Lawsuit to Get DoD to Release Data)
37 == GI Bill [245] —- (Four Main Threats to Current Users)
38 == GI Bill [246] —- (New GI Bill AUG 2018 Changes)
38 == Stolen Valor [107] —- (Reported 171215 thru 171231)
39 == Obit: Ted Draper Sr —- (14 DEC 2017)
40 == Obit: Ramon Regalado —- (16 DEC 2017)
41 == Obit: Bruce McCandless —- (23 DEC 2017)
42 == Homeless Vets [83] —- (Rural | Hidden From View and Often Ignored)
43 == WWII VETS 152 —- (John Bergmann | Code Breaker)
45 == Arlington National Cemetery [72] —- (Volunteers Place Xmas Wreaths)
46 == AFL Q&A 12 —- (Denied VA Disability Claim Appeals)
46 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 31 DEC 2017)
47 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 31 DEC 2017)
47 == Veteran’s State Benefits & Discounts —- (Ohio 2017)
VET LEGISLATION
48 == VA Child Care Subsidy —- (H.R.95 | Caring For Our Veterans Act of 2017)
49 == VA Hospitals [13] —- (H.R.42/S.1266 | Enhancing Veterans Care Act Signed)
50 == TRICARE Eligibility [03] —- (H.R.4571 | Fair Heroes Act of 2017)
50 == REAL ID Act of 2005 —- (Impact On Driver License Use as Security ID}
51 == Vet Jobs [228] —- (Active Duty/Reservists Commercial Driver’s Licenses)
MILITARY
52 == Army Secretary [02] —- (Mark Esper’s Ideas)
53 == Military Discharge Upgrade —- (VA’s New User-Friendly Online Wizard)
54 == Navy Surface Fleet —- (Sleep Requirements Under Review)
55 == Military Retirement System [28] —- (2018 Decision for 1.6M Service Members)
56 == UAS Operations —- (‘R’ Device Awards for Philippine Combat Ops Support)
57 == National Guard [01] —- (Massachusetts Proposed Pay Increase)
58 == Carl Gustaf M4 —- (New & Improved Recoilless Anti-Tank Rocket)
58 == Army Handgun [02] —- (5000 M17s To Be Sold To Public)
59 == USNS City of Bismarck (EPF-9) —- (Delivery of the 9th of 12 Accepted)
60 == Navy Ship Under Manning [01] —- (Steps Being Taken)
61 == Navy Ship Under Manning [02] —- (Amnesty Given to 48k Fitness Failees)
62 == Navy Slogan —- (New Motto ‘Forged by the Sea’)
63 == Military Homeowners —- (Market Survey Result)
63 == Military Movers Rental Housing —- (Joint Service DoD Website)
64 == Convicted Soldiers Get New Trial —- (Bail Granted After 25-years in Jail)
65 == Transgender Troops [13] —- (DoD Guidance Issued on Recruit Treatment)
65 == Military Myths & Legends —- (Headstone Coins)
67 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (USS Zumult)
67 == MAVNI Program [04] —- (Another Year of Uncertainty Ahead)
68 == Army Reserve Enlistment —- (Green Card Holders Delayed Entry Program)
69 == Overseas Troops —- (Sgt. Elia Balbaloza)
MILITARY HISTORYv
69 == Military History —- (WWII Ace of Aces | Erich Hartmann 352)
70 == Nazi Collaborators —- (Last Surviving Defendant Lives in New York)
73 == WWII Mustard Gas —- (Bari Italy German Raid’s Deadly Results)
74 == Military History —- (Captured Korean Battle Flags Uncovered)
75 == Tet Offensive —- (Vietnam | Jan-Feb 1968)
77 == USS Barb (SS-220) —- (Only Sub To Boast A Train On Its Battle Flag)
79 == Nazi German Luftwaffe —- (Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel Jet Fighter)
81 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JAN)
81 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Archer T. Gammon | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
83 == Diabetes [13] —- (Vet Rate Twice That of Non-vets)
84 == Life Expectancy [03] —- (Down For the Second Straight Year)
85 == Alzheimer’s [16] —- (As Populations Age, Rates Soar)
86 == Medicare Extra Help Program [03] —- (Prescription Drug Payments)
87 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [14] —- (Possible Fee Revision)
87 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [15] —- (Pharmacy Copays)
88 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [16] —- (Impact On Guard & Reserve)
89 == TRICARE West —- (Prime User’s Need to Check Their Payment Allotments)
90 == TRICARE Top Select —- (Philippines Use)
91 == TRICARE Top Select [01] —- (USAF RAO, Angeles City Support)
92 == History Of Medicine —- (Arsenic Treatment)
92 == Medical Breakthroughs —- (Some 2017 Advancements)
94 == TRICARE Podcast 428 —- (Pharmacy Copays – Alcohol Awareness – Holiday Fitness)
95 == TRICARE Podcast 429 —- (Healthy Tips | DEERS | U.S. Territories TRICARE/Medicare)
96 == TRICARE Podcast 430 —- (Exercise & Injury – Winter Emergencies – Holiday Blues)
FINANCES
97 == Military Retired Pay Forfeiture —- (How To Avoid It)
98 == COLA 2017 [06] —- (Fiscal Year 2018 Adjustments)
99 == Bitcoins —- (Should You Buy One)
101 == Social Security Reduced Benefits [03] —- (Working While Collecting)
103 == VA Loan Limits —- (2018)
104 == DFAS myPay System [18] —- (Get Ready for 2017 Tax Season!)
105 == SBP Premium [01] —- (Deductions from CRSC)
106 == Tax Plan 2017 [03] —- (Service Member Impact Examples)
107 == Online Shopper Scam [01] —- (Alleged Official Sports Merchandise)
108 == Romance Scam —- (Widow Duped Out of $225,000)
109 == Holiday Scams [04] —- (Don’t Let Scammers Ruin Them)
110 == Military Home Buyers —- (Pre-approved vs. Pre-qualified)
110 == Lowe’s Military Discounts [01] —- (Program Expansion & Changes)
111 == Tax Burden for Wyoming Retired Vets —- (As of December 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
113 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 DEC 2017)
114 == Oyster Reefs —- (Natural Buffers to Storm-Driven Wave Damage)
115 == Price Increases [03] —- (Despite Modest Inflation 9 That Stood Out in 2017)
117 == National Anthem [07] —- (NFL Protest Status)
117 == Solar Energy —- (Solar’s Dirty Little Secret)
118 == Brain Teaser —- (Diary Thief)
119 == U.S. Embassy Israel —- (Let UN Vote Against Us. We’ll Save A Lot. We Don’t Care)
121 == DPRK Cyberattacks —- (3 Arguments Why Trump Administration Called them Out)
122 == DPRK~US War [03] —- (CSIS Says ‘Bad Idea’ )
125 == Think You Need New Glasses? —- (2 or 3?)
125 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (07)
125 == Brain Teaser Answer —- (Diary Thief)
126 == Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (17)
125 == Have You Heard? — (Most Annoying Golf Partners | Angels Explained by Kids)

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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