RAO Bulletin Update 15 December 2017

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Cluster Bomb Policy —- (2019 Use Deadline Set Aside
05 == Pentagon Accounting [02] —- (44,000 Troops Unaccounted For)
05 == Transgender Lawsuits [03] —- (Trump Files Appeal to Delay Enlistments)
06 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2017)
06 == POW/MIA [95] —- (100 Oklahoma Sailors Identified So Far)
09 == POW/MIA [96] —- (PFC Albert Strange)
10 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2017 | Twelve)
VA
12 == VA Health Care Enrollment [14] —- (Its For Life)
12 == VA AIDS Care [08] —- (Have You Taken the Test?)
13 == VADIP [05] —- (Dental Program Revived & Extended Through 2021)
13 == GI Bill [244] —- (Forever GI Bill Implementation)
15 == VA DRC Program —- (Latest Enhancements to Expand Participants)
15 == VA TRICARE Merger —- (A Controversial Issue| Pros & Cons)
18 == Traumatic Brain Injury [65]—- (VA Offering LED & SGB Treatments)
18 == VA HUD-VASH [05] —- (No Change In Funding Until Fiscal 2019)
19 == VA Compensation Rates | Disability —- (2018 Monthly Payments)
20 == VDHCBS [01] —- (Gives Disabled Vets Ability to Control Their Own Care)
21 == Fisher House Expansion [19] —- (Charleston SC Opens)
22 == ALS [13] —- (Radicava Added to VANF for Vet Treatment)
23 == VA ID Card [14] —- (Applications Suspended | System Overloaded)
24 == VA Nurse Anesthetists —- (Underutilized)
25 == VA Caregiver Program [47] —- (Petition Delivered to Congress)
25 == VA Loans —- (Warno | Unsolicited Offers)
27 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2017)
32 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- (Problem Solving Program Q&A — 23 Correction)
VETS
33 == Homeless Vets [82] —- (First Increase in 7 Years)
34 == Missouri Veteran Homes [02] —- (St. Louis Veterans Home Shake Up)
35 == Vet Predatory Loans —- (Ginnie Mae Takes Aim at Refinance Churning Lenders)
36 == Obit: George B. Willis Sr —- (5 DEC 2017)
37 == Obit: Charles Jenkins —- (11 DEC 2017)
38 == WWII VETS 149 —- (Charles L. Harrison | POW Twice)
39 == WWII VETS 150 —- (Jim Leavelle | Two Bouts With Infamy)
41 == WWII VETS 151 —- (Arthur Berkowitz | Battle of the Bulge)
42 == AFL Q&A 11 —- (Erectile Dysfunction Compensation)
43 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 15 DEC 2017)
43 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 DEC 2017)
44 == Veteran’s State Benefits & Discounts —- (New York DEC 2017)
44 == Veterans Day Tribute —- (Hollywood Vets of Years Past)
VET LEGISLATION
45 == VA Vet Choice [64] —- (S.2193 | Caring For Our Veterans Act of 2017)
45 == VA Organ Transplants [02] —- (H.R.1133 | Reform Organ Surgery Policy)
46 == VA Life Insurance (S-DVI) [03] —- (H.R.4146 | Upgrade S-DVI)
46 == VA Health Care Access [59] —- (S.2184 | Better Care Integration)
47 == Vet Franchises [01] —- (H.R. 4473 | Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017)
48 == VA Investigations —- (S.1266 | Enhancing Veteran Care Act)
49 == VA Chiropractic Care [05] —- (H.R.103 | Vet Standard Benefit Effort)
49 == Orthotic & Prosthetic Research —- (H.R.3696/S.1466 | Limb Loss Vet Care)
50 == NDAA 2018 [19] —- H.R.2810 & S.1519 Signed Into Law 12 DEC 2017
MILITARY
51 == Navy Fleet Size [10] —- (355 Ship Navy Now National Policy)
51 == Army Recruiting [04] —- (Marijuana Use Waiver)
52 == Zumwalt Class Destroyers —- (Getting a New Job)
53 == Navy Recruiting Slogan —- (New | Forged By Sea)
54 == Air Force Maternity Uniform —- (Now Available for Expecting Airmen)
55 == Military Spouse Scholarships —- (Where to Apply | How to Find Cash)
56 == Ohio-Class Subs [01] —- (Awesome Firepower)
58 == Mag-Net —- (New Uniform Connector For Equipment)
58 == USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) [02] —- (CNO Collision Report)
59 == USS Dallas (SSN-700) —- (Inactivated December 5, 2017)
59 == Army Beards —- (No Final Decision Yet for All Soldiers)
60 == USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) —- (Underway for First time)
60 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (USS Coronado)
61 == Overseas Troops —- (Lance Cpl. James Nemger)
MILITARY HISTORY
62 == Pearl Harbor Day 2017 —- (76th Anniversary | Two Posthumously Honored)
63 == Pearl Harbor Ship Logs —- (Entries Memorialize Start of WWII)
65 == Military History —- (AR | Hero Margaret Corbin)
66 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 DEC)
66 == Abandoned Military Bases [13] —- (Ghost Fleet, USA)
66 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Galt~William W | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
68 == Opioid Alternative —- (Mollusk Venom Research)
69 == Tricare East —- (Humana Correction Letter Regarding Payments)
70 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [12] —- (Minimal Impact on TFL Users)
70 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [13] —- (NDAA Grandfathering Clause Circumvented)
71 == Coffee Drinkers [03] —- (Three Or Four Cups A Day Health Impact
72 == History Of Medicine —- (Pulling A Tooth)
73 == TRICARE Podcast 426 —- (Skin Protection | Getting Care When Traveling)
74 == TRICARE Podcast 427 —- (PC Mgr Changes – Stress Webinar – Cost Changes)
FINANCIAL
75 == VA Loan Quiz —- (Home Buying Basics)
75 == Tax Plan 2017 [01] —- (Senate Version Released)
77== Tax Plan 2017 [02] —- (Initial Bill Proposals Impact on Middle Class)
78 == Social Media Ads Scam —- (Use Caution When Buying)
78 == Fingerlings Scam —- (Desperate Parents Targeted w/Fakes)
79 == Prenuptial Agreement —- (Not For Everyone)
80 == Gasoline Savings [04] —- (Using Premium vice Regular)
81 == National Park Fees [01] —- (Waived Admission Fee 2018 Schedule)
82 == Tax Burden for West Virginia Retired Vets —- (As of DEC 2017)
GENERAL INTEREST
84 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 DEC 2017)
85 == AMC Dear Santa Letter —- (Request for Help)
86 == Army Gun Sale —- (Surplus .45 Caliber Pistols for Public)_
87 == ARA San Juan —- (Acoustic Analytical Review of Sub’s Sinking)
88 == Wildfires —- (Wildlife Should Be Left Alone)
88 == Revocable Living Trust —- (What It Is)
89 == Revocable Living Trust [01] —- (Q & A)
90 == Battle of Marawi —- (RP City in Ruins After Liberation from ISIS)
91 == US-Mexico Border —- (Arrests Lowest Level in 46 Years)
93 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (06)
93 == Garage Door Billboards —- (Making Yours Stand Out (16)
94 == Have You Heard? —- (Food for thought….)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
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