RAO Bulletin Update 15 January 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DARPA Sensor Program —- (Goal | Increased Maritime Awareness)
05 == Pentagon Financial Audit —- (Will Cost $367 Million In FY18)
06 == Navy Forward Deployed Ships —- (Rotation For Maintenance Policy)
07 == Transgender Lawsuits [06] —- (Administration Drops Legal Fight)
08 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2018)
08 == POW/MIA [98] —- (DPAA-Hosted Family Updates)
09 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2018 | Seven)
VA
10 == VA Benefits Eligibility [06 —- (A Few You May Have Overlooked)
11 == VA Health Care Access [60] —- (Same-Day Services)
11 == VA Dental Benefits —- (Who’s Eligible)
12 == VA Blue Water Claims [43] —- (Taking The Fight to The Courts)
13 == Opioid Use —- (VA Prescribing Rate Disclosures)
14 == VA Mental Health Care [36] — (Joint Action Plan)
15 == VA Acupuncture —- (Chronic Pain Therapy)
17 == VA Physician License Revocations —- (Congress Demands Action)
18 == VA Firing Authority [01] —- (Firings Spiked After New Law Signed)
19 == VA Community Provider Payments —- (Timeliness Improvement Actions)
20 == VA National Vet Wheelchair Games —-(2018 Applications Being Accepted)
20 == VA Emergency Room Care [03] —- (Follow-Up Treatment)
21 == VA Hospital Admission Policy —- (Limiting High Risk Patients
24 == VA Hospital Admission Policy [01] —- (Roseburg VAHCS Response)
25 == VA Medical Marijuana [39] —- (California Legalization Impact on Vets)
26 == VA Medical Marijuana [40] —- (Attorney General Memo Vet Impact)
27 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2018)
28 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [02] —- (VA 9 JAN Revised Rule Impact)
30 == VA Compensation & Benefits —- (Problem Solving Program Q&A — 26 & 27)
31 == VAMC Baltimore MD —- (Mobility Boost for Seniors)
32 == VAMC Durham NC [02] —- (Self-Referral Scheduling)
33 == VAMC Bay Pines FL [02] —- (Homeless Vet Care)
33 == VA HCS Puget Sound [01] —- (Delayed Surgery Lawsuit)
VETS
34 == DNA Testing == (Wanted | South Korea In-Country Vets)
36 == Vet Deportations [15] —– (VA Establishes Tijuana Clinic)
37 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [46] —- (Impact on Former VP Joe Biden)
38 == Student Vets —- (Six Keys to Success)
39 == Stolen Valor [108] —- (Reported 180101 thru 180115)
41 == Obit: Jerry Yellin —- (21 DEC 2017)
42 == Obit: John Young —- (5 JAN 2018)
44 == Obit: Anna Mae Hays —- (7 JAN 2018)
46 == WWII VETS 153 —- (Amado Ante | Bataan Death March Survivor)
47 == WWII VETS 154 —- (Stan Dube | Saipan Survivor and Sketcher)
48 == AFL Q&A 14 —- (Procuring Dental Care if not 100% VA Rated)
48 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 15 JAN 2018)
49 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 JAN 2018)
50 == Veteran’s State Benefits & Discounts —- (Oklahoma | JAN 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
51 == VA Telehealth [13] —- (S.395/H.R.2123 | Vets Act)
MILITARY
52 == Fort Polk Horses —- (Concerns Over Escalating Roundups)
53 == Entrenching Tool —- (Weapon of Last Resort)
54 == Air Force Family Planning Services —- (Air Force Regulation AFI 44-102)
56 == Military Sexual Assault [04] —- (#MeToo Movement)
57 == Body Armor [01] —- (New Modular Scalable Vest)
57 == Body Armor [02] —- (Diamene | Ultra-Light Diamond Hard Flexible Material)
57 == Navy Cruisers —- (Replacements Might Not Be Cruisers)
58 == Ode to the Infantry Assaultman —- (MOS Elimination)
58 == USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) —- (After 30 Years Riding High)
60 == Fiery Cross Reef —- (Transformed Into 2.8 sq km Fortified Airbase by China)
61 == Navy Jack —- (Flown to Honor Sailors Killed in Collisions)
62 == Burial At Sea [06] —- (Under The Sea Burials)
64 == Nebraska National Guard —- (LIB753 Education Entitlement)
64 == Vermont National Guard —- (Free Tuition Legislation Proposed)
65 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (HMS Defender)
65 == Overseas Troops —- (Sgt. Tyler Holcomb)
MILITARY HISTORY
66 == Nazi Germany Luftwaffe [01] —- (Lethal Kamikazes)
69 == WWI | Over There, Before 1917
69 == WWI Commemorative Coin [01] —- (Available 17 JAN 2018)
70 == Civil War Memorials —- (Memphis Defies State Ban on Removal)
70 == Military History —- (WWII | Rise and Fall of German Gen. Stemme)
72 == Battle of Khe Sanh —- (Was America Duped?)
74 == Battle of New Orleans —- (America’s Second War for Independence)
75 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 JAN)
75== Medal of Honor Citations —- (Joe Gandara | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
76 == Medicare Reimbursement Rates 2018 —- (Beneficiary Cost Increases)
77 == PTSD [236] —- (Impact on End-of-Life Care)
79 == PTSD [237] —- (MDMA Breakthrough Therapy Research Funding)
80 == Sexual Function [01] —- (Ibuprofen Impact)
80 == Hospice Care [06] —- (Patient Neglect Reports)
81 == Prescription Drug Epidemic —- (Polypharmacy Problem)
84 == Drug Price Gouging [02] —- (Daranide Was Free. Now it’s $109,500 a year)
85 == Drug Price Gouging [03] —- (Who Decides What you Pay | Finger Pointing)
87 == Hypertension —- (DASH | Best Diet to Reduce It)
89 == Thyroid Disease —- (More Common In Women Than Men)
90 == Sleep [05] —- (Older Adults)
92 == TRICARE Select [02] —- (Copay Reduction on New Plan)
92 == Tricare Pharmacy Copay [17] —- (Fee Change 1 FEB 2018)
93 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [17] —- (Call Center/Website Delays)
94 == TRICARE Prime [38] —- (Urgent Care Visits
95 == TRICARE Podcast 431 —- (PI Provider Network – Group A & B – Pharmacy Copayments)
96 == TRICARE Podcast 432 —- (Identity Theft & Fraud – TRICARE Pubs – Thyroid Disease)
FINANCIAL
97 == Savings [01] —- (401k Required Minimum Distributions)
98 == Prescription Drug Costs —- (Tips For Slashing)
100 == State Retirement Income Tax [02] —- (Arkansas Military Pay Exempted
101 == Tax Plan 2017 [04] —- (Q & A)
102 == Check Cashing [01] —- (Uncashed Old Checks)
103 == Saving Money —- (Bug Control | Thrifty Ways to Keep them Away)
105 == VA Home Loans [52] —- (Foreclosure-Prevention Programs)
105 == VA Home Loans [53] —- (Other Vet Assistance Programs)
106 == Home Renting —- (Tips for Military Short Term Renters)
107 == Refinancing Scam —- (New Home Buyers Beware)
107 == Gift Card Resale Scam —- (Tips On How To Avoid)
108 == Bitcoin Sales Scam —- (Phony Investments)
109 == Phony Conference Scam —- (Double Check Before You Book)
110 == Bitcoins [01] —- (Coin of the Realm)
111 == Tax Burden for Alabama Retired Vets —- As of JAN 2018
GENERAL INTEREST
112 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 JAN 2017)
113 == U.S. Embassy Cuba [03] —- (Sonic Attacks | Three Possible Answers)
114 == Undersea Cables —- (Achilles’ Heel in Lead-Up to New Cold War)
116 == Satellite News —- (Zuma Apparent Failure)
117 == Nuclear Button —- (Explained)
118 == Nuclear Button [01] —- (Legislation Proposed)
119 == National Civil Emergency Force —- (U.S. Catastrophic Attack Response Need)
121 == Self Driving Car —- (Suicide Bomber Replacement)
122 == Law & Order —- (Officer Comments)
123 == Drug Carrying Drones —- (No Interdiction Policy | Cartel Use Increasing
124 == Border Wall —- (Latest Plans | Length Decrease w/Cost Increase)
125 == Brain Teaser —- (Should You Be Institutionalized?)
125 == Think You Need New Glasses —- (Does the Rod in the Middle Exist?)
125 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (08)
126 == Brain Teaser Answer —- (Should You Be Institutionalized?)
126 == Have You Heard? — (Home Schooled)
127 == Have You Heard? —- (Adult Learning Center for Women)

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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