RAO Bulletin Update 01 May 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == NPRC Lost Records [05] —- (3K-5K Restored Weekly)
05 == Defense Health Agency [09] —- (TRICARE Overpaid $16.2M for Breast Pumps)
06 == DoD Blended Retirement System [01] —- (Retention Concerns)
06 == Afghan AWOL’s —- (9 of 150 AWOL Trainees in U.S. Remain Unaccounted For)
08 == Exchange/DeCA Merger [01] —- (Execs Opposed to Proposal)
09 == DoD Budget 2019 —- (Major Bill Aims to Slash Pentagon Bureaucracy)
11 == Federal Website Confusion —- (Vets.gov vs. Veterans.gov)
11 == DFAS Address Change [01] —- (All Retirees and Annuitants | Final Notice)
11 == Transgender Troops [16] —- (Trump Ban On Hold Pending Trial)
12 == Transgender Troops [17] —- (All 4 Service’s Leadership Concur Not An Issue)
13 == Tricare for Life [05] —- (Will Enrollment Fees Be Next?)
14 == POW/MIA Displays [02] —- (Group Seeks to Add Multiple Religious Text)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2018 | Fourteen)
VA
18 == VA Generic Drug Business —- (New Company Being Established)
18 == VA Infertility Services —- (Evaluation, Treatment, and Adoption Reimbursement)
19 == VA EHR [12] —- ($16B 10+ Year Overhaul Plan In Jeopardy)
20 == GAO High Risk List —- (VA Actions To Get Off List)
21 == VA Privatization [15] —- (Debate | 5 Things To Know)
24 == VA Presumptive Disabilities [01] —- (Gulf War and Radiation)
25 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2018)
26 == VA IT Security —- (Annual FISMA Assessment | 2018)
27 == VA Appeals [28] —- (New Appeals Status Tool)
28 == VA CBCM Program —- (New Program Streamlines VA Claim Correspondence)
28 == VA Medical Marijuana [44] —- (Louisiana Vets Advocate Use)
30 == VA Rating Criteria [01] —- (Official Changes to the Rating For The Eyes)
30 == VA Vet Choice [76] —- (White House Steps Up Pressure for Reforms)
31 == VA Vet Choice [77] —- (Congress’ Debate Not Yet Over)
32 == VA Secretary [75] —- (Confirmation Hearing Postponed)
33 == VA Secretary [76] —- (Jackson Withdraws)
34 == VA Management —- (Are Things Unraveling At the VA?)
36 == VA Inspector General [01] —- (IG Squads)
37 == VAMC Tampa FL [08] —- (Robotic Treatment Increases Cancer Fighting Options)
VETS
39 == SBP DIC Offset [51] —- (Many Are Blindsided by Widow’s Tax)
40 == MOPH National Service Program —- (Vet VA Assistance Will End 30 JUN 2018)
41 == Vet Toxic Exposure ~ Water —- (126 Military Installations Impacted)
42 == POW Burials —- (Enlisted Survivors Denied Full Honors)
44 == Pennsylvania Gulf War Bonus —- (Bonus Deadline Fast Approaching)
45 == Vet Student Loans [02] —- (Trump Moves to Cancel Disabled Vet Student Debt)
45 == Transition Assistance Program [04] —- (VA Briefing Portion Updated)
46 == Facebook Fake Pages —- (Vietnam Vets Targeted)
47 == Homeless Vets [85] —- (Safe Parking Pilot Program
48 == Did You Know (02) —– (Items of Interest to Vets)
49 == Obit: Ermey~R. Lee —- (14 April 2018 | Iconic Marine DI)
50 == Obit: Healy~Michael D. —- (14 APR 2018 | Special Forces Legendary “Iron Mike”)
52 == Vet Deportations [21] —- (Vet Returns Only Way He Could | In A Casket)
54 == Stolen Valor [111] —- (Reported 180416 thru 180431)
55 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2017)
56 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 1 MAY 2018)
56 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 1 MAY 2018)
57 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Texas APR 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
57 == Vet Residential Care —- (H.R.5397 | Allow VA To Pay Vice Vet)
58 == Military Spouse Deportation [06] —- (H.R.5593 | Protect Patriot Spouses Act)
58 == Transition Assistance Program [05] —- (H.R.5553 | Requires DoD Action Plan)
59 == Commissary Authorized Users —- (H.R.5397 | Expand Eligibility)
60 == VA VR&E Program [02] —- (H.R.5538 | Benefit Eligibility Revision)
61 == Vet State Income Tax [01] —- (AB2394 | CA Military Retirement Pay Exemption)
62 == IRS Phone Calls [01]—- (H.R.5470 | Dedicated Number for Military Questions)
63 == VA Hiring [12] —- (H.R.5521 | Medical Personnel Trainee Recruitment)
63 == VA Medical Marijuana [45] —- (H.R.5520 | Directs VA to Conduct/Support Research)
64 == GI Bill Update 254 —- (H.R.4830 | Eliminate Student Unpaid Fee Balance Problems)
MILITARY
66 == Military Retirement System [29] —- (Will It Entice More to Leave Early?)
67 == Tomahawk Missiles [01] —- (Russia Claims It Recovered Two From Syria Attack)
68 == Military Sexual Assault [05] —=- (10% Jump Reported in 2017)
68 == C-130 Fleet —- (33 of 43 Remain Grounded After 9 Months)
70 == Military Memorial Services —- (82nd Airborne Policy Change | Suicides)
71 == USCG Drug Interdictions —- (13 Tons of Seizures Off-loaded at Port Everglades)
71 == Silver Star | Lt. Philip Sauer —- (Posthumously Awarded After 51 Years)
73 == CH-53K King Stallion —- (New Heavy-Lift Helicopter | $144M+ Each)
74 == Military Enlistment [20] —- (DHA Aware of Dependent MHR Concern)
75 == USS Portland (LPD-27) —- (Commissioning 21 APR 2018)
76 == Toxic Exposure | Peterson AFB —- (PFC Tainted Water)
76 == Submarine Service —- (Navy Wants More Women)
77 == Military Food Stamps [04] —- (Proposed Farm Bill’s Impact On Families)
78 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (HMS Agamemnon S-124)
MILITARY HISTORY
79 == USS Helena (CL-50) —- (Remains Located After Sinking July 6, 1943)
80 == Battle of Heartbreak Ridge —- (Korea | 18 AUG thru 5 SEP 1951)
80 == Curragh —- (WWII’s Most Bizarre POW Camp)
82 == Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto —- (Researchers Mark Death)
84 == Battle of Stones River —- (Civil War | A Bloody New Year)
86 == Ernie Pyle [01] —- (Memorial Service 22 APR 2018)
87 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 MAY)
87 == MOH Awards [09] —- (WWII Hero’s Second Chance at Medal Of Honor Successful)
88 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Gonzales~David M | WWII)
90 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [05] —- (A Bit of Lace)
HEALTH CARE
91 == Transplants —- (First Ever Penis and Scrotum)
92 == STIs —- (Regular Testing Needed to Detect Symptomless Chlamydia & Gonorrhea)
93 == Sarcopenia —- (Muscling In On Muscle Loss: DC Team Seeks New Ways To Detect, Treat It)
94 == Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [18] —- ($65M In Unnecessary Prescriptions)
95 == Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [19] —- (Ex-NFL Player Gets 22-Years)
95 == TRICARE Smoking Cessation Program [01] —- (FAQ)
96 == TRICARE Podcast 445 —- (Qualifying Life Events | MilConnect)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 446 —- (Transferring Enrollment | TRICARE Pubs)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 447 —- (Allergy Relief | Freedom Quitline | Orthodontic Coverage)
FINANCES
99 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [02] —- (New Tax Law’s Impact on 6 Households)
101 == Thrift Savings Plan 2018 —- (Unfriendly Features To Be Aware Of)
102 == Laundry Detergents [01] —- (Do You Really Need Them?)
103 == Car Insurance [16] —- (Claim Impact on Your Annual Premium
104 == VA Home Loan [63] —- (Older Vet Applicants)
104 == Generic Buying [01] —- (Drugs | FAQ)
106 == Tabnapping Scam —- (New Phishing Scam)
106 == No-Talk Phone Scams —- (Dialing Deceivers Don’t Need You To Say Anything To Rip You Off)
108 == Phony Vehicle Report Scam —- (Potential Buyer Request)
108 == Tax Burden for District of Columbia Retired Vets —- (As of APR 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
110 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 30 APR 2018)
111 == Syria —- (What Went Into the Syrian Strike)
112 == AUMF —- (Replacement Needed But No Blank Check)
113 == Good Samaritan —- (Helping Hand for Airman on Emergency Leave)
114 == IRS Reform —- (House Passes 9 Reform Bills | First in 20 Years
115 == Solar Energy [01] —- (White House)
115 == Electromagnetic Pulse Threat —- (What It Is & How to Defend Against It)
116 == Vinegar [04] —- ( Multiple Uses | De-stinking Stuff, Pet Help, & Misc Magic)
117 == Have You Heard? —- (Senior Citizens 3)
119 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (15)

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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