RAO Bulletin Update 15 April 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Joint Chiefs of Staff —- (Fat Leonard Impact on Appointments)
07 == F-35 Lightning II [01] —- (All Deliveries Suspended | Repair Bill Disagreement)
07 == AFRH [12] —- (Average 55% Fee Increase OCT 2018)
08 == Navy Fleet Size [12] —- (2016 Need Assessment Down-Play)
09 == Arlington National Cemetery [74] —- (2nd Future of the Cemetery Survey)
10 == TRICARE Problems Investigated [02] —- (MOAA Town Hall Disclosures)
10 == TRICARE Premium —- (45,000 Missing Payment Info to Lose coverage)
11 == Military Enlistment [19] —- (Dependent’s Military Health Record Impact | Navy)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 APR 2018 | Sixteen)
VA
15 == VA Rehabilitation & Prosthetic Services —- (Direct Appointment Scheduling Now Possible)
15 == VA Presumptive Disabilities —- (Top 10 Claimed and Agent Orange)
16 == VA Vacancies —-(Wait Time & Outsourcing Impact)
17 == VA Vet Choice [74] —- (TriWest Healthcare Alliance Warning Letter to Congress)
18 == VA Vet Choice [75] —- (Congress Again Urged to Pass VA Reform Package)
19 == VA Baby Showers —- (Nationwide MAY 5-16 | Welcoming New Children into Vet Families)
20 == VA National Transplant Program —- (Where To Go)
20 == VA Claim Notice of Disagreement —- (When to File)
20 == VA Lawsuit | Beemer~John —- (Allergic Reaction Death Settlement)
21 == VA Braille/Talking Book Program —- (Overview)
22 == VA Disability Benefits [01] —- (19-Year-Old Pain Precedent Overturned)
22 == CRSC [26] —- (Are You Missing Out?)
23 == VA Privatization [13] —- (Debunking The Myth)
24 == VA Privatization [14] —- (What Does Privatization Really Mean?)
26 == VA Burial Benefits [45] —- (Hmong and Laotian Vets Now Eligible)
27 == VA Golden Age Games 2018 —- (To Be Held AUG 3-8 in Albuquerque NM)
28 == VA Secretary [71] —- (David J. Shulkin’s Departing Comments)
29 == VA Secretary [72] —- (Shulkin Did Not Leave Office Willingly)
30 == VA Secretary [73] —- (VA Confirmation Process Could Be Contentious)
31 == VA Secretary [74] —-(What The Law Calls For)
32 == VAMC Washington DC [08] —- (Director Replaced | Problems Still Exist)
33 == VAMC Washington DC [09] —- (Problems Persist Despite Reported Resolutions)
35 == VAMC Northport NY [01] —- (Emergency Funding Needed | $15M)
35 == VAMC Canandaigua NY —- ($161 Million Expansion Project)
36 == VAMC Houston [03] —- (End Harassment Campaign | Female Vets)
VETS
37 == Vet Green Alert —- (Wisconsin System For Missing Vulnerable Veterans)
38 == PTSD [244] —- (Should Seeking VA Help Impact on Vet’s Gun Ownership Right?)
41 == Vet Jobs [231] —- (Federal Government)
41 == Stolen Valor [110] —- (Reported 180401 thru 180415)
42 == Did You Know (01) —– (Items of Interest to Vets)
43 == Obit: Akaka~Daniel K —- (6 April 2018 | U.S. Senator & WWII Vet)
44 == Obit: Hudner~Thomas Jr. —- (13 NOV 2017 | ROK MOH Awardee)
45 == Vet Deportations [20] —- (ICE Wrongly Interpreting SECDEF Directive)
47 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 APR 2017)
48 == Philippine Veterans Advocacy Committee —- (APR 2018 Notes)
48 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of 16 APR 2018)
49 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 16 APR 2018)
49 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Tennessee MAR 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
50 == Drug Cost Increases [14] —- (S.2155 | Know the Lowest Price Act)
51 == Generic Drug Pricing [05] —-( S.2553, S.1688, & S.469 | Lowering Cost)
51 == VA Emergency Care [11] —- (S.2131 | Newborn Emergency Treatment Act)
MILITARY
52 == Military Tattoo Criteria [12] —- (No Change to USMC Policy for Reserves)
53 == B-1 Bomber [02] —- (Deployed to Middle East Again To Take Over Strike Missions)
53 == USAF Warrant Officer Program —- (Inching Closer To Reinstatement)
54 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [12] —- ($57 Million More Added for Repairs)
55 == Norfolk Four —- (Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned Sailor’s Compensation)
57 == USS Bremerton (SSN-698) —- (Last Cruise Completed for Oldest SSN)
57 == USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) —- (Keel-Laying Ceremony Set for 14 MAY)
58 == Military Spouse Deportation [05] —- ( Estimated Up to 11,800 Active Duty Impacted)
59 == USCGC Sherman —- (Decommissioned 29 MAR After 50 Years Service)
60 == Navy M80 Stilleton —- (Navy’s Coolest Surface Vessel)
61 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (HMAS Canberra L02)
MILITARY HISTORY
62 == Stolen C-130’s Fate —- (Air Force Mechanic/S 1968 Drunken, Desperate Bid To Return Home)
63 == Pacific’s 4th Marine Regiment —- (Honor vs. Dishonor)
65 == USS Thresher (SSN-593) —- (Worst Submarine Disaster In U.S. Navy History)
66 == Broken Arrow | Mars Bluff S.C. —- (March 11, 1958)
68 == Profile In Courage —- (James Williams | Most Decorated Enlisted Sailor in Navy History
70 == Battle of Britain —- (How It Was Really Won)
71 == Battle of Okinawa [01] —- (Easter Sunday | A Time to Remember)
72 == WWI German Spring Offensive [01] —- (MAR 21 thru APR 6, 1918)
73 == WWII Vets 160 —- (Jack Schwartz | 1300 Days in Captivity)
75 == WWII Vets 161 —- (Richard Overton | Will Turn 112 Next Month)
76 == WWII Vets 162 —- (Vernon Bishop | Operation Fortitude)
77 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 30 APR)
77 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Gilmore, Howard W | WWII)
79 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [04] —- (Shamrock Sherry)
HEALTH CARE
80 == TRICARE Enrollment [02] —- (Active Duty Retirement)
81 == Chronic Chillness —- (Causative Conditions)
82 == VA Medical Marijuana [43] —- (Shift In Federal Policy Called For)
83 == Deep Vein Thrombosis [01] —- (What You Need To Know)
84 == Opioid Use [01] —- (VA Overdose-Reversal Naloxone Kits)
85 == Organ Transplant [01] —- (What Donors Should Know)
87 == Irritable Bowel Syndrome —- (Three Ways You Can Keep Your Gut Happy and Healthy)
88 == TRICARE Podcast 443 —- (MHS Nurse Advice Line – Right of 1st Refusal – Nutritional Needs)
89 == TRICARE Podcast 444 —- (Military Child Month | Eye Exams | Supporting Our Youngest Heroes)
FINANCES
90 == Drug Cost Increases [13] —- (Lomustine | 1400% Since 2013)
91 == Direct Deposit [04] —- (Address Changes for Government Payments)
91 == SBP Premium [02] —- (Deductions From CRSC Started 1 APR)
92 == Bitcoins [02] —- (Cryptocurrency Is A Taxable Entity)
93 == Annuities —- (What They Are)
93 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [01] —- (Tax Cuts | Who Benefits)
94 == Lending Money [01] —- (Family | Lender Tax Ramifications)
95 == Revocable Living Trust —- (What It Is and Does)
95 == Revocable Living Trust [01] —- (Benefits of Establishing One)
97 == Jury Duty Compensation —- (May 7 Increase for Federal Courts)
97 == Car Insurance [15] —- (Low Mileage Discounts)
98 == Bill Negotiations —- (Should You Hire A Service?)
99 == Vet Benefit/Pension Buyout Scam —- (How They Work)
100 == Vet Benefit Charity Scam —- (Bogus | Verify Before Donating
101 == Free Health Screening Scam —- (How It works)
101 == Tax Burden for Connecticut Retired Vets | 2017 —- (As of APR 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
103 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 APR 2018)
104 == U.S. Entry Requirements —- (The Line Could Soon Be Getting A Lot Longer)
105 == California Statehood —- (Three State Proposal)
106 == Children’s Online Safety —- (BBB Tips)
107 == Border Wall [04] —- (Trump | Military Will Guard Border Until Wall Is Built)
108 == U.S.-Mexico Border Security —- (National Guard Deployment)
109 == Roseanne’s Appeal —- (Explained)
110 == Gun Control [03] —- (Right To Bear Arms)
111 == Vinegar [03] —- (Multiple Uses | Household Hints, Yard & Garden, and Car Care)
112 == Have You Heard? —- (Trivia | Origin of Phrases/Words)
113 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (14)

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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