RAO Bulletin Update 01 June 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DoD Recruitment Concerns [01] —- (Loan Forgiveness Bill HR.4508)
06 == China Territorial Claims [05] —- (US Navy Conducts FONOPS Again)
07 == NDAA 2019 [01] —- (2.6% Pay Raise)
07 == NDAA 2019 [02] —- (White House Objects to 37 Provisions)
08 == NDAA 2019 [03] —- (Progress | House Bill Passed)
08 == Munitions Availability —- (Could Become A Problem)
10 == DoD Tuition Assistance [08] —- (New Navy Tuition Assistance Rules)
10 == Pentagon Cellphones —- (Use Policy Clarified | Will Not be Banned)
11 == Army Re-up Bonuses —- (Updated List)
12 == Camp Humphreys Base Relocation —- (Civilians PCSing Face Bigger Tax Bills)
13 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [49] —- (Is It Now Becoming an Afterthought?)
14 == Commissary Employees [02] —- (Granted Shopping Privileges)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2018)
15 == POW/MIA [101] —- (Tom Kelly’s WWII Plane Found)
17 == POW/MIA [102] —- (Robert Anspach Will Forever Be 33)
18 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2018 | Nineteen)
VA
21 == VA Disabled Vet IG Project —- ($12 Million ‘Colossal Mistake’ Enrages Lawmakers)
22 == VA Secretary [79] —- (Trump Appoints Peter O’Rourke on A Temporary Basis)
23 == VA Medical Foster Home [02] —- (Another Choice for Older Disabled Vets)
25 == VA Toxin Claims —- (Children & Grandchildren | Thousands Missing)
26 == VA TeleStroke Program —- (What It Can Do for You)
27 == VA Mesothelioma Claims —- (Asbestos Related Illness Coverage for Vets & Survivors)
28 == VA Pain Management [10] —- (Alternative Forms of Therapy Available)
29 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [03] —- (Regulations Revised)
29 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [04] —- (Actions to Take After Receiving Care)
30 == VA R&D Program —- (Congress Told DARPA-Like Program Needed)
31 == VA Claims Backlog [158] —- (Barry Mensch | One of 471,000 Appeals)
32 == VA Leadership [01] —- (50 Days without A Secretary | Long Term Direction Unknown)
33 == VA Secretary [78] —- (Trump Nominating Robert Wilkie to Lead VA)
34 == VA Heart Care [03] —- (Cardiovascular Disease Death Rates)
34 == VA Caregiver Support —- (CaringBridge Partnership & Caregiver Support Line)
35 == VA Prostate Cancer Program [14] —- (Non-Aggressive Cancer Treatment Progress)
37 == VA EHR [13] —- (Records Overhaul Remain in Jeopardy after Department Shakeup)
37 == VA EHR [14] —- (10-Year, $10 Billion Signed With Cerner Corp.)
38 == VA RAMP [02] —- (Program Opt In Vice Invitation Only Now Allowed)
39 == VA ID Card [17] —- (New Cards Paid for With Home Depot Logo)
39 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2018)
VETS
40 == Folds of Honor Scholarships [01] —- (Free College for Some Vet Families)
40 == Vet Public Leadership —- (New Political Office MA Degree Program)
41 == Vet Fraud Attempts [01] —- (Anchorage AK | Christopher James DeMure)
41 == Vet Jobs [232] —- (Employer Discrimination Warning | Less-Than-Honorable Discharge)
42 == Vet Jobs [233] —- (Truck Driver | Downside)
43 == Six Flags —- (Handicap Policy Impacts Some Vet Access)
44 == Vet Cemetery Colorado [06] —- (Pikes Peak National Cemetery)
45 == Vet Student Loans [03] —- (How Veterans Get Loans without Knowing It)
47 == Predatory Colleges —- (Freed to Fleece Vet Students)
47 == U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims —- (Overview)
49 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAY 2017)
49 == National Economy Vet Impact —- (Current Uptick Not Good for All)
50 == Pin Ups for Vets —- (USS Midway Photo Shoot for 2019 Calendar)
51 == Vietnam Vets [29] —- (Jim Pawlukiewicz | Denied Citizenship for 50 Years)
52 == Vietnam Vets [30] —- (Joe Rosa | Drafted At 17)
53 == Vietnam Vets [31] —- (Raymond Kelley | Awarded Silver Star)
54 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 31 MAY 2018)
54 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 31 MAY 2018)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Vermont May 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
55 == Vet Legislative Wins 2018 —- (17 Bills Passed Before Memorial Day)
57 == VA Mission Act [01] —- (H.R.5674 Passes House & Senate)
58 == CA VET Legislation [10] —- (AB 1275 Tax Bill Dies in Committee)
MILITARY
59 == Army Handgun [03] —- (Surplus M1911 .45 Caliber Pistols Availability)
60 == USAF Pilot Shortage [03] —- (Up To 1000 Retirees Could Be Recalled)
61 == USS Manchester (LCS-14) —- (Commissioned 26 MAY)
62 == Afghanistan Failures [01] —- (Trump Revamped Strategy Has Made Little Progress)
63 == BAH [04] —- (With Dependents Rate DA form 5960 Due NLT 5 JUN)
63 == USS Gerald A. Ford [10] —- (Forced Back into Port for Adjustments)
65 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [13] —- (Preliminary Hearing Revelations)
66 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [14] — (CO’s Attorneys Torch Navy Brass for Case Handling)
68 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [06] —- (Travel Pay Denied for Fallen Sailors’ Families)
68 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [07] —- (CO’s Negligent Homicide Charges Dropped)
71 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [08] —- (Statements of Families of the Deceased)
73 == USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118) [01] —- (One Year behind Schedule)
74 == Military Domestic Violence —- (UCMJ Inclusion Added to 2019 NDAA)
74 == Army Reservists BAH Lawsuit —- (Wrongly Denied BAH Payments)
76 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (FS Forbin (D620)
MILITARY HISTORY
77 == National WWII Museum [02] —- (Bob Hope Exhibit Opened 25 MAY)
78 == Arizona Memorial [09] —- (Closed Indefinitely)
78 == Russia’s Japanese Islands Invasion —- (The Ongoing Dispute after 70 Years)
78 == Le Paradis Massacre —- (WWII Machine-Gunning of 97 British Troops)
81 == Hello Girls —- (Telephone Operators in France during WWI)
83 == Franklin’s Great Escape —- (Union Major General Outwits Confederate Captors)
85 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JUN)
85 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [07] —- (Shady Lady)
85 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Donald J. Gott | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
87 == Collagen Crosslinking —- (Keratoconus & Corneal Ectasia Corrective Eye Surgery)
87 == TMOP [25] —- (Ordering & Refilling Prescriptions | FAQ)
89 == Hand Dryers —- (The Hidden Dangers of Using Hot-Air Dryers)
90 == Prescription Drug Costs [02] —- (Suppliers Are Hiding Their Profit)
92 == Prescription Drug Costs [03] —- (What You Can Do)
93 == Medicare Physicals [01] —- (Preventive Visit & Yearly Wellness Exams)
94 == Alzheimer’s [17] —- (Sixth Leading Cause of Death for Americans)
95 == TRICARE Annual Cost Increases —- (What to Expect thru 2026)
95 == National Women’s Health Week —- (Prioritizing Health)
96 == TRICARE Specialty Care —- (Referral or Prior Authorization Requirement)
97 == TRICARE West [03] —- (In Case You Missed It)
98 == TRICARE Reserve Select [15] —- (H.R.5121 Provisions withdrawn From 2019 NDAA)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 450 —- (Women’s Health Week – Air Evacs – Identify Theft & Fraud)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 451 —- (Annual Increases | Drug Take Back | Summer Food Safety)
FINANCES
100 == Military Retirement Pay Taxation [01] —- (California Study to Reduce/Eliminate)
101 == VA Loans —- (Rehabilitation)
101 == IRAs | Spouse —- (Allowed With Little to No Income)
102 == Credit Card Benefits —– (10 You May Have Forgotten)
103 == Medical Debt — (How to Get Help)
104 == VA Home Loan Update 64 —- (Leniency Sought For Delinquent HI & NC Loans
104 == SSA Death Month Check —- (Must be returned)
105 == Widow(er)’s SSA Benefits [03] —- (9,224 Widows & Widowers Age 70+ Underpaid)
106 == Navy Reenlistment Bonuses —- (More Sailors Eligible for Re-Up Bucks)
106 == Gasoline Savings [05] —- (Cars That Get More Than 50 Miles per Gallon)
107 == Chinese Consulate Robocall Scam —- (Targeting Speakers of Mandarin)
108 == Phony Loan Scam —- (Emails Offer Easy Money)
108 == Tax Burden for Florida Retired Vets —- (As of May 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
109 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 MAY 2018)
111 == Pillows —- (What To Shop For)
112 == Civil Service [01] — (3 Trump Executive Orders to Save Taxpayers over $100M)
113 == Civil Service [02] —- (Trump Executive Order on Firing)
114 == Memorial Day Remembrance [06] —- (Afghan KIA Mother’s Plans)
116 == Afghanistan Extremism —- (Western Consumers Fund by Buying Talcum Powder)
117 == National Anthem [09] —- (NFL New Policy on Taking A Knee)
118 == Homeland Security Drone Concerns —- (Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018)
119 == Social Security Number — (Government Should Stop Pretending Yours is Secret)
120 == U.S. Treaty Capricity —- (U.S. Has Always Broken Its Treaties, Pacts & Promises)
121 == Tickets for Troops —- (Washington Nationals)
122 == RP~China Dispute [24] —- (Long-Range Bombers Landed for the First Time)
123 == Sleep [08] —- (7 More Tips for Improving)
124 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (17)
124 == Merchant Marine Fleet —- (U.S. Decline a Matter of National Security)
127 == Have You Heard? —- (Leo and Frank | Lessons)

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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