RAO Bulletin Update 01 July 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DoD Blended Retirement System [02] —- (Projected Lump Sum Take Rates)
06 == B-52’s [04] —- (Bomb Weight Capability to be Quadrupled)
07 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [22] —- (Trump | Still An Extraordinary Threat)
07 == Commissary/Exchange Merger —- (Task Force Analysis to Start in JUL)
08 == Commissary/Exchange Future [01] —- (Authorized User Expansion)
09 == NDAA 2019 [04] —- (Five Debates Lawmakers Still Need To Settle)
10 == NDAA 2019 [05] —- (Senate Version Passes 85-10)
11 == Transgender Lawsuits [07] —- (Judge Again Blocks Ban From Taking Effect)
12 == Federal Retirement Planning —- (Knowledge Test | True or False)
13 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 15 thru 30 JUN 2018)
14 == POW/MIA [104] —- (MIA Mission Included in US-North Korea Summit)
15 == POW/MIA [105] —- (Army Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo Laid to Rest)
16 == POW/MIA [106] —- (Pilot Missing Since 1944 Laid to Rest)
17 == POW/MIA [107] —- (Preps to Receive Up to 200 Remains from DPRK)
18 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2018 | 26)
VA
22 == VA Hospital Staff Shortages [01] —- (IG Identifies 140 Hospitals)
22 == VA Protest —- (Vet Sets Self on Fire Outside GA Capitol Building)
22 == HUD-VASH [08] —- (Critical Resource For Ending Vet Homelessness)
24 == VA Appointments [19] —- (Epic’s Scheduling System Early Results Promising)
24 == VA Budget 2019 [01] —- (Senate Passes 86-5 | Goes to Conference Committee)
25 == VA Cancer Policy [03] —- (Agent Orange Related List | Bladder?)
26 == VA Mission Act [03] —- (Signed But Remains Unfunded)
26 == VA Secretary [80] —- (Wilkie Confirmation Hearing Set for 27 JUN)
28 == VA Employee Moonlighting —- (Education-Related Work Proposal)
28 == VA Whistleblowers [55] —- (VA IG in Fight with VA Leadership)
29 == VA Nursing Home Care [01] —- (VA Release of Underlying Data Demanded)
31 == VA Accountability [53] —- (Senior Executive Relocation Benefit Abuse)
31 == VA Accountability [54] —- (S.1094 Repeal Effort | Low Ranking Employee Impact)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2018)
33 == VAMC Loma Linda CA [01] —- (Legionella Found In Water Fountains)
33 == VAMC Topeka KS [02] —- (OIG Finds No Evidence Wrongdoing)
34 == VAMC Fayetteville AR —- (IG Investigating Misdiagnosed Pathology Cases)
35 == VA Clinic Oceanside CA —- (Four Female Patients Sexually Assaulted)
VETS
37 == Veterans Creed —- (Unveiled 14 JUN)
38 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [53] —- (Burn Pits — The New Agent Orange)
40 == Vet Jobs [235] —- (Cloud Computing & Artificial Intelligence Openings)
40 == Vet Suicide [22] —- (Latest VA Report)
41 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [52] —- (4th Circuit Rules KBR Can Not be Sued)
41 == Vet Toxic Exposure | McMurdo [03] —- (U.S. Navy Reactor Radiation Leak)
42 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Base Water —- (HHS Study Released | Not Good)
43 == Vietnam Veterans Memorial [22] —- (Annual Father’s Day Rose Remembrance)
44 == Vet Predatory Loans [03] —- (VA Issues New Policy to Protect Vets)
45 == Korean War Vets —- (Carl Murphy | “Forgotten War” Composer)
46 == Afghanistan Vets [03] —- (Kyle Stewart | Marine Veteran & Professional Fighter)
48 == WWII Memorial [01] —- (Saturdays with Bob Dole)
50 == WWII VETS 167 —- (Harry Weber | 554th Quartermaster Railhead Company)
51 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 30 JUN 2018)
51 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 30 JUN 2018)
52 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts —- (Washington JUN 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
53 == Transition Assistance Program [06] —- (H.R.5553 | Improve DoD’s Program)
53 == VA Overpayments [02] —- (H.R. 4974 | Verify Who’s at Fault & Modify Recoup Policy)
54 == VA Dental Benefits [01] —- (H.R.4556 | Expand Care to all Vets)
54 == VA Nursing Home Care [02] —- (Senate Passes H.R.5895 | Publish Quality Ratings)
55 == VA Budget 2019 [01] —- (Senate Passes 86-5 | Goes to Conference Committee)
56 == VA Medical Marijuana [46] —- (Senate Bill Sent to Conference Committee)
56 == VA Blue Water Claims [46] —- (House Passes HR.299 by Vote of 382-0)
MILITARY
57 == Army Recruiting [07] —- (Retired Recruiters Asked to Reenlist)
58 == Railgun [02] —- (China’s Version)
58 == USMC Base Upgrades —- (MCAS Cherry Point, Guam, Camp Pendleton & Camp Lejeune)
59 == Army Training —- (OSUT Pilot Program Extension)
61 == MCPON [01] —- (Steven Giordano Resignation Amid Ongoing Investigation)
62 == B-1 Bomber [03] —- (Reason for May Groundings Revealed)
63 == West Point [05] —- (‘Commie Cadet’ Spenser Rapone Receives OTH Discharge)
64 == U.S. Space Force —- (Trump Orders New Service Branch)
66 == Neo-Nazi Marine —- (LCpl. Vasilios Pistolis Found Guilty)
67 == Oregon Tuition Aid —- (Bill Signed to Grant Funds for National Guard Members)
67 == Variable Kinetic System —- (New Non-Lethal Weapon Purchased for Army)
68 == Navy Warrant Officer —- (W-1 Rank to Return in 2019)
69 == Navy Sea Pay —- (NavAdmin 143/18 Updates Rules)
70 == USMC Base Quantico 911 Monument —- (Honors 17 Marine Deaths)
70 == USS Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) —- (Delivery Accepted)
71 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [15] —- (All Negligent Homicide Charges Dropped)
72 == Army Reserve Retirement Services [01] —- (Pre-Retirement Briefings)
73 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (HMS Queen Elizabeth (RO-8)
MILITARY HISTORY
74 == Soviet Troops in Cuba —- (A 1979 Uproar Over Practically Nothing)
74 == WWII D-Day —- (Six Facts You Never Learned in School)
76 == Desert Storm Memorial [09] —- (Site Selected)
77 == Military & Whiskey Bond —- (Deep-Seated)
79 == National Museum of the U.S. Navy [01] —- (DC’s Secret Amazing Museum)
80 == Rosenberg Execution —- (Case Remains Controversial To This Day)
81 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JUL)
82 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [09] —- (To Each His Own)
82 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Ross F. Gray | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
84 == Fireworks & PTSD [01] —- (4th of July Warning)
85 == Toxic Exposure | Patrick AFB —- (Florida DOH Gathering Data)
86 == NDAA 2019 [06] —- (Stop Another Year of TRICARE Fee Increases)
87 == Medicaid Fraud [95] —- ($137 Billion Annually)
88 == Medicare Cataract Coverage —- (What You Should Know)
89 == Food Poisoning [02] —- (Tips to Avoid)
90 == Canada/Mexico Prescription Drugs [01] —- (Increased Mail Seizures)
91 == Internet Pharmacies [01] —- (How to Buy Safely)
92 == TRICARE Podcast 454 —- (Protecting Your Skin – Tanzeum – Marital Status Changes)
93 == TRICARE Podcast 456 —- (Updating DEERS – Healthy Hydration – Maintaining Dental Health)
FINANCES
94== Dumb Things We Pay For —- (Stop Making Purchases You Don’t Need To)
96 == Insurance Bundling —- (Pros & Cons)
96 == Social Security Benefits [05] —- (Worth Even Less Than You Think)
97 == Regional Health Command Europe —- (Billing Delays)
98 == Funerals [02] —- (Cost Management)
99 == Mortgage [09] —- (Should You Buy Mortgage Life Insurance)
100 == Sales Tax [02] —- (Online Purchases Change)
101 == Washington D.C. Military Discounts —- (Places to Check Out)
102 == Square CC Processing Scam —- (Phishing Emails Target Small Businesses)
102 == Birth Certificate for a Fee Scam —- (Online Offerings)
103 == Kidnap Scam [01] —- (Army CID Warning)
103 == Tax Burden for Hawaii Retired Vets —- (As of JUN 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
105 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 30 JUN 2018)
107 == Online Piracy [01] —- (California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018)
108 == Soccer Dad Loses Control —- (Navy Chief Plummets 14-yr Old with Fist)
108 == NATO —- (Trump’s ‘America First’ Impact)
109 == Postal Service [07] —- (Trump’s Privatization Proposal)
110 == Great Britain —- (No Longer A ‘Tier One’ Military Power)
111 == Lincoln Memorial —- ($25 Million Top-To-Bottom Makeover)
112 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [21] —- (No Steps Yet on Denuclearization)
113 == Flag Etiquette [03] —- (Do’s & Don’ts)
114 == Plumbing Tips —- (5 You Should Know)
115 == Shark Finning —- (Prohibited by Florida Law)
116 == RP Military Modernization Plan —- (Wish List)
117 == Innovative Technology —- (Transparent Toaster)
118 == Old Goat Quiz —- (For Those Over 60)
118 == Have You Heard? —- (Texas cowboy | Admiral’s Aide | Blonde Men Stories)

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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