RAO Bulletin Update 15 July 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Transgender Troops [19] —- (Opposition to Trump’s Enlistment Ban)
05 == NATO Defense Spending [01] —- (Germany U.S. Troop Withdrawal Analysis)
06 == NATO Defense Spending [02] —- (70 to 90% Paid for by U.S.)
07 == Commissary Alcohol Sales —- (12 U.S. Stores to start Selling Beer & Wine)
08 == NDAA 2019 [08] —- (Closed-Door Negotiations Launched)
09 == POW/MIA Displays [03] —- (U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa Dispute)
10 == POW/MIA [108] —- (Julius Piper | Proper Burial after 74 Years)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JULY 2018 | 12)
VA
13 == VA Survivors’ & DEA Program —- (Changes Effective August 1, 2018)
14 == VA Vet Choice [82] —- (Funding Dispute Sidelines Congress’ Appropriations Progress)
14 == VA Mustard Agent Care [08] —- (Previously Denied Claims under Review)
15 == VA Cancer Treatment [57] —- (NAVIGATE Program | Access to Clinical Trials)
16 == VA Whistleblowers [56] —- (CAVHCS Patient Records Manipulation)
17 == VA Dental Benefits [02] —- (Not Available to 94.5% of all Vets)
17 == VA Transgender Care [01] —- (VA Weighs Lifting Surgery Exclusion)
18 == VA Artificial Intelligence —- (Use Speeds Up & Improves Quality of Vet Care)
19 == VA Secretary [81] —- (Filling VA’s Top Vacancy)
20 == VA Emergency Medical Care —- (What Vets Need to Know to Qualify)
21 == VA Nursing Homes [09] —- (Nationwide Congressional Inquiry Requested)
22 == VA Unpaid Obligations [01] —- (What Vets Need to Know About Paying)
23 == VA Disability Compensation [12] —- (How Much You Are Entitled to in 2018)
24 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUL 2018)
25 == VAMC Ashville NC [01] —- (Nursing Home Poor Ratings)
VETS
26 == Army Emergency Relief [02] —- (There for Those Who Served)
27 == GI Bill Update 256 —- (16-year Cap on Benefit Transfer Option to Dependents)
27 == Vet Benefits Funding [04] —- (PAYGO Rule Impact)
30 == Vet Unemployment [16] —- (A Deeper Look | Big vs. Small Business)
30 == Ann Margaret Thanks Soldiers —- (A True Story)
32 == Vet Robocalls —- (Most Likely Not From VA)
33 == Vet Deportations [22] —- (Dependent Protection Request Denials)
34 == Nursing Homes [14] —- (Average Vet Admission Age Decreasing)
35 == Last Man Standing —- (Fred Spencer | WWII Co. C, 126th Inf Regt, 32nd Div)
36 == The Greatest Generation [01] —- (At least 362 WWII Vets Die Daily)
37 == Vet Toxic Exposure | George AFB —- (Don’t Get Pregnant)
37 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Base Water [01] —- (Camp Pendleton Radiation)
38 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUL 2018)
40 == Vet Cemetery California [18] —- (Mare Island Naval Cemetery Deterioration)
41 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [54] —- (VA ‘Center of Excellence’ Called For)
42 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [55] —- (Suers Refusing To Give Up the Fight
43 == Obit: Richard Harrison —- (25 JUN 2018 | Navy)
44 == Obit: Helen Miller —- (17 JUN 2018 | Army)
45 == Bladensburg WWI Vet Memorial [05] —- (Appealed to Supreme Court)
46 == Native American Veterans Memorial [01] —- (“Warriors’ Circle of Honor” Chosen)
46 == Vet Jobs [236] —- (MAY Unemployment Rate Dropped Slightly to 3.3%)
47 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 JUL 2018)
48 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 JUL 2018)
49 == Vet State Benefits —- (Alaska JUL 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
49 == Agent Orange Thailand [02] —- (H.R. 4843 | Concede Exposure to All Vets)
50 == Military Sexual Misconduct [01] —- (S.2141 | Military Justice Improvement Act)
50 == TRICARE User Fees [103] —- (H.R.5515/S.2987 | Retiree Cost Increases)
51 == Military Tax Relief [03] —- (H.R.5747 | Special Operations Forces Tax Cut)
MILITARY
51 == NDAA 2019 [07] —- (Troop Damaged Equipment Mementos)
52 == Navy Hair Standards —- (New Hairstyles Authorized for Female Sailors)
53 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [16] —- (Former CO Pleads Not Guilty to Collision Charges)
53 == Army Guard Tuition Aid —- (5 AUG Changes)
54 == SGLI/VGLI [17] —- (Proposed Change to Close Spouse Notification Loopholes)
54 == Army Anti-Aircraft Stryker —- (Can Kill Tanks Too)
56 == GTMO Detainees [04] —- (Judge in USS Cole Case Resigning)
57 == Military Immigrant Enlistment [02] —- (Some Being Abruptly Discharged by Army)
58 == Military Immigrant Enlistment [03] —- (USMC Delayed-Entry Program)
59 == Navy Sea Duty [01] —- (Shore Duty Tours Being Cut Short to Fill Needs)
60 == X-Ray Bomb —- (Could Neutralize Chemical & Biological Weapons)
60 == USMC Selective Retention Bonuses —- ($136M Planned for FY 2019)
61 == Adapt Program —- (Dealing With Alcohol Abuse)
62 == Laser AK-47 —- (China Non-lethal Assault Rifle Claim Dubious)
63 == Military Death Penalty [01] —- (Supreme Court Denies Ronald A. Gray Petition)
64 == Navy Mandatory Retirement Board —- (Convenes 3 DEC for Navy Chiefs)
64 == USAF Small Arms —- (GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon)
65 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (INS Vikramaditya)
MILITARY HISTORY
67 == Flying Tigers —- (Book Review)
68 == WWI Vets 01 —- (Alexander Miguel Roberts)
69 == WWI Vets 02 —- (Henry L. Johnson)
70 == WWII VETS 168 —- (Ray Emory | Pearl Harbor Survivor)
71 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 JUL)
72 == WWII Bomber Nose Art —- (10) Liberty Belle)
72 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Stephen R. Gregg | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
74 == Trump Drug Price Plan —- (American Patients First)
75 == Tricare Webiner —- (Ask TRICARE | 26 JUL @ 1300 EST)
75 == Military Health Care Trends —- (Four To Watch)
76 == Prescription Drug Costs [06] —- (Prices Vary Widely Based on where You Live)
77 == Prescription Drug Costs [07] —- (New California Law Impact)
78 == Overseas Travel w/Tricare [01] —- (What To Do)
79 == Ingrown Toenails —- (How to Deal with Them)
81 == HIV/AIDS [03] —- (Prevention Pill Roadblocks)
82 == HIV/AIDS [04] —- (Self-Collection Blood Kit Developed by USAF)
83 == TRICARE Podcast 457 —- (Firework Burns – Natural Disasters & Food – Overseas Travel)
85 == TRICARE Podcast 458 —- (Safety Tips – TRICARE Webinar – Overseas Aeromedical Evacs)
FINANCES
86 == SBP Changes after Retirement [04] —– (Actions Allowed)
88 == Dependents’ Educational Assistance [05] —- (July 31 Changes)
88 == DoD Disability Severance [06] —- (IRS | Taxes Paid on Lump Sum Payment)
89 == TRICARE Overpayment Recoupment —- (What You Should Know)
90 == Car Insurance [17] —- (Average Premiums by State for 2017)
91 == Apartment Rentals —- (June 2018 Average Cost)
92 == Social Security Taxation [09] —- (13 States That Tax Social Security Income)
92 == Credit Card Balance [01] —- (Impact on Credit Scores)
93 == SSIA [04] —- (Now a Permanent Benefit for SBP Widows)
94 == Medicare Coverage [02] —- (Monthly Costs Might Be Higher Than You Anticipate)
94 == IRS Withholding Calculator —- (Paycheck Checkup | Avoid Paying Later)
96 == Homeowner Tax Breaks —- (Three Key Changes for 2018)
96 == Purchasing Precautions [01] —- (20 Buys that Buyers Nearly Always Regret)
99 == Tax Assistance [02] —- (Should You Hire Help to Settle an IRS Tax Bill?)
100 == Summer Jobs Scam —- (Fake Shipping Business)
100== Social Media Ad Scam —- (Too-Good-To-Be-True Offers)
101 == Fake Support Numbers Scam —- (Fools Frustrated Big Company Customers)
103 == Tax Burden for Iowa Retired Vets —- (As of JUL 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
104 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 JUL 2018)
105 == Travel Packing Tips [02] —- (No Bullets if Going to Japan)
106 == Trump-Putin Summit —- (What’s at Stake)
107 == Biodegradable Robots —- (Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators)
108 == Food Thawing —- (Safe Defrosting Methods for Consumers)
108 == Space Warfare [01] —- (Launching the Military’s 6th Branch)
110 == Interesting Facts —- (Manure)
110- == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [23] —- (US’s Dismantle Plan)
112 == Military Draft —- (Slowly Coming Back in Vogue in Europe)
112 == Satellite Internet —- (Is it Better than Cable)
113 == China’s Africa Presence —- (Military Links to Increase)
114 == Garbage Disposal [02] —- (Top Do’s and Don’ts for Maintenance)
115 == Petroleum Jelly —- (30 Uses)
117 == One Word Essays —- (Determination)
117 == Brain Teasers —- (17 – Can You Answer These?)
118 == Have You Heard? —- (How the Fight Started)
120 == Brain Teasers —- (17 – Here Are the Answers)

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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