RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == CBO Budget Recommendations 2019 —- (Options for Reducing the Deficit)
06 == Feres Doctrine [09] —- (Supreme Court Signals Interest over Validity)
07 == SECDEF [15] —- (Jim Mattis’ Resignation/Firing)
08 == SECDEF [16] —- (2018 Holiday Message to the Troops)
09 == U.S. Space Force [09] —- (Will Reside Under the Department of the Air Force)
10 == U.S. Space Force [10] —- (U.S. Space Command Role)
11 == CONUS COLA Rates —- (DOD Releases 2019 Figures)
12 == Military O-Clubs —- (Offutt’s Former Officers’ Club Closes Its Doors)
13 == Military Recruiting [12] —- (Recruiters Banned From 1100 High Schools)
14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2018)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2018 | Forty-Nine)
VA
18 == VA Surveys 2018 —- (Trust of VA Health Care Outpatient Services Results)
19 == VA Adult Day Health Care [03] —- (How To Apply)
20 == VA Caregiver Program [51] —- (Discharge/Support Level Decrease Suspension)
20 == VA Benefits Eligibility [09] —– (Common Vet Barriers)
21 == GI Bill [273] —- (Vet ECA Closure Assistance)
22 == VA Mission Act [05] —- (Wilke’s Implementation Testimony before Congress)
23 == VA DEA Program [06] —- (Extra $4.5M Paid in 2018 for Duplicate Benefits)
24 == VA Suicide Prevention [52] —- (Only 1% of Media Outreach Funds Spent in 2018)
25 == VA Prostate Cancer Program [16] —- (Survivor Care)
27 == VA Blue Water Claims [58] —- (Sen. Mike Lee Vote Denies VA Health Benefits)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2018)
VETS
30 == Arlington National Cemetery [80] —- (250,000+ Xmas Wreaths Laid)
31 == GI Bill [274] —- (Over 34,000 Vets Still Eligible for Loan Forgiveness)
32 == Burn Pit Lawsuit [03] —- (KBR Files Brief to Dismiss)
33 == PTSD Punitive Discharges [06] —- (Lawsuit Certified by CT Federal Court)
33 == Veterans in Congress [11] —- (Arizona’s Afghan Vet Martha McSally)
34 == Peterson AFB [05] —- (Blood Tests Confirm Resident’s Toxic Exposure | Drinking Water)
36 == Vietnam Vets [33] —- (John Fales | Sgt. Shaft)
36 == WWII Vets 180 —- (Ralph Ingersoll | Conceiver of the Ghost Army)
37 == Obit: Wilfred DeFour —- (15 DEC 2018 | WWII Tuskegee Airmen)
38 == Obit: Carlos Jaime Torres —- (8 DEC 2018 | Banished Army Vet
39 == Obit: Cornelius Cornelssen VIII —- (17 DEC 2018 | WWII Survivor)
40 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 31 DEC 2018)
41 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 31 DEC 2018)
41 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Hawaii 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
42 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact —- (Exemption Legislation Needed)
42 == Vet Tax Legislation —- (H.R.1 | Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Reform Issues)
43 == 115th Congress —- (Vet Legislative Roundup)
MILITARY
44 == U.S. Space Command —- (To Be Recreated By Trump)
45 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [01] —- (1 JAN Pay Date Will Be Paid)
46 == Mine Disposal —- (Autonomous Robot Minesweepers under Consideration)
46 == Afghan Trash Disposal —- (Burn Pit Alternative Fuels Million-Dollar Economy)
47 == AGM-158C LRASM —- (First Missile Put Into USAF Service)
48 == Poseidon Underwater Nuclear Drone —- (Moscow Reportedly Has Begun Testing)
49 == Navy LCS Program [03] —- (The Worst U.S. Navy Warship Ever?)
50 == Avangard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle —- (Putin Claims Impossible To Intercept)
51 == Commissary Alcohol Sales [01] —- (Picking Up)
52 == USMC Rifle Ranges —- (About To Be Upgraded)
52 == USS Freedom —- (LCS-1 Underway After Two Year Repair)
53 == Navy Submarine Armaments —- (Shift to Ship-Killer Missiles | Eye on China)
55 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (CNS Linyi)
55 == GPS —- (USAF Launching New Generation Satellites | 32 Planned)
57 == Military Snipers [02 —- (Improved Ghillie System Testing)
58 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (Arse Bandit thru AWOL Bag)
MILITARY HISTORY
59 == Christmas Eve at the Front —- (The Night Before Christmas 1943)
61 == War Memorials —- (National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania)
62 == Navy’s First WWII Ace —- (Lt. Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare | 5 In One flight)
63 == Navy’s First POW to Receive MOH —- (Lt. Edward H. Izac)
64 == WWII Stolen Art —- (‘Ivan the Terrible’ Painting to be Returned to Ukraine Museum)
65 == WWII Pan Am Pacific B-314 —- (Clipper’s 35 Day 31,500 mile Flight Home)
66 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Tinian)
66 == Post WWII Photos —- (Nuremberg War Crimes Trials Courtroom)
67 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [21] —- (Bouncin’ Better and Her Teddy)
67 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JAN)
67 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Dale M. Hansen | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
69 == Weight Control [01] —- (Water Impact)
70 == TRICARE Vitamin Supplement Coverage —- (Express Scripps Drops 389 Varieties)
71 == Obamacare Update [01] —- (Ways Canadian HCS is Better)
72 == TRICARE Annual Costs [01] —- (Change from FY to Calendar Year 1 JAN)
73 == TRICARE Health Advice —- (Talk to a Registered Nurse Anytime)
73 == TRICARE Health Matters [01] —- (Obamacare Ruling Impact)
74 == Medicare Fraud [134] —- (Drug Manufacturer Kickbacks)
75 == Prescription Drug Costs [19] —- (Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act)
76 == Prescription Drug Costs [20] —- (Hardest Thing about Diabetes Is Accessing Insulin)
77 == TRICARE Podcast 480 —- (Missed Open Season – Care Costs – Ambulance Services)
78 == TRICARE Podcast 481 —- (Calendar Year Resets – Open Season Grace Period – Updating DEERS)
79 == TRICARE Podcast 482 —- (MHS Nurse Advice Line – Open Season Grace Period Ending)
FINANCES
80 == Medicare Cost | Military Retirees [01] —- (2019 Premium Changes)
81 == Divorce Financial Impact [03] —- (Ways to Cut the Cost)
83 == VA Home Loan ReFIS —- (Negative Side)
84 == Insulting Fees [01] —- (401(k) |The Worst One)
85 == Tax Statements | 2018 —- (Availability Dates)
86 == Applying For Social Security Benefits —- (Think Ahead | 7 Things To Do)
87 == SSA COLA 2019 [01] —- (Largest In Seven Years)
88 == Exchange Online Shopping [13] —- (Vets Have Saved At Least $4 Million)
89 == TFL User Cost —- (1 JAN thru 31 DEC 2019)
90 == Social Security Q & A —- (181216 thru 181231)
90 == Gift Cards Scam 4 —- (Con Uses Phony Balance Check Website to Drain Gift Cards)
91 == VA Disability Claim Processor Scam —- (VA Impersonators VA Impersonators Rip Off Veterans)
92 == GoFundMe Scam —- (Donors Get Their Money Back)
92 == Tax Burden for Michigan Retired Vets —- (As of NOV 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
94 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 DEC 2018)
95 == Aquino International Airport (MNL) —- (DHS Security Alert)
95 == HASC [08] —- (New Chairman Puts White House on Notice)
98 == Border Wall [06] —–Vet’s GoFundMe Raises $18M+ in 14 Days to Pay for Wall
99 == Retirement Planning [18] —- (8 Surprising Things Nobody Tells You about It)
100 == Retirement Planning [19] —- (Best Places to Retire Abroad in 2019)
101 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [24] —- (Removal Hinges on U.S. Nuclear Threat Removal)
103 == Syria [03] —- (How the U.S. Got Into the Fight, And How Trump Is Trying To Get Out)
104 == Afghan Peace Talks [01] —- (Taliban Says US Withdrawal Focus of Talks to End War)
106 == Afghan Manning Levels [02] —- (Trump Directs Withdrawal of 7,000 Troops)
106 == Afghan Manning Levels [03] —- (U.S. Troop Withdrawal Impact on War)
108 == U.S. War Privatization —- (Are America’s Wars About to be Privatized?)
109 == Japan Defense —- (New Approved Guideline Call for More Spending)
110 == Robocalls [03] —- (Do Not Call List Registration)
111 == Philippine Islamic Extremism —- (An Islamic Fighter’s View)
111 == Social Security —- (Bits and Pieces 03)
113 == USCG Icebreakers [07] —- (U.S. May Have to Ask Russia for Assistance)
114 == USCG Icebreakers [08] —- (Trump Pledges to Fund A New One)
115 == ROK’s Defense —- (U.S. Cost Share Agreement Remains Unresolved)
115 == Interesting Ideas —- (Passing the time)
116 == One Word Essays —- (True Love)
116 == Have You Heard? —- (Try Being Stupid | Japanese Sex | The Irish Divorce)

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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