RAO Bulletin Update 15 December 2018

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == U.S. Space Force [08] —- (Trump Draft Plan | Independent Military Branch)
06 == Transgender Troops [20] —- (Trump Asks Court to Allow Temporary Ban Enforcement)
06 == Missile Defense [01] —- (Missile in Space Shoot Down Test Successful)
07 == U.S.-Russia INF Treaty —- (U.S. Gives 60-Day Notice of Suspension)
09 == US-Russia INF Treaty [01] —- (Putin Response to Suspension Notice)
10 == DoD Transgender Lawsuits [11] —- (Doe v. Trump DEC 10 Hearing)
10 == Navy Ship Workloads —- (7th Fleet 100-Hour Workweeks Impact on Readiness)
12 == Camp Lejeune —- (Hurricane Florence Damage | $3.6 billion +)
13 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2018)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2018 | Twenty-One)
VA
17 == VA Virtual Care —- (Remote Care Offerings to Dramatically Expand)
18 == VA Hospital Quality of Care [06] —- (Often Better Than Near-by Alternatives)
19 == VA Blue Water Claims [57] —- (DIW |Senate Fails to Take Action)
20 == VA Blue Water Claims [58] —- (VFW Call to Action)
20 == VA Benefits Denials [01] —- (Supreme Court to Hear Deference Case)
20 == VASRD [01] —- (Hematologic & Lymphatic Systems Revision)
21 == VA Secretary Q & A [01] —- (Community Town Hall Event | SEP 2018)
23 == VA Caregiver Program [51] —- (VA Seeks Input on Caregiver Benefits)
24 == VA Vocational Rehabilitation [06] —- (Tele-Counseling Now Available)
24 == VA Nursing Homes [12] —- (Stratton VAMC Home Robotic Cat Use)
25 == GI Bill [270] —- (VA’s Long, Slow Housing Stipend Fix)
26 == GI Bill [271] —- (ECA School Closures Impact 15k+ Vets)
27 == GI Bill [272] —- (Housing Stipend Non-Payment | Credit Bureau Repercussions)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2018)
30 == VA HCS Bay Pines FL [02] —- (Mold Outbreak)
30 == VA HCS Central AR [01] —- (Robotic Surgical System Now Available)
VETS
31 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2018)
32 == Rolling Thunder [01] —- (Memorial Day 2019 to be Final Washington Event)
32 == Cohen Veterans Network [01] —- (Tampa Clinic to Open MAR 2019)
34 == Vet Employment [09] —- (Jobless Rate 3.1% for NOV 2018)
34 == Vet Weight —- (Study Shows Only One in Seven are Not Overweight or Obese)
35 == Vet Eating Habits —- (Study Shows Vets Not Eating Veggies)
35 == Iran Victims Lawsuit —- ($10B | Accountability for Attacks against US Troops in Iraq)
38 == Iran Victims Lawsuit [01] —- (Trial Day One)
41 == Iran Victims Lawsuit [02] —- (Trial Completed)
42 == Stolen Valor [113] —- (Fake News | Facebook Trolls Targeting Vets)
43 == Toxic Exposure | Pease AFB NH —- (Vet Forum Meets Calling for Action)
44 == WWII Vets [179] —- (Joe Vass | 91 Year Old USN/USMC Vet)
45 == Obit: George H. Bush —- (30 NOV 2018 | WWII Aviator)
46 == Obit: Albert Madden —- (26 NOV 2018 | Oldest Army Bugler)
47 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 DEC 2018)
47 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 DEC 2018)
48 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Georgia 2018)
VET LEGISLATION
48 == VA Blue Water Claims [56] —- (H.R.299 | CBO Revised Report on Costs)
49 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [59] —- (H.R.5671 | Burn Pits Accountability Act)
MILITARY
50 == USMAP —- (Army Journeyman Apprenticeship Credentialing Program Moves Forward)
51 == BAH [05] —- (2019 Rates Released)
51 == Guantanamo Bay Navy Base [03] —- (5 Things to Know on its 115th Birthday)
53 == Military Justice —- (USN’s Bread & Water Punishment Gone)
54 == Peresvet Laser System —- (New Russian Weapon Designed to Instantly Obliterate Targets)
55 == Military Retirement System [31] —- (Time to Decide on New system)
57 == Sgt Ikaika Kang Sentencing —- (25 Years for ISIS Support)
58 == Navy Amphibs [01] —- (Enhanced Defense Option w/USMC)
58 == U.S. Naval Academy [04] —- (Rising Sea Level Plans | None to Move)
59 == Aircraft Carriers [01] —- (Could Go the Way of the Dinosaur)
61 == Military Immigrant Enlistment [05] —- (Pentagon to Comply with Court Order)
62 == Sapper Steel Battalion —- (Ceremonially Unit Flag Burning)
63 == Iranian Navy [03] —- (Most Advanced Homemade Destroyer, Sahand, Joins Fleet)
64 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (Alert Five thru A-Gear)
65 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (CNS Kunming DDG-72)
MILITARY HISTORY
65 == Pearl Harbor DEC 7, 1941 —- (Photos of the Attack)
66 == USS San Diego (ACR-6) [02] —- (Investigation Concludes Sunk by Mine)
67 == Operation Bodenplatte —- (WWII | Luftwaffe’s Last Hope)
68 == WWII Axis Powers —- (Worst Decisions after War Declared)
70 == Fort Donaldson —- (Civil War Battlefield Chronicles | Union Attack)
72 == First Battle of Iron Bottom Bay —- (Guadalcanal November 9 thru 13, 1942)
72 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Trainees)
73 == Post WWII Photos —- (Hermann Goering Mugshot)
73 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [20] —- (The Hag of Harderwyk)
74 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 DEC)
74 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Owen F. Hammerberg | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
75 == Alcohol Use Update [01] —- (VA Study Findings on Health Impact)
76 == Nursing Homes [15] —- (Florida’s AHCA Inaction on Patient’s Neglect)
77 == FEDVIP [02] —- (Military Community Given An Extra 3-Months to Enroll)
78 == Holiday Stress —- (Managing It)
80 == Holiday Stress [01] —- (Coping With PTSD)
81 == Tricare Ambulance Services [02] —- (2019 Expansion)
82 == Heartburn & GERD —- (Frequent Heartburn Considered GERD)
82 == TRICARE Health Matters —- (Items of Interest)
86 == Medicare Fraud [132] —- ($500M Opioid Scheme)
88 == Medicare Fraud [133] —- (Rich and On the Run)
90 == TRICARE West Region e-Updates —- (DEC 2018)
91 == Physical Activity Guidelines —- (2018 Edition Released)
92 == Head Lice —- (Itchy But Not Harmful)
94 == Prescription Drug Costs [17] —- (GOP Balks at Trump Drug Pricing Plan)
95 == Prescription Drug Costs [18] —- (Monopoly Drug Pricing)
96 == TRICARE Podcast 478 —- (Cost Resources – Updating DEERS – TRICARE Retiree Dental)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 479 —- (TRI/Fed Benefits Open Season | Enrollment Options | Later Options)
FINANCES
99 == Freebies [01] —- (28 Things You Can Get for Free)
101 == Social Security —- (Bits and Pieces 02)
103 == Vet State Income Tax [02] —- (North Dakota Tax Exemption Proposed)
104== Alternative Minimum Tax —- (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impact on AMT)
105 == Vet Student Loans [06] —- (42,000 Vets Eligible for Tax Free Forgiveness)
106 == Malware [02 —- (Iranian SamSam Alert)
106 == Debt Collection [13] —- (Can Debt Collectors Take Your Disability Income?
108 == Tax Deductions [03] —- (Eliminations for 2018 thru 2025 Tax Years)
109 == Social Security Q & A —- (181201 thru 181215)
109 == Online Shopper Scam [02] —- (Con Artists Use Phony Tracking Numbers)
110 == Two-Factor Authentication Scam —- (Thieves Use Con to Hack Your Account)
111 == L.O.L Surprise Toy Scam —- (Cheating Parents out of Money)
112 == Tax Burden for Maryland Retired Vets —- (Corrected As of NOV 2018)
GENERAL INTEREST
114 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 DEC 2018)
116 == Climate Collusion —- (Global Cooling, oops Warming, oops Changing)
117 == Naval Hospital Jacksonville —- (Malpractice Lawsuit | Needle Left in Spine)
118 == China’s Territorial Claims [06] —- (Beijing South China Sea Conference)
119 == ISIS [03] —- (Defeat in Iraq)
120 == ISIS [04] —- (Iraq Army U.S. Artillery Support on Hajin, Syria)
121 == Armaments Production —- (US Firms at the Top of the Global Arms Trade)
122 == International Space Station [01] —- (New Crewmember to Board)
122 == Islamic Drone Use —- (Nigeria)
123 == PVA Airline Safety Lawsuit —- (Restroom Accessibility for Disabled Vets)
123 == Interesting Ideas —- (Candle Lighter | Tape Tip | Nail Holder)
124 == One Word Essays —- (Contemplation)
124 == Have You Heard? —- (Pilots | When Your 78 | Last Nickel)

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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