RAO Bulletin Update 01 February 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DoD Blended Retirement System [04] —- (500K+ Now Enrolled)
05 == Pentagon Spending [01] —- ($4.7 Billion Saved In the Past 2 Years)
07 == Selective Service System [26] —- (National Commission’s Interim 2019 Report)
07 == Transgender Troops [20] —- (Supreme Court Lifts Preliminary Injunctions on Ban]
08 == DoD Climate Change Impact —- (Installations & Infrastructure)
09 == Exchange/DeCA Merger [02] —- (Critics Question Where Any Cost Savings Would Go)
11 == Taiwan Straits —- (China Urged to Follow International Rules At Sea)
12 == Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [70] —- (SECNAV Denies $963 billion in Claims)
12 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019 | Nine)
VA
16 == VA Blue Water Claims [62] —- (Stumbling Block is Pay-go which Needs to Go | Opinion)
17 == VA Blue Water Claims [63] —- (Federal Court Rules VA Cannot Deny Benefits)
18 == GI Bill [278] —- (Audit Discloses $585M in Improper Payments)
19 == VA Lawsuit | Bradley Hammersley —- (Podiatrist Negligent Care on 115 Vets)
21 == Emergency Medical Bill Claims [05] —- (Unlawful VA Regulation Lawsuit)
23 == VA Appeals [33] —- (A Long-Overdue Fix)
24 == VA Vision Care [07] —- (Available to All Health Care Enrolled Vets)
24 == VA Agent Orange Benefits [05] —- (VA Continues Opposition to Extending Benefits)
25 == VA Health Care Access [63] —- (Notable Progress on Wait Times since 2014)
26 == VA Private Sector Care [02] —- (VA Secretary says VA Privatization a Myth)
27 == VA Health Care Access Standards —- (Proposed Under Mission Act Implementation)
28 == VA Mission Act [06] —- (Secretary Wilkie: Revolutionizing VA Health Care)
29 == VA Medical Marijuana [58] —- (Multiple Bills Submitted for Research & Access)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
VETS
31 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [61] —- (Supreme Court Rejects Vets Appeal)
33 == Vet Surveys —- (IAVA Results on Public Policy & Military Transition Issues)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Water [16] —- (Congressional Task Force Created)
34 == California Veterans Home [19] —- (Audit Reveals Properties Mismanaged)
35 == Memorial Desecrations [01] —- (Freeport Florida)
36 == MOH Awards [10] —- (Bills Seek Medal of Honor for 102-Year-Old WWII Hero)
37 == Stolen Valor [114] —- (Fake News | Tribal Elder Was Not A Vietnam Veteran)
38 == Vet Unemployment [18] —- (2008 thru 2018)
39 == CBO Budget Recommendation [02] —- (More 2019 TRICARE & VA Proposals)
41 == Government Shutdown Vet Impact [01] —- (No Checks for 150K Vet Employees)
42 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
44 == WWII Vets 182 —- (Louis E. Curdes | American Flying Ace)
46 == Vet Unclaimed Remains —- (3 in Memphis TN + 21 More in FL | Jan/Feb 2019)
47 == Obit: Joe M. Jackson —- (13 JAN 2018 | Battle of Kham Duc MOH Awardee)
48 == Obit: Richard Sherman —- (09 JAN 2019 | WWII Flying Tiger)
49 == Obit: Charles Kettles — (21 JAN 2019 | Nam MOH Army Helo Pilot)
50 == Vietnam Vets [32] 01 —- (R. Lee Ermey | POG Staff Sgt. & Actor Burial)
51 == WWI Vets [03] —- (Morris Weiner)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 31 JAN 2019)
53 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 31 JAN 2018)
53 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Idaho 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
54 == SBP DIC Offset [53] —- (H.R.533 | Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act)
54 == VA Medical Marijuana [57] —- (S.179 | VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act)
55 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [62] —- (H.R. 663/S.191 | Burn Pit Accountability Act)
55 == GI Bill [276] —- (S.2248 | Veterans Benefits and Transition Act)
57 == GI Bill [277] —- (S.3777 | Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act)
57 == Military Spouse Deportation [07] —- H.R. 557 | Protect Patriot Spouses Act)
58 == DoD/VA Concurrent Receipt —- (H.R.303 | Retired Pay Restoration Act Reintroduced)
MILITARY
58 == Army Retention Program [01] —- (‘Up or Out’ Is On Its Way Out)
59 == Navy Blue-Gold Model —- (Projected Crewing on New FFG(X)
60 == PCS Moves [03] —- ($11,592 to Fly Two Pet Dogs to Guam)
62 == USS South Dakota —- (SSN-790 to Be Commissioned 2 FEB 2019)
63 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [06] —- (Recent Accomplishments without Pay)
64 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [07] —- (Coast Guard City’s Response)
65 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [08] —- (Wives Concerned About Reoccurrence)
66 == U.S.-Somalia Ops —- (Our Military to Stop Giving Details on Strikes)
67 == Feres Doctrine [10] —- (Potential New Rules Being Looked at by Congress)
67 == Nuclear Power Program —- (Project Dilithium | Deployable Nuclear Reactors)
69 == Military Earplug Lawsuit —- (Defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplug Impact On Vets)
69 == M17/M18 Sidearm —- (Army Fielding New Pistols w/Enhancers)
70 == U.S. Naval Academy [05] —- (Audit Shows It Is Falling Apart)
71 == Military 3D Printing —- (May Revolutionize Maintenance for Air Force F-22 Raptor)
72 == Payday Loans [05] —- (CFBP Authority to Verify Lender’s MLA Compliance)
73 == Airforce KC-46 —- (Delivery accepted 10 JAN 2019)
73 == Robotic Targets —- (Use Can Modernize any Range & Keep Marines, Soldiers Shooting Sharp)
74 == Nuclear Weapons [01] —- (Work Completed on Navy’s Upgraded Nuclear Warhead)
75 == Nuclear Weapons [02] —- (U.S. Cost Projected to be $494B Over the Next Decade)
76 == Weapons Testing —- (Navy Builds Hypersonic Test Ground in California)
77 == USS Gerald A. Ford [11] —- (Once Beleaguered by Critics, The Ford Gets A Lift)
78 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (TCG Heybeliada F-511)
79 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (Banca Boat thru BB Stacker)
MILITARY HISTORY
80 == Battle of Kham Duc —- (MOH Joe Jackson’s Involvement)
82 == Leningrad Siege —- (Tamara Chernykh’s Survival)
84 == SADM Units —- (Hand Carried Nukes Users)
85 == USS Pueblo [06] —- (Held Hostage for 11 Months | Freed 2 days Before Xmas)
86 == War Memorials —- (Liberty WWI Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri)
86 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [23] —- (Whodunit? The 2nd)
87 == Post WWII Photos —- (First U.S. Cemetery at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer France)
87 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Continuation War)
87 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 14 FEB)
88 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Roy W. Harmon | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
89 == TRICARE Urgent/Emergency Care [03] —- (Do You Know the Difference?)
90 == Hemochromatosis —- (Research Reveals Genetic Condition More Serious Than Previously Thought)
91 == Medicare For All —- (What It Is & What It Would Cost)
92 == Surprise Medical Bills [01] —- (Trump Boosts Fight Against Unexpected Medical Bills)
93 == Prostate Cancer [17] —- (New Biopsy Procedure More Accurate and Thorough)
94 == Prescription Filling Options [03] —- (Online From Canada)
96 == Tricare/Medicare Fraud —- (False Medical Bills)
96 == POCUS —- (New Portable Ultrasound Device Produces Precise, High-Quality Results)
97 == Food Safety Myths —- (Exposed)
98 == Medicaid Fraud [96] —- (Disclosures 16-31 JAN 2019)
99 == Medicare Fraud [135] —- (Disclosures 16-31 JAN 2019)
100 == Prescription Drug Costs [22] —- (Inulin Prices Doubled Over 5 Years)
101 == Prescription Drug Costs [23] —- (International Pricing Index Proposal)
102 == Prescription Drug Costs [24] —- (Pharmaceutical Execs Decline to Testify Before Congress)
103 == TRICARE Podcast 485 —- (Pharmacy Program – Shutdown & Allotments – Emergency/Urgent Care)
104 == TRICARE Podcast 486 —- (2019 TRICARE Benefit Resources – Winter Safety Tips – ECHO)
FINANCES
105 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [05] —- (Penalty Waiver for Underwithholding)
106 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [06] —- (Credits & Deductions You Should Not Overlook)
107 == Social Security Taxation [11] —- (What to Expect for Tax Year 2018)
108 == Bankruptcy [01] —- (Chapter 13 vs. Chapter 7 Impact on Handicapped Vets)
108 == COLA FY 2019 [01] —- (December’s Numbers Show Downward Trend)
109 == Health Saving Account [02] —- (401K for Medical Expenses)
110 == Military Travel Discounts & Offers 2 —- (DoD/Priceline New Leisure Travel Site)
110 == Social Security Q & A —- (190116 thru 190131)
111 == USPS COA Scam —- (Moving Soon? Look Out for This Trick)
112 == Deployment Letter Scam —- (Payment Solicitation to Contact Loved Ones Overseas)
113 == Shark Tank Scam —- (Look Out for Phony Claims about TV Endorsements)
114 == Tax Burden for Missouri Retired Vets —- (As of JAN 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
116 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 JAN 2019)
117 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [26] —- (Assessment | Unlikely To Dismantle Its Arsenal)
118 == Emergency Preparations —- (Top 10 Steps to Take in Advance)
120 == Government Shutdown [23] —- (The Stop STUPIDITY Act)
120 == Subic Bay Philippines [01] —- (Philippines’ Largest Shipyard Has Chinese Firms Interest)
121 == Border Wall [07] —- (GoFundMe Campaign Change)
122 == Border Wall [08] —- (Wall That Nobody Wants to Talk About)
123 == Trump Foreign Policy [01] —- (America’s Endless Wars Must Stop)
123 == Trump Foreign Policy [02] —- (AP Poll Shows Low Marks)
125 == Trump NATO Policy [01] —- (Credited For Obtaining $100B More in Defense Spending)
125 == Iran Space Program —- (Satellite Fails to Reach Orbit after Launch that Worried US)
126 == DPRK Biological Weapons —- (Lesser Known Military Threat)
129 == Japan*China Dispute [02] —- (New Weapons, Military Roles Surge to Meet China’s Rise)
130 == China’s Offensive Capability [07] —- (Pentagon Intelligence Report)
131 == Iraq War Study —- (Iran Was the Only Winner | Many Lessons for Future Wars)
133 == Interesting Ideas —- (No Ice chest!)
134 == One Word Essays —- (Security)
134 == Have You Heard? —- (Stuff You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know | Q&A’s | What’s Your Handicap)

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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