RAO Bulletin Update 15 January 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [60] —- (Advocates Hope to Reignite Debate in 2019)
05 == DoD Medical Billets —- (Plans To Eliminate 17,000 Uniformed Ones)
07 == DARPA [07] —- (KAIROS | System to Use AI to Better Understand Global Events)
07 == Toxic Exposure | Moody AFB GA —- (Nearby Community’s Groundwater)
08 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [02] —- (Lawmakers Look to 15 JAN Payday)
09 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [03] —- (Ethics Rule Work Around)
10 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [05] —- (Website Tip Sheet Removed)
11 == Navy Carrier Program [01] —- (Pentagon Approves Two-Carrier Buy)
12 == Transgender Troops [21] —- (Circuit Court Backs DoD’s Policy)
13 == U.S.-Mexico Border —- (DHS Requests Additional Support)
13 == DoD Blended Retirement System [03] —- (Use Overestimated by 66%)
15 == Pentagon Facts [01] —- (10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About It)
16 == Commissary/Exchange Merger [01] —- (Merger Task Force Has Finished Its Work)
17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
19 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019 | Nine)
VA
21 == HVAC [26] —- (New Chairman’ Goal – Building Up VA, Not Outside Care Programs)
22 == VA Secretary [86] —- (Sec. Wilkie to Govt. Union: Stop Exploiting Veteran Suicide)
23 == VA Private Sector Care —- ($55B in Contracts Awarded for First 3 Regions)
24 == VA Private Sector Care [01] —- (Veterans’ Medical System Transformation Preps)
26 == VA Blue Water Claims [59] —- (Lawmakers Hope for Swift Action This Year)
27 == VA Medical Marijuana [56] —- (Can It move forward in 2019?)
28 == VA Suicide Prevention [53] —- (What Really Happened With Their Budget)
29 == VA Gambling Findings —- (Addiction | Path to Recovery)
39 == VA Health Care [01] —- (How Medicare Can Work with VA Health Care)
31 == VA Blood Drive —- (January is National Blood Donor Month)
32 == VA Loan Limits —- (2019)
33 == VA Health Care Access [62] —- (Choice Rules May be Completely Rewritten in 2019)
33 ==VA Prostate Cancer Program [16] —- (Survivor Care)
VETS
35 == Homeless Vets [91] —- (Salt Lake City Valor House Vacancies)
36 == Vet Congressional Staffers —- (Shortage | Needed for Their Perspective in Policy Work)
37 == Government Shutdown [23] —- (Vets Said To Be Disproportionately Affected)
38 == GI Bill [275] —- (Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship)
38 == Vet Myths —- (Five | Ways the Public Views Vets Isn’t Always Accurate)
40 == Space Available Flight Eligibility [01] —- (100% Disabled Vets Now Category 6)
41 == Vet Employment [10] —- (Unemployment Rate Rises to 3.6% for DEC 2018)
41 == Vet Groups [03] —- (Effectiveness and Impact on the Younger Vet Community)
43 == Afghan Welcome Home Bonus —- (OTH Dischargees Win Lawsuit)
44 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
45 == Cold War Vets —- (Pete Schiavo | The Groin Crusher)
46 == WWII Vets 181 —- (Duane Sherman | Birthday Greetings)
47 == In Memoriam 2018 —- (Remembering Military Figures We Lost)
47 == Obit: Richard Overton —- (27 DEC 2018 | Oldest WWII Vet)
48 == Obit: John Lyle —- (05 JAN 2019 | WWII Tuskegee Airman)
49 == Obit: Leo Dulacki —- (04 JAN 2019 | Served in 3 Wars)
50 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 16 JAN 2019)
50 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 16 JAN 2018)
51 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Iowa 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
51 == Government Shutdown USCG Impact [04] —- (S.21 | Pay Our Coast Guard Act)
52 == VA Blue Water Claims [60] —- (H.R.203 | Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019)
52 == Medicare Dental Coverage —- (S.22 | Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019)
MILITARY
53 == A-10 Thunderbolt II —- (Infantryman’s Best Friend… The Enemy’s Worst Nightmare)
54 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [18] —- (Collison Causes Worse Than Thought)
57 == Military Lodging [04] —- (Expect Rates to Rise Substantially)
58 == Navy Training [01] —- (Iwo Jima Carrier-Landing Practice Potential Move)/8
59 == West Point [06] —- (Email Change From .mil to .edu)
50 == Air Force Bombs —- (New Designs Needed To Fight Russia And China)
60 == Navy | What to Watch for in 2019 —- (1 thru 9 of 19 Things)
64 == Navy | What to Watch for in 2019 —- (10 thru 19 of 19 Things)
66 == GI Bill Transferability [05] —- (Changes You’ll Need to Know About in 2019)
67 == UCMJ [04] —- (Reforms Effective 1 JAN)
68 == Railgun [03] —- (China’s Naval Version Ahead of Schedule)
69 == Navy Evals —- (New Criteria)
71 == Mk 13 Mod 7 Sniper Rifle —- (Fielding To Begin in 2019)
71 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (Baby Shit thru BAM)
72 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (BNS Riachuelo (S40)
MILITARY HISTORY
73 == Davis Gun —- (Navy’s Attempt to Build a Flying Cannon)
75 == Project Blue Book —- (The Air Force’s Covert UFO Investigation is Brought to TV)
76 == Black-Eyed Peas —- (Why Southerners Eat Them on New Year’s)
77 == War Memorials —- (Patriots Peace Memorial, Louisville Kentucky)
77 == USS Indianapolis (CA-35) [03] —- (The Final Chapter Video)
77 == Operation Magic Carpet —- (Bringing Home the 8 Million Boys after WWII)
79 == Carrier Exchange Pilot —- (USAF Pilot Assigned to USN Carrier Ops)
81 == Emancipation Proclamation —- (A Strategic “War Measure” to Beat the Confederacy)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [22] —- (Call House Madam)
83 == Post WWII Photos —- (Heinkel He-162 “Volksjaeger” Captured Experimental Aircraft)
83 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Almost)
84 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 JAN)
84 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Robert Merlin Hanson | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
86 == Hypothermia [01] —- (Impact on Older Adults)
86 == Toxic Exposure Health Monitoring —- (Gulf War, Post-9/11 Vets & Offspring)
88 == TRICARE User Fees [104] —- (Once Again, In the Crosshairs)
88== Medicare Fraud Update 135 —- (Disclosures 1-14 JAN 2019)
91 == Pneumonia [03] —- (HIV Sufferers at Greater Risk)
91 == HIV/AIDS [05] —- (Air Force Will Now Approves PrEP Use with a Waiver)
92 == 3D Bone Printing —- (DoD $2M Grant To Help Military Personnel)
93 == Glaucoma [05] —- (Why Vets Need Regular Eye Exams)
94 == Health Saving Account [01] —- (Reasons to Consider Opening One)
95 == Inflammations —- (What They Are & What They Do)
97 == Stroke [09] —- (Fitness Affects Risk)
98 == Prescription Drug Costs [21] —- (Democrats Look To Unlikely Ally on Drug Pricing)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 483 —- (Qualifying Life Events – Publications – New TRICARE Enrollees)
100 == TRICARE Podcast 484 —- (Flu Vaccine – Preventive Services – Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record)
FINANCES
101 == Hospital Charges [01] —- (Will Soon Be Available online)
101 == Mortgage [11] —- (Government Shutdown Impact on Getting & Managing)
103 == SNAP [08] —- (Food Stamps Funded thru FEB despite Government Shutdown)
104 == Property Tax [01] —- (Postponement Program)
105 == IRS 2018 Filing Season [04] —- (Four Things You Need to Know)
106 == Airline Tickets —- (Senior Discount Comparisons)
107 == Mortgage [10] —- (Prospective House Hunters Window of Opportunity)
108 == USAA CFPB Settlement —- (Pay 66,240 Account Holders $181.59 Each)
109 == IRAs [03] —- (Why Convert to a Roth IRA?)
110 == Restaurant Menus —- (Ways They Trick You into Spending More)
111 == Tax Deductions [04] —- (Changes for Tax Year 2018)
112 == Medicare Outpatient Charges —- (Procedure Price Lookup Website)
113 == Social Security Q & A —- (190101 thru 190115)
114 == Social Security Scam —- (Callers Pose as Social Security to Steal Your SSN)
115 == Tax Burden for Minnesota Retired Vets —- (As of JAN 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
117 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 JAN 2019)
118 == Government Shutdown Impact on Senate —- (Democrats Blockade All Legislation)
119 == God Bless America —- (The Song That Galvanized the American Spirit)
120 == Personal Security [01] —- (Your Old Tweets Give Away More Than You Think)
122 == Dishwasher Tips [01] —- (Non-Dish Uses)
123 == China’s Pacific Expansion [01] —- (Chinese Domination Key Is Inflicting Mass Casualties)
124 == China’s Offensive Capability [06] —- (Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles Deployment)
125 == Iranian Navy [04] —- (Plans to Deploy Warships into the Atlantic Ocean)
125 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [02] —- (Don’t Tell the Enemy what We’re Doing)
126 == AP VoteCast Results —- (Poll Shows High Job Approval for Trump from Veterans)
128 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [25] —- (Kim Says Ready to Meet Trump Anytime)
129 == Interesting Ideas —- (Virus Alert)
129 == One Word Essays —- (Excitement)
129 == Mexican Border Tunnels —- (Unfinished Tunnel Running Under California Discovered)
130 == Have You Heard? —- (Mexican Book Store | Mother’s Dictionary | Immigration Laws)

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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