RAO Bulletin Update 01 March 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == National Military Strategy —- (New Edition Completed | Unclear if the Public Will Ever See it)
06 == Okinawa U.S. Military Bases [01] —- (Residents Deliver A Resounding “No” Vote)
07 == Border Wall [09] —- (DHS Asked to Identify Construction Location Priorities by DoD)
08 == Border Wall [10] —- (Looking at Months to the Point of Initial Construction)
09 == Pentagon Debt Collection —- (GAO Says Procedures Need Overhaul to Protect Troops)
09 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [20] —- (CNO Defends Hiding Report on Collision from Public)
11 == U.S. Space Force [11] —- (Space Policy Directive 4 Signed by Trump)
12 == DoD/VA EHR [03] —- (Still Working Out How to Create Single HER)
13 == Exchange/DeCA Merger [03] —- (Task Force Backs A Merger of the Military’s Stores)
15 == DoD Medication Safety Role —- (Concerns)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 15 thru 28 FEB 2019 | Twelve)
VA
17 == Fisher House Expansion [20] —- (Ann Arbor, MI; Aurora, CO; and Omaha, NE)
18 == VA Privatization [16] —- (We Are Not Privatizing Says VHA’s Executive In Charge)
19 == VA Disability Claims [02] —- (Priority Processing for Purple Heart Awardees)
20 == VA Veteran Recreation Therapy —- (Virtual Reality Rehabilitation Program)
21== VA Veteran Community Care Program —- (Proposed Rules Published)
22 == VA Employment [06] —- (Blasted Over Unfilled Health Care Positions | 49K Empty Posts)
23 == VA Nursing Home Care [03] —- (Cost Could Top $10 billion in 5 Years)
24 == VA Budget FY 2020 [01] —- (Private Care | Vet Groups Propose Doubling 2019’s)
25 == VA Prosthetics [19] —- (Eligibility to Receive)
25 == VA.gov New Format —- (Check It Out | Big Improvement)
27 == VA RAMP [03] —- (Program to End Ahead of Implementation of New Veteran Appeals Law)
28 == VA Home Loan [66] —- (New Rule on Cash-Out Refinance Loans)
28 == VA Appeals [35] —- (Appeals Modernization Act | Biggest Change in Decades)
VETS
30 == UCMJ [05] —- (Applicability to Retirees Upheld by Supreme Court)
31 == Bladensburg WWI Vet Memorial [07] —- (High Court to Decide Fate 27 FEB)
32 == Desert Storm Memorial [10] —- (Marks an ‘Atonement’ for Vietnam War Mistakes)
34 == Vet Presidents —- (Who They Were | Majority Were Veterans)
36 == GI Bill [279] —- (New High-Tech Program Coming Soon | VET TEC)
37 == GI Bill [280] —- (Reducing/Eliminating Student Loan Debt)
38 == GI Bill [281] —- (Vet Groups Ask VA to Keep Benefits Away From Deceptive Colleges)
39 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 15 thru 28 Feb 2019)
41 == Obit: George Mendonsa —- (17 FEB 2019 | The Kiss Sailor)
42 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 1 MAR 2019)
42 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 1 MAR 2019)
42 == Veteran State Benefits —- (Indiana 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
43 == VA Medical Marijuana [59] —- (H.R.1151/S.445 | Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act)
43 == SDVOSB Program [01] —- (S.492 | DRIVE Act)
44 == VA Benefits Denials [02] —- (S.___ | Legion Act)
45 == Vet Education [02] —- (H.R.425/S.153 | Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act)
45 == VA Disability Rates 2019-2020 —- (H.R.1200 | Cost of Living Adjustment [COLA] Act)
46 == 116th Congress —- (By The Numbers)
MILITARY
46 == U.S. Coast Guard Funding [01] —- (Challenges for Personnel and Their Families)
49 == Navy Carrier Fleet —- (USS Truman to Be Retired Early)
51 == Military Spouses —- (Survey Shows More Problems, Less Support during Deployments)
51 == Military Spouse Employment [05] —- (Professional Relicensing Fees Reimbursement)
52 == WWII Airmen Honored —- (Ten Who Died Saving UK Children)
54 == Selective Service System [29] —- (Ruling | Men-Only Draft Is Unconstitutional)
55 == Union Jack —- (Navy Will Return to Flying The “Union Jack” on 4 JUN)
56 == Navy Fleet Size [15] —- (Inactive Ships Will Not be Activated to Meet Goal)
56 == Navy Fleet Size [16] —- (Navy Wants Faster Ship Repairs; 70% of Destroyer Fleet Late)
58 == USAF Deploy-Or-Out Policy [01] —- (Officially Enacted on 19 FEB 2019)
59 == USCG Icebreakers [09] —- (Trump Signs Bill for 1st in 40 Years)
60 == Iron Dome —- (Air Defense System | Army Intends to Purchase Some from Israel)
61 == Base Housing [02] —- (Privatized Units | Withhold Rent Proposal until Problems Fixed)
63 == Base Housing [03] —- (Privatized Units | Occupant Complaint Reprisals)
64 == Base Housing [04] —- (Army Secretary Vows to Correct ‘Unconscionable’ Health Hazards)
66 == PFAS Toxic Exposure —- (Formal Investigation Launched on Base Contaminations)
66 == Military Earplug Lawsuit [01] —- (100 Filed So Far Just Tip of the Iceberg)
67 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang — (Big Chicken Dinner thru Birds Tight)
69 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK-879)
MILITARY HISTORY
70 == Battle For The 1864 Presidency —- (How Lincoln Was Able to Keep the War Going)
70 == WWI U.S. Battle With Russia —- (USA Invaded Russia and Fought the Red Army)
72 == Chosin Reservoir [01] —- (How Tootsie Rolls Accidentally Saved Marines during War)
73 == War Memorials —- (World War II Memorial Indianapolis Indiana)
74 == Post WWII Photos —- (Hiroshima Survivor)
74 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Luftwaffe Bomber Formation)
75 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 MAR)
75 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [25] —- (Full Boost)
75 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (William George Harrell | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
77 == Medicare Enrollment [03] —- (Legislation Introduced to Allow Buy In at Age 50)
78 == Organ Donors —- (Walter Reed National Medical Center Needs 380 Kidneys
79 == MHS Nurse Advice Line —- (Available 24/7)
79 == TRICARE Marriage QLE —- (Know Your Health Care Options)
80 == Alzheimer’s [18] —- (Chronic Lack of Sleep May Worsen the Disease and Memory Loss)
81 == Detox Juices —- (Are They worth It?)Scam
82 == Health Care Reform [04] —- (What Striking Down Obamacare Could Mean For Medicare)
83 == Vertigo —- (Why it Happens, Diagnosis and Treatment)
84 == Stress —- (Coping Techniques to Help You Relax)
85 == Medicare Fraud [137] —- (Disclosures 15-28 FEB 2019)
88 == Earwax [01] —- Excess Symptoms and Recommended Removal Procedure
89 == TRICARE Podcast 489 —- (TRICARE Health Matters Newsletter – Heart Health Month)
90 == TRICARE Podcast 490 —- (Explanation of Benefits – TRICARE Fraud – Marriage)
FINANCES
91 == Identity Theft [16] —- (Warning Signs of Being Victimized)
92 == Traffic Tickets [01 —- (How Much They Will Hike Your Car Insurance Rates)
92 == IRS Tax Deductions [02] —- (7 That Are Eliminated on Your 2018 Filing)
93 == Home Inventory [01] —- (Needed to Document Your Losses After a Catastrophe)
94 == Widow(er)’s SSA Benefits [04] —- (TSCL Proposal to Increase)
94 == Social Security Taxation [12] —- (Deficit Reduction Option | Increase It)
95 == Dynamic Pricing —- (GOTCHA! Have You Been Duped With This)
96 == 419 (Advance Fee) Scams —- (What They Are)
97 == Money For Nothing Scam —- (Health Insurance Fake Account Tax Impact)
98 == Amazon Refund Scam —- (How It Works)
99 == Tax Burden for Mississippi Retired Vets —- (As of FEB 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
101 == Notes of Interest —- (15 thru 28 FEB 2019)
102 == High-Speed Rail Project —- (Failed | Trump Wants CA Pay Back of Federal Money Spent to Date)
103 == National Security [01] —- (Contaminated Medicine | U.S. Dependence on China’s Medicine)
105 == Iran Embassy Hostages —- *Being Held Hostage Again by the USVSST)
107 == Iran Military [01] —- (First Indigenously Developed Sub Commissioned)
108 == Russian Drones —- (ARF Working to Create Arctic Zone Use UAVs)
109 == NASA [02] —- (Mars Rover ‘Opportunity’ Bites the Dust)
110 == SSA Trust Fund [02] —- (Can We Depend On It)
111 == Quotable Quotes 02 —- (Things to Think About)
112 == Interesting Ideas —- (Need More light)
112 == One Word Essays —- (Adventure)
112 == Have You Heard? —- (Toilet Paper | Catholic Parents | Rocking Chair Thoughts)

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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