RAO Bulletin Update 01 April 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == DOD Deploy or Out Policy [02] —- (About 21,000 Troops Booted So Far)
05 == DOD Missile Tests [01] —- (First GMD GBI Salvo Test Against ICBM A Success)
06 == Transgender Troops [22] — (Judge Says Trump Cannot Implement Military Policy)
07 == DOD Space Weapons —- (Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023)
08 == DOD Missile Tests —- (This year | INF Restrictions Anticipated to be Removed in AUG)
10 == Navy Carrier Fleet [03] —- (Why Acting Defense Secretary Wants 10 Vice 11)
11 == DOD Recruitment Concerns [02] —- (Recruiting Medical Standards)
12 == DOD Gifts Limits [02] —- (Acceptance Regulations)
12 == DOD Expenditures FY 2017 —- (Where the Money Was Spent)
13 == Navy Shipbuilding Plan [02] —- (355-Ship Fleet Sooner Than Last Year’s Plan)
16 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [05] —- (Pentagon Wants New Contamination Standards Set)
18 == Air Force Fire Fighting Foam —- (PFAS Replacement May Be More Harmful
19 == DOD Lawsuit ~ Chaplain Promotions —- (Religious Discrimination Claimed)
20 == DOD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 Mar 2019)
22 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 MAR 2019 | Nine)
VA
24 == Hidden VA Money —- (VA Programs You May Be eligible For)
24 == VA Health Care Access [66] —- (Wilkie on Privatization Concerns | Will Not Happen)
25 == VA Clinic Plano TX —- (Near Capacity Enrollment Causing Vet Concerns)
26 == VA Incarcerated Vet Program [01] —- (Michigan’s Program)
27 == VA Agent Orange Benefits [06] —- (Hope for Blue Water Navy Vets)
28 == VA Disability System [02] —- (Proposed Reform to Reduce Medical Exams/Time/ Money)
29 == VA Blue Water Claims [67] —- (Vets Should Receive Long-Sought VA Benefits)
30 == VA Community Living Centers —- (Health Care Inspection Reports)
30 == VA Disability Compensation System [06] —- (Catastrophically Disabled Veterans)
31 == National Women Vets Hotline [02] —- (Providing Outreach to Female Vets)
32 == VA Caregiver Program [53] —- (Senators Concerned About VA Lack of Transparency)
34 == VA Heart Care [04] —- (New Class of Biological Resilient Tissue Heart Valve in Use)
34 == VA Heart Care [05] —- (Pacemaker Implants)
35 == VA Hepatitis C Care [19] —- 96,654 of nearly 116,000 Vets Cured
36 == Depression [06] —- (Spravato Nasal Spray VA Treatment Now Offered)
37 == PTSD Treatment | Adrenaline —- (Sports and Exercise Beats than Self-Medicating)
38 == VA Overpayment Recoupment [02] —- (Veteran Rodger Zink Situation)
39 == VAMC San Diego [02] —- (Selected for HRO Program)
39 == VAMC Las Vegas [04] —- (Tele-ICU Program Goes Live)
VETS
41 == GI Bill Colleges [01] —- (Testimony | $101k in Debt with a Sketch Degree)
42 == GI Bill [282] —- (Forever GI Bill Doomed From the Beginning)
43 == Arthritis [02] —- (Vet Advocates Pushing for More Research/Treatment/Prevention Money)
44 == Tattoos That Tell a Story —- (Turning Scars into Tattoos)
45 == Vet Unclaimed Remains | TX —- (Unaccompanied Vet Program)
47 == Iraq War Vets 02 —- (Matthew Rittner | Killed in Milwaukee Feb. 6, 2019 in LOD)
47 == WWII Vets 186 —- (Kirk Douglas | Navy Communications Officer)
48 == WWII Vets 187 —- (Helen-Louise Brooks | Served In WWII, Korea, & Vietnam
49 == WWII Vets 188 —- (Denton W. Crocker Jr & Sr | One Came Home, The Other Didn’t)
50 == Vet Suicide [25] —- (VA Report Touts ‘Positive Outcomes’ But Suicide Rates Haven’t Slowed)
51 == Vet Suicide [27] —- (One is too Many but 6,000+ A Year is a BIG Problem)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 1 APR 2019)
52 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 1 APR 2019)
53 == Vet State Benefits —- (Kentucky 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
53 == Base Housing [07] —- (H.R. ___/S.703 | Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act)
54 == Vet Newborn Care —- (S.835 | Newborn Care Improvement Act)
55 == VA Funding Needs [02] —- (H.R.1721 | Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act)
55 == VA Facility Funding —- [01] —- (H.R.1722 | Build a Better VA Act)
56 == VA Overpayment Recoupment [01] —- (S.805 | Veterans Debt Fairness Act)
56 == DOD Fertility Services [01] —- (S.319 | DoD Pay to Freeze Troops Sperm, Eggs)
57 == VA Job Vacancies —- (H.R 1271 | Vet HP Act Passed House and Sent to Senate)
59 == Vet Suicide [26] —- (S.785 | The John Scott Hannon Act)
MILITARY
60 == USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) —- (Effectively Quarantined At Sea for Over Two Months)
60 == Navy Uniform Changes [06] —- (Gold Chevrons Plus 12 More)
61 == USS Zumwalt [10] —- (Delivery 5 Year Late and 10 Years After Construction Began)
62 == Feres Doctrine [11] —- (Military Malpractice Policy May Be Closer to Overturn Than Ever)
64 == Army Artillery —- (Upgrades | M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled 155 mm Artillery Cannon)
65 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [21] —- (Navy Enacts 91 of 103 Recommendations)
67 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [06] —- (Army Wants ~$300K to Release Water Test Results)
68 == Air Force AGR —- (Full-Time Reservist Program to Grow)
69 == Navy Cruisers [02] —- (Plan Proposed to Decommission 6 to Save Money)
70 == SCRA [11] —- (Improper Servicemember Evictions Cost Virginia Company $1.6M)
71 == U.S. Submarine Capabilities —- (Present and Projected)
72 == Drones | Aerial [06] —- (Russian CUAS Variant)
73 == Military Lodging [05] —- (Navy Moving to Privatize All Lodging by DEC 2020)
74 == Base Housing [08] —- (Officials Now Looking for Evidence of Fraud)
75 == M17/M18 Sidearm [01] —- (Air Force Deploys New Handgun As It Modernizes Weapons)
76 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (Bloggins thru Bogey)
77 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (USS Lassen (DDG-82)
MILITARY HISTORY
78 == Army Air Corps —- (WWII Statistics)
80 == Battle for Hue Citadel —- (TWS Battlefield Chronicles)
81 == Korean War Remembrances [04] —- (Interesting Facts About the War)
83 == Night Fighter Team “George” —- (Korea – Winter War)
86 == War Memorials —- (World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii)
86 == Post WWII Photos —- (G.I. Fraternization)
87 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Stall)
87 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [27] —- (The Ink Squirts)
88 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 APR)
88 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Mikio Hasemoto | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
89 == Aging [02] —- (5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp)
89 == Aging [03] —- (Female Physical Activity)
92 == Insulin —- (Seven Million Americans Need It to Live But Many Can no Longer Afford it)
94 == Prescription Drug Costs [26] —- (1 in 10 U.S. Adults Ration Medicine to Lower Costs)
94 == Prescription Drug Costs [27] — (Specialty Drugs | The Next Front in Cost War)
95 == TRICARE Use While Traveling [05] —- (TRICARE Goes with you)
95 == TRICARE User Fees [105] —- (Proposed 2020 DOD Budget Impact)
96 == TRICARE Prime [39] —- (Know Your Prime Plan)
97 == Arterial Fibrillation —- (Catheter ablation [Surgery] vs. Drug Therapy)
98 == COPD —- (Causes Permanent Damage to the Lungs and Narrows the Airways)
100 == Postpartum Depression —- (Bench-To-Bedside Journey for Treatment Drug)
102 == Fatty Liver Disease —- (Estimated 100 Million People in the U.S. Are Impacted by the Disease)
103 == Macular Degeneration [03] — (Calcium-Rich Diets Do Not Appear to Increase AMD Risk)
104 == Colon Cancer [06] —- (Annual Deaths Exceed Total Vietnam War U.S. Combat Deaths)
105 == TRICARE Podcast 493 —- (Coverage After Divorce – MilConnect site – Emergency/Urgent Care)
106 == TRICARE Podcast 494 —- (TRICARE Prime – EOB – Getting Care When Traveling)
108 == TRICARE Podcast 495 —- (TRICARE Webinar – Brain Injury Awareness Month – Provider Types)
FINANCES
109 == VA Loan Refinancing [03] —- (New Regulations)
110 == Pensions —- (Buyout Policy Change)
111 == Job Scam —- (Voicemail from an ‘Old Friend’?)
111 == Tech Support Scam 2 —- (Compromised IP Address Alleged)
112 == Political Robocall Scam —- (Hotly Debated Issue Use To Request Donations)
113 == State Taxation of Retirement Income —- (SSA & Pension | 2018)
113 == Tax Burden for North Carolina Retired Vets —- (As of MAR 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
115 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 MAR 2019)
116 == USS Cole Lawsuit —- (Invalid | Supreme Court Rules Sudan Misnotification)
117 == Nuclear Weapons Arsenal [05] —- (Modernization Need Fight Heats Up in Congress)
119 == Russia Missile Program [01] —- (Burevestnik & Avangard Status)
119 == EMP Threat [01] —- (Trump Signs Executive Order to Guard U.S. Infrastructure Weaknesses)
120 == Iran’s American Prisoners —- (Navy Vet Sentenced to 10 Years)
121 == International Criminal Court —- (Philippines Withdraws)
123 == International Criminal Court [01] —- (Inquiry | Alleged Afghan U.S. War Crimes)
123 == U.S. Troop Host Charge [01] —- (Cost + 50 Reporting by Bloomberg Erroneous)
124 == Nursing Homes [16] —- (HHS Violation Fine Changes)
125 == Baby Powder —- (Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit | 13,000 plaintiffs)
125 == Afghan Taliban [03] —- (American Taliban Militant John Walker Lindh to be Freed in May)
127 == Interesting Ideas —- (More Ketchup)
127 == One Word Essays —- (Contentment)
127 == Not All Thieves Are Stupid —- (Readers Take Heed)
128 == Have You Heard? —- (Seven Days | Potato Family | Pun-ography)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
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