RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
05 == Border Wall [11] —- (No Military Construction Projects Will Be Canceled to Fund Wall)
06 == Pentagon Spending [02] —- (Use-It or Lose-It | $61 Billion in A Single Month Last Year)
07 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [64] —- (DoD/VA Two-Day Closed Symposium)
08 == DoD/VA EHR [04] —- (Senior Lawmaker Pushes on Access Issue)
09 == DOD Illegal Migrant Housing —- (Base Review to Accommodate Up to 5000 Children)
10 == DoD Budget 2020 [02] —- ($718B | Shanahan’s “Masterpiece” Document)
11 == Navy Budget Request | 2020 —- (Will Pass the 300 Ships Mark w/2020 Budget Submission)
12 == Army Budget Request | 2020 —- ($182B Geared to a Modernization Renaissance)
14 == Air Force Budget Request | 2020 —- ($165.6B for Readiness & Emerging Tech)
15 == Commissary Funding [31] —- (21 Percent Cut In Fiscal 2020)
16 == Wargames —- (The US Keeps Losing, Hard | $24 billion Annual Fix Needed)
18 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [03] —- (Evidence Suggests DoD’s Awareness since 1980s)
19 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [04] —- (Cleaning Up/Protecting U.S. Water Will Cost Billions)
20 == Kirtland AFB NM—- (Jet Fuel Seeping Into the Ground for Decades)
20 == Commissary/Exchange Merger [02] —- (DOD Pushes Ahead to Merge)
21 == DOD Security —- (Facial Recognition)
22 == Afghan Peace Talks [02] —- (New Pentagon Plan)
25 == U.S. Space Command —- (Legislative Hurdle Delays Stand-Up)
26 == U.S. Space Force [12] —- (Five-year timeline | $2B Cost & 15,000 Personnel)
27 == DOD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 Mar 2019)
30 == POW/MIA [121] —- (Vietnam War Status as of February 26, 2019)
31 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2019 | Twenty Six)
VA
35 == National Vietnam War Veterans Day [01] —- (VA Thank You!)
35 == VA Appeals [36] —- (System Is “Ancient” and “Inefficient” and In Need of Drastic Change)
36 == VA Caregiver Program [52] —- (Expansion Program Delayed to at least mid- to late 2020)
37 == VA Hiring [13] —- (Financial Incentives Being Offer)
38 == VA Opioid Use [03] —- (Higher Overdoes Risk for VA + Medicare Users)
39 == VA Private Care Access [04] —- (No Plan to Pay for It)
40 == VA Private Care Access [05] —- (VA Risks Repeating Mistakes of Failed Choice Program)
41 == VA PHASeR Testing Program —- (Cancer Survivor Genetic Testing Pilot)
42 == VA Women Vet Programs [35] —- (More Female Vets Means More Challenges for VA)
43 == VA Women Vet Programs [36] —- (Medical Centers Struggling to Curb Harassment)
45 == VA Budget FY 2020 [02] —- (Trump $220.2B Proposal | 9.6% Increase)
46 == VAMC Leavenworth KS [02] —- (Lung Cancer Diagnosis Delayed 10 Months)
47 == VAMC Cleveland [03] —- (Selected as 1 of 18 Pilot Sites for HRO Initiative)
47 == GAO High Risk List [01] —- (VA Flagged Again)
48 == VA Vision Care [08] —- (Technology-based Eye Care Services Program)
49 == VAMC Louisville KY [03] —- (New Hospital Funding in 2020 Budget Proposal)
50 == VA Employment [07] —- (Secretary Wilkie Concerned About Filling Job Vacancies)
51 == VA Individual Unemployability [06] —- (Understanding New Verification Process)
51 == VA HRO Transition —- (18 Medical Centers Will Lead the Way)
52 == VA EHR [14] —- (VA Health Data to Transfer Easier than DOD’s to New EHR System)
53 == VA Facility Closures [02] —- (Large-Scale Could Be Coming Sooner Than Expected)
54 == VA Health Care Access [65] —- (Durham VA Medical Center Issues)
VETS
55 == Vet Groups [04] —- (2019 Congressional Objectives & Priorities)
56 == VA Blue Water Claims [66] —- (Veterans Groups Appeal to Trump)
58 == Vet Job Hunting [03] —- (Six Tips)
59 == Military Records Correction [03] —- (Should You Make One)
60 == California Veterans Home [20] —- (Yountville Home Bible Study Issue)
61 == WWII Vets 184 —- (Willard H. Blevens Sr. | Battle of the Bulge Participant)
62 == WWII Vets 185 —- (Norma C. Tocci Kania | WAC)
63 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [63] —- (What’s Coming Next in Battle for Benefits)
64 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [65] —- (House Passes Burn Pit Accountability Act H.R. 663)
65 == RIP Medical Debt —- (Veterans Receive Golden ‘Tickets’ Canceling Their Medical Debt)
66 == Veteran Service Organization Imposters —- (HCVA Internet Bots/Trolls Investigation)
67 == Merchant Marine Fleet [01] —- (Trump Trying To Help Sailors Become Mariners)
68 == Vet Suicide [24] —- (White House Finalizes Plan to Stem Veteran Suicides)
69 == Texas Vet Tuition Program —- (150 Credit Hour Exemption w/Hazlewood Act)
70 == Obit: Dorothy Holmes —- (17 FEB 2019 | 1st Female Chief Master Sergeant)
72 == Obit: Ralph Hall —- (7 MAR 2019 | 12 Term Congressman & WWII Navy Pilot)
73 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 MAR 2019)
73 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 MAR 2019)
74 == Vet State Benefits —- (Kansas 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
75 == Afghan Victory Declaration Proposal —- (S.J. Res12 | 2019 (AFGHAN) Service Act)
75 == POW/MIA Flag [01] —- (H.R___/S.___ | National POW/MIA Flag Act)
76 == VA Medical Marijuana [60] —- (H.R.1647 | Authorize VA to Provide Recommendations)
76 == Vet Missing Alert System —- (S.____ | The Green Alert Act of 2019)
77 == SSIA [06] —- (H.R.553/S.622 | Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act)
77 == Bankruptcy [02] —- (S.___ | Haven Act Would Prevent Vet Loss of Disability Benefits
78 == Joint Resolutions —- (What They Are)
MILITARY
79 == Military Retirement System [32] —- (Only 25% of Army BRS Eligible Joined)
80 == Military Pay Raise 2020 —- (White House Proposes 3.1% Pay Raise)
81 == Military Opioid Use —- (Preventing Painkiller Abuse)
81 == USMC Tuition [03] —- (Minimum Time in Service Requirements Scrapped)
82 == Base Housing [05] —- (Groton Naval Submarine Base Conditions)
82 == Base Housing [06] —– (Non-Disclosure Agreements Revealed)
84 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [01] —- (16 Cancer Cases in One Family)
85 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [02] —- (New Mexico’ U.S. Air Force Lawsuit)
86 == Navy Amphibs [02] —- (Two Cut from 2020-2024 Budget Plan)
87 == Afghan Failures [04] —- (The Forever War | Spouse Done Waiting)
89 == Security Clearances [03] —- (Inadequate Drug Test Reporting)
89 == Navy Carrier Fleet [01] —- (Early Truman Decom a Non-Starter w/HASC)
90 == Navy Carrier Fleet [02] —- (Fight against Navy Plan to Buy More Carriers)
91 == USCG Icebreakers [10] —- (USCGC Polar Star 10 FEB Fire)
93 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang — (Bitchbox thru Blivet)
94 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (INS Mysore (D60)
MILITARY HISTORY
95 == China Marines —- (Highly Coveted Tour Of Duty 1927-1941)
96 == Operation Crossroads —- (That Time the US Dropped an Atomic Bomb an a Fleet of 95 Ships)
98 == Profile in Courage —- (Lloyd Leslie Burke)
100 == Edgar Allen Poe Military Career —- (How He Got Himself Kicked Out of the Army)
101 == Navy Dueling —- (Back When Military Officers Settled Beefs by Shooting Each Other)
102 == War Memorials —- (D.C. WWI War Memorial)
102 == Post WWII Photos —- (Tokyo Housing Shortage Solution)
103 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Pivot Point)
103 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [25] —- (Booby Trap)
104 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 MAR)
104 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (James L. Harris | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
105 == Reproductive Medicine —- (Post-Mortem Sperm Removal)
106 == Prescription Drug Costs [25] —- (Will Washington Finally Do Something)
107 == TRICARE Breast Feeding Coverage [03] —- (Revised After $16M in Over Expenditures)
108 == TRICARE Cost Survey —- (Beneficiaries Say They Are Paying More and Receiving Less)
110 == Staff Infection —- (Cause and Preventive Measures to Minimize)
112 == Patient Advocacy Groups —- (Big Pharma Gave Money to Groups Opposing Medicare Changes)
114 == Irritable Bowel Syndrome [01] —- (When to See a Doctor)
116 == Hypertension [06] —- (What It Is and Does)
117 == TRICARE Podcast 491 —- (Filing Claims – National Nutrition Month – Overseas Pharmacy Benefit)
118 == TRICARE Podcast 492 —- (Qualifying Life Events – Loss of Eligibility – Updating DEERS)
FINANCES
119 == Military Retirement Pay Taxation [03] —- (California AB 427)
120 == Military Consumers —- (Lose Significantly More Money to Scammers than Non-Military Consumer)
121 == Elder Vet Abuse [07] —- (Financial Exploitation)
122 == Facebook Charity Scam —- (Watch Out for Facebook Con with a Charity Twist)
123 == Romance Scam 3 —- (Tips on Protecting Yourself)
124 == Employment Scams —- (The Riskiest Cons of 2018)
124 == Tax Burden for Montana Retired Vets —- (As of MAR 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
127 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 MAR 2019)
128 == DACOWITS —- (2018 Report on Women in Service Recommendations)
129 == Russia Nuclear Weapons [01] —- (Poseidon Nuclear-Powered Torpedo)
130 == U.S. Troop Host Charge —- (Trump’s Cost + 50 Plan)
131 == Taiwan-China Dispute [05] —- (Fleet of New Fighters Requested From U.S.)
131 == Nuclear Submarine Lease —- (Russia to India | $3B for 10 Years)
132 == US Immigration [01] —- (McCarran-Walter Act)
133 == Diego Garcia Naval Base [01] —- (Future Could Be In Jeopardy)
135 == Surviving Spouses —- (Is Yours Prepared If You Should Die First?)
136 == Combat Obscura —- (War Documentary the Marine Corps Doesn’t Want You to See)
138 == Border Wall [11] —- (Illegal Crossings Expected To Surge after Cold, Busy FEB at Border)
141 == Afghan Taliban [02] —- (Leader Allegedly Lived in Walking Distance of US Forward Base)
142 == California Burger Police —- (What’s Next)
143 == LSD —- (Entry into World as a Hallucinogenic)
144 == Interesting Ideas —- (Fresh Egg?)
144 == One Word Essays —- (Companionship)
145 == Have You Heard? —- (Firearm | Worms | I Wish You Enough)

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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