RAO Bulletin Update 01 August 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Disability Severance [07] —- (Lump Sum Payment IRS Tax Refund Available)
05 == NDAA 2020 [19] —- (House Version Will Cause Battle in Conference)
07 == NDAA 2020 [20] —- (American Public Biological Weapon Exposure Query)
08 == Trump Border Wall [01] —- (Supreme Court Unfreezes Pentagon Funds)
09 == DOD Discharges —- (Less Than Honorable Impact on Vets)
11 == Base Housing [14] —- (21 Military Housing Bases Incentive Funds Withheld)
12 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [08] —- (New SECDEF Establishes Task Force)
13 == Military Power —- (MOH Holder Points Out U.S. Weakness | Urban Combat)
14 == Military Shopping/MWR Benefit —- (Expanding to 3-Million More Vets)
16 == USMC Alaska Base —- (Could Become the Corps’ Next Twentynine Palms)
17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019)
20 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019 | Five)
VA
22 == VA Life Insurance [02] —- (Options and Eligibility)
23 == VA Health Care Access [68] —- (Wait Time Tracking Progress Dismal after 5-Years)
24 == VA Smoking Policy [01] —- (Does Not Apply To Employees)
25 == VA Claims Backlog [162] —- (208,272 Applications Eliminated for Missing Info)
26 == VA Priority Groups —- (Explained)
27 == VA Lawsuit | Blue Water Navy —- (Wilkie Benefit Delay Disheartening and Unnecessary)
28 == VA Whistleblowers [59] — (Culture of Retaliation | New OAWP Office Hasn’t Made A Dent
30 == CHAMPVA [05] —- (Users Now Eligible for Online Prescription Refills)
31 == VA EHR [17] —- (Critical Milestone Reached in Modernization Program)
31 == VA VISTA [12] —- (VA’s Plans Spark Cost Concerns for New EHR)
VETS
33 == Homeless Vet Burials [01] —- (Stephen Jerald Spicer | Bushnell FL)
34 == GI Bill [290] —- (Everything You Need To Know)
37 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [02] —- (58 More Sites Identified)
38 == Vet Toxic Exposure | AFB PFCs [03] —- (4 Private Wells near Dover Contaminated)
38 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2019)
39 == Vet Jobs [250] —- (Middle East Opportunities)
40 == Semper Fi Fund —- (Wounded Veterans’ Assistance)
41 == Stolen Valor [115] —- (Meet the Navy Vets Who made it Their Life Mission to Expose It)
44 == Vet Cemetery Wisconsin [02] —- (New 2nd Cemetery Named)
44 == WWII Cadet Nurses —- (Could Become Honorary Veterans)
45 == Veterans FAQ —- (Where Can I Locate a Blue Water Navy Ship Listing?)
46 == Veterans FAQ —- (Are Our VA Benefits Being Depleted?)
48 == WWII Vets 198 —- (Sydney Hunnicutt | Philippine War Vet Turns 102)
48 == WWII Vets 199 —- (John Farritor | 30 Year Marine)
49 == WWII Vets 200 —- (Leonard J. Kovar | AAF POW)
50 == Obit: Pete Poulos —- (17 Jan 2019 | Helped Pull WWII Navy Pilot Bush from the Pacific)
51 == Obit: William E. Brandenburg —- (22 NOV 1943 | Tarawa Island 17-yr Old MIA Casualty)
52 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 01 AUG 2019)
52 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 01 AUG 2019)
53 == Vet State Benefits —- (Mississippi 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
53 == Vet Jobs [248] —- (S.2100 | The Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act)
54 == Vet Jobs [249] —- (S.2115 | Modify DOD Retirement Authority Military Retiree Hiring Rule)
54 == VA Hiring [14] —- (S.123 | Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans Act)
55 == Beirut USMC Barracks Bombing [01] —- (H.R.2790 | OORAH Act of 2019)
56 == Vet Legislation House Wins 2019 —- (Passed in House on 23 JUL)
MILITARY
57 == Military Academies —- (Graduates Could See Longer Military Obligations)
58 == Military Academies [01] —- (Far More Men than Women Nominated by Lawmakers)
59 == CNO —- (Vice Adm. Michael Gilday Nominated)
60 == Leaving Service —- (Harder for Female Vets)
61 == USMC Careers —- (Top General Looking to Shake Up Service’s Career System)
62 == USMC Misconduct —- (25,000+ Marines Lost in the Last Decade Cost DOD $1B+)
63 == USMC Drug Waivers —- (Vast Majority of Recruits Require Drug Waivers for Enlistment)
64 == Submarine Service [01] —- (Enlisted Women No Longer Have to Wait to Apply)
65 == Military Medicine [01] —- (Former Surgeon Generals on Proposed Reorganization)
66 == Military Basic Needs Allowance —- (Proposal under Consideration)
68 == USMC Retention —- (Changes under Consideration to Retain Corps’ Best Talent)
69 == Plasma Laser Balls —- (Talking Ones under Development for Use as Non-Lethal Weapons)
70 == USMC Ship Needs —- (38 Navy Amphib Ship Requirement No Longer Realistic)
71 == USCG Pacific Policy —- (Presence and Deployments to Asia Will Increase)
73 == USMC Sergeant Major —- (Sgt. Maj. Troy Black | Expect A Whirlwind of Changes Soon)
74 == Cold War Combat Vehicle Flops —- (Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle)
74 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Chuffed’ thru ‘CMC’)
MILITARY HISTORY
76 == Battle of Wake Island [01] —- (December 8-23, 1941)
78 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 AUG)
78 == Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Greek’s Fate)
78 == Luton Riots of 1919 —- (English Ex-serviceman Riot and Burn Down Town Hall)
80 == Gold Star Mothers Memorial —- (Yonkers, New York)
81 == Post WWII Photos —- (Liberated Belsen Concentration Camp)
81== WWII Rationing —- (Gasoline, Rubber, and Cars)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [35] —- (Mount N’ Ride)
83 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Clinton M. Hedrick | WWII)
HEALTH CARE
84 == Medicare Part D [38] —- (COLA Only 1/5th of User’s Out of Pocket Drug Costs)
85 == Prescription Drug Costs [33] —- (Senate Committee Drug Pricing Reforms Unveiled)
86 == Prescription Drug Costs [34] —- (White House Order Would Cut Medicare Drug Prices)
87 == Military Health Care [01] —- (Air Force New Medical Program)
88 == Aspirin [01] —- (Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Really Necessary?)
88 == TRICARE Retired Reserve [08] —- (For National Guard & Reserves under 60)
89== Senior Surgery —- (ASA New Standards to Optimize Options for Those Over 75)
91 == PTSD Mental Disorder —- (Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment Availability)
92 == Hydration —- (Why Water is So Important)
93 == Cancer Q&A —- (190716 thru 190731)
94 == Colon Cancer [07] —- (Cases Have Risen Sharply Among Young People Since 1970)
94 == Osteoarthritis | Knee —- (How to Know You Have It)
96 == Osteoarthritis | Knee [01] —- (How to Deal with It)
98 == Contaminated Military Installations —- (Dangerous Chemicals Making Veterans Sick)
99 == Fisher House [07] —- (Houston VA Fisher House)
100 == TRICARE Podcast 511 —- (TRICARE Qualifying Life Events – TRICARE Publications Survey)
101 == TRICARE Podcast 512 —- (FEDVIP Vision Coverage – MHS Bug Week – Retired Reserve)
FINANCES
102 == Living Wage —- (Is Your Income Considered a Living Wage Where You Live?)
102 == Social Security Benefits [06] —- (Lose 33% of Buying Power since 2000)
104 == SSA COLA [04] —- (How the Government Measures Can Mean Bad News)
105 == SSIA [06] —- (Widow’s Tax | Lets End This Terrible Wrong)
106 == Social Security Q & A —- (190715 thru 190731)
106 == Car Buying [02] —- (Secrets Car Dealers Hope You Don’t Know)
107 == Social Ad Scam —- (“Ad Launderers” Offer Cash for Access to Your Facebook Account)
108 == Military Consumers [02] —- (At Higher Risk for Marketplace Losses)
109 == Tax Burden for Ohio Retired Vets —- (As of JUL 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
110 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 July 2019)
111 == Criminal Justice Reform —- (First Step Act to Release 2200 Federal Inmates)
112 == Trump Border Wall —- (Supreme Court Freeze on Pentagon Money Use)
113 == WWII Cryptologist Honored —- (Chosen as the Face of New English Currency)
114 == 116th Congress —- (Members Born Outside of U.S. | 29)
114 == ARA San Juan (S-42) Sinking —- (Navy Brass, Low Budgets Blamed)
115 == Strait of Hormuz —- (Why It Is So Important)
116 == Trust & Distrust in America —- (Military among the Most Trusted Public Institutions)
117 == Memories —- (1950’s Brownies & Cub Scouts)
117 == Iran Tensions [06] —- (Great Britain Can Find neither Ships nor Friends)
121 == Knowledge —- (Do You Know?)
123 == Interesting Ideas —- (Bucket Filling123 == One Word Essays —- (Loneliness)
123 == Have You Heard? —- (Old Farts | Memories | Aging with Humor)

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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