RAO Bulletin Update 15 October 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
== NDAA 2020 [23] —- (Basic Needs Allotment Proposed)
== TRICARE Chiropractic Care [01] —- (New Proposed Policy Could Include Family)
== DoD Suicide Policy [13] —- (Reserve Component Reaches 30.6 deaths per 100,000)
== USERRA [22] —- (Key for Guard, Reserve Personnel)
== Commissary News [13] —- (Beer & Wine | Curbside Pickup | Savings)
== DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 OCT 2019)
== POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 OCT 2019 | Eleven)
VA
== VA Life Insurance [03] —- (Affordable Policies for Veterans)
== VA Home Loan [68] —- (Funding Fee Refund Imitative Completed – Did You Get Yours?)
== VA Patient Medical Info —- (New Sharing Procedures by JAN 2020)
== VA Domestic Violence Programs —- (OCT is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
== California GI Bill [02] —- (VA Assumes State Approving Agency Role)
== VA Medical Staff [04] —- (Understaffing Leading to Burnout, Higher Attrition)
== VA Medical Staff [05] —- (Reasons behind VA Staff Shortages Examined)
== VA Payments Delay —- (27K Beneficiaries Paid 3 vice 1 OCT)
== VA Medical Records [02] —- (Non-VA Medical Provider Access)
== VA Medical Records [03] —- (Lawsuit Puts Sharing of Records Proposal on Hold)
== VA Million Veteran Program [09] —- (Online Enrollment Now Available)
== VA Special Monthly Compensation [03] —- (SMC(k) Entitlement)
== Fisher House Expansion [23] —- Huntington WV Ground Broken)
== VA Breast Cancer Care —- (Screening Guidelines)
== VA Gaming Therapy —- (Gaming Is Becoming an Official Therapy Tool)
== VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 OCT 2019)
VETS
== Vet Food Stamps [03] —- (Program Changes Could Disproportionately Harm Vets)
== Vet Cemetery Sitrep [02] —- (Plan to Build Up to 18 by 2017 Will Take another Decade)
== Vet Cemetery California [19] —- (Los Angeles National Cremains-Only Annex)
== Vet Cemetery Arkansas [05] —- (Effort Underway to Raise Funds for Fort Smith Expansion)
== Vet Jobs [253] —- (Iranian Hackers Have Set Up a Fake Jobs Website)
== Vet Employment [11] —- (Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.5%)
== Retiree Court Martialing [01] —- (Unconstitutional Opinion Withdrawn)
== Obit: Byron Fuller —- (4 OCT 2019 | Six-year Hanoi Hilton Resident)
== Veterans FAQs —- (Can I get any help with hearing aids or other help?)
== Veterans FAQs —- (What do you do when your VSO won’t help me try to get a disability rating increase?
== Veterans FAQs —- (Why is my appeal it taking so long at this stage?)
== Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 16 OCT 2019)
== Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 16 OCT 2019)
== State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Oklahoma 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
== Military Death Benefits [04] —- (S.0000 | Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Memorial Act)
== VA Funding Needs [01] —- (HR.0000 | Veterans Affairs Protection Act)
== VA Waste & Mismanagement [01] —- (H.R.0000 | Reducing High Risk to Veterans Services Act)
== Prescription Drug Costs [37] —- (S.2543 | Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019)
== VA Sexual Assault /Harassment —- (H.R.4554 | DVA Reporting Policy)
== VA Grant Programs [01] —- (H.R.4589 | Rural Veteran Medical Transportation)
== VA Expiring Authorities —- (H.R.4285 | DVA Expiring Authorities Act of 2019)
MILITARY
== Aircraft Carriers [03] —- (U.S. Still Needs Them)
== Military U.S. Citizenship Overseas Processing —- (Military Base Hub Office Availability)
== USCG Tattoo Policy —- (Some Tattoos that Show While In Uniform Now Allowed)
== C-130 Hercules [01] —- (U.S. Air Force’s Work Horse)
== USCG Drug Interdictions [01] —- (Narco Sub Carrying 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine)
== Submarine Testing Lawsuit —- (Shipbuilder Accused of Falsifying Stealth Coating Tests)
== Military MREs [04] —- (A Day’s Worth of MREs in One Ration)
== Navy Fleet Size [18] — ($200B More Needed to Reach 355 Ship Goal)
== Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Deck thru ‘DILLIGAF’)
MILITARY HISTORY
== WWI Champagne & Artois Attacks —- (Franco-British 1915 Battles)
== Every Picture Tells A Story —- (Camouflage At Work)
== Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 OCT)
== WWII Memories —- (Night Witches)
== Hiroshima A-Bomb —- (Transcript of Truman’s 6 AUG 1945 Announcement of its Use)
== Post WWII Photos —- (ENIAC – First General Purpose Electronic Computer)
== USAT Dorchester Sinking —- (African American Petty Officer Warren Deyampert Heroic Actions)
== WWII Bomber Nose Art [40] —- (“Lil” De Icer)
== National MOH Museum —- (New Location Will Be Arlington TX)
== Medal of Honor Citations —- (Frank Herda | Vietnam War)
HEALTH CARE
== Prescription Drug Costs [36] —- (A Painful Pill to Swallow)
== Tricare Breast Cancer Coverage [03] —- (DBT for Preventative Screening Not Covered)
== Medicare Advantage [10] —- (Plans Overcharged Government $30B)
== TRICARE Women’s Health Tips —- (Get Annual Exams, Exercise, Eat Healthy)
== Drug Cost Increases —- (Big Pharma Effort to Continue)
== Vitamin Supplements (07) —- (Importance of Vitamin “D”)
== TRICARE Fraud Abuse Reporting [01] —- (For Those Who Saw a Loophole, It Was Easy Money)
== Tricare Pharmacy Copay [18] —- (1 JAN 2020 Increase)\
== Tricare Pharmacy Copay [19] —- (More on 1 JAN 2020 Increase)
== Acne [02] —- (Skin Care for Acne-Prone Skin)
== FEDVIP [03] —- (Dental and Vision Plan Prices Released for 2020)
== Cataracts [01] —- (Risks Increase With Age)
== Cancer Q&A —- (191001 thru 191015)
== TRICARE Podcast 521 —- (Vision Coverage – ECHO – Beneficiary Web Enrollment)
== TRICARE Podcast 522 —- (Women’s Health Mo – FEDVIP Dental/Vison Plans – Breastfeeding Supplies/Services)
FINANCES
== FICO Credit Score [13] —- Multiple Credit Card Impact)
== Medicare Part B Premiums [07] —- (2020 Increase Impact on Benefits)
== Medicare Nursing Home Coverage — (Short Term Only)
== LIHEAP [01] —- (How You Can Get Help with Heating Costs)
== Home Repairs —- (17 That Will Save You Cash)
== VA 2020 COLA —- (Same as Social Security Recipients)
== COLA Summary —- (2020 Retirement, VA Disability, and SS Recipients)
== VA Loan Funding Fee [01] —- (Congress Sparks Veterans’ Ire with Hike)
== Spending —- (Ways to Con You into doing More)
== Retirement Regrets —- (Three Beigest and How to Avoid Them)
== Thrift Savings Plan [21] —- (New Withdrawal Rules & Options)
== FEHBP [11] —- (Are You Paying More than Necessary)
== Google Calendar Scam —- (You’ve Won A Prize Popup)
== Activation Fee Scam —- (Bought a New Gadget? Watch Out for This Con)
== Dealership Scam —- (Your Battery Died While Servicing Your Car)
== Tax Burden for South Carolina Retired Vets —- (As of OCT 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
== Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 October 2019)
== U.S. Political Party Gallup Results —- (Democrats Maintain Favorability Edge)
== Iran Tensions 08 —- (Wiping Israel off the Map Is Now an “Achievable Goal)
== Postal Service [08] —- (New Package Security Enhancement)
== Afghan War [02] —- (U.S. Air Support)
== Laptop Battery —- (Extending Its Life)
== Printer Ink —- (Extending Its Life)
== Car Buying [04] —- (Used | Checklist to Ensure You Get a Good Deal)
== Passwords [03] —- (25 Most Common in 2018)
== IRS Tax Forms [01] —- (New 1040-SR in the Works for Seniors)
== Philippine Embassy Services —- (Guidelines to Obtain)
== Remembrance —- (1964 Beatle Wigs and Boots)
== Have You Heard? —- (Military Humor 6 | Growing Older | Blonde Stories 2)

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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