RAO Bulletin Update 01 November 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == USS Gerald R. Ford [15] —- (Navy Secretary Slams Congress for Spreading Disinformation)
06 == Arlington National Cemetery [83] —- (What You Need to Know About Proposed Changes)
08 == JVS Chairman Senior Enlisted Adviser —- (New SEAC Air Force CMSgt Ramon Colon-Lopez)
09 == Commissary/Exchange News [14] —- (More Answers as Installations Ready for Extra Shoppers)
10 == NDAA 2020 [24] —- (New Worries about the Possibility of Reaching a Compromise)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019 | Fifteen)
VA
14 == VA Adaptive Sports Program [01] —- ($14.8M in Grants Awarded to 126 Organizations)
14 == Agent Orange Diseases [07] —- (White House Responsible for Delayed Decision on New Additions)
17 == VA Suicide Prevention [61] —- (Pain Intensity & Suicide Attempt Link)
19 == VA Scam Protection Effort —- (GAO Says VA Not Doing Enough to Protect Vets)
20 == VA Medical Error Investigations [01] —- (Congress Grills VA Over Additional Incidents)
21 == VA ATLAS Program —- (Telehealth Outreach Launched to VFW, American Legion Posts)
22 == VA Data Protection —- VA Largely Silent on Measures to Safeguard It
24 == VA Breast Cancer [01] —- (Awareness and Available Tools)
25 == VA Secretary [88] —- (Former Secretary Shulkin’s Tell-All Book)
26 == VA Special Monthly Compensation [04] —- (SMC(L) & (L ½) Entitlements)
27 == VA Whistleblowers [60] —- (New OAWP Has Put them in Further Danger)
30 == VA Hiring [16] —- (MSEP Program Expands)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019)
31 == VA Home Care —- (New Medical Care Requirement Causing Problems)
32 == VA Legacy Appeals —- (31 DEC 2022 Set as End Date for Resolving All Pending Ones)
33 == VAMC Clarksburg WV [03] —- (Ten Deaths – 2 Ruled Homicides, 8 Others Might Be)
VETS
33 == Vet Cancer —- (Dramatic Rise in VA Cases Raises New Questions)
34 == Stolen Valor [117] —- (Elderly Army Nurse’s Service Called into Question)
36 == California GI Bill [03] —- (State Backs Down over for-profit College Certification Issue)
37 == Wounded Warrior Project [01] —- (Employment & Quality of Life Survey Findings)
38 == Maine Vet Cemetery —- (Construction Begins on 2nd VA Cemetery)
39 == Melwood Veterans Services —- (Offers Resources to Service Members)
40 == California Power Outages —- (Concerns over Vet Impact)
40 == WWI Vets 08 —- (Army Pfc. Charles Barger)
42 == WWII Vets 206 —- (James South | Turned 100 on 7 OCT)
42 == WWI VETS 09 —- (Orville Rogers)
43 == Obit: Francis C. Curry —- (8 OCT 2019 | WWII MOH Recipient)
45 == Veterans FAQs —- (How do I Get a Copy of My Boot Camp Medical Records?)
45 == Veterans FAQs —- (Will I get Back Pay for the Time since I Applied for My Hearing Problems?)
46 == Veterans FAQs —- (Am I Eligible for Special Monthly Compensation?)
46 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 1 NOV 2019)
47 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 1 NOV 2019)
48 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Pennsylvania 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
48 == Homeless Vets [96] —- (H.R.95 | Homeless Veteran Families Act)
49 == Nuclear Testing —- (S.947/H.R.3783 | Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019)
50 == VA Website [05] —- (H.R. 1199 | VA Website Accessibility Act)
51 == VA Grant Programs [01] —- (H.R.4589 | Rural Veteran Medical Transportation)
51 == National Cemetery Administration [04] —- (H.R.2385 | Veterans Legacy Program Grants)
51 == VA Medical Malpractice [01] —- (H.R.4526 | VA Employment Transparency Act Endorsement)
51 == VA Fiduciary Program [10] —- (HR 592, the “Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act)
52 == Gold Star Spouse [01] —- (H.R.1911 – Gold Star Survivors Act)
52 == Overseas Pharmacies Use [03] —- (H.R.4710 | Pharmaceutical Independence Long-Term Readiness Reform)
53 == VA Hiring [15] —- (S. ___ | Hire Act)
54 == Kentucky Vet Legislation [02] —- (BR 127 & 247 | Vet Service Organization Tax Exemption)
55 == Other Vet Legislation [02] —- (Veteran Bills Advanced for House Vote)
MILITARY
57 == Army 16-Year Plan —- (Launched to Tackle Russia, China)
59 == Gold Star Families [01] —- (The Ultimate Sacrifice Comes Heavily Taxed)
61 == Air Force Fitness —- (Assessment under Review)
62 == Air Force Indefinite Enlistment —- (Takes Effect 18 November 2019
63 == Army Combat Fitness Test —- (What Will the Army do About the Fail Rates?)
64 == College Credits for Military Education —- (Marines & Sailors Could Soon Get)
65 == Fort Bliss AMC —- (Almost Done 3 Years Late at a Cost of $1.4B)
67 == Navy Doomsday Plane —- (E-6B Mercury Class-A mishap)
67 == Army Housing —- (Q&A on Recent Problems)
68 == Aircraft Carriers [04] —- (Carrier Sharing Plan with U.K.)
70 == Air Force Officer Fields —- (Six New Promotion Categories Created)
71 == Military MREs [05] —- (Don’t Blame them for Your Gastrointestinal Discomfort)
72 == Military Proposed Weaponry —- (Project Thor)
73 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Dip’ thru ‘Dodge City’)
MILITARY HISTORY
74 == Red Ball Express —- (Without it, Victory in Europe Would Have Been Impossible)
76 == Sherman’s March to The Sea —- (Civil War’s Most Destructive Civilian Population Campaign)
77 == Tanks —- (A Major-Maneuver Warfare Asset)
79 == Strategic Bombing —- (Development during WWII)
80 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 NOV)
81 == Military Prop Photos —- (c. 1910-1915)
81 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (HMS Dauntless (D33)
81 == Operation Commando Wrath —- (Afghanistan Mission to Capture/Kill High-Value Targets)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [41] —- (Bombs Away)
83 == WWI Memorials [01] —- (D.C. Plans Clear another Hurdle)
84 == MOH Awards [14] —- (Plea for Army ‘Legend’ Alwyn Cashe)
86 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Rodolfo P Hernandez | Korean War)
HEALTH CARE
87 == TRICARE Website [03] —- (DoD Medical Facility Microsites)
87 == Addiction Treatment —- (findtreatment.gov Unveiled for Substance Abusers)
88 == Penis Transplant —- (Vet Said One of the Best Decisions He Ever Made)
89 == Vet Medical Care Continuity —- (VA Jeopardizing the MHS GENESIS EHR Project)
90 == Traumatic Brain Injury [74] —- (VA/DoD Launch LIMBIC)
91 == Dementia [08] —- (Steps to Prevent Dementia May Mean Taking Actual Steps)
92 == Concussions [01] —- ($50 Million Project Investigating the Long-Term Impacts)
94 == Medicare Fraud [140] —- (Disclosures 16-31 OCT 2019)
96 == Cannabidiol (CBD)-Containing Products —- (Unsupported Claims)
96 == Cancer Q&A —- (191016 thru 191031)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 523 —- (TRICARE & FEDVIP Open Seasons – TRICARE Pubs – TRICARE Webinar)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 524 —- (Website Expansion – EOB – TRICARE Open Season Webinar)
FINANCES
99 == Income Considered Non-Taxable —- (Things Uncle Sam Can’t Touch so Long as You Play by the Rules)
101 == Inheritance Tax —- (Federal & State)
102 == Amtrak —- (Passenger Discount for Military Veterans)
103 == Air Force Lodging —- (Rates to Increase in November)
104 == SSA Windfall Elimination Provision [01] —- (Legislation to Make it Fairer)
104 == Retiree Savings —- (Make Them Last a Lot Longer by Avoiding these Costly Mistakes)
105 == Debt [01] —- (Surefire Ways to Get rid of it ASAP)
106 == Gasoline Savings [06] —- (Top Tier Detergent)
107 == Long Term Care FLTCIP [11] —- (New FLTCIP 3.0 Plan Now Available)
108 == Sales Tax [03] —- (Groceries, Candy, and Soda)
109 == Estate Planning [04] —- (More than Just a Will)
110 == Great Depression —- (Gallup Vault | Gloomy Outlook)
111 == Free Cash Scam —- (False Promise of Unclaimed Rewards)
111 == Publisher Clearing House Scam —- (Imposters Are Back Again)
112 == Charity Scam —- (Learn to Avoid During International Charity Fraud Awareness Week)
113 == Tax Burden for South Dakota Retired Vets —- (As of OCT 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
115 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 October 2019)
116 == Trump Border Wall [03] —- (Senate Sustains Veto of Military Base Project Money Use)
116 == Syria [04] —- (Russian & Syrian Troops Fill Void as U.S. Pulls Out)
118 == Syria [05] —- (Turkey Dismisses U.S. Calls for a Ceasefire)
119 == Syria [06] —- (U.S. Continues to Fly Drones | Turks Ceasefire shaky)
120 == Presidency & War Power —- (Congress’ Need to Restore Separation of Powers Concept)
121 == Hitler Artwork —- (Auction Pieces Bring 270,000 Pounds)
122 == Overseas Holiday Mail —- (2019 Deadlines)
122 == Lying —- (10 Indicators It May Be Happening)
124 == Interesting Photos —- (02: Copenhagen Power Plant)
124 == Oath of Office —- (What It Means for Public Servants)
126 == Amelia Earhart Mystery —- (Stays Down in the Deep)
128 == Paint [01] —- (Storage and Disposal Guidelines)
129 == Have You Heard? —- (Military Humor 7 | Target Letter | Bubba)

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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