RAO Bulletin Update 01 January 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == NDAA 2020 [28] —- (Senate Passed 86-6 & President Signed)
05 == U.S. Space Force [14] —- (6th Military Branch Becomes Official)
06 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [15] —- (Will get Final Pentagon Review)
07 == COLA 2020 —- (Dod Releases New Rates)
08 == Trump Impeachment —- (Black Sea Patrols Never Cancelled)
08 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2019 | Nine)
VA
10 == VA Presumptive AO Diseases [28] —- (Congress Wants VA Plan for Adding Diseases to List)
11 == VA Vet Choice [85] —- (Budget Deal Advances Private Care Program)
12 == VA Financial Management System [01] —- (Special Counsel Reveals $223 Million Wasted)
13 == VA Guam Care [03] —- (For Island Vets, Benefits Are a 4,000-Mile Plane Ride Away)
14 == VA Direct Deposit [02] —- (New Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries Introduced)
15 == VA Dental Benefits [04] —- (New Pilot Program Pending Congressional Approval)
16 == VA Physician Accountability —- (Senate Bill would Enhance Vet Care)
16 == VA Employment [08] —- (More than 49,000 Positions are Vacant)
VETS
17 == Vet Service Dogs [26] —- (Bill Would cover Vets w/PTSD)
18 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [16] —- (Vets Help their Fellows Overturn Bad Discharges)
19 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [74] —- (Effort to Submit a Presumptive Exposure Bill)
20 == WWII Vets [213] —- (John Biddle | AAF Engineer-gunner & POW)
21 == WWII Vets [214] —- (Leroy P. Baker | Battle of the Bulge Veteran)
22 == Diary of A Sargent — (Amputee Harold Russell’s Training Film)
23 == Korean War Vets —- (William E. Barber | Medal of Honor Recipient)
25 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled as of 31 DEC 2019)
26 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 31 DEC 2019)
26 == Veteran State Benefits —- (New Jersey 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
27 == VA Physician Qualifications [04] —- (S.3041 | VHA Caregiver Retention & Eligibility Determination)
28 == Veterans Legacy Program [01] —- (S.3058 | Veterans Legacy Program Grants)
29 == Afghanistan Bonus —- (S.J. Res 12 | AFGHAN Service Act}
MILITARY
30 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [73] —- (Congress Wants Pentagon Plan to Shut Them All Down)
31 == USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) [02] —- (Launched | Next Construction Phase to Take 30 Months)
32 == USAF Drones [01] —- (Low Cost ISR Platform ‘Ultra LEAP’)
33 == Military Pay & Benefits [07| —- (Are Troops Getting Paid too Much?)
34 == Commissary & Exchange [02] —- (Authorized User Expansion Guidelines for 1 JAN)
35 == Navy Fleet Size [19] —- (Navy to Slash 24 Ships in 2021 Plan)
36 == Navy Pilots —- (In-flight Urination)
37 == Navy LCS Program [05] —- (NDAA Limited Fleet to 35 Total)
38 == Military Stalking —- (40% of Study Respondents Report Experiencing Incidents)
38 == Military Blast Exposure —- (Pentagon Directs Inclusion in Troop’s Medical Histories)
39 == Military Proposed Weaponry [04] —- (Project Pluto)
40 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Fantail’ thru ‘First Lieutenant’)
MILITARY HISTORY
41 == Operation Magic Carpet [01] —- (Undertaking to Get WWII Vets Home for the Holidays)
41 == Aerial Combat Risks —- (Gunner Survives 18,000 feet Parachute-less Jump)
42 == Remember Museum 39-45 —- (‘It IS not to forget them’)
44 == Battle of Heligoland Bight —- (Amongst the Most Important Actions of the Entire WWII)
45 == Admiral Graf Spee Scuttled —- (18 December 1939)
46 == Battle of the Bulge [01] —- (Army Platoon’s ‘Last-Ditch Stand’)
48 == Cobra Helicopter —- (First Purpose-built Helo to Enter Military Service)
48 == Pearl Harbor Remembrance —- (Survivor Relates His WWII Odyssey)
50 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JAN)
50 == MOH Awards [16] —- (Can be Earned for Multiple Acts over Time)
51 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [45] —- (Ruby’s Raiders)
52 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Leander Herron | Indian Wars)
HEALTH CARE
54 == Medicare Hospital Coverage [04] —- (Inpatient vs. Outpatient | If You Have It– Ask!!!)
55 == Mammograms [03] —- (3-D Screening under TRICARE Policy Change)
56 == Cancer | Bile Duct [01] —- (Call for VA Study to Focus on Cancer Linked to Parasite)
57 == Epilepsy [01] —- (What to Do if Someone Has an Epileptic Seizure)
58 == Diarrhea [01] — (3+ Very Loose or Liquid Bowel Movements within 24 Hours)
60 == Peripheral Artery Disease —- (VA Study Finds New Genetic Markers for PAD)
61 == TRICARE Podcast 532 —- (Breast Cancer Screenings – Reporting TRICARE Fraud – Qualifying Life Events)
62 == TRICARE Podcast 533 —- (MHS Nurse Advice Line – Emergency/Nonemergency Care – Pharmacy) Copay)
63 == TRICARE Podcast 534 —- (Keep DEERS Up-to-Date – Expanded Coverage – Gaining or Losing OHI)
FINANCES
65 == Retirement Tax Credit [01] —- (A Little-Known Federal Tax Credit)
65 == State Taxation [01] —- (2020 Changes)
66 == IRAs [04] —- (Secure Act Impact)
67 == Mortgage [12] —- (Should You Pay It Off)
68 == Retirement Expenses —- (11 Costs Many Forget to Figure into their Financial Calculations)
70 == Credit Card Destruction [01] —- (How to Dispose of Chip Credit Cards)
71 == Car Insurance [21] —- (Why Car Insurance Premiums Vary by State)
72 == Free Child Safety Kit Scam —- (May Be ID Theft Trick)
73 == Public Charging Station Scam —- (Juice Jacking)
74 == FTC Letter Scam —- (Federal Trade Commission Fake Correspondence)
75 == Tax Burden for Virginia Retired Vets —- (As of DEC 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
77 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 December 2019)
78 == U.S. Embassy Manila Outreach —- (Tentatively Scheduled for 16/17 JAN 2020)
78 == Trump Border Wall [04] —- (Federal Court Ruling Halts Construction)
70 == Afghan Peace Talks [06] —- (Taliban Aiming for an ‘Inclusive’ Government)
80 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [04] —- (Private Meetings with Enlisted Troops)
81== Pentagon History —- (Did You Know?)
83 == Nuclear Waste [02] —- (Congress Directs Repairs to Nuclear Waste ‘Coffin’)
84 == Homeowners Insurance [14] —- (Coverage for Your House and Personal Possessions)
87 == Robocalls [01] —- (S.151 Will Reduce the Number you Receive)
87 == Army vs. Navy —- (Spirit Videos)
88 == Book Review: With the Old Breed —- (At Peleliu and Okinawa)
90 == Sleep [12] —- (Study Finds Habits Predict Mortality)
90 == Interesting Inventions —- (Table Tennis Door)
90 == Have You Heard? —- (Military Humor 10 | Dead Penguins | Jewish 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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