RAO Bulletin Update 15 December 2019

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == NDAA 2020 [27] —- (Congressional Negotiators Have Reached a Deal)
05 == Feres Doctrine [19] —- (Troops to be Able to File Claims — But Not Sue — For Medical Malpractice)
07 == Navy Submarine Program [03] —- (Navy OKs Biggest Ever Deal | $22B)
08 == PTSD Stamp —- (Aim is to Raise Awareness, Funds for PTSD)
09 == DoD Mental Health Programs [05] —- (Negatively Impacted by Physician Recruitment Failures)
10 == Military Base Water [02] —- (GAO Finds 102 at Risk for Water Shortages)
11 == Military Hospitals —- (Retiree and Retiree Family Patient Reductions Planned)
13 == Gold Star Families [02] —- (Proposed Relief through Congressional Action Has Not Happened)
14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2019 | Nine)
VA
16 == VA Solid Start —- (Program Launched to Ensure Vets Are Contacted During Initial Transition)
17 == VA Blue Water Claims [79] —- (Court Rules it Will Not Lift Stay)
18 == VA Blue Water Claims [80] —- (VA to Begin Deciding Claims 1 JAN 2020)
19 == VA Urgent Care [01] —- (Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions)
20 == VA Facility Ratings —- (Star-Rating System Replaced to Enhance Vet’s Comparisons)
21 == VA ATLAS Program [01] —- (Services Initiated at First NC Walmart Pilot Location)
21 == VA Pain Management [11] —- (Virtual Reality Helps Ease Trauma)
23 == VA Flu Shots [07] —- (Under Age 50, you’re Not Invincible at Any Age)
23 == VA Medical Records [05] —- (Avoiding Mistakes)
25 == VA Substance Abuse Treatment —- (GAO Report on How Vets Receive It at VHA Clinics)
26 == National AI Institute —- (Launched by VA to Advance Vets Health and Well-Being)
26 == VA AI [01] —- (AI Enhancing VA’s Ability to Diagnose Illnesses)
27 == VA Loan Limits —- (2020 | Down Payment Limits Removed)
28 == VA AO Guam Rules —- (No policies Have Yet Been Crafted)
29 == VA Gambling Addiction Center —- (LVR3 Opens in Las Vegas)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 DEC 2019)
VETS
32 == Veterans at CIA —- (Have Always Played an Important Role | You Could Also)
32 == Vet Hunger —- (One Out of Four Female Veterans Struggle with Hunger)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Palomares Spain [03] —- (VA Lawsuit another Step Closer)
34 == Vet Incarceration [02] —- (“The Barracks” Opens in Georgia)
34 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [72] —- (Maps to Help Figure Out Your Exposure Risk)
36 == Vet Jobs [257] —- (7 More Occupations That Are a Good Fit)
37 == Vet Jobs [258] —- (Confidence Boosters for Transitioning to a Civilian Career)
38 == Vet Jobs [259] —- (In NOV 310,000 Vets Nationwide Looking For Work)
39 == WWII Vets 211 —- (Boris Stern | Normandy Invader)
39 == WWII Vets 212 —- (Joe Beyrle | US Paratrooper who Served in a Soviet Tank Battalion)
41 == Korean War Vets —- (Joseph Vittori | Medal of Honor Recipient)
42 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 DEC 2019)
42 == Vet Suicide [42] —- (No Wrong Door Approach for Assistance)
43 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 DEC 2019)
44 == Veteran State Benefits —- (New Hampshire 2019)
VET LEGISLATION
44 == Military Child Citizenship [01] —- (H.R.4801/S.2679 | Citizenship for Children of Military Members)
45 == VA Pension Poachers [02] —- (S.2988 | Veteran Pension Protection Act)
46 == Personal Protective Equipment —- (S.2970 | Improve Fielding Newest PPE Generations)
47 == VAMC Clarksburg WV [04] —- (S.2995 | VAMC Patient Safety & Quality of Care Reports)
48 == Vet Suicide [43] —- (S.2991 | Veterans Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act)
MILITARY
49 == ETS Sponsorship Program —- (VA’s Support for Vet’s Final Transition to Civilian Life)
50 == Marine Corps Readiness [02] —- (The Force Has to Get Lighter)
51 == B-1 Bomber [05] —- (Aging B-1 May Soon Have to Restrict the Way it Flies)
52 == Cruise Missiles [02] —- (Pentagon to Test Rival Killer Lasers)
54 == Military Housing Surveys —- (GAO Reports Those Showing Satisfaction are Bogus)
56 == Base Housing [16] —- (Service Officials Grilled Over Efforts to Remedy)
57 == Humanitarian Service Medal [02] —- (Recent Natural Disaster Support/Deployment Authorizations)
58 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [10] —- (Navy Asks Judge to Put Off Lawsuit Ruling)
59 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [11] —- (Federal Study Facing Delays)
61 == Cyborg Soldier 2050 —- (Human/Machine Fusion Study)
63 == Military Proposed Weaponry [03] —- (Project Orion)
63 == Overseas Troop’s Thanksgiving —- (5,000 Turkeys Sent this Year)
64 == USMC Political Activity —- (New Guidance Clarifies What is Allowed on Social Media)
65 == Navy Tour Lengths —- (50,000+ Sailors to be impacted by Sea/Shore Duty Changes)
66 == MRAP Lawsuit —- (Pentagon Overcharged $1.3 Billion)
67 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘EMI’ thru ‘Fanny’)
MILITARY HISTORY
68 == Desert Storm Memorial [12] —- (Design Concept Receives Formal Approval)
69 == Profile in Courage: Arthur MacArthur — (Father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur Jr)
70 == War Memorials —- (National War Memorial Canada)
71 == Tootsie Roll Marines —- (Ordered Annihilated by China’s Chairman Mao)
72 == Berlin Airlift —- (Operation VITTLES)
73 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 DEC)
73 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [44] —- (Shirley Ann)
75 == MOH Awards [15] —- (Legislation to Strip 20 Awarded at Wounded Knee)
76 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Francis J. Herron | Civil War)
HEALTH CARE
77 == Prescription Drug Costs [40] —- (Substantial Reforms Appear “Unlikely” in the Near Term)
78 == Senior Surgery [01] —- (Frail Patients May Be at Higher Risk than Previously Thought)
70 == Styes and Chalazia —- (Eyelid Inflammation Treatment)
81 == Epilepsy —- (Overactivity in the Brain)
84 == TRICARE Premium Payments —- (Computer Glitch Charges 100 Times Monthly Amount Due)
84 == Heart Transplant —- (Vet Becomes First U.S. Recipient of a DCD Heart)
85 == Skin Regeneration —- (New Technology Can Help Wounded and Ill Vets Regrow Skin)
86 == Cancer Q&A —- (191201 thru 191215)
87 == TRICARE Podcast 530 —- (Overseas Holiday Travel – Plan Finder – Moving w/Dental Program)
88 == TRICARE Podcast 531 —- (Benefit Updates – Tobacco Cessation Services)
FINANCES
88 == SBP DIC Offset [62] —- (Widow’s Tax on Verge of Elimination)
89 == Retirement Planning [21] —- (Surprising Benefits of Not Doing It with Your Spouse)
90 == Debt Collection [15] —– (Survivors Impact after a Loved One Dies)
92 == Vet Pay/Cost Changes —- (2020 Pay Bump versus Part B Increase)
93 == Medicare Cost | Military Retirees [02] —- (2020 Premium Changes)
94== Vet Income —- (Consistently Larger than Non-Vets)
95 == Unexpected Expenses —- (How to Avoid Being Surprised by 7 Nasty Ones)
97 == IRA & 401k RMDs —- (50% Tax Penalty at Age 70 ½ If You Miss Deadline)
97 == Social Security Benefits [07] —- (Something to Think About)
98 == Online Shopping Scam [03] —- (Beware of This Delivery Trick)
99 == Social Media Gift Exchange Scam —- (An Illegal Pyramid Scheme)
100 == Tax Burden for Utah Retired Vets —- (As of DEC 2019)
GENERAL INTEREST
103 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 December 2019)
104 == Afghan Peace Talks [05] —- (Trump’s Visit Reignites)
105 == Afghan War [03] —- (Washington Post’s ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Story Reaction)
106 == Afghan Taliban [03] —- (US, Australian Hostages Freed for 3 Taliban Figures)
107 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [28] —- (Denuclearization Now Off the Negotiation Table)
108 == NATO Defense Spending [04] —- (Trump Move to Reduce U.S. Aid Share)
109 == Nuclear Weapons Treaty —- (Concerns over Allowing New START to Expire)
110 == Host Nation Support —- (Concerns over Pressuring Asian Allies for Share Increases)
111 == Retirement Planning [22] —- (Surprising Facts That Nobody Tells You About)
113 == Dog Tags —- (Directive to Stop Sales of Tags Containing Religious Symbols)
114 == Trump Vegan Challenge —- (Go 30 Days for $1 Million Donation to Vets)
115 == Appliances [03] —- (Maker Reliability | 12 Most & Least)
116 == Interesting Inventions —- (Elevator Capacity Indicator)
116 == Have You Heard? —- (Military Humor 9 | Blond Jokes 1 | The Budget)

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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