RAO Bulletin Update 15 February 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == DoD Budget 2021 —- (Five-Year Defense Plan Impact)
05 == DoD Budget 2021 [01] —- (Annual Growth Concerns)
06 == Pentagon Spending [03] —- ($5.7B in Funding to be Reallocated)
08 == DoD Suicide Policy [14] —- (2019 Results)
09 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [13] —- (DOD OIG to Review Military’s Response)
09 == Commissary Online Benefits —- (New Caregiver/Vet 1 JAN Eligibles Access Delayed)
10 == DoD Political Do’s & Don’ts —- (Service Member’s/Vets Reminder)
10 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2020 | Twelve)
VA
12 == VA Caregiver Program [61] —- (Should Someone Else be in the Room Initiative)
15 == VA Video Connect [01] —- (An Easier Way to Obtain Medical Care)
15 == VA GeroFit Fitness Program —- (For Vets 65 & Over)
16 == VA Together We Can Program — (Two More Subjects Added to Info Series)
17 == VA Sexual Trauma Claims —- (Over 2 Years 20% Wrongfully Denied/Improperly Handled)
18 == VA Budget FY 2021[01] —- ($243.3 Billion Requested)
20 == VA Mission Act [13] —- (After 8 Months VA Unable to Forecast Cost)
20 == VA Cancer Care [02] —- (Artificial Intelligence Being Studied to Diagnose Cancer)
21 == Women’s Health Transition Training —- (WHTT Registration Ongoing)
21 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2020)
VETS
24 == Medical Marijuana [01] —- (Survey Indicates Vets Using but Cost is a Barrier)
25 == Fisher House [08] —- (New Albuquerque Facility Welcomes First Family)
26 == Vet Toxic Exposure | K2 Black Goo —- (VA Ready to help and asks Sick Veterans to Come Forward)
27 == Military Sexual Trauma [07] —- (House Hearing on VA Support of MST Survivors)
28 == GI Bill [301] —- (Housing Allowance Change One-Time Transition Relief)
28 == Vet Fraud & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2020)
29 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 14 Feb 2020)
29 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled as of 14 Feb 2020)
30 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (Nevada 2020)
VET LEGISLATION
31 == VA Patient Care Needs —- (S.3089 | Proposal Seeks to Better Match Facilities to Needs)
31 == PTSD Assistance [05] —- (H.R.4305 | Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Therapy Act)
32 == Traumatic Brain Injury [75] —- (H.R.5739 | Blast Exposure Protection Act)
32 == Vet Hotline —- (S. 3251 | Veterans Assistance Helpline Act)
33 == Wyoming National Guard —- (HB.0090 | Defend the Guard Act.
MILITARY
34 == Army Budget Request | 2021 —- ($178B to Meet Modernization/Combat Readiness/Personnel Needs)
34 == USMC Budget Request | 2021 —- (Funding Dip, Personnel Reductions in $46B Request)
35 == USAF Budget Request | 2021 —- (Manning Growth Slows To 1500 in $165.6B Request)
36 == USSF Budget Request | 2021 —- ($15.4B Mostly for Research, Development, and Testing)
37 == Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments —- (Woobies | Aerial Blood Delivery | Exoskeleton Braces)
38 == F-35 Fighter Jet [03] —- (Gun Woes)
39 == USS Gerald R. Ford [16] —- (Testing Suggests Not Yet Ready to Defend Itself)
40 == Army Aviation —- (Incentive Pay Rates Increased)
41 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [24] —- (Underway After Being Badly Damaged in 2017 Collision)
41 == Tax Tips for Military Life —- (Some That Could Reduce What You Pay)
44 == U.S. Space Force [17] —- (Troops Not to be Called Spacemen or Space Cadets)
45 == Base Housing [17] —- (Tenant Bill of Rights SITREP)
46 == Army Housing [01] —- (Private Housing Managing Companies Discussions)
47 == USAF Dress Standards [01] —- (Religious Accommodation Guidelines Issued)
48 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘G’ thru ‘Give Way”)
MILITARY HISTORY
49 == Battle of the Ia Drang Valley —- (Tenets of Air Land Battle Analysis)
49 == Park Chung-hee Assassination Attempt —- (Failure Led to USS Pueblo’s Capture)
51 == Six Triple Eight Monument —- (Honors Contribution of 800 Black Women in WWII)
52 == Nazi Killing Centers —- (Operation Reinhard)
54 == John W. “Jack” Hinson —- (A Civil War Sniper Hell Bent on Revenge)
55 == Auschwitz Extermination Factory —- (The Early Days)
56 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [48] —- (Sleepy Time Gal)
56 == Military History Anniversaries —- (15 thru 29 FEB)
57 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Hugh Carroll Frazer | Mexican Campaign)
HEALTH CARE
58 == Medicare Hospital Coverage [05] —- (Stop! Don’t Sign Away Your Coverage)
58 == Prescription Drug Costs [44] —- (Trump State of the Union Claim)
60 == Military Hospitals [01] —- (Military Family/Retiree Patient Reduction Memo)
61 == Military Hospitals [02] —- (Budget Request w/Military Family/Retiree Patient Reduction)
62 == Medicare Drug Procurement [04] —- (Billions would Be Saved if Allowed to Negotiate)
63 == PTSD Treatment Results —- (DoD/VA Recommended Therapies Don’t Help Many)
63 == Diabetes [22] —- (Don’t Let Myths Influence Treatment)
65 == Coronavirus —- (What We Need to Know About COVID-19)
67 == TRICARE Prime [41] —- (Chiropractic Care, Gym Membership Pilot Program)
68 == TRICARE Podcast 539 —- (Dental Program Coverage – TFL Eligibility & Enrollment – Spring Travel Tips)
69 == TRICARE Podcast 540 —- (MHS Nurse Advice Line – ECHO – US Family Health Plan)
FINANCES
70 == State Taxation [02] —- (Notable Individual Income Tax Changes in 2020)
72 == State Income Tax Rates | 2020 —- (How High Individual Rates Are in Your State)
72 == Social Security Taxation [14] —- (How this Income is Taxed)
73 == Social Security Earnings Limits [02] —- (The 35 Year Factor)
74 == Tax ID Theft Scam —- (File Your Taxes Early to Avoid)
75 == Face Mask Scam —- (Shopping Online)
75 == State Tax Burden for West Virginia Retired Vets —- (As of Feb 2020)
GENERAL INTEREST
78 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 14 February 2020)
79 == RP-US Relations [03] —- (U.S. Given Notice of VFA Termination)
81 == NATO —- (Member Country Survey on Aiding U.S.)
82 == Afghan Peace Talks [07] —- (Insider Attacks Impact | Not Much Movement)
83 == Afghan War [05] —- (2021 Budget Request Lowest in a Decade)
84 == Nuclear Football —- (Every President since Kennedy has Carried One)
86 == Obsolescence [02] —- (The Writing is On the Wall for Dozens of Things We have Grown Up With)
88 == Robocalls [04] —- (How to Spot and Stop)
89 == Israel Laser Sword —- (Deployable by End of 2020 if It Passes Battlefield Testing)
90 == Have You Heard? —- (Blonde Jokes 2 | Six Tiny Stories | Questions 4)

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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