RAO Bulletin Update 15 March 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == National Defense Strategy [01] —- (Northcom Reports on U. S. Security Needs)
05 == Navy Training [02] —- (CNO Sounds off About SECDEF Comment)
06 == DMDC Log On System —- (7th DS Logon Outage in a Year)
07 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [14] —- (DoD’s Search for AFFF Solution Continues)
08 == Coronavirus Vaccine —- (US Military Working to Develop)
09 == Coronavirus Vaccine [01] —- (WHO Decided Threat Warranted Human over Animal Testing)
10 == Character of Warfare —- (Grave Threats at Highest Point since Cold War)
10 == Guantanamo Bay Navy Base [04] —- (Detention Camp Right-Sizing, Not Reduction)
11 == SBP/DIC Offset Phase-Out —- (FAQs | Timing – 2)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2020 | Eight)
VA
14 == VA Appointments [20] —- (Sick? “Stay Home and Phone” a Safe Convenient Option)
15 == VA Urgent Care [02] —- (Region 1 Community Care Network Provider Change)
16 == VA Nursing Homes [17] —- (New COVID-19 Safeguards Announced)
17 == Coronavirus Preparations —- (Emergency Team Activated to Prepare for a Potential Outbreak)
18 == GI Bill [304] —- (VA to Fight Court Decision Giving Extra Year of Benefits)
18 == PTSD & Aging —- (Strategies that Help Older Veterans)
20 == VA Secretary [89] —- (Wilkie Blasts Socialism as Bad for Veterans Care)
20 == Elderly Vet Care [01] —- (VA Enrollees Age 75+ Nearly Doubles by 2028)
22 == VA Dental Benefits [05] —- (Trump Signs Measure to Expand Dental Care)
22 == VA Medical Marijuana [67] —- (IAVA Issues Plea to Congress for 2020 Legislation)
23 == VA Budget FY 2021 [03] —- (House Democrats Call it Unrealistic and Political)
24 == VA Caregiver Program [62] —- (Vietnam/Gulf War Vets One Step Closer to New Benefit)
25 == VA ‘OTH’` Policy —- (Thousands of Veterans “Unlawfully” Turned Away)
27 == VA EHR [23] —- (IG Report Revelations)
28 == Traumatic Brain Injury [78] —- (VA & MIBH Care Availability)
29 == VA Blind Rehabilitation Service [03] —- (AIRA System Available to Vets)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 MAR 2020)
VETS
32 == Vet Toxic Exposure Legislation [10] —- (VVA Concerns on Congressional Inaction)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Palomares Spain [04] —- (U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Notice)
33 == Vet Student Loans [09] —- (Unpaid Debt is Hindering Veterans’)
34 == Stolen Valor [119] —- (Verification Sources)
35 == Medical Marijuana [02] —- (House Veterans Affairs Committee Advances 2 Bills)
36 == WWII Vets 221 —- (Beatrice Arthur | USMC)
36 == WWII Vets 222 —- (Arthur G. Anderson | Picture Communicator)
37 == Famous Vets —- (Chuck Norris | A1C USAF)
38 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 MAR 2020)
38 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled as of 15 MAR 2020)
39 == Vet Hiring Track Records —- (State Rankings)
40 == State Veteran’s Benefits —- (New Mexico 2020)
VET LEGISLATION
41 == VA Presumptive AO Diseases [32] —- (S. ____ | Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act of 2020)
42 == DoD/VA Concurrent Receipt [02] —- (H.R. 5995 | Major Richard Star Act)
42 == GI Bill [303] —- (S. 2957 | Protect Vets’ Education & Taxpayer Spending Act of 2019)
43 == GI Bill [305] —- (H.R. 6194 | Housing Stipend amid Covid-19 Campus Shutdown)
44 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Karshi-Khanabad [01] —- (HR. 5957 | K2 Vet Toxic Exposure Accountability Act)
44 == TRICARE for Guard/Reserve [02] —- (H.R. 5169 | TRICARE Fairness for Guard/Reserves Retirees Act)
45 == VA Life Insurance (S-DVI) [05] —- (H. R. 6013 | Veteran Families Financial Support Act)
46 == Vet Benefit Legislation [04] —- (H.R. 6082 | Forgotten Vietnam Veterans Act)
46 == USCG Retirement [01] —- (H.R. 6072 | Coast Guard Retirement Parity Act)
MILITARY
47 == Air Force Song —- (Tweaked to Reflect the Fact That Women Serve in the Air Force)
48 == Marine Corps Readiness [03] —- (Commandant Wants Corps to Become Smartest Military Branch)
49 == Russia Weapon Modernization —- (Putin Says Russia Leading World in Hypersonic Weapons)
51 == Russia Weapon Modernization [01] —- (Putin Boasts about New Weapons, Calls Them Defensive)
51 == USMC Survival Training —- (PETA Denounces Marines Drinking Cobra Blood)
52 == Military Draft [03] —- (Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Male-only Constitutionality)
53 == USMC Action Issues [01] —- (Top Marine Says We Have to Get Smaller to Get Better)
54 == Military Coronavirus Impact —- (Attempting to Limit Human Contact as Much as Possible)
55 == Military Coronavirus Impact [01] —- (National Guard Response Option)
56 == Military Coronavirus Treatment —- (Investigational Drug to be Given to U. S. Troops)
57 == Base Housing [19] —- (Tenant Bill of Rights SITREP 3)
58 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘GQ’ thru ‘Guard)
MILITARY HISTORY
60 == Auschwitz Extermination Factory [01] —- (Crematoriums)
62 == Bridge on the River Kwai —- (Building the Trans Burma Railway a Lot Different Than the Movie)
62 == WWI Sub D3 Sinking —- (French Airship Mistakenly Sinks British Sub)
63 == Battle of Lima 85 [01] —- (Secret U. S. Base Overrun by Elite Vietnamese Commandos)
65 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [50] —- (“Tondelayo”)
65 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 MAR)
65 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Ed W. Freeman | Vietnam)
HEALTH CARE
67 == Marijuana [04] —- (Analysis Shows No Effective Treatment Medications for CUD)
68 == Traumatic Brain Injury [77] —- (BlackBox Biometrics Blast Gauge Blast Sensor)
69 == Prescription Drug Costs [48] —- (Most Expensive Pharmacy Drugs in the U. S)
70 == Prescription Drug Costs [49] —- (Political Roundup)
71 == Senior Surgery [02] —- (When Is Surgery Not Safe)
72 == Health Saving Account [03] —- (HDHP Users Qualify for COVID-19 Testing/Treatment)
73 == Hepatitis C [05] —- (Screening Recommendation Change)
74 == Diabetic Retinopathy —- (Leading Cause of Blindness among Working-Age Americans)
76 == Coronavirus [05] —- (More on What Heart Patients Should Know About Covid-19)
77 == Coronavirus [06] —- (Know What the Terms Mean)
79 == Coronavirus [07] —- (What CDC/DoD Says You Need to Know)
80 == Medicare Coverage [05] —- (Coronavirus Testing)
81 == Colon Cancer [08] —- (When You Need a Colonoscopy & When You Don’t)
83 == TRICARE Podcast 543 —- (Dental Care Tips for Kids – Online Costs Tools – DEERS)
FINANCES
84 == Tax Burden | IRS —- (Surprising Incomes that are Taxable)
85 == Federal Reserve [02] —- (Rate Slashed Over Coronavirus ‘Risks)
86 == Car Insurance [23] —- (Age Impact)
86 == Social Security Fund Depletion [15] —- (Short-Term Payroll Tax Cut Proposal)
87 == SSA Windfall Elimination Provision [02] —- (Does it Penalize You for Having a Pension)
88 == Secret Shopper Jobs Scam —- (Fake Offers)
88 == Coronavirus Scam [01] —- (Afraid of Getting Sick? Don’t Fall for a Con)
89 == Coronavirus Scam [02] —- (Online Face Masks)
90 == Coronavirus Financial Planning —- (Steps to Take Now to Prepare)
92 == Insulin [04] —- (Government Plan to Limit Out-Of-Pocket Cost)
93 == State Tax Burden for Alaska Retired Vets —- (As of Mar 2020)
GENERAL INTEREST
94 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 March 2020)
95 == Trump Border Wall [05] —- (Naval Base Kitsap Military Funds can’t go to Build Wall)
96 == Syria [07] —- (Turkey Launches Operation Spring)
97 == Afghan Peace Talks [09] —- (Joint Agreement Signed)
99 == U. S. World Position —- (Satisfaction With it is Highest since 2003)
100 == War Crime Allegations [01] —- (Taliban, Afghan Forces and US Military)
101 == Survivor Bias —- (Listen Carefully for It as You Hear Coronavirus Advice)
102 == Have You Heard? —- (Laughter is Good | Corny Jokes (1) | Jewish Humor 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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