RAO Bulletin Update 01 July 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == NDAA 2021 [01] —- (House Draft Proposals)
06 == NDAA 2021 [02] —- (Senate Votes to Start Debate)
07 == Military Racial Disparities —- (Legal Officers Concede Still Exist in Justice System)
08 == Military Racial Disparities [01] —- (SecDef Efforts to Eliminate)
09 == Military Racial Disparities [02] —- (Selection Board Photo Elimination)
10 == PFAS Toxic Exposure [18] —- (DOD Must Do More to Address Pollution)
11 == Arlington National Cemetery [85] —- (Expansion through Civil Condemnation Sought)
12 == DOD Defense Space Strategy —- (Shift to Approaching Space as a War-Fighting Domain)
13 == Afghan War Crimes —- (ICC Sanctioned Over Allegations)
14 == COVID-19 Myths vs. Facts —- (Appointments, Immunity, Scams, & Pharmacy)
15 == COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma [01] —- (DoD’s Goal to Collect 8,000+ Units by 30 SEP)
17 == Transgender Troops [26] —- (Does Supreme Court Ruling Affect Military?)
18 == PCS Moves [13] —- (What Families Need to Know as Moves Restart)
20 == Navy Surface Fleet [01] —- (Next-Gen Large Combatant in Jeopardy)
20 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 16 thru 30 Jun 2020 | Seven)
VA
23 == VGLI [06] —- (Eligibility Window Extended)
24 == VA Health Handbook [02] —- (Your Personalized Copy)
25 == VA Motto [02] —- (Lawmakers Call for a Change)
26 == VA Telehealth Program [19] —- (Vets Struggle to Access Internet Service/Technology)
28 == VA Hearing Care [06] —- (Remote Audiology Program)
28 == VA Claims Backlog [165] —- (House Wants Detailed Reduction Plan ASAP)
29 == VA Claims Backlog [166] —- (Overtime Use Impact on Reduction)
30 == Agent Orange Thailand [03] —- (Vet’s Win Leaves Glimmer of Hope for Others)
31 == VA Veteran Homes [03] —- (Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Report Released)
32 == COVID-19 Analytics —- (VA Challenge Launched to Predict Outcomes)
33 == VA COVID-19 Deaths [03] —- (Grim Milestone Reached)
34 == VA Infection Preventionists —- (Patient Protectors from Contamination & Disease)
34 == VR&E Program [03] —- (Program Name Change)
35 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 30 JUN 2020)
37 == Covid-19 Screening Tool —- (Nationwide Use Encouraged by VA)
37 == VA Travel Allowance [17] —- (New Reimbursement System)
VETS
38 == Vet Housing [17] —- (Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium Extended)
38 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [77] —- (Make War Profiteers Pay)
40 == LGBT Veterans —- (Discharge Review)
41 == Afghan Vets 12 —- (Jason Freiwald)
41 == Afghan Vets 13 —- (Robert Hendriks)
42 == Korean War Vets —– (Anthony Kaho’ohanohano | Chose to Stay Behind)
43 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 30 JUN 2020)
44 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled as of 30 June 2020)
44 == Veteran State Benefits —- (Connecticut 2020)
VET LEGISLATION
45 == Drug Cost Increases [18] —- (Senate Urged to Pass Prescription Drug Price Reduction Act)
45 == Prescription Drug Costs [58] —- (S.3979/ H.R.7116 | Tricare Prescriptions Relief Act)
46 == Vet Suicide [49] —- (H.R.3495/S.1906 | Improve Well-Being for Veterans’ Act)
47 == National Park Fees [02] —- (S.327/H.R.4930 | Wounded Veterans Recreation Act)
48 == VA Vietnam Vet Benefits —- (S.4086/H.R.6082 | Forgotten Vietnam Veterans Act)
MILITARY
49 == Military Base Names [18] —- (Renaming Controversy)
50 == USS Theodore Roosevelt [05] —- (Commander Will Not Be Reinstated)
51 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [12] —- (Big Bad John is back)
51 == Russia’s Submarine Force [01] —- (Newest Submarine Could Redefine Underwater Warfare)
53 == China’s Submarine Force —- (Navy Steps Closer to New Generation of Nuclear Submarines)
54 == Military Prisons —- (Biggest Differences from Civilian Ones)
56 == Navy SEALs [01] —- (Former Seal Gallagher Launches Pipe Hitter Foundation)
57 == USMC Camp Fuji —- (Covid-19 Restrictions Loosened for Troops)
58 == USMC Ship Needs [01] —- (Commandant Considers Amphibious Ships ‘Obsolete’)
59 == USMC Hypersonic Weapon Use —- (Not Interested in Adding to Arsenal)
60 == Military Marijuana Use —- (Most All CBD Products Now Prohibited)
61 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Ladder’ thru ‘Line Crossing Ceremony’)
MILITARY HISTORY
62 == Korean Expedition —- (The Other Korean War | 1871)
64 == Battle of Iwo Jima —- (Japanese Outnumbered by a More than 3 to 1 margin)
65 == WWII Guadalcanal —- (Second Naval Battle)
66 == Battle of Okinawa [02] —- (75th Anniversary with Scaled-Back Ceremony)
67 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [54] —- (Texas Raiders)
67 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 JUL)
68 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Harold E. Goettler | WWI)
HEALTH CARE
69 == Telehealth —- (Next Big Hurdles: Integration & Payment)
70 == Drug Price Fixing —- (Coalition Lawsuit against Generic Manufacturers)
71 == Mosquitos [07] —- (Potential Health Hazard)
72 == Metabolic Syndrome —- (Unhealthy Predictors of Heart Disease)
73 == Diabetes [24] —- (Patient Data Can Predict Older Adults Life Expectancy)
74 == Asthma [04] —- (Management & Spirometry Testing)
75 == Seborrheic Dermatitis —- (Non-Contagious Skin Condition)
77 == Presbyopia —- (Seeing Objects Less Clearly)
78 == Coronavirus Vaccine [03] —- (Medical Glass Shortage Could Delay Availability)
79 == COVID-19 Gatherings & Cookouts —- (How to Safely Host During Pandemic)
80 == COVID-19 Vulnerability [01] —- (Who’s Affected Most)
FINANCES
81 == Social Security Taxes [04] —- (Why Half of Retirees Now Pay Them)
82 == Tricare Catastrophic Cap [07] —- (Enrollment Fee Application Error)
83 == TRICARE Select [04] —- (Retiree Monthly Enrollment Fees to Begin in 2021)
84 == Medicare Cost | Military Retirees [03] —- (How Much Medicare Really Costs)
85 == Bayer Lawsuit —- ($10 B+ Settlement in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits)
86 == Freelancer Scam —- (Scammers Create Fake Accounts)
86 == Money Mule Scam —- (When Love Turns into Money Laundering)
87 == Tax Burden for Delaware Retired Vets —- (As of June 2020)
GENERAL INTEREST
89 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 30 June 2020)
90 == National Anthem [10] —- (Why it is Played before Sporting Events)
91 == Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act —- (Applicable to Monument/Memorial Vandals)
92 == China’s Nuclear Arsenal —- (Congress Urges Trump Admin to Constrain It)
93 == China’s Nuclear Arsenal [01] —- (China Quietly Building It Up)
94 == Afghan Russian Involvement —- (Taliban-linked Militants Allegedly Offered Bounties)
95 == Robocalls [02] —- (Steps that Could Put an End to Them)
96 == Juneteenth —- (S.RES. 219/S.4019 | Proposal to Make it a Federal Holiday)
97 == COVID-19 Changes [01] —- (More That May Outlast the Pandemic)
99 == COVID-19 Headgear [05] —- (Eyewear Fogging Prevention Tips when Wearing Masks)
100 == Travel Tax Credit —- ($4,000 ‘Explore America’ Proposal)
101 == National Suicide Hotline [01] —- (VA Supports 988 Expansion Initiative)
101 == Have You Heard? —- (Remember the Real America | Definitions | Then (1945) & Now (2020)

Note:
1. The page number on which an article can be found is provided to the left of each article’s title
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