RAO Bulletin Update 15 August 2020

This bulletin contains the following articles:
DoD
04 == National Guard Reorganization —- (Preparation for Possible Fights with Russia and China)
06 == Transgender Troops [27] —- (House Passes Amendment Barring Funding for Ban)
06 == Overseas Stationing —- (Poland Agrees To Pay Almost All Costs of US Troop Presence)
08 == RP-US Relations [07] —- (Duterte bans South China Sea Joint Military Exercises)
08 == Military Travel —- (New Covid-19 Guidelines)
09 == Military Hospitals [04] —- (Handover to Defense Health Agency Issues)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials —- (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2020 | Two)
VA
13 == VA Prescription Refills [03] —- (Four Ways to Do It During the Pandemic)
13 == VA EHR [26] —- (Overhaul to Restart in OCT)
14 == VA Pharmacy Mail-Order —- (Delays | Officials Say to Order Early)
16 == VA Pharmacy Mail-Order [01] —- (VA Works to Mitigate Medication Waits)
18 == VA Caregiver Program [64] —- (Final 1 OCT PCAFC Regulation Posted)
18 == VA Caregiver Program [65] —- (DAV Memo on PCAFC Regulation)
19 == VA Caregiver Program [66] —- (Stipends Set to Expand To Vietnam Vets & Older Generations)
20 == VA Caregiver Program [67] —- (Respite Relief for Veteran Caregivers)
21 == VA Progress [01] —- (VA Secretary Speaks Out on Today’s Concerns)
22 == VA Voluntary Service [03] —- (Plans Announced to Reintroduce to Facilities)
22 == VA Data Availability —- (Online Downloads & Services for Vets)
23 == Covid-19 Security —- (Virtual Check-Ins Latest VA Service)
24 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2020)
VETS
25 == Vet Unemployment [23] —- (Crisis May be Turning Around for Veterans)
26 == WWII Vets 230 —- (Richard Sherman | Flying Tigers)
27 == WWII Vets 231 —- (Frank Witek | Died Liberating Guam)
28 == WWII Vets 232 —- (Joe N. Hazel | Bronze Star Medal Recipient)
28 == Vet Home Covid-19 Impact [01] —- (Aging Veterans at State Homes ‘Left Behind’)
30 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 15 AUG 2020)
30 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled as of 15 AUG 2020)
31 == Veteran State Benefits —- (Georgia 2020)
VET LEGISLATION
32 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Karshi-Khanabad [02] —- (S.4415 | VA Coverage for Exposed Vets)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure Legislation [11] —- (S.4393 | TEAM Act of 2020)
35 == Military Mental Health Disorders [01] —- (S.4334/H.R.7368 | Brandon Act)
36 == PTSD & TBI [07] —- (S.785 | Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019)
38 == VA Women Vet Programs [40] —- (S.514 | Deborah Sampson Act)
38 == VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire [01] —- (S.1422 | Improve Vet Ability to Access/Submit)
39 == Vet Treatment Courts [03] —- (H.R.886 Signed into Law by Trump)
39 == Disabled Vet Housing Grants —- (H.R.3504/S.2022 | Signed into Law by Trump)
40 == VA Records [05] —- (HR.7926 | Allow Electronic Request of Certain Records)
40 == National MOH Monument [01] —- (S.4433/HR.5173 | National Medal of Honor Monument Act)
41 == Senate Vet Bill Progress —- (01 thru 15 AUG 2020)
MILITARY
42 == COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma [02] —- (MHS Asks Recovered to Donate Plasma for Seriously Ill)
43 == GPS Alternative —- (USAF’s Latest – Earth’s Magnetic Fields)
44 == Military Laser Program [01] —- (Army Starts Construction on Prototype Lasers)
45 == China’s New Amphib Warship —- (Sea Trials Kick Off)
46 == USMC Rocket Launcher —- (Marines Getting Upgrade to Their Iconic Vietnam-Era Launcher)
47 == Military Rape —- (OSI Losses Records on 20-Yr Old Case)
49 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang —- (‘Midwatch’ thru ‘Mustang’)
MILITARY HISTORY
50 == WWII Hiroshima Bombing —- (75th Anniversary)
51 == WWII Superfortresses —- (Role in Ending the Pacific War)
53 == Historic Soviet Sub Chase —- (USS Grenadier Chase of 28 May, 1959)
55 == WWI Sgt. Gerald York [01] —- (Profile in Courage)
57 == French Foreign Legion —- (Susan Travers | Only Woman Ever to Join)
59 == American Revolution’s Black Regiment —- (Acceptance and Impact)
61 == WWII Photos —- (12th SS Panzer Division Normandy Tank)
62 == VJ Day —- (15 August 1945 | The Rest of the Story)
63 == My WWII Story —- (James W. Neel, M-2/302 Inf, 94th Division)
65 == Military History Anniversaries —- (16 thru 31 AUG)
65 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [57] —- (Angel’s Claymore)
66 == Conscription Timelines in U.S. —- (History of Mandatory Military Enlistments)
68 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Gary Gordon | Somalia)
HEALTH CARE
71 == Flu Shots [13] —- (Getting These 2 Shots Could Reduce Your Risk of Dementia)
72 == Back-to-School Vaccinations —- (Q&A in the Age of Covid-19)
73 == Prescription Drug Costs [60] —- (Pandemic Closed the Window for Fixing Them in 2020)
74 == Prescription Drug Costs [61] —- (Congressional Report Card)
76 == Prescription Drug Costs [62] —- (Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Order)
77 == Alzheimer Disease [19] —- (New Blood Test finds it 20 Years before Symptoms Appear)
78 == Prescription Drug Spravato —- (First FDA Approved Antidepressant for Actively Suicidal People)
78 == TRICARE Select [06] —- (Retires Must Take Action to Pay Enrollment Fees)
79 == Coronavirus SITREP 12 —- (Most People Who Become Infected Will Recover)
80 == Coronavirus Vaccine [09] —- (Might Not Work for the 42% of Obese Adults)
81 == Coronavirus Vaccine [11] —- (Decisions on Who Gets it First Yet to be Made)
82 == Covid-19 Testing [02] —- (FDA Opens Door to Rapid, At-Home Testing)
84 == Covid-19 Testing [03] —- (DOD Announces $42M Contract for 250,000 Test Kits)
85 == Covid-19 Sanitation [07] —- (Hand Sanitizer Use Safety)
85 == Covid-19 Headgear [07] —- (Bandanas or Neck Gaiters)
86 == Covid-19 Headgear [08] —- (Three Most Effective)
87 == Covid-19 Analytics [01] —- (New Tally Shows 922 Healthcare Workers have Likely Died)
FINANCES
87 == College Tuition Costs —- (State Comparisons)
88 == Will [05] —- (Doing Your Own Guidelines)
89 == Social Security Spouse Benefit [01] —- (When Can I Collect on My Spouse’s Record?)
90 == VA Home Loans [73] —- (Help is Available if You Are Having Trouble Making Payments)
91 == VA Home Loans [74] —- (‘Most Powerful Mortgage Option’)
92 == Rental Scams [03] —- (Those Targeting Military Personnel on the Rise)
93 == Visa Scams —- (Confusion Around Visa Laws Gives Rise)
94 == Government Aid Program Scams —- (Free Government Aid Help)
95 == Retiree Finances [01] —- (Uncommon Ways to Cut Costs)
97 == Unemployment —- (Claims Slip below 1M for First Time since March)
98 == Tax Burden for Georgia Retired Vets —- (As of August 2020)
GENERAL INTEREST
102 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 15 August 2020)
103 == Germany’s U.S. Troops —- (Plan to Remove One-Third)
104 == U.S. Flag —- (Why Do We Stand)
106 == U.S. Russia Tensions [03] —- (Russia Warns It Will See Any Incoming Missiles as Nuclear)
107 == Trump Border Wall [07] —- (Supreme Court Declines to Halt Construction)
108 == RP-US Relations [06] —- (Duterte Will Not Allow U.S. Base in RP to Counter China)
108 == Overseas Absentee Voting —- (U.S. Voters in Philippines)
110 == Philippine Travel Advisory —- (U.S. Department of State Update August 7, 2020
111 == Census 2020 —- (Door to Door visits Begin Nationwide)
113 == Coronavirus Vaccine [08] —- (Red Flags Soar as Big Pharma will be Exempt)
114 == Coronavirus Vaccine [10] —- (Concerns over Russia’s New Vaccine)
115 == Have You Heard? —- (Senior Citizens 4 | Reasons Not to Mess with Children | Lessons Learned)

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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