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RAO BULLETIN 15 April 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:20 am

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BULLETIN
15 April 2017

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == SECNAV Retiree Council [06] ------------ (Response to 2015 Report)
05 == Navy Retiree Seminar/Appreciation Days ------------ (2017 Schedule)
06 == DoD Appropriations Act [02] -- (Congress' Professional Malpractice)
08 == Commissary Elimination [05 ] ---------------- ( Are They in Jeopardy)
09 == Commissary Funding [29] ---------------------- (Sales Continue to Fall)
10 == Coast Guard Move to Pentagon ----------- (Opposed by Commandant)
11 == Ohio-Class Subs ---------------------- (Will be Useless in One Decade)
11 == POW/MIA [83] ------------------------------ (All-American Meal Event)
13 == POW/MIA Recoveries ------------ (Reported 1 thru 15 APR 2017 | 27)

. * VA * .

19 == VA Survey 2017 - (VFW Results | Establish Private Care or Fix VA)
19 == VA Burial Benefits[42] -------------------------------- (Pre-Enrollment)
20 == VA Accountability [42] ---------------------- (Democratic Opposition)
21 == VA Health Care Access [49] --------- (Transparency With New Tool)
21 == VA Crises Hotline [35] ------------------ (VA Defends Work to Fix It)
22 == VA Caregiver Program [37] ------------------- (Dropped Caregivers)
24 == VA Caregiver Program [38] ---------- (Stations With Greatest Shifts)
26 == VA Reform [06] --- (What Vets Are About to Get from Trump's VA)
28 == PTSD Marijuana Treatment [02] ------- (JHU Withdraws from Study)
30 == VA Home Loan Appraisal ----------------- (System Under Pressure)
30 == VA Suicide Prevention [38] --------------- (REACH VET Launched)
31 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ------- (Reported 1 thru 15 APR 2017)
32 == VA Benefits Assistance [01] ------------------------------ (Do Not Pay)
33 == DVA Oklahoma ------- (Lawmakers Call for ODVA Investigation)
33 == VAMC Radcliff KY -------- (Public-Private Partnership Proposed)
34 == VAMC Hampton VA [05] -------------- (It Shouldn’t be This Hard)
34 == VAMC Washington DC [02] ----- (Director Temporarily Relieved)
35 == VA HCS Phoenix [30] ------------- (What Still Needs Improvement)


. * Vets * .

36 == Desert Storm Memorial [06] -------- (Approval Legislation Signed)
37 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [43] - (Registry Link Not Good Enough)
38 == Military Retirement Pay [07] ------ (State Comparative Tax Chart)
38 == GWOT Memorial Wall [01] -------------- (Work Has To Start Now)
39 == Tomb of the Unknowns [11] --------------- (Evolution of the Tomb)
41 == Homeless Vets [78] ----------------- (Potter's Lane | Changing Lives)
44 == AFRH [07] -- (Gulfport/Washington Homes Facing Budget Woes)
46 == Alabama Vet Homes [02] ===- (DVA Rejects Hartsville Proposal)
47 == Obit: John Glenn ---------------------------- (8 DEC 2016 | Astronaut)
50 == Retiree Checklist ------------------- (What Survivors Should Know)
52 == Retiree Appreciation Days ----------------------- (As of APR 15, 2017)
53 == Vet Hiring Fairs --------------------------- (16 APR thru 15 MAY 2017)
55 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ------------ (West Virginia APR 2017)


* Vet Legislation * .

56 == COLA 2017 [05] ----- (H.R.1319 | Disabled Vet Compensation & DIC)
56 == Vet ID ---------------------------- (Maine Governor Vetos Passport Bill)
57 == VA Vet Choice Program [51] - (S.554 | Program Termination Date)
57 == VA Blue Water Claims [39] ------------- (H.R.299 | Opposed by VA)
58 == Vet Jobs [218] -------------- (Accelerated Computer Course Legislation)
59 == GI Bill [221] -- (S.765/H.R.1793 | Veterans Priority Enrollment Act)
59 == GI Bill [222] ------------------------------------------ (GI Bill Fairness Act)
60 == GI Bill [223] ----------- (Provide Purple Heart Recipients Full Benefits)
60 == VA Women Vet Programs [27] ------- (H.R. 93 | Improve Care Access)


. * MILITARY * .

61 == BAH [03] ------------- (Should It Be An Entitlement vice Allowance)
62 == MOAB (GBU-32) -------------- (Mother of All Bombs Used on ISIS)
63 == Navy Readiness ------------------------- (Loose Lips Might Sink Ships)
64 == Arlington National Cemetery [69] ------------ (Will Be Full by 2042)
65 == Beards In Uniform [01] --------------------------------- (It Can Be Done)
66 == Combat Amputations -------------------------------------- (Zero in 2016)
67 == Army Helmets ------------ (ACH Gen II | Lighter w/Same Protection)
68 == Award Devices C, D, & V ----------------------------- (New Guidelines)
70 == USMC Sexual Harassment ----------------- (Boot Camp Preparation)
71 == USCG Missions ----------------------- (The Little Agency That Could)
73 == USCG Budget [03] ------------ (Operations & Maintenance Worries)
74 == SGLI/VGLI [16] - (Navy Members Can Now Manage SGLI Online)
76 == Missile Defense --------------- (U.S. Needs Better Sensors, and Soon)
76 == Syrian Strike ---------------------------------- (Pentagon's Play-By-Play)
78 == Tomahawk Missile ---------------------------------------------- (What It is)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

79 == Siege of Leningrad --------------------------------- (Eight Horrific Facts)
82 == Bataan Death March [01] ---------------------------- (75th Anniversary)
83 == WWI U.S. Entry ----- (Dependence on Foreign Weapon Technology)
85 == WWI Navy ------------------------- (U-Boat Threat Led to Innovations)
86 == WWII MRE ---------------------------- (Field Ration Connoisseurship)
87 == Military History Anniversaries ------------------------ (16 thru 30 APR)
87 == Vietnam Vets [23] ------------ (Robert Rucker | Scrutinized by Others)
88 == WWII Vets 134 ------- (Wayne Carringer | Bataan Death Marcher)
89 == WWII Vets 135 ------------------ (Richard Overton | Oldest Living Vet)
90 == Medal Of Honor Story ----------- (Miyanura~Hiroshi | WWII/ROK)
90 == Medal of Honor Citations -------------- (Femoyer~Robert E | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

92 == Wheelchair Enhancement ---- (Waterproof PneuChair Runs on Air)
92 == Drug Cost Increases [06] ----------------------------------- (Dirty Dozen)
94 == TRICARE Dental Program [14] ----------------------- (Improvements)
94 == TRICARE Dental Program [15] - (Rate Changes Will Hurt Access)
95 == Children's Health ----------------------------------- (Quiz | True or False)
96 == Back Pain [02] ------ (Not Many Benefit from Spinal Manipulation)
98 == Parasites [02] -------------------------------------- (What's Eating You (3)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 391------------------ (TBI | Cervical Cancer | Travel)
99 == TRICARE Podcast 392 -------- (TRDP | Exercise | Childhood Obesity)

. * FINANCES * .

101 == Social Security Benefits [04] -------- (Five Steps to Financial Security)
101 == Car Loan ------------------------------- (How to Obtain - What to Expect)
102 == Car Shopping ----------------- (Know Your Profile to Get the Best Deal)
103 == Home Sale Tax Exemption -------------------------------- (How It works)
104 == Watching You Online Scam ------------------------------- (How It works)
105 == Civil Complaint Scam -------------------------------------- (How It works)
106 == Pet Adoption Scam ----------------------------------------- (How It works)
107 == Citgo Russian Ownership -------------- (Could Happen by End of 2017)
108 == Tax Burden for New Mexico Retired Vets ------------ (As of Apr 2017)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

110 == Notes of Interest ------------------------------------ (01 thru 15 APR 2017)
111 == The Accidental Hero ------------------------------------------ (Matt Konop)
112 == Cruise Missiles ----------------- (U.S. Has No Defense Against Russia's)
113 == Artificial Intelligence ----------- (Future of AI Weaponry That Can Kill)
114 == IRS 2017 Filing Season [04] ----------------------------- (April Madness)
115 == RP~China Dispute [21] ------------ (RP To Upgrade Existing Facilities)
115 == USCG Reunion -------------------------- (June 10, 2017 | Hopkins MN)
116 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [06] ------ (Trump Gives China Ultimatum)
117 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [07] ----- (China's Increased Tension Concern)
118 == Taiwan-China Dispute [02] - (Weapons Will Not Prevent Unification)
119 == Japan~PRK Dispute -------------------------------- (New Level Of Threat)
120 == Illegal Aliens [01] ---------------- (Benefits | Net Income vs. Joe Legal)
121 == Have You Heard? ---------------------- (Embarrassing Medical Exams)

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 raoemo@sbcglobal.net.

. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment - RAO Bulletin April 15, 2017
Attachment - West Virginia Vet State Benefits & Discounts APR 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 30 APR
Attachment - USCG 2017 Reunion Biographical Booklet

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