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RAO BULLETIN 15 July 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:42 am

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BULLETIN
15 July 2017

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All Hands: I anticipate moving 29 & 30 JUL and it is likely I will not have time to publish the 1 AUG Bulletin or at best a delayed one. Hopefully, now that I have reached age 77, this will be my last move FOREVER!

Lt. James "EMO" Tichacek, USN (Ret)
Editor/Publisher RAO Bulletin


THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == NDAA 2018 ------------------------------------- (House $631B | Senate $700B)
05 == NDAA 2018 [01] -------------------------------------------- (Civilian Workforce)
06 == NDAA 2018 [02] ------------------------------------- (Valor Awards Retention)
06 == NDAA 2018 [03] ------------------------------------- (TRICARE Fee Increases)
07 == NDAA 2018 [04] ----- (Transgender-Related Medical Treatment Funding)
07 == NDAA 2018 [05] ------------------------------------------------------ (BRAC Ban)
08 == Transgender Troops [06] ------------ (Enlistment Plan Opposed by House)
09 == Recruiting Non-citizens [02] ------ (Opposition to Contract Cancellations)
09 == Exchange Online Shopping [11] -------------------------- (Beta Test Results)
11 == DoD Budget 2018 [05] ----------------- (Congress Divided on Pay & BAH)
12 == Project 112 & SHAD [09] ----------------- (What Happened - Who Suffered?)
13 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ------------------ (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017)
15 == Pentagon Spending ------------------------- ( $33.6 Billion In Missed Savings)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries ------------- (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017 | Eighteen)

. * VA * .

20 == VA Caregiver Program [43] -------------------- (DAV Unsung Hero Initiative)
21 == Gulf War Syndrome [41] ------------------------------------- (Claim Denial Rate)
21 == VA Vet Choice Program [55] ---------------- (Congress Running Out of Time)
22 == VA Prosthetics [17] -------------------- ( First 2 Vets Receive 'LUKE' Arms)
23 == VA Cancer Policy [03] ----- (Bile Duct | Vietnam Liver Fluke Worm Link)
24 == Fisher House Expansion [18] ---------------------------------------- (Bronx NY)
25 == VA Hospice Care [05] ----=----- (Increased Care Campaign Showing Results)
26 == VA Adverse Employee Actions ------- ( New Weekly Accountability Report)
27 == GI Bill [232] ------------------------------ (Recruitment Impact From Changes)
29 == VA Did You Know - (Death Confirmation | Ferry Rides | Separation Pay)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ------------------ (Reported 1 thru 15 JUL 2017)

. * Vets * .

31 == GI Bill [233] ---- (Reform Bill Receives Initial Congressional Agreement)
32 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [44] --------------------- (Lawsuit Ruling Pending)
34 == Medicaid Eligible Vets [05] ----------------- (GOP Health Care Bill Impact)
35 == Vet Jobs [224] ----------------------------- (Veterans Innovation Partnership)
36 == Massachusetts Vet Bonus [05] ------------------------- (OTH Vet's Lawsuit)
37 == Taps [03] ---------------------------- (Vet Faces $300 Fine for Daily Playing)
37 == Vet Cemetery Arkansas [04] ----------------- ( Fayetteville Land Donation)
38 == AFL Q & A -------------------------------------------------------- (Death Benefits)
39 == Retiree Appreciation Days --------------------------------- (As of 15 JUL 2017)
39 == Vet Hiring Fairs ------------------------------------ (16 JUL thru 15 AUG 2017)
41 == Vet State Benefits & Discounts ------------------------------ (Maine JUL 2017)

* Vet Legislation * .

42 == VA Health Care Access [53]------------------------- (Serve Veterans First Act)
42 == VA Appeals Backlog [09] ---- (Appeals Improvement & Modernization Act)
43 == Military Retirement Pay [08] ----- (HR 3011 | Survivor Pay Upon Death)
43 == VA Caregiver Program [44] - (S.591/HR1472 | Expand Caregiver Benefits)
44 == GI Bill [234] -------------------------------- (Lifetime Benefit for New Recruits)
45 == VA Nursing Home Care --- (S.683 | Keeping Our Commitment to DAV Act)

. * MILITARY * .

46 == USAF MQ-9 Reaper --------------------- (First Successful Combat Mission)
46 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [01] -- (CO temporarily relieved of command)
47 == Award Devices [01] ------------------------------ (C & R Criteria Announced)
48 == Department of the Navy ---------------------------- (Name Change Proposed)
48 == Navy Lingo ------------------------ (19 Terms Only Sailors Will Understand)
50 == Navy Fleet Size [04] ------------------------------ (Smaller Carriers Proposed)
50 == Army Hydrogen Fueled Vehicles ------------------------------ (Testing Begun)
53 == KIA LCpl Joseph R. Giese ----------------------------------- (A Father's Grief)
53 == Navy Peacoat -------------------------------- (Will It Become Optional Attire)
54 == Recruiting Non-citizens [02] ----- (Opposition to Contract Cancellations)
54 == THAAD ---------------------------------------------- (14 of 14 Tests Successful)
55 == Military Recruiting [07] ----------------------------- (GI Bill Changes Impact)
57 == Trump 355 Ship Fleet [01] --------- (Navy Plans in Motion to Meet Goal)
59 == Trump 355 Ship Fleet [02] --- (Composition | Thinking Outside the Box)
59 == Navy Discipline --------------------------- (Confinement On Bread & Water)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

61 == WWII Vets 105 ------------------------------------------------ (Cole~Richard 01)
62 == Maryland Vet Cemetery [03] -------------- (Loudon Park National Cemetery)
63 == China Submarine Program -- (Abacuses Used in Design of 1st Nuclear Sub)
64 == USS Laffey (DD-724) ---------------------------------- (Kamikaze Attack 1945)
64 == Abandoned Military Bases [02] ----------------------- (109th Iman Fortified)
64 == Insanely Daring Air Raids ---------------- (No. 2 | The Sinking Of the Tirpitz)
65 == Future of War ------------------------------------------ (Battle of Mosul's Impact)
66 == Civil War Soldier Heroism -------------------- (United States Colored Troops)
67 == Military History Anniversaries ---------------------------------- (16 thru 31July)
68 == Medal Of Honor Story ----------------------------- (Sal Guinta | Afghanistan)
68 == Medal of Honor Citations --------------------------(Eugene B Flukey | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

71 == Heart Disease [03] ----------------------------------------------------------- (Men's)
72 == Flu Shots [10] ------------------ (Dissolving Microneedle Patch Alternative)
73 == Sleep Apnea [06] ------------------- (Don't Let It Steal Your Sweet Dreams)
74 == Biosensors --------------------------- (What's Your Body Trying to Tell You)
75 == Prostate Cancer [16] -------------------------- (Overdiagnosed and Overtreated)
76 == TRICARE Podcast 404 ------- (Prostrate Cancer | Child Obesity | Vitamin D)
77 == TRICARE Podcast 405 ---- (Updating DEERS | Oral Health | Heart Disease)

. * FINANCES * .

79 == Linkedlin Scam ---------------------------------- (Bogus Connection Requests)
80 == Wi-Fi Scam ------------------------------------ (Beware Free Connection Offer)
80 == Debt Collection [12] -------------------- (Harassment | How to Deal with It)
82 == State Retirement Income Tax [01] -------- (North Carolina Senate Action)
82 == Medicare Coverage Rates --------------------------------------------------- (2017)
82 == Gig Economy -------------------- (A Means for Seniors to Available Funds)
83 == Credit Reports [08] ----------------- (Changes Will Help Some Consumers)
84 == Tax Burden for Rhode Island Retired Vets ------------------ (As of JUL2017)


. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

86 == Notes of Interest -------------------------------------------- (01 thru 15 JUL 2017)
87 == China Overseas Bases ---------------------- (First in Djibouti Being Manned)
88 == Battle of Mosul ----- (Victory Declaration | Iraqi Forces Brace for Future)
89 == Aging [01] ------------------------------------------------- (End of Life Decisions)
90 == Grocery Stores -------------------------- (Things You Should Not Buy There)
92 == Driving Tickets ------------------------------------------- (Car Insurance Impact)
94 == Toilets ------------------------------------------- (One Way to Deal with Stench)
94 == GTMO Detainees --------------- (Omar Khadr | Awarded $8M in Lawsuit)
95 == Coca Cola [02] --------------------------------- (23 more ways It Can Be Used)
97 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [12] --------------------------- (Cost Impact on Troops)
98 == PRK Nuclear Weapons [13] ---------------------- (First Successful ICBM Test)
99 == Garage Door Billboards --------------------------- (Making Yours Stand Out (5)
100 == Have You Heard? - (Old Man, Boy & Donkey | Dr. Young vs Dr. Geezer)

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 July 15, 2017
Attachment - Maine Vet State Benefits & Discounts JUL 2017
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 July
Attachment - Mosul's Impact On the Future of War

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RAO Bulletin Editor/Publisher:
Lt. James (EMO) Tichacek, USN (Ret) Tel: (858) 432-1214 Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net
Bulletin Web Access: http://www.nhc-ul.org/rao.html, http://www.veteransresources.org, http://frabr245.org, and
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RAO Baguio Director:
SMSgt Leonard (Len) D. Harvey, USAF (Ret) PSC 517 Box 4036, FPO AP 96517-1000, Tel: 63-74-442-3468; Email: lenharvey@live.com.ph

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