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RAO BULLETIN 1 November 2019

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BULLETIN
1 November 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .
04 == USS Gerald R. Ford [15] ---- (Navy Secretary Slams Congress for Spreading Disinformation)
06 == Arlington National Cemetery [83] ---- (What You Need to Know About Proposed Changes)
08 == JVS Chairman Senior Enlisted Adviser ---- (New SEAC Air Force CMSgt Ramon Colon-Lopez)
09 == Commissary/Exchange News [14] ---- (More Answers as Installations Ready for Extra Shoppers)
10 == NDAA 2020 [24] ---- (New Worries about the Possibility of Reaching a Compromise)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019 | Fifteen)
. * VA * .
14 == VA Adaptive Sports Program [01] ---- ($14.8M in Grants Awarded to 126 Organizations)
14 == Agent Orange Diseases [07] ---- (White House Responsible for Delayed Decision on New Additions)
17 == VA Suicide Prevention [61] ---- (Pain Intensity & Suicide Attempt Link)
19 == VA Scam Protection Effort ---- (GAO Says VA Not Doing Enough to Protect Vets)
20 == VA Medical Error Investigations [01] ---- (Congress Grills VA Over Additional Incidents)
21 == VA ATLAS Program ---- (Telehealth Outreach Launched to VFW, American Legion Posts)
22 == VA Data Protection ---- VA Largely Silent on Measures to Safeguard It
24 == VA Breast Cancer [01] ---- (Awareness and Available Tools)
25 == VA Secretary [88] ---- (Former Secretary Shulkin’s Tell-All Book)
26 == VA Special Monthly Compensation [04] ---- (SMC(L) & (L ½) Entitlements)
27 == VA Whistleblowers [60] ---- (New OAWP Has Put them in Further Danger)
30 == VA Hiring [16] ---- (MSEP Program Expands)
30 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 OCT 2019)
31 == VA Home Care ---- (New Medical Care Requirement Causing Problems)
32 == VA Legacy Appeals ---- (31 DEC 2022 Set as End Date for Resolving All Pending Ones)
33 == VAMC Clarksburg WV [03] ---- (Ten Deaths – 2 Ruled Homicides, 8 Others Might Be)
. * VETS * .
33 == Vet Cancer ---- (Dramatic Rise in VA Cases Raises New Questions)
34 == Stolen Valor [117] ---- (Elderly Army Nurse’s Service Called into Question)
36 == California GI Bill [03] ---- (State Backs Down over for-profit College Certification Issue)
37 == Wounded Warrior Project [01] ---- (Employment & Quality of Life Survey Findings)
38 == Maine Vet Cemetery ---- (Construction Begins on 2nd VA Cemetery)
39 == Melwood Veterans Services ---- (Offers Resources to Service Members)
40 == California Power Outages ---- (Concerns over Vet Impact)
40 == WWI Vets 08 ---- (Army Pfc. Charles Barger)
42 == WWII Vets 206 ---- (James South | Turned 100 on 7 OCT)
42 == WWI VETS 09 ---- (Orville Rogers)
43 == Obit: Francis C. Curry ---- (8 OCT 2019 | WWII MOH Recipient)
45 == Veterans FAQs ---- (How do I Get a Copy of My Boot Camp Medical Records?)
45 == Veterans FAQs ---- (Will I get Back Pay for the Time since I Applied for My Hearing Problems?)
46 == Veterans FAQs ---- (Am I Eligible for Special Monthly Compensation?)
46 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 1 NOV 2019)
47 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 1 NOV 2019)
48 == State Veteran's Benefits ---- (Pennsylvania 2019)
. * VET LEGISLATION * .
48 == Homeless Vets [96] ---- (H.R.95 | Homeless Veteran Families Act)
49 == Nuclear Testing ---- (S.947/H.R.3783 | Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2019)
50 == VA Website [05] ---- (H.R. 1199 | VA Website Accessibility Act)
51 == VA Grant Programs [01] ---- (H.R.4589 | Rural Veteran Medical Transportation)
51 == National Cemetery Administration [04] ---- (H.R.2385 | Veterans Legacy Program Grants)
51 == VA Medical Malpractice [01] ---- (H.R.4526 | VA Employment Transparency Act Endorsement)
51 == VA Fiduciary Program [10] ---- (HR 592, the "Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act)
52 == Gold Star Spouse [01] ---- (H.R.1911 - Gold Star Survivors Act)
52 == Overseas Pharmacies Use [03] ---- (H.R.4710 | Pharmaceutical Independence Long-Term Readiness Reform)
53 == VA Hiring [15] ---- (S. ___ | Hire Act)
54 == Kentucky Vet Legislation [02] ---- (BR 127 & 247 | Vet Service Organization Tax Exemption)
55 == Other Vet Legislation [02] ---- (Veteran Bills Advanced for House Vote)
. * MILITARY* .
57 == Army 16-Year Plan ---- (Launched to Tackle Russia, China)
59 == Gold Star Families [01] ---- (The Ultimate Sacrifice Comes Heavily Taxed)
61 == Air Force Fitness ---- (Assessment under Review)
62 == Air Force Indefinite Enlistment ---- (Takes Effect 18 November 2019
63 == Army Combat Fitness Test ---- (What Will the Army do About the Fail Rates?)
64 == College Credits for Military Education ---- (Marines & Sailors Could Soon Get)
65 == Fort Bliss AMC ---- (Almost Done 3 Years Late at a Cost of $1.4B)
67 == Navy Doomsday Plane ---- (E-6B Mercury Class-A mishap)
67 == Army Housing ---- (Q&A on Recent Problems)
68 == Aircraft Carriers [04] ---- (Carrier Sharing Plan with U.K.)
70 == Air Force Officer Fields ---- (Six New Promotion Categories Created)
71 == Military MREs [05] ---- (Don't Blame them for Your Gastrointestinal Discomfort)
72 == Military Proposed Weaponry ---- (Project Thor)
73 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘Dip’ thru ‘Dodge City’)
. * MILITARY HISTORY * .
74 == Red Ball Express ---- (Without it, Victory in Europe Would Have Been Impossible)
76 == Sherman’s March to The Sea ---- (Civil War’s Most Destructive Civilian Population Campaign)
77 == Tanks ---- (A Major-Maneuver Warfare Asset)
79 == Strategic Bombing ---- (Development during WWII)
80 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 NOV)
81 == Military Prop Photos ---- (c. 1910-1915)
81 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (HMS Dauntless (D33)
81 == Operation Commando Wrath ---- (Afghanistan Mission to Capture/Kill High-Value Targets)
83 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [41] ---- (Bombs Away)
83 == WWI Memorials [01] ---- (D.C. Plans Clear another Hurdle)
84 == MOH Awards [14] ---- (Plea for Army 'Legend' Alwyn Cashe)
86 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Rodolfo P Hernandez | Korean War)
. * HEALTH CARE * .
87 == TRICARE Website [03] ---- (DoD Medical Facility Microsites)
87 == Addiction Treatment ---- (https://findtreatment.gov Unveiled for Substance Abusers)
88 == Penis Transplant ---- (Vet Said One of the Best Decisions He Ever Made)
89 == Vet Medical Care Continuity ---- (VA Jeopardizing the MHS GENESIS EHR Project)
90 == Traumatic Brain Injury [74] ---- (VA/DoD Launch LIMBIC)
91 == Dementia [08] ---- (Steps to Prevent Dementia May Mean Taking Actual Steps)
92 == Concussions [01] ---- ($50 Million Project Investigating the Long-Term Impacts)
94 == Medicare Fraud [140] ---- (Disclosures 16-31 OCT 2019)
96 == Cannabidiol (CBD)-Containing Products ---- (Unsupported Claims)
96 == Cancer Q&A ---- (191016 thru 191031)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 523 ---- (TRICARE & FEDVIP Open Seasons - TRICARE Pubs - TRICARE Webinar)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 524 ---- (Website Expansion - EOB - TRICARE Open Season Webinar)
. * FINANCES * .
99 == Income Considered Non-Taxable ---- (Things Uncle Sam Can't Touch so Long as You Play by the Rules)
101 == Inheritance Tax ---- (Federal & State)
102 == Amtrak ---- (Passenger Discount for Military Veterans)
103 == Air Force Lodging ---- (Rates to Increase in November)
104 == SSA Windfall Elimination Provision [01] ---- (Legislation to Make it Fairer)
104 == Retiree Savings ---- (Make Them Last a Lot Longer by Avoiding these Costly Mistakes)
105 == Debt [01] ---- (Surefire Ways to Get rid of it ASAP)
106 == Gasoline Savings [06] ---- (Top Tier Detergent)
107 == Long Term Care FLTCIP [11] ---- (New FLTCIP 3.0 Plan Now Available)
108 == Sales Tax [03] ---- (Groceries, Candy, and Soda)
109 == Estate Planning [04] ---- (More than Just a Will)
110 == Great Depression ---- (Gallup Vault | Gloomy Outlook)
111 == Free Cash Scam ---- (False Promise of Unclaimed Rewards)
111 == Publisher Clearing House Scam ---- (Imposters Are Back Again)
112 == Charity Scam ---- (Learn to Avoid During International Charity Fraud Awareness Week)
113 == Tax Burden for South Dakota Retired Vets ---- (As of OCT 2019)
. * GENERAL INTEREST * .
115 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 31 October 2019)
116 == Trump Border Wall [03] ---- (Senate Sustains Veto of Military Base Project Money Use)
116 == Syria [04] ---- (Russian & Syrian Troops Fill Void as U.S. Pulls Out)
118 == Syria [05] ---- (Turkey Dismisses U.S. Calls for a Ceasefire)
119 == Syria [06] ---- (U.S. Continues to Fly Drones | Turks Ceasefire shaky)
120 == Presidency & War Power ---- (Congress’ Need to Restore Separation of Powers Concept)
121 == Hitler Artwork ---- (Auction Pieces Bring 270,000 Pounds)
122 == Overseas Holiday Mail ---- (2019 Deadlines)
122 == Lying ---- (10 Indicators It May Be Happening)
124 == Interesting Photos ---- (02: Copenhagen Power Plant)
124 == Oath of Office ---- (What It Means for Public Servants)
126 == Amelia Earhart Mystery ---- (Stays Down in the Deep)
128 == Paint [01] ---- (Storage and Disposal Guidelines)
129 == Have You Heard? ---- (Military Humor 7 | Target Letter | Bubba)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – Pennsylvania Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 NOV (Updated)
Attachment – Medical Murderers
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