RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2020

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RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2020

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:26 am

RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2020

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * 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)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – Georgia Veteran State Benefits
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 AUG (Updated)
Attachment – Enola Gay’s Flight
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