RAO BULLETIN 15 November 2014

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RAO BULLETIN 15 November 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:07 am

RAO
BULLETIN
15 November 2014

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THIS BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject

* DOD * .

04 == Military Retirement System [17] ---------- (End-of-Career Payout Plan)
05 == SASC -------------------------------- (Anticipated New Chairman Impact)
07 == Selective Service System [10] ----------- (Women Draft Could be Next)
08 == DFAS 1099-R [04] ------------------------------------- (2014 Availability)
09 == Retiree Newsletters ----------------- (DFAS Role in Newsletter Receipt)
10 == DoD Suicide Policy [07] --- (Top Troop Death Cause in 2012 & 2013)
10 == DoD Suicide Policy [08] ----------------- (Predicting Who at Most Risk)
11 == POW/MIA Recoveries ------------------ (Reported 141101 thru 141115)
14 == DoD Mobilized Reserve 30 OCT 2014 -------------- (Decrease of 1920)

* VA * .

14 == VA Correspondence [01] ----------- (Kenneth C. Brunner is Not Dead)
15 == Homeless Vets [58] ------------------ (More Than Blankets are Needed)
17 == VA Reform [01] ------------------------------ (NVTC Recommendations)
18 == VA Budget 2015 [02] ------ (VASEC Says Additional Funds Needed)
18 == VA Prosthetics [12] ---- (New 3-Axis Pressure Sensor to Improve Fit)
20 == VA Means Test [01] ------------------- (Net Worth No Longer a Factor)
20 == Road to Veterans Day ----------------------- (SECVA Initiative Update)
22 == VA Health Care Access [19] --------------------- (New ACA Webpage)
22 == Legionnaires Disease [08] ------------------------ (Another VA Lawsuit)
22 == VA Health Care Stories [03] -------------------- (5 Years of Frustration)
24 == VA Choice Act [04] ---- (Healthcare Delay Coverup Manager Firings)
25 == VA Choice Act [05] ---------------- (VA Secretary Open Letter to Vets)
26 == VA Choice Act [06] ----- (1,000 Employees Face Disciplinary Action)
27 == VA Choice Act [07] ------------------ (2nd High Ranking Official Fired)
28 == VA Credibility [25] ---- (Was Change to Phoenix IG Report Dictated?)
29 == VA Credibility [26] ------------ (CVA Commentary on Restoring Trust)
30 == MyVA Plan ----------------- (SECVA Department Reorganization Plan)
31 == VA Loans -------------------- (Adjustable Rate Mortgages | Basic Rules)
32 == VA Fraud, Waste, and Abuse ---------------------- (141101 thru 141115)
33 == VAMC Eire PA ---------- (Concerns Over New Director Appointment)

* VETS * .

35 == Arizona Memorial [05] -------------- (Shrine Wall Upgrade Completed)
36 == Vet Toxic Exposure ~ OEF/OIF [01] ------ (Chemical Warfare Agents)
37 == American Legion [02] ------------------ (New Executive Director Goals)
38 == Rememberence Day ----------------------- (Great Britain’s Veterans Day)
40 == Vet Unemployment [02] ------ (Up 1% in OCT for Newest Generation)
41 == Stolen Valor [96] ------------------------- (Reported 141101 thru 141115)
42 == Vet Benefits (Federal) [01] ------------------- (Triple Dipping Concerns)
43 == Vet Toxic Exposure~Lejeune [51] ----------- (List of Victims Growing)
46 == Vet Jobs [162] ------------------------------------ (Top 7 Jobs for Retirees)
47 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---------------------------- (As of 11 Nov 2014)
47 == Vet Hiring Fairs –------------------------------- (15 Nov thru 15 Dec 2014)
48 == WWII VETS 74 --------------------------------------------- (Smith~Jerry M)
50 == America's Most Beloved Vets ---------------------------- (World War II (5)
50 == Veteran State Benefits & Discounts ------------------------- (Florida 2014)

* VET LEGISLATION * .

51 == SASC [01] ----------- (Incoming Chairman John McCain’s Objectives)
52 == Vet Bills Submitted to 113th Congress ----------- (As of 14 NOV 2014)

* MILITARY * .

53 == Military Chaplains ----------------------- (Humanist Candidate Lawsuit)
55 == Military Veterinary Services ----- (Most Surgeries for Pets Suspended)
56 == Naval Intelligence ---- (Director’s Security Clearance Still Suspended)
58 == Military Political Climate ----------------- (Military Times Poll Results)
59 == Ground X-Vehicle -------- (Next-Generation Ground Combat Vehicle)
59 == Soft Exosuit --------------- (Exoskeleton Race is running at Full Steam)
61 == Medal of Honor Citations -------------------- (Treadwell, Jack L. WWII)

* MILITARY HISTORY * .

63 == Aviation Art ------------------------------- (Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, The)
64 == Flamethrower --------------------------------- (Inhumane Weapon of War)
66 == Military History -- (Deborah Sampson | 1st U.S. Army Female Soldier)
67 == Military History ------------------ (West Germany Inner Border System)
69 == D-Day ------------------------------------------------ (Little Known Facts 1)
71 == WWII Postwar Events ------------ (German POW’s at work May 1945)
72 == Spanish American War Image 60 --- (Spanish Warship Infanta Teresa)
72 == Military History Anniversaries --------------------- (16 Nov thru 15 Dec)
72 == WWI in Photos 114 --------------------------------- (Japanese Fleet 1914)
73 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ------- (US Navy Bomber Pilot Ron Gift 1944)
73 == Military Kits ----------------- (1944 Battle of Arnhem | Lance Corporal)

* HEALTH CARE * .


75 == Medicare Open Season ----- (Part D Enrollment/Change Opportunity)
76 == Lung Cancer ----------- (Medicare to Cover Low-Dose CT Screening)
77 == Long Term Care ------------------------- (10 Things You Should Know)
79 == Tricare Tobacco Cessation Program ------ (Types of Support Offered)
81 == Tricare Diabetes Coverage [01] - (Increase Awareness Decrease Risk)
82 == PTSD & TBI [01] ----------- (Medical Test Diagnosis Inching Closer)
83 == PTSD [177] ------------- (One in Six OEF/OIF Vets May Have PTSD)
84 == TRICARE Regions [01] -------------------- (Cut From 3 to 2 Proposed)
85 == TRICARE & OHI [02] ------------- (Save Yourself an OHI Headache)
86 == TRICARE Dental Program [07] ----------------------- (Sensitive Teeth)

* FINANCES * .

86 == Payroll Taxes [01] ----------------------------------------------------- (2014)
87 == Tax Friendly States for Retirees ------------------ (Consider All Factors)
89 == Homeowners Insurance [05] ------------------ (Impact of Filing a Claim)
89 == Credit Reports [06] ---------------------------------- (Correcting Mistakes)
90 == Military Pension Loans [02] ------------ (Controlling Measures Needed)
92 == Saving Money ------------------------------------ (Tipping Do’s & Don’ts)
94 == Newspaper Subscription Scam ----------------------------- (How It works)
95 == e-Bay Scams [01] ------------------------------------ (Cross-Site Scripting)
95 == Thrift Savings Plan 2014 ------------ (Share Prices + YTD Gain or Loss)
96 == Tax Burden for Nevada Retirees ------------------------ (As of Nov 2014)

* GENERAL INTEREST * .

98 == Notes of Interest ------------------------------------ (01 thru 15 Nov 2014)
98 == U.S. Military Presence in PI [01] ------- (Liberty Port Calls Cancelled)
99 == Tax Records -------------------------- (Records To Keep, For How Long)
100 == Car VIN ------------------------------------------------------ (How to Use It)
101 == Baby Shampoo --------------------------------------- (Ways You Can Use)
103 == WWII Ads -------------------------------------------- (Pall Mall Cigarettes)
104 == Photos That Say It All ------------------------------------------- (Footsteps)
104 == Normandy Then & Now --------------- (Pointe du Hoc German Bunker)
105 == Have You Heard? ------------------------------------------------ (Old Dogs)
105 == Interesting Ideas ---------------------------------------------------- (Icepack)
106 == They Grew Up to Be --------------------- (Jaleel White (Family Matters)
106 == Moments of US History ------------ (Mount Rushmore Before Carving)

*ATTACHMENTS*
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Attachment – RAO Bulletin 15 NOV 2014 (PDF & HTML Editions)
Attachment - Veteran Legislation as of 14 NOV 2014
Attachment – Florida Vet State Benefits & Discounts Nov 2014
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 Nov thru 15 Dec
Attachment - Retiree Activity\Appreciation Days (RAD) Schedule as of Nov 11, 2014

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-- http://www.veteransresources.org (PDF & HTML Editions w/ATTACHMENTS)
-- http://frabr245.org (PDF & HTML Editions in Word format)
-- http://www.veteransresources.org/rao-bulletin (past Bulletins)
-- http://w11.zetaboards.com/CFLNewsChat/topic/10387883/1 (Index of Previous Articles 140701)

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