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RAO BULLETIN 15 December 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:14 am

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BULLETIN
15 December 2014

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THIS BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
* DOD * .

04 == BRAC [39] ------------------------ (NDAA Rejects 2017 Base Closures)
05 == DoD Sexual Abuse [16] ---------------------- (Military’s Rough Justice)
05 == DoD Sexual Abuse [17 ------------- (Higher Than Previously Thought)
07 == Commissary News [10] -------- ($100 Million Funding Cut Next Year)
08 == SECDEF [09] ------------------------------------ (Finding a Replacement)
10 == SECDEF [10] --------------------------------- (Ashton Carter Nominated)
11 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ----------- (Reported 1 thru 15 Dec 2014)
12 == POW/MIA [42] -------------------- (WWII Airman Finally Laid to Rest)
14 == POW/MIA [43] -------------------- (Lawsuit Questions JPAC Accuracy)
16 == POW/MIA Recoveries ------------------ (Reported 141201 thru 141215)

* VA * .

18 == VA Health Care Delays [07] ----- (Goal is Immediate Care)
18 == VA Diabetes Care [11] -------------- (Hypoglycemic Safety Initiative)
19 == VA Health Care Access [21] ------- (Patient Access Data Release 11)
20 == VA Fraud, Waste, and Abuse --------------------- (141201 thru 141215)
21 == VA Health Care Stories [04] ----- (Navy Cross Recipient Shot Down)
23 == Agent Orange Exposed Ships [02] ----------- (Dec 2014 Updated List)
24 == VA Mental Health Care [27] ---------- (Peer Support Program Copay)
25 == Gulf War Syndrome [30] ------- (Coenzyme Q10 Possible Treatment)
27 == VA Hepatitis C Care [05] ---- $1.3 Billion Requested to Buy Sovaldi)
28 == VA Minority Veterans Panel [02] ---------------------- (New Members)
29 == VA Caregiver Program [27] ----------- (Programs Need Improvement)
30 == Military Sexual Trauma [02] -- (VA Expands Health Care Eligibility)
31 == VA Burial Delays [02] --- (VA’s Response to Stars & Stripes Article)
32 == VA Whistleblowers [15] –--- (Public Servant of the Year Award to 3)
33 == PTSD [179] ------------ (Impact on Aging Vets & Dealing with LOSS)
34 == PTSD [180] ------------------ (PET/CT Shows Pituitary Abnormalities)
35 == PTSD [181] ------------------- (Vietnam Punitive Discharge Upgrades)
36 == VA Choice Act [10] ---------- (Firing Authority 5-Day Notice Dispute)
37 == VAMC Phoenix AZ [12] ------------------- (OIG Phoenix Report Q&A)
38 == VAMC Phoenix AZ [13] ------- (Phoenix Report Baseless Allegations)
39 == VAMC Aurora CO [01] -------- 1997 $200M Estimate Now over $1B)

* VETS * .

41 == Wreaths Across America [11] -------------------- (23rd Mission 13 DEC)
42 == Homeless Vets [60] ---------------- (Fort Lauderdale Feeding Ordinance)
43 == Homeless Vets [61] ---------------------------- (House Oversight Hearing)
44 == VFW Federal Charter [01] --------------------- (President Signs into Law)
44 == OBIT | Brace~Ernest ---------------------------------------- (DEC 05, 2014)
46 == Vet Jobs [164] -------------------------------- (Renewable Energy Industry)
46 == Vet Jobs [165] ----------------------- (Colorado Good Paying Temp Jobs)
46 == Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial [13] -------- (Two Decade Legal Battle)
48 == Arizona Memorial [06] ------------- (Rampant Mismanagement Alleged)
48 == Honorary Chief Petty Officer --------------- (Bill Cosby Status Revoked)
51 == Budget Deficit Reduction ------- (Some CBO Ideas Would Impact Vets)
52 == Veterans Hire Veterans -------------- (Employment Resources and Links)
55 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---------------------------- (As of 11 Dec 2014)
56 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---------------------------------- (15 Dec thru 31 Jan 2014)
56 == WWII Vets 76 --------------------------------------- (Godsey~H.L.| ‘Hank’)
58 == America's Most Beloved Vets --------------------------- (World War II (7)
58 == Veteran State Benefits & Discounts ------------------------ (Hawaii 2014)

* VET LEGISLATION * .

59 == VA Advance Funding [06] ----------- (H.R. 83 FY 2015 Omnibus Bill)
60 == VA Suicide Prevention [24] -- (H.R.5059/S.2930 Clay Hunt SAV Act)
61 == GI Bill [187] -------------- (Extra 9-months for STEM Fields Proposed)
62 == NDAA for 2015 [06] ----------------------------- (Tobacco Prices & Use)
62 == NDAA for 2015 [07] -------------- (Compromise & CROmnibus Deals)
65 == 113th Congress [01] --------- (Passage of New Laws Hit Record Lows)
69 == Vet Bills Submitted to 113th Congress ----------- (As of 13 Dec 2014)

* MILITARY * .

70 == Warrior HWH --------------------------------------- (New Infrared Scope)
71 == Funeral Honors 08] --------------------------- (Military ARNG Program)
71 == Expert Field Medical Badge --------------- (Army Special Skill Award)
72 == FPO/APO Mail [04] ------------------ (Navy Standardizes FPO Format)
73 == SMCR ------------------ (Up to $20K Bonus to Fill 200 Critical Billets)
74 == Exosuits [01] ---------------------------------------------- (Phase 2 Testing)
77 == Medal of Honor Citations -------------------- (George B. Turner WWII)

* MILITARY HISTORY * .

79 == Aviation Art ------------------------------------------------- (Burn It Down)
79 == Military History ------------------- (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941)
80 == D-Day -------------------- (Anywhere, Anytime, Anyhow, Bar Nothing)
81 == WWII Prewar Events ----- (Spanish Civil War Condor Legion Planes)
82 == WWII Postwar Events ------------------ (Hiroshima Survivor Jun 1947)
82 == Spanish American War Image 54 --------- (Bombardment of San Juan)
83 == Military History Anniversaries --------------------- (16 Dec thru 15 Jan)
84 == WWI in Photos 104 ------------- (Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassin)
84 == Faces of WAR (WWII) ------------ (Pilot William A. Dean OCT 1944)


* HEALTH CARE * .

85 == TRICARE VSI Airmen ---------------- (Transitional Medical Benefits)
85 == TRICARE COPD Coverage ------------ (Number Three Killer in U.S.)
86 == Stroke [07] ------------------ (Avoid Strokes: Stay Calm and Carry On)
87 == Prescription Drug Disposal [06] -- (DEA Allows Pharmacies to Take)
87 == Flu Shots [06] --------------------- (Current Flu Season May be Severe)
88 == Health Care Inflation ------------------------------------- (Continues Low)
88 == Pill Swallowing ------------------------------------------ (Best Techniques)
89 == TMOP [18] ----------------------------------- (NDAA Proposed Changes)

* FINANCES * .

91 == Tax Changes 2015 ------------------- (Same Tax Rates, Wider Brackets)
92 == Tax Tips 2015 ---------------------------------- (Payments Prior to 1 JAN)
93 == Saving Money ------------------------------------------ (Holiday Tipping 1)
94 == Holiday Scams [03] ------------------------------- (What to Look Out For)
97 == Order Confirmation Email Scam -------------------------- (How It works)
98 == Tax Burden for New Jersey Retirees ------------------ (As of Dec 2014)
101 == Tax Burden for California Residents ------------------ (As of Dec 2014)
103 == Thrift Savings Plan 2014 ----------- (Share Prices + YTD Gain or Loss)

* GENERAL INTEREST * .

104 == Notes of Interest ------------------------------------ (01 thru 15 Nov 2014)
105 == NORAD Santa Tracking [02] ------------------ (Tracking Santa's Flight)
106 == NORAD Santa Tracking [03] ------------------ (Hard-Hitting Questions)
107 == Retiring Abroad [01] - (Don’t unless you Can Answer these Questions)
108 == Photos That Say It All --------------------------------------- (Three Points)
110 == WWII Ads --------------------------------------------- (Rohr Aircraft Corp)
111 == Normandy Then & Now ---------------- (Place Du Marche in Trevieres)
111 == Have You Heard? ----------------------------- (An Atheist In The Woods)
112 == They Grew Up to Be ----------------- (Marla Sokolof | Full House 1993)
112 == Interesting Ideas ----------------------------------------- (Bruise Treatment)
113 == Moments in US History ---------------------- (Gettysburg Reunion 1938)

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 the previous articles send a request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net.

*ATTACHMENTS*
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Attachment - RAO Bulletin 15 DEC 2014
Attachment - Veteran Legislation as of 13 Dec 2014
Attachment - Hawaii Vet State Benefits & Discounts Dec 2014
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 16 Dec thru 15 Jan
Attachment - Retiree Activity\Appreciation Days (RAD) Schedule as of Dec 11, 2014
Attachment - Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault
Attachment - USS Arizona: The Attack that Changed the World

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-- 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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