RAO BULLETIN 1 MAY 2019

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RAO BULLETIN 1 MAY 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Thu May 02, 2019 7:43 am

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BULLETIN
1 MAY 2019

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Transgender Troops [23] ---- (Medical Association Blasts Military’s Transgender Policy)
05 == Feres Doctrine [13] ---- (Congressional Hearing on DOD Malpractice Rules Change)
06 == Cyber Defense [03] ---- (Cyberattack on Japan could be Regarded as an “Armed Attack”)
07 == Nuclear Weapons [03] ---- (Trump Stops U.S. Stockpile Size Disclosures)
08 == Commissary Alcohol Sales [02] ---- (No Decision on Which Stores Will Sell Next)
09 == Commissary/Exchange Merger [04] ---- (Scrutiny of Merger Proposal Requested)
09 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2019)
10 == Selective Service System [29] ---- (The Case for Keeping Military Draft Registration)
12 == Background Investigations ---- (Responsibility Shift from OPM to DOD’s DCSA)
12 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2019 | Ten)

. * VA * .

14 == VA Appeals Status Tracker ---- (How to check the Status of Your Claim)
16 == VA Disability Review ---- (Frequently Requested to Check Severity of Disabilities)
17 == VA Women Vet Programs [38] ---- (Text Messaging Call Center | 855-829-6636)
17 == VA EHR [15] ---- (Senators Move to Ramp Up Oversight of VA's $16B Project)
18 == VA Privatization [17] ---- (Latest Battleground for Congressional Rising Stars)
19 == VA Privatization [18] ---- (If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it)
19 == VA Vet Choice [84] ---- (Program Eligibility Mileage Change)
21 == VA Women Vet Programs [37] ---- (What’s Available at Your VAMC)
22 == VA Infertility Services [01] ---- (VA Can Help Veterans and Their Families)
23 == VA Individual Unemployability [07] ---- (What It is in Plain, Understandable English.)
24 == VA Whistleblowers [57] ---- (New VA Protection Office under Investigation for Retaliation)
27 == VA 3D Printing [01] ---- (VA Looks to Create Artificial Organs, Even Bones)
28 == PTSD [250] ---- (Prolonged Exposure vs. Coping Skills Therapy Use)
29 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 APR 2019)
30 == VA Blue Water Claims [69] ---- (Supreme Court Grants 30-Day Denial Extension)
30 == VAMC Indianapolis IN [02] ---- (Why No One Was Fired After Foot Amputation Error)

. * VETS * .

32 == Veterans in Politics Program ---- (For Veteran Eyeing a Run for Office)
33 == U.S. Census 2020 ---- (Veteran Status Question)
33 == GI Bill [283] ---- (VES Study | How Schools Utilize Taxpayer Money Received)
34 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Could My Lesions be From Exposure to Agent Orange?)
35 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Why Isn’t My IU Application on record with VA?)
36 == Veterans FAQ ---- (How Can I Prove Drill Sargent Beatings Caused My Medical Problems?)
37 == WWI Vets ---- (Eddie Rickenbacker | America’s Flying Ace)
38 == WWII Vets 191 ---- (Arthur Joseph Holmes | Bronze Star Recipient)
39 == USCGC Tampa ---- (WWI’s Greatest Combat Loss by the U.S. Naval Forces)
41 == Obit: Richard Lugar ---- (28 APR 2019 | Navy Officer & 36 Year U.S. Senator)
43 == Obit: Robert Graham ---- (12 APR 2019 | WW2 Guadalcanal & Bougainville Vet)
43 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 1 MAY 2019)
44 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 1 MAY 2019)
44 == Vet State Benefits ---- (Massachusetts 2019)

. * VET LEGISLATION * .

45 == Agent Orange Diseases [05] ---- (H.R.2200 | Keeping Our Promise Act)
46 == DIC [11] ---- (S.1047 | DIC Improvement Act)
46 == Tricare Reserve Select [16] ---- (H.R.613/S.164 | TRS Improvement Act)
47 == Vet Suicide [31] ---- (H.R.2333 | Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act)
48 == Vet Suicide [32] ---- (H.R.2340 | Fight Veterans Suicide Act)
49 == MOH Awards [11] ---- (H.R.___/S.___ | World War I Medals Review Act)
50 == Gold Star Families ---- (Senate Compromise Would Extend Free College Tuition in New York)

. * MILITARY* .

51 == Transition Assistance Program [08] ---- (Changes Coming to TAP this Fall)
52 == Military Recruiting [13] ---- (Do US High Schools Bar Military Recruiters?)
53 == UFO Reporting ---- (Navy Drafting New Guidelines)
54 == Military Draft [02] ---- (Trump Appeals Ruling That Male Only is Unconstitutional)
55 == Night Vision [01] ---- (ENVG-B | One of the Most Advanced Optics Available Being Deployed)
56 == Army Promotions ---- (Way For Senior NCO Promotions Completely Revamped)
58 == USCG China Mission ---- (U.S. Using Coast Guard to Help Counter China)
59 == Base Housing [11] ---- (New Registry and Hotline Aims to Address Housing Woes)
61 == CBD Products ---- (Military Users Risk Testing Positive for Illegal Drug Use)
62 == USMC Perris Island [01] ---- (956 Day Recruit Becomes a Marine)
63 == Toxic Exposure | Kirtland AFB ---- (Jet Fuel Seeping Into the Ground for Decades)
63 == RC Transgender Troops ---- (3 More States to Allow Them to Serve)
64 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (Boot Topping thru Break (the)
65 == Warships That Will Change the Future ---- (USS Port Royal (CG-73)

. * MILITARY HISTORY * .

66 == Go For Broke Day ---- (Japanese-American Army Unit is the Reason We Celebrate it Nationally)
67 == WW2 Operation Vengeance ---- (Coordinated Effort to Kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto)
67 == Vietnam War Radiomen ---- (Life Expectancy)
68 == General Henri Giraud ---- (Escaped the Germans in Both World Wars)
70 == Post WWII Photos ---- (General Charles de Gaulle Visits Lorient France)
71 == War Memorials ---- (Shrine of Remembrance)
71 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Little Friend)
71 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [29] ---- (Big Time Operator)
72 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 MAY)
72 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Louis James Hauge | WWII)

. * HEALTH CARE * .

73 == Health Care Cost [02] ---- (Americans Report Great Angst Over Healthcare Costs)
75 == PTSD Detection ---- (Voice Analysis Software | 89% Accurate)
76 == Medicare Freebies ---- (Seniors, Don’t Overlook these Six)
77 == Heart Disease [05] ---- (People with Stress Disorders like PTSD are at Higher Risk)
78 == Bed Sores [01] ---- (Researchers Working on 3D Method to Aid Treatment)
79 == Ticks [02] ---- (Season Has Begun)
79 == Boils & Carbuncles ---- (Recognition and Treatment)
81 == TRICARE after Retirement ---- (Must Enroll Within 365 Days)
82 == Family Addition ---- (What You Need to Do for TRICARE Coverage)
83 == Prescription Drug Costs [29] ---- (S.64 | Prohibit Delaying Generic Drug Market Entry)
84 == TRICARE Podcast 498 ---- (Freedom Quitline - Military Kids Connect)
84 == TRICARE Podcast 499 ---- (MilConnect & BWE - Activating? - Coverage After Retirement)

. * FINANCES * .

86 == IRS 2019 Filing Season ---- (7 Ways Your Taxes Will Change in 2020)
87 == IRS Kiddie Tax ---- (A Disaster for Some Gold Star Families)
90 == Rent or Own ---- (13 Cities Where Renting Is Cheaper Than Buying)
92 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190415 thru 190430)
93 == Hotel Fees ---- (Tips for Avoiding Ridiculous Ones)
94 == Hidden Cable Fees ---- (Let's End Those Sneaky Fees!)
95 == Use Tax ---- (Legal Obligation and Civic Duty to Pay)
95 == Genetic Testing Scam ---- (How it Works)
96 == Global Entry Scam ---- (Misleading Lookalike Websites)
96 == Notre Dame Cathedral Scam ---- (Watch for Phony Crowdfunding)
97 == Tax Burden for Nebraska Retired Vets ---- (As of APR 2019)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

99 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 30 APR 2019)
100 == Afghan Manning Levels [04] ---- (Afghanistan’s Hired Guns)
102 == Grandchildren ---- (Things They Will Never Understand)
104 == Women's Hall of Fame ---- (Vote Fails to Keep Jane Fonda from Being Inducted)
105 == Afghan Withdrawal ---- (Poll | Veterans, Military Families Want Out)
106 == South China Sea [03] ---- (Vietnam vs. China Islet Development)
107 == GoFundMe Scam [02] ---- (Female Accomplish Pleads Guilty | Will Serve 4 years)
108 == California Unclaimed Property ---- ($9.3 Billion Waiting to be Claimed)
109 == Iran Revolutionary Guard ---- (US Terrorism Label Takes Effect)
110 == Fort Trump ---- (Poland Nearing a Deal for New In Country U.S. Base)
111 == U.S. African OPS ---- (The U.S. Footprint in Africa)
112 == U.S. African OPS [01] ---- (Operations Conducted to Date)
115 == Memories ---- (Hoover Dam 1936)
116 == Immigrants ---- (Foreign Born Residents by State in America)
116 == Secrets of Flying (1) ---- (What You May Not Know)
118 == DPRK Russia Relations ---- (Kim Jong Un’s Upcoming Summit Objectives)
119 == U.S. Sanctions | Iran [02] ---- (Bill Labels all U.S. Military Forces as Terrorist)
120 == Interesting Inventions ---- (Charges + Window Stickies)
121 == One Word Essays ---- (Accomplishment)
122 == Have You Heard? ---- (Husband & Wives | Then (1945) & Now (2016)

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.
3. Recipients of the Bulletin are authorized and encouraged to forward the Bulletin to other vets or veteran organizations.

. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment – Massachusetts Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 MAY (Updated)
Attachment – WW2 Operation Vengeance

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