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RAO BULLETIN 15 August 2019

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:58 am

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BULLETIN
15 August 2019

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .
04 == DoD Deploy or Out Policy [03] ---- (Non-Deployable Airmen Drop from 7% to 5%)
05 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [03] ---- (All Troops Out by 2020 Election)
07 == DoD Lawsuit ~ Nissan Repossession Policy ---- Cash Settlement For Troops Impacted)
07 == DoD Pharmacy Program [01] ---- (Concern Over U.S. Reliance on China)
08 == SECDEF [19] ---- (New Secretary & Deputy Secretary Confirmations)
10 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2019)
14 == POW/MIA [77] ---- (WWII Remains Return to U.S. in Repatriation Ceremony)
15 == POW/MIA [78] ---- (25 More Missing Service Members Identified from 55 Cases of Remains)
15 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2019 | Sixteen)
. * VA * .
18 == VA Mission Act [12] ---- (5,000 Urgent Care Providers On Board – 2000 More to Go)
19 == VA NVDA Program [01] ---- (Volunteer Vets Making Sure No Veteran Dies Alone)
20 == Fisher House Expansion [22] ---- (Omaha Nebraska Facility Underway)
20 == VA Emergency Care [01] ---- ($53 Million in Claims Wrongfully Denied)
21 == VA Nursing Home [15] ---- (GAO Report Notes Upcoming CNH Availability Concerns)
22 == PTSD [253] ---- (Million Veteran Program Sheds Light on PTSD Genes)
23 == VA Same Day Appointment ---- (Program Needs Performance Measures)
24 == VASRD [02] ---- (Infectious Diseases, Immune Disorders & Nutritional Deficiencies Updated)
24 == VA Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 01 thru 15 AUG 2019)
. * VETS * .
25 == Vet Earnings ---- (Study Reveals Higher than Non-Vets Receive)
26 == Vet CRC Program [01] ---- (California Villa Facility Shortcomings Revealed)
26 == Vet Unemployment [20] ---- (0.1% Increase in July to 3.4%)
27 == Honor Guards [01] ---- (Vet Groups Declining Membership Impact on Availability)
28 == SBP DIC Offset [61] ---- (Advocates Push to Keep Repeal in NDAA)
29 == IRS Kiddie Tax [03] ---- (Gold Star Families Unfairly Taxed on Benefits)
30 == Retiree Court Martial ---- (New Legal Opinion Says it is Unconstitutional)
32 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Why Was I Only Given 6 Months of Back Pay?)
32 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Will I be Compensated for ALL of the Time I Waited for the VA Decision?)
33 == Veterans FAQ ---- (Why Must I Prove AO Exposure at Fort Polk?)
34 == WWII Vets 201 ---- (Luciano Graziano | Last Living Witness to Germany's Surrender)
35 == WWII Vets 202 ---- (James Thomas Lingg | Retired CWO2’s Service)
36 == Obit: Dorothy Eleanor Olsen ---- (23 JUL 2019 | WWII WASP Pilot)
38 == Obit: N. Grigsby ---- (16 Apr 1890 | Dying Protest)
38 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 16 AUG 2019)
39 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 16 AUG 2019)
39 == Vet State Benefits ---- (Montana 2019)
. * VET LEGISLATION * .
40 == American Legion [06] ---- (S.504/H.R.1641 LEGION Act Signed Into Law)
40 == VA Suicide Prevention [57] ---- (H.R.100 | Vet Overmedication and Suicide Prevention Act)
41 == GI Bill [291] ---- (H.R.4162 | GI Bill Planning Act of 2019)
42 == VA Reserve/Guard Benefits ---- (H.R.4183 | Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act)
. * MILITARY* .
43 == Navy Drug Policy ---- (Sailors Told to Tamp Out any CBD, Hemp Use)
44 == USMC Casualties ---- (Scott A. Koppenhafer | KIA Marine Raider Gunnery Sgt)
46 == USS Gerald A. Ford [15] ---- (Navy ‘Arrogance’ On USS Ford ‘Oughta Be Criminal’)
47 == Air Force Retention [02] ---- (Indefinite Enlistments under Consideration)
48 == Army Recruiting [13] ---- (Recruiter Recruits Wife)
48 == Military Insomnia ---- (How DoD is Hoping to Curb It)
50 == B-1 Bomber [04] ---- (Only 10% Fully Mission Capable)
50 == Army Jungle Combat Boots ---- (Two Types Available for Purchase)
51 == Military Eating ---- (Food Causes Stress For Women Veterans)
53 == Military MREs [03] ---- (New Tech Zaps Rations into a Third Their Normal Size)
54 == Military Mail ---- (U.S. International Mail Treaty Withdrawal APO-FPO Impact)
55 == Navy Minesweeper Fleet ---- (Ships are Too Old and Broken to Do the Job)
59 == USS John S. McCain [10] ---- (New Report Blames Big Navy for Fatal Collision)
60 == USS John S. McCain [11] ---- (Newer Technology Isn’t Always Better)
61 == Air Force Pay ---- (Software Giltch Now Fixed | Money to be Included in Next Pay Period)
61 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘CO’ thru ‘Compartment’)
. * MILITARY HISTORY * .
62 == WWII Rationing [01] ---- (Food & Clothing)
64 == Treaty of Versailles ---- (Flawed From the Start and Never Adequately Enforced)
65 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 31 AUG)
66 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Douglas A-20 Havoc)
66 == Black Watch Snipers ---- (A Canadian Battalion’s WWII Story)
67 == Citroën Sabotage ---- (Screwing With Nazis in a Genuinely Clever and Subtle Way)
67 == Circle of Heroes Memorial ---- (Gulf of Mexico off Dunedin Beach, FL)
68 == C-Rats ---- (Fueled Troops During and After World War II)
69 == Post WWII Photos ---- (Aachen, Germany School Registration)
69 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [36] ---- (Reserved)
69 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (James R. Hendrix | WWII)
. * HEALTH CARE * .
71 == TRICARE Back to School Services ---- (It’s Time to Look Ahead)
72 == Organ Donors [01] ---- (Kidney | A Donor’s Experience)
73 == Trump Pharmacy Proposal ---- (Would Let US Import Cheaper Prescription Drugs)
74 == Prescription Drug Cost [35] ---- (How Democratic Candidates Want to Limit Drug Prices)
74 == Tick-Borne Diseases [01] ---- (Senate Committee Drug Pricing Reforms Unveiled)
76 == PTSD Detection [01] ---- (Study Discloses Genetic Links)
76 == Insomnia [03] ---- (Treating the Cause | Behavioral Treatment works Best)
77 == Period Problems ---- (How Do You Know if Yours is Causing Problems that it Shouldn’t?)
79 == Varicose Veins [02] ---- (What to Do About Bulging Veins)
80 == Blood Pressure [08] ---- (Age Related Brain Damage Link)
81 == TRICARE Terminal Policy ---- (Military Kids Can Now Receive Both Treatment and Hospice)
82 == Liver Disease [03] ---- (The Forgotten Organ)
82 == Cancer Q&A ---- (190801 thru 190815)
83 == TRICARE Podcast 513 ---- (Mosquito Borne Illnesses - Avoiding Bug Bites - Tick Bites /Lyme Disease)
85 == TRICARE Podcast 514 ---- (Back-to-School Advice | DEERS Registration for Children)
. * FINANCES * .
86 == TRICARE Rates ---- (2020 Changes Announced)
87 == Debt Collection [14] ---- (FDCPA Rules Need Updating to Protect Military Community)
88 == Tariff Impact ---- (Things You Might Buy Before Tariffs Make Them More Expensive)
89 == Investment Decisions ---- (Do Not Make Based Solely on Celebrity Endorsements)
90 == Gasoline Taxes ---- (Rates as of July 2019)
91 == Money Moves [03] ---- (7 Everyone Must Make After Retiring)
93 == Water Conservation [01] ---- (Bad Habits that are Running Up your Water Bill)
94 == Return Policies ---- (15 Stores to Consider)
97 == Social Security Q & A ---- (190801 thru 190815)
98 == Military Retirement Pay [09] ---- (Indiana State Income Tax)
98 == Airline Alert Scam ---- (Traveling This Summer? New Phishing Emails Look like Alerts)
99 == Job Scams 3 ---- (Military Spouses, Vets Targeted on Mystery Shopper Scam)
101 == Retiree Finances [02] ---- (Ways in Which They Waste their Savings)
192 == Tax Burden for Oklahoma Retired Vets ---- (As of AUG 2019)
. * GENERAL INTEREST * .
103 == Notes of Interest ---- (01 thru 15 August 2019)
104 == Afghan Manning Levels [05] ---- (42,000 Troops Lost in Crackdown on 'Ghost Soldiers')
106 == Aircraft Carriers [02] ---- (Why China Can't Target U.S. Carriers)
108 == DPRK Cyberattacks [01] ---- (North Korea Took in $2 Billion to Fund Weapons Program)
109 == Russia ---- (Best Way to Deal with It -- Wait for It to Implode)
110 == Mosquitos [06] ---- (Zapping from the Inside Out | Genetic Modification)
111 == Car Theft [01] ---- (Ones Most Likely to be Stolen)
112 == Bug Byte Tips ---- (Avoiding)
113 == Motivational Quotes ---- (On the Humorous Side - 01)
114 == Interesting Ideas ---- (Sheet Storage)
114 == Memories ---- (Portable Pocket Radios)
115 == One Word Essays ---- (Fruitful)
115 == Have You Heard? ---- (My Thoughts | Pet Store Monkey | Trump Tax Records)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – Montana Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 AUG (Updated)
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