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RAO BULLETIN 1 January 2020

#1 Postby boardman » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:36 am

RAO BULLETIN
1 January 2020

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES
Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .
04 == NDAA 2020 [28] ---- (Senate Passed 86-6 & President Signed)
05 == U.S. Space Force [14] ---- (6th Military Branch Becomes Official)
06 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [15] ---- (Will get Final Pentagon Review)
07 == COLA 2020 ---- (Dod Releases New Rates)
08 == Trump Impeachment ---- (Black Sea Patrols Never Cancelled)
08 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported 16 thru 31 DEC 2019 | Nine)
. * VA * .
10 == VA Presumptive AO Diseases [28] ---- (Congress Wants VA Plan for Adding Diseases to List)
11 == VA Vet Choice [85] ---- (Budget Deal Advances Private Care Program)
12 == VA Financial Management System [01] ---- (Special Counsel Reveals $223 Million Wasted)
13 == VA Guam Care [03] ---- (For Island Vets, Benefits Are a 4,000-Mile Plane Ride Away)
14 == VA Direct Deposit [02] ---- (New Options for Veterans, Beneficiaries Introduced)
15 == VA Dental Benefits [04] ---- (New Pilot Program Pending Congressional Approval)
16 == VA Physician Accountability ---- (Senate Bill would Enhance Vet Care)
16 == VA Employment [08] ---- (More than 49,000 Positions are Vacant)
. * VETS * .
17 == Vet Service Dogs [26] ---- (Bill Would cover Vets w/PTSD)
18 == Other Than Honorable Discharge [16] ---- (Vets Help their Fellows Overturn Bad Discharges)
19 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [74] ---- (Effort to Submit a Presumptive Exposure Bill)
20 == WWII Vets [213] ---- (John Biddle | AAF Engineer-gunner & POW)
21 == WWII Vets [214] ---- (Leroy P. Baker | Battle of the Bulge Veteran)
22 == Diary of A Sargent --- (Amputee Harold Russell’s Training Film)
23 == Korean War Vets ---- (William E. Barber | Medal of Honor Recipient)
25 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled as of 31 DEC 2019)
26 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of 31 DEC 2019)
26 == Veteran State Benefits ---- (New Jersey 2019)
. * VET LEGISLATION * .
27 == VA Physician Qualifications [04] ---- (S.3041 | VHA Caregiver Retention & Eligibility Determination)
28 == Veterans Legacy Program [01] ---- (S.3058 | Veterans Legacy Program Grants)
29 == Afghanistan Bonus ---- (S.J. Res 12 | AFGHAN Service Act}
. * MILITARY* .
30 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [73] ---- (Congress Wants Pentagon Plan to Shut Them All Down)
31 == USS John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) [02] ---- (Launched | Next Construction Phase to Take 30 Months)
32 == USAF Drones [01] ---- (Low Cost ISR Platform ‘Ultra LEAP’)
33 == Military Pay & Benefits [07| ---- (Are Troops Getting Paid too Much?)
34 == Commissary & Exchange [02] ---- (Authorized User Expansion Guidelines for 1 JAN)
35 == Navy Fleet Size [19] ---- (Navy to Slash 24 Ships in 2021 Plan)
36 == Navy Pilots ---- (In-flight Urination)
37 == Navy LCS Program [05] ---- (NDAA Limited Fleet to 35 Total)
38 == Military Stalking ---- (40% of Study Respondents Report Experiencing Incidents)
38 == Military Blast Exposure ---- (Pentagon Directs Inclusion in Troop’s Medical Histories)
39 == Military Proposed Weaponry [04] ---- (Project Pluto)
40 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘Fantail’ thru ‘First Lieutenant’)
. * MILITARY HISTORY * .
41 == Operation Magic Carpet [01] ---- (Undertaking to Get WWII Vets Home for the Holidays)
41 == Aerial Combat Risks ---- (Gunner Survives 18,000 feet Parachute-less Jump)
42 == Remember Museum 39-45 ---- ('It IS not to forget them')
44 == Battle of Heligoland Bight ---- (Amongst the Most Important Actions of the Entire WWII)
45 == Admiral Graf Spee Scuttled ---- (18 December 1939)
46 == Battle of the Bulge [01] ---- (Army Platoon’s ‘Last-Ditch Stand’)
48 == Cobra Helicopter ---- (First Purpose-built Helo to Enter Military Service)
48 == Pearl Harbor Remembrance ---- (Survivor Relates His WWII Odyssey)
50 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 JAN)
50 == MOH Awards [16] ---- (Can be Earned for Multiple Acts over Time)
51 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [45] ---- (Ruby’s Raiders)
52 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Leander Herron | Indian Wars)
. * HEALTH CARE * .
54 == Medicare Hospital Coverage [04] ---- (Inpatient vs. Outpatient | If You Have It– Ask!!!)

55 == Mammograms [03] ---- (3-D Screening under TRICARE Policy Change)
56 == Cancer | Bile Duct [01] ---- (Call for VA Study to Focus on Cancer Linked to Parasite)
57 == Epilepsy [01] ---- (What to Do if Someone Has an Epileptic Seizure)
58 == Diarrhea [01] --- (3+ Very Loose or Liquid Bowel Movements within 24 Hours)
60 == Peripheral Artery Disease ---- (VA Study Finds New Genetic Markers for PAD)
61 == TRICARE Podcast 532 ---- (Breast Cancer Screenings - Reporting TRICARE Fraud - Qualifying Life Events)
62 == TRICARE Podcast 533 ---- (MHS Nurse Advice Line – Emergency/Nonemergency Care – Pharmacy) Copay)
63 == TRICARE Podcast 534 ---- (Keep DEERS Up-to-Date - Expanded Coverage - Gaining or Losing OHI)
. * FINANCES * .
65 == Retirement Tax Credit [01] ---- (A Little-Known Federal Tax Credit)
65 == State Taxation [01] ---- (2020 Changes)
66 == IRAs [04] ---- (Secure Act Impact)
67 == Mortgage [12] ---- (Should You Pay It Off)
68 == Retirement Expenses ---- (11 Costs Many Forget to Figure into their Financial Calculations)
70 == Credit Card Destruction [01] ---- (How to Dispose of Chip Credit Cards)
71 == Car Insurance [21] ---- (Why Car Insurance Premiums Vary by State)
72 == Free Child Safety Kit Scam ---- (May Be ID Theft Trick)
73 == Public Charging Station Scam ---- (Juice Jacking)
74 == FTC Letter Scam ---- (Federal Trade Commission Fake Correspondence)
75 == Tax Burden for Virginia Retired Vets ---- (As of DEC 2019)
. * GENERAL INTEREST * .
77 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 31 December 2019)
78 == U.S. Embassy Manila Outreach ---- (Tentatively Scheduled for 16/17 JAN 2020)
78 == Trump Border Wall [04] ---- (Federal Court Ruling Halts Construction)
70 == Afghan Peace Talks [06] ---- (Taliban Aiming for an 'Inclusive' Government)
80 == Trump Afghanistan Strategy [04] ---- (Private Meetings with Enlisted Troops)
81== Pentagon History ---- (Did You Know?)
83 == Nuclear Waste [02] ---- (Congress Directs Repairs to Nuclear Waste 'Coffin')
84 == Homeowners Insurance [14] ---- (Coverage for Your House and Personal Possessions)
87 == Robocalls [01] ---- (S.151 Will Reduce the Number you Receive)
87 == Army vs. Navy ---- (Spirit Videos)
88 == Book Review: With the Old Breed ---- (At Peleliu and Okinawa)
90 == Sleep [12] ---- (Study Finds Habits Predict Mortality)
90 == Interesting Inventions ---- (Table Tennis Door)
90 == Have You Heard? ---- (Military Humor 10 | Dead Penguins | Jewish Humor)
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. * ATTACHMENTS * .
Attachment – New Jersey Vet State Benefits
Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 JAN (Updated)
Attachment – Christmas Word’s Surprising Histories
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