RAO BULLETIN 1 March 2018

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RAO BULLETIN 1 March 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:41 pm

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BULLETIN
1 March 2018

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES


Pg Article Subject
. * DOD * .

04 == Non-Deployable Troops [01] ---- (Pentagon New Retention Policy Released)
05 == TRICARE Options [01] ---- (Plan Shifts During Pregnancy)
06 == Military Pay Raise 2019 ---- (Proposed Compared to 1997 thru 2018 Increases)
07 == Selective Service System [26] ---- (Age Exclusion for Hackers)
08 == PCS Moves [02] ---- (Initiatives to Limit Frequency)
09 == Commissary Baggers ---- (Test Running of 'No-Bagger' Lanes)
09 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 15 thru 28 FEB 2018)
10 == POW/MIA Recoveries ---- (Reported 15 thru 28 FEB 2018 | 10)

. * VA * .

12 == VA Secretary [64] ---- (White House COS Vet Group Meeting)
13 == VA Vet Choice [70] ---- (Vet Groups Want A Trump Meeting)
14 == VA Cemeteries [18] ---- (Trump Plans for 2019)
15 == VA Compensation & Pensions [11] ---- (CBO 'Think Tank' Report)
15 == VA Secrets ---- (Did You Know?)
17 == VA Caregiver Program [49] ---- (Pre-911 Support Efforts)
18 == DeepMind/VA Partnership ---- (Deterioration During Hospital Care Research)
19 == Concierge for Care Program ---- (Health-Care Enrollment Initiative)
19 == VA End of Life Care [05] ---- (Reverberations From War Complicate Challenge)
20 == VA Rocking Chair Therapy ---- (Pilot Study Shows Positive Results)
22 == VA Secretary [63] ---- (Vet Groups Rally Around Shulkin Amid Rumors of Dismissal)
24 == PTSD Update 242 ---- (Disability Claim Stressor Letter Sample)
26 == PTSD Ecstasy Treatment [01] ---- (FDA Designated Breakthrough Therapy)
28 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 15 thru 28 FEB 2018)
29 == VAMC Jackson MS [02] ---- (One of 15 High-Risk VAMCs in the U.S.)
30 == VA HCS Minneapolis MN ---- (Reversal on Banned Sculpture Display)

. * VETS * .

32 == Burn Pit Toxic Exposure [47] ---- (Judge Rules Tie to Respiratory Issues)
33 == Vet Toxic Exposure | Lejeune [69] ---- (Family Member Care Unjust)
34 == Vet Cemetery California [16] Dilapidated MINC Petition
35 == New York Vet Cemetery [02] ---- (Western New York National Cemetery)
36 == Word Search Puzzles ---- (Applicable to Veterans)
37 == CRSC Update 45 ---- (Retirees Don't Miss Out, You May Be eligible}
39 == Vet Deportations [16] ---- (Status of USA Afghanistan Vet Miguel Perez)
40 == GI Bill [249] ---- (Ashford University Application Denied)
41 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported 15 thru 28 FEB 2017)
42 == Vet Charity Watch [64] ---- (Center for American Homeless Veterans)
44 == Vet Eviction | Lucien Lebrun ---- (96-Yr Old Hurricane Irma Victim)
45 == Obit | Barela~Julio ---- (12 FEB 2018)
46 == War Memorials ---- (Clarification Sought on NPS Group Permits for Visiting Vets)
47 == Vet Service Dogs [24] ---- (Eviction Over Dogs Leads to Vet Death)
48 == AFL Q&A 20 ---- (VA Mileage Reimbursement Checks)
49 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of 28 FEB 2018)
49 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 1 MAR 2018)
50 == Veteran's State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Rhode Island | FEB 2018)

. * VET LEGISLATION* .

51 == Reserve Benefits [04] ---- (H.R.5036/S.2416 | Deployed Active Duty Parity)
51 == Navy Collisions [01] ---- (Surface Warfare Enhancement Act of 2018)

. * MILITARY* .

53 == Navy Stealth Destroyers ---- (Shift From Land Attack to Anti-Surface Role)
54 == Sailor 25 | TRP Initiative ---- (Targeted Navy Rentry Program for Selectees)
55 == Marine Corps Hazing ---- (Two-Star General Chastised by Appeals Court)
56 == Military Fraternization ---- (Army | Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington)
58 == Overseas Forward Deployed Tours ---- (Navy Asks DoD For Longer Tours)
59 == Fleet Life ---- (Boot Camp Recruits Not Being Prepared for Harsh Reality)
60 == Military Recruiting [10] ---- (75% of Americans 17 to 24 are Ineligible)
61 == Military Parades [02] ---- (Cost Determination)
63 == Navy Sea Duty ---- (Plan to Increase Surface Warfare Officer's)
64 == SNAP [05] ---- (White House Proposed Cut Impact on Military)
65 == SNAP [06] ---- (Food Stamps Cover Only 73% of Low-Income Meals)
66 == Navy Fleet Size [11] ---- (30 Year Plan)
68 == West Point [03] ---- (4 Ways to Visit)
69 == Warships That Will Change The Future ---- (The Juliet Marine Ghost)

. * MILITARY HISTORY* .

70 == Military History ---- (Gray Zone Warfare | FDR)
70 == Iwo Jima Flag Raising [01] ---- (Its Origin and Provider)
72 == Pearl Harbor Silver Lining ---- (As Admiral Nimitz Viewed The Attack)
73 == Original Code Talkers ---- (WWI | Myths & Legends)
75 == WWII VETS 156 ---- (Smith~Maynard | MOH Recipient Demoted to Private)
77 == Hanoi Hannah ---- (Voice of Vietnam)
79 == Hello Girls ---- (U.S. WWI Telephone Operators In France)
81 == Hero War Dog ---- (The Story of WWII's Silver Star Recipient 'Chips')
83 == Port Chicago ---- (1944 Ammunition Depot Explosion)
85 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 MAR)
85 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Gary~Donald A | WWII)
86 == WWII Bomber Nose Art ---- (1) Heavenly Body)

. * HEALTH CARE* .

87 == TRICARE Pharmacy Pilot ---- (Medication Adherence Pilot Program)
87 == Cholesterol [03] ---- (What You Should Know About It)
89 == TRICARE West [01] ---- (Prime Plan Outpatient Referral & Authorization Waiver)
89 == TRICARE West [02] ---- (Difficulty Getting Its Act Together)
91 == Mononucleosis ---- (Kissing Disease | It’s A One-and-Done Event)
92 == Atrial Fibrillation [01] ---- (Causes, Risk Factors & Complications)
94 == Traumatic Brain Injury [66] ---- (Detection With New Type Blood Test)
94 == Shingles [08] ---- (New, More Effective Vaccine)
95 == Diabetes [14] ---- (VA Making Progress in Foot Ulcer Prevention)
97 == TRICARE Podcast 437 ---- (Children's Dental Health - Nurse Advice Line)
98 == TRICARE Podcast 438 ---- (Heart Health - Seasonal Affective Disorder - NG/Reserve Webinar)

. * FINANCIAL * .

99 == IRS Scam [08] ---- (Fraudulent Filing's Tax Refund)
100 == Identity Theft Victim Action [01] ---- (Military | Steps To Take)
102 == VA Home Loan [56] ---- (Restored Entitlement)
102 == VA Home Loan [57] ---- (Joint Loan Facts You Should Know)
103 == Nigerian Letter Scam ---- (False Inheritance | A Crafty New Twist)
104 == Making Money After Retirement ---- (10 Ways to Do It)
105 == Saving Money ---- (Silly & Ineffective Ways of Doing It)
107 == Military Travel Tax Deduction ---- (Reserve/Guard Members Travel Expense)
108 == Lending Money ---- (When to Loan to Family or Friends)
109 == TRICARE User Fees [101] ---- (No Increase in FY 2019)
110 == Tricare for Life [04] ---- (Why Prescription Copays Went Up)
110 == VA Loan Appraisal [01] ---- (Perception vs. Reality)
111 == Tax Burden for Arkansas Retired Vets ---- (As of MAR 2018)

. * GENERAL INTEREST * .

112 == Notes of Interest ---- (15 thru 28 FEB 2017)
114 == Garbage Disposal ---- (Things You Should Never Put in Them)
117 == Malware [01] ---- (Nanacore Developer Prosecuted)
118 == RP-US Relations [01] ---- (U.S. Report Tags Duterte A Threat To Democracy)
118 == Vietnam Immigrant Story ---- (Sometimes We Just Forget What’s Really Important)
120 == Car Longevity [01] ---- (15 Longest-Lasting Vehicles)
121 == Military Parades [01] ---- (2015 Russian Victory Day Parade)
122 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (11)
123 == Have You Heard? ---- (Little Old Lady | Drivers License)

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.

. * ATTACHMENTS * .

Attachment - Rhode Island State Benefits & Discounts FEB 2018
Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 MAR
Attachment - Gray Zone Warfare | FDR

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