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1  December 2017

 

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

 

 

Pg                   Article                                                Subject

.                                                   * DOD *                                                   .

    

05 == NDAA 2018 [17] ---- (Impact on Defense Spending)

07 == DoD Blended Retirement System ---- (Bonus Lowest Allowed By Law)

07 == Transgender Troops [11] ---- (Sex Assignment Surgery Ban Halted)

09 == Transgender Troops [12] ---- (Third Court Injunction Issued)

09 == AFRH [08] ---- (New CEO Named)

10 == N-Zero [01] ---- (Battery Might Not Need A Charge for 10 Years).

11 == DoD Children Schools ---- (47 Under Consideration for Divestiture)

12 == GI Bill Transferability [03] ---- (Policy Change Under Consideration)

13 == GTMO Detainees [01] ---- (Artwork Barred From Further Release)

14 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017)

15 == POW/MIA Recoveries ----  (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017 | Eleven)

 

.                                                     * VA *                                                   .

 

17 == White House VA Hotline [01] ---- (Now Fully Staffed 7/24)

17 == VA Privatization [12] ---- (H.R.4457 Breaks Nation’s Promise To Vets)

18 == VA Benefits Reform ---- (Shulkin Calls for Overhaul & Realignment)

19 == VA Benefits Reform [01] ---- (Choice & Tricare Merger Proposal)

22 == VA Benefits Reform [02] ---- (VFW Criticizes Veterans Empowerment Act)

22== VA ID Card [13] ---- (Vets Can Now Apply)

23 == VA Unpaid Obligations ---- ($226M to Settle 23 Claims)

24 == VA Women Vet Programs [32] ---- (Depression & Heart Disease)

25 == VA Physician Qualifications [03] ---- (Poor Performers Not Reported | 90%)

25 == PTSD [235] ---- (HBOT Treatment Option)

26 == VA Suicide Prevention [45] ---- (NJ Clinic Was Remiss in Vet's Death)

27 == VA EHR [10] ---- ($800 Million Needed to Begin Overhaul)

28 == VA Appointments [18] ---- (How to Use the Online Scheduling)

29 == VA Sexual Trauma Program [08] ---- (Disability Compensation & Treatment)

30 == VA Loans ---- (Misconceptions)

31 == VA Loan Refinancing [02] ---- (Warning Order)

32 == VA Financial Literacy Resources ---- (What FLEC Can Do for You)

33 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse ---- (Reported 16 thru 30 NOV 2017)

34 == VA Compensation & Benefits ---- (Problem Solving Program  Q&A -- 23 & 24)

35 == VAMC Denver CO [09] ---- (Improper Mental Health Care Wait Lists)

36 == VAMC Jackson MS [02] ---- (Barred Physician Draws $339,177 Annual Salary)

38 == VAMC Beckley WV [03] ---- (Acupuncture Program on Track)

38 == VA HCS Alaska [01] ---- (Hiring More Employees | Improve Care Access)

 

.                                                   * VETS *                                                 .

 

39 == Vet Jobs [227] ---- (Alaska HCS Hiring)

39 == Ashford University Lawsuit ---- (Vet Students Deceived & Defrauded CA Alleges)

40 == Vet For-Profit Schools ---- (Why Are they Allowed to Exploit Students?)

42 == Military Records & Medals ---- (Preserving the Past | Tips)

44 == Taps [04] ---- (Detente Reached With  Retiree Over Playing)

44 == Vet Deportations [13] ---- (President Asked to Stop It)

45 == Nursing Homes [12] ---- (Lawsuit | Hidden Camera Reveals How Vet Died)

47 == Veterans' Treatment Court [25] ---- (Raleigh County West Virginia)

49 == Vet Prison Inmate Programs [03] ---- (Separate Housing Unit Trend)

51 == Worst States for Retirees ---- (1st thru 5th)

52 == Chem-Bio Agent Tests [01] ---- (How Exposed Apply for Medical Care)

53 == Obit: Fox~Wesley L ---- (24 NOV 2017)

53 == WWII Vets 148 ---- (Kermit Bushur | Merrill’s Marauders Member)

54 == AFL Q&A 10 ---- (Benefits Denial Letter)

55 == Retiree Appreciation Days ---- (Scheduled As of  30 NOV 2017)

55 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of 30 NOV 2017)

56 == Veteran's  State Benefits & Discounts ---- (Nevada  NOV 2017)

 

.                                       * VET LEGISLATION*                                  .

 

56 == DIC [10] ---- (S.1990 | DIC Improvement Act of 2017)


57 == Vet Educational Assistance [01] ---- ( H.R.4323 | Vet STEM Careers Act)

58 == Vet Health Insurance ---- (H.R.4457 | Veterans Empowerment Act)

59 == VA Accountability Update 50 ---- (S.0000 | VA Provider Accountability Act)

60 == Military Sexual Assault [02] ---- (S.2141 | Military Justice Improvement Act)

62 == Military Museums & Memorials [01] ---- (H.R.4328 Introduced | WWI)    

62 == NDAA 2018 [15] ---- (Conference Report Overview)

63 == NDAA 2018 [16] ---- (Senate Voice Vote Approval | Sent to President)

64 == NDAA 2018 [18] ---- (Little Known Provisions)

 

.                                               * MILITARY*                                          .

 

66 == Army Recruiting [03] ---- (No Change to Standards)

67 == Navy Pepper Spray Policy ---- (Once Is Enough)

68 == Navy Name Change ---- (Removed From 2018 NDAA)

68 == Navy Fleet Size [09] ---- (Smaller Warships w/Bigger Punch Needed)

69 == Floating Guantanamos ---- (USCG Onboard Detention of Smugglers)

70 == Afghanistan [01] ---- (Troops Told to Ignore Ongoing Child Sexual Abuse)

71== Air Force Lasers ---- (Lockheed Martin To Develop for Fighter Jet Use by 2021)

72 == Nuclear Launch Authority ---- (President Soley | Congress is Concerned)

73 == D7R-II Military Bulldozer ---- (Semi-Autonomous or Remote Controlled Design)

74 == USS Cole Attack [04] ---- (Pentagon Suspends Sentence Against Marine 1-Star)

75 == USS Ralph Johnson (DDG-114) ---- (Navy Accepts Delivery from Shipbuilder)

76 == USS Benfold (DDG-65) ---- (Minor Collision With Japanese Tugboat)

76 == USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) [09] ---- (Underway Aboard Transport Transshelf)

77 == USAF Pilot Shortage [02] ---- (Increasing Despite High Retention Bonuses)

78 == Overseas Troops ---- (Gunnery Sgt. Santana Jimenez)

79 == USMC Missile System ---- (Mobile Anti-Ship Coastal Defense System Needed)

80  == USS Little Rock (LCS-9) ---- (Commissioning Plans)

 

.                       -             * MILITARY HISTORY*                                 .

 

81 == Marine Corps War Memorial [05] ---- (Afghanistan & Iraq Now Included)

82 == Military History ---- (Nazis Helped China Fight Japan)

82 == Military History ---- (Sgt. Reckless | USMC War Horse)

83 == Military History ---- (WWI | Modane, France Train Derailment)

85 == Battle of Firebase Ripcord ---- (Vietnam | March thru July 1970)

87 == Vietnam Myths ---- (5 Deeply Entrenched Ones)

88 == Alaska Territorial Guard ---- (Natives Defended Their Territory in WWII)

91 == M19 60mm Mortar ---- (Favored By Marines in Nam)

91 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 DEC)

92 == Abandoned Military Bases [12] ---- (RAF Stenigot, England)

92 == Medal of Honor Citations ---- (Galer~Robert E | WWII)

 

.                                           * HEALTH CARE*                                      .

 

  94 == Elderly Parent Care [01] ---- (When It's Time to Leave Home)

  95 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [10] ---- (Pregnancy/Birthing User Fee Increases)

  96 == TRICARE Changes 2018 [11] ---- (Is Your doctor Still in the Tricare Network?)

  97 == Liver Flukes ---- (Cholangiocarcinoma | Vietnam's Silent Bullet)

  99 == Liver Disease [01] ---- (Symptoms)

101 == History Of Medicine ---- (Colic)

101 == TRICARE Podcast 424 ---- (TRICARE Select)

102 == TRICARE Podcast 425 ---- (Healthy Eating | Holiday Stress | Holiday Fitness)

 

.                                               * FINANCIAL *                                         .

 

103 == GI Bill Transferability [02] ---- (Payback Required if 4-yr Term Not Met)

104 == Retiree Annual COLAs [04] ---- (FY 2017 | CPI Impact)

105 == Medicare Hospital Coverage ---- (Status Can Cost You $1000's)

106 == Google Wallet Scam [01] ---- (Bait And Switch Schemes)

107 == Online Shopper Scam ---- (Phony Tracking Numbers)

107 == Tax Burden for Wisconsin Retired Vets ---- (As of NOV 2017)

 

.                                    * GENERAL INTEREST *                                .

 

110 == Notes of Interest ---- (16 thru 30 NOV 2017)

111 == DPRK Defectors ---- (10" Parasite Found in Stomach of Latest One)

112 == DPRK Nuclear Weapons [20] ----- (Threat to Make Japan & U.S. Bases Disappear)

113 == DPRK Missile Program [02] ---- (Can Now Hit Washington D.C.)

114 == Dishwasher Tips ----(What NOT to Put In Them)

115 == Windows PC Tips ---- (19 Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know)

116 == Silica Gel Packet Uses ---- (Don't Throw them Away)

118 == Signs ---- (Have You Seen These Thought Provoking Ones?)

119 == Where There's a Will, There's a Way ---- (05)

119 == Jewelry Tips [01] ---- (The Most Common Mistakes When Buying)

121 == Garage Door Billboards ---- (Making Yours Stand Out (14)

121 == Weird Facts About Your Body ---- (38 thru 50)

122 == Have You Heard? ---- (We Three | A Man Who Knows His Math | Bad Parrot)

 

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 - RAO Bulletin DEC 01, 2017

Attachment - Nevada Vet State Benefits & Discounts NOV 2017

Attachment - Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 DEC

Attachment - Nazis Helped China Fight Japan

 

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