RAO BULLETIN 1 SEP 2018 Availability Notice (Veteran News)

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BULLETIN

1 September 2018

 

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

 

Pg                   Article                                                Subject

.                                                   * DOD *                                                   .

04 == U.S. Space Force [01] —- (6th Armed Forces Branch in 2019 NDAA)

06 == U.S. Space Force [02] —- (Needed to Protect American Satellites)

07 == Security Clearances [02] —- (Change Makes Revocations More Likely)

08 == Transgender Lawsuits [09] —- (Court Rules against Government for 3rd Time)

09 == Cyber Defense [02] —- (Senator’s Pentagon Cyber Shortfalls Concern)

10 == Defense Appropriations Bill 2019 —- (857B Senate Bill Passed

11 == National Museum of the U.S. Army [03 —- (Final $6M Donation Made)

11 == USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) [09] —- (Collison Legal Battles Rages)

13 == Disabled Vets Space “A” [02] —- (100% Disabled Vets Now Authorized)

14 == NDAA 2019 [16] —- (Servicemember’s Pocketbook Impact)

16 == NDAA 2019 [17] —- (Some of the Overlooked Parts)

18 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 AUG 2018)

20 == POW/MIA [113] —- ($10M To Cover Anticipated Increased Recovery Workload)

21 == POW/MIA Recoveries —- b(Reported 16 thru 31 AUG 2018 | Fifteen)

.                                                     * VA *                                                   .

23 == VA Mission Act [04] —- (A Glimpse inside VA’s Major Overhaul)

24 == VA Vocational Rehabilitation [05] —- (Average Counselor-To-Caseload Ratio)

25 == VA Class Action Suits —- (Watershed Decision Opens Possibility to File Against VA)

26 == VA Loans —- (Assumption Pros & Cons)

27 == VA National Archives [01] —- (Update Requested on Relocation)

27 == VA Sexual Assault Care [13] —- (Officials May Have Improperly Denied Benefits)

28 == VA Outside Influence [01] —- (Republicans Have No Plans to Investigate Allegations)

29 == VA Spinal Cord Program [03] —- (Policy Update Expands Exoskeleton Use)

30 == VA Caregiver Program [50] —- (Caregivers Face Long Wait for VA Assistance)

31 == VA Claims Backlog [159] —- (Whistleblower Exposes Claim Problem)va fra

31 == VA Agent Orange Claims [08] —- (Advice on How to Get yours Approved)

32 == VA Pharmacy [10] —- (Community Care Program | Walmart)

32 == GI Bill [261] —- (Test Reimbursement)

33 == VA Individual Unemployability [05] —- (How to Obtain It)

34 == VA Health Care Billing [01] —- (NH Situation Highlights Broader VA PMT Problems)

35 == VA Lawsuit | Outside Influence —- (VoteVets Claim Sunshine Law Violation)

36 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 16 thru 31 AUG 2018)

38 == VAMC West Los Angeles [16] —- (Homeless Vet Occupancy Goal | 1200)

.                                                   * VETS *                                                 .

39 == MCRD Undercooked Meat Lawsuit [01] —- (2nd Lawsuit Filed)

40 == MCRD Undercooked Meat Lawsuit [02] —- (3rd Lawsuit Filed)

41 == McCain’s Brain Cancer [02] —- (Farewell Statement)

42 == Vet Jobs [237] —- (Tattoo Impact on Hiring and Salary)

43 == Vet Jobs [238] —- (Google Career Development Program for Vets)

44 == SBP Premium [03] —- (Billing Error)

44 == Vet Support | Major League Baseball —- (Not What You Would Expect)

46 == Bells of Balangiga [01] —- (Wyoming Vets Oppose Return to the Philippines)

47 == Texas Vet Cemetery [10] —- (Center Texas State Veterans Cemetery Grant)

47 == Vet Deportations [23 —- (Jose Maria Martinez | USMC)

50 == Toxic Exposure | Water [14] —- (Cannon AFB New Mexico)

50 == Toxic Exposure | Lead —- (Ft. Benning On-Post Housing Lead Poisoning)

51 == Toxic Exposure | Lead (01) —- (Army Drafts Base Testing Plan)

53 == Vet Presidential Support —- (Trump Letter Response to Vet)

54 == Obit:  Roy Rushton —- (17 JUN 2018 | WWII & Korea)

55 == Obit:  Ray Emory —- (20 AUG 2018 | Pearl Harbor Survivor)

56 == Obit:  John McCain —- (25 AUG 2018 | POW, Senator, & Vet Advocate)

58 == Korean War Vets —- (Royce Williams | MOH Nominee)

61 == Korean War Vets —- (Robert McCusker | Returned Wallet)

62 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 31 AUG 2018)

63 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule —- (As of 31 AUG 2018)

63 == State Veteran’s Benefit —- (Arkansas 2018)

.                                       * VET LEGISLATION *                                .

64 == VA Suicide Prevention [49] —- (H.R.2345 | National Hotline Improvement Act of 2018)

64 == VA Overpayments [03] —- (S.2884 | Fair Debt Notice Act)

64 == Veterans’ Treatment Court [27] —- (H.R.2147 | House/Senate Unanimously Pass)

65 == Capitol Hill Update —- (Retiree & Vet Issues)

.                                               * MILITARY*                                          .

66 == Military Parades [04] —- (Trump’s 2018 Veterans Day Parade Cancelled)

67 == Iranian Navy [01] —- (Claims Full Control of the Persian Gulf)

68 == Underwater Drones —- (Russia Unveils First Armed with an Assault Rifle)

68 == Guard & Reserve Family Support —- (Empirical Data Lacking)

69 == Navy Shellbacks —- (No Pollywog is Exempt from Transition Ceremony)

71 == Army Recruiting [08] —- (Younger Teens/College Dropouts To Be Targeted)

72 == Military Immigrant Enlistment [04] —- (36 Discharged Immigrants Reinstated)

72 == Military Laser Attacks —- (Growing Rate in Middle East | Dangerous Problem)

74 == Army Credentialing Assistance Program —- (Limited User Test to Begin in Fall)

75 == Navy Deploy-Or-Out Policy —- (Deployability Is an Individual Responsibility)

76 == Military Coffee —- (The Life Blood of Every Branch)

78 == Navy Terminology [01] —- (Origins)

79 == Warships That Will Change the Future —- (USS Enterprise (CVN-80)

 

.                                     * MILITARY HISTORY *                               .

80 == Japan WWII Apology —- (Emperor Akihito’s Deep Remorse)

81 == Willow Run —- (Henry Ford’s WWII B-24 Bomber Plant)

82 == Nazi War Criminals —- (Suspect Deported to Germany | Age 95)

83 == USS Abner Read (DD-526) —- (Stern Found | Ripped Off by Japanese Mine)

85 == Post WWII Photos —- (Moscow Victory Day Parade)

85 == Military History Anniversaries —- (01 thru 15 SEP)

85 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [13] —- (Special Delivery)

86 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Barney F. Hajiro | WWII)

.                                           * HEALTH CARE *                                    .

87 == Tricare Catastrophic Cap [06] —– (How It Works)

88 == Tricare Retirement Impact [01] —- (90 Day Window)

89 == Hydrogen Peroxide Solution —- (Uses and Precautions)

90 == Malaria Drug —- (FDA Newly Approved | Could Eradicate Disease)

92 == Body Temperature —- (How It Is Regulated & What Fever Is)

92 == PTSD Assistance [03] —- (Finding the Right Therapist for You)

93 == Sleep [10] —- (Is It Possible to Catch Up)

94 == Running & Sports Injuries —- (Reducing the Risk)

96 == TRICARE Podcast 463 —- (Choosing/Changing Providers – Heat Rash – Catastrophic Cap)

97 == TRICARE Podcast 464 —- (Disaster Preparedness – Child Dental Care – Nurse Advice Line)

.                                               * FINANCES *                                         .

  99 == Prescription Drug Costs [08] —- (Cocktail Medications)

100 == SSA COLA [03] —- (34% Buying Power Loss since 2000

101 == Dental Insurance Alternatives —- (Do You Really Need Insurance?)

102 == Cellphone Carrier —- (Advantages of Switching)

103 == Social Security Spouse Benefit —- (Divorcee’s Eligibility on Ex-Spouse’s Account)

104 == Car Insurance [19] —- (10 Tips to Cut Its Cost)

105 == Drug Price Gouging [04] —- (Manufacturer’s Claim Constitutional Right)

107 == Pharmacy Insurance Copays —- (Sometime Cheaper to Buy Direct)

108 == Federal Student Aid [06] —- (College Expense Assistance for Your Kids)

109 == Military Exchange Scam —- (Imposter Offering Big Ticket Items)

110 == Amazon Job Scam —- (Beware of Offers from “Amazon Cash Websites”)

111 == Tax Burden for Indiana Retired Vets —- (As of AUG 2018)

.                                    * GENERAL INTEREST *                               .

112 == Notes of Interest —- (16 thru 31 AUG 2018)

113 == RP Military Modernization Plan [01] —- (President Doesn’t Want Offered U.S. F-16s)

114 == John Wayne —- (1974 Harvard University Invasion)

115 == WWII Shipwreck Plundering —- (Illegal Salvaging an Unfortunate Occurrence)

116 == Afghan Failures [03] —- (War Plan Is Working Despite Recent Attacks)

118 == Afghan Manning Levels [01] —- (Private Contractor Troop Replacement Plans Rejected)

118 == Militarized Clothing —- (Vogue New Coats | $3500 Peacoat & $2600 Jacket)

120 == Retirement Planning [17] —- (How To Know You Are Ready)

120 == Greenhouse Gas Emissions —- (U.S. Reduction More than Other Major Countries)

121 == HMS Queen Elizabeth [01] —- (Onboard Queen’s Head Pub Christened)

122 == Tattoo | Everence Kit —- (Cremated Human/Pet Remains Ink Additive)

123 == Interesting Facts —- (Bread Freshness)

123 == One Word Essays —- (Aspirations)

124 == Have You Heard? —- (Definition of a Sailor | FORE! And aft | U.S. Special Forces Soldier)

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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 – Arkansas Vet State Benefits AUG 2018

Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 SEP

Attachment – VA Agent Orange Claim Submission

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