RAO BULLETIN 14 February 2018

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14 February 2018

 

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THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

 

Pg                   Article                                                Subject

                                                  * DOD *                                                   .

    

05 == Climate Change [03] —- (Impact on U.S. Military Sites)

05== BRAC [61] —- (Pentagon Skips Annual Request This Year)

06 == Commissary Funding  [30] —- (Falling Sales | Will The Benefit Survive?)

08 == Pentagon Personnel Policy [02] —- (Harassing Behavior/Offensive Jokes Banned)

08 == Defense Budget 2019 —- (MOAA’s 5 Expectations)

09 == Pentagon Exoneration —- (Afgan War Crime Vets Wrongly Accused)

10 == Pentagon Officials —- (Increased Misconduct Case Rejection Concerns)

11 == Afghanistan War [04] —- (Pentagon: Gag Order on Afghan Data Was A Mistake)

13 == Afghanistan War [05] —- (Pentagon: War Costing US $45 Billion Annually)

13 == DoD Lawsuit ~ V-22 Osprey —- (Denied)

14 == Non-deployable Troops —- (Separation Policy Under Review)

16 == VVMF In Memory Program —- (Applications Due 9 MAR 2018)

17 == DoD Fraud, Waste, & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2018)

19 == POW/MIA Recoveries —-  (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2018 | Eleven)

 

                                                    * VA *                                                   .

21 == VA Caregiver Program [48] —- (Program Expansion Cost vs. Savings)

22 == VA Claim Fast Tract System —- (Speeds Up Process)

23 == VA Whistleblowers [54] —- (Inside Trump’s New VA Office)

25 == Vet Predatory Loans [01] —-(Churning | Nine Lenders Warned)

27 == VA HUD-VASH [06] —- (FY 2018 Program Funding Intact)

28 == VA Accountability [51] —- (Trump Did Not Exaggerate Figures on Dismissals)

29 == VA Accountability [52] —- (More Proposed Firings, Fewer Settlements Seen)

31 == VA Performance [12] —- (Steps Taken to Raise Lowest VAMC Facility Ratings)

31 == VA Loans —- (Time in Service Requirement)

32 == VA Welcome Kit —- (Launched to Guide Veterans to the Benefits/Services They’ve Earned)

33 == VA TECS Program —- (Criticized As Subpar for Eye Care)

34 == VA EHR [11] —- ($2 Billion Blown in Modernization Attempts)

35 == VA Claim Filing [10] —– (Ensuring Maximum Entitlement Receipt)

37 == PTSD [240] —- (White House Opposed to VA Marijuana Treatment Research)

39 == PTSD [241] —- (Vet With PTSD Convicted of Wife’s Unintentional Murder)

40 == VA Vet Choice [69] —- (The Time For Congress to Act Is Now)

41 == VA Lawsuit | Kirk~Luke —- (Therapist Sexual Advances)

41 == VA Lawsuit | Williamson~Michael  —- (Home Health Care Stopped After 17 Years)

42 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse —- (Reported 01 thru 14 FEB 2018)

45 == VA OPC Norfolk NE —- (Unauthorized Waiting List)

46 == VAMC Bedford MA [02] —- ($1M Fraud Exposed by Whistleblower)

47 == VAMC Orlando FL [09] —- (Substandard Care Complaints)

 

                                                  * VETS *                                                 .

48 == Green Alerts —- (Missing Vulnerable Veterans Location System)

48 == Obit | Beatty~Dale —- (12 FEB 2018)

49 == GI Bill [248] —- (Things the ‘Forever’ Bill Will Do for Vets)

51 == Vet Housing [13] —- (Oregon to Fund 71 New Affordable Homes)

52 == Vet Service Dogs [23] —- (American Airlines Settles Lawsuit)

53 == Vet Service Dogs [24] —- (Eviction Over Dogs Leads to Vet Death)

53 == Vet Unemployment [14] —- (Below 4% For The First Time on Record)

54 == Vietnam Vets [27] —- (John Canley | MOH Nominee)

55 == Vet Jobs [229] —- (Best Places to Work in 2018)

55 == Vet Mental Health Care —- (NASEM Report on OEF/OIF/OND Vet Needs)

57 == National Recreation Therapy Recreation Month —- (February)

57 == AFL Q&A 18 & 19 —- (Camp Lejeune Claim & VA Housing Certificate)

58 == Retiree Appreciation Days —- (Scheduled As of  15 FEB 2018)

59 == Vet Hiring Fairs —- (Scheduled As of 15 FEB 2018)

59 == Veteran’s  State Benefits & Discounts —- (Pennsylvania | FEB 2018)

                                      * VET LEGISLATION*                                  .

60 == Military Death Benefits [01] —- (H.R.1928 | Families of Fallen Service Members)

60 == Claims and Appeals [01] —- (H.R.506 | Vet Financial Protection Legislation)

61 == Vet Gun Control [14] —- (S.2386 | A Bill to Provide Vet Protections)

61 == Homeless Vets [85] —- (H.R.4099 | Homeless Veteran Families Act)

62 == Transition Assistance Program [03] —- (H.R.4954 | TAP Reform)

63 == VA Burial Benefits [43] —- (S.2372 | Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act)

63 == Military Spouse Employment [04] —- (S.2379 | Military Spouse Employment Act)

65 == VA Debt Billing Policy [02] —- (S.2341 | Vet Debt Fairness Act of 2018)

.                                               * MILITARY*                                          .

65 == Army Recruiting [05] —- ($5,000 Bonus for College Sophomores)

66 == Air Force T-6 Trainer —- (Grounded After Pilot Hypoxia Incidents)

67 == USS Gerald A. Ford [09] —- (Six Year Shock Testing Delay Requested)

67 == MAVNI Program [05] —- (Troops & Vets Now ‘Protected’ From Deportation)

68 == USCG Icebreakers [04] —- (Polar Star Completes Mission Despite Challenges)

69 == ACTUV [03] —- (Unmanned Warship Expanding Role)

70 == USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) [01] —- (Acceptance Trials Completed)

70 == Military Tattoo Criteria [11] —- (Marine Corps Commandant’s Position)

71 == Destroyer Collisions [03] —- (Personnel Charges/Reprimands Announced)

72 == Destroyer Collisions [04] —- (Military Justice Process)

74 == Military Berets —- (Use Is A Relatively Recent Phenomenon)

76 == Hooah! —- (Where Did The Term Come From?)

78 == West Point [02] —- (10 Ways to Improve Your Chance of Getting In)

80 == Beards In Uniform [02] —- (Army Senior Enlisted Adviser Opinion)

81 == Swearing —- (Turns Out It is F**king Good For You)

82 == Warships That Will Change The Future —- (Dixmude)

82 == Overseas Troops —- (Capt. Rebecca Bergstedt)

.                                     * MILITARY HISTORY*                                 .

82 == Tet Offensive [02] —- (The First 36 Hours)

82 == WWII Marines At Sea —- (Bravery, Discipline, and Very Long Journeys)

84 == Siege of Bien Hoa Air Base —- (Pilots Scrambled to Bomb Own Base)

86 == Berlin Wall —- (Its Fall | And Let There be Light)

88 == USS Pueblo [04] —- (Crewmembers Perspective After 50 Years)

89 == WWI African-American Troops —- (Fought To Fight)

91 == Realities Of War —- (WWII Pilot Shares Experiences)

93 == Military History Anniversaries —- (15 thru 28 FEB)

93 == Medal of Honor Citations —- (Garman~Harold A | WWII)

                                          * HEALTH CARE*                                      .

  94 == Overseas Pharmacy —- (Is it Safe?)

95 == Seasonal Affective Disorder [02] —- (Coping With Winter Depression)

96 == Nursing Homes [13] —- (Hazardous Conditions Are Common)

96 == TRICARE Medication Adherence Pilot Program —- (Diabetes & Cholesterol Drugs)

97 == Tricare/CHAMPUS Fraud [17] —- ($20M Bilked by Ex-NFL Player)

98 == Medicare ID Cards —- (What You Must Know About the New Card)

100 == Sleep [06] —- (Alzheimer’s Disease & Sleep Apnea)

100 == Atrial Fibrillation —- (What It is)

101 == TRICARE Podcast 435 —- (Maintenance Drugs | Heart Health Months)

102 ==TRICARE Podcast 436 —- (West Region Transition – TRICARE.mil Website – Dental Care)

                                              * FINANCIAL *                                         .

104 == IRS VITA Program 2018 —- (Free 2017 Tax Filing Assistance)

105 == Divorce [01] —- (Impact on Federal Benefits)

107 == Auto Loan GAP Insurance —- (MLA Impact on Servicemembers Eligibility)

108 == U.S. Data Breaches —- (179 Million Records Exposed in 2017)

109 == Drug Cost Increases [12] —- (Big PhRMA Takes On State Legislators)

111 == VA Farm Loans —- (How They Work)

111 == VA Home Loan [55] —- (No Money Down Doesn’t Mean Money Not Needed)

112 == Facebook Quiz Scam —- (How it Works)

112 == Opioid Addiction Treatment Scam —- (How To Avoid)

113 == Tax Burden for Arizona Retired Vets —- (As of FEB 2018)

                                   * GENERAL INTEREST *                                .

115 == Notes of Interest —- (01 thru 14 FEB 2017)

116 == Presidential Pardon [01] —- (Request for Former 1st Lt. Michael Behenna)

117 == GTMO Detainees [02] —- (al-Qaida Terrorist Ahmed al Darbi)

119 == IRS Phone Calls —- (Challenge of Responding to Callers)

121 == 911 Terrorists [01] —- (Trump Sued Over Conditions In Federal Prison)

122 == Military Parades —- (Trump Wants One – Many Do Not)

123 == RP~China Dispute [23] —- (South China Sea Almost Conquered by China)

124 == Border Wall [03] —- (How Effective Are Other Nation’s Walls)

125 == Taiwan-China Dispute [03] —- (U.S. Flag Removed from Government Websites)

126 == Brakes —- (How Often Should They Be Replaced?)

127 == Flag Protests [01] —- (AMVETS Public Service Announcement)

128 == DPRK~US War [04] —- (Would Not Go According to Plan)

129 == DPRK~US War [05] —- (Our Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall)

131 == Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way —- (10)

131 == Have You Heard? —- (Importance of Walking | Six Tiny Stories)

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                              * ATTACHMENTS *                                         .

Attachment – Pennsylvania Vet State Benefits & Discounts FEB 2018

Attachment – Military History Anniversaries 15 thru 28 FEB

Attachment – Vietnam Tet Offensive

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