Monday, August 8, 2022

RAO bulletin





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RAO BULLETIN

1 August 2022

 

PDF Edition

 

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

 

Pg                   Article                                                Subject

.                                                   * DOD *                                             .

 

03 == DoD All Volunteer Force ---- (Survey Raises Serious Questions about Its Future)

06 == Food Insecurity ---- (DoD’s Plan To Help The 24% Of Troops Experiencing It)

09 == NDAA 2023 [07] ---- (Navy Might Be Required to Serve Vegan Meat on Some Bases)

10 == NDAA 2023 [08] ---- (Wounded Knee MOH Revocation)

11 == Defense Appropriations Bill 2023 ---- (Senate Armed Services Releases Full $847B Bill)

13 == Military ID Cards ---- (New Deadline for Some Military Retirees, Dependents)

14 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported JUL 16 thru 31, 2022 | Fourteen)

 

.                                                 * VA *                                                  .

 

18 == VA Home Loans [78] ---- (Pest Inspection Rule Changed)

19 == Overseas Military Service Coordinator Program ---- (Assistance for Veterans Expands)

21 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse---- (Reported 16 thru 31 JUL 2022)

21 == VA EHR [39] ---- (Cost Could Triple To More Than $50 Billion)

23 == VA EHR [40] ---- (Overhaul May Be Scrapped If Fixes Aren’t Made)

24 == VA Caregiver Program [80] ---- (Expansion to All Eras of Service Remains Set for October)

 

.                                                 * VETS *                                              .

 

26 == Vet Jobs [277] ---- (Florida Schools to Let Veterans Teach Without Degrees)

26 == GI Bill [317] ---- (House Panel Approves Expansion of Eligibility)

28 == U.S. Capitol Riot [31] ---- (Reenlisted Army Vet Sentenced to 3.5 Years)

29 == U.S. Capitol Riot [32] ----- (Colorado Veteran Pleaded Guilty To a Misdemeanor)

30 == Vet Fraud & Abuse ---- (Reported JUL 16 thru 31, 2022)

32 == Medal of Honor Awardees ---- (Melvin Newlin | Vietnam)

34 == Medal of Honor Awardees ---- (Gerald L. Endl | WWII))

36 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of JUL 31, 2022)

37 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of JUL 31, 2022)

 

.                                     * VET LEGISLATION *                               .

 

38 == VET Bill Progress ---- (16-31 JUL 2022)

 

.                                             * MILITARY*                                         .

 

39 == USS Bonhomme Richard [06] ---- (Vice Admiral + Two Dozen Others Punished For Fire)

41 == Military Fraud & Abuse [18] ---- (Soldier Stole Millions in COVID Relief and Student Loans)

43 == Military Fraud & Abuse [19] ---- (Jewelry Retailer to Pay Millions for Duping Troops/Families)

44 == USMC Retention [03] ---- (Goals Exceeded Early, Hit More Than 100 Percent)

45 == USCG Fraud, Waste, & Abuse ---- (Veteran, Wife Charged With Stealing Ids of Dead Kids)

47 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘Chuffed’ thru ‘CMC’)

48 == Navy Days ---- (Warrants)

 

.                                    * MILITARY HISTORY *                              .

 

48 == WW2 Joseph Beyrle [Update 277] ---- (How U.S. POW Ended Up Fighting Alongside the Soviets)

51 == Battle of Pork Chop Hill [01] ---- (Fight That, in Retrospect, Had Little Strategic Value)

53 == Battle of New Orleans ---- (Denied the Confederate States Port Access in the Gulf of Mexico)

55 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (01 thru 15 AUG)

55 == Allied Bombing of Germany ---- (Breslau)

56 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Shortest RAF Pilot)

57 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [103] ---- (You’ve Had It)

 

.                                         * HEALTH CARE *                                   .

 

57 == Prescription Drug Costs [81] ---- (Bill to Lower Insulin Costs Faces Delays in Senate)

58 == Diabetic Foot Problems ---- (Preventing Wounds)

 

.                                         * FINANCES *                                            .  

 

62 == SSA COLA 2023 ---- (TSCL Forecast Up to 10.5%)

63 == Used Car Scams [01] ---- (Look Out For Too-Good-To-Be-True Prices)

64 == Rental Scams [05] ---- (Be Wary Of Rental Scams When Planning a Party)

65 == Air Travel Scams [02] ---- (Airfare Scams Are Cashing In On Cancelled Flights)

66 == Cola Watch 2022 ---- (CPI Increase as of June)

67 == SSA Windfall Elimination Provision [03] ---- Social Security Fairness Act Sponsorship

68 == State Retirement Income Tax ---- (Latest Changes)

 

.                                   * GENERAL INTEREST *                              .

 

69 == Notes of Interest ---- (JUL 16 thru 31, 2022)

70 == DPRK-U.S. Relations [05] ---- (North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S.)

70 == Electric Cars [04] ---- (Support Slips for Phase Out of Gas-Powered Vehicles)

72 == Advertisements ---- (Once Acceptable Vintage Ads | 09)

73 == Prosthetic Limb Tattoos ---- (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Policy)

75 == Coffee Grounds ---- (Alternative Uses for Them)

76 == Vocabulary ---- (Some Words to Enhance Yours | 220801)

77 == News of the Weird ---- (July 16 thru 31, 2022)

78 == Have You Heard or Seen? ---- (Reagan Comments| Toons | George Carlin)

 

.                                      * ATTACHMENTS *                                     .

 

Military History Anniversaries 01 thru 15 AUG (Updated) https://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/uploads/3/4/5/7/34578163/military_history_anniversaries__0801_thru_081522.pdf

 

NOTE

1.  The page number in which an article is located is provided to the left of each article’s title.

2.  To read the articles, open the website and slew to the page number of the article you are interested in.

3.  Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written to date on the subject.   To obtain previous articles send a request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net ‘or’ raoemo77@gmail.com.

4.  Recipients of the Bulletin are authorized and encouraged to forward the Bulletin or articles to other vets or veteran organizations.

5.  The current and previous 3 Bulletin issues can be viewed at http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html

 

FAIR USE NOTICE: This newsletter may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.  The Editor/Publisher of the Bulletin at times includes such material in an effort to advance reader’s understanding of veterans' issues.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.  In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C.  Section 107, the material in this newsletter is distributed without profit to those who have expressed an interest in receiving the included information for educating themselves on veteran issues so they can better communicate with their legislators on issues affecting them.   To obtain more information on Fair Use refer to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.   If you wish to use copyrighted material from this newsletter for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. 

 

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

final Meeting July 2022



SF                   CHAPTER 76

  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

            South Florida Chapter 

            

           “The Green Berets”

 

 

                                                                                      

 

July 29, 2022 

 

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Saturday morning July 30th at 1200 Noon we will meet at Sosta Caffe, 10800 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

 

MAP LINK:  https://g.page/sostacaffe?share

 

 

1st Special Forces Group Reunion 2022 11 Sept – 15 September

SFA Executive Director Mike Goodrich asked us to pass this along:

 

Costs:        $150 for the Reunion. Reg by July 30.

$110 per night for the Hotel

and that includes your breakfasts.

Location:   Holiday Inn Downtown

Mobile, Alabama     888-465-4329 Note: Fly to Pensacola, Florida to get there. It is easier and cheaper to get to the hotel.

Register online:

https://afr-reg.com/1stspecforces2022/

Registration Questions: 740-409-6720

Some attractions included are:

Sun – Welcome

Mon – Golf/ Presentation

Tue – USS Alabama

Wed – Beau Rivage w/ Bon Fire on the beach Thurs – Banquet w/ MOH Recipient Earl Plumlee

Register Now.       Sign up Today.      Don’t miss this one!

 

 

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SFA Convention in Colorado Springs 20-24 September 2022

 


To all Members of the Special Forces Association:

 

We are less than 60 days out from the annual SFA Convention in Colorado Springs.  This year we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Special Forces Regiment.

 

If you plan to attend and haven’t registered or booked a room, now is a good time.  There are still 25 group-rate rooms available in the Hyatt—getting one of these rooms could save you money.

 

Go to SFAcon – Special Forces Association to register and see the great line-up of events, speakers, and sponsors.

 

See you in colorful Colorado !

 

DOL !

 

Your SFACON 2022 Committee

 

 

 

 

Ballad of the Green Berets

 

 

Joe Pruett on behalf of

Ed Pijuan

President

 

New Chapter 76 Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/SFA-South-Florida-Chapter-76-111343950710574/

 

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76Blogspot.com/

 

Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

 

ED PIJUAN 

PRESIDENT

 

ROGER KIDDER 

VICE PRESIDENT

 

AL HERNANDEZ 

SECRETARY

 

JASON PSALTIDES 

SECRETARY

 

JIM TRICE 

TREASURER 

 

TOM HOUSE 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

_________________

 

DAN POIRIER 

CHAPTER 76 BLOGGER

 

ED BELLO 

CHAPTER 76 WEBMASTER

 

JOE PRUETT 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

-- 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Chapter Meeting July 30th

                  CHAPTER 76

  SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION

            South Florida Chapter 

            

           “The Green Berets”

 

 

                                                                                      

 

July 15, 2022 

 

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Saturday morning July 30th at 1200 Noon we will meet at Sosta Caffe, 10800 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

 

 

 

MAP LINK:  https://g.page/sostacaffe?share

 


Ballad of the Green Berets

 

 

Joe Pruett on behalf of

Ed Pijuan

President

 

New Chapter 76 Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/SFA-South-Florida-Chapter-76-111343950710574/

 

Chapter Blog is located at http://SFACH76Blogspot.com/

 

Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

 

ED PIJUAN 

PRESIDENT

 

ROGER KIDDER 

VICE PRESIDENT

 

AL HERNANDEZ 

SECRETARY

 

JASON PSALTIDES 

SECRETARY

 

JIM TRICE 

TREASURER 

 

TOM HOUSE 

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

_________________

 

DAN POIRIER 

CHAPTER 76 BLOGGER

 

ED BELLO 

CHAPTER 76 WEBMASTER

 

JOE PRUETT 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

SFA Chapter President's meeting on Thursday July 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

SFA Chapter Presidents,

 

We will be having a SFA Chapter President's meeting on Thursday July 14, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)  Some of the topics of discussion will be:

 

Constitutional Amendments

     - Medal of Honor Recipient

     - Gold Star Family member recognition

     - Auxiliary Member

 

Status of AUSA Partnership

 

Future of The Drop publications

 

I will send out an agenda next week.  Hope to see you online.  Stay safe.  DOL

 

Kevin

 



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Friday, July 1, 2022

RAO BULLETIN JULY 2022







RAO’s latest Veteran Newsletter has been posted online.  To read this issue click on 

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RAO BULLETIN

15 July 2022

 

PDF Edition

 

THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES

 

Pg                   Article                                                Subject

.                                                   * DOD *                                             .

 

03 == Commissary User Savings [06] ---- (Commissaries Claiming Inflated Savings)

04 == NDAA 2023 [05] ---- (House Wants Troops to Chow down Bison Meat)

06 == NDAA 2023 [06] ---- (Combat Disabled Veterans Are Being Denied Benefits)

06 == NDAA 2023 [07] Full House Debate Looms On the Annual Defense Bill

07 == POW/MIA Recoveries & Burials ---- (Reported JUL 01 thru 15, 2022 | One)

 

.                                                 * VA *                                                  .

 

08 == VA Claim Denial [19] ---- (Request a Higher-Level Review for Your Appeal)

10 == VA Fraud, Waste & Abuse---- (Reported 01 thru 15 JUL 2022)

 

.                                                 * VETS *                                              .

 

11 == Vet Unemployment 2022 [06] ---- (Rate Under 3% for Nearly All Eras of Service)

12 == U.S. Capitol Riot [30] ---- (Trump girl’: WV Air Guard Member Admits Role in Riot)

13 == Overseas Military Mail [03] ---- (APO/FPO Mail Halt for Overseas Retirees on Hold)

14 == Desert Storm Memorial [13] ---- (Installation on National Mall Begins 14 JUL)

15 == Medal of Honor Awardees ---- (Clyde E. Lassen| VN)

18== Medal of Honor Awardees ---- (Michael P. Murphy| War on Terrorism Afghanistan)

20 == Vet Hiring Fairs ---- (Scheduled As of JUL 16, 2022)

21 == Military Retirees & Veterans Events Schedule ---- (As of JUL 16, 2022)

 

.                                     * VET LEGISLATION *                               .

 

21 == VA Vet Medical Legal Partnerships ---- (H.R. 3950 | Veterans Medical Legal Partnerships Act)

 

.                                             * MILITARY*                                         .

 

23 == Army Enlistment [04] ---- (Policy Dropping High School Diploma Requirement)

24 == Military Inflation Bonus ---- (Lawmaker Trying to Nearly Triple in With Missile Funding Cuts)

26 == Army Bonuses [02] ---- (Performance Proposal)

27 == Air Force Recruiting [03] ---- (Enlisting Could Land You Almost $60,000 in Bonus Pay)

28 == Troop Vaccine Refusal [08] ---- (60K Guard/Reserve Soldiers Cut Off from Pay and Benefits)

30 == Army Barracks Drinking ---- (Alcohol Restrictions May Ditched for Soldiers in the Barracks)

32 == Navy Terminology, Jargon & Slang ---- (‘CBDR’ thru ‘CHOP’)

34 == Navy Days ---- (Standing)

 

.                                    * MILITARY HISTORY *                              .

 

34 == Laos Lima Site 85 ---- (Unknown story of USAF MOH Recipient Richard L. Etchberger)

36 == Military History Anniversaries ---- (16 thru 31 JUL)

36 == Allied Bombing of Germany ---- (Bremen & Bremerhaven)

37 == Every Picture Tells A Story ---- (Sniper Anti-Aircraft)

38 == WWII Bomber Nose Art [102] ---- (Lucky Strike)

 

.                                         * HEALTH CARE *                                   .

 

38 == Military Health Care [05] ---- (155,000 Patients to Be Pushed to Civilian Care Starting This Year)

 

.                                              * FINANCES *                                        .

 

41 == SBP DIC Offset [69] ---- (What Surviving Spouses Need to Know About Phase 2 & 3)

43 == Rental scams [04] ---- (Cons Take Advantage of Stressed out Movers)

 

.                                   * GENERAL INTEREST *                              .

 

44 == Notes of Interest ---- (JUL 01 thru 15, 2022)

45 == Body Armor [05] ---- (After Mass Shootings, Lawmakers Weigh Bans)

48 == Advertisements ---- (Once Acceptable Vintage Ads | 08)

49 == Body Language ---- (Blunders to Watch Out For)

50 == Vocabulary ---- (Some Words to Enhance Yours | 220715)

51 == News of the Weird ---- (July 01 thru 15, 2022)

53 == Have You Heard or Seen? ---- (Potpourri 01 | Toons | Pun-ography (4)

 

.                                      * ATTACHMENTS *                                     .

 

Military History Anniversaries 16 thru 31 JUL (Updated)

https://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/uploads/3/4/5/7/34578163/military_history_anniversaries__0716_thru_073122.pdf

 

NOTE

1.  The page number in which an article is located is provided to the left of each article’s title.

2.  To read the articles, open the website and slew to the page number of the article you are interested in.

3.  Numbers contained within brackets [ ] indicate the number of articles written to date on the subject.   To obtain previous articles send a request to raoemo@sbcglobal.net ‘or’ raoemo77@gmail.com.

4.  Recipients of the Bulletin are authorized and encouraged to forward the Bulletin or articles to other vets or veteran organizations.

5.  The current and previous 3 Bulletin issues can be viewed at http://veteraninformationlinksasa.com/emos-rao.html

 

FAIR USE NOTICE: This newsletter may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.  The Editor/Publisher of the Bulletin at times includes such material in an effort to advance reader’s understanding of veterans' issues.  We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.  In accordance with Title 17 U. S. C.  Section 107, the material in this newsletter is distributed without profit to those who have expressed an interest in receiving the included information for educating themselves on veteran issues so they can better communicate with their legislators on issues affecting them.   To obtain more information on Fair Use refer to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.   If you wish to use copyrighted material from this newsletter for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. 

 

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