18 June 2011 Military Report

Every week, Military.com collects the most important and updated benefits information for active duty, National Guard, reservists, retirees and veterans. Financial news is republished here, and you can read the entire Military Report for more information on medical, educational, and other benefits.

AAFMAA Understands the Challenges Military Families Face – AAFMAA protects soldiers, airmen and their families with low-cost life insurance and assists survivors with their unique Survivor Assistance Services. More…

AF Merges Officer Education Programs – The Air Force recently approved a plan to transform professional military education for company grade officers (CGOs). More…

Commissary Support for Food Drives – Customers who visit their military store will see marked bins near commissary entrances or exits, where they can donate nonperishable food and daily-hygiene items. More…

Deal of the Week: Summertime Savings – The Military.com Discount Center is stocked full of Military-Friendly discounts to help you save money while you beat the heat. More…

Featured Job: Military-Friendly Employers – Military.com’s Veteran Employment Center is the largest veteran’s job board in the world. More…

Fiscal Battle May Halt VA Payments – If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, the government would have to stop, limit, or delay payments. More…

GI Bill 2.0 Coming Soon – Changes are coming for Post-9/11 GI Bill users this summer/fall when the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act goes into effect. More…

Military Pay Held Hostage – Again – If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, the government would have to stop, limit, or delay payments More…

Military Spouse Career Center – Military.com’s Spouse Career Center can help you find jobs in your area or help you to create your resume. More…

Navy Continuation Board Update – Full-Time Support and Reserve E-7 to E-9 Sailors with 19 years of service and three years’ time-in-rate as of Sept. 1 will be considered by the board. More…

Sailors Reminded to Update DEERS – The Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is reminding Sailors to enroll new spouses in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). More…

Small Business for Veterans – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Patriot Express loan program provides loans to veterans looking to start or expand small businesses. More…

Space Camp Scholarships – Fifteen U.S. military children throughout the world, from sixth to ninth grade, are chosen each year to attend NASA’s space camp, free of charge through the Military Child Education Coalition. More…

Spouse Program Expands – The Army Spouse Employment Partnership was expanded recently by the Department of Defense and opened its resources to all military services and the U.S. Coast Guard, and to both active and reserve components. More…

Study Looks at Soldiers’ Children – A study has found that the longer U.S. Soldiers were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan during the period ranging from 2003 to 2006, the more likely their children would be diagnosed with mental health problems. More…

Survivor Assistance Services – AAFMAA assists Soldiers, Airmen and their families with low-cost life insurance. More…

TRICARE Expectant Parents Resource – The Parent Review offers weekly, customized emails to new and expectant parents who receive care at select military treatment facilities (MTF) and civilian practices. More…

TRICARE Offers Script App – These tools allow TRICARE beneficiaries to manage their prescriptions and access important health information safely and securely from anywhere using their smart phone. More…

The Ensuring Pay for our Military Act Stalls – Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, is again pushing his legislation, HR 1297, that he first proposed last March. More…

Tuition Assistance for Spouses – The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 of free tuition to military spouses for associate degrees, career certificates and licensing programs. More…

VA Benefits Portal for Guard Members – The DoD and VA have created a one-stop website for Guard members to access and administer their service benefits-related information More…

VA Facility Given Landmark Status – Mountain Home, or “Mountain Branch” as it was originally known, is one of four national homes for disabled volunteer soldiers in 11 states. More…

VA Reaches Out to Women Veterans – Representatives at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA’s) Health Resource Center (HRC) are placing calls to women veterans nationwide who have enrolled but have not begun using VA services. More…

Vet Jobs Act Introduced – The Tax Credit to Hire Veterans Act of 2011 (H.R. 2443) would provide a tax credit to be applied toward capital equipment purchases to small businesses that hire unemployed veterans. More…

Your GI Bill Benefits Are Not Loans – The benefits are not a loan — it’s almost the military equivalent of a college savings account accepted by schools everywhere. More…

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.