3 October 2011 Military Report

Whoohoo, it is time for the wonderful world of military benefits available in the Military Report.  Think I’m getting a little too worked up over a bunch of news items?  Well, keep in mind that these are your benefits, you’ve earned them, and you might as well take advantage of them.

The full Military Report includes items about employment, education, health care, housing, promotions, and all sorts of other topics.  I’m highlighting the financial things here at The Paycheck Chronicles:

‘Stop Loss Pay’ Deadline Nears – Again – Eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries must apply by Oct. 21 for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. More…

AF Civilian Early Retirement Program – The Air Force is implementing civilian Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs. More…

AF Early Retirement Board Update – Voluntary retirements have resulted in the removal of the Chaplain and Medical Services Corps competitive categories from the upcoming October 2011 lieutenant colonel selective early-retirement board (SERB).More…

Army Accepting Applications – The Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Selected officers will attend law school beginning the Fall of 2012. More…

DoD Cuts Could Fund Vet Benefits – The Pentagon was told to reduce its 10-year budget by another $25 billion to protect VA healthcare from spending cuts. More…

Navy Grad-School Vouchers – Naval officers unable to pursue full-time graduate studies have an additional education option with the FY-12 Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) program. More…

New TRICARE Fee Increases – Starting October 1, 2011 TRICARE Prime enrollment fees will increase for new enrollments.More…

Paycheck Chronicles: More Uncertainty – There have been many concerns about the start of the new fiscal year, the military’s 1 October pay, and some issues with some people’s Leave and Earnings Statements. More…

State Veteran’s Benefits Directory – Veteran benefits may include educational grants and scholarships, special exemptions or discounts on fees and taxes, home loans, and more. See what benefits your state is offering. More…

VA Compensated Work Therapy – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Compensated Work Therapy program endeavors to match and support work-ready veterans in competitive jobs. More…

Website Eases NAF Hiring Process – Air Force Services officials continue refining NAFjobs.org to make it easier for job seekers to apply and hiring managers to make their selections for nonappropriated fund (NAF) vacancies Air Force-wide. More…

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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.