January 31, 2012

Veterans News - January 31, 2012

Veterans Receive COLA Increase
Veterans, their families, and survivors receiving benefits from VA began receiving a 3.6 percent increase in their compensation and pension benefits on January 1. More

Deal of the Week: Banana Republic
Banana Republic is offering military personnel, veterans and family members a discount of 15% off full-priced items. More

'Ticking Bomb' View of Veterans Erroneous
VA takes on newspaper's story calling Vets "ticking bombs." More

Checking Benefits Online
The DoD and VA have jointly developed the eBenefits portal as a single secure point of access for online benefit information and tools. More

Homebuying Myth: Renting Less Expensive
In some cases, mortgage payments may be lower than rental payments and if you continue to pay rent, you'll only succeed in making a landlord wealthy. More

$300k Coverage for $21.78 a Month
Protecting your family's future is easy. Get $300k ASMBA protection for as little as $21.78 a month. More

Post 9-11 GI Bill Changes Now in Effect
Many veterans, servicemembers, and eligible family will see significant changes with GI Bill 2.0. More

Join Us: Military Spouse Summit
The Military.com Spouse Summit, scheduled for March 2-3 in Arlington, VA, is a first-of-its kind event aimed at informing and empowering military spouses. More

Benefit Calculator: Benefits in One Place
The Military.com Benefit Calculator is designed to quickly and easily connect you with your benefits information based on service and status. More

Top 15 High-paying Jobs for Vets
What are the jobs with good median salaries and projected growth for vets? We've got a list. More

Earned Income Tax Credit
Some people could be eligible to get more money back from the Internal Revenue Service -- as much as $5,751. More

Navy to Dump BCG Eyeglasses
Servicemembers will soon say goodbye to old BCG's as the Navy replaces the '90s era "birth control glasses" with a more stylish Buddy Holly style frame. More

Army Band to Celebrate Anniversary
The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" will celebrate its 90th Anniversary with a 2 hour concert Sunday, March 11, 2012. More

TRICARE Troubles Loom
TRICARE beneficiaries can expect at least two major issues to impact their health care benefits this year. More

Congress Looks Into VA Backlog Issue
Are current disability rating systems best serving America's veterans? More

Photographs Sought for Vietnam Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is collecting photographs of the more than 58,000 American servicemembers whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. More

Some Vets Should Reapply for Disability
VA is beginning a phased mailing of information packets on the Physical Disability Review Board (PDBR) to every qualified veteran with a current home address on file at VA. More

New Report Addresses VA Difficulties
A report shows that VA has had difficulty in planning for and meeting the unique needs of a growing number of homeless women veterans. More

VA Offers Free Credit Monitoring
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering free credit monitoring to more than 2,200 veterans whose personal information, including social security numbers, was posted on Ancestry.com following the mistaken release of data through the Freedom of Information Act. More

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