July 10, 2012

Veteran's News - July 10, 2012

Proposed Drill Pay Change Draws Fire
Defense officials can expect a fight if they follow through on a suggestion to ask Congress to cut drill pay and annual retirement points for Reserve and National Guard members in return for allowing retired pay to start years sooner than the current age-60 threshold. More

TriWest Loses Bid Protest
The Government Accountability Office has denied TriWest's protest challenging the award of a new $20.4 billion regional support contract to UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services. More

2013 Military Scholarship Application
Each year the Council of College and Military Educators offers fifteen $1000 scholarships for Servicemembers, Military Spouses, and Veterans who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees. More

Get $300k Coverage: Starting at $21.78 a Month
Is VGLI enough for your family? Get $300k insurance coverage for as low as $21.78 a month. More

eHealth Records Cut Malpractice Claims
A new study of insurance claims has found that switching over to electronic health records appears to dramatically cut malpractice suits. More

Featured Job: Careers with the TSA
Make a world of difference to the traveling public and protect our nation's transportation infrastructure. More

Indiana University to Study Brain Injuries
A $920,000 grant from the VA has been made to an Indiana University School of Medicine professor to study the effectiveness of telehealth for treating veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries. More

New DoL Grants for Job Training
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded 90 grants totaling more than $20 million to fund job training and support services that will help more than 11,000 veterans succeed in civilian careers. More

Rent vs. Own with a VA Loan
In Trulia's Winter 2012 Rent vs. Buy Index, it was reported that it's cheaper to own than rent in 98 of 100 largest U.S. cities. More

Study Looks at Duplicate Health Coverage
According to a recent study, the VA spent an estimated $13 billion to care for veterans whose health coverage was already paid for by Medicare. More

VA Encourages HIV Testing
The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging all Veterans to be tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at least once in their lives. More

Vet Grants Available in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering disaster relief grants to military veterans in some counties who were affected by recent storms and flooding. More

Get a Financial Checklist for Deployment
If you have a family, the single most important thing to think about when it comes to deployment is ensuring that everyone is taken care of while you're away. More

VRAP GI Bill Reaches Milestone
More than 25,000 unemployed Veterans have already applied for new benefits to cover education costs for up to one year through the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. More

New First Aid App Available
The American Red Cross recently launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users. More

VA Loan Program Benefits
While a conventional loan might seem like a great bargain because of an advertised lower rate, keep in mind that you often need a high credit score of 720 or above to qualify for these best rates. More

VA to Relocate Kentucky Med Center
The VA has selected a site to serve as the location of a new medical center in Louisville, Ky., replacing an existing 60-year-old facility. More

Hiring Fair in Chicago
With a goal of hiring at least 100,000 veterans by 2020, a coalition of more than 60 companies, government agencies and Veteran groups will be hosting a huge hiring event in Chicago July 12. More

Custom Purses Benefit Veterans
Peggy Beauvais makes purses out of old military uniforms and donate the proceeds to the help the military. More

Vet Designators on Driver's Licenses
A new law in South Dakota now allows military veterans with honorable discharges to have a veteran designation on their state-issued driver license. More

Pets Provide Support
Canines provide therapeutic benefits for those suffering from life's invisible scars. More

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