Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Fwd: Military Report: DoD Proposes Pay Increase for 2017, VA Budget Proposed, and MORE



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Military Report - The Military's Largest Benefits Update
FEBRUARY 12
DoD Proposes a 1.6% Pay Increase for 2017
VA Budget Proposed
Budget Proposal Includes Retiree Tricare Fee Hikes
DoD Budget Hints at More Future Force Initiatives
5 Hot Jobs for Former Military Personnel
OpEd: Proposed Large TRICARE Fee Hikes
DoD Seeks to Delay Matching Retirement Benefit

Army Budget Cuts Modernization and Personnel
GI Bill Transfer Update: Questions Answered
TRICARE Pharmacy Changes

AF Implements Maternity Leave Changes
DoD to Send Out IRS Health Care Tax Forms
VGLI Alternatives: $400k from Just $29 a Month

Relaunch of The Military Advantage Blog
Save on Costs Left Behind by TRICARE
VA Boosts Budget for Outstanding Health Claims

Navy Installations Enforce REAL ID Act
The Difference Between VA Claims and VA Appeals
AF 2016 Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program
Free Learning Courses for Veterans
Your VA Loan: Worth Up to $417k Financing
AF Announces High Year Tenure Extension
Update the Military.com Pay App for 2016 Pay & BAH
Changes to the Air Force's WAPS
AF Changes the Enlisted Eval System
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy
Sesame Street Launches Website
Million Veterans Blood Sample Program
Employment Fair in Washington
Veteran Legal Clinics in Virginia
New Hotline in Alaska
Headline Military News
DoD Proposes a 1.6% Pay Increase for 2017 A proposed 1.6-percent pay raise for military members falls short of what it should be by law. Some in the House of Representatives are vowing to fight for a larger pay increase for troops.  Read More
VA Budget Proposed In his FY 2017 budget, President Obama is proposing $182.3 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Read More
Budget Proposal Includes Retiree Tricare Fee Hikes The new Defense Department budget proposal for 2017 sent today to Congress drastically increases the cost of healthcare for military retirees under 65.  Read More
DoD Budget Hints at More Future Force Initiatives The U.S. Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2017 budget details the various new initiatives designed to make the military more attractive to potential recruits.  Read More
5 Hot Jobs for Former Military Personnel Here's a look at five popular jobs that give the men and women who've served our country an opportunity to make a difference and move up.  Read More
OpEd: Proposed Large TRICARE Fee Hikes The president released a FY 2017 budget request on Tuesday that includes $48.8 billion for the DoD Military Health System but would shift more of the cost burden to military beneficiaries.  Read More
DoD Seeks to Delay Matching Retirement Benefit The Pentagon has indicated it wants to change when service members can begin receiving matching retirement contributions.  Read More
Army Budget Cuts Modernization and Personnel A shrinking U.S. Army has rolled out its proposed fiscal 2017 budget — a plan that funnels more money into readiness but cuts every other area.  Read More
GI Bill Transfer Update: Questions Answered So you heard that there are changes underway to transferring the post-9/11 GI Bill, but what does it mean? You're not the only one asking.  Read More
TRICARE Pharmacy Changes Several changes to the TRICARE pharmacy benefit took effect on Feb. 1. Copays for drugs filled at retail pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery increased slightly.  Read More
AF Implements Maternity Leave Changes Active-duty female Airmen will now receive up to 12 continuous, non-transferable weeks of fully paid maternity leave.  Read More
DoD to Send Out IRS Health Care Tax Forms Department of Defense (DoD) civilian and military personnel will begin receiving Internal Revenue Service Form 1095 soon to complete their 2015 federal tax returns.  Read More
VGLI Alternatives: $400k from Just $29 a Month Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Start protecting your family's financial future today.  Read More
Relaunch of The Military Advantage Blog Military.com has relaunched 'The Military Advantage' blog. The TMA blog covers all the latest news and opinion on military and veteran benefits and related legislation.  Read More
Save on Costs Left Behind by TRICARE There are out-of-pocket expenses that TRICARE leaves behind for retired military...and that is when TRICARE Supplement insurance steps in.  Read More
VA Boosts Budget for Outstanding Health Claims The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting a nearly $20 billion funding increase in part to tackle outstanding health care claims from veterans.  Read More
Navy Installations Enforce REAL ID Act Navy installations worldwide will no longer authorize base access for individuals who do not have an approved U.S. Government-issued credential or state driver's license that is compliant with the REAL ID Act of 2005.  Read More
The Difference Between VA Claims and VA Appeals What are the differences between a claim and an appeal with the VA? You submit a claim when seeking VA disability benefits.  Read More
AF 2016 Selective Reenlistment Bonus Program The Air Force fiscal year 2016 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program consists of 117 Air Force specialties eligible to receive bonuses.  Read More
Free Learning Courses for Veterans LinkedIn is now offering service members and veterans one year of access to its professional development site, Lynda.com, at no cost.  Read More
Your VA Loan: Worth Up to $417k Financing Thinking of buying or refinancing? Rates are on the rise, but qualified borrowers can pay as little as $0 down with no PMI payments.  Read More
AF Announces High Year Tenure Extension Eligible senior airmen, staff sergeants, technical sergeants, and master sergeants in 122 Air Force specialties can apply for a high year of tenure (HYT) extension.  Read More
Update the Military.com Pay App for 2016 Pay & BAH The Military.com pay app update includes new 2016 basic pay data, and the ability to calculate Drill Pay for Reserve and Guard and COLA based on zip code.  Read More
Changes to the Air Force's WAPS Changes announced to the Weighted Airman Promotion System model in July 2014 included a reduction in the points associated with time in service and time in grade to place further emphasis on performance.  Read More
AF Changes the Enlisted Eval System The Air Force is making several adjustments to the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems for year two.  Read More
Microsoft Software and Systems Academy The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is a 16-week training course that readies active duty service members transitioning out of the military with STEM and IT-specific skills.  Read More
Sesame Street Launches Website The Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, recently launched a website devoted to helping families cope with the changes associated with transitioning into civilian life.  Read More
Million Veterans Blood Sample Program The goal of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Million Veterans Program is to collect blood samples of at least a million veterans, and use it to research illnesses.  Read More
Employment Fair in Washington The American Legion will host a Winter Meeting Employment Forum and Hiring Our Heroes job fair at the Washington, D.C. Hilton on Feb. 19.  Read More
Veteran Legal Clinics in Virginia The state of Virginia will provide a series of four pro bono veterans legal services clinics to low-income veterans in March.  Read More
New Hotline in Alaska Alaska Veterans Affairs is rolling out a local hotline for veterans that may have issues with the My Choice Healthcare plan in the state.  Read More
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