Operation Enduring Freedom, the worldwide combat mission launched shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that eventually became synonymous with the 13-year war in Afghanistan, officially ended Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. The mission that took the lives of 2,356 U.S. service members was punctuated with a ceremony with military officials in Kabul and a statement from President Obama lauding the efforts of those involved.
There's not much the IRS doesn't consider taxable income. Of course, there are the standbys: salaries, wages, tips, commissions, interest and dividends, rent on property you lease and all the money you make from that photography business on the side. Bartering your services won't help, either. The value of noncash items must be determined and then counted as income. Nor can you put money in a foreign bank to earn interest out of Uncle Sam's reach.
Vietnam-era soldiers who faced punitive discharges because they suffered from post-traumatic stress are to be given liberal consideration to requests for discharge upgrades. Secretary of the Army John McHugh issued this directive to the Army Review Boards Agency, the service's highest level of administrative review for personnel actions. McHugh's 3 NOV directive was prompted by an earlier order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel which acknowledged that thousands of soldiers may have been kicked out of service because of behavior problems related to posttraumatic stress.
There are currently two locations for the Armed Forces Retirement Home - the Gulfport campus and Washington campus. These were the locations of the U.S. Naval Home and U. S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home. These campuses are model retirement centers, where the residents are able to maintain an independent lifestyle in an environment designed for safety, comfort and personal enrichment — and as they age, "Independent Living Plus," "Assisted Living" and "Long Term Custodial Care" are available in-house when necessary.
While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave. These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin. A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
VA will allow a veteran to use an attorney-in-fact to execute any documents necessary to obtain a VA-guaranteed loan. This enables active duty service persons stationed overseas, and other veterans who cannot be present to execute loan documents, to obtain VA loans. That seems fairly simple and straightforward enough, but there are additional rules and requirements. According to VA Pamphlet 26-7, Chapter Nine "The veteran must execute a general or specific power of attorney (POA) which is valid and legally adequate.
A Treasury Department mandate requires DFAS to pay military, civilian and retired customers by electronic funds transfer (EFT). Beginning March 1, 2013, most of you who received a paper check began receiving notifications that you must deposit your pay directly to your savings or checking account. You will continue to receive these notifications until you sign up for EFT; sign up for the debit card solution the Department of the Treasury has made available; or receive a waiver from the Department of the Treasury mandate.
Current and former service members can apply for a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online, with the help of their lender, or by U.S. mail. To get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) online go to the eBenefits portal at www.ebenefits.va.gov/SiteDown/siteDown.html . If you already have login credentials, click the login box, and if you need login credentials, click the register box and follow the directions on the screen. If you need any assistance call the eBenefits Help Desk at (800) 983-0937. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.
TRICARE beneficiaries need to watch their email and ensure they have a milConnect account to receive information about changes to their TRICARE coverage. The Department of Defense is no longer sending paper letters to notify beneficiaries about changes to their coverage and eligibility status.
Each year the VA reassesses the cost of tuition and updates the benefits paid to GI Bill recipients. In most cases the value of the Montgomery GI Bill increases each year. If you want to know how much you can earn in MGIB benefits, then check out the following GI Bill Rates tables to find the corresponding monthly payments based on your GI Bill program and the educational program you are attending. Note that each person has a unique case the charts chart should be used as a reference only.