The 2014 editions of military handbooks are now available for download on the internet. This series consisting of nine publications was launched with one simple goal — to give the military community the very best information available about pay, benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, career decisions and much more. And to provide it to you in a series of straightforward, easy-to-understand handbooks — for free!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Public Health (OPH) launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry website on Wednesday, June 18.
New burial regulations will now allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to automatically pay the maximum amount allowable under law to most eligible surviving spouses more quickly and efficiently, without the need for a written application. Under former regulations, VA paid burial benefits on a reimbursement basis, which required survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally paid at the maximum amount permitted by law. "VA is committed to improving the speed and ease of delivery of monetary burial benefits to Veterans' survivors during their time
A new nationwide labeling program will allow farmers, ranchers and fishermen who served in the military to use a special logo to promote their agricultural products. The "Homegrown by Heroes" labeling was first created by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2013. The label allows consumers and businesses purchasing agricultural products to see the logo in multiple areas, enabling them to select products that support U.S. farmer veterans.
Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to collect their retired pay are considered to be in a "Gray Area." This table shows your "gray area" benefits compared to the "full" (active duty retiree) benefits which you and your family will begin to receive or be eligible for upon receipt or retired pay.
The Department of Veterans Affairs created the Servicemen's Readjustment Act in 1944, often referred to as the G.I. Bill. This entitlement-packed legislation helped those returning from World War II with buying a home to financing farmland and other benefits. If you're VA eligible or know someone who might be, here are the eight reasons to use a VA loan to buy a home. Down Payment Option Easily the greatest benefit of the VA mortgage is the lack of a down payment required for an approval.
It just got a little easier for military veterans who are looking for work, to find it here in Minnesota. Today, Minnesota joined three other states in a new pilot program that provides free hotel accommodations to veterans conducting job searches outside the regions where they live. Hilton Worldwide and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) are partnering to offer the Hilton HHonors program to veterans and their families in Minnesota, Iowa, Texas and Arizona. "Our veterans deserve more than our gratitude and support.
The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military service. The emblem of your latest branch of service is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only to veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. Its purpose is for identification and check-in at VA appointments.
Gulf War veterans should have presumptive conditions associated with their service, including brain and lung cancer and chronic migraines, members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs wrote in a letter March 18. "As a veteran of the Persian Gulf war, I am keenly aware of issues adversely impacting the health of veterans who served in that theater beginning in 1990," wrote Rep.
Military members have been exposed to extreme cold in combat and military training missions. The major cold injuries they suffer include frostbite, non-freezing cold injuries, immersion foot (formerly called trench foot), and hypothermia. The risk of cold injury depends on several environmental conditions including temperature, wind and moisture, in combination with physical activity, the duration of exposure, and amount of protection. The individual's level of fitness and cold susceptibility also contribute to the risk.