01 March 2010 Military Report

The Military Report is a weekly updates of news related to various programs and benefits for military and veteran families.  Financial news from the 1 March 2010 Military Report at Military.com,

A Look at Social Security – If you served on active duty anytime between 1957 and 2001, you may qualify for a higher Social Security payment because of your military service. More…

AF Assistance Fund Campaign Begins – The 37th annual Air Force Assistance Fund “Commitment to Caring” campaign is under way through May 7. More…

Apartments Available at AF Village – Air Force Enlisted Village officials are reaching out to people interested in moving to the retirement communities, Bob Hope Village and Teresa Village, by waiving certain fees. More…

Determining VA Loan Eligibility – VA loan eligibility guidelines are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More…

DoD Updates Resource Directory – The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that its National Resource Directory (NRD) website for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, veterans, their families and those who support them, recently received a comprehensive system upgrade to provide users with easier access. More…

Free Online Tax Help – Military OneSource is now offering free online tax filing services through H&R Block. More…

Homeowners Assistance Program Expands – In 2009, the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) was expanded to provide assistance to wounded servicemembers or Department Of Defense (DOD) civilians reassigned due to medical or rehabilitation purposes or retirement due to their disability; surviving spouses of the fallen; BRAC 2005 impacted homeowners, and servicemembers undergoing a permanent change of station during the mortgage crisis. More…

Liberty University Online Offers Flexible Education for Military – Liberty University Online honors the military, veterans and families that serve our country. More…

Navy Mutual Offers $1M Dollars of Coverage – Did you know Navy Mutual now offers up to $1,000,000 of coverage? More…

Organizations Assist Wounded Marines – The Veterans of Foreign Wars, in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico, VA, has agreed to assist recently discharged Wounded Warriors. More…

Prior Authorizations and TRICARE – TRICARE requires prior authorization for some medical services, such as care from a medical specialist or special tests. More…

Program Offers Graduate-Level Education – A provision included in the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers paying for a graduate-level education. More…

Register for Free Military Career Fair Today – Military.com Career Expo is coming to West Point, NY on Mar. 11. More…

SSA Adds to Benefit Qualifications List – The Social Security Administration is adding 38 more conditions to the list of Compassionate Allowances, which are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that clearly qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. More…

TRICARE Keeps Health Care Contractors – Contract extensions issued by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) mean TRICARE beneficiaries will have the same regional health care contractors–Health Net Federal Services in the North, Humana Military Healthcare Services in the South and TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. in the West–until March 31, 2011. More…

VA Education Call Centers Return – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that the Education Call Center is again operating five days a week. More…

More information on a variety of topics is available at the full Military Report.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.