05 April 2010 Military Report

The April 5, 2010 Military Report includes the following personal finance items:

5 Tips to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing – Doing your taxes…well…sucks. It’s about as exciting as shoveling your driveway or mowing the lawn. More…

5 Tips to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing 040510 – Doing your taxes…well…sucks. It’s about as exciting as shoveling your driveway or mowing the lawn. More…

AF Taking Summer Job Applications – The Air Force is currently advertising hundreds of job vacancies online for its annual summer employment program. More…

Bill — VA Health Care for Children – The Senate unanimously passed S. 3162, a bill to clarify that the health care VA provides to children of Vietnam and Korean war veterans meets the standard of minimum health care coverage required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More…

Career Expo: Meet Potential Employers in Tacoma, WA – Military.com Career Expo is coming to Tacoma, Wa. on April 13, 2010. This event will feature top employers seeking the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. More…

FRA Scholarship Deadline – The FRA Education Foundation is reminding college-bound students to apply for its 25+ scholarships before the April 15, 2010, deadline. More…

Featured Job: Military Friendly Employers – Visit Military.com’s veteran job board to search thousands of jobs in aerospace, defense, health care, nursing, government, law enforcement, teaching and more. More…

Free Legal Advice in Massachusetts – The Massachusetts Bar Association will host a supplement to its Dial-A-Lawyer programming with a session dedicated solely to veterans’ legal questions for two hours on Thursday, April 29. More…

Guide to Buying a New Home – The weakened economy has put a number of homes on the market, often below their original price. With a greater choice of houses to choose from, you’ll need to know what to look for in a prospective home. More…

Health Care Reform and TRICARE Facts – The passage of the Health Care Reform Act raised the issue of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise or worse. Based on preliminary reading of the final act it appears these fears were unfounded. More…

Military Tax Tips – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides additional tax refunds for some servicemembers and their families. More…

National Guard Fiscal Fitness Program – To help National Guard members improve their financial preparedness, the National Guard has launched the Financial Management Awareness Program (FMAP) to provide free resources and encourage sound financial practices. More…

New AF Tool for Travel Vouchers – A new online tool, eFinance, offers a secure, paperless way to submit non-DTS travel vouchers by providing automated assistance to the traveler. More…

New SBA Opportunities – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the award of grants to 10 local SBA Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) to increase entrepreneurial assistance to veterans. More…

New State Tax Rules for Spouses – Military spouses can now seek the same permanent residency status as their spouse and have their income taxed only by their state of permanent residence, according to a recent law. More…

TRICARE Assists Wounded Warriors – Since 2004, the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) has filled more than 15,200 requests by wounded servicemembers for assistive technologies. More…

TRICARE Extends TRIAP Program – The TRICARE Assistance Program has been extended through March 20, 2011. This demonstration program lets beneficiaries use a webcam to speak “face-to-face” with mental health counselors online 24/7 from the privacy of the beneficiary’s home. More…

TRICARE, VA Work Together – Servicemembers who became or injured while serving on active duty and are then medically retired have health benefits available to them both through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More…

The TRICARE Coverage Extension Act – Many beneficiaries with dependent children are asking if the Health Care Reform Act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) will extend coverage for their adult children up to age 26. More…

VETS Grant Competition – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has announced an $8.3 million grant competition to provide job training, counseling and placement services to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force. More…

Veterans’ Workforce Investment Grants – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has announced a $2 million grant competition under the Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program. More…

About the Author

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.