20 June 2011 Military Report

June 20, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The Military Report is Military.com’s weekly round-up of military news.  This week’s edition includes the following financial information:

2012 Retiree COLA Watch – The Military Officers Association of America, the national inflation rate continued trending upward in May. More…

AF Selective Reenlistment Bonuses – Enlisted members now have 77 Air Force specialties from which they can receive a selective re-enlistment bonus. More…

Affordable Supplement to SGLI – AAFMAA offers affordable life insurance with no war, aviation or terrorist clauses. More…

Conference for Transitioning Servicemembers – Five of the world’s largest financial firms have formed Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a confederation of institutions committed to supporting veterans and their families in their transition from the service to the workforce. More…

Deal of the Week: Gift Ideas and Savings – The Military.com Discount center features military-only savings and great gift ideas for the summer. More…

Delta Changes Bag Policy for Military – Military members traveling on orders on several major U.S. air carriers can check four, and in some cases, five bags without charge based on new policies. More…

Find Military-Friendly Employers – Military.com members have access to the largest Veterans Job Board in the world. You can search for jobs with military-friendly employers nationwide. More…

Help With Professional Licenses – A Defense Department organization is making it easier for military spouses to maintain professional licenses as they move from state to state. More…

Hidden GI Bill Benefits – Did you know that the GI Bill can be used to pay for college entrance exams preparation courses? More…

Increase in TRICARE Providers - Several states have shown a significant increase in TRICARE providers over the last several years. More…

Injury Relief Fund in Ohio – The Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF) provides grants to Ohio military personnel injured while serving in country under Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). More…

National Veteran Small Business Conference – The National Veteran Small Business Conference will be held August 15-18, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. More…

Navy TIP Program – This mass transit benefit program helps Sailors and DON employees reduce travel costs, and pays up to $230.00 per month for mass transit costs. More…

New Air Force HR Website – The future state of Air Force human resource management is now available through a new website called Air Force Personnel Services (AFPERS). More…

Nine Smart Moves to Save Money on Gas – With current gas prices on the rise, consider these tips to save dough on fuel. More…

Planning for the Move – A successful move during this peak time is possible with proper planning — here’s a few tips. More…

Senate Okays TRICARE Fee, Pay Increases – The Senate Armed Services Committee has completed their mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (HR 1540). More…

Smart Home Ownership – If you bought your home when mortgage rates were higher, or if you have an adjustable-rate loan, then you may be a candidate for refinancing. More…

Supplemental Enlisted Airman Promotions – More than 330 Airmen have been selected for promotion to the next higher rank as part of the June enlisted supplemental promotion process. More…

TRICARE For Retired Reservists – Retired reservists can now get a DoD Self-service Logon (DS Logon) account at any TRICARE Service Center (TSC) worldwide. More…

Transfer TRICARE Enrollment by Phone – Moving servicemembers can now transfer their TRICARE Prime military health plan enrollment by calling their current regional health care contractor to transfer their family’s enrollment. More…

Use Your GI Bill Before It Expires – Get more than $51,000 for school. Request info about GI Bill approved programs from military and veteran friendly schools and start earning your degree today. More…

Use Your GI Bill Before It Expires - Get more than $51,000 for school. Request info about GI Bill approved programs from military and veteran friendly schools and start earning your degree today. More…

VA Encourages Healthier Living – During the Healthy Living campaign VA health care providers will talk with veterans and their families about nine ways to stay healthy — do you know all nine of them? More…

VA Offers Caregiver Benefits – Eligible family caregivers who care for severely disabled veterans can receive a monthly stipend, mental-health services and access to health-care insurance if they are not already entitled to care or services under a health plan. More…

VA to Expand Homeless Housing – The VA is expanding housing opportunities for homeless and at-risk veterans by adding 34 VA locations across the country. More…

VA to Provide Housing – The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide $5.4 million to public housing authorities in 18 states to supply permanent housing and case management for 676 homeless veterans in America. More…