11 July 2011 Military Report

July 11, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The Military Report by Military.com is a weekly compilation of news items on everything military, including veterans benefits, education, medical and pay issues.  From this week’s edition, financially-related news:

5 Tips to Get College Credit with CLEP – Although you have probably heard of the College Level Exam Program or CLEP tests, you may not know that these credit-by-exam tests are widely accepted by colleges and universities. More…

AF Launches Pilot Meal Program – The Air Force Food Transformation Initiative (FTI) is expanding to a campus-style dining concept this summer. More…

AF to Enhance Travel Orders – Air Force financial management leaders will mandate standardized use of the Defense Travel System for contingency, exercise and deployment travel. More…

Deal of the Week: Save on Travel – The Military.com Discount Channel has hundreds of discounts on travel for you and your military family. More…

Employment Help for Military Spouses – The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a program to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide. More…

Exchange Sweepstakes Has Vacation Prize – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Unilever are sponsoring the “Red, White and Blue Sweepstakes”. More…

Exchanges Offer Phone, Gift Cards – Any American can send the All-Services Exchange long-distance calling card and gift card to servicemembers. More…

Exchanges Sponsor Giveaway – The prizes in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s (AAFES’) Unilever gift card giveaway drawing are 15 $1,000 gift cards. More…

Featured Job: Engineering Careers – Engineers trained in the most in-demand fields can command among the highest salaries of all college graduates in the country. More…

Free Admission to Museums This Summer – This summer, anyone serving the military on active duty will be given free access to more than 1,400 museums nationwide through the Blue Star Museums Program. More…

Fresh VA Medical Data Available – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded its ASPIRE for Productivity website by making additional data available to the public. More…

GI Bill Reform Won’t Delay Payments – Fears of widespread GI Bill payment delays no longer a concern for VA. More…

Get the Proposed 2012 Pay Charts – While slightly larger than last year’s military pay increase, the 2012 proposed military pay increase would be the second smallest in 50 years. More…

Improving Care for Vets in Rural Areas – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Rural Health is working to improve the quality of care for veterans living in rural areas. More…

Jobs Perfect for the Military Spouse – Save time and energy by searching thousands of jobs that fit the Military Spouse lifestyle. More…

Military Pay and the Debt Ceiling 071111 – If the federal government reaches the debt ceiling, will it impact military families? Read what the experts think. More…

Motorcyle Run to Benefit Scholarship – This year’s Legacy Run will start at Kenneth N. Dowden Wayne Post 64 in Indianapolis on Aug. 21, travel 1,225 miles and finish up on Aug. 25 at Richfield Post 435 in Minneapolis. More…

Navy Offers Retention Bonus – Naval Special Warfare (NSW) senior enlisted and chief warrant officers became eligible for a critical skills retention bonus on June 30. More…

Navy Volunteer Opportunities – The United We Serve website provides a search engine that enables Navy advocates and supporters to find organizations that are seeking volunteers. More…

New AF Gift Card Program – The Air Force Services Agency has launched an Air Force-wide gift card program. More…

TRICARE Expands Prescription Service – TRICARE is encouraging all providers to begin using E-prescribing for TRICARE beneficiaries. More…

VA Contracts for Veteran-owned Businesses – The Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology program includes seven awards reserved for service-disabled veteran small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses. More…

VA Electronic Health Records – The VA has begun the implementation of an open source community based on its electronic health record (EHR). More…

VA Issuing Caregiver Payments – Department of Veterans Affairs officials will send out more than $430,000 in stipend payments in July to nearly 200 family caregivers of veterans. More…

Veterans Ask More About VA Loan Costs – When you apply for federally-backed home loans for military veterans, what costs might be involved in the mortgage process? More…

Veterans Wanted for Green Jobs – Veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are being sought to work on fuel reduction projects. More…

Walgreens to Drop TRICARE? – Walgreens pharmacy announced that it has broken off negotiations to renew a contract with TRICARE Retail Pharmacy’s contractor. More…

Be sure to check back next week for the most up-to-date information on all your military benefits.