8 August 2011 Military Report

August 10, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Shazaam, there is a lot of news in the world of military benefits this week! Every week, Military.com puts together the Military Report, a collection of the most important military benefit news. There’s lots to read, on all sorts of subjects, but I’ve highlighted a few of the most important financial pieces here:

2011 Tax Tip: Deductible PCS Taxes – Remember these tips for deducting your PCS expenses from your 2011 tax return. More…

AF Seeks Award Nominations – The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2012 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award, which honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. More…

AF Spirit of Hope Award – The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2012 Spirit of Hope Award, which recognizes a military member, civilian or organization that epitomizes the values of Bob Hope. More…

Are You Wasting $51,300 in Benefits? – Your GI Bill doesn’t last forever — it expires 10 or 15 years after you leave the service. That means you have to earn a degree before the clock runs out. More…

Army Career and Education Resource - Army Career Tracker (ACT) is a new Army web portal created to change significantly the way training, education and experiential learning support is provided to Army enlisted, officers, and civilians, and their leaders/supervisors. More…

Army Offers Retirement Packets – The reconfigured packet contains a United States flag in honor of the retiree’s service, an Army Strong video, a retirement pin and decals all in a single box. More…

Awards for Military Family Support – The Joining Forces Community Challenge will award prizes to people and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional military family support. More…

Buying Foreclosed Homes with VA Loans – VA home loan benefits can be used to purchase foreclosed properties. Find out the pros and cons of using VA loans for foreclosures. More…

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination – If you were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987, you may have been exposed to contaminants in the drinking water supply. More…

DoD Reevaluating Disability Ratings - The Department of Defense (DoD) Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) is re-evaluating Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) disability ratings for some Veterans medically separated between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2009. More…

Emergency Grants to Minot AFB Members – Operation Warmheart is an organization ready to support Airmen and their families at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. in the wake of the recent floods. More…

Entrepreneur Program for Disabled Veterans – The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) With Disabilities at Florida State University is a nine-day crash course that is designed to help participants get their businesses off the ground or enhance ventures they have started. More…

Featured Job: Work for Uncle Sam – The Veteran Employment Center on Military.com has opportunities with Federal, State and Local governments. More…

Free Vet ID Cards in Delaware – The Delaware Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin providing free replacement veteran identification cards to those servicemembers who have lost, damaged or misplaced them.More…

GI Bill Fairness Restored – This new law will guarantee that tuition and fee benefits will remain unchanged through July 31, 2014 for certain veterans. More…

How to Reduce Your Interest Rates – Exercising your rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, writing a short letter could to reduce the interest rate on your loans down to 6 percent. More…

Job Fair for Veterans – Job-seeking veterans, National Guardsmen, reservists and their spouses in the upper Midwest are encouraged to attend a “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair during The American Legion’s 93rd annual national convention in Minneapolis. More…

Less Than $1.50 a Day for $1M Coverage – Navy Mutual Aid Association provides personalized life insurance without military service or travel restrictions. More…

Military Spouse Career Center – The Military.com MilSpouse Career Center can help you find jobs and offer advice and suggestions for spouses entering the job market the first time. More…

Protection from Financial Predators – As the military arm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new Office of Servicemember Affairs is dedicated to protecting servicemembers and their families from financial predators and pitfalls. More…

Summary of GI Bill Changes – On August 1, major changes to the GI Bill went into effect. Learn more about the changes and how they can affect you. More…

TRICARE Survivor Benefits – TRICARE will continue to provide coverage for family members if a sponsor dies — read on for more details. More…

Tax Credits for Businesses Who Hire Vets - Under a plan proposed by President Obama, U.S. businesses will have a new incentive to hire military veterans: tax credits. More…

VA Funds Hospital Projects – The VA has awarded $56.7 million in contracts to build solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at five VA hospitals. More…

VA Helps Survivors – The Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (VA’s) Office of Survivors Assistance ensures families of the fallen have full access to the services and benefits to which they are entitled. More…

VA Small Business Program Investigated – A hearing recently held by the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs revealed that there are 91 pending criminal investigations in the VA’s Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program. More…

Will It Get Harder to Find a TRICARE Doc? – Access to health care for TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra beneficiaries may get harder. More…

 

Comments

  1. Harold Patterson says:

    My ex wife and I were married in February 1969 in Bossier Parrish, La. We were together for 41 years and divorced in Nov. 2010. I was retired from the Air Force in 1981 after 20+ years and she can not get Tricare for Life anymore.
    The people at Maxwell AFB Al. tell me she can no longer have Medical coverage and base exchange priveliges, but they can not quote me what tells them this. Can you help me?

    • jennifer says:

      well, Harold I looked it up here on military.com and from what I read the only reason she would lose her medical is if she remarried or has insurance coverage from her employer. So, it looks like you both need to do some digging and try to resolve the matter. like I said start with tricare. Also, is this something new, her losing her coverage, or did this happen back in 1990?

    • KateKashman says:

      Harold, I'm trying to do the math here. Most military benefits for ex-spouses require that you be married for 20 years, you be on active-duty for 20 years, and that 20 years of the marriage and the active-duty service overlap. If I'm calculating correctly, you were married for 12 years of your active duty service. That wouldn't qualify her for the 20-20-20 rule. I think there are a few exceptions to the rule but I'm not an expert.

  2. jennifer says:

    harold, my sister was married to a man who retired after 20+ years as well. they were married for about 20 years and divorced in the 80's and she still receives CHAMPUS (tricare now) but immediately lost her base exchange priviledges, so maybe this is something new. Try calling tricare (1 800 tri care) good luck.