19 September 2011 Military Report

September 19, 2011 | Kate Horrell

Time for the weekly update of all military benefits compiled by Military.com:  The MilitaryReport.  I’ve highlighted some of the most important financial issues below, but be sure to see the entire report for more news about education, medical care, PCSing, and all other benefit news.

AAFES “Still Serving” Sale – As part of its annual “Still Serving” weekend, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will salute former Soldiers and Airmen by offering unique specials and events at Exchanges worldwide. More…

AF Wounded Warrior Child Care – Wounded warriors and the dependents of combat-fallen warriors now have priority placement privileges on child care waiting lists for Air Force child care programs. More…

DeCA Poster Contest – The Defense Commissary Agency has joined several other organizations promoting the annual Constitution Day Poster Contest, which awards prizes to youths in grades K-12. More…

DeCA Websites Offer Grocery Savings – Commissary shoppers can find extra savings opportunities through a new feature on the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA’s) website. More…

Deal of the Week: Federal Discount – GEICO is happy to offer discounts to Federal Employees. More…

Deal of the Week: Save on Electronics – Get Military discounts on cell phones, computers, software, video games, and more from top companies like Verizon, Apple, Dell, GameStop, Overstocked.com and more. More…

Featured Job: Security Clearance Wanted – Today, thousands of employers, including defense contractors and government agencies, are in a desperate hunt for cleared individuals. More…

GE Hiring Returning Veterans – Attention servicemembers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan: GE is looking for you. More…

Google Offers Free Calls – Google announced that it is making it free for all uniformed military personnel with a valid U.S. military (.mil) email address to call the United States, right from Gmail. More…

Gulf War Claims Deadline – The disability claims deadline for when certain Gulf War certain ailments must have “appeared” is on or before December 31, 2011. More…

Military Retirement Watch – Pressure to reduce retiree benefits makes the news. More…

New Compensation and Pension Exams – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has instituted a new program to provide comprehensive compensation and pension (C&P) examinations to U.S. veterans living overseas. More…

Post-9-11 GI Bill Benefit Overview – Benefits include up to 100% of Tuition & Fee Coverage, monthly housing stipend, up to $1,000 a year for books, family transferability, and more. More…

Remaining 2011 Active Duty Pay Dates – You should have received a pay check last Thursday, September 15th. The next pay date is September 30th. Get a list of all 2011 Active Duty Pay Dates. More…

Tuition Assistance Program Overview – The Armed Forces offers Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Guardsman, and Airmen several programs to support their education goals including up to 100% Tuition Assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. More…

VA Loan Benefit Explained – There are numerous advantages to having a VA mortgage. More…

VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility – A required first step in the VA loan process is obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) — here’s how you can get it. More…

VA Secretary on Jobs – VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has outlined how the American Jobs Act will help bring employment to veterans, from tax credits for businesses that hire vets to an expansion of GI Bill benefits for vocational and non-degree programs. More…