11 October 2011 Military Report

October 12, 2011 | Kate Horrell

The weekly Military.com Military Report offers the most current information and news on military benefits.  Want to learn more about educational, vocational, retirement and veterans benefits?  Check out the full Military Report.  Just looking for financial news?  You can find it here!

GI Bill Changes Take Effect - As of October 1, 2011, veterans can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in new ways, including non-degree programs and housing stipends for online courses. More…

The Yellow Ribbon Program Explained - The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to help students avoid up to 100 percent of their out-of-pocket tuition and fees associated with education programs that may exceed the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit.More…

Tips to Using TRICARE Pharmacy - Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, head of pharmacy operations at TRICARE, has some useful information for military families who benefit from TRICARE health programs. More…

VA Expands Benefits - The VA has approved retroactive traumatic injury benefits to servicemembers who suffered qualifying injuries during the period Oct. 7, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2005. More…

VA to Help Cover Some Home Loan Fees - The VA will cover extra costs for veterans who struck deals on home loans and faced the possibility of higher fees amid confusion over a federal law change. More…

Vets Comp and Pen Rates May Increase - Due to the steady increase in monthly inflation rates, the rates for social security, survivor benefit plan and veterans disability compensation and pensions may increase in 2012. More…

What Pay Will You Get in 2012? - Current laws governing annual pay raises no longer guarantee that military pay will be at automatically set above civilian average pay increases. See the proposed 2012 Military Pay Charts. More…