VA Launches Women Veterans Hotline
April 30, 2013
On April 23, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a new hotline to answer questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about many VA services and resources available to women veterans. The hotline 855.VA.WOMEN is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women.
National Military Family Association Meets with CEO of NEXCOM
April 30, 2013
The National Military Family Association’s Executive Director, Joyce Raezer, and Deputy Director of Government Relations, Christine Gallagher, visited with Robert J. Bianchi, Rear Admiral, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Chief Executive Officer of the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) in Virginia Beach, VA on April 23.
Post 9/11 GI Bill Transferability Service Commitment Changes
April 24, 2013
Starting August 1, service members who elect to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to an eligible family member
will be required to serve an additional four years, without regard to their time in service.
Reminder: New Emergency Centers May Not Be TRICARE Authorized
April 23, 2013
TRICARE beneficiaries may have noticed new kinds of “Emergency Centers” popping up in their area. It may seem like a tempting health care option but, free-standing emergency rooms (ER) that are not affiliated with a hospital may not be TRICARE-authorized.
DoDEA Accepting Grant Proposals from Military-Connected Schools
April 16, 2013
On April 15, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) announced that it will begin accepting applications for its grant program. The grant program, which is managed by DoDEA’s Educational Partnership, awards funds to school districts educating large numbers of military-connected children. (More)
Idaho 45th State to Adopt the Interstate Compact
April 15, 2013
On April 9, 2013 Idaho became the 45th state to adopt the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. With only five states remaining, more than 95% of military children are covered by the Compact. This is wonderful news for military families with school-age children. (More)
April is Month of the Military Child – Let’s Celebrate!
April 2, 2013
In 1986, when Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger designated each April as “The Month of the Military Child,” could he have imagined how much his vision for celebrating the contributions and inspiration of military children would have played out 27 years later? (More)
Army Issuing Gold Star Installation Access Card for Survivors
April 1, 2013
On March 14, Army installations began issuing a standardized Gold Star Installation Access Card to parents and siblings of deceased active duty Soldiers to allow unescorted access to the installation, so they are able to receive services and support.
Still Sequestered, but No Government Shutdown
March 27, 2013
With several days to spare before its March 27 deadline, Congress passed H.R. 933, a new Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through September 30. President Obama signed the bill into law on March 26. (More)
DoD Officials Share Updates With Association
March 26, 2013
“Sequestration will damage the long-term readiness of the Department of Defense (DoD), but we don’t have all the details on how it will be implemented.” And, “DoD must solidify partnerships with organizations supporting service members and families, but DoD leaders know their policies and procedures sometimes make partnering difficult.” (More)