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Prosthetic and Sensory Aids for Veterans

Veterans receiving VA care for any condition may receive VA prosthetic appliances, equipment and services, such as home respiratory therapy, artificial limbs, orthopedic braces and therapeutic shoes, wheelchairs, powered mobility, crutches, canes, walkers, special aids, appliances, optical and electronic devices for visual impairment and other durable medical equipment and supplies. Veterans who are approved for a guide or service dog may also receive service dog benefits including veterinary care and equipment. VA medical...

Two TRICARE Programs Will No Longer Take Your Check

Here’s some post-holiday blues. Your check is no longer welcome at two TRICARE programs. If you are enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) or TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) and you have been mailing in your premiums, you must switch to an electronic form of payment as of January 1st, 2013. From New Years Day forward, TRICARE will no longer take your check. You can only pay your premiums via automatically recurring payments by credit card or debit card, or via electronic funds transfer. TRICARE recommends that you check...

ABA Therapy for Autism Ruling Against TRICARE

On July 26h, 2012, a United States Federal Judge ordered TRICARE to begin paying for Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) for dependents with autism. Active duty service members are able to receive services through TRICARE’s Extended Health Care Option (ECHO) program, which defined ABA therapy as a medical intervention. Retirees are unable to receive ECHO benefits. Under TRICARE Basic, ABA therapy was defined as an educational intervention, not a medical intervention, making it ineligible for TRICARE coverage. ABA therapy, developed...

What Could the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 Mean for You

Near the end of 2011, the GI Bill Fairness Act was signed into law as an amendment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. House Committee on Veteran's Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller said, "We are keeping our promise to America's student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill through this legislation, enabling them to stay in the school of their choice without incurring severe fee increases." At issue were changes to the Post 9-11 GI Bill which went into effect in August, capping the covered fees at $17,500 per year at private institutions....

COLA benefits in 2012

Life in the military means you may find yourself living in some pricey areas of the country. But unlike civilian employers, who usually adjust compensation levels to reflect the local cost-of-living, the military pay table is set and does not change based on location. Thankfully, military service members may be eligible for a Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) which is designed to help offset the effects of higher cost areas in the continental United States (CONUS). In 2012, service members are receiving a higher COLA in most...

2012 U.S. Military Retired Handbook

The United States Military Retired Handbook is designed to help all U.S. Military personnel who have retired - or who are planning to retire. This unique guide covers everything from the nuts and bolts of computing your Retirement Pay to the detailed explanations of retired military Healthcare, TRICARE, Social Security, VA, SBP, taxes, insurance, travel, survivor benefits and much more! Click Here to download this handbook.

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