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Sequestration Details Released

Do you know the amount of funding the Department of Defense will automatically lose on January 2nd, 2013 to the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration? $54.7 billion The personnel accounts (military payroll) and the Department of Veteran Affairs exemption still stand. This is only the first cut that sequestration mandates over a ten year […]

Financial Tips for a Smoother Transition

You’ve spent months readying yourself for the next step in your career: the transition from military service to the civilian workforce. You’ve made checklists for just about everything imaginable – from updating your resume to revamping your wardrobe, talking with your family, friends, and colleagues, researching your next place to live and maybe even taking a […]

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. […]

VA’s 2013 Budget Submission and Goals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a big goal for 2012: to transform the VA into a 21st Century organization that is Veteran-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking. To accomplish these objectives, the VA has established management systems to ensure accountability, maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and eliminate waste while improving the delivery of high quality and […]

House Passes 2013 COLA for Veterans

The House has passed H.R. 4114, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012. If it is signed into law by also passing the Senate vote, H.R. 4114 will increase the annual cost-of-living rate for veterans beginning on December 1, 2012. This year’s estimated COLA increase will be approximately 1.9 percent. For many, passage of […]

Online College Education? There’s an App for That

Pursuing an online education has many advantages over attending a brick and mortar school. Learning can take place almost anywhere, anytime. But that’s even more true today thanks to many schools using emerging technologies to offer content on mobile phones. Gone are the days of simply using a smartphone to make calls, send text messages […]

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 […]

Webinar Series for Vets and Transitioning Military

Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars by their Career Services team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges in today’s job market for transitioning service members and veterans. Shanna Fowler, career services manager, said “A common setback faced by transitioning service members is […]

New TRICARE Dental Program Contract in 2012

The TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) team awarded the dental plan contract to a different provider for 2012. The TMA’s job is to review competitive bids and select the provider which will be the best value to the Government. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will start providing TRICARE services worldwide in February 2012. The TMA and Metropolitan […]

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 […]

Welcome to Military Handbooks

Military Handbooks was launched with one simple goal – to give the Military community the very best information available about pay, benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, career decisions, much more! And to provide it to you in a series of straightforward, easy-to-understand handbooks – all available for FREE! In an effort to meet the growing […]

2012 Getting Uncle Sam to Pay for Your College Degree

This unique handbook, written for active military personnel, covers everything you need to know about: the G.I. Bill, tuition assistance, scholarships, veteran benefits, student aid, selecting the right degree for you – why some degrees might be better for you than others, finding the right military-friendly school and tips on staying ahead of the curve. […]

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, […]

2012 After the Military Handbook

This unique handbook, written for military veterans, covers: transitioning to the private sector, supporting your family, finding a job that pays “top dollar”, choosing between jobs with large or small companies, deciding to start your own company, maximizing the benefits of a military career, medical benefits and life insurance in the private sector, how to […]

2012 Military Children’s Scholarship Handbook

A college degree has become the essential tool to unlock doors for future success. This handbook contains all the latest information about getting a college degree, including: types of higher education, resources for finding the right college, entrance exams, financial aid resources, paying for college, applying for federal student aid, Pell Grants, Direct and Federal […]

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