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Military Report - Week of September 16, 2013

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:23 pm

Military Report - Week of September 16, 2013

Final Toast for Doolittle Raiders
The Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Eighty men led by Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle achieved the unimaginable April 18, 1942, when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission to bomb Japan. At this time, all four remaining Raiders are planning to attend the event. The Air Force Museum Theatre is planning to show Doolittle Raider and World War II-themed films. More details will be announced as the event nears at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force website's Doolittle Raiders Final Toast webpage at ( . For more information on the Doolittle Raiders, visit the Doolittle Raid Fact Sheet webpage at ( ... sp?id=1514) ... sp?id=1514, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders website at (, and the Naval History and Heritage Command website at ( ... dooltl.htm) ... dooltl.htm.

Calling the Military Crisis Line
When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, says a Military Crisis Line responder. To reach skilled responders who are knowledgeable of military culture, dial 1-800-273-8255 and press No. 1. The crisis line also is available by cell-phone text by dialing 838255, or through online chat at ( . People contact the crisis line to discuss a variety of issues, from feeling suicidal, depressed or anxious to feeling pressure from finances or relationships. The Military Crisis Line, also known as the Veterans Crisis Line at the same phone and text numbers, is a joint effort between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.
For more military family support resources, visit the ( Family Center.

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Navy RAD Team Moves to Phase III
The Chief of Naval Operations' Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD) initiative recently moved from Phase II (Propose Changes) to Phase III (Take Action), marking the final phase of the RAD effort. In Phase III, the RAD team will continue and solicit the Fleet's vision of where the Navy should be in three to five years should tablets and Wi-Fi be incorporated on Navy bases and ships. RAD is an effort to get direct input from Sailors on how the Fleet can streamline or eliminate administrative processes to allow more time to focus on mission readiness. Since its inception in early July, RAD has received over 1,300 ideas and over 7,000 comments posted on these ideas. For more information, or to provide feedback, visit the ( RAD website.

CFC Adds MyPay Option
The annual Combined Federal Campaign adds a new feature for donors this year: an online pledge option available through the ( Defense Finance and Accounting Service's (DFAS) MyPay website, which most servicemembers and civilians already use to view their leave and earnings statements. The ease of use is potentially much greater since donors using the online pledge option can search local, national or international charities. Use of the system, like participation in CFC, is strictly voluntary. The new option will also be available to eligible donors outside of the Defense Department, he noted, as the departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs and Energy, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, also are DFAS clients.
For more military benefit news, visit the ( Military Advantage Blog.

Commissaries Offer Specials
Commissaries continue to offer special savings such as sidewalk events and "door buster" sales with discounts up to 50 percent on certain items to help fill the void from cancelled case lot sales. One event in particular is the second in a series of DeCA Door Buster sales available Sept. 16-18 for commissaries in the continental United States, which will offer discounts ranging from 40 to 50 percent off on several popular products. Look for the third and final Door Buster event Sept. 23-25. Contact your local commissary to find out about special events scheduled at your store. To find out what promotional savings are available at your store, click on the "Shopping" tab on the website at ( , then click on the "Savings Aisle" link.
For more discounts for military families and veterans, visit the ( Discount Center.

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Planning For Retirement
You've spent your life earning your retirement nest egg, but how do you protect it once you're retired? Follow these simple tips. ( Read More.

Navy's 2014 Faculty Research Program
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is seeking applications from college and university professors for its 2014 Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave programs. The Summer Faculty Research Program connects researchers from colleges and universities with scientists and engineers at Department of the Navy (DoN) laboratories for 10 weeks during the summer. The Sabbatical Leave Program bestows fellowship appointments on science and engineering faculty to work at DoN laboratories for between one semester and one year. Applications are due no later than noon Dec. 6. For more information, visit the (https://onroutreach-summer-faculty-rese ... Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research and Sabbatical Leave programs website.
For more on military education benefits and programs, visit the ( Education Center.

FPO/APO Require a Nine-Digit Zip
Sailors not receiving mail as expected should remind senders about the United States Postal Service (USPS) requirement to use the nine-digit ZIP code on all mail sent to FPO and APO addresses. Every mobile unit - ships, squadrons, detachments, et cetera, and OCONUS Shore installations - has a unique nine-digit ZIP code. In January 2013, all FPO and APO mail began routing through USPS automated mail sorting equipment at a consolidated mail processing operation in Chicago, Ill., which reads mail for the nine-digit ZIP code, rejecting mail not addressed with the nine-digit ZIP code. Units or commands unsure of their proper nine-digit ZIP code should contact their local Military Postal Service Representative. USPS addressing tips, guidelines, and restrictions for FPO and APO mail are available at the ( United States Postal Service website.

New 2013-14 Montgomery GI Bill Rates
Each year in October, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) payment rates increase to meet the growing cost of education. In October, 2013, the Montgomery GI Bill full-time payment rate will increase for the 2014 fiscal year. ( ... rates.html) Read the full story at

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Connect with your past or present Military Unit on Post Messages, find old friends, see Unit History & Photos and more. ( ... Search over 40,000 Units.

Happy Birthday Air Force
The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none. Yet the Air Force's history and heritage goes back a lot further. ( ... Read More.

Military Skills Translator Civilian Jobs You Qualify For
Translate your military skills, experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities. Enter in your MOS, MOSC, Rating, or Designator and we'll give you a list of civilian skills and equivalent job openings. ( ... Translate Your Skills and Apply for Jobs Now.

Football Frenzy at AF Clubs
The annual Air Force Football Frenzy promotion kicked off Sept. 5 and runs through the championship game. Participants could win tickets to National Football League games including the Feb. 2 championship game. Football Frenzy events held at installation clubs are open to everybody, but only club members in good standing can win the major prizes. To enter the contest, club members must attend a Football Frenzy event at any participating club and fill out an entry form. To find an event date, visit or contact your local club. The first Football Frenzy drawing is scheduled for Oct. 15. For more information about Football Frenzy and other Air Force club member benefits, stop by a local Air Force club or visit the Air Force Clubs website at (
For more football news, including's Fantasy Football forecasts, visit the ( Off-duty section.

29 Palms Opens New Ed Center
The Marine Corps Air Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif. recently celebrated the official opening of a new home for education and higher learning. The facility will house classes from National University, Copper Mountain College, and Devry University. The 13 classrooms within the center are equipped with smart boards, loud-speaker systems, desks with electrical plug-in capabilities and space for up to 24 students. The center will also host weekly Transition Readiness Seminar workshops dedicated to educating servicemembers on benefits, education and employment opportunities and advice for writing a resume. For more information on the types of schooling the Lifelong Learning Education Center offers, visit the 29 Palms Marine Corps Community Services Education webpage at ( ... ation.html)

Same-Sex Spouses Eligible for Benefits
Same-sex spouses of military members and retirees are now be eligible for Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) coverage. Effective from June 26, 2013, a servicemember who becomes eligible to participate in the SBP under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(1) and is married to a same-sex spouse shall have the SBP program applied as for any other married couple under U.S.C. 1448. A servicemember who was married to a same-sex partner upon becoming eligible to participate in the SBP prior to June 26, and who was married prior to the date, will have until June 25, 2014 to make a spouse election under 10 U.S.C. 1448(a)(3). Enrollment in the SBP is not automatic. Individuals must take action to confirm each servicemember and spouse is receiving the benefits to which he or she is entitled. For the latest information about the DADT Post Repeal and the subsequent effects on benefits, visit the ( ... fault.aspx) Naval Personnel Command DADT Post Repeal webpage.

Exchanges Offer PCS Resources
The Exchange's "PCS Headquarters" website, located at at (, features several resources to help Soldiers and Airmen make a move as stress-free as possible. The website's Get Connected function gives families a preview of local TV, Internet and telephone services available at their new installations. PCS Headquarters also connects families with Military OneSource at ( Also, ( ... 0114788182) Military Homefront's "Plan My Move" at ( provides families with information on entitlements and benefits, checklists and planning tools. PCS Headquarters at ( also offers downloadable, region-specific coupon books including discounts.
For more PCS guides and tips, visit ('s PCS section.

American Legion PTSD Report
The American Legion released a report on Sept. 11 that is the culmination of a study the wartime veterans' organization did on current treatments and best practices for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The report, entitled "The War Within," includes findings and recommendations based on comprehensive research, conducted from January 2011 to February 2013, by an American Legion ad hoc committee. The "War Within" report is being distributed to members of Congress, the Obama Administration, VA officials, and the American Legion's membership. The report is available on the ( ... within.pdf) American Legion website.
For more resources on PTSD, visit the ( ... rview.html) PTSD section.

Get Your Personalized Transition Plan
The ( ... Transition Center now features a personalized Transition Action Plan for those leaving the military, those retiring from a career in the military and National Guard and Reserve personnel.

Get a VA Loan Benefit Guide
Understand the VA Loan benefit you've earned by downloading the free VA Loan Guide. The PDF guide walks you through the benefits of a VA Loan, eligibility, how to refinance, what forms you'll need, and more. ( ... Download your free PDF now.
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Proposed Pay Charts for 2014
Currently two proposed military active duty pay charts are being considered for 2014 -- one supported by President Obama and the Senate Defense Authorization Bill with a 1 percent raise in pay, and one by the House of Representatives with a 1.8 percent raise in pay. For more on this issue and to see both proposed pay charts, see ( ... harts.html) this article.

AAFES to Offer New RABU Uniform
As the Air Force transitions from the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to the Rip-Stop Airman Battle Uniform (RABU), the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will no longer be able to order the ABU once the Defense Logistics Agency's stock is depleted and will sell only the RABU. The RABU is a lighter, cooler blend of nylon and cotton that has been available for Airmen at Military Clothing Stores since June, 2012. Military members can access the Exchange's Military Clothing Store at at ( by clicking "Military Clothing Store" under the Store Locator link at the bottom of the page. Or, locate the nearest Military Clothing brick and mortar location through the Store Locator link at (

New GI Bill Housing Rates Now in Effect
The ( ... ew.html#hs) Post 9/11 GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments for the 2013-14 academic year are now in effect. If the BAH increased for your area, you will see an increase in your September payment for training pursued in August. ( ... in-effect/) Read more on the Military Advantage Blog.

Current Troops Shielded from Pay Changes
The President has instructed the ( ... lines.html) Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to ensure they do nothing to alter the current retirement system for those already serving, retired or in the process of retiring. In addition to looking at pay and retirement benefits, the president told the commission to look at every aspect of compensation, from healthcare to the current military promotion system. ( ... lines.html) Read the full article on

Spouse Survey About Your Employment Journey
Beginning September 16, all military spouses (active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, veteran, and survivors) will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive survey on military spouse employment. Add your voice to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) Military Spouse Employment Survey. ( Click here to take the survey.

Operation Supplement Safety
In the quest to gain an "edge," many servicemembers resort to dietary supplements. ( Operation Supplement Safety (OPSS) is a Defense Department educational campaign that educates the warfighter and healthcare provider on responsible dietary supplement use. While some supplements, such as multivitamins, are generally safe, other supplements can pose a hazard to health and jeopardize careers from adulterants that cause a positive urine drug screen. Body building and weight loss supplements, as well as sexual enhancement and diabetes supplements, are in high-risk categories and should be used with caution if at all. The OPSS website contains videos, fact sheets, FAQs and briefings to help servicemembers make informed, responsible decisions on supplement use, as well as an "Ask the Expert" feature in which servicemembers can directly pose a question to a supplement expert.
For more fitness tips and programs, visit the ( Fitness Center.

AF "Fitness on Request" Kiosks
The Air Force is installing "Fitness on Request" kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, 2013. Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at base fitness and sports centers. Each "Fitness on Request" kiosk comes with 30 pre-loaded workout videos, which will be updated quarterly. Workout routines include kinetics, technical knockout kickboxing, step aerobics, cycling and fusion, which will run for 20-, 30-, 45- and 60-minute increments. For more information about the "Fitness on Request" kiosk and other quality of life programs visit ( or ( To set up a class, contact your local fitness and sports center or unit physical training leader.
For military-level fitness plans and tips, visit the ( Fitness Center.
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Military Report - Week of November 25, 2013

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Military Report - Week of November 25, 2013

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Join the Air Force's CHIEFchat
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Cody, recently shared his perspective on the past, present and future of the Air Force with Airmen, Air Force civilians and their families during the first-ever world chat session using CHIEFchat. CHIEFchat is a recurring initiative designed to give Airmen around the world a direct connection to the chief master sergeant of the Air Force. Watch the full-length talk on ( ... YouTube. Airmen can join in the conversation with the chief master sergeant of the Air Force by following him on ( Facebook.
To follow the military via social media, visit and like the ( Facebook page.

Chenega Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with Chenega. As a global persified technology and industrial leader they can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. ( ... Read More.

New DEERS and TRICARE Support App
( milConnect is the Defense Manpower Data Center's mobile site for Android phone users available via the Google Play store. The app helps beneficiaries locate ID card-issuing facilities, find contact information for TRICARE Regional Offices, review a searchable FAQ section, and login with a Department of Defense Self-Service Logon to change their address in DEERS or change their TRICARE enrollments.
For more on TRICARE benefits, visit the ( TRICARE section.

Using TRICARE Online Tools
TRICARE offers online tools help beneficiaries learn about the plans they qualify for and then compare plans. To find out which TRICARE plans your family may be qualified for, log onto the ( TRICARE Plan Finder webpage to use the Plan Finder tool. To compare plans, visit the Compare Plans webpage at ( To be eligible for any TRICARE plan, beneficiaries must be registered in DEERS. To update contact information, sign into ( milConnect. Beneficiaries must add or remove family members to their DEERS record in person at the nearest military ID card issuing facility, however, appointments can be made online at (
For more on TRICARE benefits, visit the ( TRICARE section.

DoD Considers Closing CONUS Commissaries
According to several news sources, the Defense Commissary Agency has been asked by the Defense Department to submit a plan for closing stateside commissaries. Columnist and contributor ( ... aries.html) Tom Philpott reports that the request was made by the DoD's Under Secretary of Defense Robert Hale, the department's top financial adviser, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark F. Ramsay, director of force structure, resources and assessment for the Joint Staff. ( ... -soon.html) Read more about the plan to close stateside commissaries on the Spouse Buzz blog.

Navy Sexual Assault Reports
The U.S. Navy as released an overview of alleged sexual assaults is compiled based on 19 initial reports from across the Navy between Nov. 4 and Nov. 10. The reports are available on the ( U.S. Navy website. To contact a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at the Department of Defense Safe Help Line, call (877) 995-5247. To learn more about Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, visit (
For more Navy news, visit the ( News Center.

Warning: VA ID Cards Are Easily Scanned
Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder's Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about the veterans information cards (VICs) on their website in 2011 and again in July, 2013. The alert states, "Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran's social security number." VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number. Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID cards as just a careful as they do their Social Security card to prevent identity theft.
For more updates on military benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Go Mobile With TRICARE at is now mobile accessible, to make it easy for beneficiaries to connect to the health information they need on the go. ( can be used on mobile devices including tablets and smartphones, and beneficiaries can go to the TRICARE homepage via the web browser and have instant access to benefit and contact information. The mobile site offers the same great tools beneficiaries use online: podcasts, TRICARE TV, access to educational materials and TRICARE news.
For more on TRICARE benefits, visit the ( TRICARE section.

Military Family Month
November is Military Family Month. During the month, family support centers will offer information on what is available. Year-round, support services exist through the ( ... _id=266979) Family Readiness System to help family members navigate any challenges they might face in their military lifestyle. Two other initiatives that bring civilian resources together with military needs are the ( ... -families/) Military Families Learning Network and the How to Help program. Another community option to help support servicemembers and their families is the ( Military OneSource website, which explains the military lifestyle and families' particular needs while living off an installation and in a neighborhood.
For more on military family appreciation events and discounts, visit the ( ... tion-month) Family Appeciation Month page.

Navy Updates USMAP Website
The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) recently updated its website, which will simplify the process for Sailors working toward civilian credentials by documenting their daily work. The USMAP team works closely with the Department of Labor (DOL) to provide nationally-recognized apprenticeship programs that result in journeyman-level certificates of completion for members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Servicemembers receive credit for the hours they are working in their rating or military occupational specialties (MOS). The program is free to servicemembers and requires minimal time outside of the normal work day. For more information about the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program, visit (
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Study Shows Vets Struggle to Translate Experience
According to a recent survey, more than 70 percent of hiring managers admit having a hard time making business sense of military experience; once employed, veterans lack job satisfaction after transition from active duty. The results shine a spotlight on the challenges new veterans face when transitioning from the armed forces to civilian employment. Data from the new survey also demonstrates an opportunity for companies hiring new veterans to increase job satisfaction. For more, see ( ... ience.html) this article.

Defending Earned Military Benefits
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) was authorized by Congress in the 2013 defense authorization act to examine all forms of military compensation. The commission is required to report its findings to the President by May 1, 2014 and provide legislative recommendations to Congress. MOAA's Director of Government Relations, Col. Mike Hayden, USAF (Ret.), testified on military pay, compensation, retirement and healthcare issues at a hearing held by the MCRMC on November 5. ( Read MOAA's testimony at the MOAA website.
For more updates on military benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Wounded Warrior Care Makes Strides
November marks Warrior Care Month, a time to honor the contributions of those who provide medical and non-medical care to wounded warriors - at bedside, during rehabilitation, and throughout their transition back to active duty or to civilian life. During the past 12 years of war, more than 51,000 servicemembers have been wounded in action. Tens of thousands of other servicemembers have been diagnosed with serious illnesses or experienced injuries in training, shipboard or liberty accidents. As a result, the past decade has witnessed tremendous advancements in military medicine. To learn more about wounded warrior care, visit the ( ... r_programs) National Resource Directory or the ( ... d-benefits) Military OneSource website. To learn more about Warrior Care Month, visit the ( ... id=standto) U.S. Army's Stand-To! Website or the ( ... l#features) Warrior Transition Command website, or call 855-NAVP WWP (628-9997).
For more Wounded Warrior news, visit the ( Wounded Warrior section.

Family Resilience Training Program
The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has joined forces with the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program to provide family resilience training through Army Community Service Centers. The program is designed to provide family members with thinking skills and coping strategies needed to take care of themselves and their soldier. The master resilience trainers will train specific resilience techniques to Army family members and Department of Army civilians that increase physical, emotional, social spiritual and family strengths. For more information, visit the ( ... id=standto) U.S. Army's Stand-To! website and the ( Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness website.
For more military family support resources, visit the ( Family Center.

TRICARE Extends Free OTC Med Project
TRICARE beneficiaries may continue to receive selected over-the-counter medications at no cost to them until Nov. 30, 2016. The Department of Defense has extended the Over-the-Counter Medication Demonstration Project (OTC Demo) to allow more time to determine its effectiveness. The OTC Demo allows TRICARE beneficiaries to get OTC medications from retail network pharmacies and TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery at no cost. Beneficiaries must get a prescription from their doctor for most of the medications covered under the OTC Demo. For more information about the OTC Demo, visit TRICARE's OTC Medications Demonstration webpage at ( The online formulary search tool at ( allows TRICARE beneficiaries to see which prescription medications TRICARE covers and determine the applicable cost.
For more on TRICARE benefits, visit the ( TRICARE section.

VA Loans: A Buyer's Advantage in a Sellers' Market
Veterans may have a leg up with VA loans when it comes to winning bidding wars in a sellers' market. The zero-down feature of VA loans can help eligible borrowers secure the purchase agreement on the home of their dreams in a sellers' market. ( ... Read More.

Mobile Pharmacy Refills With TRICARE
( Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI), the TRICARE pharmacy contractor has an enhanced "Express Scripts" mobile application available for download through the iPhone App Store, or Google Play for Android devices. With the ESI's mobile app beneficiaries can refill, renew and track prescriptions ordered through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery. They can also set medication reminders, locate the nearest retail pharmacy, search for drug information, transfer to Home Delivery and more. The mobile app offers the most convenient way to manage pharmacy benefits.
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AF Developmental Education Selectees
More than 800 officers and 111 civilians were selected for intermediate and senior developmental education by the 2013 Developmental Education Designation Board which convened recently. Despite the government shutdown that delayed board by a month, results were tallied and released within the timelines announced in March. The selectee list is available on the ( ... 14-065.pdf) Air Force Personnel Center website. Airmen selected for IDE and SDE will attend advanced training and senior leader development programs including Air War College, the Executive Leadership Development Program and more.
For more information about the annual DEDB selection process and other personnel issues, visit the ( myPers website.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Coast Guard to Reduce TA Benefit
The Coast Guard will soon announce the return of a 75/25 cost-share based Tuition Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2014. The 2014 tuition assistance cost-share will mark the return of the pre-2002 75% coverage formula for tuition assistance. This means Coast Guardsmen must now pay at least 25% of their tuition out of pocket this year. In addition, the Coast Guard will now only cover up to $187.50 per credit hour. ( ... ent-rates/) Get more on who is affected by this new policy on the Military Advantage Blog.
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CHAMPVA Offers Dental Insurance
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering eligible veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15. This three-year pilot has been designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment. People interested in participating may complete an application online through either Delta Dental at (, or MetLife at ( beginning Nov. 15. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014,. For more information, visit the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) website at (, or call Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.
For more updates on veteran benefits programs, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

The Candy Bomber Returns
65 years after the Berlin Airlift, its renowned 'candy bomber,' 93 year old retired General Gail Halvorsen recently boarded a vintage C-47 Skytrain on November 9, 2013 at the South Texas Regional Airport in Hondo, Texas to celebrate the anniversary. More than 250 community members and servicemembers attended the event, which featured rides on vintage aircraft, performances by the Texas Children's Choir, and a candy drop. For more information on the Candy Bomber of the Berlin Airlift, check out the ( ... sp?id=5979) Berlin Candy Bomber Fact Sheet, or catch the ( You Tube video.
For more military videos, visit the ( Video Center.

AF Announces CMSgt Promotions
The U.S. Air Force recently selected 400 Airmen for promotions to chief master sergeant. The promotion list is available on the ( Air Force Portal. Airmen will be able to access their score notices on the virtual military personnel flight and the Air Force Portal. Those selected will be promoted according to their promotion sequence number beginning in January. For more information about promotions and other personnel issues, visit ( myPers.
For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Law Prohibits Employment Discrimination
Employees who satisfy the eligibility requirement under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 are entitled to re-employment as long as they are a member of the U.S. armed services and meet the following five conditions: (1) The employee must have civilian employment; (2) the employee must give his employer notice prior to military service; (3) the employee's cumulative length of service causing his absence from employment must be less than five years; (4) the employee must have been released from military service with at least a general discharge under Honorable Conditions; and (5) when the employee returns from active duty, he or she must report back to work within a certain period of time. An employee must give notice to his or her employer before taking military leave. For more information, visit the ( Department of Labor website.
For more veteran job news, tips, and job postings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Transportation & Logistics Jobs for Vets
Veterans looking for jobs in the transportation and logistics industry have access to a very strong resource: the Troops to Transportation and Logistics Program. ( ... Read More.

PFC Lynch to Speak at CCME
Jessica Lynch, the first successfully rescued POW since WWII, will provide the keynote for this year's Council of College and Military Educators' (CCME) 2014 Professional Development Symposium in Savannah GA. Lynch is a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army who was injured and captured by Iraqi soldiers after her unit was ambushed on March 23, 2003. After nine days in captivity she was rescued by U.S. special operations forces. It the first successful POW rescue since World War II and the first ever of a female soldier. The 2014 CCME Symposium will take place February 10-13 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To register to attend this year's symposium or for more information, please visit ( the symposium website. Early bird pricing for members and nonmembers is available for a limited time.

Military Families Get Subsistence Help
The Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program was designed to bring eligible servicemember's gross household income to 130 percent of the federal poverty line as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program is available for Sailors stationed in the United States and overseas. Members may be eligible for up to $1,100 per month. Visit the ( FSSA website to determine eligibility and review application procedures.
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