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A Simple Sacrifice: Easy and Affordable Ways to Help Veterans and Service Members

BY Kelli Brewer

Serving in America’s military is an honor and a patriotic sacrifice, but it comes at a cost. A great many of our veterans and service members bear the physical marks and mental scars of their service and carry them into private life. It’s a sad state of affairs that the government for which they served sometimes isn’t able to help meet their needs, and many suffer for it. Job loss, divorce, alcoholism, and dislocation are often the result. It’s up to members of a grateful public to give our veterans a helping hand. There are many ways to help without spending a lot of money or time.

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VA Education Benefits, The GI Bills

By Amy Stork, USAG Ansbach Public Affairs

The Ansbach Army Education Center recently held a GI Bill community session to discuss the differences in education benefits that are available to Veterans, service members and their dependents.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), is available to individuals who served at least 90 days of active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. To be eligible for 100 percent of the benefits, you must have served 36 total months of active duty or you must have been discharged after Sept. 10, 2001 for a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous active duty service.

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Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Benefits Transfer Deadline Approaching

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The deadline for all Sailors who do not have the ability to serve four more years in the Navy to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents is July 11, 2019. 

This deadline was established in a Department of Defense (DoD) policy which the Navy is implementing through NAVADMIN 020/19, released Jan. 24, 2019.

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Blended Retirement System Calendar Year 2020 Continuation Pay Rates Announced

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Navy announced the release of Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Blended Retirement System (BRS) mid-career continuation pay (CP) rates for eligible Sailors in NAVADMIN 132/19, June 20.

CP is a one-time mid-career incentive pay in exchange for an agreement to perform four years of additional obligated service.  CP is in addition to any other career field-specific or retention incentives.

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Marine Corps Adds $500 Professional Relicensing Reimbursement To Spouse Employment Resources

By Desiree Chavis, Headquarters Marine Corps

The Marine Corps has announced its new relicensing fee reimbursement program for spouses, authorized by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA allows military branches to reimburse service members for occupational relicensing and recertification expenses incurred by their spouses due to a permanent change of station to a new state.

Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs may reimburse Marines up to $500 toward qualifying relicensing or recertification cost of a spouse due to relocation to another state for PCSs effected on or after 12 December 2017. 

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