Department of Education: 7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

Education and Training News - January 5, 2015
If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, it’s important that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The good news? The FAFSA is simpler than ever! Did you know that, on average, it only takes 23 minutes complete? That equates to roughly one episode of your favorite TV program, so no excuses about not having the time.

Stars and Stripes: New post allowance rates in Korea hinge on survey results

Financial News - June 10, 2014
The State Department is conducting a new survey that will be used to determine post allowance rates in South Korea, following the sudden elimination of the benefit last month based on the results of a previous survey that excluded civilians. read more

Air Force Top Stories: AF to implement new feedback process July 1

Military Basics News - June 9, 2014
In a recent message to Airmen, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody announced plans to begin implementing a more comprehensive Air Force evaluation system for officers and enlisted members. The first step in the process will be the July 1 implementation of the Airman Comprehensive Assessment Worksheet performance feedback tool, Air Force officials said in a June 9 release.

Marine Corps News: Have medical questions? Call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line

Medical News - June 9, 2014
Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for health problems, so having professional help at a moment’s notice is invaluable.  The Military Health System’s (MHS) new Nurse Advice Line (NAL) for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that.  TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can call the NAL

Stars and Stripes: Vets' problems can weigh heavily on families, caregivers

As Kara Gagnon worked to diagnose vision problems associated with traumatic brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans several years ago, she saw another need. Gagnon, then a optometrist with the Veterans Hospital in West Haven, noticed that some of the patients' caregivers, often young wives, who waited outside of her office "were exhibiting a high level of stress." read more

AFPS: VA Releases Data on Quality, Access to Health Care

Veterans Benefit News - June 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the results from its nationwide access audit, along with facility-level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data for all veteran health facilities.

Air Force Top Stories: CCAF: A lighthouse for enlisted searching for education

The Community College of the Air Force serves as a lighthouse for enlisted Airmen searching for a path to receive college credits for their military service while on the road to getting their associate degrees.

Air Force Top Stories: Key spouse program key to family readiness

Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer.

AFPS: Breedlove Honors Veterans at D-Day Commemoration

The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe joined the residents of Carentan, France, to honor World War II veterans and pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the D-Day landings.

AFPS: First Lady Announces Effort to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015

Veterans Benefit News - June 4, 2014
First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative aimed at ending homelessness among veterans in cities across the country by 2015. The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a partnership between the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, and it harnesses the power of federal, local and nonprofit resources.

Air Force Top Stories: Permissive TDY allowed for voluntary force management separation

Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY.

Air Force Top Stories: Air Force mental health programs encourage seeking help

The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years-- and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General.

Stars and Stripes: Combat head trauma figures suspect in Iraq, Afghanistan wars, study finds

Up to five times as many active-duty troops endured head trauma during the early stages of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars than was recorded by the Pentagon, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. read more

Air Force Top Stories: Take 'FIVE' to get free money for your TSP account

Financial News - May 16, 2014
The Thrift Savings Plan has launched the "Take FIVE for Your Future" educational campaign encouraging civilian employees to take advantage of free government TSP matching contributions by putting at least 5 percent from each paycheck into their account.

Navy Headline News: VA Offers New Online GI Bill Comparison Tool

Financial News - May 15, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a new website which makes it easier For Sailors trying to decide how to best use their Post-9/11 GI Bill to calculate benefits and learn more about approved colleges, universities and other training programs.

Navy Headline News: Navy Voluntary Education Turns 40

The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) headquarters celebrated 40 years of the Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED), May 14.

Air Force Top Stories: Comptroller notes progress in DOD financial management

Financial News - May 14, 2014
Despite financial uncertainties, the Defense Department has made significant progress in improving financial management, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee May 13 while in attendance with military senior leadership.

AFPS: DOD Initiatives Counter Mental Health Issues

Medical News - May 14, 2014
Nearly 1 million cases of mental health conditions in service members were documented between 2000 and 2011, according to a senior psychologist with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

AFPS: Sallie Mae Ordered to Pay $96.6M for Violating Troops' Rights

Financial News - May 14, 2014
Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action against the nation's largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members.

Marine Corps News: New housing allowance procedures for Reserve Component Marines

Financial News - May 13, 2014
Marine administrative message 235/14 announces that Reserve Marines called to active duty in support of contingency operations or activated for reasons other than training are now eligible for basic allowance for housing or overseas housing allowance during their tour.  The MARADMIN explains a Reserve Marine with or without dependents is eligible

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