Print & Post: Week of April 14, 2014

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AAFES Warns of Broker Scams

The Army & Exchange Service is warning military shoppers about scammers posing as servicemembers offering to broker the sale of used boats, cars and motorcycles through the Exchange. The Exchange is authorized to sell new cars and motorcycles, but only overseas. Exchange facilities are located solely on military installations. While the Exchange does have mail order and Internet offerings, the Exchange does not advertise in civilian outlets such as metropolitan newspapers or automobile sales magazines. All advertisements for legitimate Exchange offerings are published in outlets whose audiences mostly comprise military members. For more information, contact your local Exchange.

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Health Care from VA

Learn more about how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) takes care of veterans' health by watching ( the YouTube video from VA. To learn more about how to apply for VA health benefits, visit VA's ( Health Benefits webpage or call 1-877-222-VETS.

For more on veteran health programs, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Study Helps Improve VA

Through their research, VA's Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) investigators contribute to improved healthcare for Veterans. Learn more about their projects by exploring ongoing and completed studies and publications at the HSR&D website at ( There are a number of ways to search for information on the website, including funded studies, journal citations, and other internal publications and reports. Searches can also be done by topic, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, women health, and PTSD; by investigator name; or by HSR&D center and location. To use any of these search features, visit the VA HSR&D website at (, and use the "Publications" or "Citations" menus on the left side of page.

Future Air Force Aircraft

The Air Force has outlined what the next 25 years for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) will look like in the recently-published RPA Vector. The document gives private corporations an outlook on the capabilities the Air Force wants to have in the future, ranging from creation of new RPAs to possibilities of automated refueling systems. The future of the Air Force's RPA programs will be continuously evolving. For more information and to view the remotely piloted aircraft vector, read the ( RPA Vector.

For comprehensive guides on military equipment, see the ( Equipment Guide.

Marine Corps Training on YouTube

Marine Corps Systems Command launched a new ( YouTube channel that will feature training videos and other information about gear and equipment the command fields to Marines. The first two features on the channel are training videos for the ( Enhanced Combat Helmet (ECH) and the ( Marine Corps Sleep System. The ECH will soon be issued to deploying Marines, and the sleep system is already being used by Marines in the field. The Marine Corps System Command YouTube video page and the new videos are available on ( YouTube.

For more military videos, visit the ( Video Center.

Top 8 Bargain Housing Markets Near Military Bases

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AAFES Easter Contest

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service wants to fill shoppers' baskets with $3,000 in Exchange gift cards just in time for Easter with its latest contest sponsored by Hershey, Mars and Wrigley. ( The Hunt Is On contest starts at the Exchange where shoppers search for clues throughout the store. A clue map can be picked up at the store or downloaded from the Exchange's Patriot Family Connection website at ( After collecting all five answers, contestants can go to the Exchange's Facebook page to post their findings. All five correct answers must be provided to qualify for the prizes. The Exchange's Hunt Is On contest runs through April 20. For more information, contact your local Exchange.

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AAFES Homeward Bound Giveaways

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service offers a wide variety of giveaways as part of its Homeward Bound campaign. From April 11-17, one lucky winner will take home a $5,000 Exchange gift card courtesy of XBOX. From April 18-30, shoppers can enter to win a 173-bottle wine refrigerator and a dinner party for ten with David Mirassou, a sixth generation wine maker. Three runners-up will receive a 28-bottle capacity platinum wine cooler. Finally, from April 25-May 1, a Waterford Crystal Eagle valued at approximately $300 will be given away. For more information about Homeward Bound, visit the Exchange's Homeward Bound webpage at (

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Free Online Tutoring for MilFams

Eligible military-affiliated students can receive instant help from an online tutor at Approximately 3,000 subject matter experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of certain holidays. Every tutor is prescreened and supervised as they help clients. Eligible military patrons can set up an account online at Students chat anonymously with a tutor via online messaging. For subjects that require visual aids, like math, students and tutors can draw on a special digital whiteboard. There is also a smartphone application available for the website. For more information about eligibility, the website's features and creating an account, visit (

For guides on military education benefits and tuition assistance, visit the ( Education section.

New CSAF Reading List

The Chief of Staff of the Air Force 2014 Reading List contains 12 books, seven films, seven TED talks, web-based resources, artwork and photography selections. The CSAF reading list titles have been purchased for all Air Force libraries, and titles published in digital format are available electronically through the Air Force Library's OverDrive program. To access the online library, visit the Air Force Portal and click on the resources tab in the navigation tool bar. Once on the resource page, scroll down to OverDrive and click on the hyperlink. Visit a local installation library for assistance. For more information, visit the ( Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List webpage. For more information about Air Force libraries and other quality of life programs, visit the USAF Services website at ( or My Air Force Life website at ( For information about other personnel issues, visit ( MyPers.

For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

New AF Core Value Video

Air Force senior leaders recently released a video as part of an ongoing effort to communicate the importance of living and adhering to the service core values. "Service before self is the essence of our commitment to the nation ... it's what binds us as Airmen and our warfighting team," says Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. The video is available on the ( Air Force website.

For more military videos, visit the ( Video Center.

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A Look at Parkinson's Disease

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. If you are a veteran who was exposed to herbicides during service and have developed Parkinson's disease, there may be a link. Learn more on VA's ( Parkinson's Disease and Agent Orange webpage and find out if you qualify for VA benefits.

For more on veteran health programs, visit the ( Benefits Center.

New VA Training Video Released

( The Research Clinic, a Web-based interactive training video aimed at teaching clinical and social researchers how to better protect research subjects and avoid research misconduct, was released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ( Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and ( Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). Read more about this new video on the Department of Health and Human Services website at (

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Navy College to Add Programs

The Navy College Office (NCO) serving Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and surrounding locations has announced that it will offer additional degree programs based on the online Educational Needs Assessment Survey conducted late last year. The next step in the process is a request for proposals from schools that provide the degree programs identified in the needs assessment. Base leadership will play a key part in the selection process for any new and additional degree programs. The Navy College Program supports the personal and professional growth of Sailors by providing them opportunities to earn degrees that enhance their analytical skills and ability to make informed decisions. For more information, visit the ( Navy College Program (NCP) website, the Naval Education and Training Command website at (, ( Facebook page and ( Twitter: @NETCPAO.

For guides on military education benefits and tuition assistance, visit the ( Education section.

Navy Offers Aviator Bonuses

Qualified Navy aviators can now receive up to $125,000 in bonuses. Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) bonuses are offered to pilots and naval flight officers (NFO) to retain skilled personnel for critical naval aviation billets. A list of the ACCP bonuses available is on the ( U.S. Navy website. Applications for ACCP must be received before Aug. 31. For more information, visit the Aviation Officer Community Manager page at (

For more on military pay and bonuses, visit the (http:/// Benefits section.

Navy Renews Education Voucher Program

The Chief of Naval Personnel has announced funding for the FY-14 Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program, which provides financial assistance to selected senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9) to complete post-secondary, Navy-relevant degrees through off-duty education. The deadline for applying for FY-14 programs is May 24, 2014. Applications should be sent to Naval Education and Training Command (N523), 250 Dallas Street, Pensacola, FL, 32508-5220. For more information on the program, call Master Chief Electronics Technician (EXW/FPJ) Richard Simpson, AEV and enlisted learning and development coordinator (NETC N523) at (850) 452-7268 (DSN 459). Additional information about the AEV program is available on the ( Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Website. After logging on, click the 'learning' tab, then go to the 'quick link' -learning master link for AEV located on the left hand side of the page.

For guides on military education benefits and tuition assistance, visit the ( Education section.

Help for Wisconsin Veterans

The Wisconsin GI Bill provides any Wisconsin military veteran, with a discharge Under Honorable Conditions, with up to 128 credits or 8 semesters at any Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) or University of Wisconsin System (UWS) school. This is tuition remission; the school waives tuition and some certain academic-related fees. All levels of degree-related education programs are covered in all formats of study. This is a lifetime benefit and has no expiration date. For more information, contact your county veterans service officer in Wisconsin or visit ( the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs webpage or read the ( Wisconsin GI Bill Benefits FAQs webpage.

For guides on military education benefits and tuition assistance, visit the ( Education section.

New AF Innovation Program

The Air Force has announced the creation of a new program designed to harness Airmen's innovation. Airmen Powered by Innovation (API) will replace three existing Air Force "good idea" programs. Installations' manpower offices will be responsible for assisting and supporting Airmen as they submit ideas. API will also offer Airmen increased access to assistance prior to submitting ideas and institute a top-down tracking requirement, which includes confirming and documenting savings realized from implementing Airmen's ideas. Airmen who wish to submit ideas through API may do so by working with their local AFSO21 office.

For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Updated AF Voluntary Separations

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade are now eligible to apply for voluntary force management programs. Visit the following links for more information: (1) Officer AFSCs by year group added to the ( eligibility list; (2) Officer AFSCs by year group removed from the ( eligibility list; (3) Enlisted AFSCs by grade added to the ( eligibility list; and (4) Enlisted AFSCs by grade removed from the ( eligibility list. For more information, visit ( myPers. To get to the force management page, select "Search All Components" in the keyword drop down menu, and enter "Active Duty: FY14 Force Management Program" in the search window.

For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Marine Corps Online Tactical Training

The Marine Corps Semper Fit Program's High Intensity Tactical Training Program (HITT) is now available through a website and mobile application. The HITT Program is a comprehensive, functionally-based strength and conditioning program related to high-intensity training for all active-duty and Reserve Marines. The program takes into consideration the physical demands of operational related activities in order to optimize and sustain physical performance while in combat. For more information, visit the HITT website at ( The free mobile app can be downloaded to any mobile device by visiting iTunes or Google Play. The keyword to search for the mobile app is HITT. Once downloaded, Marines can view all exercises and workout videos related to the HITT Program.

For military-level fitness programs and tips, visit the ( Fitness channel.

AF Warns of IPTU Shortage

Airmen may have a difficult time finding the Air Force improved physical training uniform (IPTU) pants and jackets this spring and summer. The new issued IPTU is made with a softer fabric and will replace the legacy physical training uniform. There will be a transition period as the legacy stock is depleted and the new stock is ordered. The shorts have already transitioned and the T-shirt is not affected. During the transition period, the chief encourages Airmen to rely on additional physical training uniform combinations outlined in Air Force Instruction 36-2903, " ( Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel".

For more Air Force news, visit the ( News Center.

Support for Coping With Tragedy

Military and civilian communities across the country share a common sense of sadness and grief in reaction to the recent, tragic incident that took place at Fort Hood, Texas. This event, like other manmade or natural disasters, may place a tremendous burden on our resilience, self-esteem and ability to survive a disaster. Learn more by reading the Defense Centers of Excellence Support for Coping With Tragedy webpage at (

Valiant Veterans in Massachusetts

The organization Valiant Veterans in Worchester, Massachusetts, helps bridge the gap from military life to civilian life and provides assistance and support to veterans. With over 364,000 veterans in Massachusetts, Valiant Veterans provides programs in workforce training, PTSD support, female veterans support, job placement assistance, art therapy as well as pet therapy. The organization continues to expand its programs and offers them free of charge. For more information, visit the Valiant Veterans website at (

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse and neglect is any act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm, according to The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act  (CAPTA). For more information about child abuse awareness and prevention and the many resources available, contact your base family advocacy program or call the Department of Defense's child safety hotline at (887) 790-1197.

For more military family support resources, visit the ( Family Center.

MOAA Storms the Hill, Testifies for Troops

Members of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) from 50 states visited nearly all 535 representatives April 9 to discuss actions necessary to support the All-Volunteer Force during MOAA's annual Storming the Hill event. At the same time, MOAA Government Relations Director Mike Hayden testified on behalf of The Military Coalition before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Military Personnel Subcommittee to emphasize though debt reduction is a national priority, a disproportionate share of the burden of debt reduction should not be foisted on the Pentagon or military families. For more, read ( this article.

Equipment Guides: Weapons, Vehicles, and More

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Hottest Jobs for New Veterans

New veterans should seek jobs in the fields of technology, operations management and engineering, according to an annual ranking of the newly-released list, "Top 20 Hot Jobs For Veterans." Other "hot" career paths for veterans, as ranked by G.I. Jobs, which publishes the list, include logistician, customer service management, and manufacturing tech. The published list provides the average national salaries for those positions as well as the names of companies hiring in each category. The list is available on the ( GI Jobs website.

For more veteran job news, listings and resources, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Study Looks at Helping Caregivers

The largest-ever study of military caregivers has found that Americans who are taking care of veterans who served after 9/11 are younger than other caregivers, are usually employed outside the home and are more likely to care for someone who has a behavioral health problem. Despite their contributions, researchers found there are few public or private programs that directly support the needs of military caregivers. The RAND report is based on the largest and most-comprehensive survey conducted of military caregivers in the United States. Researchers surveyed a representative sample of more than 1,100 military caregivers and compared their experiences to both civilian caregivers and noncaregivers. The report is available on the ( RAND website.

For more military family support resources, visit the ( Family Center.

How to Get An Online Job

It turns out getting an online job is not as mysterious as it seems. According to military spouses who have gotten them, getting a remote job is just as easy (and just as hard) as getting one you have to show up in person for every day. Learn some tips by reading ( this article.

For more veteran job news, listings and resources, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

Sr. Enlisted Support Pay Cap and TRICARE Changes

The armed services personnel subcommittee asked the top enlisted leaders how military quality of life would be impacted if Congress votes to cap the annual pay raise again, and also to dampen housing allowance increases, allow commissary prices to jump and raise medical fees for families and retirees. In the face of looming sequestration driven budget chaos, the answer was simple -- "get on with it."

( Read the Military Update to get the full story.

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A Look at the Credit Score Benefits of VA Loans

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