Print & Post: Week of March 01, 2010


Determining VA Loan Eligibility

VA loan eligibility guidelines are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A Certificate of Eligibility shows the amount of entitlement. Those interested in VA home loan benefitsmay find it helpful to speak with a VA loan professional to understand their own eligibility and entitlement. (http://www.military.com/finance/homebuying/determining-va-loan-eligibility.html?ESRC=vr.nl) Click here.



Liberty University Online Offers Flexible Education for Military

Liberty University Online honors the military, veterans and families that serve our country. As a military-friendly school serving the military since 1983, it is our goal to help you reach your academic goals and graduate with little to no out-of-pocket cost. As the world's largest Evangelical university, Liberty offers affordable Christian education in a convenient and flexible format. With over 36 degree programs offered, Liberty University Online allocates extensive college credit for military training.  With our dedicated military support office, you can be sure that Liberty will maximize the benefits available to you whether you are an active military, a veteran or a military spouse. Invest in yourself and your future by enrolling with Liberty University Online today at (http://www.luonline.com/MilitaryAdv) www.luonline.com



Which Colleges Give Credit for Military Service?

Your service in the Military may have earned you up to a full semester of college credit. Military.com connects you to hundreds of schools who recognize the work you've already done. Make sure to get college credit for military service. (http://edu.military.com/gibill/?ESRC=vr.nl) Find Military Friendly Schools Now.



American Legion Debuts Video

The American Legion has a brand new video available that targets the younger generation and tells The American Legion story in just under four minutes. "A Pledge to Service" presents the Four Pillars of the American Legion and ends with a call to join The American Legion either through the American Legion website at (http://www.legion.org/) http://www.legion.org/ or at "your nearest American Legion post." The new (http://www.legion.org/legiontv?v=Pledge2ServiceH_2116.flv) video is currently available on (http://www.legion.org/) The American Legion website and will be available free in mid-March on a DVD by request to (mailto:pr@legion.org) pr@legion.org or by calling (317) 630-1253. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJPuNZKznAU) Click here to also view the video on YouTube.

For more information, or to join The American Legion go to (http://www.legion.org/join) http://www.legion.org/join.



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Deal of the Week: Top Veterans Discounts
Military.com has hundreds of discounts exclusively for veterans and their families. Don't pay full price for anything -- cars, clothing, computers, electronics, vacations, groceries, beauty, home, jewelry, and more. (http://benefits.military.com/DC/DealIndex.jsp?ESRC=mr.nl) Browse coupons and discounts now.

Wyoming: A True Hunter's Paradise

Long known as a premier destination for big game species, Wyoming is probably far less known for its predator hunting, but predators are here and easily accessible. Wyoming is roughly 50 percent public land, much of it arranged in huge tracts where a coyote hunter can call for days on end and never call the same place twice. There are 17.5 million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) alone. Add to that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands and state owned public lands, and you can see that it truly is a predator hunters dream. (http://www.military.com/entertainment/outdoor-guide/predator/wyoming-hunters-paradise.html?ESRC=vr.nl) Read More.



Pentagon Increasingly Vocal About Shoddy Weapons Builders

Complaints from Pentagon officials -- from Defense Secretary Robert Gates down through the ranks -- are mounting about the quality of products from the aerospace industry. David Altwegg, executive director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), grabbed journalists' attention during his Fiscal 2011 budget briefing on Feb. 1. He railed that contractors had been delivering poor quality. "We continue to be disappointed in the quality that we are receiving from our prime contractors and their subs -- very, very disappointed," he said. "Most of these contracts are cost contracts ... [a problem that] costs the taxpayer more." (http://defensetech.org/2010/02/25/pentagon-increasingly-vocal-about-shoddy-weapons-builders/?ESRC=vr/nl) Read More.



Organizations Assist Wounded Marines

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Regiment at Quantico, VA, has agreed to assist recently discharged Wounded Warriors. Any former Marine who has a claim pending at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or wants to file a claim with VA will be referred to a VFW service officer near them who will be happy to discuss their claim and how to obtain the most correct decisions possible from VA. If you have filed a claim with VA, or want to file a claim, send your name, county and state where you live, along with a daytime phone number to (mailto:1marine@VFW.org) 1marine@VFW.org.

See more (http://www.military.com/wounded-warriors) Wounded Warrior news on Military.com.



VA Begins Advertising Campaign

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a two-month, nationwide advertising campaign to assist student Veterans and servicemembers applying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Text messaging ads will also link student Veterans to VA. By texting "GIBILL," Veterans will then be directed to follow three steps to apply. VA also developed a hip pocket guide and checklist with helpful tips to assist Veterans and servicemembers in the application process. Information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as VA's other educational benefit programs, is available at VA's website at (http://www.gibill.va.gov/) www.gibill.va.gov, or by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (or 1-888-442-4551).

There are big differences between GI Bill programs, find out which program best fits your situation with Military.com's (http://www.military.com/gi-bill-calculator/) GI Bill Calculator.



A Look at Social Security

If you served on active duty anytime between 1957 and 2001, you may qualify for a higher Social Security payment because of your military service. Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service during those years can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. Special earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty training. For additional information, visit the Social Security website at (http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm) http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm.



Apartments Available at AF Village
Air Force Enlisted Village officials are reaching out to people interested in moving to the retirement communities, Bob Hope Village and Teresa Village, by waiving certain fees. Located near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, the Air Force Enlisted Village provides a safe, secure and dignified place for indigent surviving spouses of retired Airmen. Two-bedroom upstairs apartments are available at Teresa Village. Advance fees are being waived for new residents who sign a lease at Bob Hope Village or Teresa Village before April 15. Contact the admissions office at 850-651-9422 to discuss eligibility requirements, or visit the Air Force Enlisted Village website at (http://www.afenlistedwidows.org/) www.afenlistedwidows.org.

AF Assistance Fund Campaign Begins

The 37th annual Air Force Assistance Fund "Commitment to Caring" campaign is under way through May 7. Air Force retirees can still give to the fund through a one-time gift of cash or check, or by payroll deduction from retired pay. Visit the Retiree Activities Office on any major Air Force installation. Complete an Air Force Form 2561 and donate by cash, check or payroll deduction from your Air Force retired pay. Or mail a contribution (cash/check/money order) and contributors' form that is (https://www.afassistancefund.org/docs/ContributionForm-retiree-2copies.xls) available online, to Air Force Assistance Fund, HQ AFPC/DPSIMF, 550 C Street West Ste 37, Randolph AFB TX 78150-4739.

Find ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom. Visit the Military.com (http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/support-our-troops) Support our Troops webpage.



VA Education Call Centers Return

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that the Education Call Center is again operating five days a week. Because VA is now processing spring enrollments timely, advance payments are no longer available at VA regional offices or through the online advance payment website. Information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as VA's other educational benefit programs, is available at VA's website at (http://www.gibill.va.gov/) www.gibill.va.gov, or by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (or 1-888-442-4551).

There are big differences between GI Bill programs, find out which program best fits your situation with Military.com's (http://www.military.com/gi-bill-calculator/) GI Bill Calculator.



California Schools Seek Veterans

California's educational institutions are actively seeking transitioning Sailors and Marines for careers offering the opportunity to "Serve Again." The U.S. Department of Education's "Troops to Teachers" program connects people who still have the desire to continue serving their communities with employers looking to fill shortages in California's classrooms and across the nation. Troops to Teachers provides help for veterans who are considering a job in teaching kindergarten through 12th grade. The organization can help with credentialing and with stipends as high as $5,000 to help offset the costs of becoming a teacher. For more information, visit the (http://www.dantes.doded.mil/dantes_Web/troopstoteachers/index.asp) Troops to Teachers website.

Visit the (http://schools.military.com/schoolfinder/search-for-schools.do) Military-Friendly School Finder and search our database of 4,000 schools and their military attributes. Find the right school for your education needs.



Register for Free Military Career Fair Today

Military.com Career Expo is coming to West Point, NY on Mar. 11. This event will feature top employers seeking the valuable skills you learned in service to your country. You can also attend employment workshops focused on helping you leverage your military experience in the civilian job market. (http://www.military.com/career-expo/west-point-career-fair/?ESRC=vr.nl) Register to attend -- it's free.