Tag: veterans

“Stolen Valor” Bill Sails Through Congress

A bill that would make it a crime to falsely claim medals, decorations or other wartime honors in order to materially benefit from the sacrifices of others has passed the House and Senate in two lopsided votes. It is now awaiting the signature or veto of the President. The bill seeks to correct some of the overreaching of the older…

“Drone Pilot Medal” Goes Down in Flames

The Secretary of Defense has abandoned his earlier defense of the Distinguished Warfare Medal and its placement above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal in the order of precedence. In a memo released on April 15th, Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that he was adopting the recommendations of the Joint Chiefs that the Pentagon scrap the Distinguished Warfare Medal as…

Study: 44 Percent of Returning War Veterans Experience Complications on Readjustment

A new study by the Institute of Medicine released today finds that some 44 percent – almost half – of returning war veterans are experiencing problems reintegrating into stateside life. Here are some of the key findings of the 483-page study: •  Veterans returning from deployment frequently suffer from a multitude of complicated health issues that present lifelong challenges and…

Five Hot Jobs in 2013

Service members who are nearing the end of a service commitment might take a look at the civilian job landscape and consider running back into enlistment. Before you lace up your adidas, though, take a look at some of these job opportunities and requirements. If one strikes your fancy, you may want to consider using your education benefits toward a…

FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel

Here’s our official press release for the 2013 books! If you have ever downloaded or purchased a book from us, please leave a comment to let us know if you found them useful and share our site with your friends and colleagues.   ARLINGTON, VA – Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written…

Shady Investment Companies Still Targeting Retirees and Their Pensions

Need cash fast?  Just turn on daytime television and watch all the commercials that offer to “help” you with your pressing financial needs, should you already have an annuity. Or a car, if you need a small amount of cash. Or a … While promises of quick cash easily obtained isn’t new, what is new is the upswing in the…

Report Blasts VA for Claims Error Rates, Inefficiency

A report by the conservative-leaning National Center for Policy Analysis has blasted the Veterans Administration for chronic inefficiency and poor disability claims processing performance. The Veterans Administration is disputing the findings. The original report, The Veterans Disability System: Problems and Solutions, found that over 6 in 10 denials of claims were found to be erroneous on appeal. This represents a…

Disabled Veterans and Distance Learning Opportunities

There is no doubt that making the transition from military life to civilian life is an often stressful time, even for those without service-related disabilities.  As more and more veterans return home from Afghanistan and Iraq with a range of disabilities, the online environment may be a prime starting point for those needing to ease into civilian life.  Even for…

Sequestration Details Released

Do you know the amount of funding the Department of Defense will automatically lose on January 2nd, 2013 to the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration? $54.7 billion The personnel accounts (military payroll) and the Department of Veteran Affairs exemption still stand. This is only the first cut that sequestration mandates over a ten year period, adding up to approximately…

VA’s 2013 Budget Submission and Goals

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a big goal for 2012: to transform the VA into a 21st Century organization that is Veteran-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking. To accomplish these objectives, the VA has established management systems to ensure accountability, maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and eliminate waste while improving the delivery of high quality and timely benefits and services to…