October 2010

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2011 Retiree and Veteran COLA Watch

According to recent news reports, the government will soon announce that the 2011 Cost of Living Adjustment for military retirees, disabled veterans, and social security recipients will be zero for the the second year in a row.


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Military Pay Debate – Cut Pay or Troops?

Military pay and benefits have been a hot topic of debate this fall; from the zero increase in military retiree and veteran cost of living adjustments to the proposed reductions in future military base pay raises, there are plenty of issues for Servicemembers and military retirees to focus on.


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Florida State Veterans’ Benefits

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who live in Florida have access to several state funded benefits including veteran homes, tax exemptions, veteran employment preference, education benefits, hunting and fishing privileges, reduced permit fees and more.


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Veterans’ Benefit Act Stresses ‘Improvement’

The Veterans’ Benefits Act of 2010 will not add any new benefits for veterans, but, it will make some important improvements which include increased allowances for disabled veterans and various veterans’ insurance options.


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Cost of TRICARE for Children Over 21

Defense Department officials estimate it will cost each member $2,400 per year to cover each child over age 21 (or 23) until they are 26. This is a provision would be unique to TRICARE and would not be imposed on non-military parents.


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New VA TV Ad Hits the Air

New VA TV Ad campaign for thier National Veterans Awareness Campaign – “What Lies Ahead.” Is said to mark the beginning of a new chapter in VA’s communication and advertising efforts.


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Featured State Benefits: Delaware

This Week, the First State of the Union: Delaware
Vet­er­ans of the U.S. Armed Forces who live in Delaware have access to sev­eral state funded ben­e­fits includ­ing vet­eran homes, tax exemp­tions, vet­eran employ­ment preference, education benefits, hunting and fishing privileges, and more.




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VA COLA Act of 2010 Ready to Sign

Congress passed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 last week. But, before anyone rushes off to spend the increase, it is important to note that this will likely have no impact on VA benefits.