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  1. carnelli53

    Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act

    I will soon be releasing a guide that covers the following in more detail - this post is meant to get crucial information out to veteran/military community: The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 significantly amends the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and to an extent...
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    TDRL Re-evaluation @ West Point

    Hello everyone, I received instructions (today, via snail mail) that I will be receiving my 1st TDRL re-evaluation at West Point next month (September 2010). Just wondering if anyone has any experience with undergoing a TDRL evaluation at this particular Army "post". Any general pointers on...
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    Article on servicemembers "Unfit for War"

    Front page of this morning: Thousands of Soldiers Unfit for War Duty
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    Referred to MEB 12/8/2008

    This is my MEB/PEB/VA/TDRL timeline current as of 28 March 2010. I thought I'd post this as an example of one way you can go about maintaining a MEB/PEB timeline. I also have a case before the BCMR which I will post a timeline of shortly. Branch/Component: Army, Active Duty Assignment: 3rd...
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    Happy Birthday to Jason!

    The first time I click on the forum calendar tab today, I notice it is Jason's birthday. So if you come across this post be sure to wish our benevolent forum administrator a Happy Birthday!
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    Baker Boys - Inside the Surge

    Apparently one of the civilians I always saw walking intrepidly around one of our more dangerous COPs in Iraq was putting together a documentary on one of the infantry companies in my old unit (3-3ID). Baker Company, 1st Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd...
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    Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Timeline

    Hello everyone, I'm posting to describe my experience applying for CRSC through the Army. I was medically retired (TDRL) in June 2009. I field a claim with the DVA via the Quick Start program soon after receiving my PEB decision in May 2009. After some C&P examinations, I receive a DVA rating...
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    Iraq Burn Pit Exposure Beginning to Get Some Attention

    The military is backing off its previous position and acknowledging that some troops exposed to the burning of refuse on military bases could be susceptible to long-term health effects...
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    DoD 2010 BAH Rates

    DoD released the BAH rates for 2010 today. For all those who are receiving Post 9/11 G.I. Benefits this rate change will adjust your monthly living stipend. The calculator can be found here: Remember, those under Post 9/11 GI Benefits receive...
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    Women and PTSD

    Interesting piece off of CNN on returning female Veterans and PTSD.
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    Post 9/11 G.I. Bill Telephone Outreach Program

    I just received a phone call from a 714 area code (after a Google search, turns out this is in the Los Angeles area) and it was a VA rep performing the telephone outreach program for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. I was at first surprised, the primary reason being that I do not currently utilize the...
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    VA Quick Start Timeline

    I received my VA rating today (October 23rd, 2009) almost exactly 5 months after my Quick Start claims application was filed (May 21st, 2009). I filed the claim while still on active duty in Georgia and it was faxed up to Connecticut (so I accounted for some delay in the intra-VA communication...
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    Retiree COLA may be 'overlooked'

    Economist argues that lower gas prices combined with highest COLA increase in history last year will result in no COLA this year for Federal Retirees... No Retiree COLA; Widows Win SBP Case
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    Student Loan Repayment Programs and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

    This post has been edited: since 2009, the DVA has clarified that time spent satisfying a SLRP obligation does not count towards Post-9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility/entitlement. For example: service member enlists under Army SLRP with a 3-year obligation; service-member is medically...
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    Separation Pay/Retired Pay News

    Just received the following in my email, not sure what this will spell out for those pending retirement/separation: Military Report - Retiree Separation Recoupment Suspended Military Report - President Asks for Retiree Pay Hike
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    Student Loan Repayment Program Issues

    b72treadwell, I knew there was someone else! I'm sorry to hear of your troubles and trust me, I know where you are coming from. It is absolutely ridiculous the way these payments are handled. The money is never even in the hands of the servicemember and it is still counted as taxable income -...
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    TDRL and terminal leave/permissive TDY

    Hello everyone, Just a question to clarify something that I have encountered in the early stages of my clearing process. For TDRL, is the ETS balance or accrued balance used to compute terminal leave? I find it hard to believe that ETS balance is used, although, this is what my PEBLO told me...
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    NFL Draft

    Don't know if there are any hardcore NFL fans here, but the Raiders just stole my hopeful receiver for the New York Giants, Darrius Heyward-Bey! Damn you Al Davis and your odd manner of drafting players!
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    Disgruntled veterans marked as potential 'extremists'

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano may have gone over 'The Bridge Too Far'... I knew it was too good to be true. That is, the amount of unconditional support returning combat veterans have been receiving from the American populous. This is in my humble opinion...
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    IPEB Valvular Disease Update

    Hello everyone, Just a quick unfortunate update... Checked my PEB Status online through AKO to find out it was returned to my local MTF for 'corrections'. I call my PEBLO immediately and went down to chat with him about this. Apparently there were some documents that completely...
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