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Action Alert: Tell Congress to End the Widow's Tax Now! - May 2, 2019
More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly penalized because their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  More...

DACOWITS Releases 2018 Annual Report - Mar. 11, 2019
DACOWITS provides the secretary of defense with recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment of women in the U.S. armed forces via a comprehensive annual report. The report is available online and includes detailed reasoning supporting each recommendation addressed by the committee.   More...

Before New Year's, Update DEERS - Dec. 20, 2018
Is your information current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)? Before the year ends, be sure you and your family's information is up to date and correct. Incorrect information in DEERS can cause problems with TRICARE claims and other health care benefits. To remain eligible for TRICARE coverage, you must keep your information up to date in DEERS.  More...

Retired Electronic 1099R Available on myPay - Dec. 18, 2018
Your electronic 1099R for 2018 is available on myPay at...  More...

DOD Releases 2019 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates - Dec. 14, 2018
The Department of Defense released the 2019 Basic Allowance for Housing rates today. BAH rates will increase an average of 2.55 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2019. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million service members.   More...

Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments - Nov. 30, 2018
To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be  More...

​All Your Open Season Questions Answered - 11/8/2018
Open season begins next week, Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. TRICARE Open Season is for enrollment in a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. Federal Benefits Open Season is for vision coverage or retiree dental coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).  More...

TRDP is Ending: What to Look for in a New Retiree Dental Plan - 11/7/2018
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, new retiree dental coverage will be available through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). If you're eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan, you must enroll in FEDVIP during the Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, 2018. Your dental coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. Now is the time to explore your new dental coverage options and make a choice.  More...

VA and DOD Senior Leaders Commit to Aligned Electronic Health Records System Rollout - Oct. 10, 2018
The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR) system that will allow VA and DOD to share patient data seamlessly.   More...

New DoD Policy Prohibits GPS-Enabled Devices in Deployed Settings - Aug. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2018 - Deployed service members are going to have to ditch their “geolocation devices” in response to a new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.  More...

Soldier Amputees Have More Options for Continued Service - July 25, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2018 - Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the availability of sturdier prosthetics, soldiers who are able to redeploy after amputation have a number of possible options for continued military service.  More...

Eligible Veterans Can Seek Refund for Taxes on Disability Severance Payment - July 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 - The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment, a DoD tax expert said.  More...

Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability - Feb. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2018 - The Defense Department has a “higher expectation” of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday.  More...

Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members - deploy-or-be-removed - Feb. 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2018 - The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal forces, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told Congress yesterday.  More...

Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members - Jan. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2018 - 'Tis the season -- for taxes!With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing.  More...

Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Transitioning Veterans - Jan. 9, 2018
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2018 - Transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service, according to an executive order President Donald J. Trump signed today.  More...

Blended Military Retirement System to Take Effect Jan. 1 - Dec. 19, 2017
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2017 - One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits over the last 70 years goes into effect Jan. 1 with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, known as BRS.  More...

Honorably Discharged Vets Now Have Online Exchange Shopping Privileges - Nov. 14, 2017
DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2017 - Some 18.5 million honorably discharged veterans now have a lifetime benefit enabling them to shop online at ShopMyExchange.com, marking the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990.  More...

Attention all retirees and annuitants - Nov. 14, 2017
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's addresses changed effective May 1, 2017. The old addresses are being discontinued and will be replaced by addresses in Indianapolis. The new addresses are:   More...

AAFES to Open Online Shopping to Veterans - Oct. 23, 2017
DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2017 — With less than a month until the much-anticipated official launch of the veterans online shopping benefit, more than 225,000 honorably discharged veterans have already been verified to shop at online military exchange websites when the sites open to veterans Nov. 11.  More...






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