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  • Question:

    Are 100% service connected disabled veterans eligible to hop flights? My id card is a DD FORM 2765, but I’m told that I would have to have a DD FORM 2 (the blue retiree id card) to hop a flight. I didn’t retire from the military, but can a 100% SC veteran be issued a DD FORM 2 card?

    Answer:

    Space-A travel is one of the more restricted military benefits. Even though you are entitled to many veterans’ benefits, Space-A travel privilege is not one of them at this time. It is limited to veterans who are military retirees.

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    Under what circumstances is it authorized for a retired serviceman to wear his uniform in public?

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    The rules vary by service branch, but in all cases, veterans and retirees can wear the rank and insignia currently in use, or the rank and insignia in use at the time of their discharge/retirement, but cannot mix the two. The rules for each branch can be found in links on this page:http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/retuniformwear.htm

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    Are adopted children eligible for education benefits?

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    In general, dependent children of service members (including biological children, legally adopted children, foster children, and stepchildren) are entitled to a great number of benefits, including health care and education benefits. To ensure the benefits are received, when a service members adopts a child, they must report this new dependent to the military in DEERS.

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    I have lost all of my military information. I would like to find out about my life insurance policy if I have one through the military and also information about being buried at the federal cemetery in Leavenworth. Do I have any benefits that I could be using right now? I need a veterans military card with my number to show I was in the military.

    Answer:

    Many veterans benefits depend on your length in the service, and the time since you were discharged, so without more details I can’t tell you if you have benefits you could be using. The good news, though, is that you can order your military personnel records from the National Archives in St. Louis and then […]

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  • Question:

    Hi, what is this COLA for veterans? Is it for all veterans or just disabled veterans. I have been out of the Army since 2010. If I am eligible, how do I apply for benefits?

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    COLA is the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment that is applied to veterans’ disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors, and pensions of low-income combat veterans. If you are receiving any of these benefits, the COLA is automatically added to your payments at the beginning of the year. You do not need to do anything additional to receive […]

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  • Question:

    I am looking for information on entitlements’ for moving house hold goods. I was told by my PSD in Honolulu I do not receive any advance for travel. I would need to file my claim when we reach our destination. I wanted to find out the amount my family and I get per mile for driving from Oakland, CA to Denver, CO, and amount of per diem. I just want to make sure I am reimbursed for what I’m entitled. I assumed I would get advanced travel just like any other military move, but was told I did not get any advance by the PSD in Hawaii. Is this true, and do you know what instruction I can reference to for information on retired moves? Thanks.

    Answer:

    Because you have asked about multiple expenses (moving household goods, per diem travel rates, a mileage, the best place to start is the Defense Travel Management Office’s website (DTMO). All of the charts needed to calculate these expenses can be found in links on this page: http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil

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  • Question:

    I am getting the run around from Human Resource Command (HRC) about my Date Initially Entered Military Service (DIEMS).  I entered the US Military Academy 2 July 1979 and HRC is putting my Date of DIEMS date at the end of my Academy time.  I have looked up several references in United States Code, DA Regulation etc. and found stated in the law that cadets are under the UCMJ and are part of the Army. As defined by law the time at the Academy cannot count toward retirement, but in identifying that time the law identifies the start of my military service in my mind and according to other documents, people and United States Code.  I understand that the actual time does not count and have known this for a long time which is what HRC keeps throwing at me as justification for their action, but as you state in your retirement guide the date of entry does not change.  They now claim that I have to put my case before an arbitration board and claim “they have won for their side at these boards.”  Who do I contact to get them to follow what I see as clearly the law to right this problem for me and the service members that entered on the earlier side of 8 SEP 1980 and graduated or were commissioned on the other side and are now given the later date as a DIEMS?

    Answer:

    Unfortunately, I do not have one contact person who could force them to recognize the correct date. However, rather than use our handbook as a reference, you could show them the information we used as our source: the Military Pay information on Defense.gov (http://militarypay.defense.gov/retirement/). The first unique circumstance they cite (which isn’t very unique) relates […]

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  • Question:

    I am 100% service-disabled veteran. My wife and I have legal guardianship of our two granddaughters; one 17, the other 13. Is there any assistance or a VA program for college I can have the oldest apply for?

    Answer:

    If you are the legal guardian of your granddaughters and they receive other military dependent benefits, they should be eligible for most of the scholarships and programs designated for any military dependent. As many are run by private organizations, you might have to check on the individual scholarship application to be sure. We have several […]

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  • Question:

    My deceased husband was a veteran and I have two children starting college. I’m wondering if there is any scholarships available for my children.

    Answer:

    There are dozens of scholarships set aside for children of service members. Some are for specific circumstances such as branch of service or if the sponsor was killed in the line of duty. We have several listed on our website here: http://www.militaryauthority.com/benefits/education/scholarships/military-scholarships.html Another good resource for scholarship information and other ways to pay for college […]

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  • Question:

    I am a disabled veteran from the Vietnam era and unemployed.  I am trying to determine if I would qualify for the tax credit if I am hired by another company.  I have been unemployed since 11/2012.

    Answer:

    I’m sorry to hear that you are unemployed. So many of our veterans are right now. But the tax credit you are referring to would go to the hiring employer, not to you as the employee. It is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, and it could be something you could mention to a potential employer […]

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