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Time to Check and Update Your Beneficiary Information
Keeping your beneficiary information for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or for your Arrears of Pay (AOP) up to date is vital. Please inform DFAS of any life changes when they happen. If we do not have correct beneficiary information and updated contact information, it can cause delays and financial hardship for your loved ones. The Survivor Benefit Plan SBP provides eligible beneficiaries an annuity, a monthly payment, for the lifetime of the beneficiary. Retirees have the choice...

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Posted on December 6, 2022







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DoD Invests Extra Funding To Help Reduce Commissary Prices
FORT LEE, Va. – Service members and their families will soon see a 3-5 percent decrease in pricing on most grocery items in their commissaries as part of a Department of Defense (DOD) initiative to bolster the economic security and stability of the military community. DOD’s “Taking Care of Service Members and Families” initiative lays out comprehensive actions to support military members struggling with the financial impacts of inflation, supply chain...

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Posted on December 2, 2022







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Employment Compensation from a Foreign Government Can Impact Your Retired Pay
Did You Know: Your military retired pay can be impacted if you receive compensation from a foreign government without advance permission? The U.S. Constitution prohibits federal government employees from accepting compensation, gifts, or titles from foreign governments without the prior consent of Congress. This prohibition also applies to military retirees. Congress granted its consent to retirees seeking foreign government employment so long as the retirees obtain the advance approvals re...

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Posted on December 2, 2022







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VA Offers More Than $11M In Grant Funding To Provide Legal Services For Homeless Veterans
WASHINGTON — As a part of ongoing efforts to end Veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for more than $11 million in legal services grants for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.The funds are available through VA’s new Legal Services for Veterans Grant Program and will help Veterans in several ways, including:         Providing representation in landlord-tenant...

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Posted on November 29, 2022