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Old 09-26-2011, 07:57 PM
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My husband gets a newsletter from Military dot com and forwards them to me cause I read them more frequently that he does.

Anyway I got to thinking instead of posting separate stories which may not each be worthy of a whole discussion thread, I would start a thread for all things military related that don't fit in the other forums or just something you'd like to share.
If the thread becomes popular we can always make a sticky out of it.



Army Turns Over Key to Historic Fort Monroe

Army Turns Over Key to Historic Fort Monroe

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September 16, 2011
Virginian-Pilot|by Kate Wiltrout

HAMPTON, Va. -- Army officers presented Gov. Bob McDonnell with the key to Fort Monroe yesterday in a ceremony marking the deactivation of the historic military installation.

McDonnell quickly passed it on to Glenn Oder, who recently resigned from the General Assembly to become executive director of the state agency that will manage the property.

"This is a landmark day in Virginia's history," McDonnell said. "For hundreds of years, Fort Monroe has been a tremendous asset to our nation's military. But it is perhaps most important as a pivotal location in the telling of the amazing story of America."

He went on to detail the area's role in slavery and emancipation -- first as a landing site for Africans brought to the New World in 1619, and later as "Freedom's Fortress," the destination of thousands of fugitive slaves during the Civil War.

Many of the hundreds of people in attendance said they were sad to see the Army leave...
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VA Extends Traumatic Injury Benefits

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI), (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

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How the Change in the Law has Impacted TSGLI Eligibility

Effective October 1, 2011, the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection benefit (TSGLI) will be payable for all qualifying injuries incurred during the period October 7, 2001 to November 30, 2005, regardless of the geographic location where they occurred, and regardless of whether the member had SGLI coverage at the time of the injury. The Veterans’ Benefit Improvement Act of 2010 removes the requirement that injuries during this period be incurred in Operations Enduring or Iraqi Freedom.

Former Reservists and National Guard members who were injured during the retroactive period and suffered a qualifying loss are eligible for a TSGLI payment. Even those injured in car accidents or other civilian traumatic events that occurred when the member was not drilling are eligible for a TSGLI payment if they had a qualifying loss resulting from their injuries.

What VA is Doing to Publicize the Change in the Law

VA is working with VA and DoD Public Affairs to publicize this change in the TSGLI law, while the branches of service are identifying any retroactive claims they have denied because the injury was not OEF/OIF and outreaching to those individuals...
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F-15 Ejection at Supersonic Speed
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F-15 Ejection at Supersonic Speed | Military.com
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Great idea salty, I hope it becomes a sticky with involvement by many members.

I am happy to hear that the VA Extends Traumatic Injury Benefits which is what is needed, as our troops substains near 80% of wounded by IED's which can cause Traumatic Injury

As for the ejection at Supersonic Speed, is almost always a killer. I have hear that near 70% of ejections even at lower speeds cause harm to those that bail out...

Good luck with this project...
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Gunfighters welcome home T-Bolts
Gunfighters welcome home T-Bolts
This is right outside of Boise. My in-law on my husband's side came home. He has been keeping in touch on facebook. He was older and had a pretty good family going. They called and he went.

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9/22/2011 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- More than 300 Airmen from across the 366th Fighter Wing returned Wednesday from Bagram Air Base Afghanistan, where, until recently, the 389th Fighter Squadron "T-Bolts" conducted combat operations.

"I am incredibly proud of the professionalism and dedication of our Gunfighters displayed while flawlessly executing their mission to deliver precise combat air power for joint operations on the ground," said Col. Ron Buckley, 366th FW commander. "From aircrew to maintainers to support, the T-Bolts carried on the incredible legacy of the Gunfighters and answered our nation's call."

Family members and fellow Gunfighters were on hand to welcome home the T-Bolts.

"It feels so good to finally be home," said Tech. Sgt. Jason Wilson, a conventional maintenance builder with the 389th Equipment Maintenance Squadron. "The deployment was long, but working and the knowledge of how important our mission was kept the time flying."

The Gunfighters deployed in March in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Aircrews flew thousands of close air support missions in the F-15E Strike Eagle in order to deliver precise combat air power for joint operations on the ground.

"It's hard to put into words what it feels like to be home," said Staff Sgt. Michael Gordon, an electro-environmental journeyman with the 366th Component Maintenance Squadron. "I just came home to a brand new baby and am looking forward to spending time with the family I fought so hard to protect."

Airmen in a variety of non-aviation roles conducted a wide range of tasks to ensure the success of providing critical combat power capabilities in that region of the world.

"It is so great to be home," said Senior Airman Jacob Stevenson, an avionics specialist with the 389th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. "I proposed to my girlfriend on the flightline and she said yes which makes this the best day ever for me!"
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Military Retirement Faces Overhaul

http://militaryadvantage.military.co...verhaul-plans/

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Some in the DoD are pusing to dump the current retirement system and replace it with a version of the “Thrift Savings Plan” similar to the one currently offered Federal Employees. This plan would allow DoD to save money by making contributions to a civilian style 401(k) retirement plan.

According to some reports, the DoD would also use the new retirement plan as leverage or incentive by offering increased contribution rates for those who opt for multiple deployments, hardship assignments, and high demand or unpopular military occupations. In addition, service branches could use it to entice service members to retire early or stay in longer.

Unlike past changes to the military retirement plan, which shielded current service members from the changes, the plan presented by the Defense Business Board would not grandfather current service members. The plan would go into effect immediately and includes current and future service members.

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Under that plan, new recruits would start immediately earning TSP contributions, but, would have no incentive to stay in the military for 20 or more years since they would not get a fixed-benefit pension. Current service members would begin receiving TSP contributions immediately and would earn a graduated percentage of their pay if they stay in the military for 20 years or more years. Their fixed pension rate would be based on their years of service when the new plan kicks in. For example a service member who has 15 years of service would get 37.5 percent of their base pay at 20 years in addition to the new TSP contributions.

Some see this as a way to make the system more flexible or fair to those who serve less than 20 years and a great way to reduce the overall cost of military retirement.

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[BLOGGERS NOTE: A 2010 Defense Business Board slide show presentation states that “Paying the military and their families for 60 years to serve for only 20 years” is unsustainable. Many retirees may find the point of view that “only 20 years” of service shouldn’t earn benefits, troubling. The same slide presentation also refers to the military retirement system as a “sacred cow.” Seems to indicate the bias the board has toward military retirement.]
Whether you support the overhaul plan or not, you should con*tact your elected officials to let them know how you feel about this issue.
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I would have to agree with the blogger
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This Military Board is playing both sides of the issues. Like any soldier wants a 401 K plan, over direct payment.
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I would have to agree with the blogger

This Military Board is playing both sides of the issues. Like any soldier wants a 401 K plan, over direct payment.
If they want to privatize something I would suggest the VA hospital system. It is overburdened and undeserved imho. Plus it's technology is about as modern as the mayflower. Also MO.
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If they want to privatize something I would suggest the VA hospital system. It is overburdened and undeserved imho. Plus it's technology is about as modern as the mayflower. Also MO.
I use it myself. I never even signed up for Medicare or any plan S/S gives. And I would have to agree with you.

Now you see the younger faces like when I first went to the VA., in 84. And there plenty of them in my area.

I went thru the process to make a dental appointment and am still waiting 2 months later for the letter giving me a date and time..

One thing the VA needs is updated medical equipment and trained techs. Not pay increases and nicer buildings redone over and over. As they do now.
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I use it myself. I never even signed up for Medicare or any plan S/S gives. And I would have to agree with you.

Now you see the younger faces like when I first went to the VA., in 84. And there plenty of them in my area.

I went thru the process to make a dental appointment and am still waiting 2 months later for the letter giving me a date and time..

One thing the VA needs is updated medical equipment and trained techs. Not pay increases and nicer buildings redone over and over. As they do now.
Well when you're old enough you might want to sign up for medicare. The VA is good for some things. Like they pushed us to get certain exams but after you find out you have cancer or something you want to go to a more modern doctor imo.
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Well when you're old enough you might want to sign up for medicare. The VA is good for some things. Like they pushed us to get certain exams but after you find out you have cancer or something you want to go to a more modern doctor imo.
I just received the info, lot of info and we know Medicare is going to take a cut, along with some others of the entitlements.

I can't stand paper work, all the other choices that need to be made. Can't do it nor never could. Both of my wives did all that crap for me.

So I'm just going to let it go. One thing is for sure I have a hospital, the VA. And I don't fear dying. Heck some days I wake up and ask why?

I turn 65 in several months.
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