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May 2012, VOL II, Issue 15   
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Tips for Returning Troops 


Fresh Phishing Campaign Involving Spoofed E-mails to Military Members 

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Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, took to Facebook today to warn folks that he's being impersonated online, most likely for profit.



Scam Watch: Memorial Day, Foreclosure Rescue, Investment Scheme

Memorial Day - Memorial Day has become an opportunity for criminals to target veterans as well as active duty military and their families, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent bulletin. Older veterans are often targeted by scammers this time of year, the BBB said.  

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Fresh Phishing Campaign Involving Spoofed E-mails to Military Members

According to a warning by DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Service), one fresh phishing scam has been found hitting the inboxes of military service personnel both current and retired as well as civilian employees who are recipients of disability compensation. published this in news on April 16, 2012. secondanchor 

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IRS Forms Show Charity's Money isn't Going to Disabled Vets

Birmingham, Alabama (CNN) -- A national charity that vows to help disabled veterans and their families has spent tens of millions on marketing services, all the while doling out massive amounts of candy, hand sanitizer bottles and many other unnecessary items to veteran aid groups, according to a CNN investigation.  

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Tips for Returning Troops

For U.S. troops returning from overseas, personal-finance issues can be a sobering part of homecoming.


Nearly 150,000 service members returned from Iraq and Afghanistan last year, and 35,000 more came home from Afghanistan in the first two months of 2012, according to the Defense  Department.   

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VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.  

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Moving Freebies  

It is easy to get bogged down by all of the mundane and demanding tasks that a PCS requires. No one ever said PCSing was easy, but that doesn't mean it cannot be fun! Here are some FREE fun printables, applications and ideas to add a little joy into your next PCS.  

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Loosen Home Refinancing Rules, Lawmakers Say 

Active-duty military homeowners would no longer have to live in a residence in order to refinance the mortgage at low interest rates, under a bipartisan amendment that could be attached to the 2013 defense authorization bill.

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How Amazon Learned to Love Veterans 

FORTUNE -- In a world where the typical preparation for becoming a junior executive at a Fortune 500 company is to go to college, sign on to some big corporation's management-training program, and perhaps pick up an MBA, Dennis Clancey stands out.
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Soldiers in basic training run through an obstacle course as Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visits troops on Fort Benning, Ga., May 4, 2012. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcet

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