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August 2013 l Volume III l Issue 8 
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Veterans Virtual Career Fair

 

GI Bill Tuition Cap Increased

 

Furloughed Government Employees Targeted By Government Grant Scam

 

PICTURE OF THE MONTH

 

Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Bellamy provides security for casualties as MV-22 Osprey aircrafts land nearby during a mass casualty evacuation exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 7, 2013. Bellamy, an assistant supply warehouse chief, is assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the aircrews are assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, Reinforced. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard

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WHO WE SERVE

  
U.S. sailors watch as U.S. Navy Lt. Josh McLaughlin, foreground, signals for an aircraft to launch from the USS Harry S. Truman in the Atlantic Ocean, July 31, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari

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ISSUES & INITIATIVES

AVeterans Virtual Career Fair

The event will be held from August 27th-29th and is free to our veteran community. Help move your career to the next level and find your next job at this virtual event. Register now to complete your profile which can be used to connect with employers when the fair begins.

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GI Bill Tuition Cap Increased

Those who are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to fund their education at a private college or university saw their annual maximum tuition cap increased to $19,198.31 per academic year. Last year's annual maximum was $18,077.50. Those attending state operated schools will continue to get up to the full in-state resident tuition and fees covered under the GI Bill.

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BDoD Looks for Ways to Scale Back BAH

Yet such a change would likely have many ripple effects. It would likely increase competition for on-base housing, which is already in short supply in many places. And it might make some duty assignments more or less desirable based on the local cost of living.

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Justice Department Targeting Online Payday Lenders

The U.S. Department of Justice is going after online lenders and other questionable financial services by targeting the banks that service short-term, high-interest loans.
 
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Commissaries Return to Normal Hours Aug. 18-24!

Great news for Military families! Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24.

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 SCAM ALERTS

"Pet Flipping" Criminals Are Cashing in on Lost Dogs

According to TODAY, criminals are finding lost dogs and using them to turn a profit rather than returning them to their owner.

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Advance-Fee Loans

Looking for a loan or credit card but don't think you'll qualify? Have you been turned down by a bank because of your poor credit history? You may be tempted by ads and websites that guarantee loans or credit cards, regardless of your credit history. Rule number one: Legitimate lenders never "guarantee" or say that you are likely to get a loan or a credit card before you apply, especially if you have bad credit, no credit, or a bankruptcy.

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Avoid "Bait and Switch" from a Home Contractor

This past weekend, his column really hit home (pardon the pun): a reader wrote in about being charged for solid-core interior doors but being given hollow-core doors. He also was charged significantly more for the installation than he had been quoted.

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"Sliding" Theft on the Rise

While you're fueling up your car, thieves approach the opposite side of your unlocked vehicle and snatch your purse and other belongings before you even turn around. 

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CFurloughed Government Employees Targeted By Government Grant Scam

The Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia & the CSRA is warning government employees that they may be targeted by scammers due to their furlough status. The BBB is hearing from consumers who say that they are receiving calls informing them that because they are a furloughed employee they are entitled to tax free grants of up to $9000. Of course, the grants are nonexistent and the scammers are really after account numbers or advance fees.

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