September 13th, 2011
Just bought the tickets, there is no turning back now. On October 15, my wife and I will have the pleasure of seeing our first stage performance at the Orpheum Theatre, a touring professional theatre, located in Memphis.
The play is called Memphis, and it is a musical. At least it’s rock ‘n’ roll.
According to the Orpheum Web site, Memphis the Musical, a Tony Award winning musical, takes place in the underground dance clubs of Memphis during the 1950s, a time when the segregation of race was the norm and rock ‘n’ roll was just taking root. A thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love that was inspired by actual events, Memphis the Musical is about a white male radio disk jockey who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.
Why are we going? I am taking Theatre (Read the rest of the article…)
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August 15th, 2011
In a McDonald’s up in State College, PA soaking up some free WiFi and decided to post the following information about the GI Bill. Hope it makes sense, and I hope this barbeque sauce is easy to get out from between the keys of my keyboard.
With a new college semester starting at the end of this month, it was time to follow-up with the VA to ensure they received all the paperwork required to ensure the book stipend, BAH and tuition gets paid on time. Before I made the call, I realized that my oldest son, who also is in college, was doing the same thing to ensure everything is in order. He informed me that although this is his last year of school, this coming semester was the last one he would receive his GI Bill benefit. As a matter of fact, he only has 16 days of benefit left, but after reading statements like, “If an individual’s entitlement exhausts during a term, benefits may be extended until the end of the term.” he thought this upcoming semester was taken care of… he was wrong. (Read the rest of the article…)
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January 6th, 2011
Now, 36 months means 36 months.
Prior to the new law signed by President Obama, between short college semester breaks, unless a member otherwise stipulated, those receiving benefit under the Post-9/11 GI-Bill would continue to receive a living stipend equal to the amount of E-5 BAH with dependents. What most beneficiaries were unaware of is that receiving the stipend reduced your future months of full GI Bill benefit.
Most of the changes take affect 1 August 2011, so if you plan on taking the first summer classes, break pay will still be an issue.
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November 26th, 2010
Twas a month before Christmas and all through the house
Creatures started stirring, yup, even the mouse…
Gah, I suck at poetry, even when I try and bastardize someone else’s work.
Anyway, the season is upon us. The time of year when the wife makes you pull down the boxes of decorations from the attic, put up the tree and start the laborious process of making the house look like the place only elves would congregate. Well, this year – just say no! Put the fun back in the holidays! Take advantage of a benefit you have been saying you’d get around to using.
Space A travel.
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November 9th, 2010
For those attending college, it is that time of year to start the process to register for the Spring semester. If you are using your earned Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, remember you must request certification for the next semester through your school’s Veteran’s Administration representative after you sign-up for the classes you wish to take.
Each school has a local form you must fill out for your VA Rep. to use as a guide that asks you questions about your enrollment; like, “Are you repeating any courses?”; “Has your major changed?”; “Are you active duty?”; another important one, “Do you require a Veteran’s Hold Agreement?” (the Hold Agreement basically tells the school the VA is paying the bills, and it allows you to proceed as if payment has been made), and what your education objective is and if it has changed (remember, to declare, change or add a secondary major, you must fill out (Read the rest of the article…)
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September 1st, 2010
Effective October 1, 2010, bonuses will be available to prior service personnel who affiliate in the Navy Reserve in the ratings, and for the period of times, listed below, and also for new enlistees who enter the New Accession Training Program (as listed in the NAVADMIN below) for a minimum of 6 years.
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July 28th, 2010
I received an email from my oldest son, Tommy, today. He mentioned that today has marked four years post Navy for him. I wanted to share a portion of the email to demonstrate what the GI-Bill combined with lessons learned in the Navy could do.
Tommy is currently completing an internship with Senator Alexander (R-TN) in Washington D.C., and will be starting his second year of law school at Penn State.
A portion of the email; (Read the rest of the article…)
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May 7th, 2010
Last year, May 1st, when you were first able to enroll in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the average processing time was about 16 weeks; today, the processing time is about 24 days – oh, what a difference a year makes.
Continuing students, who have registered for the Fall 2010 semester, have already started to receive their book stipends ($41.67 per semester hour, up to $1000 per year), and the colleges are receiving the tuition payments! Remarkable!
A reminder, if you are taking summer classes – remember the (Read the rest of the article…)
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February 10th, 2010
UPDATE: Break pay is no more.
Help get this word out!
As you may be aware, I am attending college full time using my Post 9/11 GI-Bill. Recently, I had a couple of questions for the Veterans Administration (VA) – first question concerned two payments I received that I didn’t expect (nor did I know what they were for); one payment just before Christmas and the other at the beginning of January, and my second question had to do with why my current Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payment didn’t equal the 2010 amount for the schools zip code.
First, the latter BAH question. The issue is that the VA is having to update all the records by hand, as the automated system hasn’t been finished; as a matter of fact, that is (Read the rest of the article…)
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October 20th, 2009
I received a letter from the VA today which described each of the payments that were deposited a few days ago for my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit. One of the pages described some “what ifs” concerning any changes in my enrollment.
Grades You Receive
VA can’t pay benefits for courses that don’t count toward your graduation requirements. If your school reports that you received a grade that doesn’t count toward your graduation, you may have to repay all benefits VA paid for the course. Here are some examples: (Read the rest of the article…)
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