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Air Force familyLife Ensures Uncertainty – Prepare for the Unexpected

by Carolyn Alston, MyAFB Strategic Communications

While veterans have given life and limb for this country, life after combat continues to be a struggle for many. Soldiers often leave the military with lifelong impacts on their physical and mental health, making it difficult to garner benefits like life insurance.

The VALife program will ease the burden by offering guaranteed whole life insurance coverage. The face value of benefits will be available after premiums are paid during the initial two-year waiting period, which waives the need for medical underwriting. If the participant dies during the two-year waiting period, the beneficiary will receive the premiums plus interest.

The premium monthly rate will depend on the participant’s age and amount of coverage elected. The VALife premiums are fixed and...(more)


Gun safeSignificant Weight Lifted for Military PCS

by Carolyn Alston, MyAFB Strategic Communications

While our nation’s military is trained in handling guns, firearms can be detrimental when handled by the wrong person. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, firearms were the leading cause of death among U.S. children and adolescents in 2020. Safety is the top priority for Airmen, Guardians, and their families.

The Joint Travel Regulations for service members were updated May of 2022 to exclude the weight of gun safes from the total weight allowance of household goods in a permanent change of station (PCS). The current weight allowance for service members is between 5,000 and 18,000 pounds, depending on rank and custodial dependent status. (more)


Family

New benefits that bring military families closer together

by Carolyn Alston, MyAFB Strategic Communications

New benefits and recent updates to parental leave and separation policies place emphasis on the importance of families. Airmen, Guardians, and families endure a great deal of pressure from their work lives, these new benefits will help in balancing work and family life.

The Department of the Air Force Instruction 36-3003, Military Leave Program, was recently updated to include leave time for Airmen and Guardians who elect to participate in a fertility treatment program at a military medical treatment facility. This update provides up to 35 days of Permissive Temporary Duty (TDY), which can also be divided into parts as deemed necessary by the medical provider. Military members can undergo treatment at any one of six fertility treatment facilities... (more)

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10/01/2022

VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers expands to Veterans of all eras

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2022 - Today, VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is expanding to include eligible Veterans and family caregivers of all eras.Previously, PCAFC was only available to eligible Veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001. This expansion opens the program to eligible Veterans who served after May 7, 1975, and before Sept. 11, 2001.

09/30/2022

VA offers benefit debt relief to Veterans affected by recent hurricanes

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2022 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a suspension of debt repayments for Veterans and family members affected by Hurricane Fiona or Hurricane Ian.