Benefit News

04/14/2021

Recognition for Qualifying Participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2021 - The Department of Defense has approved award of the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) to recognize service members for their qualifying participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration. Both Active and Reserve Component members are eligible for such recognition. The period of award is from January 6, 2021 to future to-be-determined termination date. The designated ‘area of eligibility’ includes the National Capital Region (District of Columbia, the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William).

04/12/2021

Secretaries of VA, HUD joint statement on ending Veteran homelessness

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2021 - Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that on a single night in January 2020, there were 37,252 Veterans experiencing homelessness in America, an increase of 0.4% over 2019.

04/09/2021

Second IG Disparity Review Survey coming

ARLINGTON, VA, April 9, 2021 - Beginning April 9, the Department of the Air Force will be seeking feedback through a survey for the second ongoing Inspector General Independent Disparity Review.

04/08/2021

Air Force unveils new mission statement

ARLINGTON, VA, April 8, 2021 - The Air Force released its new mission statement: To fly, fight, and win…airpower anytime, anywhere. This change emphasizes the primary competitive advantage and capabilities airpower provides to the nation and joint operations.

04/08/2021

Air Force Youth Programs accepting applications for summer Virtual Aviation Camp

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, TX, April 8, 2021 - Applications are open for this year’s Air Force Youth Programs’ Virtual Teen Aviation Camp. Applications are due no later than April 14.

04/07/2021

DOD Announces New Discharge Appeal Review Board Option

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2021 - Today, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced a new board of appeals for Service members with separation dates on or after December 20, 2019. The Discharge Appeal Review Board (DARB) will provide final review of discharge or dismissal characterization upgrade requests when petitioners have exhausted all available administrative remedies.