Field Report #296 February 15, 2008

Free Tax-Filing Services
Rather than paying a tax specialist, servicemembers and their families can obtain free assistance to prepare and file their annual tax returns through a special military program, a Defense Department tax advisor said here today.

Teachers have heard it innumerable times from children who decided to play outside instead of knuckling down, but now it was a grown man lamenting the actions of his "best friend."

'Advantage Fund' Recruiting Incentives
The Army has begun a pilot program in five cities offering qualified recruits a down payment for home ownership or seed money to start their own business.

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Preparation is everything in basic training. If you prepare properly, basic training could be a breeze. If you donít prepare at all, you will be counting the minutes until itís over.

The request includes funding for an across-the-board pay raise of 3.4 percent and money to increase the service's end strength by 43,000 Soldiers.

Homefront America, a troop-support organization based in California, recently announced it will, for the third year, award 25 scholarships in May to benefit military children.

Garage Band Playoff!
USAA recently launched its second annual Garage Band Playoff contest, a nationwide competition that invites amateur rock bands to upload their original music to for a chance to win $1,000 to help jump-start their career.

WTEV CBS 47 Jacksonville - (WTEV)
Feb. 13, 2008. 12:42 PM EST
Command Sergeant Major Jesse Andrews says things are getting better in Iraq, and troops are now even helping with the rebuilding effort.

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