Field Report #329 July 1, 2009

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfers to Spouses
It’s official. The Defense Department signed off yesterday on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, a Pentagon official said.

Obama Hails Iraqi City Withdrawal as ‘Important Step’
President Barack Obama hailed the completed withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraqi cities today as “an important step forward” and a testament to the commitment of American troops.

Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program
While the Base Realignment and Closure decisions of 2005 are causing upheaval for some families, help is available through the Department of Defense National Relocation Program, the Homeowners Assistance Program, and soon, the Expanded HAP, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

How to Impress Your Drill Sergeants at Basic Training
Let’s face it, basic training is tough. For the first time you will be dealing with Drill Sergeants who love to yell at you and hang on your every move. I made it through basic training hardly ever getting yelled at, here’s how I did it.

Soldiers to Help Tiger Honor Troops During PGA Tournament
Tournament host Tiger Woods will honor wounded warriors on the first tee box during a patriotic salute to U.S. military personnel and their families to officially open the 2009 AT&T National PGA Tour event, July 1, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Soldiers Can Find Housing Online
Soldiers looking for an easy way to find safe, reputable housing at their new duty station -- before they arrive -- can visit their local housing office and ask for information about the Automated Housing Referral Network.

Army Moves to Privatize On-Post Lodging
Soldiers in a temporary duty or permanent change of station status who need lodging aboard Army installations will begin to see improvements in those accommodations as the service moves to privatize lodging at 10 posts beginning Aug. 15.

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  • $110M U.S. Army Dental Staffing Contract

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