Post-9/11 GI Bill Regulations ReleasedLast week the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the “Post-9/11 GI Bill; Final Rule.” This set of regulations governs the policy and procedures for the new GI Bill and offers clarification to many of the questions we have been asking for the last six months. Highlights of the Final Rule include:
- Active Duty National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Public Health Service (PHS) Officers are now deemed eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill so long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. Unfortunately, NOAA and PHS Officers will not be able to transfer their benefits to a dependent.
- Some National Guard and Active Guard Reserve (AGR) are deemed ineligible for the Post-9/11 GI Benefit. The VA had determined there is no section of existing statute that will allow them to authorize eligibility for members of the National Guard or Active Guard Reserve serving under title 32, U.S.C.
- The Department of Defense (DoD) has yet to issue their final policy on transferability of benefits to dependents, however the general rule is the person receiving the transferred benefits will receive the same payment and benefits as the service member or veteran would have gotten if they kept it.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Moving this summer? If your NOAA kids are school-aged, you should know about the new Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. While the armed services have taken great leaps to ease the transition of personnel, their spouses and most importantly children, much remains to be done at the state and local levels to ensure that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals by inflexible administrative and bureaucratic practices.
Specific impacts on military children include:
- Transfer of records
- Course sequencing
- Graduation requirements
- Exclusion from extra-curricular activities
- Redundant or missed entrance/exit testing
- Kindergarten and first grade entrance age variations
- Power of custodial parents while parents are deployed
Operation Purple Film Screening and Upcoming ReleaseThe Sierra Club’s new documentary film, “Red, White & Green” hits the big screen in select locations this month. The movie was filmed at the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Camp on Catalina Island last summer. Starring Southern California’s military kids, the film showcases the camp experience of our nation’s youngest heroes and highlights the benefits of outdoor experiences. Click here for a sneak peek at the film. The World Premiere of “Red, White & Green” was held on March 19, 2009 at the DC Environmental Film Fest, the same week that registration opened for Operation Purple Camps 2009. The Sierra Club works with the National Military Family Association to connect those military families making the greatest sacrifices for this country with the natural wonders of the land they work so hard to defend. DVDs of “Red, White & Green” will be available in April. Make sure to see this film and check the Sierra Club website http://www.sierraclub.org/military/ for screenings in your area. Operation Purple camps are sponsored by donations from the NOAA Officers Family Association. Your contribution really makes a difference!
National Military Family Association Welcomes New Year with New Board OfficersThe National Military Family Association is pleased to announce the officers who will lead the Association’s Board of Governors in 2009: Mary Scott, Chair; Cheryl Glang, Vice-Chair; David Fee, Treasurer; Paul Arcari; Corporate Secretary. Cheryl, a NOAA spouse, is also currently the co-president of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Officer’s Family Association (NOFA) and her election is a strong reminder of our commitment to the families of all seven uniformed services. The National Military Family Association is excited to commence our 40th anniversary year with the new Board of Governors officers as we continue to be a trusted resource for military families and the Nation’s leaders.
About the National Military Family AssociationThe National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of military families. Our 40 years of service and accomplishments have made us a trusted resource for families and the Nation’s leaders. As the only non profit organization that represents the families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Association protects benefits vital to all families, including those of the deployed, wounded, and fallen. For more information, visit http://www.nmfa.org/. Go here for the full press release.
In Memoriam: Donna DiFalcoNOFA grieves the passing of Donna DiFalco (Kenul) on October 4, 2008.
Donations in her honor may be sent to:
Smithsonian Ocean Hall opens September 27, 2008Opening September 27, 2008, the Smithsonian’s Ocean Hall, developed in partnership with NOAA, is the largest permanent exhibit ever created in the world’s most visited natural history museum. Among the many notable exhibits will be:
- A 50-foot, life-sized replica of Phoenix, an endangered North Atlantic right whale living today
- 20-foot male and 36-foot female specimens of the elusive giant squid
- The six-foot Science On a Sphere®, which displays the Earth as viewed from 22,000 miles in space and shows moving satellite images
- A 1:100 scale model of the world’s largest ocean drilling ship, the Chikyu
NOAA’s Newest and Oldest Ships[singlepic id=4 w=320 h=240 float=left]On August 13, 2008 in Seattle, WA, NOAA commissioned its newest vessel, OKEANOS EXPLORER, and decommissioned its oldest, JOHN N. COBB. The ships and their crews were honored in ceremonies on a beautiful day, with many NOAA employees and friends in attendance. View more images
White House Event Honors Military Spouses[singlepic id=19 w=320 h=240 float=left] Once again the White House hosted an event for Military Spouses on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. A Garden Breakfast on the South Lawn of the White House took place this year and it was a beautiful sunny warm day. In his speech, President Bush thanked the spouses and families of all service members for their sacrifices and support. Approximately 1,100 spouses attended and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award was given to this year’s six recipients. An email notice for this event was sent to members of the National Military Families Association (NMFA) who are current with their annual dues. NMFA also invited Cheryl Glang who serves on their Board of Directors and Cindy Bailey who is also serving on a special panel for NMFA. Jane Barnum who is finishing her second year as President of NOFA, DC, attended also. An invitation for this event is open to all NOAA spouses through NMFA membership. View more images
National ACO Scholarships, Inc. — 2008 Award RecipientsCongratulations to the 2008 recipients of the National ACO Scholarship awards:
- Karl Glang, son of CAPT and Mrs. Gerd Glang
- Matt Verlaque, son of CAPT and Mrs. James Verlaque