And what the County Loan Limit change means for you
On Jan. 1, 2020, it became easier for you to use your VA home loan benefit to purchase, refinance, or construct a home with no down payment, regardless of the cost of the home. The VA home county loan limits were eliminated as part of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 for Veterans and service members with full entitlement.
The December 2019 Retiree Newsletter is now available online.
The December 2019 Retiree Newsletter is now available online. It contains helpful information about convenient options for getting your tax documents, tools to make filling out required forms faster and easier, the SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination, what to expect in the year-end mailing, 2020 COLA, Annuitant CEI change, and who to contact for pay and benefit questions, as well as news about TRICARE, Army Emergency Relief and the Armed Forces Retirement Homes. We also have a downloadable PDF version of the newsletter you can share with friends.
To access the newsletter, please copy and paste the link below to your internet browser. You will find a list of topics in the newsletter with a brief description of each article. After copying and pasting the link to your internet browser, click on the link for the article you want to read, and the full text will appear. The bottom link in the list of topics is to the downloadable PDF version of the newsletter.
History will be made at the more than 200-year-old U.S. Military Academy at West Point as 34 Black women will graduate this week.
This will be West Point’s largest class of Black female cadets, according to CNN. For the first 75 years of its existence, Black people never graduated from the prestigious Academy.
Learning from the flaws in its history, West Point has been taking steps to become more inclusive. Last year, the Academy named Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams their first African-American commander, and Simone Askew the first Black woman to lead the Corps. West Point spokesperson Frank DeMaro also said that 19 Hispanic female cadets are projected to graduate in the May 25 ceremony, as well.
Big shout out to the NABMW donated prom dresses, bags & jewelry. Thank you to Ms. Vanessa Lee, Chairperson of the NYC Chapter of NABMW & School Counselor at Hillcrest HS. All prom dresses are FREE for 8th graders this Thursday & friday during the lunch periods.
The DAV published Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead, identifies gaps in federal programs and includes 45 recommendations to improve VA health care and specialized services for women veterans of all service areas.
Click here for:
Women Veteran Report
Click here for:
Toolkit for Department Women Veterans Advisory Committee Chairs
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, the NYC chapter of NABMW, was invited to attend the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane, School of Law, Veterans Legal Assistance Project. Veterans received free, one hour, legal assistance by attorneys who specialize in different areas of law.
In addition, tax attorneys provided veterans with free tax service. Please see the attached the flyer to put on our website.The NYC Chapter table, provided a variety of handouts to the veterans,
with an emphasis on Women of Color and Telling Our Story. Networking provided an exchange of military information, resources and attorneys
at the law school, interested in providing a workshop for NABMW.
Vanessa A. Lee
Catherine R. Laporte (Kaplansky), who is newly appointed to the North East Region Chairwoman of the National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) and is a NYC Chapter member.
Soldiers that received Holiday Care Packages
October 2018 - January 2019
The Official Newsletter for Retired Soldiers, Surviving Spouses and Families