Archive | April 2013

Army changes requirements for transfer of GI Bill benefits

Ok folks, this is a BIG one…
(gathered from Army.Mil – WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 17, 2013)

Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every Soldier who elects to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member will incur an additional four years in the Army, without regard to their time in service.

That news comes in a message to military personnel, dated April 15, 2013. The new rule largely affects senior officers and enlisted Soldiers who are retirement-eligible. As of now, these Soldiers may be able to transfer benefits to their loved ones with anywhere from zero to three years of additional service.

READ MORE HERE

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TURTLE CHEESECAKE BALL

Ingredients:
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini semisweet choc chips
1/2 pk dry vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup caramel topping plus little more for drizzling


Directions:

1.Cream soften cream cheese & butter.

2.Add caramel topping and beat well.

3.Cream in brown sugar & icing sugar.

4.Add vanilla & dry pudding mix.

5.Fold in choc chips & pecans.

6.Pat into a ball and refrigerate for one hour.

7.Place ball on serving platter, drizzle with caramel topping and serve with chocolate wafers, chocolate graham fingers, Nilla wafers or sliced apples.

Chicken Popper Twist

5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-makes 10:
5 jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned
20 slices bacon
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 C Colby jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
S&P to taste
1 C BBQ sauce

Slice chicken breasts in half (like a hamburger bun), place between wax paper and pound until it’s 1/4″ thick.

Season with S&P.

Mix the two cheeses together and smear about 1 Tbsp into each pepper half (just use up the cheese between all of the peppers).

Place the pepper on the chicken breast and wrap it up as best you can. I suggest placing the pepper cheese side down so it gets completely covered by the chicken.
Wrap each chicken breast completely with two pieces of bacon. Start at one end, wrap half the breast and finish the second half with the other piece of bacon.

Cook on a preheated 350 degree grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Turn every 5 minutes and baste with BBQ sauce each time you turn it.

For oven: Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Baste a couple times and finish under the broiler to set the BBQ sauce. **I suggest a 400 degree oven and no BBQ sauce for the first 20 minutes, turning once to help cook the bacon. Then reduce heat to 375, change pans to loose some of the bacon fat (if you don’t have a broiler pan), cover in BBQ sauce and finish baking.

Survivor Benefit Plan, Part I: What Is SBP, and Why Do I Need To Know? | Military.com

One common misconception about military pensions is that some sort of pension will continue to be paid military spouses who outlive the retiree. While there is a provision to provide for spouses and other eligible beneficiaries, it is not a part of the military pension package but a separate program with its own rules, paperwork, and costs.

SBP provides monthly income to the beneficiary. The income is inflation adjusted each year and it continues until the death of the beneficiary. The amount of benefit is selected when enrolling in SBP as part of the retirement process

Read more:Survivor Benefit Plan, Part I: What Is SBP, and Why Do I Need To Know? | Military.com.

How Budget Cuts Will Impact Your PCS | SpouseBUZZ.com

Beware – if you’re gearing up for a PCS in the next few months, getting all those nagging details squared away with the transportation office could take longer than usual, DoD moving officials tell us.

Read more: How Budget Cuts Will Impact Your PCS | SpouseBUZZ.com.

Commissaries Now to Shutter Mondays | SpouseBUZZ.com

If the commissary is already closed Mondays, which many are, it will instead remain closed on the next regularly scheduled open day, according to the agreement. For example, if the commissary is regularly closed Mondays but open the rest of the week, it will take each Tuesday as a furlough day.

Read more: http://spousebuzz.com/blog/2013/03/commissaries-now-to-shutter-mondays.html#ixzz2Q3zx7kx6
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