Troops use GI Bill transferability
WASHINGTON — More than 100,000 requests from troops desiring to transfer their unused education benefits to family members have been approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a defense official said Wednesday.
Signed into law in June 2008, the new GI Bill is a Department of Veteran Affairs-sponsored program that provides the most comprehensive educational benefit package for veterans since the original GI Bill — the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 — was authorized toward the end of World War II.A provision in the new bill, which permits servicemembers to transfer their unused educational entitlement to a spouse or child, has transferred “months of benefit eligibility to over 240,000 family members,” Robert E. Clark, assistant director of accession policy for the office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told lawmakers Wednesday.
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Volcanic ash reroutes Afghan war wounded
WASHINGTON — Ash from an Icelandic volcano has forced the U.S. military to reroute some American troops wounded in Afghanistan through Iraq instead of Germany, a military official said Tuesday.
Defense officials decided to transport war wounded to Balad, Iraq, to increase troops’ level of survival and to maintain medical capacity in Bagram, home to the primary U.S. medical center in Afghanistan, Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven L. Kwast said.
“It’s all driven by the requirement medically that the intermediate stop saves lives, and it needs to be done,” said Kwast, commander of the 455th Expeditionary Air Wing.
While Balad does not have the same capacity as the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where troops normally receive care before returning to the United States, Kwast said, the military has taken measures to ensure care at the Iraq-based facility is comparable.
“The reality is that there is no degradation in care because we’re going to Balad instead of Landstuhl,” he said.To read the rest of Kruzel’s story, go to www.army.mil/-news/2010/04/21/37694-volcanic-ash-reroutes-transport-of-afghan-war-wounded/index.html