http://www.military.com/pics/VR_Logo.gif Print & Post: Week of November 13, 2006 Insurance Companies Owe Servicemembers Several insurance agencies must pay back more than $70 million to 70,000 servicemembers after allegedly using misleading business practices. American Amicable Life Insurance Company of Texas and its affiliates, Pioneer American Insurance Company and Pioneer Security Life Insurance Company, allegedly committed violations of insurance protection laws, while selling their Horizon Life and Wealth Builder insurance policies. Servicemembers and dependents who purchased life insurance products from an American Amicable Company should call the companies' customer service center at (800) 736-7311 and give their current mailing address. GI Bill Increase -- Find a School Today Last month the Department of Veteran Affairs announced that the GI Bill has increased to $38,700 - a total increase of nearly $1,500 over last year. This means you have earned a monthly payment rate of $1,075. Don't let your benefits go to waste. (http://tracking.military.com/cgi-bi...h-for-schools.do&code=VR_111306_School_Finder) Find a military-friendly school today. Holiday Radio Special Features Stars Country music stars Vince Gill, Toby Keith, LeeAnn Womack and George Strait share their favorite holiday memories and traditions in a "Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas" radio special, slated for release this month. Produced and marketed by the Air Force Recruiting Service's Strategic Communications Division, the one-hour show features in-depth interviews with each of the stars along with songs from their holiday albums. The program will be sent to American Forces Radio and Television Service affiliates and more than 3,300 country radio stations, according to Jimmy Spacek, AFRS broadcasting manager. American Legion Supports Bill The leader of the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization, has called for a full mobilization of America's veterans, indeed, all Americans to contact their U.S. senators to pass the Veterans' Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006, (http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=9166696) S. 3696 before the 109th Congress adjourns. The House passed a measure similar to S. 3696 before Congress adjourned for the election break. You can send your senators an e-mail or obtain their telephone contact numbers through (http://capwiz.com/legion/home/) The American Legion Legislative Action Center. For more information, or to join The American Legion go to (http://www.legion.org/join) http://www.legion.org/join. Veterans Court on Record Pace The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is deciding more cases than ever, after recalling two judges to the bench earlier this year, and is now on track to issue 30 percent more decisions than any year in the Court's history. According to numbers released to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs on Thursday, with 7 full time judges and 2 recalled judges now deciding cases, the Court is on track to handle over 4400 cases this fiscal year, which is almost 800 more cases than the Court is expected to take in. The (http://www.military.com/benefits/legal-matters/appeals-process/appeals-process-overview) U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims reviews decisions rendered by VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals. Most of the Court's decisions deal with veterans' claims for disability compensation. To learn more about military legal matters, visit the (http://www.military.com/benefits/military-legal-matters) Legal Matters webpage at Military.com. Disabled Military Veterans to Get Memorial The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be the first memorial to honor the sacrifices of America's 3 million disabled military veterans. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Foundation has raised half the money needed to build the $65 million marble and glass memorial, which will be located on two acres of land adjacent to the National Mall within view of the U.S. Capitol. Groundbreaking is set for 2008, with completion planned in 2010. For more information, visit the (http://www.avdlm.com/) American Veterans Disabled for Life Website. Transition Workshop Valuable to Veterans All separating servicemembers should know about Transition Assistance Program workshops, say Labor Department officials. The Labor Department teams with DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer these workshops to transitioning servicemembers. The workshops go over job search skills, writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, career planning, veterans benefits, disabled veterans issues, and much more. Members retiring from the military are eligible to attend 24 months before retirement; members separating are eligible to attend 12 months out. Officials hold the workshops at each base or installation. This year, about 140,000 servicemembers are using the workshop. To learn more about transitioning, visit the Military.com Transition Center. Sorry folks, but my computer hickuped and I lost the rest of this print and post so there will be no #2.