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REMINDER: Just One Month till the Deadline! DUSTOFF Association SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 1.
The DUSTOFF Association Scholarship is administered for the DUSTOFF
Association by the AAAA (Army Aviation Association of America). The DUSTOFF
Association Memorial Scholarship is open to DUSTOFF Association members,
spouses, children and grandchildren of DUSTOFF Association members. For
Eligibility Requirements and the Application Procedure, please visit the
Announcement of 2017 DUSTOFF Awards
is with a great deal of pleasure and pride in our legacy that the DUSTOFF
Association makes the announcement of the winners of the DUSTOFF Aviator of
the Year, DUSTOFF Medic of the Year, DUSTOFF Crew Chief of the Year, and the
Rescue of the Year. This year’s selection was one of the more difficult in
recent memory with the dedicated and sacrificial service of our DUSTOFF
Online AAFES Exchange Opening to All Vets
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change, effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for discounted military exchange products.
Peter K. Levine, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memorandum Wednesday announcing the benefit expansion, effective Veterans’ Day Nov. 11, and giving Congress the required 30 days’ notice before actions begin to implement the plan.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust and to allow the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software for verifying veterans’ status using Department of Veterans Affairs records. Several million vets already are eligible to shop in exchanges — on base or online — because they are active or reserve component retirees, or 100-percent disabled from service-connected injuries or ailments, or Medal of Honor recipients.
This will reward their service with exchange product savings that, on average, will be near to 20 percent versus commercial department store prices when military exemption from state and local sales tax are considered too.
Shull’s other purpose was to increase exchange revenues to help offset troubling declines due to the drawdown of active duty forces, base closures and the end of military tobacco discounts for the higher priority of healthier populations.
With DMDC verifying shopper identifies electronically, the department will not have to produce special identification cards. DMDC estimates that 13 percent of eligible veterans, primarily those who served before 1981 might not be in their data base when the shopping benefit becomes available. Presumably guidance will be issued for veterans who might have access problems initially.
Help Find Lost Association Members
We have an abnormally large number of Association members we can no longer communicate with. When postcards are sent out, for instance to announce voting for Hall Of Fame inductees, we've received cards as "Undeliverable." Please take a moment to scan the list of lost members and send us contact information if you find your name or you know the where-about of someone on the list. [See List]
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