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| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

7 / Friday
TSP & Taxes — If you participated in the Thrift Savings Program during tax year 2013, you may be eligible to claim the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, as long as your modified adjusted gross income for 2013 is not more than $59,000, if married filing jointly; $44,250, if head of household; or $29,500, if you are single or married filing separately, or a qualifying widow or widower. Visit www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/plan/planNews.shtml.

More Taxes — The Schofield Barracks Tax Center has walk-in appointments available on a limited basis; call (808) 655-1040 for an appointment, or stop by their new location, at Trailer #1, Grimes Street, across from Hamilton Field and the Soldier Support Center.

Care & Benefits for Veterans — Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization, the president has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2014, that will support VA’s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, to eliminate the disability claims backlog and to end homelessness among veterans. The budget includes $68.4 billion in discretionary spending, largely for health care, and $95.6 billion for mandatory programs — mostly disability compensation and pensions for veterans.

11 / Tuesday
Ahoy Lunch — The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association hosts a buffet luncheon at Fort Shafter’s Hale Ikena, 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Adm. Harry Harris, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Call (808) 441-8565/8524 or visit http://afcea-hawaii.org to register.

USS Arizona Memorial Stamp

USS Arizona Memorial Stamp

13 / Thursday
USPS Arizona — Join the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service and Pacific Historic Parks for the unveiling ceremony of the new USS Arizona Memorial Priority Mail Express stamp, 10:30 a.m., with activities until 1 p.m., at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

After the unveiling ceremony, have your first-day issue stamp cancelled by USPS and visit with Pearl Harbor survivors. All proceeds are donated to the National Parks we serve. Visit http://pacifichistoricparks.org/phh_events.php.

18 / Tuesday
MOH — President Barack Obama will present 24 Army veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam with the Medal of Honor in one of the largest ceremonies in history. Each of these Soldiers’ bravery was previously recognized by award of the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award. Learn more about these heroes by visiting www.army.mil/medalofhonor/valor24.

19 / Wednesday
Celebrating Women — Join the garrison’s Equal Employment Opportunity office to celebrate Women’s History Month, 11 a.m., at the Wheeler Army Airfield chapel. The theme for 2014 is “Character, Courage and Commitment.” Call (808) 655-9378.

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