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Veterans Get Boost From New Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Home Loan Rules
(Harrisburg) The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has adopted new rules to help military veterans use its home mortgage loans to buy houses, even if they aren't first-time homebuyers. This new measure means that honorably discharged veterans of the uniformed services who have owned homes in the past can now buy houses using PHFA's bargain-rate loans. PHFA-financed loans generally run anywhere from one-half to one-and-a-half points lower than conventional mortgages.
Additional information, including participating lenders, program guidelines and limits, is available on the PHFA Web site, www.phfa.org, or by calling the toll-free mortgage hotline, 1-800-822-1174.
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J.J. Kelly, National Chairman, Veterans Affairs
Finally, for those of us who are veterans, be aware that by unanimous consent, the US Senate passed a bill (S. 1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen and woman not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag. U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla) said, "The salute is a form of honor and respect. Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to other citizens." Well done, Senator.
Groups collect old cell phones for soldiers
Luzerne County Veterans Affairs and Solid Waste Management are collecting cell phones for soldiers serving overseas.
Cell Phones may be dropped off beginning Feb. 13 at Luzerne County Courthouse, Solid Waste Management at 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre; Luzerne County Veterans Affairs Office at 77 Water St., Wilkes-Barre; Penn Place Annex at 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre; the Luzerne County Recreation Complex in Forty Fort or the Luzerne County Courthouse Hazleton Annex.
American Supports You: Postal Service Offers Discount
- Samantha L. Quigley, American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2008 - Military families have long used the U.S. Postal Service's flat-rate shipping boxes to send care packages around the globe. Beginning March 3, they'll get a price break.
The discount applies only to new "Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box," which normally carries a $12.95 price tag for shipping. However, when the 12-by-12-by-5.5-inch box is sent to an AFO or FPO address, a $2 discount applies, dropping the cost to $10.95.
"This is the first time the Postal Service has offered a special price for our armed forces serving overseas," said Postmaster General John Potter. "We're proud that family and friends will be able to use the new, larger-sized box to send much-appreciated packages from home to our dedicated troops overseas."
The new boxes will be available in post offices nationwide on March 3. Those who can't wait to start packing their boxes, however, can order them from www.usps.com/supplies beginning Feb. 20. They're also available by calling 1-800-610-8734.
Some of the new boxes carry the America Supports You logo. America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.
"It's terrific that the Postal Service continues to think of ways to help Americans support our troops and their families," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication, community relations and public liaison. "Postage is always a concern when shipping packages, and this new flat-rate box means our home-front groups and supportive citizens can do more with their resources.
"We're especially pleased that some of the boxes will bear the America Supports You logo, reminding our servicemembers that they have our nation's support," she added.
The boxes bearing the America Supports You logo will be available only online or at select psot offices near military bases. All flat-rate boxes are available for international shipping, though the discount applies only to the large flat-rate box, and only if it's being shipped to an APO or FPO address.
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