Happy Holidays, You Well-Dressed Palooka, You!

Tis The Season“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” so put your shopping list together: Neiman Marcus can make it one-stop shopping for the man in your life

By Harry Besharet

No holiday, save Bastille Day, presents us with a greater opportunity to express our love for friends and family. Love is expressed in so many ways: double sawbucks, underwear and socks, toys and video games, slippers and shoes, Chicago cutlery, a box of Cubans.
Or some very nice clothes from Loro Piana, whose work is available at Neiman-Marcus.
Here are a few items and prices for the Twelve Days of Christmas (lyrics not included):
1. Cashmere pullover, $2395.
2. Baby cashmere, half-zip sweater, $1395.
3. Baby cashmere scarf, $995.
4. Leather gloves with cashmere lining, $595.
5. Quilted storm system jacket, $3995.
6. Cashmere storm system baseball cap, $385.
7. Andre denim button down shirt, $485.
8. Five pocket denim jeans, $615.
9. Diamond straight leg pants, $535.
10. Pebbled leather driving shoes (white), $425.
11. Cashmere and silk plaid sport coat, $3695.
12. Two-button check jacket, $3695.

VA Expands Fry Scholarship to Surviving Spouses of Servicemembers Who Died on Active Duty

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Expansion of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits is part of Veterans Choice Act Legislation

Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).

Specifically, Section 701 of the Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Prior to this expansion, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit.

“We can never fully repay the debt we owe to these families who have lost a loved one,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “It is a privilege to provide educational benefits that will make a positive difference in their lives.”

The Fry Scholarship was created to honor Sergeant John David Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas. Sergeant Fry had one week left in his tour in Iraq in 2006, when he volunteered to continue working for seven more hours disarming explosive devices, despite having already sustained an injury to his hand. He made the ultimate sacrifice on March 8, 2006, in Anbar province, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated. He left behind a widow and three young children.

The Fry Scholarship will entitle eligible spouses to up to 36 months of the full, 100-percent level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which includes a tuition-and-fee payment, a monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies. Some spouses currently eligible for or already receiving benefits under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program may now be eligible for the Fry Scholarship. All surviving spouses eligible for DEA and the Fry Scholarship must make an irrevocable election for terms beginning on or after January 1, 2015.

VA will identify surviving spouses eligible for both programs and send them a letter with comparative information on the benefits available and instructions on how make an election. Information about these two programs is available on VA’s website and the GI Bill website (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill). The VA call center (888-GIBILL-1) also will be able to help individuals understand the differences between the two programs.

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