Category Archives: Legal Issues


ANALYSIS: Disasters are going to cost you more

  Editor’s note: Tom Janis is the Emergency Manager at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. This is his contribution and analysis.   Imagine there was widespread damage from a natural catastrophe while serving overseas and the U.S. Army refused to pay or render aid. Unfathomable? Well, get ready Army.   Effective…

July 1st, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Safety & Security Bytes

Deadline to transfer GI Bill benefits is July 12

  Original article by Devon L. Suits, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — Soldiers with over 16 years of service who want to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill to a dependent must do so before July 12, or risk losing the ability to transfer education benefits.   Last year, the…

June 19th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, School News

Army lengthens tours for Soldiers in Europe, Japan

    By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service   WASHINGTON — The Army is adding a year to overseas tours for some Soldiers heading to Europe and Japan, as part of an effort to boost readiness and reduce moves. Under the new policy, which applies to permanent change-of-station orders published…

June 12th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News

How to receive emergency assistance from American Red Cross

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — American Red Cross assists military members, civilians and their families in the event of an emergency, unexpected illness or death in the family, via emergency communication.   “The emergency communication process is certainly one of the most important and discernible services we provide, but there are…

May 11th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Kinder surprise eggs still banned in U.S.

USEUCOM Customs Executive Agency News Release   WIESBADEN, Germany — People who are thinking of sending chocolate eggs stateside this Easter should be aware of the U.S. Customs regulation banning Kinder Surprise eggs from import to the U.S.   “U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will remove Kinder Surprise chocolate…

April 13th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Things You Didn't Know

Schedule POV inspection appointments online

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — All CAC holders can sign up for a Privately Owned Vehicle inspection appointments at the U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria transportation page at https://home.army.mil/bavaria/index.php/vehicleregistration.    Vehicle Inspection Online Appointment   Customers should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their appointment time and bring a copy…

April 10th, 2019 Legal Issues, News

All you need to know about the German ‘TV tax’ and how to avoid it

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — There are a few things you should know about the mandatory German radio, TV and internet fee, generally referred to as “TV tax,” and how to obtain a waiver for the payment if you are in Germany under the SOFA agreement.   The Rundfunkbeitrag, or TV…

April 3rd, 2019 Legal Issues, Things You Didn't Know

DFAS explains civilian relocation tax changes

  By Mary Davis, USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Public Affairs   SEMBACH KASERNE, Germany — The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 made the majority of government civilian employee relocation entitlements taxable, causing some concern and confusion over what elements would be taxed.   The Defense Finance and Accounting…

March 14th, 2019 Legal Issues, News

Sell your car: A guide to POV disposal in USAG Bavaria

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria wants to help you, the community member, understand the proper process and procedures to dispose of your privately owned vehicles.   To reduce the number of abandoned vehicles across USAG Bavaria, here’s how to conveniently and legally get rid of your POV.…

February 12th, 2019 Legal Issues, News, Questions

New guidance on taxable moving expenses for civilians

  Courtesy Story by 21st Theater Sustainment Command   KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Additional information on the taxation of moving expenses for civilian employees is now available that changes guidance issued last year. As previously reported, many moving benefits paid or reimbursed by an employer are now taxable to the relocating…

February 8th, 2019 Legal Issues, News