Benefits

VA Loan Eligibility and Service Requirements

Getting approved for a VA home loan can be a lengthy, confusing, and frustrating process. When you’re in the midst of it, it can feel like you’re a show dog, being forced to jump through hoops. ..

What Buyers Need to Know About VA Loans and Condos

Condos can be a great fit for military buyers, especially for those frequently on the go. You ..

Retiree Dental Insurance

Retirees and their dependents can get dental care using the Office of Personnel Management’s..

2019 Military Pay Charts

The tables below reflect the monthly base pay for all military members, while our military pay..

CHAMPVA Eligibility

CHAMPVA Eligibility To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you can't be eligible for TRICARE and you mu..

What Happens If You Drop A Class Using The GI Bill

To understand what happens if you drop a class look at it this way: Uncle Sam is paying you m..

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, provides financial and legal protection for activ..

The Home Buying Process For Veterans

Buying Process In most cases, you need to follow these steps to get a VA home loan. Eligibili..

Read This: Must-Dos for Separating

You've made the decision. Now it's time to make the most of it. There's a list of tasks to acco..

Overview of Veterans Affairs Benefits

You served. Now let the Department of Veterans Affairs serve you by helping you live life to th..

Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance

The Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) program is designed to provide financial protectio..

6 Unbeatable Benefits of VA Loans

Created before the close of World War II, the VA home loan benefit has helped millions of veter..

Saving for Retirement with a Guarantee

It is America's dirty little secret: we are spenders, not savers. Everyday the headlines te..

Retired Military Pay Increases

Military retirement pay is one of the top three benefits of military service along with medical..

Leaving the Military? Check Your Health Coverage

In many ways, it seems like only yesterday that I made the decision to take off my uniform and ..

Help for Military Spouses Going Back to School

A college degree may lead to better job opportunities and better pay. In fact, earning a bachel..

Overview of Veterans Affairs Benefits

You served. Now let the Department of Veterans Affairs serve you by helping you live life to th..

Surviving Family Benefits

Next of kin members are offered several forms of compensation. These include Dependent Indemnit..

Benefits of a VA Loan in Today’s Market

Contrary to what many Americans think, it's a very good time for servicemembers to refinance or..

Retirement Planning for All Ages

With the average life expectancy 30 years longer today than it was 100 years ago, saving adequa..

Military Disability Retirement

You may have heard about people getting out of the military with a disability retirement. We wi..

VA Family Caregiver Program

VA provides several benefits to caregivers of some severely injured veterans. A caregiver ca..

What Service Members Should Know When Choosing a College

Thinking about college? You already have the discipline it takes to pursue higher education. Fr..

Military Education Programs

Marine Corps Education Programs The Marine Corps Lifelong Learning Programs provides policie..

Veteran Benefits – Burial Allowance

VA burial allowances are cash allowances paid to an eligible veteran's family to help defray bu..

Starting the Loan Application Process

Now that you've determined that you are eligible you can begin the loan application process. Th..

GI Bill Pays For Tests

You can use your GI Bill to pay for nationally approved tests such as: SAT (Scholastic Ass..

2018 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and depe..

Steps to Filling Your TRICARE TMOP Prescription

Steps to Filling Your TRICARE TMOP Prescription Step 1: Register to use the TMOP. The first ..

An Overview of Retiree Restrictions

Retirees should not engage in personal or professional activities which are incompatible with t..

Social Security: Things To Think About Before Applying For Disability Benefits

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. We’re here for you if the unexpected..

Transitional Compensation: Help for Victims of Abuse

Victims of abuse can feel isolated and discouraged. For the families of military service member..

Vision Insurance For Military Families

Frustrated by the lack of vision coverage, and sometimes limiting and expensive dental coverage..

Protect Yourself from Predatory Lenders

The Bottom Line - Payday loans can be a debt-trap for military service members, with many pred..

VA Loan Closing Costs: An Added Benefit

Besides the advantage of requiring no down payment for qualified VA borrowers, there's also a d..

Using Your VA Loan as an Investment

We sometimes get asked by our loan candidates about if they can use their VA loan as an inves..

Army Tuition Assistance

The Army offers Soldiers several programs to support their education goals including 100% Tuiti..

8 Ways To Find A Job With Better Benefits

The U.S. job market is not at its best — with some forecasts pointing toward continuing unemp..

The Army Continuing Education System

Like the other military branches, the Army offers its members great opportunities to get a coll..

Overseas Housing Allowances

Many overseas military bases are located in high-cost areas. Add to this the fact that housing ..

All About Addiction

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive substance seeking ..

U.S. Family Health Plan

One TRICARE Prime option, called U.S. Family Health Plan is available to eligible persons who l..

VA Cash Out Refinance

An existing VA mortgage, just like any other mortgage, can be refinanced. A refinance is simply..

Military Pay Allotments

An allotment is a designated amount of money that is automatically distributed for you, from yo..

Understanding Military Retirement Pay

Military retirement pay is intended to recognize the selfless dedication to a career in the mil..

Montgomery GI Bill Rates

The Montgomery GI Bill pays you a set benefit based on the number of classes you are taken, thi..

GI Bill Rates for Reserve and National Guard

The monthly rates for the reserve GI Bill change each October, based on government calculations..

Financial Planning for Survivors

The loss of a loved one is difficult - the time after such a loss, even more so. Waves of deni..

GI Bill Rates Increase for 2018

Every year GI Bill rates increase based on the average increase of the price of higher educatio..

VA Benefits: Disability Compensation

Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or..

Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

The following guide will help you determine if you are eligible and how to apply for the the De..

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is a VA education benefit program designed to..

Basic Allowance for Housing Helps You Get A Loan

As an active duty service member, you’re probably aware that you’re eligible for a basic al..

Get Your Child the Right Start With Sure Start

Sure Start is a Department of Defense Education Activity program for command-sponsored children..

Help Pay For School With The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher out-of-state, private, or graduate sc..

Benefits For “Gray-Area” Military Retirees

Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to co..

How To Finance Your Education While Overseas

While it may seem like a lot to earn a graduate degree — both in terms of finances and time ..

VA Loans – Benefits, Eligibility & Applying

What Is a VA Loan? A VA loan is a mortgage loan that’s backed by the Department of Veteran..

An Overview Of Social Security

Social Security's retirement program has been a basic part of American life for more than 65 ye..

Veteran Burial Allowance

VA burial allowances are cash allowances paid to an eligible veteran's family to help defray bu..

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is an important part of the recovery process for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) ..

Military Retirement: Do You Have This Covered?

Transitioning to civilian life is just like everything else in military life. Doing it successf..

6 Facts On Military Retirement Pay

Moving from active duty pay to military retirement pay can bring some surprises.  It’s a lot..

Basic Allowance for Subsistence

BAS is a continuation of the military tradition of providing room and board (or rations) as par..

VA Home Loan: Do You Have What it Takes?

In order to obtain a VA home loan, you must first get a VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibili..

TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program

The TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program provides private sector dental care to ensure dental hea..

Social Security Online Puts You In Control

Taking control of your future is the first step in planning a long and happy retirement. Socia..

Montgomery GI Bill Rates

The Montgomery GI Bill pays you a set benefit based on the number of classes you are taken, thi..

Credit Requirements for VA Loans Explained

In the past when a veteran wanted to use the VA home loan benefit in order to buy and finance a..

Military’s Blended Retirement System

Q: How is the military retirement system going to change? A: The National Defense Authorizat..

Tuition Assistance ‘Top-Up’ Program

Top-Up is a program that allows GI Bill participants to use the GI Bill to supplement the tuiti..

Get Answers On Your VA Home Loan Questions

Why get a VA loan over other types? Simply put, a VA Home loan allows qualified buyers the opp..

5 Tips to Invest Now and Relax Later

It is important to plan for the future today, including knowing how and where you should invest..

4 Common VA Loan Myths

VA home loans are among the strongest benefits that veterans can easily access, but there are a..

TRICARE Young Adult Select

TRICARE Young Adult Select is a health care program for young adults between the ages of 21 - ..

Veterans Pension Rates For 2018

If you are a wartime veteran with a limited income and you are no longer able to work, you may ..

Free Money for School – Pell Grants

Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student financial aid, which can be added with ot..

10 Things Many Borrowers Don’t Know About VA Loans

For the vast majority of military borrowers, VA loans represent the most powerful lending progr..

TRICARE Plan Finder

Plan Finder The Plan Finder helps you understand which TRICARE health plan options you may..

Veterans Able To Schedule VA Appointments Online

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will join the rest of the internet when they unveil rea..

7 Things to Know About the Military’s New Retirement Plan

President Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on November ..

State & Federal Programs For Seniors

Providing Insight Into State & Federal Programs For Seniors Elder Resource Benefits Consul..

Military Spouse Education Benefits

Military Spouse Education Benefits The military, government, schools, and private organization..

Have Questions About Military Pay

Military Pay Agency Addresses Have a general question about active duty or retired pay rates? ..

VA Hearing and Vision Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs will ensure access to audiology and eye care services in..

Military Pay and Pensions

Pay Tables and More To find the latest news on military pay and benefits, including pay tabl..

VA Home Loans

Purchase & Cash-Out Refinance Home Loans With a Purchase Loan, VA can help you purchase a..

Types Of TRICARE Plans

Health Plans TRICARE offers several different health plans. All plans meet or exceed ..

Benefits For Elderly Veterans

Elderly Veterans According to the 2012 U.S. Census brief, Veterans age 65 or older numbered in..

Getting Money For School

Veterans Benefits The U.S. government offers several programs that provide vets with mon..

How To Stretch Your Military Retirement Pay

Years before you hang up your uniform and leave active-duty military service, you will need to ..

Types Of Military Pay

There are various types of pay. Basic pay is received by all and is the main component of an in..

Veteran’s Medical Benefits Package

A standard enhanced health benefits plan is generally available to all enrolled veterans. Like ..

Best Places To Get Help With Veteran Benefits

Do Need Help Finding The Best Veteran Benefits? Getting help with veteran benefits isn’t all..

Deciding On Career and Education

Step One: Choose Your Career Path Wisely In today's job market the type of degree can make a..

How To Get Military Advance Pay

The purpose of advance pay is to give funds to a member to meet extraordinary expenses inci..

How To Enroll In TRICARE

Tricare is a health insurance program available to veterans, and it comes in four varieties: Tr..

Helpful VA Videos

Veteran-Focused Videos VA Specially Adaptive Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans and Wounded ..

Health Care Coverage Options For Military Veterans

If you're enrolled in TRICARE or the Veterans health care program, you're considered cove..

How To Compute Retired Military Pay Benefits

The military retirement can be very confusing to understand and calculate. Depending on when yo..

Navigating Veteran Health Care

Post-military life can be a flood of decisions, from finding a new career to choosing how, or i..

TRICARE & The Affordable Care Act

TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act requires you to maintain basic h..

2018 Thrift Savings Plan Contribution Limits

The 2018 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution limits have been announced.  These tax-advanta..