Eight Essential Tips to Help You Land a VA Loan

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Buying a home using your hard-earned VA loan benefits can be one of the most rewarding financial experiences of your life. Continue reading

Free Tax Filing and Preparation for Military Members

 

 

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One of the little known benefits of being in the military is access to free tax filing and preparation services. There are several options for military personnel to file their taxes for free, including free tax preparation assistance on base, and free tax prep software you can use online to file your taxes. Ryan Guina of the Military Wallet has some suggestions. Continue reading

Specially Adapted Housing Grants for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

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Are you a Veteran with a severe service-connected disability that affects your mobility? Do you know someone who is? If you answered “Yes” to either question, then you or someone you know may be eligible for the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program that is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The SAH program helps certain severely-disabled Veterans and Service members purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to create a barrier-free-living environment. VA offers two grant programs: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. Continue reading

Protected Veteran Status Rights – Can Employers Discriminate Against Disabled Veterans?

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While the unemployment rate for veterans is getting better, there are still many who struggle with discrimination in the workplace against veterans for one reason or another. Protected Veteran Status Rights are important to understand when applying for positions and if you feel that you are being discriminated against. Continue reading

Thrift Savings Plan Rollover – How to Transfer your TSP into an IRA

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Many transitioning personnel have established Thrift Savings Plans (TSP’s)and may transfer them into an IRA if they choose to do so. There are many pros and cons to doing so, and you must consider the options very carefully before making a final decision. Continue reading

Can the VA Reduce Your Disability Benefits?

 

 

 

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As more and more veterans struggle with disability claims and compensation issues, I am often asked “Can the VA reduce my disability benefits”? The VA can request a reexamination of your disability to see if it still exists and determine whether or not they should maintain the original rating. Continue reading

Questions about Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

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The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) can be a confusing situation and difficult to understand. The Department of Defense has highlighted several frequently asked questions that may make it easier to understand BAH. The article highlights the following questions and provides links to other sites that more fully explain BAH. Continue reading

Veteran Resource Locator Available Online

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There are a multitude of resources available for veterans in their search for help with issues from suicide prevention and crisis assistance to compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, home loans, death benefits, employment, and disability. Continue reading

TRICARE Pharmacy Changes Coming October 1st

 

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Beginning October 1st, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries except active duty personnel to get selected brand name drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home delivery or a military pharmacy. Those using a retail pharmacy will be required to pay the full cost of the prescription. Continue reading

Legislation would let Vets use their G.I. Bill to start a business

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After WWII 49% of the returning veterans started their own businesses triggering one of the greatest eras in our country’s economic expansion. If pending legislation is approved, veterans who want to start their own business would be able to use their G.I. Bill benefits to start a business if they chose not to use them for education Continue reading