Veteran Benefits

Disabled Veterans May Get Expanded Retirement Benefits

A bipartisan push in Congress could provide nearly 42,000 combat-injured veterans with expanded retirement benefits.  They would be eligible to receive both disability compensation and retired pay. The bill, if passed, would allow disabled veterans who were medically retired before serving 20 years to receive their full military benefits. 

Defense Budget Updates for 2021

Defense Budget Updates for 2021: What It Means For You

NDAA 2021: Defense Budget Updates for Pay, Travel, Healthcare, TRICARE and More The William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395), was finally passed at the onset of the New Year, January 1st, after having been vetoed by former President Trump. Both the Senate and the US House of Representatives… Read more »

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VA Benefits for Family Members, Survivors, and Family Caregivers

Do you know about all of the VA benefits you and your loved ones may qualify for? This list can help you make sure you’re not missing out on health care, life insurance, or financial assistance. If you’re receiving benefits, there are resources to help you learn more about how to manage those benefits.

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Top 10 Most Affordable States for Veterans

Whether you retired out of the military or separated before retirement you will want to make sure to live in a state where your money will go far. So, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 most affordable states to live after your military service.

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VA Begins COVID-19 Vaccination

Vaccinating a huge population, like veterans, requires strategic planning and collaboration between organizations to ensure the vaccines are distributed safely and effectively. The VA released a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to do just that in Dec 2020. Important aspects of this plan are summarized in the following article.

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Where Should Veterans Choose to Live After the Military

Deciding where to live and work after transitioning out of the military can be an overwhelming process especially if you haven’t decided which state to live in. We have put together some factors for you to consider. Setting yourself up to make sure your money goes further and living in a state that has veteran employment programs as well as companies willing to hire veterans will help the transition from military life to civilian life.

VA Partners with Fitbit to provide veterans with Fitbit Premium for Free

VA, Fitbit Partner to Bring Veterans Free Year of Fitbit Premium

In Jan of 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership with Fitbit in an effort to support Veteran health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will provide eligible veterans, caregivers and VA staff with access to Fitbit programs and services to help manage stress, improve sleep, and increase physical activity during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

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VA Auto Allowance for Adaptive Equipment

Allowance for Auto with Adaptive Equipment from VA Few things diminish your freedom and independence like being unable to drive.  If a service-related (service-connected) disability has impacted your ability to drive, you may be eligible for an allowance to buy adaptive equipment designed to help you get back on the road.  Find out if you… Read more »

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Military Benefits Changes for 2021

Military and veterans’ benefits changes that have been announced for 2021 for TRICARE, military pay, BAH, BAS, COLA, Social Security, TSP and more!

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Veterans’ Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Lawsuit

The eras of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has led to an increase of veterans with mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And since Sept. 11, 2001, over 150,000 soldiers have been discharged from the Army with a less-than-honorable discharge. By receiving these discharges, these veterans no longer have access to government benefits that would help them with their mental health. Instead of assistance, many veterans have faced unemployment, substance abuse, or homelessness. A new lawsuit hopes to provide some of them with upgraded discharge statuses to get them the help and services they need.

Free Entry to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families

National Parks Now Free for Veterans and Gold Star Families

The federal government, as of Veterans Day 2020, will grant free access to National Parks and other federal lands to veterans and Gold Star Families. Entrance fees and standard recreation fees will be waived allowing them access to 2,000 locations under a new initiative from the Department of Interior.

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8 States with Underused Outdoor Recreation Benefits for Veterans

If you are a member of the military community, and you love hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation, then you do not want to miss these awesome state benefits! The following states report that these state benefits are the most unused each year.

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4 States to Find Untapped Land & Housing Benefits

If you are a veteran and you are from, or live in, one of the following states, then you may have overlooked some really great state benefits dealing with land and housing.

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These 4 States Offer Licensing Benefits for Veterans

The following three states have programs for veterans that either revolve around occupational licensing or veteran designations on their drivers licenses. Unfortunately, many veterans are not taking advantage of them. Take a look.

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New Bill to Benefit Disabled Veterans Awaiting Presidential Signature

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020 Legislation aimed at increasing benefits for disabled veterans passed through the Senate and is now awaiting President Trump to sign it into law. Bi-Partisan Bill Introduced and Championed by Veterans, Elaine Luria and Mike Bost H.R. 6168, Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act of 2020, was first… Read more »

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Overlooked Financial Benefits for Veterans in These 6 States

I don’t know about you, but it seems like we can all use some help these days. With the pandemic still affecting huge swaths of our country, money has been tight. For this reason, I’d like to call your attention to 6 states that offer overlooked financial benefits to their resident veterans.

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Veterans Advantage & Legacy Deliver Fertility Benefits

On Aug 11, Veterans Advantage announced a partnership with Legacy, an international company specializing in male fertility, to offer a 25% discount on their core products which can help our nation’s veterans protect their opportunity for future parenthood. Male fertility can be impacted by one’s lifestyle, and we know that life in the military is not easy. Taking steps to improve and preserve fertility is important as many couples are waiting longer to have children.

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Free Yoga for Veterans

Did you know that yoga has the potential to improve chronic low back pain, PTSD symptoms, and insomnia? As a veteran, you likely have access to free classes and can benefit from yoga – which may aid your general well-being even if you don’t suffer from back pain or PTSD.

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VA Partnership to Expand Lung Cancer Screenings

The VA recently announced a new partnership to increase awareness and expand resources for lung cancer screening for veterans. This is big news because cancer is more prevalent among veterans than the general population.

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Outdoor Recreation for Veterans: Free and Discounted Options

There are endless lists of free programs and discounts related to outdoor recreation for veterans and their families. Spending time outdoors and in nature can be of great value for veterans and service members in transition.