March 2011

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GI Bill Benefits Are Tax-Free

The tax season in full swing, thankfully GI Bill users don’t have to worry about is paying taxes on their GI Bill benefits. In fact none of the education benefits for servicemembers, veterans and their families are taxable.


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Tillman Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Tillman Military Scholars program. The program helps active and veteran servicemembers and their families cover the financial burden of completing a college degree or certification program.


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Still No News on Military Pay

It is not normally my practice to continue to report there is “no news” on a given subject, but the questions keep coming – about as quickly as the misinformation – on the subject of the government shutdown and military (both retirement and active duty) pay.



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More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits

Seems like a week can’t go by without hearing some new deficit reduction planwith veterans’ benefits in the crosshairs of politicians. All the while, these…


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Nasty Collection Agency Tricks

With Fed shutdowns and benefits in limbo, many veterans may have run-ins with a collection agency or two. Don’t be embarrassed. Here’s how to get your…







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Veteran Jobless Rates Troubling

For two years, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have experienced unemployment numbers much higher than the national average for non-veterans, ages 18-24. Currently, the trend…



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Loophole Impacts Reserve Early Retirement

Pentagon lawyers have interpreted a technicality in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act in a way that will make it harder for Guard and Reserve members to earn time toward early retirement.



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Bank Cuts Rates and Principle for Military

The Bof A plan, which will go into effect this April, will offer principle forgiveness – cutting the balance on home loans “to as low as 100 percent of the current market value.”


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President: Stop-Loss Pay Not a Trap

According to the Pentagon, sending personal letters, posting fliers, making Facebook posts and Tweets begging troops to file stop-loss pay claims have not worked – they can’t seem…