GI Bill Benefits Are Tax-Free

March 30, 2011 | Terry Howell

With tax season in full swing, the one thing 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 … [Read more...]

Tillman Scholarship

March 30, 2011 | Terry Howell

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 … [Read more...]

Still No News on Military Pay

March 29, 2011 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has offered legislation known as the 'Ensuring Pay for Our Military Act' which would effectively guarantee military pay will continue, in the in the event of a … [Read more...]

COLA Likely to Return in 2012

March 29, 2011 | Terry Howell

Our friends at the Military Officers Association of America maintain a constant watch on the factors that determine the cost of living adjustment for military retirement pay, VA compensation and … [Read more...]

More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits

March 27, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

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 same politicians appear more than … [Read more...]

Nasty Collection Agency Tricks

March 25, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

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 facts straight and avoid digging a deeper … [Read more...]

Resources for Troops and Families in Japan

March 25, 2011 | Terry Howell

TRICARE Resources for Japan-Based Beneficiaries (From TRICARE) TRICARE beneficiaries affected by the situation in Japan are being assured by TRICARE that their health care benefits will be … [Read more...]

Another Stop-Loss Pay Deadline Extension

March 24, 2011 | Terry Howell

Once again the deadline for applying for stop-loss special pay has been extended. This means that eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries have until April 8, 2011 to apply for … [Read more...]

Shutdown’s Impact on Vets Still Unknown

March 23, 2011 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: I recently spoke to a congressional staff member who confirmed that military retirees and veterans receiving monthly GI Bill or comp and pen payments are already protected from the affects … [Read more...]

Some Vets Get Chance at Medical Retirement

March 19, 2011 | Terry Howell

Roughly 70,000 veterans who were given a medical separation between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 have the chance to have their separations reviewed and possibly upgraded to a medical … [Read more...]

Does Shutdown Mean No Pay for Military?

March 16, 2011 | Terry Howell

Fueled by recent reports that the DoD would not be sending military paychecks if the government shuts down, many servicemembers are growing fearful about their financial future. … [Read more...]

Veteran Jobless Rates Troubling

March 14, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

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 is over 20 percent while … [Read more...]