What Type of Military Discharge Qualifies for VA Benefits?

Updated April 29 2024: The Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its approval policies to cover other-than honorable discharges and similar military discharges that previously did not qualify for VA healthcare benefits. If you applied in the past but were denied benefits due to the nature of your military discharge, apply for benefits again as…

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Retiree and Annuitant Pay 2023

When will Retirees and Annuitants get paid in 2023? If you are on active duty, you get paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. You can see the list of Military Pay Dates here. However, what about if you are a retiree or an annuitant? And who gets that type of pay? Retirement…

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Veteran Readiness & Employment: A VA Education and Training Benefit

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a program to certain disabled service members. Known as the Veteran Readiness and Employment program, this is an important education and training benefit for anyone with a 10% VA disability rating or higher. This program is also known informally as VR&E or Chapter 31 benefits, isn’t as well known…

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VA Education benefits

VA Education Benefits Under The National Call-To-Service Program

Have you performed a period of national service by joining the military under the VA National Call To Service program or NCS? You may qualify for VA education benefits through NCS. This program is intended for those who need an alternative to the Montgomery GI Bill, and is offered under specific qualifying circumstances, as we’ll…

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Cost-of-Living Increases For Montgomery GI Bill, Dependent Education Benefits

If you are attending classes on the Montgomery GI Bill or the VA Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, you will see an increase in your monthly payments starting in October 2022, thanks to the annual Cost of Living Adjustment or COLA. COLA changes for the Post 9/11 GI Bill are already in effect, those…

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healthcare after military

Healthcare After Active Military & TRICARE after Separation

If you are getting out of the military sometime soon, you need to understand what will happen with your healthcare, and what your options are. You won’t be able to keep TRICARE, at least in its current form, forever. Here are your healthcare options after the military. Healthcare After The Military There are different options…

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TSP Retirement Fund

How to Maximize Your TSP Retirement Fund

Maximizing Your Thrift Savings Plan Retirement Fund All government employees are uniquely positioned to set themselves up for a great retirement. How? Through the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP offers the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations provide their employees under their 401-K plans. (Learn the full ins and…

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Va Disability Insurance

VA Disability Benefits, Payments, and Pay Rates Chart

When you serve in the military, you may apply for VA compensation for service-connected medical issues you deal with during your military career and sometimes even after you’ve retired or separated. Here’s what you need to know about the Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Disability Compensation Benefit. >> Please visit our page on 2023 and…

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military pay dates

List of Military Pay Dates 2024 [updated]

2024 List of Military Pay Dates Typically while serving in the military you are paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. However, due to weekends and holidays, the actual military pay dates may vary. Paydays can fall on any day of the week, depending on the month. Check closely to know when you…

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USAA Pay Dates

USAA Military & Retiree Pay Days 2024

Want to get paid early? One benefit of being a USAA member is having your pay available early. Find and compare the military pay dates with USAA’s early military pay dates.

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thrift savings plan

Thrift Savings Plan: Everything You Need to Know

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees. The plan is also available for members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. The Thrift Savings Plan was established by Congress in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986.  The TSP offers the same type of savings…

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blended retirement system

Blended Retirement System (BRS): An Overview

The Blended Retirement System (BRS) was created with the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. What is the Blended Retirement System? The BRS is a new military retirement system. The new system blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution benefit. This benefit is applied to the service member’s Thrift Savings Plan…

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