Military

VR&E

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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GI BILL

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

One part of being a service member is receiving the right benefits and compensation based on your experiences in the military, any disability you have, and any injuries you sustained. It is important for veterans to know what the VA disability benefits and compensation is all about. What is Veterans Disability Compensation? The disability compensation…

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military pay dates

List of Military Pay Dates 2023 [updated]

2023 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 2023 [updated]

USAA Pay Dates for Active Duty & Retirees for 2023 One benefit of being a USAA member is having funds available early. Find the standard military pay dates and USAA pay dates below. Receive Military Pay Early with USAA If you bank with USAA you can get paid early. Typically you will receive your pay…

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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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