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9/15/2016
What military service members and Danica Patrick have in common


9/1/2016
Military veterans get help with PTSD from rescued wolves


8/15/2016
Benefits you may not know about for Veterans


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8/1/2016
Iraq and Afghan Vets: This may apply to you
7/15/2016
Medical and travel emergency assistance for USBA members
7/1/2016
DoD SkillBridge: Opening the doors to civilian jobs for transitioning military
6/15/2016
Military families visit national parks for free
6/1/2016
Honoring America’s Heroes-Memorial Day 2016 Recap
5/25/2016
Honoring the memory of our military veterans
5/9/2016
What’s the difference between term and whole life insurance?
4/15/2016
Beware of phishing scams targeting veterans
4/1/2016
A salute to all our military kids
3/15/2016
Calling all artists–enter the 2016 Veterans Day Poster contest
3/1/2016
New Deadlines! Tax time is just around the corner
2/15/2016
Protect your right to transfer your GI Bill with current benefits
2/1/2016
Military bases no longer accept driver’s licenses from 5 states
1/21/2016
Free assistance for job-seeking military transitioners
1/2/2016
Use military discounts to save on lift tickets, lodging and more
12/15/2015
Keep your life insurance beneficiary current
12/1/2015
Meaningful gifts for those serving in the military
11/16/2015
How to expand your civilian job opportunities with a master’s degree
11/2/2015
Veterans Day is November 11th
10/15/2015
Transitioning? Don’t forget life insurance
10/2/2015
Resources to help veterans address transition-related issues
9/15/2015
Transitioning Military Members: Get $5,000 no-cost AD&D insurance
9/1/2015
Transitioning veterans fly free to job interviews
8/17/2015
Review your life insurance using this 6-point checklist
8/1/2015
Why military personnel need to understand their credit scores
7/15/2015
You’ve earned your VA benefits—now use them
7/1/2015
Important DD 214 information for military veterans
6/15/2015
Military families get FREE annual pass to national parks
6/1/2015
Military Smokers: Get help quitting
5/16/2015
FREE white paper helps military transitioners in job search
5/1/2015
May is the 16th annual Military Appreciation Month
4/15/2015
Why now is the time to buy a home with a VA Loan
4/1/2015
Military Children Serve, Too!
3/17/2015
College scholarship exclusively for USBA families--Deadline is March 31st
3/4/2015
Veterans & Active Military: Get free help preparing your taxes
2/15/2015
Learn from veterans who’ve already transitioned
2/2/2015
What do life insurance and February 14th have in common?
1/16/2015
Free resources for military-to-civilian job seekers
1/6/2015
US Military Members: Are SGLI and VGLI enough?
12/16/2014
Transitioning? Active duty service members get extension to access MilConnect
12/1/2014
Share your holiday spirit with deployed US Military
11/15/2014
Leaving the military? Get 5 tips for job interviewing
11/1/2014
Thanking our military veterans this month
10/17/2014
Honoring deployed service members and their families
10/2/2014
Leaving the military? Make sure you meet MEC or it could cost you
9/15/2014
Get military discounts on consumer goods, tactical gear, sports events and more
9/4/2014
Who Do You Protect? Show us and you could win $500
9/1/2014
2014 USBA scholarship winners head to college
8/15/2014
Life Insurance for Military: Which of these apply to you?
8/1/2014
Who is eligible for USBA membership?
7/15/2014
5 tips for transitioning military who want to be entrepreneurs
7/1/2014
Vacation deals and discounts for military families
6/15/2014
Do you know when your SGLI ends?
6/3/2014
Military cuts ahead. USBA stands ready to help you.
4/22/2014
Unique life insurance protects two lives with one premium payment
4/11/2014
Important Announcement – Heart Bleed Virus
4/1/2014
April is Month of the Military Child
3/16/2014
Two kinds of insurance for military families
3/4/2014
PTSD isn’t a battle you want to fight alone
2/16/2014
Transitioning Out of Military? Here’s a throwback from Korea and Vietnam
2/3/2014
Getting ready to enter the civilian job market?
1/15/2014
2014 New Year’s Resolution: Find out if you have enough life insurance
1/3/2014
$2,000 college scholarship exclusively for USBA families
12/15/2013
Heading back-to-school after transitioning in 2014?
12/4/2013
Military vacation deals for the holidays
11/15/2013
Did you know USBA’s gone mobile?
11/1/2013
How are you observing Veterans Day 2013?
10/15/2013
Honoring those deployed and their families
10/1/2013
What recent changes in TRICARE mean
9/16/2013
Honoring Our Country’s Gold Star Mothers and Families September 29
9/2/2013
Transitioners: Get help figuring the civilian salary equivalent to your military pay
8/15/2013
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8/1/2013
Planning ahead helps your family later
7/15/2013
Need help paying for college for your child or spouse?
7/1/2013
Transitioning soon? Start your civilian job search here.
6/15/2013
Dreaming of a Disney Vacation? Special Summer Discount for Military Families
6/2/2013
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5/15/2013
Celebrate Memorial Day with USBA
5/1/2013
Planning a vacation? Check out the Armed Forces Recreation Centers
4/15/2013
How to know if you have enough life insurance
4/1/2013
April is “Month of the Military Child”
3/15/2013
Is long-term care insurance right for you?
3/1/2013
Why spouses need life insurance too
2/19/2013
If travel is on your radar, read this:
2/3/2013
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1/22/2013
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1/6/2013
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12/17/2012
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12/2/2012
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11/15/2012
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11/1/2012
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10/16/2012
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10/2/2012
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8/30/2012
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8/28/2012
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8/14/2012
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7/31/2012
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7/18/2012
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7/9/2012
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5/7/2012
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4/20/2012
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3/22/2012
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3/22/2012
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7/13/2011
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7/30/2010
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3/7/2010
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11/28/2009
USBA Debuts Long Term 20SM Year Group Life Insurance Plan
11/28/2009
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9/15/2016
What military service members and Danica Patrick have in common

Danica Patrick for Life Insurance Awareness MonthDanica Patrick and those in the military service both have risky jobs. Patrick built her career driving 200 mph as a NASCAR race car driver. You know firsthand the 24/7 risks of serving in the military.

This September Patrick is also serving as 2016 spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month. Her mission is personal. “Driving race cars is risky. Not having life insurance is riskier. It means leaving your loved ones to suffer financially if something happened to you.” And that’s something her family knows about firsthand. Both of Patrick’s parents lost their fathers when they were teens. Neither father had life insurance. Patrick’s mom was one of five kids and remembers her own mom—Patrick’s grandmother—having to sell most of the family farm to pay the bills. Watch Patrick share her story.

Patrick’s message is simple. Don’t take the unnecessary risk of leaving those counting on you without the money they’ll need if something happens to you. If you’re retired military or about to transition out of military service, make sure you have life insurance to provide for your loved ones. Your SGLI ends 120 days after you leave the service.

Use this life insurance calculator to estimate how much financial protection your family needs. Then check out USBA’s affordable life insurance plans. We’ve got coverage for you, your spouse, even your children.

 


9/1/2016
Military veterans get help with PTSD from rescued wolves

Veterans with PTSD getting wolf therapy

Among the millions of Americans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are many veterans who have transitioned out of the service. PTSD symptoms vary from flashbacks and nightmares to night sweats, nausea, even severe depression. If you or someone you know has PTSD, help is available. Treatments range from traditional to alternative therapies.

One alternative therapy currently used to treat veterans with PTSD is the Warriors and Wolves program at Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC). Located in Frazier Park, California, this program encourages veterans to bond with rescued wolves and abused wolf dogs. Co-founders Navy veteran Matt Simmons and clinical psychologist Dr. Lorin Lindner believe working with rescued animals helps those with PTSD heal.

As a Desert Storm veteran who suffered from PTSD, Simmons knows from experience this type of eco-therapy works. Simmons volunteered in a therapy program that brought traumatized veterans together with traumatized exotic birds. The experience changed Simmons’ life for the better.

Veterans participating in Warriors and Wolves are LARC employees and volunteers who participate in stream-bed restoration projects and care for rescued wolves and wolf dogs permanently living at LARC. Similar to combat veterans suffering from PTSD, these animals are outsiders too often misunderstood. The inner turmoil the veterans and wolves experience bonds them. The result is a healing process that leads to a sense of belonging.

While PTSD symptoms usually start soon after a traumatic event, they may not occur for months or even years after being in combat. If you know someone who may suffer from PTSD, encourage him or her to get help today.

Photo credit: Jennifer Dallas

 


8/15/2016
Benefits you may not know about for Veterans

Check on U.S. State Veteran BenefitsWhile most people know about federal benefits available to U.S. military veterans, not everyone is familiar with the valuable benefits offered by individual states. If you don’t know about the benefits available in your state, it’s time to find out.

State benefits for veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and National Guard range from free hunting and fishing licenses to free college, exemption from paying state income tax on retirement pay, employment assistance, and distinctive state license plates.

All it takes is a minute to check out this summary of veteran’s benefits by state or territory. It could save you money and improve your quality of life.

Find your state.


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