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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


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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
Did you know?
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
What makes USBA different?
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
Jumpstart your 2012 taxes in February
1/22/2013
January is a good time to finally ...
1/6/2013
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12/17/2012
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12/2/2012
"Military Child of the Year" nominations due December 15th
11/15/2012
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11/1/2012
Veterans Day Facts that May Surprise You ... Including Freebies
10/16/2012
10 FREE Resources for Transitioning Veterans
10/2/2012
What Happens Next?
8/30/2012
What’s important about September?
8/28/2012
Transitioning? Use this Planning Checklist
8/14/2012
Leaving the military within next 18 months?
7/31/2012
Need help selecting life insurance?
7/18/2012
What makes Uniformed Services Benefit Association (USBA) different?
7/9/2012
Is “Enough” Really Enough?
5/7/2012
Members Share “Power of One” Benefits
4/20/2012
Before You Skip a Premium...
3/22/2012
Group Gives Life to Dying Ritual
3/22/2012
“Invisible Warriors”
9/27/2011
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7/13/2011
Need to Pay Your Premium?
7/30/2010
How USBA Life Insurance Claims Are Paid
3/7/2010
Leaving the Military: Sign up today for $5,000 No-Cost AD&D!
11/28/2009
USBA Debuts Long Term 20SM Year Group Life Insurance Plan
11/28/2009
Solid Financial Ratings Mean Solid Insurance Plans For You

 

2/1/2016
Military bases no longer accept driver’s licenses from 5 states

Driver&qts License Acceptance on Bases by StateU.S. military installations are no longer accepting Washington state, Minnesota, Illinois, New Mexico and Missouri driver’s licenses or state ID cards alone as proof of identity to obtain a base visitor’s pass.

These forms of ID are no longer accepted because they don’t comply with the 2005 REAL ID Act. Compliant licenses must have specific security features that prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication. Licenses also must present data in a common, machine-readable format.

Accepted forms of ID for getting a base visitor’s pass include a U.S. passport, any official ID card from any of the compliant states, Native American tribal documents, and any Defense Department or Federal ID card. VA identification cards, however, are not accepted.

According to the Department of Defense, “DoD policy allows commanders to waive the DoD access control requirements for special situations, circumstances, or emergencies. Therefore, installations may authorize other alternatives to facilitate installation access, such as for a graduation ceremony guest list, etc.”

Contact your local base with questions or for information about possible exceptions.

 


1/21/2016
Free assistance for job-seeking military transitioners

USBA Military to Civilian JobsHere’s a new year’s resolution for those transitioning out of the military in 2016. Before you start searching for work, decide what you really want from your new civilian job and career. Then focus your time and efforts accordingly.

Need some help finding that focus? USBA’s free white paper, “Determining Your Next Career Move,” helps you pinpoint what matters most to you by answering 6 simple questions. Sign up now to download it for free.

This fast-reading white paper and others are available at the USBA Military Jobs Center. Free registration gives you unlimited access to the entire library. Get help with everything from writing your resume and preparing for interviews to figuring out civilian salaries and evaluating job offers. Two of the most popular topics are “What Are You Worth in Today’s Civilian Market?” and “Basic Interview Training: Dos and Don’ts.” And there are many more. Register now and you’ll be notified as new white papers become available throughout 2016.

Also check out our USBA partner, Orion International. Orion is the nation’s largest military placement agency assisting transitioners in finding jobs in the civilian workforce. Orion offers career placement services—free of charge—to Enlisted Technicians, Noncommissioned Officers, Junior Military Officers, and Combat Arms Personnel from all branches of military service.


1/2/2016
Use military discounts to save on lift tickets, lodging and more

Discounts for military on skiing, lodging, transportationPlanning a ski vacation this winter? With some of the best snow skiing in the world right here in the U.S., military families can enjoy great skiing for less in places like Colorado, California, Utah, Vermont and more.

Use these military discounts to save on lift tickets, mountain lodging, ski lessons, clothing and equipment. Many are available to both active duty and retired military members. Some resorts—like Northern Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort—may even offer free skiing to military families.

Hit the Ski Slopes with Military Discounts from Military.com

First Tracks. Online Ski Discounts

Also visit your Navy, Marine Corps, Army or Air Force Exchange to see if discounts are available. You never know what you’ll find and they may have price matching.

Need a rental car, van or SUV as you head to the mountains? Use this USBA Member Special Offer from Hertz to save money on a rental. Reserve your vehicle online to save.



12/15/2015
Keep your life insurance beneficiary current

Remember to keep your life insurance beneficiaries current!Whether your life insurance is provided by USBA, SGLI, VGLI or another insurer, it’s important to review your beneficiary periodically to make sure your beneficiary information is current.

Your life insurance beneficiary is the person you designate to receive your insurance proceeds in the event of your death. It’s very important to make sure your beneficiary information is always up to date. This will make it easier for your family to file a claim and promptly receive benefit payment when needed.

It’s recommended you review your beneficiary information at least once a year to make sure everything is correct. Those with SGLI do this annually during their birthday month. Even if you have the same beneficiary, he or she may have moved. An annual review assures you capture any changes. And since work often slows down around the holidays, now may be a good time to do it.

Life events such as deployment, marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child may also trigger a review of your beneficiary information. Doing this now could save your family additional stress later at an already difficult time.


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