Important Announcement â€“ Heart Bleed Virus
On April 7, 2014, the National Cyber Awareness System announced a recently-discovered vulnerability within the widely used web encryption technology referred to as “OpenSSL.” USBA is aware of the Heart Bleed Virus and has taken steps to evaluate whether there is an impact. Our investigation concludes that this vulnerability does not impact our website because our encryption libraries do not use the OpenSSL library that is the source of the vulnerability. Furthermore, our servers do not use the ‘heartbeat’ extension.
We have worked with our critical business partners (hardware, software, security) to ensure that the necessary measures are in place to prevent any compromise to our systems. As part of our normal process, we will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the security community and our technology partners. Helping protect your personal and financial information is one of our top priorities.
April is Month of the Military Child
Each April, our country honors the strength, courage, and resiliency of our military children by celebrating Month of the Military Child. With so many moms and dads away from their families protecting our freedoms, this month of awareness is one small way Americans can acknowledge the important role military children play in the Armed Forces community.
Established in 1986 by Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger, this special month underscores the personal sacrifice of approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years. USBA salutes each one of you!
In the last 28 years, military installations, organizations, and communities have created special events paying tribute to these junior military heroes. To help you celebrate Month of the Military Child, you can locate events and planned activities in your area using the “state search” at Operation Military Kids.
If you don’t find things going on in your immediate area, don’t worry. The solution is simple. Pick a date and have your son, daughter, or grandchild choose how he or she wants to spend the day. Regardless of how you fill the hours, make sure each child understands the day is meant to honor and celebrate him or her—the military child.
You’re also encouraged to visit our USBA Facebook page and post a favorite memory of sharing military life with your child or children. Or share a personal tip for helping military kids acclimate after moving to a new base. We would love to hear from you.
Two kinds of insurance for military families
What do life insurance and getting a college degree have in common? Whether you’re in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, life insurance and a degree can help provide financial security for military families. And if you’re transitioning out of military service any time soon, both may be on your radar.
For information about getting affordable life insurance protection to replace your SGLI after you transition and your SGLI runs out, follow this 4-step plan.
If you’re thinking about starting or finishing your college degree and keep putting it off because you weren’t near a campus or thought you didn’t have time, consider getting an online degree. It can save time and money as well as give you needed flexibility. With a degree in hand, you’ll expand your civilian career opportunities and increase the likelihood of getting higher pay.
According to Military.com, many online courses and degree programs are developed specifically to provide the flexibility needed by those who can’t sit in a classroom and don’t have traditional schedules. In fact, thousands of active duty, single parent, even deployed military members earn their college degrees each year through online education. Most schools offer online programs that range from Associates to Masters degrees and, depending on the course, may take as little as 1-2 hours a day, 3 days a week. There are even universities that are 100% online.
If you think an online education may be right for you, start looking for schools that meet your needs. Check out the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 (Online & Nontraditional Schools).”