College scholarship exclusively for USBA families--Deadline is March 31st
If you’re a USBA member and you have a college-bound high school senior in the family, have your child apply for The William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship. But do it soon. Applications must be received by the end of this month – Tuesday, March 31st, 2015.
You can download a scholarship application here.
Offered by USBA Services, Inc., this $2,000 non-renewable award is given to deserving students to help pay for tuition, room and board at the recipient’s college or university of choice. You can get more details here.
Now in its 25th year, the Dietrich Memorial Scholarship honors former USBA Executive Director and President, the late Maj Gen William A. Dietrich, USAF (Ret.). It’s awarded annually to at least one graduating high school senior who is an eligible child or grandchild of a USBA member. The member can be on active duty, retired or separated from the military service, any branch.
2014 William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship recipients were Andrew Hurst, grandson of Norman Beesley, Commander in the U.S. Navy and USBA member since 1972; and Brianne Hoglin, granddaughter of Richard Hoglin, Major in the U.S. Air Force and USBA member since 1989.
With college on the horizon for someone in your family, now’s a good time to review your life insurance coverage and make sure it’s enough to protect your family’s financial future. USBA offers military life insurance coverage that fits the unique needs of those serving in, transitioning out of and retired from the military service.
Veterans & Active Military: Get free help preparing your taxes
Tax Day is April 15th. Did you know former and active U.S. military members can get free help preparing their taxes?
IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs are available to taxpayers who earned less than $53,000 in 2014. All tax returns completed through these programs are prepared by IRS certified volunteers. There are over 12,000 locations offering these services. Use the VITA Locator Tool to find a site near you or call 800-906-9887.
MyFreeTaxes operates the only free online tax preparation and filing assistance platform available in all 50 states and Washington D.C. for veterans, active duty military and their families who earned $60,000 or less in 2014. MyFreeTaxes is a partnership of three nationally recognized nonprofits – Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way – and is sponsored by the Wal-Mart Foundation.
For additional information about free tax preparation services for the military, read this article in the VA VAntage Point blog.
Learn from veterans whoâ€™ve already transitioned
Are you ever curious how other military members have made the transition from a military to civilian career? If you’ve visited the USBA Military Jobs Center, you may have noticed USBA partners with Orion International to help veterans in their job searches. Orion is the country’s largest military placement agency and has helped over 25,000 veterans find new careers in thousands of top companies. Orion resources and job placement services are 100% free of charge to transitioners and veterans of the armed forces.
For example, check out Orion’s Transition Corner that offers advice from Orion alums. Take a few minutes to read the stories of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, National Guard and Reservists who’ve been in your boots and successfully made the move to civilian careers.
You can search for military job seeker success stories by branch, pay grade, location, industry and job title. You may be surprised by where your MOS can take you. The list of possibilities is impressive.
Wherever you land after you leave the service, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate life insurance to protect your family. Remember, your SGLI ends 120 days after you separate from the military. Now is a good time to start planning for how you’ll replace it. You don’t want a gap in your protection. USBA stands ready to help you find affordable life insurance. You can do it all online. Or call one of our Product Specialists at (877) 297-9235 for personalized assistance.
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Military Veteran Job News
What do life insurance and February 14th have in common?
Life insurance and Valentine’s Day are both about love. In fact, 75% of Americans say the reason to buy life insurance is to protect the future of those you love.* Plus, in today’s world when many family budgets are based on two incomes, it’s important for couples both to have adequate life insurance. And just because you have SGLI, that doesn’t mean you have enough.
USBA offers a unique life insurance plan that covers both you and your spouse/partner with the same amount of life insurance for one low premium. It’s smart coverage designed specifically for military families.
Check out Double Value TWO for ONE® and all this family group level term life plan has to offer.
- Get coverage of $50,000 up to $400,000.
- It’s joint coverage with one premium to pay, not two.
- Benefits are paid on the first to die.
- If you both die within 15 days of each other as the result of the same accident, the full benefit amount will be paid for each life.
- You can apply online or by mail.
This Valentine’s Day, remember…life insurance isn’t for you. It’s for those you love.
*LIMRA and LIFE Foundation 2011 Insurance Barometer Study