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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


Archived News

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
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
Are you retiring or transitioning in 2013?
12/17/2012
Last-minute Gift Ideas
12/2/2012
"Military Child of the Year" nominations due December 15th
11/15/2012
Why New York Life Insurance Company?
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”
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

 

6/15/2016
Military families visit national parks for free

USBA: Military members visit all U.S. National Park for free in 2016Planning a summer vacation? The National Park Service turns 100 this summer and military families can join the celebration by visiting America’s national parks for free. Annual passes normally cost $80.

Your free annual pass covers entrance to all National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service sites that charge entrance fees. It also covers standard amenity fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.

To help plan your visit during the Centennial, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service have launched a Find Your Park website. Use it to help plan your trip and learn about some of our country’s most beautiful national treasures.  

For starters, did you know there are over 400 national parks? Many are home to preserved historic sites, history-making trails, monuments, and memorials dedicated to celebrating our military history. They include Gettysburg National Military Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,  the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine–birthplace of our national anthem.

Find a park near you. (It could be closer than you think.)

Note: Eligibility for the free annual park pass includes current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173). If you’re a disabled veteran, you may qualify for a free lifetime Access Pass.

Learn more about getting and using your free military park pass.


6/1/2016
Honoring America’s Heroes-Memorial Day 2016 Recap

USBA 2016 Memorial Day Parade FloatFor nearly 70 years, Washington, D.C. was without a Memorial Day parade to honor our Armed Forces on this sacred day. In 2005, this changed. The American Veterans Center reinstated the tradition with the National Memorial Day Parade. USBA is proud to be a 4-year sponsor of this popular annual event.

The parade route down Constitution Avenue attracts over 300,000 spectators, along with millions of TV viewers nationwide. It draws on the tradition of Memorial Day parades dating back to just after the Civil War. The parade’s mission is to call attention to the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring our fallen heroes.

USBA 2016 Memorial Day Parade Contest WinnersThis year, USBA partnered with the Armed Forces Benefits Network (AFBN) to sponsor the Heroes Sweepstakes for active military. The Grand Prize was two exciting-trips-for-two to Washington D.C. with VIP seats at the viewing booth for the May 30th National Memorial Day Parade. This year’s sweepstakes winners were Annette Story and Paul Adamo, both U.S. Army. The 2016 parade saluted all active military and fallen heroes from the American Revolution through Afghanistan and Iraq.

To all our country’s service members, we thank you for your service … every day.  


5/25/2016
Honoring the memory of our military veterans

Remembering our American Heroes this Memorial Day 2016Monday, May 30th is Memorial Day when our country pays tribute to the memory of veterans who have served and sacrificed while protecting our freedom. USBA salutes all American veterans on this special day and every day. You are the backbone of our country.

As part of its commitment to honoring the memory of each veteran and his or her family members, the VA provides memorial benefits many people don’t realize are available.

Veterans with a qualifying discharge are entitled to these VA burial benefits in one of the 134 VA national cemeteries or in a private cemetery of the family’s choice. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible for memorial benefits, even if they die before the veteran. Learn more here.

As a tribute to our USBA members and all who have served, we have created this special video postcard for Memorial Day 2016. Please feel free to share it with others.

 


5/9/2016
What’s the difference between term and whole life insurance?

Do you know the difference between term and whole (also called permanent) life insurance?USBA Whole Life vs. Term Life Insurance Comparison Here’s a simple explanation to help you make future decisions for financially protecting your family.

For starters, your Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is term life insurance that’s automatically issued to all eligible members of the Uniformed Services. Transitioning military members who are covered receive 120 days of SGLI term coverage from their date of separation. 

If you are preparing to transition, you may wonder whether you should buy term or whole life insurance to replace your SGLI when it runs out. Here’s the difference.

Term insurance is pure protection; it doesn’t build cash value. As a result, it’s a fairly low-cost option for buying larger amounts of insurance at younger ages. Generally, either the cost increases or protection decreases as you age, when the risk of death is greater. At a predetermined age such as 65 or 80, coverage usually ends.

With term life insurance, you pay premiums for a specified term (ex. 15 years) and receive insurance protection for that time. Depending on your plan, at the end of the term you may have to re-qualify for coverage or renew at a higher rate if you want to continue your protection. If your health has changed, you may not be able to qualify or you may have to pay a higher rate. USBA’s Long Term 20 and Smart & Lean 15 plans are examples of term coverage

Whole life insurance costs more than term, but builds cash value that grows tax-deferred. This cash value can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you can surrender the policy for its cash value, take loans against it, or use it to purchase paid-up insurance. You can keep whole life insurance for the rest of your life—even if your health changes—as long as you pay the premium. The premium and death benefit generally stay the same while you own the coverage.

Whole life coverage can be a good option for those who may not need a large amount of protection, but want guarantees that premiums won’t go up and coverage won’t end. USBA’s Fifty Plus Whole Life plan is an example of whole life insurance.

Whether you decide to buy term or whole coverage, don’t leave your family unprotected after you transition. For a free consultation about what will work best for you and your family, call 1-800-368-7021 or contact us online.



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