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6/15/2017
Plans for new veterans memorial making progress


6/1/2017
DoD retirement calculator now available


5/15/2017
Veterans Choice Improvement Act signed into law


Archived News

4/16/2017
Changes coming to the U.S. military commissary near you
4/3/2017
April salutes our country’s military kids
3/16/2017
Free resources for at-risk military veterans
3/1/2017
$2,000 scholarship available to USBA families–Apply by March 31st
2/16/2017
Portable USBA Insurance for U.S. Military and Federal Employees
2/7/2017
How the New U.S. Military Retirement System Affects You
2/3/2017
Do you know when your SGLI ends?
1/17/2017
Get help finding your next job—in and out of the military
1/4/2017
Free tickets for military members, veterans and their families
12/29/2016
Free resources for military-to-civilian job seekers
12/18/2016
Veterans, did you know sitting is the new smoking?
12/6/2016
Remembering Veterans One Wreath at a Time
11/16/2016
Holiday gifts for deployed military members
11/8/2016
How Tootsie Rolls saved military lives during the Korean War
10/17/2016
USO supports transitioning service members and their families
10/7/2016
Medical and travel emergency assistance for USBA members
10/1/2016
If you’re considering VGLI, read this first.
9/29/2016
Need help selecting life insurance?
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
8/1/2016
Iraq and Afghan Vets: This may apply to you
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
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

 

6/15/2017
Plans for new veterans memorial making progress

Global War on Terror Museum ProjectThe National Mall in Washington, D.C. is home to memorials honoring veterans of World War I and II, Korea and Viet Nam. But there’s no monument honoring the sacrifices of our post 9/11 military veterans. Civilians are honored at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and at a memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, but not our military.

Now there’s an organized effort to build a memorial for those who served and continue serving in the Global War on Terror. According to the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation website, the purpose of the monument is to honor all who have served since September 11, 2001, and to educate future generations about our nation’s longest war.

Legislation to authorize construction is moving slowly through Congress. Much of its progress is due to the efforts of former Rep. Ryan Zinke, Navy SEAL and now Interior Secretary; Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq; and Rep. Seth Moulton, a former Marine officer with four combat tours in Iraq.

No site or design has been selected because under federal law the project can’t move forward until 10 years after the conflict ends. With no end in sight, supporters are lobbying for a waiver to the 10-year rule so work can begin. It’s time we honor the nearly 7,000 U.S. troops killed and millions deployed in this war. Learn how you can help.

Important Note: June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. Studies show that one in five veterans deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered from PTSD or major depression. If you know a veteran experiencing nightmares and flashbacks, having difficulty sleeping, or feeling detached or estranged, resources are available to help.


6/1/2017
DoD retirement calculator now available

USBA DoD Blended Retirement System Comparison CalculatorThe long-awaited Department of Defense Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator is now available online. It helps eligible service members compare the legacy military retirement system (High-3 System) with the new blended retirement system (BRS). This calculator is designed to be used after completing the mandatory BRS Opt-In Course online.

The calculator asks you for basic information such as your age, years of service, rank and estimated years of service at the time of separation or retirement. It then automatically fills in information such as expected rate of investment return, life expectancy, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution percentage, and career progression. Fields can be altered to individualize results. Using the information you provide, the calculator provides you with a comparison of the two plans.

The online calculator and BRS Opt-In Course are resources being made available to service members and their families prior to January 1, 2018 when the BRS goes into effect.

Watch this video to learn more about who is eligible to participate in the BRS and how it may benefit you and your family.

Now’s also a good time to review your life insurance as part of planning ahead. SGLI ends 120 days after you leave military service. USBA provides military veterans with “portable” life insurance coverage that fits the unique needs of those serving, transitioning and retired from military service. You can buy it now and keep it no matter where your civilian life takes you.


5/15/2017
Veterans Choice Improvement Act signed into law

USBA Veterans Choice Improvement Act extensionThe recently passed Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act both extends and expands an important program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

Originally created by Congress in 2014, the choice program was set up as a pilot program limiting when and where veterans could use private doctors. Patients could only use the Choice Program if they lived more than 40 miles away from a VA hospital or if they couldn’t get an appointment at their local VA facility within 30 days. The original program was set to expire August 7, 2017, with $950 million in program funding still available.

The new legislation keeps the program in place while addressing a major complaint of veterans’ organizations. It directs the VA to cover co-pays and deductibles directly for private care rather than reimbursing veterans for paying up front.

It makes the VA the primary payer (previously the VA was the secondary payer) for medical care relating to non-service connected disabilities and recovery of costs from third parties for certain types of care under the program. The revised law also allows the VA to share patient information more easily with private health care providers.

Under the new legislation, the VA is allowed to continue operating the Choice Program until funding runs out, which is expected early next year. This extension gives Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin time to develop a more comprehensive plan that would allow all veterans easier access to care outside the VA health system. Shulkin has said he would like to expand veterans’ access to private care by eliminating the program’s current 30-day, 40-mile restrictions.


5/3/2017
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017 is May 12th

USBA National Military Spouse Appreciation DayCelebrated the Friday before Mother’s Day, this year’s National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is Friday, May 12th. USBA salutes these special women and men who support our troops throughout mission, deployment, reintegration and transition. You are the backbone of our military families.

In celebration of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, the armed forces hosts special events and programs to inform, honor and recognize military spouses. Events include appreciation luncheons, as well as educational workshops and spouse employment fairs. Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post and follow what’s happening on social media.

While May 12th is an opportunity to show support for our country’s military spouses for one special day, here are some year around resources for these special women and men. Some are fun. Some are free. All are good to have on your radar.

Attending military balls and gala events can be pricey, but they’re an important part of the military tradition. To help military spouses on tight budgets, Operation Deploy Your Dress provides free formal wear (ball gowns for gals AND tuxedoes for guys) to US military ID holders. ODYD is a 100% donation-based, volunteer run, military spouse founded, nonprofit organization. It currently has three stand-alone stores. Find out if a pop-up store may be coming to your area.

If you’re a male military spouse, you’re not alone. Women make up approximately 15% of our military force. This means there are more male military spouses than you may realize. The military is becoming more aware of—and responsive to—the unique needs of these men. Here’s a resource to help guys adjust to being military spouses.

Do you know someone considering going back to school? Check out these schools known for being military-spouse-friendly.

Military spouses need life insurance, too. USBA’s Double Value TWO for ONE term life insurance protects two lives with one policy and one affordable premium. Maximum coverage available for spouses is 5 times that available with SGLI. Get a free military life insurance quote.


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