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2/24/2020
The deadline for the Dietrich Scholarship is fast approaching


2/13/2020
Did you know there are scientific benefits of being kind to others?


2/4/2020
Military friendly employers want you and your skills


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1/21/2020
Where can you find veteran job fairs and other employment resources for transitioning military?
1/14/2020
How will you transition from military to civilian life in 2020?
12/23/2019
Why is now a good time to review your life insurance coverage?
12/11/2019
When is this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day?
12/2/2019
Where to find military discounts for the holidays
11/25/2019
Did you know the U.S. military helped establish the Thanksgiving holiday?
11/7/2019
When is Veterans Day?
11/1/2019
What’s happening in November for military families?
10/24/2019
What is Day of the Deployed?
10/14/2019
Trick or Treat for our Troops
10/3/2019
How to find mental health resources for military veterans
9/16/2019
How to get help paying for what TRICARE doesn’t cover
9/12/2019
What’s the difference between term and whole life insurance?
9/2/2019
What’s the difference between individual and group life insurance?
8/14/2019
Why is now a good time to start your civilian job search?
7/31/2019
How military families can save money shopping for school
7/15/2019
What are the best vacation discounts for military families?
7/1/2019
How to protect your military family against identity theft
6/17/2019
USBA: Providing military life insurance for 60 years
6/3/2019
When is PTSD Awareness Month and why does it matter?
5/21/2019
When is Memorial Day and how is Memorial Day different from Veterans Day?
5/1/2019
Do military veterans need long-term care insurance?
4/15/2019
What happens to my SGLI when I leave the military?
4/1/2019
What is Month of the Military Child?
3/15/2019
Lifelong online shopping discounts for military veterans
3/1/2019
Free tax preparation help for military members and retirees
2/18/2019
USBA military families: $2,000 scholarship application now available
2/1/2019
Money-saving travel news for military veterans
1/15/2019
What are the top 3 places for veterans to live in 2019?
1/7/2019
How to get the most out of a job fair for transitioning military
12/18/2018
How do you know when it’s time to review your military life insurance?
11/30/2018
Your ultimate guide for sending holiday care packages to deployed loved ones
11/20/2018
Would you like free tickets to an NFL game, big-name concert or Disney World?
11/1/2018
Vision insurance now available to active duty military families and retirees
10/30/2018
USBA introduces new long-term care program
10/4/2018
USBA introduces a new identity theft protection for military veterans, federal employees and their families
9/17/2018
Insurance changes ahead for military retirees
9/4/2018
Why we observe Patriot Day 2018
8/15/2018
Are you a military transitioner going back to school?
8/2/2018
Honoring fallen heroes and their families
7/17/2018
What veterans need to know about SGLI
7/9/2018
Update on new veterans’ memorial
6/15/2018
Military spouses are transitioners, too
6/4/2018
Career resources for transitioning military
5/18/2018
GI Bill® Comparison Tool makes college planning easier
5/7/2018
How to avoid paying state income tax on your military retirement pay
4/16/2018
Tips for military family travel
4/4/2018
Purple Up! for U.S. military children
3/1/2018
Thousands of disabled military veterans due special tax refunds
2/16/2018
USBA Military Families: $2,000 scholarship applications available
2/2/2018
Life insurance: A unique Valentine’s Gift
1/16/2018
USBA: Life insurance for military veterans and federal employees
1/2/2018
Help for military transitioners in 2018
12/15/2017
Why now is a good time to review your military life insurance
12/4/2017
How military families handle the holidays
11/16/2017
Paying tribute to our fallen military heroes this holiday season
11/2/2017
What makes Veterans Day different from Memorial Day?
10/22/2017
Attention USBA Members in California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands
10/20/2017
National Day of the Deployed is October 26th
10/2/2017
Getting help for homeless veterans
9/18/2017
Tips for tackling military spouse joblessness
9/14/2017
Want to Win a Free Gift Card for being a Social Media Guru?
9/1/2017
Win a Free Gift Card for Posting to USBA
9/1/2017
Insurance information for transitioning military members
8/15/2017
Where to get help getting veterans benefits
8/2/2017
Military Caregivers: A different kind of hero
7/17/2017
Moving season is here for the military
7/1/2017
Advanced technology helps identify military remains
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
5/3/2017
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2017 is May 12th
4/16/2017
Changes coming to the U.S. military commissary near you
4/3/2017
April salutes our country’s military kids
3/17/2017
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
12/29/2016
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?
9/29/2016
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?
1/6/2015
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
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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
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4/1/2013
April is “Month of the Military Child”
3/15/2013
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3/1/2013
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2/19/2013
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12/2/2012
"Military Child of the Year" nominations due December 15th
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11/1/2012
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10/17/2012
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8/14/2012
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7/18/2012
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Is “Enough” Really Enough?
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4/20/2012
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3/22/2012
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3/22/2012
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7/13/2011
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7/30/2010
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3/7/2010
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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

 

2/24/2020
The deadline for the Dietrich Scholarship is fast approaching

USBA&qts William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship 2020

Did you know USBA membership can also benefit your children or grandchildren? If you have a college-bound high school senior in your family, you’ll want to learn more about the William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship from USBA Services, Inc.* This scholarship is a $2,000 non-renewable grant that can be used however it’s needed to help cover tuition, room and board, or other expenses.

For 30 years USBA has been honored to award the Dietrich Memorial Scholarship to help deserving students cover some of the costs of higher education.

The Dietrich Scholarship honors former USBA Executive Director and President, the late Maj General William A. Dietrich, USAF (Ret.). It’s awarded annually to at least one graduating high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a USBA member. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership accomplishments and participation in community activities.

Applications due March 31st
Students can download and complete the scholarship application here. Applications must be received at USBA no later than March 31 of the student’s senior year of high school.

With a college-bound student in the family, now is a good time to review your life insurance to make sure it still covers everything you originally intended, including college. You can use this estimator to help.

USBA offers affordable group life insurance for military families. It can be used as your primary insurance protection or coverage to supplement veterans’ life insurance you already have, including SGLI. If you are a Federal employee, USBA group life insurance can be used as your primary insurance protection or to supplement FEGLI.

*USBA Services, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of USBA.


2/13/2020
Did you know there are scientific benefits of being kind to others?

Random Acts of Kindess - USBA blog

We know being kind to others provides benefits to those on the receiving end, but did you know science can identify how it benefits those who give? With February 17th being National Random Acts of Kindness Day, it’s a good time to look at how giving affects those who take the time to be kind.

Just counting your acts of kindness can increase your sense of happiness.
A growing number of psychiatrists and healthcare professionals believe: when you practice kindness you get some surprising rewards. Psychology Today contributors Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D., have studied the effects of kindness and find acts of kindness can enhance both physical and mental health.

Performing acts of kindness has been shown to help reduce stress, a contributing factor in many physical ailments. When you are kind to others your own feelings of good fortune and gratefulness are heightened, which in turn increases your happiness level. One study found that one’s sense of happiness increased by the simple act of counting the number of one’s acts of kindness.

When we practice random acts of kindness it releases our inner positivity. A recent Harvard Medical School report outlines how “Positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life and greater well-being in numerous scientific studies.” Use this link to find out more about the science of kindness.

At USBA we know the benefits of giving back, being involved and supporting those in our communities. That’s why we are committed to promoting and living kindness year-round. We are proud to support and sponsor Kansas City based Veterans Community Project (VCP), Wreaths Across America (WAA) and the Greater Kansas City Veterans Career Fair. Each year USBA is an active participant in the United Way of Kansas City’s annual donation drive. In addition, our employees organize donation drives to help support such deserving organizations as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and our local Great Plains SPCA pet adoption center.

How do you start to reap the rewards of random acts of kindness? It’s surprisingly easy. Small things can make a big impact. Whether it’s holding a door for someone, letting someone cut in front of you in traffic, taking a minute to stop and chat with a child or elderly person, offering up a smile to a stranger, or helping out a co-worker with a project, any little act of kindness and compassion can make a difference in someone’s day. Need ideas and inspiration for spreading kindness? Check out the National Random Acts of Kindness site.


2/4/2020
Military friendly employers want you and your skills

Kansas City Job Fair for Veterans 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projects approximately 200,000 men and women will be transitioning from military service to civilian life this year. If you are transitioning, there is a good chance a job search is in your future. That’s why it’s important to learn about industries and employers who proactively recruit and hire transitioning service members, their spouses, and family members. You will be seen as a valuable prospect to these employers.

According to LinkedIn’s Veteran Opportunity Report, industries hiring veterans at higher rates include: defense and space, airlines and aviation, government administration, utilities, IT, management consulting, transportation, trucking and railroad, mining and minerals, oil and energy, and machinery. Once you identify a career of interest, be sure to identify military friendly employers. Military Benefits has released its list of 2020 military friendly employers.

Remember, you have a lot going for you as you undergo your civilian job search. The skills and experiences you have acquired from your military service can translate effectively to civilian employers, making you highly marketable. You’ll also be experiencing a strong economy that’s projected to hold steady. All these variables help make transitioning military personnel attractive to prospective employers, particularly military friendly ones.

As mentioned in our last blog, if you’re in the Overland Park/Kansas City area on Tuesday, February 11th, plan to attend the 3rd Annual Greater Kansas City Veterans Career & Transition Fair. Kansas City area military friendly companies, and local and federal government agencies will be attending to hire active service members and veterans. It’s a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with leading Kansas City employers. In addition, participants can network with other veterans who have successfully transitioned and are working in the Kansas City area.

USBA Kansas City Job Fair 2020

Employment Workshops 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Lunch for Job Seekers 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM*
Kickoff and Career Fair Exhibit Hall 12:30 – 4:00 PM

Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211

  • Get input on opportunities from area companies that value your military skills, training and service.

  • Learn how to align your military skills with existing and emerging career opportunities.

  • Plan to attend workshops on employment readiness and interview prep:
    • Your LinkedIn Profile (suggestion: bring your laptop or smart phone)
    • Helping Veterans Bridge the Employment Gap

  • Visit workstations for hands-on assistance:
    • Resume Review
    • Job Fair Interview Techniques
    • LinkedIn Profile

  • Attending companies and government agencies include:
    • Amazon, Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Cerner, Children’s Mercy Hospital, City of Lenexa, CVS, Ecolab, Federal Reserve Bank, FedEx Ground, FEMA, Garmin, Hallmark, Honeywell, Internal Revenue Service, KCMO Police Department, Koch Industries, Marriott, Park University, Social Security Administration, Sprint, Terracon, TMC Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, University of Kansas Health System, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Dept. of Labor/OSHA, U.S. Postal Service, and many more.

  • Bring plenty of resumes!

Entry is FREE, click here to reserve your spot today.

Sponsors of the career fair include: USBA, the Fort Leavenworth Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program, Grantham University, Andy Darling and Goodman & Gravely Insurance, Maciel Wealth Management, Kansas City Veterans Coalition, and the Overland Park Convention Center.

*Lunch is provided for those who attend a workshop or participate in a workstation.


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