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2/15/2019
USBA military families: $2,000 scholarship application now available


1/30/2019
Money-saving travel news for military veterans


1/14/2019
What are the top 3 places for veterans to live in 2019?


Archived News

1/3/2019
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?
11/29/2018
Your ultimate guide for sending holiday care packages to deployed loved ones
11/15/2018
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
10/21/2018
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?
8/1/2018
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
3/16/2017
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

 

2/15/2019
USBA military families: $2,000 scholarship application now available

You may not realize it, but your USBA membership can also benefit your children or grandchildren. If you have a college-bound high school senior in your family, your student may be eligible to apply for the William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship from USBA Services, Inc. This scholarship is a $2,000 award that can be used however it’s needed to help cover tuition, room and board.

College costs continue to increase annually. According to the College Board, an organization that has helped students transition into college for 119 years, the average in-state tuition at a four-year public university for 2018-2019 is $10,230. Total tuition, fees, room and board are $21,370. Even at a public two-year college, average tuition and fees have risen to $3,660. For the past 29 years, USBA has awarded the Dietrich Memorial Scholarship to help deserving students cover these costs. 

USBA’s Maj Gen William A. Dietrich

The 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 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.

In 2018, Barilynn Shelby of Johnston City, Illinois, and Makenna Steger of Sedalia, Missouri, were named Dietrich Memorial Scholarship recipients. Barilynn is the granddaughter of Air Force veteran William E. and Jacqueline Hermetz, a USBA member for 16 years. Makenna was sponsored by USBA member Michelle Steger and Air Force Sergeant Christopher Steger. Michelle has been a USBA member for 19 years.

If you know someone eligible to apply, please let him or her know the deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. You or your student can download the application here

If you have a college-bound student in your family, now’s a good time to review your military life insurance. Make sure it still covers everything and everyone you originally intended. If something happened to you, who would cover important expenses such as college tuition or a home mortgage?  USBA offers low-cost veterans group life insurance to fit the needs of those serving in, transitioning from or retired from U.S. military service. It can be used as your primary insurance protection or coverage to supplement veterans’ life insurance you already have including SGLI.


1/30/2019
Money-saving travel news for military veterans

New site for military veteran discount travelAre you planning a late winter getaway or spring break vacation? Here are some tips to stretch your travel budget.

New travel site powered by Priceline® provides exclusive deals for military
Last month, the United States Department of Defense officially introduced American Forces Travel, a leisure travel site created in partnership with Priceline®. This all-new site offers attractive discounts on hotels, air fare, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises and more. For example, more than a million hotel deals are available at more than 71,000 destinations around the world with discounts of up to 60% off.

American Forces Travel was developed exclusively for current and retired members of the U.S. military and their families. Eligibility includes all active duty military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard); all members of the Reserves and National Guard; all retired military including those in the Reserves and National Guard who are retirement eligible; all disabled veterans and all Medal of Honor recipients. Verify your eligibility here.

How to fly free if you’re a disabled veteran
Military veterans who are 100% disabled are now eligible to travel on military aircraft at no cost when space is available. This free travel benefit is available through the military’s Space-Available (Space-A) Travel program.

Recent expansion of the Space-A program provides no-cost travel between military installations for fully disabled veterans as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The Space-A program previously was open only to active duty, Reserve and retired troops.

Get tips for planning your trip with Space-A Travel.

Learn more about signing up for Space-A Travel.

View an interactive map of AMC (Air Mobility Command) terminal locations.

 


1/14/2019
What are the top 3 places for veterans to live in 2019?

Top U.S. cities for veteransIf 2019 is the year you plan to retire or transition from the armed forces, you may be deciding where to settle as a civilian. There are many factors to consider since this is the last move for which Uncle Sam may help pay the cost, depending on how long you’ve been in active duty military service.

In a recent study conducted by the financial website WalletHub, researchers compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities for employment, economic, quality of life and health factors as they relate to veterans of our armed forces. At the top of the list were Austin, TX, Scottsdale, AZ and Colorado Springs, CO. Take a look at the full list of 100 cities here.

Because not everyone wants to live in a big city, Military Times Rebootcamp recently evaluated 599 cities of different sizes to find the best places for veterans to live in 2019. Rankings were broken into three groups — large cities (pop. 250,000+), medium cities (pop. 100,000-250,000) and small cities (pop. under 100,000). Factors included veteran and military culture and services, economic indicators — some veteran-specific and some not — and livability factors such as crime, health, school quality and traffic. Here are the results of their research.

Top 3 Large Cities:
Colorado Springs, CO
Virginia Beach, VA
San Antonio, TX
The top 25 large cities are shown here.

Top 3 Medium Cities:
Alexandria, VA
Arlington, VA
Olathe, KS
The top 50 medium cities are shown here.

Top 3 Small Cities:
Portsmouth, VA
Glen Burnie, MA
New Braunfels, TX
The top 50 small cities are shown here.

No matter where you decide to settle after separating from the armed forces, remember your military life insurance from the government (SGLI) ends 120 days after you leave the service. USBA offers affordable veteran group life insurance plans to replace your SGLI. Learn more here

 


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