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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


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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
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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
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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
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5/15/2013
Celebrate Memorial Day with USBA
5/1/2013
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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
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3/1/2013
Why spouses need life insurance too
2/19/2013
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2/3/2013
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12/17/2012
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12/2/2012
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11/15/2012
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11/1/2012
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10/16/2012
10 FREE Resources for Transitioning Veterans
10/2/2012
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7/31/2012
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7/18/2012
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4/20/2012
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Group Gives Life to Dying Ritual
3/22/2012
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7/30/2010
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3/7/2010
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4/16/2018
Tips for military family travel

USBA&qts Travel Tips for Military FamiliesIs there a trip in your future? Whether you’re making a PCS move, traveling to an overseas duty station, or organizing a family vacation, these military travel tips can help you plan the perfect trip.

Budget ahead. Big costs like airplane tickets and car rentals are obvious, but remember to budget for smaller expenses that can add up quickly. These include checked baggage fees, airport parking, pet care, meals and snacks, and other easily overlooked expenses.

Get traveler’s insurance. Look into different types of travel insurance. Some plans cover trip cancellation or changes in travel due to weather or airline delays. USBA members can sign up for Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+). It offers 24-hour emergency travel assistance for medical emergencies and over 20 additional travel benefits. USBA members get a special rate and risk-free 30-day trial.

Lounge during layovers. Many major U.S. air hubs have USO lounges. Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Boston are just a few of the places where troops and families can rack out between flights. USO airport lounges are typically staffed 24/7 by volunteers and offer free snacks and drinks, clean bathrooms and a place to recharge tech toys. Some lounges even have showers and a luggage room.

Keep your receipts. When you’re traveling on a PCS, the military will reimburse the cost of lodging, fuel, and moving supplies. However, you’ll need a receipt for each when requesting reimbursement. Keep your receipts in a designated envelope.

Save on lodging. Here are 3 ways military families can sleep for less. (1) Stay in base lodging at military bases across the country. Every base has a hotel for service member families. Priority is given to those PCSing or on a school assignment, but there are often additional rooms available. (2) Active duty families also get free access to National Parks, perfect for a summer vacation or warm-weather PCS move. You may need to pay a small fee to reserve a campsite, but that’s still less than a hotel. (3) Check out Armed Forces Vacation Club. Club membership is free and open to active duty, National Guard, Reserve and retired members of the Armed Forces. Stay at vacation destinations around the world, including popular $349/week Space-A stays.


4/4/2018
Purple Up! for U.S. military children

USBA Month of the Military Child - Keep Calm and Purple Up!April is Month of the Military Child (MOMC) when the DOD encourages Americans to honor the contributions and sacrifices of our military kids.

At the time of a 2015 Defense.gov report, the U.S. had nearly 2 million “total-force dependent children.” This included over 900,000 Army dependents, 400,000 Air Force dependents, nearly 300,000 Navy and approximately 118,000 Marine dependents. More than 2 million children have had a parent deploy since 9/11 with half of them experiencing 2 or more deployments.

These resilient sons and daughters stand by their military parents through frequent moves, deployments and other stressful challenges unique to military life. That’s why MOMC was established in 1986 by Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger. He realized we weren’t recognizing the sacrifices our military children have to make. Weinberger saw military kids as inspirational in how they cope with difficult situations including changing schools and leaving friends every 2 or 3 years.

As part of MOMC, April 18 (date may vary locally) is designated as “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day.” You’re encouraged to show support for our military children by wearing purple.

USBA celebrates Purple Up! - Month of the Military ChildAlthough April is official MOMC, many organizations provide year around resources to support our military children: 

  • The New Parent Support Program helps parents and expectant parents develop skills needed to provide a nurturing environment for kids experiencing the challenges of military life.
  • Military One Source is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—online and by phone—to help military families with challenges they face from teen dating and fighting obesity to dealing with child abuse and drugs. 
  • 4-H Military Partnerships help military children develop life skills through activities sponsored by the 4-H Club program.

Please join USBA in saluting and supporting our country’s youngest military heroes. Dad or Mom may wear the uniform, but these brave youngsters serve right alongside them.


3/1/2018
Thousands of disabled military veterans due special tax refunds

Tax refunds for disabled veterans: USBA blogIf you’re a veteran who received disability severance pay after January 17, 1991, you may qualify for a special federal tax refund. In February 2018, the Department of Defense (DOD) has started notifying over 133,000 veterans who may have been wrongly taxed as far back as 27 years ago.

Refunds totaling an estimated $78 million in wrongly withheld taxes will be paid in accordance with the 2016 Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act. This law ensures veterans suffering service-ending combat-related injuries aren’t taxed on the one-time lump-sum severance payment they received from the DOD.

According to the National Veteran’s Legal Services Program (NVLSP), the Department of Finance and Accounting Services incorrectly withheld about $78 million in taxes from veterans’ disability severance pay. The amount of individual refunds will vary based on rank and years of service, but it’s estimated some veterans may have been taxed as much as $11,000.

The DOD is notifying eligible military veterans by mail. Veterans have one year from time of notification to file a claim. Notification includes the amount of taxes improperly withheld  and instructions for filing an amended tax return to recover money owed the veteran.

If you need help filing an amended return or doing your regular taxes, contact Military One Source or call 1-800-342-9647. You may also qualify for tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Find a VITA site near you.


2/16/2018
USBA Military Families: $2,000 scholarship applications available

Most recent USBA Dietrich scholarship recipientDid you know average in-state tuition at a public university in 2016-17 was $9,650? Total tuition, fees, room and board were $20,090.* With college costs at an all-time high, USBA members with college-bound high school seniors should check out the William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship. Your student may be eligible to apply for this $2,000 award from USBA. Deadline for applying is Saturday, March 31, 2018.

USBA, a non-profit association that provides life insurance for military members and federal employees, awards this $2,000 non-renewable grant each year. The money helps deserving students pay for tuition, room and board at the recipient’s college or university of choice. The 2017 William A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship recipient was Raylani Reis of Miranda, California, daughter of Aletta Sauer, a retired lieutenant in the United State Navy and member of USBA since 1991.

For 28 years, the Dietrich Memorial Scholarship has honored former USBA Executive Director and President, the late Maj. Gen. William A. Dietrich, USAF (Ret.). The scholarship is awarded annually to at least one graduating high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a USBA member on active duty, retired or separated from any branch of the military service or working as a Federal employee.

Download an application here.

With a college-bound student in the family, now’s also a good time to review your veterans life insurance to make sure it still covers everything you originally intended, including college. Use this estimator to help.

USBA offers affordable group life insurance for military families, as well as those of federal employees.

*Current cost of college tuition.



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