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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


Archived News

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
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
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12/17/2012
Last-minute Gift Ideas
12/2/2012
"Military Child of the Year" nominations due December 15th
11/15/2012
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11/1/2012
Veterans Day Facts that May Surprise You ... Including Freebies
10/17/2012
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?
7/18/2012
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
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3/22/2012
Group Gives Life to Dying Ritual
3/22/2012
“Invisible Warriors”
7/13/2011
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7/30/2010
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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

 

4/15/2019
What happens to my SGLI when I leave the military?

Leaving the Military SGLIYour SGLI ends 120 days after you retire or transition from U.S. military service. Retiring and transitioning veterans have the option to convert their SGLI to Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI).

VGLI allows you to continue the same level of life insurance you had while active duty without answering any health questions or taking a medical exam. However, you will pay more for VGLI than you did for the same amount of SGLI coverage. VGLI premiums are based on your age at the time of separation and are the same for men and women.

You can also replace your SGLI by purchasing life insurance from a non-government provider such as USBA. USBA is a not-for-profit association that has provided military life insurance to active and reserve service members, transitioning and retired veterans and their family members for 60 years. Here are some reasons to consider veterans’ life insurance options other than VGLI.

  • Your family needs more life insurance protection than VGLI provides. If you’re buying a home, have children headed to college or are responsible for aging parents, you may need more military life insurance than VGLI provides. USBA plans offer protection up to $650,000.

  • You’re healthy, don’t use tobacco, and/or you are a female. VGLI rates are one-size-fits-all—the same for men and women. USBA rates are based on gender, and women typically pay less. USBA also offers lower Preferred Rates for those with a healthy lifestyle and reduced rates if you don’t use tobacco.

  • You want more choices. VGLI is standard-issue military life insurance. USBA offers a choice of nine veterans’ group life insurance plans to match your needs. Your spouse and eligible children can also get low cost group protection from USBA.

Unlike many insurance providers, USBA specializes in life insurance for the military. And we’re dedicated to serving post–separation military families with choices unavailable through VA life insurance.

Don’t wait until your SGLI is about to end. Call us today at (877) 297-9235 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday (or leave a message after hours for a prompt call back on the next business day). We’re happy to help you find the right veterans life insurance plan for you and your family.


4/1/2019
What is Month of the Military Child?

USBA celebrates April Month of the Military ChildApril is Month of the Military Child. It’s a time when our country honors the sacrifices made by our military dependents worldwide. Month of the Military Child is part of the legacy left by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. He established this Department of Defense (DoD) commemoration in 1986.

As a special highlight, Wednesday, April 10th is “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day. It’s a fun and easy way to honor our military kids who have one or both parents serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves and those coping with the absence of deployed parents.

Anyone can participate in “Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day. All you have to do is wear purple on April 10th as a show of support. (That date may vary locally). Why purple? Purple is the color that brings all military children together. It symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the U.S. military; Army green, Navy blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue.

Other ways to celebrate Purple Up! Day:

  • Ask your local, regional, state, and federal officials to wear purple on Purple Up! Day and post photos on Instagram with #PurpleUp.
  • Share a captioned photo of your local celebration on the DoDEA Facebook page.
  • Give kids the opportunity to tell their story about what it means to be a military child through drawings or words.
  • Suggest companies and businesses ask their employees to wear purple.
  • Ask schools and teachers to recognize Purple Up! Day. Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States and many are not on military bases.
  • Involve sports teams. Have sporting event announcers make a special announcement recognizing all military children. Ask them to invite military kids to raise the flag, sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Request local businesses, stores and restaurants post a Purple Up! message to help educate and involve the general public.

To learn more about activities near you, start your search for events with your local installation Public Affairs office, Military Family Readiness Centers, Department of Defense Dependent School administrative offices, and on-base Child Development Centers. You may also find activities listed at Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Centers at military installations overseas and stateside. The official sites for all these organizations often post calendars of upcoming events and programs.

Please remember that children bear a uniquely difficult burden as DoD dependents. Even though they often are too young to understand why a parent is deployed or why they must relocate so frequently, military children are expected to support their parents’ mission. They must put their own wants and needs second to the call of duty. According to a report by the Department of Defense:

  • Approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 9/11. Half of them have experienced two or more deployments.
  • There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide.
  • The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.
  • There are nearly two million “total-force dependent children” including more than 900,000 Army dependents, 400,000 Air Force dependents, nearly 300,000 Navy and approximately 118,000 Marine dependents.

Look for photos of our USBA employees wearing purple on our Facebook and Instagram pages starting April 10th.

April is also a good time for active duty, retired and honorably discharged veterans to apply for USBA term life protection for their eligible dependent children. Rates start as low as $1.50 a month. By providing this financial protection now, you’re teaching your children how to take financial responsibility for their own families later.


3/15/2019
Lifelong online shopping discounts for military veterans

Online shopping discounts for US MilitaryMoney-saving online shopping for veterans

Are you an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard? If so, you’re eligible to shop online and save money—for the rest of your life.

The Exchange, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) oldest and largest military retailer, wants all honorably discharged veterans to know they have this lifelong online military exchange shopping privilege. Those eligible also include honorably discharged veterans of the Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve and National Guard.

Check your eligibility, then start saving with these exclusive budget-stretching benefits:

 

  • Tax-free shopping
  • Military-exclusive discounts and pricing
  • Military-only credit options
  • Free shipping on orders over $49 or any amount when you use the MILITARY STAR™ card 

 

Approved veterans can shop the online exchanges, including ShopMyExchange.com, with tax-free buying power that applies to everything from clothing to electronics–and more. 

The DoD announced this money-saving veterans benefit in January 2017 and it became effective on November 11, 2017. However, millions of veterans still don’t know they are eligible. (Note: This benefit can be used online with any of the military exchanges, but does not grant installation access.)

Low-cost life insurance for veterans

Need more life insurance than just SGLI? Looking for options other than VGLI to protect your family’s financial future?

Many military veterans—active duty, transitioning, honorably discharged and retired veterans—don’t know they are eligible to apply for affordable life insurance from USBA. This life insurance for veterans is underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company and designed specifically for the needs of active and honorably discharged veterans.

This military life insurance protects your loved ones while you’re in the service and after you separate. Remember, your SGLI runs out 120 days after you leave the service. Affordable group life insurance from USBA is portable and yours to keep wherever life takes you. Even retired veterans and their spouses can apply.

Learn more about USBA group life insurance plans.



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