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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?


Archived News

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
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7/1/2013
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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
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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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12/17/2012
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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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8/14/2012
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7/18/2012
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7/30/2010
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3/7/2010
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11/28/2009
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12/11/2019
When is this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day?

USBA Wreaths Across America Day blog

Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a nonprofit organization whose three-part mission is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor all those who serve, and teach our country’s children about the value of freedom. The organization’s annual laying of wreaths is a meaningful holiday tradition that started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery. This tradition has grown to a national day of remembrance that in 2018 saw 1,800,000 wreaths laid on the headstones of our nation’s heroes.

This year National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 14th. This is when thousands of volunteers will place evergreen wreaths on military gravesites in national cemeteries across America. The list includes Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,600 other locations in all 50 states, as well as at sea and abroad. Find a location near you to volunteer or sponsor a wreath.

USBA staff members will be among the volunteers placing these symbols of everlasting life on veterans’ graves at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Kansas, a short drive from our national headquarters. There are 30,000 gravesites in this cemetery. In addition to volunteering, USBA is sponsoring 500 of the wreaths being laid to honor those who served our country.

“Our employees have great respect for those who serve our nation,” says USBA President Colonel Robin A. Snyder, USAF (Ret.). “We feel that this nationwide project is a fitting tribute to our national heroes and is a worthy cause of our corporate support. This is why each year our employees are honored to volunteer their time to lay wreaths and pay tribute to the heroes buried at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. It is a small example of what we stand for each and every day: Armed with Compassion and Dedicated to Service.”

USBA is proud of its 60-year history of serving those who serve. For six decades, USBA has provided affordable group life insurance and other financial services to active duty, separated, and retired military members, Federal employees and their families.


12/2/2019
Where to find military discounts for the holidays

Where to find discounts for military photo

Thanksgiving is over, so it’s time to get ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other end-of-year family celebrations. You can save 10%, 15%, up to 30% off holiday gifts, lights, decorations and more when you use your military discounts at these military-friendly retailers.

Food and gifts:

  • Check your local PX and commissary for special holiday deals and everyday savings—save as much as 30%.
  • Save 10% at Omaha Steaks with your military discount.
  • Browse this long list of retailers offering military discounts on everything from jewelry, automotive accessories and steaks to clothing, electronics, wireless and internet service.

Toys and kids:

Deck your halls with discounts from some of your favorite retailers:

  • JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores: Get 15% off in-store and online on holiday home décor and a large selection of crafts, fabrics, faux floral and more.
  • Lowe’s: Save 10% off in-store and online on holiday decorations including lights, trees, inflatables, stockings, wreaths, and of course gifts for your family DIYer.
  • Michael’s: Get a 15% discount off in-store when you buy holiday décor and decorations including do-it-yourself project supplies.
  • 1-800-Flowers: Save 25% off fresh flowers, delicious treats and special gifts.
  • Overstock.com: Free membership in Club O helps you save on Christmas trees, seasonal décor, candles, jewelry, kids’ toys and other gift items.
  • Pier One: Save 10% off in-store on Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, candles, decorative lights and glimmer strings.
  • Pottery Barn: Get a 15% discount in-store on gifts, candles, holiday decorations and lights.
  • Williams-Sonoma: Save 15% off in-store on Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, candy, food gifts and more.
  • Yankee Candle: Get 10% off in-store and online on holiday candles, accessories, home fragrance and gifts.

Many military discounts are available to both active duty military and retired veterans of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves. Check individual store policies for I.D. requirements and eligible purchases.

If you don’t see your favorite national or local retailers listed, don’t be shy. Ask if they offer military discounts before you start shopping. It’s an easy way to stretch your family’s holiday budget.


11/25/2019
Did you know the U.S. military helped establish the Thanksgiving holiday?

USBA Thanksgiving Day 2019 blog

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, everyone at USBA wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving of 1621, when the Plymouth pilgrims and the local Native Americans joined in celebration of the colony’s first successful harvest. But do you know how it became a nationally observed day of thanks?

Here’s a little history dating back to the American Revolution and Civil War about how the U.S. military played an important role in establishing one of our country’s favorite holiday traditions. Some of it may surprise you.

For over 60 years, USBA has been honored to help our members protect their family’s financial future by offering affordable life insurance, health insurance supplements, and financial products to military personnel, Federal employees, National Guard and Reserve members, Veterans and their families.


11/7/2019
When is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day 2019 saluteVeterans Day, an important Federal holiday, is celebrated November 11th each year in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 signaling the end of World War I. Veterans Day was originally commemorated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

In 1926, Congress passed a resolution making it an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a distinguished U.S. veteran and five-star general, officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans of all wars—living or dead—but especially those living veterans who honorably served our country during war or peacetime. Learn more about Veterans Day.

Memorial Day, also a Federal holiday, is observed the last Monday of May. Memorial Day honors military veterans who died while serving our country, particularly those who died of wounds sustained in battle. Learn more about Memorial Day.

At USBA, these two military holidays and the veterans they honor are equally meaningful, equally important. With a 60-year history of providing group life insurance for military families, we salute those who risk their lives to protect our country. We proudly serve generations of active, transitioning, transitioned and retired veterans of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves.

In honor of our USBA members and all U.S. military veterans, we invite you to view and share this Veterans Day eCard.


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