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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


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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
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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
10/16/2012
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
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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
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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
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

 

10/4/2018
USBA introduces a new identity theft protection for military veterans, federal employees and their families

USBA&qts Identity Theft Protection for membersIdentity theft claims a new victim every 3 seconds. In 2017 alone, 1.3 million people in the United States were victims of identity fraud. Many were active military members, retired military veterans, and their families.

To address this growing threat, USBA has teamed up with IDShield to offer USBA military members, federal employees, and their families quality identity theft protection–in addition to low cost military life insurance.

Introducing IDShield
IDShield provides affordable protection that includes privacy, security, and credit monitoring, as well as identity restoration services. By special agreement, USBA members pay just 28¢ a day for individual protection or 53¢ a day for an entire family. That’s a 15% discount for individuals and 48% discount for families. Learn more and sign up online.

If you’ve never known someone who had his or her identity stolen, you may not realize the chaos it can cause. Having your identity stolen can prevent you from securing a bank loan or landing a civilian job and leave you dealing with month-after-month of calls from debt collectors. And none of this is your fault.

You also may not realize all the ways your identity can be stolen. You don’t want your world or that of your family to be turned upside down due to theft of personal information tied to credit cards, employment, phone or utilities, banking, loans or leases, government documents and benefits, online payment accounts, even healthcare insurance or medical services you’ve received. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there’s been a 40% increase in medical services-related identity theft in the last year.*

One of the many reasons USBA chose IDShield is the company’s exclusive partnership with Kroll. Kroll is the world leader in risk mitigation and identification monitoring. It works with the U.S. Armed Forces, governments, the TSA and Homeland Security.

It’s the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators dedicated to restoring your identity. Members have unlimited access to identity theft consultation services provided by licensed Kroll private investigators. Members also have access to support agents 24/7/365 for emergency situations. Learn more here

And here is some more exciting news:  Unlike USBA life insurance for veterans, IDShield is available to USBA members PLUS family members and even friends with non-military backgrounds who don’t qualify for USBA membership. Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested.

Additional tips for avoiding identity theft
According to USA.gov, these are some of the steps you should take to protect your identity.

Keep your Social Security number (SSN) and those of your children secure. Give them out only when absolutely necessary and only to those you trust.

Never respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birth date, Social Security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online. 

  • Collect your mail promptly. Place a hold on your mail when you’re away from home for several days.
  • Pay attention to billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Review credit card and bank account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired credit cards to prevent dumpster diving thieves from getting your personal information.
  • Review your credit report once a year to be certain it doesn’t include accounts you haven’t opened.

When you’re a USBA member with IDShield protection, you’ll also receive timely identity theft updates to keep you informed and protected against new security threats and breaches.

Criminals are getting smarter, but you can out-smart them by planning ahead. Start by protecting your identity with IDSHIELD.

*Source: IDShield Investigator Insights, June 2018


9/17/2018
Insurance changes ahead for military retirees

New retired military dental program: FEDVIPThe Defense Health Agency’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on December 31, 2018. This affects retired military veterans only, not active duty personnel. The end of TRDP is part of the reforms that began rolling out on January 1, 2018.

As directed in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, retired uniformed service members and their families who were eligible for TRDP will have the opportunity to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

The first opportunity to enroll in FEDVIP will be during the next Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 12 through December 10, 2018 (ET), with coverage effective January 1, 2019. The open enrollment is on Eastern time. This means the open enrollment period closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 10th. If you’re in Central, Mountain or Pacific time zones, this is an important detail to remember. Enrollment can be completed either on the FEDVIP website or by calling a yet-to-be-released 800 number.

If you’re currently enrolled in a TRDP plan, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll during open season. When you enroll you can choose a dental plan from among 10 dental insurance providers. You will also be able to enroll in FEDVIP vision coverage.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about this change in dental benefits.

Key dates to put on your calendar:

  • October 2018: 2019 FEDVIP plan rates are available
  • November 12-December 10, 2018: Federal Benefits Open Season sign up
  • January 1, 2019: 2019 FEDVIP plan year begins

While you’re updating your dental insurance, take a few minutes to review your veterans life insurance. Does it still cover everything and everyone you originally intended?  If you’ve had a significant change in your life such as a marriage, divorce, baby, adoption, remarriage, or home purchase you may need to update your coverage or beneficiary. USBA offers retired military life insurance, as well as veteran group life insurance for military and their spouses


9/4/2018
Why we observe Patriot Day 2018

2018 Patriot DayThe longest war in our country’s history, the Global War on Terrorism, is still being fought. Tuesday, September 11th is Patriot Day, an annual reminder of why we’re fighting this 17-year war. 

On this day in 2001, a total of 2,977 innocent people were killed and millions worldwide were rocked by terrorist air attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. Another attempted air attack ended with a hijacked plane crashing near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nineteen terrorists died in the attacks. Each September 11th since 2001, we remember and honor the patriots we lost that day and those still fighting the war on terror.

At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed as a result of hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 being intentionally crashed into the north and south towers. Of those who died during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapse of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers, and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. Victims ranged in age from two to 85 years.

At the Pentagon, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. Victims were military members and civilians.

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It’s believed the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their target, after passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.

We also honor the over 3 million brave military men and women who have served since September 11, 2001. Thousands of brave U.S. military veterans have died or been wounded fighting this war. We honor their courage, commitment and patriotism that keeps the rest of us safe.

Even though Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, it’s observed throughout our country and abroad. American flags are flown at half-staff and Americans are asked to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first terrorist-piloted plane unexpectedly flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

As military families know, being prepared for the unexpected includes having adequate military life insurance. USBA is a not-for-profit organization that provides affordable life insurance for military veterans and life insurance for federal employees. Whether you’re active, transitioning or retired, USBA is here to serve you and protect your family.


8/15/2018
Are you a military transitioner going back to school?

Yellow Ribbon Program

With a new academic year about to begin, you may be one of the thousands of military transitioners returning to school as a civilian. Did you know the Post-9/11 GI Bill may not cover all your tuition and fees at the educational institution you plan to attend?

The bill only covers tuition and fees at public schools. So, if you’re planning to attend a private or out-of-state school, the GI Bill may not pay for everything. If it looks like you’ll come up short, check out the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between universities and the Department of Veterans Affairs to get former service members the extra funds they need for college. To qualify, you have to be at the 100% benefit level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Here’s an example of how it works:

You decide to attend a public school as an out-of-state student and your total tuition and fees for the year are $16,000. The school’s in-state tuition and fees are only $10,000.

Your total tuition and fees exceed the amount payable under the Post-9/11 GI bill by $6,000. The VA will pay a total of $10,000 to your school for your tuition and fees. However, you are responsible for the $6,000 charged to out-of-state students.

If your school offers $3,000 in Yellow Ribbon contributions, the VA will also pay $3,000 to the school, and your full amount will be paid. If your school offers $2,000 in Yellow Ribbon contributions, the VA will pay $2,000 to your school, and you will be responsible for the remaining $2,000.

Find out if the college or university you plan to attend participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.

One more thing. As you re-enter civilian life and get ready to go back to school, remember your SGLI ends 120 days after you leave military service. USBA offers affordable life insurance plans to replace your SGLI. Learn more here.


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