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7/3/2020
Celebrating Independence Day with Veterans in Mind


6/26/2020
When is PTSD Awareness Day?


6/22/2020
What are the Benefits of Portable Life Insurance?


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6/10/2020
Why is May Military Appreciation Month?
5/14/2020
How can the GI Bill® Comparison Tool Help Veterans Start a High-Technology Career?
4/28/2020
Are There Tips for Avoiding COVID-19 Related Identity Theft?
4/9/2020
Staying home means staying safe. It also means fun, free online activities for military families!
4/1/2020
New USBA Website Coming Spring 2020
3/24/2020
An important message about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
3/10/2020
Celebrating Women’s History Month: A look back and a look ahead for women in the military
3/2/2020
Did you know there is free tax prep help for military members and retirees?
2/24/2020
The deadline for the Dietrich Scholarship is fast approaching
2/13/2020
Did you know there are scientific benefits of being kind to others?
2/4/2020
Military friendly employers want you and your skills
1/21/2020
Where can you find veteran job fairs and other employment resources for transitioning military?
1/14/2020
How will you transition from military to civilian life in 2020?
12/23/2019
Why is now a good time to review your life insurance coverage?
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?
11/7/2019
When is Veterans Day?
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
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
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2/3/2013
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1/22/2013
January is a good time to finally ...
1/6/2013
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12/17/2012
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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
10/17/2012
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
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

 

7/3/2020
Celebrating Independence Day with Veterans in Mind

Celebrating July 4 with veterans in mind 2020

You may be taking extra precautions as you plan your Fourth of July celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. It is just as important to give extra consideration when planning for military family members and guests who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Oftentimes, July 4th and all the fun that comes with it poses a challenge for someone suffering from PTSD. For them, our beloved firework-filled celebrations can be anxiety-filled. Unfortunately, PTSD will affect seven to eight percent of the general population at some point in their lives. For veterans, the numbers can be even higher. While PTSD affects each person differently, there are some general precautions you can implement to your holiday plans to make it enjoyable for everyone.

Celebrate with consideration and courtesy

  • Fourth of July isn’t a one-day celebration. Many people celebrate long before and after the actual holiday so it is best to be aware of what may be happening around your friend or loved one and take steps to help early.

  • Talk to your guests ahead of time to gauge any sensitivities and take those into consideration in your holiday plans. Flashing lights, loud noises and certain scents from fireworks can trigger side effects such as anxiety, flashbacks, and other symptoms.

  • Consider some alternative ideas to traditional ways of celebrating with fireworks. Get creative on different ways you can celebrate America’s birthday. Fireworks do not have to be part of the celebration. Offer to spend the day or spend the night with your loved one. Alternative ideas might include listening to patriotic music, hosting a movie marathon, grill out but eat in, go for a day trip or evening drive instead.

  • Consider setting a firework curfew where loud firework activity is limited and does not run late into the night. This can help everyone who are sensitive to fireworks.

If you or a family member are experiencing any signs of PTSD, consult your medical provider for guidance. Immediate help for veterans is available by calling 1-800-273-8255 (and press 1), texting 838255, or connecting with a crisis responder online here. Support is free and available to all service members, veterans, and their families and friends.

USBA wishes everyone a happy and safe July 4th.


6/26/2020
When is PTSD Awareness Day?

PTSD Awareness Day 2020

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a condition that affects roughly 13 million people in the United States, and will affect seven to eight percent of the general population at some point in their lives. It is a condition that, even today, is misunderstood by many people and PTSD Awareness Day was created to help change that.

PTSD gained national prominence in 2007 when it was declared that June 27th would be known as PTSD Awareness Day. It honored Staff Sergeant Joel Biel, who struggled with the disorder, and was put in place to start an open dialogue about the condition, its symptoms and ways to get help. In 2014 the Senate dedicated the entire month of June to PTSD awareness and education.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a psychological condition that can affect veterans and non-veterans alike. It can occur when someone experiences a shocking or dangerous event, on the battlefield or in everyday life, such as a serious accident, or a violent personal assault.

Terms such as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue” were once used to describe the symptoms of PTSD. However, the understanding of PTSD slowly began to evolve in 1980, when the disorder was officially recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Today the symptoms of PTSD are better understood and it is now recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a service-related condition.

For people living with PTSD, the symptoms can cause significant distress. People can suffer from one or many combinations of PTSD symptoms and they can vary in severity. The symptoms can range from sleeplessness and irritability to unwanted memories or flashbacks of the event and feeling emotionally detached, intense guilt and avoiding situations that are reminders of the trauma.

The specific nature of PTSD-related trauma varies greatly. While combat and combat-related military service can be traumatic, not everyone who serves under these conditions reacts in the same way; some may develop PTSD symptoms while others remain unaffected.

How can I help?

There are a lot of ways people can help those affected by PTSD. One of the most important ways is to encourage them to seek treatment. There are many innovative treatments offered today, such as animal-assisted therapy using PTSD-trained service animals, and help finding ways to cope with traumatic stress reactions. It is also important to know you or your loved are not alone in this fight.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has more information on resources for PTSD on its’ official site.

 


6/22/2020
What are the Benefits of Portable Life Insurance?

USBA family enjoying portable life insurance

Life insurance is designed to provide future protection for your family and ensure their financial stability should something happen to you. Having this protection in place gives you great peace of mind. However, if your life insurance coverage is provided by your employer, and you don’t own your policy, a career change can impact this protection.

If you’re currently serving in the U.S. military with SGLI or working as a Federal employee with FEGLI, the value of also having portable life insurance - such as that available from USBA is that you own it. This means you can keep this life insurance even after you transition or retire from your military or Federal job.

USBA group life is portable, you can keep it wherever your career takes you.

For Federal employees, USBA group life insurance can be purchased as an alternative or supplement to FEGLI. Federal employee life insurance (FEGLI) changes upon retirement with either a reduction in coverage or an increase in premium, and if you leave Federal employment before retiring, FEGLI ends.

In the case of military service, your SGLI ends 120 days after separation from the service. VGLI allows you to convert your SGLI coverage to a renewable term life insurance policy. However, VGLI only provides up to a maximum of $400,000 of insurance coverage, and is issued in $10,000 increments up to the amount of SGLI you had at the time of separation. USBA lets you combine coverage to provide up to $750,000 in benefits for your family.

We are dedicated to serving those who serve our Nation with economical rates and great coverage options. For example, $100,000 worth of coverage starts at $5.75 per month for our most popular 15 Year Group Level Term Life Insurance plan.*

Take a minute to learn about the other features and benefits of USBA’s portable life insurance products and services. Remember these affordable plans offer benefits that do not change due to transition, separation or retirement. USBA can even give you an instant quote for free!

*Example premium for a 24-year-old Female on a Preferred Rate plan.


6/12/2020
Flag Facts Just in Time for Flag Day

Tips for the American Flag blog

Flag Day is a celebration of our country’s flag. To pay tribute, USBA is bringing you interesting facts and tips for proper flag etiquette as you honor one of our country’s most iconic symbols of freedom.

On June 14, 1777, the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress at Philadelphia resolved that the flag of the United States would consist of 13 alternating red and white stripes, and 13 stars, “white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” However, the resolution did not include specific instruction for how the stars were to be designed. A variety of flag designs emerged including various arrangements of the stars appearing in rows and in a circular pattern. The number of points on the stars also varied.

The first official Flag Day was celebrated in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, but was not annually recognized until 1885.

School teacher BJ Cigrand, now known as the “Father of Flag Day,” first organized a group of Wisconsin school children to observe Flag Day on June 14, 1885, the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as the United States’ flag. However, it was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson marked Flag Day as the official national day of observance.

The current flag, representing the 50 states, was designed in the 1950’s as part of high school history project. In anticipation of the coming Alaska and Hawaii statehood, Ohio teen, 17-year-old Robert Heft, disassembled his family’s 48-star flag and stitched 50 stars in a proportional pattern. Following the history project, Heft was inspired to send his flag design to his congressman, Walter Moeller. Moeller then presented it to President Eisenhower and on July 4, 1960, the president and Heft raised the new 50-star flag for the first time. Following this turn of events, Heft’s teacher changed his original grade of “B-” into an “A.”

Flag etiquette and how to honor our flag
As you celebrate Flag Day 2020, and on all days, follow these flag etiquette rules to properly show your respect to the Stars and Stripes.

Some rules for displaying the flag:

  • The American flag should only display from sunrise to sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in the open, and must be illuminated by sunlight or other light source. When a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24-hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
  • Place the U.S. Flag above all other flags including city, state, local bodies of government or a group’s flag. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be equivalent size and flown from separate staffs, both at the same height.
  • On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff, one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised.
  • When used during a marching ceremony or parade with other flags, the U.S. Flag will be to the observer’s left.
  • When flags are taken down from their poles, care must be taken to keep them from touching the ground. In fact, the American flag should always be kept aloft.
  • Fold in the traditional triangle for stowage, never wadded up.

Find additional tips and rules for honoring the American flag here.

Learn how to properly fold the flag here.

Access the full United States Flag Code here.



5/20/2020
USBA marks Memorial Day 2020 in a memorable way

USBA Memorial Day eCard 2020

While many Americans think of Memorial Day as a day of picnics, outings and parades, the meaning goes much deeper for the families of our fallen soldiers, airmen, Marines, Coast Guard and sailors. It’s a time when our country pays tribute to veterans who died while serving in the military service, particularly those who have died in battle.

The making of a national day of remembrance.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress and was placed on the last Monday in May. However, Memorial Day actually began many years before, following the end of the Civil War.

Originally called Decoration Day, and observed on May 30th, this day of remembrance began with both formal and informal ceremonies to decorate the graves of soldiers who had fallen in battle during the Civil War. The first large observance was held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery.

This custom has continued through the years with the placing of flags and flowers on military graves across the Nation. It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 25th. In honor of this veteran-focused federal holiday, USBA continues our tradition of commemorating Memorial Day by sharing an electronic postcard in remembrance of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.


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