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6/26/2020

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...

6/19/2020

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...

6/10/2020

May is officially noted as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). First designated by Congress in 1999, and marked each year by a proclamation from the President of the...

6/10/2020

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...

5/20/2020

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…

5/14/2020

If you’re interested in a career in high-technology, you’re in good company. The tech industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In fact, the Bureau of...

4/28/2020

We all appreciate the advantages of living in the digital age. The world is literally at your fingertips 24/7/365. But with the current COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and social...

4/9/2020

Former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger understood the sacrifices made by our nation’s military children...

4/1/2020

USBA has been proudly serving our members for more than six decades and that commitment continues as we announce the springtime launch of the newly designed USBA.com website...

3/24/2020

At USBA our top priority is to ensure the safety and health of our employees, their families, and our communities. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the lives...

3/10/2020

March is Women’s History Month and there is plenty to acknowledge and celebrate regarding women in the...

3/2/2020

Tax season is right around the corner, so now is a good time to start preparing. If that feels daunting we have some...

2/24/2020

Did you know USBA membership can also benefit your children or grandchildren? If you have a college-bound high school senior in your family...

2/13/2020

We know being kind to others provides benefits to those on the receiving end, but did you know science can identify how it benefits those who give?...

2/4/2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projects approximately 200,000 men and women will be transitioning from military service to civilian life this year. If you...

1/21/2020

If you are taking up a civilian job search in 2020, veteran job fairs and military hiring conferences are a great way to…

1/14/2020

If you’re transitioning in the next 12 months, you’re not alone. This year approximately 200,000 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen will be rejoining civilian…

12/23/2019

As you get ready to say goodbye to 2019, and prepare to move into the 2020’s, it’s a good time to take stock of your current life insurance coverage. Whether you have SGLI, VGLI...

12/11/2019

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…

12/2/2019

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...

11/25/2019

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

11/7/2019

Veterans 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. In 1926, Congress...

11/1/2019

The month of November honors military families who have helped to make our Armed Forces the world’s strongest. Military Family Month was established...

10/24/2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019, is National Day of the Deployed, the day we honor all U.S. military service members who have been deployed. The reasons for deployments vary from defense...

10/14/2019

If you’re left with a mountain of Halloween candy, don’t let it go to waste (or your waist)! Donate it to Angels Treats for Troops...

10/3/2019

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. USBA reminds military Veterans they are not alone if they suffer from PTSD, depression, grief or anxiety. Over 1.7 million military Veterans...

9/16/2019

Out-of-pocket healthcare expenses can add up quickly, even after TRICARE pays. That’s why supplemental health insurance coverage makes sense for many military families...

9/12/2019

During September, Life Insurance Awareness Month, we’re focused on helping you learn more about your policy options and how life insurance works for you. Term life insurance...

9/2/2019

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. Now’s a good time to learn more about how life insurance works to protect your family. What’s the...

8/14/2019

If you’re getting ready to enter the civilian workforce, your prospects of finding a job are looking good. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment rates for…

7/31/2019

With classes about to start, military families are looking for ways to save money as they gear up for school. Get help stretching your back-to-school budget with these deals...

7/15/2019

Some of the best military vacation deals are the Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) and the Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC). What are Armed Forces Recreation Centers?...

7/1/2019

Deployed military service members can put an active duty alert on their credit reports to help minimize the risk of identity theft and credit card fraud while being deployed…

6/17/2019

This June celebrates USBA’s 60th Anniversary of serving those who serve our country in the U.S. military and Federal government. Uniformed Services Benefit Association (USBA)...

6/3/2019

June is national PTSD Awareness Month. Many people have heard of PTSD, but don’t know what it is or how it affects our U.S. service members and their families. Now is the...

5/21/2019

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May. This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27th. While many...

5/1/2019

Nearly 70% of Americans turning 65 will need some type of long-term care services in their lifetime. This care could be provided in-home or in an assisted living facility or nursing home...

4/15/2019

Your 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)...

4/1/2019

April 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...

3/15/2019

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...

3/1/2019

With tax season upon us, here’s good news for active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. You’re eligible for free tax consultation and free tax...

2/18/2019

You may not realize it, but your USBA membership can also benefit your children or grandchildren. If you have...

2/1/2019

Are you planning a late winter getaway or spring break vacation? Here are some tips to stretch your travel budget...

1/15/2019

If 2019 is the year you plan to retire or transition from the armed forces, you may be deciding where to settle as a civilian. There are many factors to...

1/7/2019

USBA is committed to assisting active duty service members, veterans and family members transition into the civilian workforce. As part of this...

12/18/2018

It’s a good time to review your military life insurance coverage whenever there’s been a significant change in your financial or family situation...

11/20/2018

Two years ago, we posted what became one of our most popular news articles telling the story of Vet Tix, the Veteran Tickets Foundation’s Tickets for...

11/1/2018

Good news! For the first time, comprehensive vision insurance coverage will be available to retired military veterans and their families...

10/30/2018

Did you know 70% of Americans over age 65 will require some form of long-term care (LTC) in their lifetime? Even if you’re not 65, planning now for long...

10/4/2018

Identity theft claims a new victim every 3 seconds. In 2017 alone, 1.3 million...

9/17/2018

The Defense Health Agency’s TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on December 31, 2018. This affects retired military veterans only, not active...

9/4/2018

The 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...

8/2/2018

Anyone who has had a loved one serve in the armed forces knows it’s not just the person in uniform who serves and sacrifices. It’s the whole family...

7/17/2018

Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a military life insurance program that provides low-cost coverage to eligible members of the military...

6/15/2018

Search the Internet and you&qtll find hundreds of articles to help transitioning military. But what about their spouses? When a Soldier, Sailor, Airman...

5/7/2018

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire from military service, keep in mind civilian life can be expensive. If you’re looking for ways to save money...

4/16/2018

Is 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...

1/16/2018

The Uniformed Services Benefit Association (USBA) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with the mission of serving military...

12/15/2017

Whether you have SGLI, VGLI or a USBA group life insurance plan, an end-of-year life insurance review should be part of every military family’s annual financial...

10/2/2017

On any given night, it’s estimated over 39,000 military veterans are homeless according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development...

9/18/2017

Military spouses often struggle to find jobs and build careers. Frequent moves, solo parenting and the unknowns of military life make it challenging to find...

8/15/2017

Do you need help understanding and applying for VA benefits? That includes monthly financial support, education, vocational rehabilitation and...

6/1/2017

The long-awaited Department of Defense Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator is now available online. It helps eligible service...

5/15/2017

The recently passed Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act both extends and expands an important program at the Department...

4/16/2017

Two big changes are coming to U.S. military commissaries worldwide as a result of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). They affect...

3/17/2017

According the Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide. The VA study also shows approximately 70%...

1/4/2017

Would you like free tickets to an NFL game—maybe even the 2017 Super Bowl, a big-name concert, or Disney World? Check out the Veterans...

11/16/2016

What do deployed troops really want to find in their care packages this holiday season? It turns out, some of the most appreciated gifts are practical items...

11/8/2016

Transitioning US military veterans interested in becoming entrepreneurs may not realize how much their military training and experience have already...

10/1/2016

If you’re reading this on a computer, tablet or smart phone, you’ve got everything you need to get an instant USBA life insurance quote – and...

9/1/2016

Among the millions of Americans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are many veterans who have transitioned out of the service...

8/15/2016

While most people know about federal benefits available to U.S. military veterans, not everyone is familiar with the valuable benefits offered by...

7/1/2016

Is transitioning out of the service on your radar? If so, it’s time to look into DoD SkillBridge job training. Initiated in...

6/1/2016

For nearly 70 years, Washington, D.C. was without a Memorial Day parade to honor our Armed Forces on this sacred day. In 2005, this changed. The...

4/15/2016

Veterans, be aware. Recently, there’s been a sharp increase in reports of email phishing scams that target veterans, especially those in the process of...

12/15/2015

Whether your life insurance is provided by USBA, SGLI, VGLI or another insurer, it’s important to review your beneficiary periodically to make sure your...

12/1/2015

You can support fellow military members and veterans by supporting these nonprofit organizations...

8/17/2015

Life is full of change. Anyone who has served in the military knows some changes are within your control and others aren’t. That’s why it’s good to....

8/1/2015

Whether you’re active duty, retired or a transitioning veteran, there’s a 3-digit number that can have major impact on your finances. It’s your credit score...

7/15/2015

Are you taking full advantage of your VA health care benefits? Veterans and their families can visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website to learn more about their eligibility for health...

7/1/2015

In the past, military service departments, Veterans Affairs, and other organizations routinely advised veterans and separating service members to file their DD 214 (Report of Separation...

6/15/2015

Planning a summer trip to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone or one of America’s other national treasures? Make sure to get your free military pass. It normally costs $80...

4/15/2015

Your service to our country makes you eligible for a variety of valuable veterans’ benefits. For example, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helps active service members, veterans...

10/17/2014

Sunday, October 26th marks the fourth annual observance of National Day of the Deployed. With recent international developments, it’s more important than ever that our deployed military service...

8/1/2014

YOU ARE if you’re an active duty or a retired member of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guards; in the reserves (including I.R.R. and National Guard); an…

7/15/2014

A growing number of veterans are going into business for themselves. Now more than ever, it’s important for those leaving the service to consider all their career options and...

2/16/2014

Are you a short-timer about to transition out of the military? Here’s a throwback from Korea and Vietnam days...

9/16/2013

The last Sunday in September has been observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day since 1936. Today, Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day honors the mothers and families of those who have...

9/2/2013

If your next mission is transitioning out of military into the civilian life, one of your first questions is probably how to figure the civilian salary that’s...

4/15/2013

Almost everyone’s life insurance needs to change over time. A number of factors can affect how much financial protection you need to meet changing financial responsibilities...

11/15/2012

People often ask why USBA’s group life insurance plans are underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company. The answer is simple...

7/18/2012

USBA was founded in 1959 to meet the needs of active duty military personnel, who at that time wanted to supplement their SGLI $10,000 benefit and had...

7/13/2011

Sign up for one of USBA’s convenient alternative payment methods...

7/30/2010

No one likes to think about the likelihood of having to make a claim on a life insurance policy. It is a difficult time. USBA makes every effort to make the process simple to...

3/7/2010

No strings attached! Just for joining USBA (it’s free), you can enroll for $5,000 of Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. As USBA’s way of saying “Thanks” for...