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Enhancements to the VA Decision Ready Claims Program

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2018

It’s no secret the VA faces heavy criticism with its backlog of claims. On average, a Fully Developed Claim takes 120 days to process – and that’s often just the beginning. In response to mounting pressure, the VA created the VA Decision Ready Claims Program which promises a disability rating in 30 days when working Read More »

What the 2018 Tax Reforms Mean for Military Members

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2018

In one of the largest tax reform laws since Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1986, President Trump signed the Republican-driven tax cut bill into law just before the 2017 Christmas holiday, setting the stage for major changes in taxation for American families, individuals and corporations in the years to come. While tax advisors and experts continue Read More »

2018 Veterans Pension and Disability Rates

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2018

Did you know that as a veteran of wartime service, you may be eligible for a VA Pension without being disabled? If you are wartime veteran with a limited income and are not able to work, you may qualify for the Veterans Disability Pension or the Veterans Pension of Veterans 65 or older. To be Read More »

New "Forever GI Bill" Expands Benefits to More Veterans, for Longer Times

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2018

In late 2017, President Trump signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (H.R. 3218) – known as the “Forever GI Bill” – initiating an extensive expansion to the Post-9/11 GI Bill with 34 provisions aimed at making post-service educational support available to more veterans for a longer amount of time. The Read More »

Tips to Avoid Veteran Benefits Scams

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2018

It is an unfortunate reality that military veterans are victimized more than the general public. Learn more about how and why veterans are targeted and what you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones from veteran benefits scams. Reasons Veterans Are More Likely to Become Victims of Fraud A survey from the Read More »

Record Low Unemployment Rate for Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2018

As employers commit to hiring veterans, the unemployment rate for those who served is the lowest it has been since September 2001. Learn more about the companies that are prioritizing hiring veterans and why. Record Low Unemployment Rate for Veterans Evan Guzman, founder of the MiLBRAND Project which helps companies hire and keep veterans says: Read More »

New Veterans Access to Base Exchanges

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2018

On military bases around the world, there are stores (known through the military community as exchanges) that serve as convenience and department stores for active duty personnel and their dependents. The stores offer tax-free merchandise and some high-end merchandise is even discounted at rates not seen in other stores. Revenue from the exchange also benefits Read More »

Free, New Veteran Photo IDs Now Available

Posted in Uncategorized on January 2, 2018

Honorably discharged veterans now have one less thing to worry about when needing to show proof of their service for benefits and discounts: identity theft. Thanks to the newly available Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) veteran ID card, all honorably discharged veterans can easily identify themselves as veterans without carrying around documents containing sensitive information. Read More »

What the VA is Doing About the Opioid Epidemic

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017

In October 2017, President Trump officially declared the United States’ opioid crisis a “public health emergency,” a proclamation that allows for more funds to be dedicated to combating opioid abuse, hiring specialists to focus on the crisis, expanding telemedicine services for rural areas and increasing training for federally employed prescribers of painkillers. Trump also referenced Read More »

7 Great Podcasts for Veterans

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2017

If you’ve ever enjoyed listening to talk radio, or are simply looking for interesting topics you can enjoy at your leisure, you’ll be happy to know that a wide range of military podcasts – many covering veteran-specific issues and topics – are available and easily accessible from your computer or smartphone, 24-hours a day. Podcasts Read More »