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Hero Miles Program

No one likes that phone call, civilian or military; a loved one is injured or seriously ill and you should be by his or her side. Anybody who has had to purchase a last-minute ticket knows the costs can be exorbitant. If you are the spouse of a military family member, you 1) are mostly likely underemployed, having to find a new job every three years or so, and 2) know exactly how much your beloved makes. Or you’re a parent of a serviceman or woman, retired and living on a fixed income. How are you going to afford a trip across...

2016 Military Handbooks – Now Available

2016 AFTER THE MILITARY HANDBOOK.... maximizing the benefits of a military career, transitioning to the private sector and supporting your family, relocation assistance, finding a job that pays “top dollar”, choosing between jobs with large or small companies, deciding to start your own company, medical benefits and life insurance options in the private sector, how to pay for college after you leave military service, assistance for disabled veterans, how to retire successfully, and more. 2016 BENEFITS FOR VETERANS AND DEPENDENTS...health...

5 Degrees That Are in Demand

It’s no secret that college graduates have an easier time finding a job than those without a degree. But with hundreds of majors to choose from, it can be difficult to select the right one. If you want to increase your chances of getting hired and scoring a decent starting salary right after your college graduation, then consider one of these top five in-demand degrees according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. A couple of these may even surprise you. Business A degree in business tops the list of most in-demand college...

Servicemembers Group Life Insurance – An Overview of Benefits

There’s a peace of mind that comes with knowing your loved ones will be cared for.  The Veterans Administration offers a number of life insurance programs to servicemembers at lower costs. These programs are designed to provide financial assistance to servicemembers’ payable in the event of death or, in some cases, traumatic injury. Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) provides low cost group life insurance to servicemembers, including commissioned officers of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Tips for a Successful Transition to Civilian Work

Military transition to the civilian workforce can both be exciting and challenging new adventure. It is no easy task to align separation, maximize career potential of your military skills, and relocate to a new place. Here are ten tips for you to make military transition smooth and more successful in the corporate world: Get started now. If your separation date is known, you should have ample time to prepare for adjusting. Avoid the temptation to delay and begin to create a career action plan. Make good use of your time....

Is SGLI Enough?

The prime directive to keep in mind when doing your life insurance planning is this: Have enough to replace your income for the people you love. Now, that said, let’s take a look at what the maximum SGLI benefit of $400,000 can accomplish. First, how long are you planning on being dead? Usually, that’s quite a long time.The purpose of life insurance for breadwinners (including service members) is to replace the income they would have earned for the family. So add up all your pays and allowances – including special...

Veterans Get Help Through VR&E

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is a program that assists Veterans who have service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain suitable employment. Independent living services are also available for severely disabled Veterans who are not currently able to seek employment. Additional information is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/. Eligibility: A veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rated at least 20 percent with an employment handicap, or rated 10 percent with a serious...

Reasons to Get Your Degree

Higher salaries and better jobs aside, there are three good reasons to get your college degree that you might not have considered. In a study conducted by the College Board, college graduates were revealed to have qualities that indicate they will be productive members of society.  For example, college graduates are more likely to vote and volunteer, be respectful of others’ opinions, and raise children who have better health and perform well at school. College Graduates are Good Citizens Being a good citizen means...

Harness the Power of Social Media in Your Job Search

Veterans are accustomed to using social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family.  But many don’t always consider the powerful boost social media can bring to a job search. Here’s some tools to get you started: LinkedIn Building a professional profile on LinkedIn is like having a mini-professional website – only it’s free. After you’ve entered your information, you can use LinkedIn’s search feature to find people you know, join veterans groups or professional associations, and research companies...

Reader Question: What do recruiters look for on a resume?

Q: I'm getting out of the military soon and need to start job hunting. But since I have never had to look for a job before, can you help me out? What do managers and recruiters look for on a good resume? A: Understanding how recruiters think will go a long way toward securing that coveted in-person interview, which is the primary goal of submitting a resume. With that in mind, here are the top 3 things recruiters will look for when they read your resume. Focus on the following areas while composing and editing the document....

Your Passport to Summer Fun: Your Military ID

Summer is here and that means many families are gearing up for a vacation or weekend trip.  Below are a few tips to make your vacation budget stretch even farther by using your military ID. Military lodges, temporary housing or recreation centers: Rather than spend your budget on $100/night hotel room, check nearby military installations to find out if they have rooms available.  Most of the rooms have convenient kitchen and recreation facilities. Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) are affordable joint service...

Reader Question: Savings Bonds in myPay

Q. How do I purchase Savings Bonds in myPay and how do I request Bonds held in safekeeping? A. Many service members have heard about purchasing savings bonds through the myPay system. Unfortunately, the DoD stopped selling bonds through payroll deductions in 2010. But there is still a way to get a savings bond using an allotment. If you wish to start or continue purchasing Savings Bonds through payroll deduction, you must establish an account through http://www.treasurydirect.gov/. Then you may use myPay to start an allotment...

Establishing a Retired Pay Account

Much of the preparation for the retired pay account should be done before separation. Retired Pay Operation will answer any questions you may have concerning the establishment of your retired pay account. Your retired account will not be established until your active duty account reflects the fact that you have been released from active duty. This is required to expedite the establishment of your account. It is important that your command closes your active duty account. Your account cannot be established until this action...

General Discharge Benefits for Veterans

You’ve served your country well, and you’ve served proudly. Now what? After your time in, you’ve earned a general discharge and are ready to take on civilian life. In all the excitement, don’t forget about the benefits that you’ve earned as a member of the U.S. military. The overview below will give you an idea of some of the various benefits available for those who fall into either the general discharge or the dishonorable discharge. Consult your VA representative if you have questions about how to file for any of these...

6 Career-Boosting Professional Certifications

If you have had military training and experience in one of these fields, obtaining a professional certification can help move your civilian career forward, open a wider array of options, or improve your chances of nabbing a job. In a few fields – teaching, medicine and law, for example – the lions’ share of certification programs are the means of entering the profession. In others, certification is not mandatory, but it is a competitive advantage. Overall, though, it’s important to remember that most professional certification...

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