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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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