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Do you have an Individual Transition Plan?

Returning to civilian life is a complex undertaking. Many steps must be taken, and many questions must be answered. Transition assistance staff, personnel office staff, relocation specialists, education counselors, and many others can help, but only you and your family can make the critical decisions that must be made. A good beginning is for each departing Service member to develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). The ITP is your game plan for a successful transition back to civilian life. It is a framework you can use to fulfill realistic...

Transition Offices Help Veterans Find Jobs

Those leaving the Armed Forces are often reluctant to initiate their preseparation activities because they dread the thought of finding a job. It is, however, a common part of American life. Most people change careers at least three times in their lives. Most Transition Offices have programs and counselors to assist you and your family members in seeking employment in government and the private sector. Job-hunting assistance is available at your Transition Office. Some of the services available at your Transition Office...

Veterans Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers

Reserve and National Guard Eligibility  Reservists who served on active duty establish veteran status and may be eligible for the full-range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, Reservists not activated may qualify for some VA benefits. National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other...

USAA Launches New Retirement Fund for Millennials

USAA’s mutual fund company arm has a new offering: A so-called “target” retirement fund managed for a specific age group, who all presumably plan to reach retirement age within a few years of one another. The new fund, the USAA Target Retirement 2060 Fund, is designed for investors who plan to begin taking income from in 2060 or shortly thereafter. That is, it’s designed for those currently around ages 18-24, give or take a few years. The fund is actively managed, and designed to be more aggressive in the early years...

Military Officers Association: White House Budget Proposals ‘Cross the Line’

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) condemned President Obama’s proposed cuts in military retirement pay and benefits fee hikes, saying the President’s proposals “cross the line.” The MOAA further announced that intends to use its influence and that of its 380,000-plus members to fight both proposals. The following is verbatim from the MOAA statement of April 11th, 2013: “MOAA opposes the suggested pay cap for currently serving members of the uniformed services of 1% (versus a 1.8% raise by law)...

2012 U.S. Military Retired Handbook

The United States Military Retired Handbook is designed to help all U.S. Military personnel who have retired - or who are planning to retire. This unique guide covers everything from the nuts and bolts of computing your Retirement Pay to the detailed explanations of retired military Healthcare, TRICARE, Social Security, VA, SBP, taxes, insurance, travel, survivor benefits and much more! Click Here to download this handbook.

2012 After the Military Handbook

This unique handbook, written for military veterans, covers: transitioning to the private sector, supporting your family, finding a job that pays "top dollar", choosing between jobs with large or small companies, deciding to start your own company, maximizing the benefits of a military career, medical benefits and life insurance in the private sector, how to pay for college after you leave military service and how to retire successfully. Click Here to download this handbook.

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