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The Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Basics

The first step toward owning your own home is meeting with a lender to secure a loan. The Home Loan Program, through the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a substantial benefit you have earned with your military service. These invaluable loans require no down payment, no private mortgage insurance, and negotiable interest rates.

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Tips for Military Families to Save on Holiday Spending

The holiday season and spending money often go together, but there are ways to celebrate with your family without going into debt. It’s all about spending wisely. Consider these tips for staying in control of your finances during the holidays.

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How Your Service Member Will Benefit From the Military’s New Blended Retirement System

The military recently adopted a new retirement plan called the Blended Retirement System which extends benefits to a lot more service members than the old plan. The good news: the BRS can put your service member on the path to long-term financial security. And, the more a service member contributes to their own retirement, the more the Department of Defense matches it.

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Housing – Resources

Finding a new home can be an exciting experience, especially when you have the right resources to help you through the process. Military OneSource and your installation’s housing office provides tools, referrals to services and personalized. …
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Understanding Inheritance Issues

Inheriting money or property can be complex. Be prepared by understanding the basics and learning where you can get help.

Financial Services to Keep You Financially Fit

National Guard members and their families face many of the same challenges as active-duty military families. Your Guard status does, however, mean that you face some unique issues, like connecting with the resources you need when you don’t live near an installation and transitioning back to your civilian job.

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Common Military Acronyms

Sometimes it feels like the military has a language all its own made entirely of acronyms and abbreviations. And while your service member is probably fluent in this strange tongue, you may need a little help to keep up.

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Deductions, Allotments and What Comes Out of Your Military Pay

Like a coin, there are two sides of your military paycheck. There’s what goes into your paycheck — basic pay, allowances and special and incentive pays — and there is what comes out.

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Home Disaster Planning – The Essentials

No one likes to envision the possibility of natural disasters like floods, fires, hurricanes or tornados in their future, nor do they like to think about crimes like theft and vandalism. However, by investing the time now in a little preparation, you can have peace of mind later.

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Wounded Warriors – Benefits

Access to quality care and valuable services does not end when wounded warriors leave a military treatment facility. In many ways, the help is just beginning. Military members who have combat injuries or are battling serious illness because of. …
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Your Checklist: Questions to Ask Before Marriage

Thinking of marrying a service member? There are lots of great reasons to marry, and some reasons that may not be strong enough for a lifelong commitment. View the questions to ask.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning ensures that you have your affairs in order for your loved ones in the event of your death and makes sure they are cared for according to your wishes.

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An Explanation of Education Advancement Exams

You’ve been tested before and have the determination it takes to study hard and be prepared. Doing so on education advancement exams, which assess your skills, can help you earn your degree faster. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES, offers free or discounted tests for military members.

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Joining the Military Community – The Essentials

As you settle in, you’ll want to take advantage of the numerous ways to connect to your new military community and neighbors. That means making friends, doing fun activities during your free time, finding resources to learn hobbies and knowing where to turn when you need help.

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Seven Signs You May Need Extra Help Transitioning to Civilian Life – And Where to Get It

Are you separating or retiring from the service in the near future? Are you actively transitioning to civilian life? With so many components of transition, you may feel like you could use some extra help. Maybe you’re looking for support to manage stress or logistics. Or perhaps you just need someone to give you that extra encouragement to set goals to get through your to-do list.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Tax Laws

The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic led to some temporary changes in tax laws. These come on the heels of major tax reform – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Learn how you can take steps now to maximize your benefits and protect against an unexpected tax bill or penalty next year.

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Military Family Readiness System

The Military Family Readiness System supports every service member and family member, regardless of activation status or location, in person, by phone and online.