Veterans

Financial Counseling for Caregivers is available through a new program.

Financial Counseling for Caregivers

Being a caregiver to a wounded, ill, or disabled warrior is a huge job and stretches the caregiver emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially. A new-ish…




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Tampa Bay Rays Offering Free Tickets

Veterans and current military folks in the greater Tampa, Florida area can enjoy free baseball with the Tampa Bay Ray’s new Rays Honor Pass program….


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Congress Approves Veterans ID Cards

Last week, Congress passed the Veterans ID Card Act (H.R. 91), which will allow all US veterans to receive an ID card issued by the Department…


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Widow Wonders Where Payments Have Gone

Lots of email lately…and some common questions come up again and again. The following is a composite of several different questions. “Dear Kate, I moved…


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Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

In the last few weeks, I’ve had quite a few request to fund various charitable or crowdfunding campaigns for military or veteran families who are…


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2015 DIC Rates for Survivors

I’ve had more than one reader ask where they can find the 2015 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)  rates posted.  Well, they’re not up yet….


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2014 COLA Announced: 1.5%

Every year, most people receiving federal payments receive an increase called a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This amount is calculated based upon statistics called…


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Veterans Day Discounts 2013

Every year, my Veterans Day discount post is super-popular.  I hope that many of you will find it useful again this year.  Not all venues…





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Vets Can Request Some Records Online

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and the National Archives have a website designed to help veterans and next-of-kin access military records more easily.  The…


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Changing VA Disability Direct Deposit

A common question in my email box is:  “how do I change the bank account into which my disability payments are direct deposited?”  That’s a…


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Prepare To Wait For VA Benefits

When servicemembers leave the military, they work with the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) to establish their eligibility for VA benefits.  These benefits include disability…


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Federal Paper Checks Ending

Effective 1 March 2013, paper checks will no longer be issued for any federal benefits, including military retirement pay, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits,…


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Tax Statements For Separated Troops

I get a lot of questions from people who left the service and don’t know how to access their W-2 tax statements.  Thankfully, it is…


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From The Mailbag: Survivor Benefits for Veterans

Slogging through the Department of Veterans Affairs many benefits and programs can be challenging, and the rules change somewhat regularly. Veterans or their survivors may…