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Bainbridge Island, WA, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

Massachusetts Commonwealth Veteran Benefits

The commonwealth of Massachusetts provides several veteran benefits. This page explains those benefits. → Read More

VA Debuts New Life Insurance Program

The updated program, known as VALife, begins Jan. 1, 2023. → Read More

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents

There are numerous Federal benefits available to veterans & their dependents, this page will help to guide you through them. → Read More

Temporary Healthcare After Leaving The Military

Congress has granted continuation of Tricare benefits after discharge with the Continued Health Benefit Program. → Read More

Tricare Offers Special, Limited Program to Treat Low Back Pain

The pilot program is available in 10 states. → Read More

VA Offers Free Career Counseling

Are you a veteran, retiree, or dependent? The VA may offer you free education and career counseling. → Read More

GI Bill Housing Stipend Details

Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance is adjusted August 1 of every year → Read More

Dislocation Allowance Increases by $500 for Many Junior Enlisted

As part of the Defense Department's new policy, many will see a nearly 50% increase in the permanent change of station (PCS) allowance. → Read More

Military Annual Leave

If you are active duty in any of the five branches of the armed forces you earn 30 days of leave (paid vacation) every year. → Read More

New Basic Needs Allowance for Military Families Begins in 2023

The new pay is designed to help military families cope during tough economic times . → Read More

Your Military and Retired Pay Can Be Legally Taken From You

The law allows active, reserve, & retired military members pay to be garnished (or taken) for child and/or spousal support. → Read More

Can You Get VA Benefits for COVID?

If you were exposed on active duty, you may be eligible for VA benefits. → Read More

Special Pay for Medical Officers

If you are a health professional officer you may be entitled to special pay. → Read More

Reserve Education Benefits User's Guide

The military and VA offer several educational assistance programs for reservists and guard members. → Read More

Guard And Reserve Education Benefits User's Guide

The Guard offers several education assistance programs including tuition assistance, the GI Bill, and more. → Read More

Why Savings Bonds Are Your Best Hedge Against Inflation

Long looked down on by "serious" investors, bonds make a return to relevancy. → Read More

6 More States Stop Taxing Military Retirement

Nearly 300,000 more military retirees are now exempt from state income tax. → Read More

VA's Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

The Interest Rate Reduction Loan is an easy way to lower you mortgage payments. → Read More

The Cost of Tricare Is Going Up in 2023 for Guard and Reserve Members, Transitioning Troops and Young Adults

Even as Tricare rates rise, they remain lower than most civilian market prices. → Read More

Top Military CLEP and DSST Pass Rates

So you found out that taking CLEP and DSST exams are free while on active duty. Now what? → Read More