January is almost finished, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has its work cut out for it in 2012. Throughout the year, military families should expect to hear and see the VA take on several issues.
The VA budget for fiscal year 2012 is $58.5 billion. However, the federal budget plan also apportioned a mandatory $63.8 billion for veterans programs, such as the VA home loan program. So for future military homeowners who thought the program was in jeopardy due to budget cuts, fear not.
Portions of that $58.5 billion already got allotted for the following uses. See More
Few acts are greedier than scamming trusting or elderly veterans out of their money.
It’s hard to imagine criminals going after veterans’ money, but it’s a sad truth. Whether the scammers know their victims are veterans doesn’t make it any less cold-hearted. To reduce the number of veterans getting scammed, read about these types of scams and how to educate veterans in your family or community.
The month of December isn’t just hard on diets. It’s rough on budgets, too, and even the best budgeters will struggle this holiday season. Despite the necessary expenditures, there are some key ways to make sure you won’t be paying off your holiday debt next Labor Day. Here’s a look at five:
Moving and receiving a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is something that military families are all too familiar with; and recession or not, the expenses of moving are a big worry for anyone facing a PCS.
But what if you could make your move work for you?
Also known as a Personally Procured Move (PPM), Do-It-Yourself (DITY) moves have become more popular than ever. Essentially, the government will pay individuals who organize the move on their own a flat percentage of what they would have paid for the move originally.
Why would you choose to take on the hassle of planning on your own? With advanced planning and a careful use of military discounts and rates, most people can move for less than the reimbursement and actually make a profit. See More