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  • Military Members Hampered by Student Loan Debt

    Military Members Hampered by Student Loan Debt

    Student loan debt among military service members is mounting and the Pentagon has recently announced its concern over the issue. A report recently released says that military members are having trouble understanding the student loan benefits they can receive. Because of this misunderstanding, they are incurring tens of thousands more dollars in debt than they need to. The Pentagon's Concern About 41 perc…

  • Getting to Know the Coast Guard

    Getting to Know the Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard is often the most overlooked of the Armed Forces' five branches. It is perpetually on active duty, yet rarely makes headlines (though the branch did pop into the news late last month with a daring rescue in the early stages of Superstorm Sandy). But the military's underdog is always there when you need them, rain or shine. The Coast Guard has a storied history. Formed in 1790 by Alexander Ham…

  • Veterans: It's Because of You We Have the Freedom to Vote

    Veterans: It’s Because of You We Have the Freedom to Vote

    Politics is innately controversial for veterans and civilians alike, but military service itself is not about politics. Since the United States evolved into a nation that fought Great Britain for independence, people have been choosing to sacrifice for their country, regardless of what party the president represented. That's the great thing about being a service member. Your political affiliation doesn't really m…

  • Hut, Hut, Hike: Army vs. Navy Football Rivalry Has a Rich History

    Hut, Hut, Hike: Army vs. Navy Football Rivalry Has a Rich History

    In America, football is a sport of rivalries, perhaps more than any other sport in the country. Even if your team has a bad season, beating your top rivalry can feel like success. Although many fierce rivalries exist, one of the greatest is between Army and Navy. This football rivalry is girded by decades of military tradition. Yahoo! Sports even named it one of the top 25 greatest college football rivalries. T…

  • September's Winning Reader Essays: 9/11 at the Pentagon

    September’s Winning Reader Essays: 9/11 at the Pentagon

    We received dozens of excellent essays and responses to our “Blue Star Stories” initiative that began last month. Our first prompt for Veterans United Network readers was this: "We want you to tell us about the best day of your military career and your worst." Your responses covered some incredible ground. We wanted to highlight a couple of responses over the next two days.  The first essay is from Navy ve…

  • Craigslist Scams Target Military Community

    Craigslist Scams Target Military Community

    We hear a lot about how constant moves for military families can negatively affect relationships and job opportunity for spouses but it is also important to consider how it may make the military community a vulnerable target for scammers on websites like Craigslist and what you can do to stay safe. Without the use of a third party, you can buy or sell generally everything you need. But, buyer beware. For this r…

  • Military Age Restrictions: How Old is Too Old to Serve?

    Military Age Restrictions: How Old is Too Old to Serve?

    Last month, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun Jr. (R-GA), tried to push through legislation that would allow people of any age to join the military as long as they could meet the minimum health and fitness requirements. The House voted 256-164 against the military age restrictions measure. Broun introduced the bill after speaking with an unnamed ultra-marathon runner who was denied enlistment in the Army for being a few mo…