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  • List: Military Retirement Income Tax

    List: Military Retirement Income Tax

    If you've retired from the military, you've earned a pension. How large that pension is depends on your pay grade. But to a lesser extent, it also depends on where you live in the country. Since certain states tax military retirement income at different rates, the amount that ends up in your pocket varies from state to state, just like veterans property tax exemptions. Take a look at this chart to see if yo…

  • My Humbling Transition to Civilian Life

    I was out to dinner with my wife the other night when I caught myself saying to the waiter, “But I’m a veteran!” It got me to thinking about how much I use that term in a negative manner. I’ve been the guy that cursed out the young cashier at Best Buy because she asked for my ID when I bought an R-rated movie. “I’m a veteran,” I said, to excuse my behavior. What an absolute fool, right? Just because w…

  • John Basilone: Returning to the Fight After Earning Medal of Honor

    "On Guadalcanal, he'd become a hero. But returning to the war in Iwo Jima made him a legend," Diane Hawkins said of her uncle, WWII hero John Basilone, in her documentary. He was touring the country, encouraging people to buy war bonds, and had high hopes as a movie star. But he decided to go back to war. Basilone, who served in the Marine Corps, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions on Oc…

  • Veterans United Live with Boot Campaign

    Veterans United Live with Boot Campaign

    Click play below to watch the highlight of our Heroes Hangout with the Boot Campaign! Or watch the full 21-minute chat here!   If you've got a tough job to do, you've got to be wearing the right gear. Service members of each branch have unique uniforms, but there's a common element between each: boots. They're what you put on when you've got some heavy lifting to do, need to get over rough terrai…

  • Did You Know These Educational Benefits Existed?

    Did You Know These Educational Benefits Existed?

    There is no such thing as absolute freedom. While terrifying and disheartening to admit, it’s also the truth. But the absence of absolute freedom doesn't keep us from fighting for what we believe to be right. Freedom can be seen both through the eyes of the past and of the present, whether it was WWII, the civil rights movement, women’s right to vote or the now-unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. The …

  • Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life

    Staying Positive as a Veteran and How It Can Change Your Life

    On too many occasions, I've fallen into the trap of being the negative veteran. I've cursed Veterans Affairs when I felt they weren't acting quickly enough; I've felt misunderstood by friends, family and peers; I've even chosen to stand apart from other veterans at times, angry at them because they reminded me of the tough times in my life. And with each of these choices — and I strongly emphasize the word "c…

  • The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    Joey Carpenter likes fast cars and Captain America. A couple years ago, Joey, now 4, lost a super hero in his life -- his Dad. Army Capt. Matt Carpenter, an Iraq War veteran, was readying for another deployment when he started to mysteriously itch. Tests revealed a progressive form of cancer. The West Point graduate was just 29 years old when he died. Now raising Joey on her own, Beth Carpenter wanted to be closer to her family. She needed a new house and a home loan. The VA has s…

  • Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Editor's note: The following story by Veterans United's Levi Newman details his experience with Team Rubicon and the cleanup efforts the group volunteered for in Moore, Okla., following the tornado in May 2013. When I joined Team Rubicon to help provide disaster relief in Moore, Okla., I volunteered with the assumption that I knew what disaster relief was all about. I knew we’d work hard, that the sun would b…

  • Veterans United Live with MSgt. Kevin Wallace

    Veterans United Live with MSgt. Kevin Wallace

    Click the play button below to watch the Veterans United Live recorded video chat with MSgt. Kevin Wallace. Or watch the entire 27-minute video by clicking here.   MSgt. Kevin Wallace Kevin Wallace, an Air Force master sergeant, is adept at military combat, but his main weapon, as a photojournalist, is a camera. So, in April 2011, when he was embedded with a small team of Marine Special Forces and A…

  • Smaller Than The NYPD: What You Didn't Know About The Coast Guard

    Smaller Than The NYPD: What You Didn’t Know About The Coast Guard

    Though they may not have the size or notoriety of some other branches, the Coast Guard has been hard at work defending the shores of the United States for over 200 years. And that's not the only facet of Coast Guard history that's under-appreciated. Here’s your chance to learn a little bit more about the "coasties," one of the oldest branches of the military. History and Smugglers Think the Navy is o…