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  • Student Veterans Question Compensation Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

    Student Veterans Question Compensation Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided educational benefits for student veterans since 2009. But a recent change has some worried about their financial stability. In August 2011, a provision that provided compensation during breaks from school was eliminated from the program. Some students only learned of the change when their first month’s pay of the 2012 spring semester was lower than usual. The Department …

  • Considerations for the Post-Military Route to Retirement

    Considerations for the Post-Military Route to Retirement

    When you enlist in the military, it doesn’t take long to start taking advantage of perks like allowances, tax breaks, insurance and more. One perk that requires a lot more patience to acquire is retirement. Currently, the 20-year stipulation for eligibility still stands, although there has been debate over future changes. The decision to enlist for 20 years is a big one with a lot of contributing factors—esp…

  • Student Loan Options

    Student Loan Options

    Military members who want to attend college have several funding options available. For qualifying service members GI Bill Benefits are available, but for those who do not qualify, loans are an option, too. The reality is the military’s education benefits may not always cover all expenses. It isn’t uncommon for students to seek out loans to close any gaps. What Student Loan Options are Available T…

  • Building Your Business Wardrobe on a Budget

    Building Your Business Wardrobe on a Budget

    Whether you’re preparing for an interview, corporate affair or a day in the office, looking your best is crucial. Luckily, building a professional wardrobe is possible without spending an exorbitant amount of money. By exploring less conventional options, budget-conscious shoppers can find great deals on otherwise expensive items. Here are a few ways to make it happen: Suit Up One of the first i…

  • Nailing the Interview: Dress for Success

    Nailing the Interview: Dress for Success

    With the unemployment rate hovering above 9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, landing a job interview has become increasingly difficult. Because available jobs are scarce, it’s important for job applicants to make a great first impression. While your qualifications are important, your attire is likely to have an impact on your interviewer’s initial perception, too. Remembering to dress app…

  • Discounts for Veterans to Start Their Own Business Franchises

    Discounts for Veterans to Start Their Own Business Franchises

    Military members gain a host of crucial leadership and adaptability skills during their service to our country. When the time comes to reintegrate back into civilian life, scores of veterans look to leverage those unique skills and build their own businesses. To help aid those prospective entrepreneurs, dozens of national franchises offer incentives to help veterans get local franchises off the ground. Starti…

  • Recent Changes to the GI Bill

    Recent Changes to the GI Bill

    The Post 9/11 GI Bill will soon experience a major upgrade. August 1, 2011, in an effort to make the program more efficient, uniform and simple to navigate, GI Bill 2.0 is being implemented. The improvements to the GI Bill are intended to assist veterans and current military members in their academic pursuits. But without fully understanding the changes to the program, military members may find themselves in a dif…