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Compare Current VA Loan Rates: Purchase and Refinance

Updated: June 13, 2024

A VA mortgage is a home loan option backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA designed this program to help veterans, active-duty service members and their families purchase homes with favorable terms. VA loans stand out by offering competitive interest rates without the need for a down payment or private mortgage insurance. […]

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Lowe’s Military Discount – Save 10% Every Day

Updated: June 6, 2024

Lowe’s offers a 10% military discount to active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) also qualify for the discount.

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Military Appreciation Month & Memorial Day Discounts 2024

Updated: May 17, 2024

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and veterans, service members and their families are honored with free admission, discounts, deals and sales. May is a busy month, with Memorial Day (May 27, 2024), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10, 2024), Armed Forces Day (May 18, 2024) and more. Note: For theme parks and brick-and-mortar locations […]

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Understanding Honorable Discharge: A Guide for Veterans

Updated: March 26, 2024

When a service member receives a good or excellent rating for their time spent in the military, they can receive an honorable discharge, making them eligible for certain benefits and privileges. Here’s what you need to know. The Meaning of Honorable Discharge As the name implies, you can be awarded an honorable discharge when you […]

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FY 2025 Defense Budget

Updated: March 22, 2024

The Biden-Harris Administration has released the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2025. A significant part of the new budget includes US Department of Defense Budget funding to protect America’s global interests. This budget also proposes critical funding to help the Veterans Administration continue providing more care and benefits to veterans than ever before. An Overview […]

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Re-enlistment and rejoining the military

National Guard Temporarily Halts Reenlistment Bonuses

Updated: March 13, 2024

Update: The Army National Guard announced it will resume incentive payments after an accounting miscalculation was resolved. A recent National Guard internal memo announced the temporary halting of reenlistment bonuses. The pause is due to insufficient funding for the service component’s incentive. So, if you want to reenlist immediately, maybe wait. A spokesman with the […]

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Money and Finance

Money & Finance

Updated: February 28, 2024

Money & Financial Benefits Information Comprehensive coverage on active duty and veterans financial benefits, money, taxes, VA loans and all other matters related to planning and securing a financial future. News & Compensation Tracking COLA Increase Watch Federal Pay Raise Border Security Historical Military Pay Charts/Information 2024 Military Compensation 2024 Defense Budget 2024 Military Pay […]

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2024 VA Disability Rates

Updated: May 22, 2024

VA disability rates increased 3.2% in 2024 over the previous year. The rate increase was a part of the 2024 cost-of-living adjustment announced by the Social Security Administration. These rates are current, and went into effect on December 1, 2023. You can also find your VA disability pay rate using our 2024 VA disability compensation […]

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentines Day Gift Ideas with a Military Discount

Updated: February 8, 2024

Finding that special Valentine’s gift on a military budget isn’t always easy, and sometimes, a little creativity is needed along the way.  A military discount helps, too, so with that said, here is a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas that offer up a military discount as well. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14th, 2024. […]

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Understanding the PACT Act: Benefits and Eligibility for Veterans

Updated: February 28, 2024

The Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, commonly referred to as the PACT Act, was signed into law in 2022. It grants permanent VA healthcare eligibility to more than 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans. It declared 24 presumptive conditions tied to toxic exposure and established 31 new VA healthcare facilities while also granting VA […]

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