Teresa Tennyson

Teresa Tennyson is a journalist for Veteran.com. She is a retired army officer who served in several countries in the Middle East. Tennyson has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration with a finance certificate from UCLA.

Articles by TeresaTennyson


Which Military Branch Has the Best Pay and Benefits?

Updated: May 16, 2023

If you’re considering a military career, you may wonder which military service has the best pay and benefits. Is it the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or Space Force? At a basic pay level, the answer is simple. The military pays the same regardless of branch, according to your pay grade and years […]

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How To Get TS-SCI Security Clearance

How to Get a TS-SCI Security Clearance

Updated: November 9, 2022

TS/SCI stands for Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. For a TS/SCI clearance, the Department of Defense extensively vets military members and civilian employees. You can read about average security clearance processing timelines in our article here. Here’s what you need to know about getting a TS/SCI security clearance. Security Clearance Levels For members of the Department […]

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Security Clearance Disqualifiers

Updated: November 9, 2022

Security clearances are essential for many federal service jobs and military occupational specialties. Whether you are a military or civilian member of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps or Space Force, you’ll need a security clearance to access the classified information you need to do your job. Getting a clearance is not […]

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Security Clearance Rejection

Updated: November 9, 2022

Military service often requires a security clearance. Whether you’re a military member, a federal civilian employee or a contractor, you must obtain a security clearance if you need to access classified information while working for the Department of Defense (DOD). DOD may also require you to have a clearance to work with certain equipment or […]

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Burn Pits and VA Disability

Updated: November 9, 2022

Editor’s Note: In a June 6, 2022 email to veterans, the VA said it would begin contacting National Guard and reserve service members to schedule their part 2 Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry exam. The VA said active-duty and activated National Guard and reserve service members must reach out to their military treatment […]

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How to Set Up VA Direct Deposit for Benefits

Updated: November 29, 2022

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays disability, pension and education benefits associated with your military service. You can get these payments quickly and safely when you set up VA direct deposit to your bank account. Setting up and changing your VA direct deposit is simple as long as you know where to go. The […]

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Military Discounts on Health and Fitness

Updated: November 9, 2022

Editor’s Note: Military and veteran discounts below are subject to change without notice. Verify discounts before purchase by following the links below or contact the retailer for more information.  Maintaining physical fitness can help military and veteran families deal with unique stressors that come with the military lifestyle. Staying fit and healthy isn’t easy, and […]

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How VA Health Care Works With Other Health Insurance

Updated: October 25, 2022

The Veterans Health Administration offers first-class health care to eligible veterans. Enrollment in VA health care fulfills the Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirement. Despite this, the VA encourages veterans to keep their private insurance – like Tricare – which can help pay for services the VA doesn’t cover, such as non-service connected conditions. While […]

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VA Disability Claims for Covid-19

Updated: October 13, 2022

Active-duty military service members and National Guardsmen on emergency response orders may have been exposed to Covid-19 in the line of duty. Some people who contract the Covid-19 virus experience lingering effects from the disease, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refers to as “post-Covid conditions,” or “long Covid.” If you contracted […]

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