You can find free, confidential help with any aspect of military life at Military OneSource. This Department of Defense-funded program offers counseling and information for servicemembers and their families in areas such as:
Call Military OneSource 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-342-9647. Visit the Contact Uspage for international dialing instructions or for help calling from your computer.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps military families and veterans with financial issues that affect them. Visit its site to:
Search the National Resource Directory to find help with employment, health, homelessness, housing, caregiver support, and other issues. The directory connects wounded warriors, servicemembers, veterans, families, and caregivers with local support resources.
If you are a military member, military retiree or family member of either, you can shop for less at the commissaries and exchanges on posts and bases.
Commissaries are grocery stores. They sell food and household items at cost plus 5 percent—about 30 percent less than most supermarkets.
Exchanges are like department stores. They sell clothing, electronics, home furnishings, etc.
Find an exchange in the U.S. or abroad:
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the Forever GI Bill, significantly changes many veterans education benefits. Most changes expand or improve upon existing benefits. Highlights include:
Many other changes are in effect or coming. See a detailed list of changes.
Visit Vets.gov to:
You can apply for education benefits online, in person or by phone.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) can help you get your degree despite frequent military transfers. These civilian colleges and universities:
For more information, talk to your unit’s education officer.
If you are in the military, you are automatically signed up for servicemembers life insurance. You can purchase veterans life insurance for a limited time after you are discharged.
As a military retiree, your pension ends when you die unless you sign up for the Survivor Benefit Plan when you retire.
If you are the survivor of a Department of Defense military retiree, promptly report the military retiree’s death to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). If you are the survivor of a Coast Guard retiree, contact the Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center.
If you are the dependent or survivor of a servicemember or veteran whose death or total disability is service-related, you may be eligible for a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) survivor benefits and services.
You may also be eligible for CHAMPVA, a health care program in which the VA shares the costs of services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
If you are a Survivor Benefit Plan beneficiary, you may also be eligible for VA benefits.
For more information, contact the VA.
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