VETERANS DAY: DEMYSTIFYING VETERANS BENEFITS

Understanding eligibility and how to access the benefits earned in service to America has never been easier.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 7, 2003 – America’s 26.5 military veterans have earned a wide variety of benefits, from education to healthcare. In addition, many companies offer veterans discounts as a gesture of appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Current and former members of the Selected Reserve may also be eligible for certain benefits if they meet time-in-service and other criteria.

Many veterans, however, are unaware of the benefits they’ve earned. For example, over 50 percent of GI Bill benefits go unused, often due to a lack of understanding of how to take advantage of them. Understanding the benefits and accessing them can be complex and frustrating.

Fortunately, it has never been easier for veterans to learn how to take advantage of their benefits thanks to Military.com (www.military.com). With over 3 million members, Military.com is the largest online destination for servicemembers, veterans and their families, offering free resources on benefits, jobs, discounts and much more.

Military.com provides an extensive guide for veterans on a wide range of topics, including education, health care, VA home loans and memorial benefits. The most common forms are also available for download at Military.com, making it easy to obtain the necessary records and certificates required for requesting services or filing a claim.

Additionally, Military.com helps veterans understand a variety of educational benefits, including the GI Bill and Tuition assistance. Plus, an interactive Scholarship Finder helps veterans gain access to over $300 million in available scholarships.

Military.com provides career and transition resources for veterans, including a Military Mentor network of more than 50,000 veterans, who have registered their willingness to assist other prior servicemembers to find employment.

In the Discounts Center, Military.com provides Veteran and Military discounts and savings from over 225 of America’s leading providers of goods, services and entertainment.

The Military.com Community Center hosts over 40,000 unit and reunion pages, lively discussion boards, and the popular Buddy Finder, all of which help veterans reconnect and stay connected to the military community for life.

Military.com also powers the Vets2Vote (vets2vote.org) website. Vets2Vote is a non-partisan organization committed to unifying the Veteran voice by encouraging voter registration and participation in the military community.

Contact Pete DeLauzon at Military.com, (415) 433-0999 x 238, pete@militaryadvantage.com, for additional information or quotes for this story and other veterans-related issues.

About Military.com
Military.com (www.military.com), is the online presence of Military Advantage, Inc., committed to the mission of connecting the military community to all the advantages earned in service to America. Military.com helps its 3 million members make the most of their military experience, cut the red tape in using their benefits, get ahead in their careers, find jobs with military–friendly employers, enjoy military discounts, and stay connected for life to friends or mentors from the service. Military Advantage's advisory board includes two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as other academic and business leaders. Military Advantage investors include Mayfield, U.S. Venture Partners, Saints Ventures, and A&E Television Networks. Visit the company at www.Military.com.

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Military.com is 10 million members strong. As the largest military membership organization, Military.com empowers members to make the most of all of the benefits they've earned, advance their careers, enjoy military discounts, and stay connected with their buddies, unit, and service.