The Military Advantage
Praise for THE MILITARY ADVANTAGE:
“Anybody that has ever served in the American Military needs this book. It cuts through the red tape and shows the real benefits available to our nation’s veterans. It’s a valuable compliment to any library.” --Former Senator Max Cleland
“The Military Advantage is most impressive – and a book that is long overdue. I've seen similar books over the years, but all of them nibble at the edges and address only a few of the topics that Chris Michel covers. The Military Advantage is truly a comprehensive piece of work – an "A to Z" book that will prove valuable to active duty and retired personnel and their families.”
--Rear Admiral Thomas Jurkowsky (Retired)
“Every servicemember and veteran should read this book. It is the definitive guide to making the most of your benefits.”
--The Honorable Anthony J. Principi, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
“Knowledge is the first and most critical tool for a veteran. Awareness of what's available and how to access the system is key. The Military Advantage finally brings it all together in one place.”
--Edward A. Powell, Jr., President and CEO, USO
"The Military Advantage is the single best benefits resource for military personnel and their families. It's a must read for anyone who has ever worn a uniform."
--Jack L. Tilley, Sergeant Major of the Army (Retired)
If you are one of the 30 million Americans who have answered the call to serve, you’ve earned valuable benefits. Billions of dollars in scholarships, educational benefits, home loan guarantees, and military discounts are there for the taking. But all too often these extraordinary benefits go unused or overlooked.
THE MILITARY ADVANTAGE: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits (Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback; January 3, 2006; $20.00) will help you unlock these benefits and make the most of your military experience. This plain-English guide is a handy reference chockfull of insider tips, little known benefits, shortcuts, and answers to frequently asked questions. It’s an essential resource, an owner’s manual for those with military or veteran benefits.
Whether you are on active duty, a veteran, military retiree, or family member, the Military Advantage is an absolute must-have.
Chapter by chapter, Michel details the ins and outs of the system, identifying and explaining what can be claimed – or lost if left unclaimed. Here are some of the areas through which he helps military personnel navigate:
- The Money Advantage – discounts on everything from airline tickets to long-distance phone service, VA home loans, life insurance and savings plans, credit counseling, and emergency relief.
- The Pay Advantage – navigating the military pay system with up-to-date pay charts, basic pay and allowances, reserve pay and retired pay.
- The Health Care Advantage – TRICARE options, special benefits and Veteran health care.
- The Benefits Advantage – military travel and lodging, legal assistance, burial benefits, disability, and surviving family benefits.
- The Education Advantage – money for school through the Montgomery GI Bill, and other numerous sources, and scholarships and loans for dependents.
- The Career Advantage – professional development, deployment and mobilization, relocation.
- The Transition Advantage – pre-separation counseling for those leaving the military, retirement preparation, career counseling, and veteran employment resources.
- The Family Advantage – relocation support, childcare, deployment support, and spouse employment.
Christopher Michel created Military.com to connect servicemembers, veterans, and their families to all the benefits earned in service to America. THE MILITARY ADVANTAGE is the culmination his success, of years of experience helping millions get the most off their military experience. The information has been assembled through close consultation with the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, and other agencies, and has been shaped by input and feedback from some of Military.com’s 6 million members.
“Today only about half of those eligible for the GI Bill use it, and many other benefits also go unused – because veterans are not aware of them or do not know how to use them,” writes G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery, the former congressman and sponsor of the Montgomery GI Bill, in his foreword. “In THE MILITARY ADVANTAGE, you’ll learn about the benefits and how to actually use them. Particularly useful are the real-world tips from people who have direct experience with the benefits. Every servicemember and veteran should read this book.”
About the Author Christopher P. Michel, a former officer in the United States Navy, is the founder and president of Military Advantage, the nation’s largest military membership organization. Through Military.com, the company connects over six million members to the lifelong benefits of military service.
About the Book THE MILITARY ADVANTAGE: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits By Christopher P. Michel Published by Simon & Schuster Trade Paperbacks Publication Date: January 3, 2006 Price: $20.00; ISBN: 0-7432-6946-2
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