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  • Surviving Spouse and Family Education Benefits

    Fallen Warriors Victims of ID Theft

    Surviving Spouses and Dependent children of fallen servicemembers or disabled veterans are often unaware of the many resources they have to assist with paying for their education. The following article will briefly explain some of the major resources at your disposal. Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependent... more

  • Questions and Benefits: Military Adoption

    The good news is that the military does offer a military adoption reimbursement program. The bad news is that you have to wait for the adoption to be final or, if the child is adopted from overseas, for his or her citizenship to be finalized before you can apply for the money. For more details, see the latest Questions and Benefits column. more

  • SBP Former Spouse Coverage

    Passing on money

    The Survivor Benefits Plan allows selection of coverage for former spouses. Costs and benefits under this option are identical to those for spouse coverage. This web page highlights key aspects of former spouse coverage. When former spouse coverage is elected, the current spouse must be informed. Only one SBP election may be made. If there is more than one former spouse, the member must specify which one will be covered. Procedures When ele... more

  • Supreme Court Decision Affects Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says it will extend earned benefits to spouses and children of all veterans in all same-sex marriages following the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing the unions nationwide. The decision lifts restrictions on benefits to VA guaranteed home loans, survivor benefits and burial rights. Thousands of veterans may be affected. VA says pending benefit-claims cases involving same-sex marriage will be place... more

  • Michigan Veterans Trust Fund

    From utility bills to home repairs to medical costs, the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) offers combat-era veterans and their families a way to overcome unexpected expenses and get back on their feet financially. Administered by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the MVTF awarded more than $1.6 million in grants during fiscal year 2015, alleviating short-term financial emergencies for 1,489 veterans and their families. Grants are availa... more

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