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Survivor Benefits Plan: Unexpected Expenses for Retroactive Retirement

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) created a flyer to provide information to veterans about the possibility of automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan resulting in a veteran being charged for several back years of premiums. This information is for veterans receiving a retroactive retirement.    Last updated May 2018 more...

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Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act

How can I enforce a Court Order regarding military retirement pay, child support or alimony owed by a service member? The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act is a federal law that authorizes state courts  to distribute military retired pay to a spouse or former spouse of a service member as part of a divorce decree.  It also provides a way to enforce state court orders related to distributions of military retirement pay, child sup more...

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What are the Major Differences between DoD and VA Disability Benefits?

Here are some important differences between DoD disability retirement benefits and VA disability benefits. Understanding these differences may help you sort out  the benefits puzzle. DoD permanent disability ratings do not change after they have been made, while VA disability ratings can change over time. Thus, if the DoD rates your injury at 30 percent and places you on the Permanent Disability Ratings List (PDRL), that rating will remain at 30 percent for the rest of yo more...

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What Do I Need to Know about the Federal Electronic Benefits Rules?

What does the new electronic benefits system mean for me? Tips on using the "Direct Express" card If I have debts, won't my creditors be able to take my money? Direct Express Card vs. Bank Account: How do I choose? How do I keep my bank fees down? more...

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