Reasons to Get Your Degree

Higher salaries and better jobs aside, there are three good reasons to get your college degree that you might not have considered. In a study conducted by the College Board, college graduates were revealed to have qualities that indicate they will be productive members of society.  For example, college graduates are more likely to vote and volunteer, be respectful of…

Harness the Power of Social Media in Your Job Search

Veterans are accustomed to using social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family.  But many don’t always consider the powerful boost social media can bring to a job search. Here’s some tools to get you started: LinkedIn Building a professional profile on LinkedIn is like having a mini-professional website – only it’s free. After you’ve entered…

Reader Question: What do recruiters look for on a resume?

Q: I’m getting out of the military soon and need to start job hunting. But since I have never had to look for a job before, can you help me out? What do managers and recruiters look for on a good resume? A: Understanding how recruiters think will go a long way toward securing that coveted in-person interview, which is the…

Your Passport to Summer Fun: Your Military ID

Summer is here and that means many families are gearing up for a vacation or weekend trip.  Below are a few tips to make your vacation budget stretch even farther by using your military ID. Military lodges, temporary housing or recreation centers: Rather than spend your budget on $100/night hotel room, check nearby military installations to find out if they have…

Reader Question: Savings Bonds in myPay

Q. How do I purchase Savings Bonds in myPay and how do I request Bonds held in safekeeping? A. Many service members have heard about purchasing savings bonds through the myPay system. Unfortunately, the DoD stopped selling bonds through payroll deductions in 2010. But there is still a way to get a savings bond using an allotment. If you wish…

Establishing a Retired Pay Account

Much of the preparation for the retired pay account should be done before separation. Retired Pay Operation will answer any questions you may have concerning the establishment of your retired pay account. Your retired account will not be established until your active duty account reflects the fact that you have been released from active duty. This is required to expedite…

General Discharge Benefits for Veterans

You’ve served your country well, and you’ve served proudly. Now what? After your time in, you’ve earned a general discharge and are ready to take on civilian life. In all the excitement, don’t forget about the benefits that you’ve earned as a member of the U.S. military. The overview below will give you an idea of some of the various…

6 Career-Boosting Professional Certifications

If you have had military training and experience in one of these fields, obtaining a professional certification can help move your civilian career forward, open a wider array of options, or improve your chances of nabbing a job. In a few fields – teaching, medicine and law, for example – the lions’ share of certification programs are the means of…

Soldier Saves Child from Drowning

On April 22, Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Hobson-Shearwood, a 54-year-old originally from Trinidad & Tobago, came home from work earlier than usual and arrived at her East Side house just after 6 p.m. When she arrived home that evening, she walked straight to her backyard and started watering her plants, instead of first changing out of her Army uniform. She then heard some…

More Lawsuits Filed Against VA Over New Claims System

In a lawsuit filed this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans say that a new claims system the VA adopted in March “severely undercuts the non-adversarial, pro-veteran principles upon which the veterans’ benefits system was built. In particular, the VA alters decades-long pro-veterans practices under the guise…