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Military Programs and Benefits

Get info about military benefits like health care, housing, and education. Discover programs that help with military life, like job search help for spouses and dealing with deployments. Access free family counseling. Get tax filing help geared for the military.

provides care for members, retirees, and dependents.

  • Housing - As a member or veteran, you can apply for home loans and grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Education - You may qualify for education benefitsĐang chơi bài through military and veterans programs. You might even be able to to your spouse or children.

  • Life Insurance - All members are enrolled in service members' life insuranceĐang chơi bài. Retirees can enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan.

  • Job Training and Help - Service members leaving the military can get help finding a civilian job.

  • Retirement - Members who retire with at least 20 years of service get a monthly annuity for life.

  • Đang chơi bài in one place. MilConnect, a self-service portal, lets you:

    • Get copies of your Official Military Personnel File

    • Đang chơi bàiUpdate your family members in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

    • Transfer your GI Bill education benefits to family members

    • View your health care coverage

    • Đang chơi bàiUpdate your work and personal contact information

    • Find all the latest information and resources to manage your benefits

    National Resource Directory for Service Members and Veterans

    The National Resource Directory connects the military and veterans with local support. Find for:

    • Jobs

    • Health

    • Homelessness

    • Housing

    • Đang chơi bàiCaregiver support

    Financial Assistance for Service Members and Veterans

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) including:

    • Đang chơi bàiFiling complaints

    • Đang chơi bàiAvoiding scams targeting military and veterans

    • Đang chơi bàiImproving money management skills

    Free Credit Monitoring for Active Duty and National Guard

    Đang chơi bài under a new Federal Trade Commission rule. To enroll in the program, visit the military monitoring web page for each of the three nationwide credit monitoring agencies:

    Credit monitoring services alert you to changes to your credit file like a new credit card or loan in your name. These might signal fraudulent charges and/or identity theft. Now that you're aware, you can dispute the charges or take corrective action.

    Military OneSource

    offers help with all aspects of military life. is free and confidential.

    Đang chơi bàiFind information and resources in areas such as:

    • and

      • Đang chơi bàiPreventing training injuries

      • Dealing with family violence

      • Managing stress and suicidal thoughts

    You can also call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 24 hours a day, seven days a week. to learn how to call from outside the U.S. or from your computer.

    Đang chơi bài . It's available mid-January through mid-October. MilTax also provides free personalized help from tax consultants.

  • The IRS offers an interactive tax assistant and other tax tools to help with general tax preparation.

  • Learn more about the   and their families. Changes include:

    • Đang chơi bàiAn increased child tax credit

    • New rules for deducting moving expenses

  • Tax Benefits for Military, Dependents, Veterans

    Đang chơi bàiThe IRS offers . It covers tax benefits and tax handling for various situations and groups. These include:

    • Đang chơi bàiA combat pay exclusion for active military

    • Disability pay benefits for veterans

    • Đang chơi bàiDeath benefits for survivors of military members

    State and Federal Benefits for Military Families

    Đang chơi bàiIf you receive military or veterans benefits, you may also qualify for other state and federal benefits. This includes Social Security, unemployment benefits, health insurance coverage, welfare, and food assistance.

    Food Assistance

    There are many nutrition programsĐang chơi bài that can help military and veteran families with food costs. This includes Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) benefits, or “food stamps.” .  

    Welfare Benefits (TANF) 

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)Đang chơi bài is the program commonly known as welfare. TANF includes help with housing, utilities, child care, job training, and more. If you are in the military, you may be eligible to receive TANF.

    Health Insurance

    Members of the military and their families receive a wide range of health coverage through . If you have a low income, you may also qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Once you turn 65, or meet other requirements, you can sign up for Medicare. Get information on .  

    Social Security Benefits

    You may qualify for both . You’ll receive your full Social Security benefits based on your earnings. To get your benefits, you must earn credits by working and paying Social Security taxes. Learn more about Social Security and how it works.

    Unemployment Benefits

    Đang chơi bài If you recently left the military, you may be benefits:

    • Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX)

    • Đang chơi bàiYour state’s unemployment insurance program

    You should apply for UCX as soon as possible after you're discharged. Find out how to apply for unemployment benefits.

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    Last Updated: September 15, 2020