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Date Posted:03/19/19
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Here's All the Government Programs that Help Vets with Jobs and Benefits

Date Posted:03/19/19
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Military Discounts for Major League Baseball Games

Date Posted:03/14/19
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Here’s the breakdown of the Pentagon’s budget request

Date Posted:03/14/19
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Pentagon Budget Includes Plan to Reduce Military Medical Force

Date Posted:03/14/19
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No more ‘luxury’ breast pumps for new moms under Tricare policy change

Date Posted:03/14/19
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Marine Corps Removes Tuition Assistance Restrictions

Date Posted:03/14/19
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If your school needs a new veterans center, Uncle Sam might chip in

Date Posted:03/12/19
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Update to Goose Creek VA Lab Operations

Date Posted:03/12/19
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Don't Fall for These Tax Prep Scams

Date Posted:03/11/19
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South Carolina State Veteran Benefits

Date Posted:03/11/19
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This 2019 Scholarship Gives MilSpouses Free Financial Counselor Accreditation

Date Posted:03/11/19
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Pentagon Debuts Draft Tenant Bill of Rights for Troops on Eve of Major Hearing

Date Posted:03/11/19
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You Joined the Military. Now, Uncle Sam Wants You to Join the Merchant Marine

Date Posted:03/08/19
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Veterans' health records coming to iPhone

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Date Posted:03/07/19
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Veterans Receive Golden 'Tickets' Canceling Their Medical Debt

Date Posted:03/07/19
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Cheap Lodging for Military Families

Date Posted:03/07/19
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Retirees, Civilians, Want to Live in Base Housing? Yes, You Can!

Date Posted:03/07/19
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Will the VA Pay for Your Funeral? The Answer May Surprise You

Date Posted:03/07/19
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Purple Heart Recipients to Get Claims Priority Starting April 1

Date Posted:02/19/19
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Task Force Backs Controversial Merger of Base Store Systems

Date Posted:02/19/19
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Transition A Mobile App for Military Transition Planning

Date Posted:02/17/19
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VA to Roll Out New Claims Appeals Process Next Week

Date Posted:02/17/19
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Remember the rules for SBP coverage

Date Posted:02/13/19
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No experience? No problem! Vets can jump start careers in IT with this new, free program

Date Posted:02/12/19
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Apple will let military veterans access their health records on the iPhone

Date Posted:02/06/19
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6 Steps for Making It as a Career Minded Military Spouse

Date Posted:02/03/19
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Here's What the New Military Spouses Residency Rules Mean

Date Posted:02/03/19
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Tax Code Changes Could Mean Bigger Returns for Service Members, Families

Date Posted:01/27/19
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Traveling Vietnam War Exhibit

Date Posted:01/23/19
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Civilian Life 101: Here’s what you need to know before you take off that uniform

Date Posted:01/20/19
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Free and Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

Date Posted:01/20/19
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Use This 37 Point Checklist to Evaluate a Retirement Community

Date Posted:12/28/18
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How to Get Free Supplies to Ship Care Packages

Date Posted:12/17/18
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Major Veterans Legislation Winding Through Congress

Date Posted:12/13/18
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5 Things Vets Should Never Do at Job Interviews

Date Posted:12/11/18
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Free and Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

Date Posted:12/10/18
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VA Makes It Easier to Share Your Health Information with Private Doctors

Date Posted:12/10/18
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Marine Corps General James Conway and Master Sergeant Blaine Scott. (Photo: Ho Lin, Military.com)

Date Posted:11/21/18
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Transitioning to Civilian Life: Navigating the Financial ShiftNo matter why you're leaving the military, a big part of preparing for your civilian lif

Date Posted:05/05/18
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Take the VA's New RAMP to a Faster Appeal Decision

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Scam Alert: Top Five Veteran Swindles

Aside from elderly fraud, scams targeting veterans really burns my bacon. Men and women who have proudly served our country are constant targets for scam artists.

Swindlers target vets because they know they are drawing guaranteed benefits. While veteran payments are paid over a lifetime, they often aren’t enough to pay all of the bills. Financial predators know this.

According the the AARP Fraud Watch Network, there are a host of scams aimed at vets. Many of these operations masquerade as charities that claim to benefit vets. Here are the major scams:

Bogus sales – “A scammer claiming to be a deploying service member posts a large ticket item on a classified ad website that he needs to sell right away and at a steep discount. The scammer asks for upfront payment with a wire transfer or gift cards.

Real estate rip-off – A scammer posts a fake rental property on a classified ad website offering military discounts. You just need to wire transfer a security deposit to the landlord.

VA phishing – A caller claiming to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs calls to “update” your information.

Fake charities – Fake charities use names that are close to the names of legitimate charities, often referencing Armed Forces, veterans, or military families.

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Benefits “buyout” – Scammers will target veterans in need of money by offering cash in exchange for their future disability or pension payments. These buyouts are typically a fraction of the value of the benefit.

Dubious investment advice – An “adviser” will tell the veteran she is missing out on benefits, and wants to review her investment portfolio. He’ll then want to put the veteran’s investments in a trust, to appear to have fewer assets and to therefore be eligible for an additional pension.”

Note: The “benefits buyout” scam also goes by the name of “pension advances.” A company will offer to “buy” monthly pension payments in exchange for a lump-sum payment. It’s actually an unregulated, high-interest loan.

I’ve written about pension advances several times. Don’t even go near them.

The best way to protect yourself against vet scams? Avoid all mail, email and phone solicitations. If the solicitor claims to be from a charity, check them out on give.org.

The Fraud Watch network also gives the following advice:

“Be suspicious anytime you are asked to pay by wire transfer or gift cards. Know that the VA will never call, text or e-mail you to update your information. Make donations directly to the veterans’ organizations you know. And only work with VA-accredited representatives when dealing with VA benefits; you can search for them online at the VA Office of General Counsel website.

 

 By John F. Wasik



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