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A Guide to Military Spouse and Family Benefits

As a new military spouse, it can be hard to know what benefits you get and navigate through the system to ensure that you get them. To help with that, we've put together a guide on military spouse and family benefits to assist you through the process. First, visit the Community Service Center which may…
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How to Finance Your Education Without the GI Bill

We’re all familiar with the GI Bill. It’s been helping veterans continue their educations since the 1940s, and the Post 9/11 GI Bill enhanced the benefit to meet the needs of today’s veterans and their families. In the former iterations of the GI Bill, the VA made monthly payments to veterans. Now, the VA makes…
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5 Jobs for Military Moms

You’re a devoted military mom and spouse committed to staying at home and raising your kids. But you also want to — or need to — earn income to contribute to your household finances. What options do you have that provide you with a flexible schedule, fulfilling work, and nice pay to boot? There are…
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How to Find and Build Relationships with Recruiters and Networkers

When preparing for life after military retirement, you’ll find networking is a crucial component of any job search. The military’s employment practices are fairly straightforward, but civilians rely heavily on using the power of networking to tap into the hidden job market. Start With the Transition Assistance Program Service members preparing to make the transition…
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7 Things You Should Do Before Retiring From the Military

You’re retiring from the military and thinking about what comes next. One thing’s for sure: Life is going to be a lot different. The civilian sector is much less regimented than the military sector. You’ll have a lot of personal responsibilities spanning all areas of your life. Here are 7 things that you should do…
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15 Money Mistakes Military Families Should Avoid

It’s easy to make money mistakes. Everyone makes them — military service members are no exception. What’s important is catching, rectifying, and learning from those mistakes. When you do so, you can chart a course for a successful financial future. There are myriad things you can do to ensure your family’s financial security, but there…
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Military Careers and Their Civilian Job Equivalent

Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be tough for many reasons, but finding a new career should not be one of them. The U.S. military is one of the most effective training facilities in the world, teaching highly technical skills to hundreds of thousands of people each year, along with personal discipline and…
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10 Tips for Veterans Going to College

As a veteran returning to civilian life, you have a variety of adjustments to make. It isn’t easy. Our military provides valuable experience, but it can be tough to translate into a civilian job back in the United States. Often times veterans decide to earn a college education, building upon the skills they’ve learned during…
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Vista College Named To 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

Richardson, TX– March 8, 2017 – Vista College announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse. This is the 5th consecutive year Vista College has earned this designation. Each year the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to…
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Excellent LinkedIn Groups for Veterans

The internet has fundamentally changed how we look for jobs. While you can still find job openings in your local newspapers, you’re most likely looking at those job listings online. There are scores of other websites and online services dedicated to facilitating job searches, and you can now look for work anywhere in the country…
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Why Veteran-Owned Businesses Have an Advantage

The American dream is many things to many people. To some, it might be owning a home or property, and to others it might be the opportunity to amass wealth. One of the standard versions of the American dream is to own a business and be your own boss. We all want to get ahead,…
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Why Criminal Justice Is a Great Degree for Military Veterans

Usually, when people think about the criminal justice career field, they’re thinking about the work of a patrol officer. You wouldn’t be alone if you thought that, but the field of criminal justice is much more diverse than many of us think it is. It can be an incredibly rewarding and challenging career for someone…
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23 Ways for Military Families to Earn Extra Money

Taking on a second job is increasingly common in today’s society. One in three employees with a full-time job in 2015 held a second job, mostly to bring in more cash. A second job can bring in much-needed extra cash, provides additional job stability even in uncertain times and means plenty to do during an…
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Troops to Teachers: Turning Veterans Into Teachers

One of the most difficult times in a veteran's life is returning to civilian responsibilities. Following months or even years of combat and the daily warfare duties employed in foreign lands, assimilating back into the civilian world can be challenging. Far removed from the fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled work of military life, finding and maintaining employment is…
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10 CEOs Who Are Retired Military

In 1980, 59 percent of the CEOS of the country’s publicly held corporations had a military background.  As of 2009, the percentage of CEOs who had military experience had fallen to just eight percent.  Even with that drop, former military officers are still over-represented at the CEO level considering how little of the population ever…
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VA Education Benefits: How Does the Post-9/11 GI Bill Work?

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 — commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights — may well be one of the most momentous pieces of legislation ever produced by the United States government. The GI Bill describes any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefit earned by members of the National Guard Armed Forces,…
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Top 25 Military Personnel and Organizations to Follow on Twitter

On any given day of the week, events take place that impact the lives of military service members and their loved ones. When it comes to issues and policies that lie close to the hearts of military personnel, it's crucial to stay abreast of such developments as they unfold. Twitter is a perfect source for…
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10 Organizations that Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

You’ve honorably served your country through the military. You’ve been on deployments, performed your military job with dedication and focus, and gained an abundance of skills and knowledge. Now, your service is up, and you’re looking to get back into the rhythm of civilian life and enter the job market. No problem, right? Sometimes. But…
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15 Jobs for Disabled Veterans

One of the nation’s most underserved populations is disabled American veterans. Many of them spent months and years at home or overseas fighting for this country’s freedom and that of other citizens around the world. Unfortunately, because so many have come back disabled and unable to hold onto the job they once had, many are…
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Creating Fresh Opportunities: Education for Military Spouses Overseas

Spouses of U.S. military service members tend to move often and in some cases may move overseas because their husbands or wives are stationed outside the United States. Moving overseas can be a big challenge for military families. Spouses may choose not to work overseas or may wonder what they will do away from home.…
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Adjusting Back to Civilian Life After Deployment with the Reserve

This is a difficult time in American history. We are currently in the longest period of sustained warfare our country has ever experienced. Those returning from the frontlines may be trying to make sense of life after the military. Whether you’re separating after four years, retiring after 20, being discharged, or returning home due to…
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Vista College Recognized by Kognito for its Outstanding Performance

Richardson, TX– September 17, 2015 – Vista College has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Kognito, a leading provider and innovator of mental health and suicide prevention programs for higher education, for its outstanding performance in executing its mental health awareness program. The award acknowledges the college’s best practices and commitment to creating and…
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12 Amazing Military Vacation Deals

As a member or former member of the armed services - or as a civilian member of the Department of Defense (DOD) - you and your family have many special options when planning vacations. You can visit and stay at U.S. military bases around the world, military hotels and resorts that offer discounts, or take…
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Why Veterans Excel in Business Careers

There are many potential jobs for military veterans when they enter the civilian workforce, in part because the military helps develop practical skills while providing training. Many veterans, however, find that one of the best jobs for veterans is in business. There is a long tradition of veterans opening businesses and leading in business. Bob…
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The Student Serviceman: 25 Important Websites for Soon-To-Be Military Vets

It’s never too early to start planning for the future. And as a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, you’ve got incredible opportunities in the G.I. Bill and related programs. Invest in yourself with a strong education that complements the skills you’ve already developed as an active servicemember, and there’ll be no limit on…
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7 Things to Consider Before Separating From the Military

Sacrifice is part of your military career, but what would you be sacrificing by separating from the military too soon? Military personnel have been trained in the art of preparation, but when it comes to transitioning out of the military, dreams of stress-free days often come first instead of preparing for a final move, a…
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What You Should Know About Veteran & Dependent Education Benefits

The government and private institutions offer a wide range of scholarships and financial aid packages to family members of veterans. These benefits are provided as a way to further education and thank veterans and their families for their service. One of the most popular options includes the Post-911 GI Bill from the Defense Department and…
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The Best Jobs and Employers for Veterans

Is your military service to our country about to come to an end? There’s probably one important question that weighs heavily on your mind: What happens next? Making the transition from the military to the civilian job market can be an extremely challenging and frustrating experience for many veterans. The good news is that, according…
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The Best Education Resources for Active Duty Military

Active duty military members enjoy a number of benefits, particularly when it comes to education. It can be tough to think about life outside of the military when you're on assignment, but it’s important to take advantage of all the educational resources that the government offers when you’re active duty. We’ve put together this resource…
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Educational Resources for Military Dependents

Spouses and children of those who serve in the military sacrifice a lot to protect this country. We know dependents don’t have the easiest life, from moving far from home to not seeing loved ones for extended periods of time. The military has provided benefits for dependents, especially for education like the GI Bill and…
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Do Veterans Succeed in College? Yes, Studies Show

There’s an old saying that the armed forces do an excellent job of training a soldier for war, but aren’t quite as exceptional at preparing a soldier to come home. It’s natural for the armed services to be concerned about a soldier’s survival on the battlefield, since that’s their primary responsibility. However, many veterans and…
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Why Military Friendly Schools Are Crucial to Vets

You’ve admirably served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, and now it’s time to find a school that’s willing to serve you. Leaving the service may mean you’ll need extra education and career training to successfully transition to civilian life. Thankfully, there are many schools and programs designed just for you.…
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Top 10 Jobs for Ex-Military Personnel

If you’re ex-military and looking to join the civilian workforce, you’re likely starting to consider which jobs for former military personnel would be best for you. The best jobs for ex-military span a wide range of areas, including business law, law enforcement, management, mechanical technicians, and healthcare support providers. Jobs for retired military officers generally…
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6 Key Tips to Finding the Best Active Duty College Program

Back when you first enlisted, you made a promise to yourself to be the best soldier you can be. This promise is almost complete — you’re in the best physical shape of your life, you’re disciplined, and you’re ultra-motivated. Now, it’s time to fulfill the rest of your promise by completing your higher education. You…
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In-Depth Look at Military Education Benefits

Your service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard has set you up for a lifelong career, whether or not you choose to leave the military. Current service members and veterans have access to better military education benefits than any past generation. Taking advantage of your education benefits is the best thing…
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10 Free Resources and VA Education Benefits for Military Students

Americans love a good military homecoming video. These clips show the happy return of servicemen and women, reuniting with their families among hugs and joyful tears. One such video currently making the rounds features a 21-year Marine Corps veteran returning to a completely renovated home thanks to neighbors that thought he deserved a move-in ready…
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Veteran and Family Member Education Benefits

Below we have provided a list with links for some of the Veteran and Family Member benefits you could take advatange of for your education. Yellow Ribbon Program The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows veterans to attend private schools and graduate…
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Discounts for Student Veterans

When it comes to recognizing the demands put on those who serve their country and the families supporting them, there is no discount or reward big enough. There are, however, many discounts available for members of the military. Veterans and active-duty military personnel have access to a varied and quite substantial list of discounts, perks…
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Post-Military Career Guide

Transitioning from active military service to a civilian career is one of the most difficult but important tasks any servicemember will face. There is no easy or singular path to gaining new employment or pursuing the education and training that lead to a new career. Like all of your military service, it requires planning and…
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Everything You Need to Know About the Montgomery GI Bill

Listen up, soldier: You put in two years of hard work for the United States armed forces. You trudged through rain, mud, and snow, and you pushed your body to its physical limitations. Now, you are either still enrolled in active duty or are due to receive an honorable discharge. It’s time to look ahead…
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A Guide for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers

You’ve served your country and done it admirably. Now it’s time to move onto a new path in your career: One as a civilian. Transitioning from military to civilian life is not easy. In recent years, veterans who enlisted after 9/11 have a slightly higher unemployment rate than the national average, and some feel intimidated…
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10 Steps to Having a Successful Military Career

Military careers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are challenging and honorable for everyone who takes to the uniform with courage and conviction. Now that you have enlisted for military service, it's crucial to maximize the experience. The following steps can help you exceed expectations while on active duty. They can also help…
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7 Military Skills Vets Can Use in Securing a Job

Recruiters, well-meaning relatives and just about anyone who encouraged you to join the service probably did so in part by mentioning at some point that your time serving your country would eventually help you to jumpstart a new career. If you are retiring from the service, you might now be looking for ways to use…
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10 Famous Vets Who Went to College after the Military

Joining the military can be a great life decision, as is attending college. So, what happens when you do both? For these 10 veterans, the answer was to exceed any reasonable person’s expectations of a successful life by an incredible margin. I’m not going to say you’re definitely going to become the Chief Justice of…
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15 Ways to Honor Soldiers This Holiday Season

While most people are making plans with friends and family, there are military members who continue to serve their country while the holiday season passes by. There are more than 160,000 active-duty members serving in 150 countries, leaving behind spouses, children, and parents to continue their duties. It doesn’t take much to extend a thoughtful…
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10 Best Careers for Military Spouses

We all benefit from the sacrifice that members of the military make to keep us safe. Less noticed are the sacrifices made by military families. Frequent relocation and childcare can make it difficult to find steady, rewarding employment. Fortunately, we live in an economy that’s more amenable to temporary and mobile employment than ever before.…
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Military Vets Want College Credit for Service Time

The United States armed forces comprise the most robust, likely the most fearsome, fighting force on the face of the earth. What it lacks in manpower, it makes up for in technology and training. In fact, it might be more apt to say that U.S. armed forces are among the best trained in the world.…
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How to Get the Most From the Military in Your Education

The U.S. military understands the important role that family plays in the life of our service members and it rewards those family members with a wide range of service and education benefits. The Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs want to honor the sacrifices they know you’ve already made. As a spouse or dependent,…
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