Author: USVM

Stress is an interesting animal. A little stress isn’t always bad: it can be an effective motivator, and the adrenaline that stress creates can help improve both mental and physical performance. But too much stress can negatively affect your performance on duty, your relationships, and your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to control and reduce stress and increase health and wellness. You can learn and apply stress management techniques to help limit your stress and stay more relaxed in your military and home life. Military One Source offers the 8 tips for managing your stress: How…

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By Brendan Ford, Esq.   Financial scams involving the elderly are on the rise. According to the FBI, in 2022, there were 88,262 complaints of fraud from people aged 60+, resulting in $3.1 billion in losses. This was a shocking 82.35% increase in losses compared to 2021. Recently, an 80+-year-old Marine Corps widow fell victim to one of these scams and nearly lost her home. Fortunately, her house was saved through the efforts of Ford & Diulio PC (F&D) and Veterans Legal Institute (VLI). The client is an elderly widow of a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran who died from cancer caused…

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By Danielle Jackola   It’s time to take control of your finances and enjoy the freedom of financial security. A few simple techniques can set you up for success. Here’s how to get started: Where Does Your Money Go? The first step to fiscal fitness is knowing where you spend your money. Digging deep into the details of your spending gives you power. Track every single expense for one month utilizing an app, Excel or even an old-school notebook. Capture all expenditures, including those on Venmo, the pack of gum you grabbed at the gas station and the cash you spent…

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If you’ve transitioned to the civilian workforce and looking to take on more managerial positions, chances are you’ve considered earning your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. While you may have heard about some of the benefits of having this degree, many managers achieve their positions without it. Does having an MBA actually give you an advantage? And what can you do with it? Here are some of the top reasons why you should get your MBA: A Career Boost An MBA shows employers that you’re ready to take on managerial positions, even if you don’t have a ton of…

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By Danielle Jackola   Unapologetically authentic and candid, stand-up comedian Ashley Gutermuth isn’t afraid of tackling the big issues military families face, especially milspouses. She’s a force of change that stems from her empathy for the spouse experience, recognizing that she has a platform to spotlight the community’s needs. With more than 1.1 million followers on various platforms, including Instagram, TikTok and X (@AshGutermuth), she has the reach to connect and inspire action. U.S. Veterans Magazine recognized Gutermuth as our 2024 Spouse of the Year. She was the 2023 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year, and in 2021,…

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By Dawn Smith    Now that you’ve learned about funding your children’s college education with the VA loan, it’s time for the fun part: planning college campus tours! We’re on our second round of school visits and I am excited to share the wisdom I learned from our first go-round. Plan Your Adventure Early The initial college tour planning might be the most difficult part of the trip. You’ll probably need to balance multiple dates against each other to find the sweet spot, factoring in dates like open campus tours and available leave/vacation time for working parents. If you’re like us,…

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Student Veterans of America® (SVA) recently launched its Advising Center, a new resource designed to transform the veteran transition experience. The SVA Advising Center, made possible by a significant contribution by RTX, strengthens a crucial component of SVA’s programs, helping transitioning service members and veterans find their path and maximize their higher education benefits. The Advising Center equips veterans for their transition from military to civilian life with career-focused educational planning. Through resources, including a custom-built, AI-powered Pathway Explorer, veterans can assess their military and civilian experiences, align these with career interests, and identify academic programs for skill enhancement. In…

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Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo, the world’s leading commercial drone trade show and conference, have announced an impressive list of conference topics and a roster of industry leaders who will provide insights on real-world use-case and strategies at the 2024 event. With the theme “Drones in Action: Current Realities & Future Frontiers,” the education program focuses on how drone technology is solving problems and creating meaningful ROI. The event will take place September 3-5, 2024, at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas. Thought leaders from top organizations will share their expertise across informative and visionary conference sessions. Industry Tracks will include…

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By John Register   Veterans and spouses need a professional network. By utilizing this network, they can identify companies seeking their talent and ascertain if they have the skills required for specific roles within a company. Companies with a dedicated recruitment strategy often implement targeted recruitment efforts such as participating in military job fairs, utilizing military job boards and creating a military-friendly page on their company website. They also network with military bases to offer job transition resources if possible. I was recently with Neal Couture, president and CEO of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). Couture hired me…

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Even if you don’t work with a specific construction company, the industry has numerous opportunities for veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. In an effort to create stronger partnerships, most construction companies are required to implement supplier diversity programs. Supplier diversity is the practice of purposefully including a diverse supplier pool when securing goods and services for a business. While this applies to businesses that are minority- and women-owned, these opportunities also extend to the veteran community. Here’s how your small business can benefit from a supplier diversity partnership within the construction industry: Opportunities for Business Growth Supplier diversity partnerships are fantastic…

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