Contribute to Kokomo’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter by Eating!

Contribute to Kokomo’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter by Eating!

We have to eat…might as well be for a great cause! For the 2nd year, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28 is partnering with Ruby Tuesday for give-back days. Ruby Tuesday restaurant manager Matthew Kenison said he is happy to continue the partnership.“I’m a veteran myself, so I think it’s really important the community helps care for veterans. They gave a lot of their time, and I think it’s important that we give a little back to them,” he said. By eating at Ruby Tuesday on Thursdays through the end of February, the restaurant will give back 20 percent of the customer’s purchase to the DAV. To participate, customers need to present a flyer to their server (see link below) Rex Ritchie, first junior vice commander of DAV Chapter 28, said the...

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Free & Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

Free & Discounted Tax Preparation for Military

December brings Christmas. January brings a new year. After that, comes the playoffs, the Super Bowl and tax season! Some of these are more fun than others. While we have an opinion on who will win the playoffs… we realize that this may not actually be the outcome. We are also of the opinion that while filing for tax returns can be tricky for the average family, it can get even more complicated for military families. Thankfully, military personnel and their families have access to a variety of tax preparation and filing services for free. Whether you choose to file taxes yourself online or you prefer some outside assistance from a trained professional, there are a variety of free options to choose from. Military Installation Tax Centers Most large military...

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World War I soldier’s room untouched for almost 100 years

World War I soldier’s room untouched for almost 100 years

~photo from The Washington Post~ Dragoons officer Rochereau died at age 22 inside an English field ambulance after a battle in Belgium on April 26, 1918. According to the Guardian, the officer’s parents decided to keep his room exactly as he left it — even after selling the house under the poignant, if legally unenforceable condition the room should not be changed for 500 years. Click here for the full story on The Washington Post. (as originally reported by The...

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How Do I Obtain My DD Form 214 and Other Military Forms?

How Do I Obtain My DD Form 214 and Other Military Forms?

If you’ve been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). They are the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Recent military service and medical records are not online. However, most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other records several ways: Use the eVetRecs system to create your request Mail or Fax a Standard Form SF-180 Learn more about requesting military service records Military personnel records are primarily administrative records and can contain information such...

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What Is The VA Funding Fee?

What Is The VA Funding Fee?

The VA Funding Fee is a fee that is required in order to receive a VA loan. There are a few exceptions that allow for the fee to be waived: Veterans who are getting VA compensation due to service related disabilities. Veterans who would be receiving VA compensation due to service related disabilities if they were not already receiving retirement pay. Loans for spouses of veterans who passed away in service or because of service related disabilities. VA funding rates have changed over time, but the rates listed in this article are for VA loans that will be closed before October 1, 2011. If you are interested in taking out a VA loan past this date, please feel free to contact us for the current fee amounts. The amount of the VA funding fee required varies...

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