Indiana Welcomes Women’s Veteran Coordinator, Laura McKee

Indiana Welcomes Women’s Veteran Coordinator, Laura McKee

State officials say more than 33,000 female veterans live in Indiana and have served during each war period since World War II. They will now be well represented by lifelong Indiana resident, Laura McKee. Senior Master Sergeant McKee is an Air Force Reservist with the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. She is an Assistant Chief Inflight Refueler with the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron at Grissom. She has been deployed numerous times in support of operations during Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and has honorably served her country for 25 years. McKee has over 4,000 flight hours and almost 1,000 combat hours. McKee, a lifelong resident of Indiana, earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and also graduated from 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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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. If you are interested in taking out a VA loan, please feel free to contact us for the current fee amounts. The amount of the VA funding fee required varies based on the amount of the down payment, whether this is the first time the borrower has taken out a VA loan, and...

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The VA Loan Appraisal Process

The VA Loan Appraisal Process

Before your home can be approved for VA loan financing, a VA loan appraisal must be completed on the property. A VA appraisal involves a thorough inspection of the home and property to determine the current market value of the home. This appraisal is especially geared towards reporting any defects involving safety or security of the home. So, how does this fit into the VA loan process? Simply put, even though the VA’s primary focus in assist veterans in financing a home, the VA must also take precautions to protect the investments of both the borrower and the VA itself with a good appraisal. Let’s say that a veteran or member of the military found a house that he wanted to purchase for $100,000. The house seems to be exactly what he’s looking for; single...

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Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization 2014 Events

Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization 2014 Events

HOWARD COUNTY VIETNAM VETERANS REUNION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS through September 21, 2014 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH 11:30 AM OPENING CEREMONIES Including Bertie Russel (Singing the National Anthem) 12:30 PM RUSS CHANDLER (The one and only) 3:15 PM ROYAL BUTZ (Back Again) 4:30 PM RON JONES & OLD DUDES ROCK (Oldies with a Boost) 8:00 PM CREAM TRIBUTE ( A tribute to Cream and more) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 10:30 AM OPENING CEREMONIES Including Brad Flook. Len Corso, Hershel Luckinbill & Christen Brody 12:30 PM JOHN STEER ( A Spritual Icon to Vietnam and All Veterans) 2:00 PM ZACH DAY & FULL THROTTLE ( Rock – in Blues) 5:00 PM RICKY LEE (Nashville Country Artist) 8:00 PM DANE CLARK BAND (From Atlantic City to Las Vegas) SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST 10:00 AM … CHURCH...

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