Veteran Benefits

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The VA’s Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program at a Glance

Considering the rapidly increasing cost of college, it’s more important now than ever that veterans and their dependents understand and utilize the benefits that they have earned. The VA’s Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program or Chapter 35 is one such benefit that all eligible dependents should utilize. The program offers monthly payments for…

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The TSP vs. the IRA: What’s the Difference?

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and the Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) share many similarities, such as the option to fund with pre-tax (traditional) or after-tax dollars (Roths); having penalties for early withdrawals and failing to take required minimum distributions beginning at age 72. However, there are some important distinctions between the two accounts, such as…

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College Tuition Waiver for Veteran Dependents at a Glance

The College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents waives the tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program covers tuition and student service fees; it does not cover campus-based fees, books, parking, or room and board. Furthermore, the Waiver is only applied to state-supported…

Which Thrift Savings Plan Is Right For You? Roth Vs. Traditional

Having the choice of contributing to a Traditional TSP or a Roth TSP provides you with a significant tax planning option—but it does force you to make another financial planning decision. Many people find making this decision a challenge because there’s no one right answer for everyone, and it depends upon several factors. What’s Not…

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Three Advantages of the TSP

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is designed to closely resemble the private sector’s 401(k). Although the TSP is similar to the 401(k), its additional features, including low fees, broad diversification, and a generous government match, make it superior to most 401(k)s and a perfect wealth-building vehicle for Federal Employees. Here’s a closer look the three…