January, 8, 2013
by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator
Communication & Outreach
The Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs have partnered together to create a website that is a great resource for servicemembers, veterans, and their families and caregivers. Known as the National Resource Directory, the site provides access to resources at the local, state and federal levels. While the goal is to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration, one can find information on a variety of topics including: benefits and compensation, education, training, employment, family and caregiver support, housing, health and homeless assistance. Here are highlights of some of the topics that pertain to personal finance:
Benefits and Compensation
The benefits and compensation section is fairly robust, with links to information on active duty pay, retiree benefits, unemployment, survivor benefits, veterans benefits, life insurance and social security. There’s a section for forms and even guidance on how one can obtain assistance filing for benefits. The section also lists phone numbers for several agencies and allows one to find information based on state of residence.
Education and Training
The education and training section not only has tons of information on GI Bill benefits and other Veterans Affairs education programs, it also has a listing of scholarships for servicemembers, veterans and families. There are also links to several checklists to help guide would-be students through the process of planning, and paying for education. In fact, there are a variety of checklists for just about every topic in the Directory.
The housing section has links to information on VA home loans and refinancing and also has resources for those who may be facing foreclosure or need financial assistance with their rent or mortgage payments. Wounded warriors can get information on obtaining accessible housing or finding residential rehabilitation facilities. Each section in the directory also features a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Transportation and Travel
The transportation and travel section provides information on military travel pay as well as resources for those who need financial assistance in getting to a military or VA medical facility. There are also resources for those who require vehicle modifications and adaptive equipment. Users can look up resources by state. The Off-Duty Travel subsection has a wealth of resources for discount travel, lodging and tickets as well as travel opportunities available for veterans and wounded warriors.
The National Resource Directory is not just a resource for those interested in personal finance and saving, it’s a clearinghouse from a trusted source for tons of information on virtually any topic that might be of interest to servicemembers and their families. It’s a great first stop for any search related to the military and veterans.