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Credit Improvement Case Study

It’s one thing to write about hypotheticals and give good explanations of how things should work, but it’s more fun when you make a Credit Improvement plan, have a client execute it perfectly, see it make a BIG difference, and then get to share the actual results!  Of course, we can’t give any identifying information…

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Hot Topic: Transitioning to Civilian Life

Sometimes, it just doesn’t take an advanced marketing degree or high priced think-tank to spot an emerging trend (nice beard).  Anyone that follows the lives, interests and struggles of military veterans can see that while it has always been a challenge, the all-important transitioning from Military to Civilian life has been more in focus in…

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How to Obtain Your COE

Follow Up: How to Obtain Your COE (Certificate of Eligibility) Online In response to our detailed article showing examples of how to use you COE in the real world, we received a few questions about exactly how to obtain your COE in the first place.  We see no reason to reinvent the wheel, as the…

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VA Funding Fee Hacks

What is a VA Funding Fee and how do I minimize its financial impact? The VA Funding Fee, as it relates to the VA Home Loan, is one of the only down-sides to getting a VA mortgage.  All over this site, you can see how awesome we think the VA Home Loan product is for military…

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Do 529 Plans Make Sense for Military Families?

With the GI Bill, Other Benefits, and Rising College Costs, How Much do 529 Plans Make Sense for Military Families? Last week we explored the possibility of transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to your spouse or children, and hinted towards the alternative of investing in 529 Plans to supplement college expenses.  We also discussed…

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COE: Certificate of Entitlement Examples

Uncommon Examples of How Certificate of Entitlement Can Be Used in Real Life COE: A Deeper Look at Your Entitlement At VAFinances, we look to add to the national conversation, not just regurgitate it.  So when it comes to writing about Entitlement, we took an “example-heavy” approach to illustrate how it works instead of just…

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Risk Taking – In Life and In Money

Why is Risking Your Money Harder for Some than Risking Your Life? “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” ― Albert Einstein This post is a result of about a dozen ad-hoc conversations that Joel and I have had with different people over the past…

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FATW: Transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Your Children

Found Around the Web: The Military Wallet Discusses Post 911 GI Bill Benefits, and Paying for College Tuition and Expenses Yes, that child is adorable, and no, it isn’t a random stock photo.  That’s my nephew, Weston Scott Swaleh.  I found him a fitting choice to represent this material because his daddy, my brother Shaun,…

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