Identity Theft Targets Military and Veterans

MilitaryConnection.com in its ongoing efforts to provide valuable resources has joined forces with Vet-Vault to offer, active military, Guard, Reservists, family members and friends very special pricing for Identity Theft Protection, including a total resolution guarantee.

Did you know that Identity Theft strikes an estimated 10 million Americans each year?  According to a recent report from virus protection industry leader Trend Micro, members of the U.S. military are now being targeted by malware that says that their account has been “flagged” and needs an update before it will be cleared. They are then asked to click on a link, which leads to a page that looks almost exactly like their actual Bank military login page. Attacks like this not only impact credit scores, but for military members, their valuable security clearances are at risk.

In a matter of seconds, personal information can be stolen and used to obtain a new mortgage, line of credit ***or*** additional credit cards. Victims may never know their identity has been stolen until unauthorized transactions appear on credit card statements, collection notices appear in the mail ***or*** loan applications are denied. Among the victims are millions of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and their families who are targeted by criminals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact:

Debbie Gregory 800-817-3777
MilitaryConnection.com

October 28, 2010 – Simi Valley, California: MilitaryConnection.com, a comprehensive online directory of resources and information for military, veterans and their families, has joined forces with Vet-Vault.com .  With over an estimated ten million Americans nationwide falling victim to identity theft, our goal is to provide MilitaryConnection.com users significantly discounted pricing on these important Identity Theft Protection and Secure Document Storage services.

Debbie Gregory, CEO of MilitaryConnection.com said, “We want to insure that the identity protection plan we offer is not only the best product available, but is offered to those who serve, past and present, at the lowest possible price.” Gregory is pleased to offer users special pricing to purchase the very best identity theft protection and secure online document storage services at about half the price of most of the services currently available.

“No one understands the importance of securing important documents and credentials more than the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform. We want to provide our users with the means to safely protect their identities and store their important documents from anywhere in the world” Gregory stated.

Through a partnership with Vet-Vault.com, a Florida based Service Veteran Owned Business, the users of MilitaryConnection.com are guaranteed special pricing on one of the most comprehensive identity theft programs available: ID CREDIT VAULT. This service includes:

  • ID Theft Recovery Service   – Total Resolution Guarantee
  • Fraud Alerts Quick Link
  • Monitors Both Credit and Non-Credit Related Databases
  • Anti-Key Logging Software to prevent malicious software tracking key strokes and obtaining confidential information
  • Service Guarantee

Vet-Vault.com will also offer Secure Document Storage Services at a savings with up to 10 gigabytes of capacity including virtual fax services, a content management program and mobile access.

“The special pricing we have negotiated for these services is yet another way we can show our appreciation for the service and sacrifices of our users, their families and friends” said Gregory.

Reaching Out for Vets Benefit Education

When it comes to our veterans, the most important aspect of their post-service lives is their right to a thorough understanding of their benefits. Unfortunately, many veterans find it difficult to understand the sometimes complex benefit information provided to them by the Department of Veterans Affairs. That is why we at MilitaryConnection are heavily supporting the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ veterans benefit workshop/meeting, properly titled, “All Hands.”

The meeting is free for all veterans of the United States and will strive to better educated them on the benefits they’ve worked so hard for. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 24th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Liberty Theatre (Building 6), 4411 Yorktown Avenue, Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. This event is free to all vets and the Cal Vet is encouraging all veterans in the area to attend.

MilitaryConnection.com commends the Veterans Affairs department for reaching out to our vets in this way. Too often, the men and women who serve so diligently, honestly and with the greatest integrity are left with questions and concerns regarding their benefits. It is one mission of Military Connection to stall and reverse this as soon as possible.

As such, we will endorse any town hall that encourages this kind of meeting. Town halls that organize events such as this will gain our full support and appreciation. It’s time we start reaching out to those who reach out for us.

Know of a Town Hall Meeting by you supporting the education of veterans’ benefits? Send us an email with the information to [email protected]. We’ll post it on our site!

Thanks for reading!

Katy Cryns

Transfer of Education Benefits Soothes Graduate Students’ Financial Woes

A remarkable feat for the U.S. military and veterans alike, eligible recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can now transfer those benefits to dependents. The Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) Program is a great leap for military families with children or spouses wanting to attend graduate school but lack proper funding to do so.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill’s transferability program applies to service members who have provided at least 6 years of service and agree to extend their service 4 more years; have provided 10 years of service to the military; or are currently retired or will become retirement eligible any time between August 1, 2009 and August 1, 2013. Under these provisions, service members are able to transfer their education benefits to a spouse, to a child or to a combination of spouse and child. This added provision to the bill has opened up doors to many people who otherwise would not be able to attend a graduate university.

There are stipulations regarding extra costs covered by the benefits, but the bottom line remains the same: benefits will cover up to the highest tuition cost of any public school in the state—including graduate studies programs. For many dependents (and service members) this change couldn’t come sooner.

As the economy remains unsteady, many spouses and children are choosing to go back to or continue school in an effort to remain ahead of the game. TEB has made this possible for many dependents of military service members.

As the school year comes to a close, talk with your family about your education needs and discuss your goals. As high school and college graduates enter into the next phase of their lives, now is a great time to learn about the transferability of GI Bill education benefits. To learn more and to apply for GI Bill benefits, review our GI Bill information page. You can also calculate your BAH rate by using the calculator provided.

As always, have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. Remember why we celebrate. Pass on a high five, a low five or a simple smile to a service member this weekend. Go ahead, make their day.

To all those who serve, past and present, thank you. You are appreciated.

Thanks for reading,
Katy

VA Announces Positive Changes for GI Bill

According to a recent story in Army Times, The Veterans Affairs Department has announced that it plans to implement an automatic system to better facilitate the processing of GI Bill benefits claims. Since the bill was enacted in 2008 and the VA began dispersing benefits, it has stumbled upon several obstacles, including delayed processing times. According to VA education service director, Keith Wilson, processing times of Post-9/11 GI Bill claims takes so long (averaging 82 minutes) because applications “require manual processing using four separate IT systems that do not interface with each other.”

The implementation of an automatic processing system would minimize the amount of human hands that handle each claim. The electronic system would process claims in 15 to 20 minutes and produce even more accurate results than previously recorded. The new system is set to be installed in a series of phases to easily transition the procedure.

Subsequent phases will be integrated into the system in the following months of September and December and will culminate in a nearly-fully electronic processing system.

For more information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, including eligibility, requirements and processing procedures, visit MilitaryConnection’s GI Bill information page.

Questions? Concerns? I want to know! Email me at [email protected] and tell me what’s on your mind!

Thanks for reading!

Katy Cryns