This is the first of a two-part series to document the evolution of the Marine Corps Reserve by Col Walter Ford. To read this first part click here.

THE Ultimate Military Discount Guide

Many companies across the country provide discounts for active military and veterans. Before you search by state below, check out these available internet provider and wedding discounts.

- Military discounts and perks for Active duty, reserves, and veterans are eligible for military and veteran discounts from many major wireless service providers.

- Popular brands offering wedding military discounts

Search for your discounts by state or category

Allconnect has done a tremendous job in collecting the latest information to make it easy for all veterans to take advantage of "well deserved" discounts. Select the link above to see what is available in your state!


IN CRISIS - Reach out to the VA

If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with the VA caring, qualified responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

Call 800-273-8255 & select 1 

TEXT 838255

Start a confidential chat

Call TTY if you have hearing loss 800-799-4889

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Veteran Administration Loans

A VA loan is an incredible benefit for veterans or active duty service members. Unfortunately, many people who are eligible to receive this benefit aren’t aware they qualify, and most of those who aren’t aware are found in the Reserve and National Guard. Reservists and National Guard members are entitled to the same VA loan benefits as those in regular military service, with slight exception. It’s important to help these servicemen and women understand their eligibility requirements so that they too can take advantage of the benefits a VA mortgage has to offer.

In a nutshell, a VA loan is a mortgage issued by approved lenders that’s guaranteed by the federal government. It allows eligible service members and veterans to either refinance up to 100% of their home or buy a new home with no money down. Members of the National Guard or Reserve may qualify for a VA loan if they meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Served six years in selected reserve and were either

  • honorably discharged
  • Retired         
  • Transferred to Standby Reserve, or an element of the Ready Reserve other than the Selected Reserve, after honorable service
  • Served in the Selected Reserve for more than six years
  • Served in active duty for more than 90 days during a wartime period
  • Discharged or released from active duty for a service-related disability 

Once eligibility is determined, the Reservist or National Guard member must obtain their Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE can be obtained through their mortgage lender as long as they have proper proof of service. If necessary, VA Form 26-1880 can be submitted to the Atlanta Regional Loan Center online or by mail.

The main difference for Reservists and National Guard members seeking a VA loan can be found in the funding fee, or the cost associated with obtaining a VA loan that helps ensure that the loan continues to require no down payment and no monthly mortgage insurance.

Mesothelioma and Veterans, for 24/7 assistance call 855-961-3515  

Over 30% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma are United States military veterans. Every branch of the Armed Forces relied on asbestos for decades, not knowing it could cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases. Today, If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma from service-related asbestos exposure, you are entitled to benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). You may also be able to file private legal claims to get compensation that can help pay for treatment and protect your family’s financial future. For assistance in filling claims, VA Claims and Asbestos Exposure.

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