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Getting back to civilian life may be getting easier

Many veterans in Tennessee can find it difficult to adjust to the changes that come with civilian life. Many also find it challenging to cope with the financial hardships that they and their families experience after retiring from active military service. This can happen because many of them are not aware of the benefits that are provided to them post-retirement. These benefits are provided in order to acknowledge their service to the nation.

The post 9/11-GI Bill is meant for those veterans who wish to continue their studies. This benefit covers college expenses, including a $1,000 contingency fund for books and other supplies, and also provides a monthly housing allowance. However, it may not cover all the expenses related to higher learning, and that is where the Leave No Veteran Behind Program steps in, which provides a scholarship to those veterans who are not covered under the GI Bill.

According to the co-founder of the Leave No Veteran Behind program, the GI Bill pays only for an associate degree for some veterans and is thus not suited for those who wanted to pursue a higher degree. If any veteran has student debt, this benefit doesn't help repay that and a veteran must find out other ways to repay the debt. The Pat Tillman Foundation sponsors the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships to veterans who are pursuing higher degrees as full-time students in universities across the United States.

Apart from the student loan debt, many veterans have financial issues regarding credit card debt. Many veterans are perhaps not aware of special credit cards with low interest rates, available exclusively for military personnel. USAA, Pentagon Federal Credit Union and Naval Federal Union offer such low interest financial services to veterans. Veterans may also be aware of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which can reduce their interest rate on debts for those military personnel, who are now civilians.

Source: CNBC, "Military benefits give returning veterans a head start," Sharon Epperson, May 25, 2015

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