Free Tax Preparation and Filing for Servicemembers and Veterans

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Tax season is here and it never hurts to save another dollar. This year, servicemembers can choose from several free, military-specific editions of popular online tax preparation software. In addition, anyone (military, veterans, civilians alike) with an individual or family adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $58,000 for 2013 is eligible to receive free in-person or online tax preparation and filing assistance from a variety of sources.

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Five Illnesses Now Presumed Service-Connected for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Residuals of TBI

The Department of Defense calls traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) “one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.” TBIs can cause many physical and mental impairments, and the VA doesn’t always link those impairments to the TBI.

Now, based on a 2008 report from the Institute of Medicine entitled Gulf War and Health, Volume 7: Long-Term Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury, the VA has added a new subsection (d) to 38 C.F.R. § 3.310 stating that if a veteran has a service-connected TBI along with any of five diagnosable illnesses, then those illnesses are automatically presumed service-connected as secondary to the TBI.

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State Benefits Survey: Connecticut

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Considering I benefited from Connecticut’s veteran programs, it’s right that I  review of some of the more popular state benefits available to Connecticut vets. In my opinion, the most helpful benefits are:

  • Tuition waiver at the University of Connecticut, any Connecticut State University, as well as any Connecticut Community-Technical College
  • $1500 property tax exemption
  • 50% state income tax exemption on military retirement pay

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VA Offering Dental Insurance Program for the First Time Ever

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The VA announced earlier this month the start of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), which allows veterans who are enrolled in VA health care to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental or MetLife. VADIP enrollment began November 15th with coverage starting January 1, 2014. Turn the page to see how to calculate your potential premiums for dental insurance (the rates are low).

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