USAA Membership Opens to all Veterans Who Have Served Honorably

USAA has done it again. They continue to raise the bar in service and their support of military families. Do you know a veteran who served honorably? Well, now they are eligible for USAA services.

Check out the details and if you are a member of USAA, by sharing the news, you’re eligible to win a trip to the Army-Navy game.

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 18 million U.S. military veterans and their 17 million family members who are looking for competitive alternatives to their current insurance, banking and investment providers now can take advantage of USAA and its 87-year record of strength, stability and performance in service to the military community.

Citing steady growth in financial strength and operational capacity, USAA announced that effective immediately, membership now is open to all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who served honorably, regardless of years of service.

The change expands USAA’s potential customer by an estimated 35 million, including 18 million veterans, and 17 million spouses and children who also would be able to access USAA services after their veteran relative becomes a member.

“We believe everyone who served honorably in the armed forces should be able to manage their financial well-being with USAA, a company committed to caring more about the unique needs of the military community than any other,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Joe Robles, USAA’s President and CEO. “Today, USAA is stronger than at any time in our 87-year history, and we are thrilled to open our doors wider to offer the benefits of USAA membership to more military families than ever before.”

USAA began as an officer-only association in 1922, opened to enlisted personnel in 1996, and today serves 7.3 million current and former military members and their families. Throughout its history, USAA has played an important role in helping military families with their financial security, providing them with insurance, investments and banking products as well as financial planning and advice.

Operating without commissioned sales agents, the company has earned numerous customer service accolades, including winning BusinessWeek’s #1 Customer Service Champs award in 2008 and 2007. USAA is the only company to be ranked in the top two each year since the list’s inception in 2007.

More recently, through innovations such as the banking industry’s first mobile check deposit service, USAA Deposit@Mobile™, USAA is leveraging technology to enable its eligible customers to manage their finances anytime and from anywhere a mobile signal is available.

“Having served as an Army private and many ranks along the way to major general, it gives me great personal satisfaction to know that another 35 million former service members, their spouses and children now have access to all that USAA offers,” said Robles.

Who is eligible for USAA P&C Group membership?

Military personnel

* All current members of the U.S. Armed Forces, active duty, Guard and reserve, as well as those who retired or honorably separated in the past, regardless of dates or branch of service (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard).
* Cadets, midshipmen, and officer or warrant officer candidates in government-sponsored programs leading to a commission.

Family members

* Adult children, widow(er)s, and un-remarried former spouses of USAA members.
* Widow(er)s of officer and enlisted personnel who were killed in action while eligible.

Additionally, USAA life insurance, investment, retirement and deposit products are also available to members’ extended families and others who are not eligible for USAA membership.

Today, with heightened concerns about the economy and the solvency of financial institutions, USAA is recognized for its conservative approach to financial management. In 2008, the company’s net worth increased to $14.6 billion, and USAA earned $423 million in net income. In addition, USAA’s Property & Casualty Insurance Group maintains the highest ratings for financial strength from Standard & Poor’s, A.M. Best and Moody’s rating agencies, making USAA one of a small, elite group of companies to retain the highest possible ratings. More current mid-year 2009 results are available on

About USAA

USAA, a diversified financial services group of companies, is among the leading providers of financial planning, insurance, investments, and banking products to members of the U.S. military and their families. For the past three years, BusinessWeek magazine ranked USAA among the top two “Customer Service Champs,” highlighting its legendary commitment of providing highly competitive financial products for 7.3 million members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit

Third Annual Milbloggies now open – Nominate us!

Hello everyone!

The milbloggies are now open and you can nominate your favorite mil-blogs in different categories. Our blog here is in the spouse category and we sure would appreciate your nomination!

Once you have signed in at, search for “my crazy amazing military life” and then click nominate.

We need your help to make it to the voting phase, only the top 5 will be voted on for the best milblog.

The nomination phase ends Wednesday 9/10 at 1159pm ET.

Thank you for your support!

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Military Spouse Magazine Seeks Nominations for the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year

Do you know an amazing military spouse?

They seem to juggle multiple children, have a job / volunteer, somehow navigate military life with grace and always have time to listen to fellow military spouses no matter how junior or inexperienced. They are quick to lend a word of wisdom or help just at the right time.  Well, now is your chance to recognize the extraordinary Military Spouse’s in your world that are making a difference in the lives of military families.

Military Spouse Magazine has announced nominations are now open for the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year. Based on your nominations, voting will take place between 10 selected nominees per branch. The nomination period runs through Oct 8th. Take a moment to send in your nomination today at!

Nominate an Outstanding Military Spouse to Be 2009 Honoree

PITTSBURGH, PA August 18, 2008 – Military Spouse magazine (MSM) today announced that it is now accepting nominations for its 2009 Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY) award, sponsored by USAA. The MSOY honoree represents the millions of military spouses who are unsung heroes maintaining the homefront, giving back selflessly to their communities, and providing support to our nation’s troops. Often, these spouses also have full-time jobs and raise families.

In recognition of their countless contributions, MSM will honor one exemplary military spouse from each service branch and also select one overall winner. The 2009 MSOY will be announced and honored nationally in the June issue of Military Spouse magazine and at the second annual MSOY Awards Ceremony to be held during the week of May 4, 2009 in Washington, DC, in conjunction with National Military Spouse Appreciation Week. The winner will make additional public appearances, write a monthly column to appear in Military Spouse magazine, and maintain a blog during his/her reign, which will last through May 2010.

MSM and its readers will select the winner based on his/her inspirational representation of all military spouses. Nominees must be the spouse of a current member of the U.S. armed forces. Criteria for selecting the recipient include: impact on community change, volunteerism, personal sacrifice, education and career pursuits and other military spouse-related efforts. Last year’s award generated hundreds of nominations from across the country, culminating in the selection of Army wife Chelle Brewer as MSOY 2008 (

MSM encourages individuals to submit a nomination for either themselves or an eligible nominee of their choice. To submit a nomination, individuals must complete the nomination form online at The nomination period runs from today through October 8, 2008. Judges will review all submissions and select ten finalists from each military service branch, after which readers will select one branch winner. Judges include a hand-selected portion of MSM’s “Who’s Who of Military Spouses,” a list of influential military spouses.

“This award is MSM’s opportunity to thank all military spouses for their invaluable contributions, in addition to recognizing them for the challenges they overcome every day,” said Babette Maxwell, Military Spouse magazine co-founder and executive editor.

“The reason USAA exists is to help military families with their financial security and the peace of mind that brings – especially to the military spouse who shoulders so much responsibility,” said Joe Robles, USAA’s CEO and a retired major general. “I know I couldn’t have done what I did for the Army if my wife, Patty hadn’t taken care of everything else. Being the title sponsor of this award is a natural for us. We feel honored to honor military spouses.”

USAA Expands Membership Base

USAA is a great supporter of Navy Wife Radio and was our Patriot Sponsor of our Spouse event last Oct.  They recently have expanded their membership base to include veterans who have been discharged since 1/1/96.

Here are the details from The Navy Times

By Karen Jowers – Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Aug 13, 2008 6:59:50 EDT

Another 3 million people — including veterans who were discharged since Jan. 1, 1996 — are eligible to become members of USAA, according to company officials.

The newly eligible are:

* Military retirees, regardless of when they retired. That includes enlisted personnel who retired before USAA began accepting enlisted personnel in 1996.

* Military personnel who were honorably discharged on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

* Spouses and children of those in the above groups, once they become members.

Company officials cited steady growth in financial strength and operational capacity as factors in its membership expansion efforts. USAA provides financial planning, insurance, investments, and banking products to military members and their families.

“USAA is stronger today than at any time in our 86-year history, which enables us to offer the benefis of USAA membership to more people than ever before,” said Joe Robles, USAA’s president and chief executive officer, in an announcement of the expansion.

USAA members include 6.4 million current and former military members and their families.

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