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Chris Mandia

Chris Mandia

Chris Mandia is a Southern California writer who writes on military issues. Serving two tours in Iraq as a Marine machine-gunner, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and studied at the University of Southern California's graduate film program. You can find out more about him at www.chrismandia.com.


What to do with Extra Pay From Deployment

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Posted in Savings Account, Checking Accounts

So you’ve just disembarked off an international flight from Afghanistan. As a U.S. Service Member in a combat zone such as Afghanistan or Iraq, you’ve probably amassed quite the nest egg.

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Are You Financially Ready to Leave the Military?

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It’s a prosaic cliché: Haggard, unshaven, sporting military fatigues, a homeless “veteran” clutches a cardboard sign along a highway off ramp. He’s disturbed, angry, maybe even a bit intoxicated, but he’s willing to work. Speculation regarding his military service undoubtedly adds to his dejected mystique. Although this individual could very well be a veteran of...

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Have You Taken the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Challenge?

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In response to the current economic downturn facing the nation, the Department of Defense recently spotlighted the innate desire within us for financial security.

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In Over Your Head? Bankruptcy Options for Service Members

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Posted in Auto Loans, Articles

Bankruptcy: It’s an ugly word. It shoulders negative connotations and uneasy feelings for all those involved. Yet in the last year alone, nearly 1.5 million non-businesses struggling with debt repayment opted for this form of insolvency. As today’s economic climate affects more and more Americans, veterans included, the bankruptcy option is increasingly being utilized. In...

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Boost Your Budget: Guide to Re-enlistment Bonuses

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Re-enlistment bonuses in the U.S. Armed Forces have been around for quite some time. Although authorized by the Armed Forces Enlisted Personnel Bonus Revision Act of 1974, American re-enlistment incentives date back to the Civil War. A veteran Federalist soldier re-enlisting in the Army of the Cumberland could receive a whopping $402–that was a pretty...

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Benefits of the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society

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Posted in Auto Loans, Articles, Navy

A disconnect between veterans and the general population is nothing new. It’s an obstruction that dates back to the Revolutionary War. Veterans of the Continental Army, some hundreds of miles away from home, were treated poorly upon discharge and besieged by debt. Many found themselves jobless. The mounting hardships culminated in rebellion.

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Transitional Assistance Program (TAP)

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For many Americans, life after military service can seem daunting. Naturally, it takes time to adjust to the civilian world, especially after serving several tours in a war zone. Unfortunately, veterans of yesteryear were generally left to fend for themselves in this regard. Many managed to survive–utilizing skills handed down by mentors and gleaned from...

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Tips for Veteran First Time Home Buyers

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Posted in Mortgage Rates, Articles

It’s the American dream: House, kids, dog, Chevrolet in the driveway. Sit on your property a few years, flip it for a profit and move up the real-estate ladder. Unfortunately, the days of flipping your house for profit are long since over. Things change. Many Americans find themselves enveloped by debt and plagued by limited...

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Debt Solutions for Veterans

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Posted in Auto Loans

Debt is an issue for a huge portion of the American population, especially when it comes to repaying loans and lines of credit. However, there are several characteristics of the military lifestyle that make debt especially difficult to ward off after transitioning to civilian life. The military can be a strange world. Floating in the...

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Guide to Saving on Veteran-Friendly Franchises

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Finding a civilian job after you’ve served is often tough, but actually starting your own business can be an especially intimidating task. Luckily, there’s a solution that can reduce the financial risk and increase the opportunity for success: Franchising.  If you are willing to work long hours, can follow a system, afford to buy and...

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