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August 13th, 2008
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Join one of the best overall financial and insurance firms ever -- USAA
Although my tenure as an Officer Candidate in the USAF did not result in the outcome I wanted at the time--namely, commissioning and service in the Air Force, it did secure for me and my family a lifetime benefit which I continue to take advantage of. They have given me great deals on automobile insurance, property insurance, renters insurance, the fire policy on our rental property, banking, mortgages, credit cards, checking, savings, investments, financial advice, and more than a few decent retail discounts.

I just received an e-mail that they have expanded eligibility to include some folks who had previously been ineligible. If you are in one of the following groups and want to get more information, leave me an e-mail address and I'll have them send you information on how to sign up.

USAA MEMBERSHIP IS EXPANDING

For over 85 years, USAA has been committed to facilitating the financial security of military families. In order to further this mission, USAA membership has been expanded.

USAA membership has been expanded to include:

  • Retired military personnel, regardless of when they served
  • Those who have honorably separated from the military since 1996

And, USAA membership remains open to:

  • Children of USAA members
  • Active duty officers and enlisted personnel
  • National Guard and Selected Reserve officers and enlisted personnel
  • Officer candidates in commissioning programs

Today, more military families than ever can enjoy the exclusive benefits of USAA membership. From insurance and banking to investments and financial planning, our priority is to help you achieve your financial goals.

I sincerely hope that none of you fit the following criterion, but the e-mail I received also mentioned the following as being eligible:  "Widows and widowers of military members killed in action while eligible."  I can only think of one:  Lynn, if you are reading this, and if you and Scott weren't already USAA members when he was killed, please look into this.

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From:aillecat
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
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Pete, my father is a USAF Viet Nam Vet, is he eligible for membership? He was not a career officer, therefore not "retired".
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From:happypete
Date:August 14th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)

Let's put it this way...

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...if they ask him for it, he can always send in his DD-214 and they can make a determination.

It's worth asking the question--not just for his benefit, but because his membership may then extend eligibility to you, and so on.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

Re: Let's put it this way...

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Still no eligibility for those of us whose family history of
contributions to the war effort include a dupont metallurgist, a radar researcher, and a bethlehem steel mechanical engineer.

Just sayin. :-P

-RS


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From:happypete
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)

Yeah, I know what you mean...

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There is no doubt that the technologists: scientists, engineers, technicians, etc., have provided the true discriminators in modern warfare--not just the obvious example of the atomic bomb, but all of the other "paradigm-changing" weapons of the last five-hundred years.

Most of the firms that employed those people had decent industrial credit unions [I'm still a member of Lockheed Georgia ECU, which bought the Georgia Tech student credit union]...but there's a big difference between a credit union and the behemoths like USAA and Navy Federal.
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From:kellfire
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
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You should qualify. My father was only in 4 or so years, and he's had USAA forever, and I've had them for *eeps* 23 years.
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From:happypete
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)

I was in for only four months and three days...

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the issue is that the rule is [or was] that you had to sign up while you were still in the service...maybe they've changed that, I don't know.
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From:ckd
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
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What happypete said: ask 'em! Worst case, they say no and you've wasted a little bit of time.
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From:kellfire
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
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I don't know if they make it well known but kids of *anyone* with USAA qualify as well (I think)

I qualify cause of my father, and recently found out that if I put my kids on my policy, they can get their own policy when they turn 18.
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From:happypete
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)

Yes, that is huge....

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I got Quinn a 529 plan...and when I did, they issued him a USAA number, so I think he is set for life.

Interesting tid-bit...my relationship credit on my USAA auto insurance counts from when I was sixteen years old and my dad put me on his policy...pretty darn cool!
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From:kellfire
Date:August 14th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

Re: Yes, that is huge....

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my relationship credit on my USAA auto insurance counts from when I was sixteen years old and my dad put me on his policy Ditto: it is pretty darn cool. :-)

I just checked and both my kids (14y.o. & 15y.o.) have USAA #'s.

And I used this thread as a reminder to pay my bill...thanks!
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From:measi
Date:August 14th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
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I have to agree with you that USAA is fabulous. Both my husband and I took advantage of being children of members/former active military. Before direct deposit, it was a bit annoying... but now they're hands-down the best bank around. It's shocking to call a bank and get an actual PERSON - who's friendly on the phone. :)

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From:happypete
Date:August 14th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

I also make EXTENSIVE use of the online features...

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like automatic transaction download to MS Money, web bill pay, funds transfer, etc., etc.

The fact that they don't charge ATM fees AND pay us back the ATM fees from other banks is also a huge plus...I don't have to sweat it and hunt around for a cheap ATM, just get the cash and roll from wherever I am.
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From:measi
Date:August 14th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)

Re: I also make EXTENSIVE use of the online features...

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Exactly. I make extensive use of the bill pay and funds transfers. Honestly I don't see myself ever changing banks again. I've been with a couple of the national ones and locals - and will never switch back.
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From:hammercock
Date:August 14th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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Hmm, my maternal grandfather (now deceased) served in the Army in WWII. Think that would make my mom and her siblings eligible?
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From:happypete
Date:August 15th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)

If he was a member...

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...then it's probably a done-deal.

If he wasn't, I think the answer is "it depends." Do you want me to e-mail you the link so you can call and ask?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 26th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)

Re: If he was a member...

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I've been a member of USAA since I was comissioned in 1959. However, I feel a bit guilty because I have a neighbor down the street, in his late 80s, who can't enjoy the benefits of USAA because he was a B-17 pilot in World War II and was discharged after the war; before USAA existed. I doubt that he would change his banking at this late date, and we can't use the auto insurance while we live in Mexico, but I still think there should be a retroactive inclusion for old officers.
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From:happypete
Date:August 26th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)

USAA was formed in 1922 :)

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So it may not have been as big back then, but it definitely existed. :)
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