October 28, 2019 10 minutes to read ∙ 2400 words

The Benefits of Military Service: A Primer on Eligibility for Health Benefits and More

By Karen Robbins

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Reprinted with permission from GPSolo magazine, March/April 2019 (36:2), at 20-23. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

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The U.S. Armed Forces is a self-contained community populated by approximately 5 million military servicemembers and their families and 23 million veterans serving in the seven uniformed services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps). Like all good communities, the U.S. Armed Forces provides services and benefits to its members to retain them in service and to partially compensate for the sacrifices members and their families make when they become part of the community. Along with health insurance and health care, the best-known of these benefits, come other, less well-known perquisites of membership, including travel, entertainment, and death benefits.

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