Financial Resources for Military and Veterans

Helpful resources for military veterans living in Washington state.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act provides service members with a range of rights and benefits, from interest rate reductions to eviction protection.
  • Veteran borrowers called up to active duty may be able to request relief pursuant to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Home Loans and Housing

  • VA Home Loans and Grants
    As a military member or veteran, you can apply for home loans and grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • Housing Assistance for Homeless Veterans
    Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless can call or visit their local VA Medical Center or Community Resource and Referral Center where VA staff are ready to help.

Education and Training

  • VA Education Benefits
    VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling.
  • GI Bill
    GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs.

Dealing with Debt

  • VA Debt Management Center
    The VA’s Debt Management Center can help you with debts you accrue using benefits the VA offers, like a mortgage loan guaranty.
  • Find A Credit Counselor
    You can find credit counseling through the National Foundation for Consumer Credit Counseling.
  • Debt Collection and Your Rights
    Washington’s Collection Agency Act (RCW 19.16) and the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act govern the practices of “collection agencies,” which are businesses that collect debts for other businesses. It is important to remember that while there are no military-specific provisions, military service members have the same rights under laws governing debt collection as civilian consumers.

Investing

Thrift Savings Plan

Tax Benefits and Free Tax Preparation

  • IRS Military Tax Benefits
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a list of tax benefits for military, retirees, and veterans. Benefits include a combat pay exemption, tax breaks for military dependents, and other deductions.

Helpful Nationwide Resources

Washington State Resources

  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
    The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs helps connect veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service.
  • Washington State Office of the Attorney General
    In support of Washington’s military service members, Veterans, and their families, the Attorney General’s Office works in collaboration with partners across the state to promote the availability of civil legal assistance and resources for those who have served our country in uniform.