Benefits Don't End With a Paycheck and a Degree
Most Soldiers serve because they want to give back to their country. Then they find out that being part of the National Guard comes with other rewards. Beyond earning additional pay and getting help with their education costs, Soldiers and Veterans — and their families — enjoy even more real benefits, such as inexpensive healthcare through the TRICARE system; low-cost life insurance that pays up to $400,000; Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans that can save service members a bundle when buying a home; and something that might not seem like a big deal now, but definitely will later: a generous retirement package. The Guard also offers an array of resources aimed at helping Soldiers find careers — which is especially important for men and women who serve part time but maintain readiness full time, at home and on the job.