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The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits Paperback – December 20, 2005

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Chris Michel is President of Military Advantage, the nation's largest military membership organization, with more than 6 million members. He is a former Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy. Following his operational tour, Chris worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve. An advocate for servicemembers and veterans, Chris is active in a host of charitable organizations serving the military community and currently serves on the board of the U.S. Naval Institute. Chris earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was named a Distinguished Naval Graduate. He also holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. This is his first book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (December 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743269462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743269469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris is the Managing Director of Nautilus Ventures, a fund focused on supporting entrepreneurs in building great companies. He is also the Founder of Affinity Labs, a digital media company managing a portfolio of leading online professional communities. In 2008, Affinity Labs was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW).

Prior to founding Affinity Labs, he founded Military.com, the nation's largest military membership organization. Military.com connects its 11 million members to the lifelong benefits of military service and provides public and private sector clients efficient access to the military market. Members trust Military.com for career, education and financial services. In 2004, Military.com was also acquired by Monster.

Chris also served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy. While on active duty, Chris flew as a P-3 Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander in support of maritime interdiction operations in the Red Sea, NATO enforcement operations in the Adriatic, and counter-narcotics missions in Central America. Following his operational tour, Chris worked in the Pentagon as Aide to the Chief of the Naval Reserve.

An advocate for those who serve, Chris is a frequent speaker and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Financial Times, and other publications. He has also been a regular guest on CNN and other national radio and TV programs. In addition, he is the author of The Military Advantage (Simon & Schuster 2006, Naval Institute Press 2009).

Chris serves as a Director of Dale Carnegie, Ventana, and Alliance Health Corporations. He is also a Governor on the USO World Board. He's an advisor or investor in a variety of other companies including RepairPal, Powerset, Lab Pixies, MD Drinks, GoodTree, Red Answers, Mighty DB, CR Reality, GoodReads, Lookery, OffBeat Guides, Pangea 3, Affinity Circles, Four Rivers, Play Megaphone, Wize, etc... In addition, he's a Sector Advisor to Maveron LLC, a leading venture capital firm, and was recently appointed to the oversight committee for the Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS), one of six study divisions of the National Academies.

He's also an accomplished amateur photojournalist. His photographs have been published in all kinds of media from magazines to books.

Chris earned his commission from the NROTC program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high distinction and as the Distinguished Naval Graduate. In addition, he holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Rodriguez on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
From the first to the last chapter, I was surprised at how easy this book was to read. The information was 'broken-down' from the usual bureaucratic jargon, to clear and understandable English, making it extremely user-friendly. As I studied through the military benefits that were outlined and then explained, I was amazed at the massive wealth of information and resources contained within the covers. To top it all off, the author provides margin notes throughout with 'Take Advantage' hints and contact information of key agencies and offices, which in itself helps cut down the red tape. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone who is now in the military or is a veteran. Dare I say, this is the closest thing to a 'Military Benefits Bible' that I've ever seen.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By T. Aiello on November 20, 2005
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I was lucky enough to get an early copy of the book. It makes sense all of the complexity of military benefits in a way I've never seen done before. I can go right to sections that break it down so I can understand it easily. The side tips are especially helpful call-outs. Surprised at how many benefits are out there for the military. The VA loan and medical benefits sections are a must read. I'm buying a copy for my relatives who've served for sure!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Ed on December 10, 2005
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Chris Michel really does "cut the red tape" in this handy book. Make no mistake: This information is not available as understandably anywhere else. Why do the detective work when Mr. Michel has done it for you? I just got the book a few days ago and I've already uncovered some benefits I never knew about.

This book is a "must read" for active duty members and veterans. Unsure what to get that military friend for Christmas or a birthday? This book would make a thoughtful gift.

Thanks to Chris Michel for creating an amazing resource.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Saul Goode on December 2, 2005
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The book is bursting with all kinds of hard-to-get-at facts and figures that would take months of phone calling and web clicking to find out. Yeah, it's probably a little dry at times. But it's not like you're gonna read it front-to-back. And it sure beats trying to yank information out of some bureaucrat.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Parisi on January 15, 2006
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IN A NUTSHELL: "THE" GUIDE TO MAKING THE MOST OF ONE'S BENEFITS

This is a necessary guide for anyone that needs and is qualified for the plethora of benefits that are due any member of our armed forces, past or present.

Ordinarily, to access the information that you need or even to determine if you are eligible for "Something" just gets you bogged down to the point of just throwing your hands up in disgust. This book offers both insight and quick short-cuts to determine what is out there in the way of programs and how and if you may qualify or apply. The medical benefits section is the most concise and easily understood rendering of the massive and convoluted maze of benefits and programs that altogether form the medical benefits package.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GI Jane on April 30, 2007
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As of today, April 30th 2007, the above listing is incorrect. The 2007 version is now available, with updated benefits information and a foreword by retired Army General Norman Schwarzkopf.

Some of the negative reviews below were written over a year after the 2005 version was released, so the information had been outdated. This new version has up-to-date information for servicemembers and veterans.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paulie on August 7, 2006
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I was somewhat disappointed by this book. A veteran of three military services (but not retired), I had hoped to find some information about Veterans' programs. Instead, I found about 90% of the book to be useful only for currently-serving personnel or young men contemplating a military career. For those individuals, this book is great. For those not currently serving, I found it lackluster and loaded with information any military man could find on base with little trouble. Would I recommend this book? Not really. Would I recommend the military as a career to most young men? Absolutely. Save your money. Enlist and talk with the on-base career advisors instead for much more current information.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D. Harrison on January 29, 2006
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Easy reading and very beneficial for anyone retiring from the military. I have pickup on three or four "key requirements" from just reading the first few chapters. More informative than those week long "Retirement Classes" we are required to attend.
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