Retirement Benefits Eyed for Cuts

If you haven’t been paying attention to the cuts being proposed to slash the federal deficit, now is a good time to tune in.

Benefits for military retirees are on the cutting block and they will affect all retirees, including currently retired folks, not just those who retire in future years.

Retirement Chronicles: The Paper Trail

It is the end of my husband's career and I feel more like a historian than a spouse.

For 15 years I have carefully labeled, organized and preserved hundreds of documents that he has been issued over his career. Overkill? Maybe. But necessary, absolutely.

Retirement Chronicles: Rule change for transferring GI Bill benefits to dependents may delay retirements

Effective Aug. 1, all service members must serve four more years before they are eligible to transfer benefits of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill to their spouse or children.

Retirement Chronicles: Living in housing? No need to pack, yet

That last day in the military is coming on fast and furious. And some of you don’t have a job. Or a place to live.

You don’t need to shack up with your in-laws or pick a hotel to call home. Retirees have 11 months from their last day in service to move out of government housing.

Say it with me, yeehaw!

Retirement, time to buy your own home!

I hate white walls.

I know that white, Crate & Barrel style homes are all the rage. And yeah, they’re pretty. But I, like many military spouses, have been required to keep white walls for the last decade.

Army housing does not allow paint. Heck, when we moved in to our Army housing in Hawaii the government agent asked us to please not hang pictures on the walls.

Retiring and feel rushed? That’s the point

Are you being medically retired? Do you feel like you’re being tossed to the curb? Me too.

Retirement Chronicles: Why you need to discuss life insurance long before retirement r

I consider myself a fairly well-informed military spouse. I try to keep up with the news, both official and that of the blog-o-sphere. I attend regular FRG meetings and try not to embarrass my husband with specific policy questions, at all of them. 

Apparently, however, I’m already failing at making the transition from active duty family to retirement.

The times, they are a changing

I married my husband late in his Army career. He was an E-6 when we walked down the aisle and I had already built my own career and life.

Soon after we started our family, he deployed to Iraq and during a six year span was deployed or TDY for a combined 5 years. I stayed at my job, in my home, with my friends, in my world. He came and went as he could.

Military Retirement Info Good for Spouses to Know Too

Is your military spouse preparing to leave the rank behind and join the civilian job force? My husband only has a handful of years left until that transition to retirement and I am dreading it. I’m unsure of how our benefits might change, namely medical coverage. I fear losing that steady paycheck. And let’s be honest, tax free combat pay covered a lot of bills.

If your husband is anything like mine, he probably hasn’t brought much information home from his pre-retirement briefings, or even began looking seriously at some of the issues. I, on the other hand, need info!  


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