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No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?

No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?

It's that time of year again: Congress is debating the annual federal budget proposals. My e-mail and social media have exploded with outraged commentary on the proposals to overhaul the military retirement system and to get rid of Tricare Prime. How does that affect your retirement? How does that affect your ...

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Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?

Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?

Question: I have a total of 5 tattoos that fall below my right elbow. My Commander determined that my tattoos are not in compliance with AR 670-1, 3-3c(2). I've been counseled, and I understand that I've been grandfathered (which I'm extremely grateful for). Prior to the release of the new policy, I was preparing ...

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Update on Military Retirement, Commissaries, and Tricare

Update on Military Retirement, Commissaries, and Tricare

I'm getting a lot of questions about the latest changes to military entitlements and benefits, so let's answer the mail here. Repeal of the military pension COLA cutback First, Congress has repealed the COLA cutback to military pensions. The COLA cutback amendment was part of a legislative compromise but was never ...

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Career Assistance Program – AAFMAA Offers $4000 Loan

Career Assistance Program – AAFMAA Offers $4000 Loan

Is the Army Air Force Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA), Career Assistance Program Loan (CAP) worth it? I’m going to have to say YES! Back in the day as a young Staff Sergeant I needed some extra cash during a tough financial period. I was introduced to AAFMAA by a fellow Soldier. He informed me that AAFMAA offered an ...

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Medical tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital

Medical tourism at Bangkok’s Bumrungrad Hospital

The two biggest obstacles to financial independence are inflation and healthcare -- yet military veterans and retirees seem to have more options for dealing with inflation. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act gives the American medical system a strong incentive to reduce expenses. The military Tricare ...

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