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Do You Really Need Dental Insurance?

    When you’re on active duty, dental insurance seems essential. After all, most of us grew up visiting the dentist every six months. Lots of us spent quality time with the orthodontist. Frankly, many of us grew up eating a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates while perhaps not brushing or flossing often […]

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The Next “Military Guide” Book

  Some of you know that I write a lot: creating blog posts, drafting the next book, answering reader questions, e-mailing other writers, and posting to Internet forums. I can type over 100 words per minute, and I’ve done it for at least an hour a day over the last 20 years. I’m also financially […]

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What Happens After Your VA Disability Claim Has Been Approved

    The Veterans Administration approved my “fully developed” disability claim– in less than three months of processing. This post stands by itself, but I’m going to skip the beginning of the story. If you want to read the earlier posts in this series then you can click on these links to learn why you […]

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Using USAA’s Financial Readiness Score

  It’s been eight months since USAA launched their Financial Readiness Score service, and I took the opportunity for a followup interview. Susan Owens, the ‎AVP for Enterprise Advice Implementation, dug up the statistics and shared the insights that USAA will gradually roll into the new versions of the program. USAA has over 10 million […]

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Reduce the cost of insuring your teen driver with USAA

    Way back in 2008, our daughter reached the age of 15.5 and took the test to earn her learner’s permit. She was pretty excited about this modern rite of passage. I was pretty excited about how much our insurance premiums would jump for the next few years. This was before my blogger relationship […]

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Beware Of Huge Flaws In The Military Blended Retirement System

History still repeats itself, but we’re still not learning from it. The existing military retirement system has been in place since the end of the last millennium, when REDUX ended and the High Three pension was signed into law. The REDUX system was modified to offer a lump-sum Career Status Bonus of $30K in exchange […]

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What’s The Next Step To Financial Independence?

A reader writes: Hi Nords, I have a few questions I’m hoping you can help me with. I trust your expertise in these matters. I am currently an E-8 with seven years to go until retirement. I am hoping I make it to 20 years active and can retire an E-9. I’ll be 48 years […]

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What The VA Really Does With Your Disability Claim

    This is the final part of a three-post series on why you want to file a VA disability claim (even if you think you’re not disabled) and what goes on behind the scenes. The first post explained why you want to file your disability claim, not just how to file it.  The second […]

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What Happens When (Not Just How) You File Your VA Disability Claim

  Last week’s post explained why you want to file your disability claim, not just how to file it. Now we’ll get into why you should prepare as much of your claim as possible up front as a “fully developed” package. It’s time (once again) to visit the Veteran Service Officer.   Why you want […]

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Why You File Your Veterans Disability Claim (Not Just How)

  “Learn From My Mistakes… Without Repeating Them!” There are roughly eighty-two gazillion websites which will tell you HOW to file your disability claim with the Veterans Administration. (I’ll link to some of them.) This post explains WHY you want to file your claim (even when you feel 0% disabled), and why you want to […]

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