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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 […]

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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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Book Review: “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg

I’ve been home from travel for almost four months, and I’m finally catching up on my reading. I still have a pile of books that I picked up from FinCon15 (six months ago!), and I’m steadily working my way through them. I’ll probably finish just before FinCon16. But then (shameless name dropping) Charles Duhigg e-mailed […]

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How NOT to do it: Applying for VA disability years after military separation

[This post is brought to you by “Crew Dog” of OneSickVet.com. If you’re interested in contributing at The-Military-Guide.com, please see our posting guidelines.] In a previous post on One Sick Vet, the blogger “Die Fledermaus” showed us a good example of how to prepare for a VA disability claim while still on active duty: going to […]

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Military Spouse Portable Careers

  My spouse and I joined the military in the late 1970s. We’ve been military spouses since 1986, and I was a member of several fine Wives Clubs in the 1980s-90s. Thankfully, the military’s gender policies have improved quite a bit over the last 40 years. The male military spouse situation has also improved a […]

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Retirement Lifestyles: “Can I Get Back Into The Military?”

  A reader question has hit my IN box several times this year: “My spouse retired from the military after 20 years of active duty and is receiving their pension. They’re in their 40s and they miss it so much. Is there a way for them to get back in? I know they’d be happier […]

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Military Healthcare Pro Tips For Tricare Errors

  Tricare got me again. I’ve been retired for nearly 14 years, and I’m a relatively high-functioning veteran who was paid to supervise the operation and maintenance of naval nuclear reactors. I’m pretty good at working with teams and solving problems. But despite those skills, Tricare (and UnitedHealthcare) have administered yet another beatdown at Hale […]

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