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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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Military Saves Week and MilCents: Start Saving And Investing Now

    Military Saves Week and MilCents are coming! During 22-27 February you’re going to see lots of inspirational stories about paying off debt, saving for a goal, and planning for retirement. Then you can spend another nine weeks on short tutorials to boost your own financial skills.   Take care of your future you. Let […]

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“Should I Invest In The Thrift Savings Plan Or In Taxable Accounts?”

A reader writes: Nords, I’ve been tracking you across a few blogs and appreciate the military perspective. I just bought your book as well so I am looking forward to flipping through that. Anyway I am trying to set mine and my wife’s savings to combine the 40% you mention here with the pension for […]

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