Browsing Archive September, 2013
Life After the Military – Now What?
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Life After the Military – Now What?

Even though you might not fully appreciate it, there is definitely something to be said about structured life in the military. Very few people enjoy the kind of clear direction and fulfillment that you are probably familiar with if you're here reading this article right now. Life in the military certainly isn't all ...

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National Guard and Reserve Retirement at the Maximum Pay
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National Guard and Reserve Retirement at the Maximum Pay

A reader writes: I need some clarification regarding your article that describes the calculation of a Reserve/Guard retired pay benefit. I’ve relied on this description in the past, but am troubled by one aspect of the calculation/description. Assume a Guard member has the requisite 20 “good years” to qualify for ...

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Reserve Retirement Eligibility
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Reserve Retirement Eligibility

A reader writes: I have been digging for answers and am just getting more confused. Could you help me understand or steer me in the right direction to determine if I have earned the 'ability' to retire? Here is my circumstance: - Resigned from active duty in December 1992 - Accepted an appointment in the ...

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The Affordable Care Act and Military Veterans
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The Affordable Care Act and Military Veterans

(Mahalo nui loa to alert reader "Ben" for providing the resources and links to this post!) Americans are concerned about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Those of us with military experience and heading toward financial independence are even more concerned about military benefits. How will the ACA ...

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Sanctuary and Military Mobilization
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Sanctuary and Military Mobilization

A reader writes: I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan. I am very close to sanctuary and may reach it during the end of my leave after my deployment is over. If I don’t reach sanctuary by the end of this deployment I will return back to the Reserves with no less than 17 years and 11 months of “active federal” time. ...

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Selling A Personal Finance Book In The Military Exchanges
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Selling A Personal Finance Book In The Military Exchanges

This is the third post (and conclusion) in a series on writing and publishing. It stands on its own but for more context you can read about the book's latest sales & royalties report and traditional publishing versus self-publishing. Check the end of this post for an eBook announcement! Bookstores in military ...

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Should You Self-Publish or Use a Traditional Publisher?
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Should You Self-Publish or Use a Traditional Publisher?

Several months ago, author Romeo Clayton asked: I'd love to hear how you went about searching for a traditional publisher. I'm currently working on another book, although I may go the self-publishing route again. Is there any particular reason why you didn't go the self-publishing route? I'd like to share how I ...

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Military Reserve Retirement, Tricare, and Medicare
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Military Reserve Retirement, Tricare, and Medicare

A reader asks: I will be retiring from the Reserves later this year and reaching age 60 a month after that. Which Tricare will I be under? Will it cost me anything? I am still employed in a civilian job with a city that offers Blue Cross insurance. I also have an HSA-- will this work with Tricare when I retire? ...

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