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 roses, but none the less it's … [Read more...] about Life After the Military – Now What?
Archives for September 2013
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 a retired pay benefit at age … [Read more...] about National Guard and Reserve Retirement at the Maximum Pay
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 Inactive Reserve USAF I have … [Read more...] about Reserve Retirement Eligibility
(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 affect military servicemembers, … [Read more...] about The Affordable Care Act and Military Veterans
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. If I remain in the Reserves and … [Read more...] about Sanctuary and Military Mobilization
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 exchanges Three years ago when I … [Read more...] about Selling A Personal Finance Book In The Military Exchanges
Reminder: This week the blog ThreeForFreeCollege is running a three-part series on going to college without paying for tuition. Monday's post was the proposed Oregon model, followed by Wednesday's post on the various small schools that don't charge tuition. I'm going to wrap up the series with Friday's guest post on the military academies and … [Read more...] about Buying Your Military Service Credit In The Federal Civil Service
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 carefully analyzed the pros & … [Read more...] about Should You Self-Publish or Use a Traditional Publisher?
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? Congratulations on your … [Read more...] about Military Reserve Retirement, Tricare, and Medicare