Dual Military Overseas Housing Allowance

May 29, 2015 | Kate Horrell

After a few years in this job, I've discovered that there are a surprising number of dual military couples living overseas, and that there is a lot of confusion about the Overseas Housing Allowance … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Disability Benefit & Taxes

May 28, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent email highlights some of the confusion about the taxability of certain post-military benefits.  While military retirement pay is always taxable, military disability benefits provided by the … [Read more...]

WIC Benefits Can Help With Food Costs

May 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Many military families, particularly overseas, are eligible for the federally-funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program.  WIC provides eligible patrons with … [Read more...]

Instructions Help With PCS Travel Claims

May 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In researching the advance DLA situation, I stumbled across a couple of useful and interesting documents to help you fill out a complete and accurate travel claim when you have a Permanent Change of … [Read more...]

1 June 2015 Military Pay

May 22, 2015 | Kate Horrell

The next regular, active duty military pay day is Monday, 1 June 2015.  Monday paydays can be really confusing if you have your military pay deposited into a bank or credit union that offers early … [Read more...]

DIY Credit Repair

May 21, 2015 | Kate Horrell

If your credit reports and score are not as great as you would like, you may be intrigued by the advertisements that claim that they can help fix your credit.  There are a bjillion companies out … [Read more...]

OCONUS COLA Changes

May 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military service members at some locations outside the continental United States (OCONUS) may see some pretty large changes to their Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) during the next few months.  The … [Read more...]

Retrieving Old Tax Statements

May 19, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Sometimes, you need to get a copy of an old W-2 or 1099R tax statement.  The best way to get these documents depends on the age of the document you need. For tax statements within the last five … [Read more...]

More Reasons To Shop The Thrift Shop

May 18, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent post about uniforms and thrift shops generated some comments that made me realize that some people might not completely understand how all-around amazing on-base thrift shops are for the … [Read more...]

REDUX Is Always A Bad Choice

May 16, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Today, in a military family forum, there was a discussion about the Career Status Bonus (CSB)/Redux retirement plan available to currently serving military members.  I was really surprised to see … [Read more...]

Verizon and Sprint Refunds

May 14, 2015 | Kate Horrell

A recent class action lawsuit means that many Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers will receive a refund on unauthorized services that were billed to their cell phone accounts.  These charges, … [Read more...]

Widow Wonders Where Payments Have Gone

May 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Lots of email lately...and some common questions come up again and again. The following is a composite of several different questions. "Dear Kate, I moved after my husband passed away. I sent in … [Read more...]

Where To Find Military Allowance Rates

May 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Military pay can be complicated, with literally hundreds of possible pays and allowances.  And sometimes it can be hard to know where to find the right information.  Thankfully, most of the … [Read more...]

Need Uniforms? Check The Thrift Stores

May 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the largest job-related expenses for military service members is the forever purchasing of uniforms.  Some of those uniform parts, especially for the dressier uniforms, can get pretty darn … [Read more...]