Health Care After Military Divorce

August 26, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many people feel that Tricare and military medical services are one of the best benefits of military service.  When a military marriage ends, the non-serving spouse usually loses their Tricare … [Read more...]

Military Locations Not Affected By UPS Data Breach

August 25, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Recent news has reported a data breach affecting 51 locations of The UPS Store.  From 20 January to 11 August 2014, certain customer information may have been compromised, including names, addresses … [Read more...]

29 August 2014 Military Pay

August 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Ack!  I almost forgot that next Friday is payday AGAIN!  August has been a treat, with three paydays in two week increments.  Which means that the next pay period will be a longer one:  17 days … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Retirement and Divorce

August 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A reader wrote in asking about the division of military retirement in a divorce.  I have edited this email to remove personally identifying information and to make it more clear, but the gist is … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: BAS and AIT

August 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A recent comment contains a question to which I don't know the answer, and I have no idea where to look for the answer. "How does this BAS-ENL work during AIT? My son is doing the Reserves … [Read more...]

15 August 2014 Military Pay

August 08, 2014 | Kate Horrell

August is looking like a nice, uncomplicated pay month (due to the Labor Day holiday on 1 September 2014.)  Three Fridays, each two weeks apart, just like everyone likes it.  The next regular, … [Read more...]

The Financial Folly of Being Busy

August 07, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Busy, busy, busy.  Most of us are super-busy:  kids, spouse, work, houses, family, friends, and other activities all join together to make our calendars look like we had a pen explosion.  Being … [Read more...]

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities

August 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The end of summer means that PCS moves are over, and kids are going back to school.  For lots of military spouses, it also means job hunting.  Job hunting as a military spouse is never easy, but you … [Read more...]

Better Business Bureau Military Line

July 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell

With the unique situations that happen to military families, it can be difficult to know where to turn for resources for non-military issues.  In particular, there are many consumer protection issues … [Read more...]

Officer To Lose 1/3 Of Retirement Pay

July 24, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You've probably heard me talk about Doug Nordman, founder of The Military Guide website and author of The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement.  One of Doug's readers has found … [Read more...]

American Express Waives Fees for Military

July 23, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I have heard (and researched to death) that American Express waives annual fees for active duty military folks.  If American Express has a card that is right for you, then this would be a great … [Read more...]

1 August 2014 Military Pay

July 21, 2014 | Kate Horrell

It is a little early for this post, but my statistics tell me that you're searching for this information.  The next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 1 August 2014.  Certain banks and … [Read more...]

Renting Your Next Ball Gown

July 19, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I went to a lovely ball last night.  These English really know how to put on a party!  As usual, I spent some time and money stressing about what to wear.  And you know what?  I think I'm going to … [Read more...]

Boots to Business Boosts Your Post-Service Options

July 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

If you are transitioning out of the military, keep your eyes and ears open for the Boots to Business portion of the Department of Defense's new Transition GPS program (formerly Transition Assistance … [Read more...]