Take A Car Overseas: Pros and Cons

February 11, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Every year, thousands of US military families move to locations Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).  In most cases, the OCONUS orders authorize the shipping of a privately owned vehicle … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless About Advance DLA

October 28, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A long-time Paycheck Chronicles reader sent me an email today, saying that her husband was unable to get Dislocation Allowance (DLA) until after their recent PCS was completed, and mentioned that … [Read more...]

Answers From IAL

July 30, 2014 | Kate Horrell

In yesterday's post about reimbursements when your personally owned vehicle isn't delivered as promised, I listed some questions that I submitted to Doug Tipton, President of International Auto … [Read more...]

Reimbursement When Your Car Is Late

July 29, 2014 | Kate Horrell

You may have heard some news about the new contractor who is handling the shipping and storage of personally owned vehicles (POV).   International Auto Logistics took over the contract for POV … [Read more...]

Establishing and Maintaining Domicile

July 28, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Domicile is a complicated issue.  My post on Domicile and Residence, a MSRRA Issue, has remained popular in the four years since I've written it, and it continue to receive comments and questions. … [Read more...]

Keep An Eye On Those Moving Weights

May 18, 2014 | Kate Horrell

The longer you spend in the military, the more you hear the same stories over and over again.  Eventually, even the craziest of tales starts to seem like it might be real.  Take the stories of … [Read more...]

Rental Real Estate and Liability

April 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many military families become landlords when they PCS and can't, or don't want to , sell the house they've purchased.  Being a landlord can be a blessing or a nightmare, depending on a wide variety … [Read more...]

Geographic Bachelor-ing

February 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I often get questions about people who are considering a geographic bachelor tour, and wondering about their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and their finances.  Geographic bachelor (or "geo-bach") … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]

Leaving California? Tell The DMV

September 23, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I recently heard about a ridiculous practice carried out by the State of California.  Apparently, if have a motor vehicle registered and move out-of-state, you have the obligation to let the … [Read more...]

C’mon Folks, Know Your Benefits

April 04, 2013 | Kate Horrell

If there is one thing that will make me crazy, it is someone who doesn't have any situational awareness.  It could be my child, who has zoned out and has no idea that we've just had an entire … [Read more...]

Kate Is Clueless: Address Updates

March 25, 2013 | Kate Horrell

You'd think that after 20 years of being married to someone in the military, I'd get to be pretty knowledgeable about things related to moving.  Yet, there is always something that surprises me.  I … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

September 22, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Letters, we get letters,  we get lots and lots and lots and lots of letters.  And some of them are pretty darn helpful. Today's letter is about the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) … [Read more...]

Department of Defense Lodging Rates

July 25, 2012 | Kate Horrell

This isn't exactly real news, but it is important if you don't already know it.  The rates for very similar military accommodations can vary greatly depending on which branch of the military is … [Read more...]