IRAs for Non-Working Spouses

August 26, 2015 | Kate Horrell

One of the major downsides of being a military spouse is that it makes it more challenging to maintain a career or even just keep a job.  According to Blue Star Family’s 2014 Military Lifestyle … [Read more...]

August and September Commissary Remote Sales

July 31, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Are you an eligible commissary shopper, but don't live anywhere near a commissary store?  Keep your eyes out for what the commissary calls Guard and Reserve sales, but I call Remote Sales because … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Social Security and Retirement Pay

July 27, 2015 | Kate Horrell

There can be a lot of confusion about the relationship between military retirement pay and other benefits and federal benefits such as social security and Medicare.  Part of the confusion comes from … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Rays Offering Free Tickets

July 23, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Veterans and current military folks in the greater Tampa, Florida area can enjoy free baseball with the Tampa Bay Ray's new Rays Honor Pass program.  The Rays Honor Pass provides eligible … [Read more...]

National my Social Security Week

July 20, 2015 | Kate Horrell

While working on a post for later this week, I clicked over to the Social Security Administration (SSA)'s my Social Security website to log into my Social Security online account.  When I got to the … [Read more...]

Career Training for Veterans and Spouses

June 17, 2015 | Kate Horrell

Looking for training to help make it easier to find work? The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP) is open to veterans and transitioning service members, and the spouses of veterans and active … [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...]

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...]

Survivor Benefit Plan and Remarriage

April 30, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I receive a surprising number of emails from military widows and widowers who are receiving Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity payments, and don't know what will happen if they remarry.  Thankfully, … [Read more...]

Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

April 02, 2015 | Kate Horrell

In the last few weeks, I've had quite a few request to fund various charitable or crowdfunding campaigns for military or veteran families who are allegedly in a tight position.  One thing that jumps … [Read more...]

Big Change for Special Needs Families

March 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

As recently reported at SpouseBUZZ, a recent law has huge implications for military service members with a child who may not become independent.  This modification to the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) … [Read more...]

Retired Military Change of Address

February 12, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I get a lot of questions about how to change the address that is on file with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).  It is important that you keep your address up-to-date.  It will make … [Read more...]

Last Active Duty Paycheck?

January 15, 2015 | Kate Horrell

I've written about this topic before, here and here, but they seem to be hard to find.  I think maybe it is because the titles don't really reflect the topic clearly.  I don't like the title of this … [Read more...]

How To Change Your Address With DFAS

January 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

occasionally, a military retiree or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuitant will forget to change their physical mailing address with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  Then, when they don't … [Read more...]