2014 COLA Announced: 1.5%

November 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Every year, most people receiving federal payments receive an increase called a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This amount is calculated based upon statistics called the Consumer Price Index … [Read more...]

Veterans Day Discounts 2013

October 29, 2013 | Kate Horrell
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Every year, my Veterans Day discount post is super-popular.  I hope that many of you will find it useful again this year.  Not all venues have announced their plans for 2013, so I will be updating … [Read more...]

Retirement and Disability Pay In A Government Shutdown

September 26, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Updated 4 October 2013:  Please see additional information at Military Pay Not Safe Forever (Nor Retired, nor Disability, nor...) Updated 1 October 2013:  Please see additional information below … [Read more...]

Survivor Benefit Plan- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Offset

July 15, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Each year, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) chooses the most important issues to military families, and brings these issues to the attention of our lawmakers.  For several years, … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: VA Disability and Retirement

May 19, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I regularly receiving letters from family members who are worried about their current or former servicemember.  The military is confusing enough if you are in it, and it is more confusing for people … [Read more...]

Vets Can Request Some Records Online

April 30, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) and the National Archives have a website designed to help veterans and next-of-kin access military records more easily.  The website address … [Read more...]

Changing VA Disability Direct Deposit

March 16, 2013 | Kate Horrell

A common question in my email box is:  "how do I change the bank account into which my disability payments are direct deposited?"  That's a good question.  Changing direct deposit account … [Read more...]

Prepare To Wait For VA Benefits

March 12, 2013 | Kate Horrell

When servicemembers leave the military, they work with the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) to establish their eligibility for VA benefits.  These benefits include disability pension and … [Read more...]

Federal Paper Checks Ending

February 08, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Effective 1 March 2013, paper checks will no longer be issued for any federal benefits, including military retirement pay, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, or Social Security.  If you … [Read more...]

Tax Statements For Separated Troops

January 25, 2013 | Kate Horrell

I get a lot of questions from people who left the service and don't know how to access their W-2 tax statements.  Thankfully, it is not too hard. First, separated service members retain access to … [Read more...]

From The Mailbag: Survivor Benefits for Veterans

December 04, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Slogging through the Department of Veterans Affairs many benefits and programs can be challenging, and the rules change somewhat regularly. Veterans or their survivors may find that they miss the … [Read more...]

The Home Depot: Supporting Veterans, Military and Their Families

July 26, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Consistently, The Home Depot and Lowes military and veterans discounts rank as one of the most popular topics at The Paycheck Chronicles.  Some people love them, some people hate them, and lots of … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Discounts This Weekend at Lowes and Home Depot

May 25, 2012 | Kate Horrell

For the many veterans who want to get discounts at Lowes and Home Depot, this is one of your weekends.  Both major home improvement stores offer a military discount all year long, and a veteran's … [Read more...]

Home Depot/Lowe’s Military and Veterans Discounts

May 04, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Day in and day out, people come to The Paycheck Chronicles for information about military and veterans discounts, particularly those offered by Home Depot and Lowes.  I'm not sure why those two … [Read more...]