Involuntary Separation Pay

Involuntary Separation Pay

Just like the civilian world, military members don’t always get to remain in the service as long as they would like.   There are many…

2017 Military Retirement COLA

2017 Military Retirement COLA

The 2017 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for military retirement and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be 0.3%. Yesterday, the Bureau…

Home Depot Discounts Military Veteran

From The Mailbag: Home Depot Discounts

A perennially hot topic here at The Paycheck Chronicles is the discounts offered by Home Depot and Lowes.  We’ve discussed the policies a million times,…

Financial Counseling for Caregivers is available through a new program.

Financial Counseling for Caregivers

Being a caregiver to a wounded, ill, or disabled warrior is a huge job and stretches the caregiver emotionally, physically, mentally, and financially. A new-ish…

Baseball field.

Tampa Bay Rays Offering Free Tickets

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….

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Congress Approves Veterans ID Cards

Last week, Congress passed the Veterans ID Card Act (H.R. 91), which will allow all US veterans to receive an ID card issued by the Department…

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Widow Wonders Where Payments Have Gone

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…

Paperwork and stress.

Know Your Benefits Before You Need Them

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…

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2015 DIC Rates for Survivors

I’ve had more than one reader ask where they can find the 2015 Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)  rates posted.  Well, they’re not up yet….

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2014 COLA Announced: 1.5%

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…

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Veterans Day Discounts 2013

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…

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Vets Can Request Some Records Online

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…