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...]

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...]

Congress Approves Veterans ID Cards

July 13, 2015 | Kate Horrell

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 of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under current rules, … [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...]

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...]

2015 DIC Rates for Survivors

December 22, 2014 | Kate Horrell

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.  I can't figure why...but they're not.  The … [Read more...]

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

This information is from the 2013 government shutdown.  It remains accurate, even though experts are no longer predicting that the government is going to shutdown in October 2015. Updated 4 … [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...]