2015 Military Handbooks Are Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA – Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2015 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military...

Help! My BAH Doesn’t Cover My Mortgage

The BAH for my grade doesn't begin to cover my mortgage payment. What can I do? Sorry, but there isn't anything you can do. BAH is based on rental data....

TRICARE Coverage for your College Student

While in college your child may be eligible for TRICARE until their 23rd birthday or until they graduate, whichever comes first. For eligibility to extend...

Senator McCain: More Ground Troops Needed to Fight ISIS

Sen. John McCain, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is calling for more U.S. ground troops in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. McCain said more ground fighters are needed to defeat ISIS and that the U.S. should establish a no-fly zone. “A strategy must […]

Commission Report Due — May Recommend Changes to Military Pay

The congressionally mandated Military Compensation and Retirement Commission will release its long-awaited report Thursday afternoon after a two-year review. “Early reports suggest the commission will produce modest recommendations for reform of military compensation, focusing on changes to the calculation of base pay, special pay and retirement,” states the document, which was co-authored by senior fellow […]

DFAS Rolls Out New Travel Pay Online Tool

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is rolling out a newly updated online function that allows personnel to check their travel pay more quickly. Some defense personnel, including military members and civilians, now are able to log onto the Online Status Payment Tool on DFAS’s website and check the status of their travel voucher. The tool can […]

Commissary Cuts and Price Increases in Budget Draft

A series of changes included in a draft 2016 budget proposal under consideration by the Defense Department could raise commissary grocery prices, reduce store hours and cut employees. The cuts could be included in the President’s 2016 budget set to be released early next month. The proposal is then sent to Congress for changes and approval, likely […]

2014 List of Military and Veteran Legislation Recap Provided by MOAA

2014 saw several pieces of legislation that affected both active duty and veteran service members. The major issues addressed by Congress were: Both Houses of Congress rejected proposals to consolidate the Tricare Program, which would have included means testing and new or increased fees to access the Tricare system. Also in the medical benefits area, […]

DoD Announces Pay and COLA Increases for 2015

The Department of Defense has announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members with most personnel receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. Basic pay for service members will increase one percent, except for general and flag officers who will not see an increase in 2015. Basic allowance for housing (BAH) rates […]

Thankful for Military Service

If you try, I bet you can imagine a Thanksgiving without turkey or football.  But can you envision a Thanksgiving holiday without your spouse or family? That’s what the hundreds of thousands of US Servicemen and women serving abroad do each year. As they serve thousands of miles away, their loved ones do their best […]

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