Prepping for Retirement with an Individual Transition Plan

Returning to civilian life is a complex undertaking. Many steps must be taken, and many questions must be answered. Transition assistance staff, personnel...

Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Coverage

Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a VA program that provides low cost group life insurance to members of the Uniformed Services.  This includes...

Child Custody Issues as a Servicemember

Deployments and frequent relocations may require service members to give up custody temporarily and create child custody issues. Upon return, service members...

Obama Budget Proposal Restricts GI Bill Funding to For-Profit Colleges

“More and more veterans are enrolling in high-cost for-profit programs of questionable quality, while the share of veterans enrolling in community colleges and state universities is shrinking,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said in a statement last July. “While the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill was designed to expand educational opportunities for our veterans and service members, I am concerned that […]

Give Guantanamo Back? No, Thank You.

Cuban President Raul Castro laid out a plan for restoring normal relations between Cuba and the United States last week. The list included the U.S. returning the Guantanamo base and prison, lifting the embargo, and compensating Cuba for damages. The U.S. established the naval base in 1903; Cuba’s communist government has sought its return since coming to power in 1959. This […]

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 […]

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