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Designating Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Beneficiaries

When you apply for retirement, you will be asked to complete a Data for Payment of Retired Personnel form (DD 2656). On that form, you will need to choose a type of beneficiary. The types you may choose from are described below. Spouse Only, Including Same-Sex Spouses in Some States The most common election for a retiree to make is for only his or her spouse to be covered based on full retired pay. Cost is calculated at a maximum of 6.5 percent of the elected level of coverage. If you have an eligible spouse and you choose...

Transition Offices Help Veterans Find Jobs

Those leaving the Armed Forces are often reluctant to initiate their preseparation activities because they dread the thought of finding a job. It is, however, a common part of American life. Most people change careers at least three times in their lives. Most Transition Offices have programs and counselors to assist you and your family members in seeking employment in government and the private sector. Job-hunting assistance is available at your Transition Office. Some of the services available at your Transition Office...

Traumatic Service Members’ Group Life Insurance

Members of the armed services serve our nation heroically during times of great need, but what happens when they experience great needs of their own because they have sustained a traumatic injury? Traumatic Service members’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) helps severely injured service members through their time of need with a one-time payment. The amount varies depending on the injury, but it could be the difference that allows their families to be with them during their recovery; helps them with unforeseen expenses; or gives...

2014 Military Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don't forget to tell all of your military colleagues about these free handbooks too!   2014 Military Handbooks - Now Available - 2014 AFTER THE MILITARY HANDBOOK - 2014 BASE INSTALLATION...

Costco, Sam’s Club Extend Shopping Privileges to Military Members through Shutdown

Prominent grocery discount stores Costco and Sam’s Club have both announced that they will extend membership privileges to uniformed servicemembers free of charge. The privileges will extend at least through the government shutdown that is currently in place. The shutdown has forced commissaries across the United States to close due to the lack of authorized funds to pay staff and even keep the utilities going. Costco and Sam’s Club aren’t offering free groceries. But they are waiving their usual membership charges for military...

Military Family Association Publishes “#EndSequestration” Book

The ‘sequestration’ spending cuts have been in effect since the beginning of March – and they are starting to hurt. These automatic spending cuts, combined with a general rollback in appropriation growth, have combined to force DoD planners to slash a wide variety of quality-of-life programs that directly affect military families. The Military Family Association responded by soliciting photographs and true stories depicting base neglect, poor access to benefits, and so on. The Military Family Association then produced...

Military Pay at Risk as Government Shutdown Looms

Military pay is on the chopping block, if Congress and the President can’t come to a budget agreement in the next five days. Even a brief government shutdown could delay the processing of paychecks for soldiers, and planners aren’t sure when the deadline is to make sure all soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen getting keyed in for pay during the first and second weeks of the fiscal year get paid on time. Apparently the servicemembers and bureaucrats processing servicemembers in combat zones don’t qualify as ‘non-essential.’ Uniformed...

Military to Civilian Transition Services

Joint Transition Assistance The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor re-launched a new and improved Website for wounded warriors – the National Resource Directory (NRD). This directory (www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov) provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a comprehensive online tool available nationwide for wounded, ill and injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families. The...

Sharpen Your Skills before Transitioning

Has it been a few years since you’ve tackled an algebra or geometry problem? How about chemistry? When was the last time you wrote an essay? For veterans and transitioning service members who are considering college, the thought of facing any of these subjects might be enough to dissuade them from pursuing their education. That’s why the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Education have a number of college preparation resources in place. Because for most vets and service members,...

Collecting Your Sequestration Pics and Stories

Are reduced hours at commissaries, community centers, day care facilities, DoD schools and other military community support institutions negatively affecting you and your family? Do you want to put pressure on Congress to end the sequestration law that is forcing the DoD to furlough many critical civilian workers, resulting in disruptions to services to military families? Then take some pictures. The Military Family Association is no slouch at public relations – and they understand very well that a picture is worth a thousand...

Military Savings Deposit Program

Who is eligible to participate in the Savings Deposit Program? Members of the Armed Forces serving in specified combat zones or in support of a contingency operation are authorized to make deposits. Service members must be in receipt of Hostile Fire Pay and be deployed for at least 30 consecutive days or at least 1 day in each of 3 consecutive months. Contact your Finance Office to verify your eligibility. How may contributions be made? Members may contribute up to 100% of their disposable (net) pay. Contributions may be made...

Military to Civilian Transition Assistance

The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Labor re-launched a new and improved Website for wounded warriors – the National Resource Directory (NRD). This directory (www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov) provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a comprehensive online tool available nationwide for wounded, ill and injured Servicemembers, Veterans and their families. The NRD includes extensive...

Tips for Joining the Military

Joining the military is an incredibly personal decision. If you’re considering joining the military, you’ve probably already had several conversations. You’ve likely consulted with family, friends, recruiters, teachers, clergy, or any number of people in your life. The various opinions and priorities that could be swirling around your brain at any one time can make it tough to make a decision. So, we’re going to lay out a few simple tips for you to help clear the cobwebs and hopefully bring some clarity to your decision-making...

Military Sexual Trauma: What Help is Available?

Last year, the Air Force was embroiled in a scandal centering on rape allegations at the basic training facility at Lackland Air Force Base, part of Joint Base San Antonio. At least one instructor, Luis Walker, was convicted of 28 separate UCMJ counts arising from the raping female trainee, and sexually abusing as many as nine others. Follow-up investigations ensnared twelve instructors accused of sexually victimizing 31 female trainees. A recent report recommended that military commanders do more to prevent rape and sexual...

FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel

Here's our official press release for the 2013 books! If you have ever downloaded or purchased a book from us, please leave a comment to let us know if you found them useful and share our site with your friends and colleagues.   ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military.   2013 Military...

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