2012 U.S. Military Retired Handbook

The United States Military Retired Handbook is designed to help all U.S. Military personnel who have retired – or who are planning to retire. This unique guide covers everything from the nuts and bolts of computing your Retirement Pay to the detailed explanations of retired military Healthcare, TRICARE, Social Security, VA, SBP, taxes, insurance, travel, survivor benefits and much more!
Click Here to download this handbook.

17 Comments for 2012 U.S. Military Retired Handbook

Posted on Monday 22nd June, 2009, 7:07pm

do you have a handbook just for social security benefits?

Posted on Tuesday 23rd June, 2009, 1:16pm

No, I do not have a handbook on just Social Security Benefits; something like this would be of great value to me. I’m retired with two fully replaced hips and every bone in my body has been broken. Additionally, I am in my third year dealing with Parkinson’s disease and the progress signs show that Parkinson will move a little faster in me than for most who get Parkinson’s. I am thankful to have served our beautiful country and more importantly my service in the Marine Corps. This type of information would be great, as Social Security Benefits seem to be a mystery, at least to me.

Posted on Saturday 26th February, 2011, 3:56pm

I think this handbook is a very good idea. It outlines everything that a person would need, and it keeps them informed of all things that have to do with benefits.

Posted on Friday 13th April, 2012, 7:19pm

Are 100% service connected disabled veterans eligable to hop flights? My id card is a DD FORM 2765, but I’m told that I would have to have a DD FORM 2 (the blue retiree id card) to hop a flight. I didn’t retire from the military, but can a 100% SC veteran be issued a DD FORM 2 card?

Posted on Saturday 21st April, 2012, 10:06pm

Under what circumstances is it authorized for a retired serviceman to wear his uniform in public.

Posted on Saturday 25th August, 2012, 7:57pm

I’m a Service Connected 100% Permanent & Totally Disabled Veteran, and often find the language used in the manuals for benefits often are for “RETIRED” veterans, and NOT for DISABLED veterans with a service connection. Will we ever be able to enjoy some of the same benefits as retirees? I have learned since my separation from the U.S. Marines, that if your disability from active duty service is rated at less than 30% at the time of your medical discharge, you are just “MEDICALLY discharged/separated”, but if it is rated at more than that, you will be “MEDICALLY RETIRED”, and thus can say you are “RETIRED” out and get retirement status and retirement benefits. Can someone PLEASE look into this for all that have served and became disabled due to their service connection? Thanks you.

Posted on Wednesday 5th September, 2012, 12:46pm

We are starting work on the 2013 handbooks now, and will be sure to address the two groups separately going forward.

As for getting the benefits changed, I wish we had the authority to do that! You certainly deserve to receive benefits because of your service and sacrifice. Support veterans’ groups who can lobby for changes and vote for political candidates who appreciate your service. Those are the people who can make a difference for you and others in your situation.

Posted on Saturday 9th February, 2013, 1:37pm

I served 4 years active. 24 years ready reserve 28 total For the past 13 years I have been Disabled with Parkinsons and Prostrate Cancer which is in remission. My two conflicts were
Santa Domingo, for which I was awarded a Armforces Experdition Medal we were supporting our troops off shore boat to shore 24 hrs 7days for a month. Cuban Crises the same duty 24hrs 7days for a month. The same Medal was awarded.
These were considered conflicts not a war. To apply for disability is such a huge affair that he cannot handel himself Where do we go to for help

Posted on Thursday 30th May, 2013, 6:05pm

“Click Here” doesn’t work using IE 11. Tried 3 times, always reloaded the page, but never sent the link to the book.

Posted on Tuesday 6th August, 2013, 11:01am

Hi, Michael.

You probably need to have pop-ups enabled for the button to work. That’s the most common problem I’ve found when people write in that the downloads won’t work.

Posted on Tuesday 22nd October, 2013, 9:40pm

I completed 3 yrs active duty in Vietnam. Completed Active Reserve Service then active duty again. I completed 38 yrs, 8 mos and 1 day of total military service with 21 yrs of active duty. According to NPC Millington, TN. I have to retire as a Reservist. When, how and who do I contact to apply for retirement?? I will be 60 July 2014.

Posted on Tuesday 9th September, 2014, 7:20pm

Social Security pamphlets can be obtained online at SSA.gov

Posted on Sunday 19th October, 2014, 6:55am

did you publish a 2014 edition?

Posted on Tuesday 21st October, 2014, 10:06am

We publish new editions every year. Simply visit the site and select the book you would like. (It appears you followed an old link to a previous version.)

Posted on Friday 6th March, 2015, 6:26am

I am trying to order a 2015 Ed. of Retired Military Almanac and have had no success. Phone # is un answered,{maybe a old number). Web site does not help at all. If you have a 2015 Ed., tell me how to order same.

Posted on Tuesday 5th May, 2015, 9:01am

The Almanacs have not been produced for several years. I am not sure what happened to their publisher.

Posted on Tuesday 19th May, 2015, 9:42am

In response to Frank as well, I used to get the books from http://www.miilitaryalmanac.com (out in Falls Church, VA) and got one in 2010 but that was the last I ever saw of them…used to be carried in exchanges too in years past.
They were crammed full of info though not always easiest to read…miss those, but Military Handbooks does an excellent job too. I just set a reminder every year to check for the latest version(s) to download here, to ensure having the latest info.

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