2013 Retiree and Veteran COLA

January 01, 2013 | Terry Howell

By now military retirees, survivors and veterans should have seen a slight boost in compensation, military retirement pay, Social Security, and annuity programs in January  -- 1.7 percent for … [Read more...]

Are Servicemembers Over Compensated?

December 03, 2012 | Terry Howell

Growth in military pay has exceeded civilian wages over the last ten years, but does that mean they are overpaid? … [Read more...]

Avoiding the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ May be as Painful as Going Over It

November 16, 2012 | Terry Howell

This week Tom Philpott reported that the Congressional Budget Office has put a red "laser dot" on future pay raises, TRICARE, and future retirement benefits. In their report, the CBO says annual … [Read more...]

Senator Calls for Cutting DoD Support Programs

November 15, 2012 | Terry Howell

Sen. Tom Coburn recently released a report, titled ‘Department of Everything,’ in which he claims that eliminating DoD activities like commissaries and grammar schools could save $68 billion over … [Read more...]

DoD Plan Will Force 171,000 Off TRICARE Prime

November 09, 2012 | Terry Howell

According to a recent article by Tom Philpott, Defense officials are expected to soon announce that military retirees and their dependents that live more than 40 miles from a military treatment … [Read more...]

Report Calls for Tricare and Military Retirement Cuts

November 06, 2012 | Terry Howell

On October 31, the Center for American Progress, an influential think tank, released a report titled ‘Rebalancing Our National Security.’ The report calls for freezing future military pay raises, … [Read more...]

Sequestration Q&A with Congressional Leadership

September 20, 2012 | Terry Howell

We recently featured a live blog with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller. Check out the replay below to see how our … [Read more...]

Sequestration – The Intersection of Politics and Budget

August 20, 2012 | Terry Howell

Last week Military Update reported that lawmakers are more interested in winning reelection in November than in removing the threat severe cuts to government programs in January. … [Read more...]

USFHP Deadline Fast Approaching

August 09, 2012 | Terry Howell

Guest Blogger: Joanna Campione - The US Family Health Plan will soon be unavailable for some older TRICARE beneficiaries. … [Read more...]

TRICARE Enrollment Fee Increases for FY2013

July 24, 2012 | Terry Howell

SOURCE: TRICARE -   The fiscal year 2013 TRICARE Prime enrollment fees for uniformed service retirees and their families go into effect Oct. 1, 2012. The Prime enrollment fees for 2013 are $269.28 … [Read more...]

Report Calls for Changes in Military Pay

June 25, 2012 | Terry Howell

After two years of study, the DoD’s 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, has made its recommendations. The changes include replacing the combat zone tax exclusion, making changes to … [Read more...]

JCS Chair Responds to TRICARE Concerns

February 21, 2012 | Terry Howell

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently responded to the tough questions he has faced since announcing the defense budget – specifically the plans to increase … [Read more...]