Will the Shutdown Hurt Servicemembers? – Updated

September 30, 2013 | Terry Howell

The government shutdown is causing anxiety for servicemembers and their families, once again. While the shutdown is hurting morale, it is possible that the worst of the effects (delays in Military … [Read more...]

TFL Retirees to Pay 80% of VA Health Care Costs

September 05, 2013 | Terry Howell

TRICARE for Life beneficiaries are being notified that as of October 1st, military retirees (over age 65) who receive care at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility for non-service connected … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Spouses to Get Military Benefits

June 27, 2013 | Terry Howell

The recent Supreme Court decision to kill certain provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (a.k.a. DOMA) removes any legal barriers to allowing full military benefits to gay and lesbian spouses of … [Read more...]

WH Willing to Fight for TRICARE Fee Hikes – Updated

June 11, 2013 | Terry Howell

Update: The House passed HR 1960 by a 315-107 margin. The ball is now in the Senate's court. The White House issued a rebuttal to the House Armed Services Committee’s proposed 2014 defense budget … [Read more...]

GAO Finds Tricare Accessibility Issues

April 03, 2013 | Terry Howell

The Government Accountability Office found that only 60 percent of civilian medical providers are willing to accept Tricare Standard beneficiaries (beneficiaries which are not enrolled in Tricare … [Read more...]

Early Retirement a Good Deal? Not So Much

April 02, 2013 | Terry Howell

In an effort to meet the required heavy reduction in forces, Congress has given the DoD the authority to reinstitute Temporary Early Retirement Authority -- better known as "15-year retirement." … [Read more...]

Deadline for Ending Paper Checks

February 27, 2013 | Terry Howell

Source: DFAS  - Customers respond to mandatory EFT effort Following several months encouraging customers to switch from pay checks delivered by mail to electronic payments delivered directly to … [Read more...]

Latest on Planned TRICARE Prime Rollback

February 21, 2013 | Terry Howell

By Tom Philpott -  The TRICARE Management Activity has a new online tool for retirees under age 65 and surviving spouses to verify if their Prime network will end Oct. 1, forcing them to use … [Read more...]

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...]