House Passes Defense Act and Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

December 12, 2013 | Terry Howell

[CORRECTION] - Just a quick update - both the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act and the socalled Ryan-Murray Budget agreement  made it through the House, and are now headed to the … [Read more...]

Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Could Hurt Retirees

December 11, 2013 | Terry Howell

Budget Update (12/12/2013): The Ryan-Murray Budget was passed by the House. The latest budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray is being celebrated as a bipartisan agreement … [Read more...]

2013 Veterans Day Discounts, Deals and Freebies!

November 06, 2013 | Terry Howell

Veterans Day Discounts are great way for businesses to say thank you. Each year, publishes a list of these Veterans Day discounts and deals on goods, services, and dining. Here is … [Read more...]

Retiree COLA Set for 2014

October 30, 2013 | Terry Howell

Military retirees and annuitants will get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment in their January 2014 retiree checks. Each fall the federal government determines the next year’s COLA based … [Read more...]

Will the Shutdown affect you?

October 14, 2013 | Terry Howell

Post provided by the Military Officers Association of America  - Congress and the Pentagon scrambled this week to restart critical benefits and get civilian employees back to work. Hours before … [Read more...]

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...]