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  1. What is a Veteran, and Why it Matters

    By random chance, I have the same name as my great-great-great grandfather. It probably wasn’t completely random, as the name must have floated about at Thanksgiving or somewhere. I certainly wasn’t named for the old gentleman, and in any case he passed away long before I was born. He was...
  2. House Throws Military Families A Lifeline

    The continuing budget saga of the Federal government took an exciting turn last week with the issuance of Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s budget proposal for 2013. To be more correct, it is the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Resolution from the House Budget Committee, of which Mr. Ryan is chairman....
  3. Five Tax Tips for Military Families

    It’s tax time again, and that means my phone will be ringing with friends who ostensibly want to say “hello” but in reality have a tax question. Sit for the CPA exam and see if you don’t get the same treatment! Being a military family offers some tax advantages, but...
  4. Seven Ways to Save the Defense Budget

    In July, 2011, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta inherited a difficult job: overseeing the U.S. military while trying to navigate the budget cuts Congress was hatching. In a press release, Secretary Panetta had this to say about the challenges facing the Department of Defense (DoD): “We must preserve the excellence...
  5. Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance May Help Some, But Not Many

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Program. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? You, gentle readers with your hands in your laps, are not alone. The program, outlined in Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 1341.11, isn’t very well known. The website used to determine...
  6. Preparing for an Audit in Four Easy Steps

    When I tell people one of the most enjoyable mornings I spent several years ago was my IRS audit, they tend to look at me as if I have just announced my cholera is clearing up quite nicely without any medicines and move away as quickly as possible. I have...
  7. Proposed Defense Budget May Leave Behind Some Military Families

    “Personnel cuts aren’t the only cuts in store for military families. Service members also will face increased health care fees, deductibles and co-payments phased in over several years, although the Pentagon didn’t offer specifics. Military-age retirees who make more than $45,179 annually – a pension usually reserved for officers –...
  8. Major Defense Budget Cuts A Possibility…or Are They?

    As you may be aware, the Congressional “Super Committee” recently failed to meet their deadline to come up with a plan to cut the Federal budget. Congress has until the end of December to come up with and pass the committee’s plan, otherwise $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts (“sequestration cuts”)...
  9. What’s in a Name? Plenty…

    Although planning a wedding can be stressful, there is no doubt any married man will tell you it is completely, unreservedly worth every minute. One decision, however, looms over even the color of the text on the place cards: do you change your name? If you are keeping your own...