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  1. Military Tax Break: Sale of Primary Residence

    Let’s face it. If you are in the military and have purchased a house, often times the real estate market and your PCS orders don’t always agree with each other. Sometimes you’re forced to move when it just doesn’t make sense to sell. Many of you (and myself in the...
  2. Veteran’s Guide to Final Arrangements, Part 2: Memorial Items

    In addition to burial allowances, grave markers, and veterans’ cemetery interments, the families of deceased veterans are also eligible for a couple of memorial keepsake items: a burial flag and a memorial certificate signed by the President of the United States. (Read part 1 of the Final Arrangements series here)...
  3. Benefits to Military Families for International Adoption

    My husband and I are in the middle of our home study for an international adoption. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do, and yet weren’t sure we could in the military. We had so many questions: Would the moving and deployments hinder the process? Would we even qualify as...
  4. There Are Really Only Four Ways to Cut Your Taxes

    That is right. I said it. There are really only four ways to cut your taxes. When you look at all the things out there, they break down into four different areas. So, let’s take a look at each area and the pluses and minuses. Spend a Dollar to Cut...
  5. Military Retirement: A Blessing and a Curse

    I lost you, didn’t I? You said “this guy is completely insane! Half my pay for the rest of my life is a curse?” While I am prepared to concede your first point, gentle reader, allow me but a few paragraphs to elaborate on the second. Retirement from the military...
  6. You Might Need an Umbrella Even if it Isn’t Raining

    In my dealings with military members, I’ve found that most of them do a pretty good job protecting against the big risks in life. They usually have adequate life insurance (when combined with SGLI and SBP), health insurance through TRICARE and protection for their personal belongings (auto, home or renters...
  7. GI Bill and Taxes….Not Exactly a Match Made in Heaven

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of the best benefits out there today. The opportunity for a nearly “free” education is something you should take advantage of. But, like with many things the Post-9/11 GI Bill is not simple when it comes to taxes. Let me explain… GI Bill Alone First...
  8. What You Need To Know About The VA “Home Loan”

    One of the most substantial benefits offered to veterans upon completing their service to their country is the VA Loan Guaranty Home Loan.  It’s a program where the federal government “guarantees” your loan with a bank, lowering your interest payment, saving you a lot of money and making you eligible...
  9. Need Someone to Talk To? A Guide to Getting Help

    They used to call being married to a soldier “the toughest job in the Army.”  Now more than ever, it still is, and sometimes we need some support. As military family members, it is important to remember that although most of us do not deploy or face combat situations, we...