Kate

Kate

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6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - Why I'm Not Angry Abou... · 0 replies · +1 points

It appears that all already transferred benefits are safe, and therefore it doesn't matter how you have them allocated.

One note: when you or your husband retired, it is important that you allocate your benefits close to how you guess you might use them because there is no provision to modify the transfer if the retiree dies. It doesn't matter while the service member is on active duty because if they die, each survivor will be eligible for the Fry Bill, which provides Post 9/11-type benefits to each individual survivor. After retirement, however, the benefits get locked into their allocation at the time of death. If you've done the completely sensible one month to each child, and the retiree passes away, there is no way to reclaim the unallocated benefits. (At least not that I've found yet.)

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - Early Return of Depend... · 0 replies · +1 points

Unfortunately, Early Returns of Dependents are designed to be permanent. It is an absolutely last resort after every other option has been explored. If your husband's command processes ERDs as they should, including financial counseling, marital counseling, parenting classes, etc, then you should be in a much better place at the end of the process to know whether this is a change you intend to make permanent. Given all that is required, it might be better for your husband and you to start the counseling before involving the command in the actual ERD process. Of course, only you can know what is best for your situation, but many people feel more stressed once the command is involved. There are resources for completely confidential counseling available through the Military and Family Life Consultants (MFLACs) on base, through the chaplains (who do not do only religious counseling), and through your family support center. Good luck to you.

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - Mixing Money When You ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Ms. Tafoya, you need to secure the services of an attorney. This is well beyond the advice available here. Good luck to you!

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - Residence vs. Home of ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Elisabeth, I'm a little confused. Where did he reside when he filled out the Form 2058? If his Leave and Earnings Statement still shows Ohio, then the form did not go through and probably should be resubmitted. Good luck to you!

6 years ago @ SpouseBUZZ.com - Here's What to Know Ab... · 0 replies · +1 points

I agree - my sister shells out over $1500 a month between premiums, deductibles, and cost shares. I wouldn't even mind if it was means tested, with free coverage for those who truly can't afford to pay and these small costs for those who are able to pay them.

6 years ago @ SpouseBUZZ.com - GI Bill Transfer Updat... · 0 replies · +1 points

Servicemembers who served before 9/11 were eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill.

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - Where To Do Your Taxes · 0 replies · +1 points

Depending on whether your daughter claimed herself on her taxes, you may be able to claim her and your grandchildren. You need to sit down with your daughter and her tax returns and see what you can claim. The IRS website has great instructions about qualifying children and qualifying dependents. Good luck to you!

6 years ago @ SpouseBUZZ.com - GI Bill Transfer Updat... · 0 replies · +3 points

Absolutely. Regardless of how long you have served previously, you incur an additional 4 year commitment upon transferring the benefits.

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - February Commissary Re... · 0 replies · +1 points

These sales are expensive to run, so they are only able to hit a limited number of locations each year (maybe 50ish?). It is often years between return trips to the same location.

6 years ago @ The Paycheck Chronicles - February Commissary Re... · 0 replies · +1 points

The sales are posted at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) page at http://www.commissaries.com.