TRICARE for Life users surprised by drug cost increase

Over the last few weeks, I have heard from many Tricare for Lifebeneficiaries caught off guard by the recent increase to pharmacy costs, including a change that moved drugs that had been completely free to a charge of $7 for a 90-day supply. Drug prices increased Feb. 1 for all Tricare users, including retirees over 65 […]

Here are 4 easy ways to participate in Military Saves Week

This week is Military Saves Week, a campaign the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America. From financial institutions like USAA to bases to bloggers, you may have noticed the green logos cropping up everywhere and an increased focus on financial planning and literacy. It’s no surprise to anyone within the military community that finances are often times difficult […]

New System May Not Show Your SGLI Recipient, But You’ve Still Got One

If you’ve logged into the new online Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance (SGLI) portal, you may have noticed an alarming omission: The section identifying your beneficiary might be blank. That discovery has left many active-duty troops in the Army, Air Force and Navy — the services that have started using the system — worried that, should they die, no one is selected […]

Why do military members qualify for food stamps?

Thanks to a proposed budget cut to what’s officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), food stamps and military members have recently been a hot topic. Yes, you heard me correctly: food stamps and military members. While the fact that about 13 percent of all Americans used SNAP for food aid in 2016 and more than 80 […]

How to Use Military Discounts While Traveling

If military families are experts on anything it’s traveling. Whether we’re PCS’ing cross-country, taking a road trip to visit family, or sneaking away for a post-deployment vacation, we’re always on the go. Traveling is even more fun when you find great discounts to help you out along the way. Military families also have access to […]

VA benefit payments calendar for 2018

I got an email from the VA the other day telling me about payment dates for education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits. In the email, the VA says that normally benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business […]