Social Security online puts you in control

Taking control of your future is the first step in planning a long and happy retirement. Social Security is making it faster and easier to do this with my Social Security. With your own personal my Social Security account, you’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement that has your earnings record and […]

3 myths about the new retirement system

You’ve probably heard that currently serving military members and their families soon will have to choose whether to switch to the new military retirement system or stick with the old one. But retirement options and savings choices can be confusing. How can troops know which to pick? Military leaders want families who are thinking through the […]

The DoD Blended Retirement System calculator’s flaw

The DoD Blended Retirement System Calculator’s Flaw

By Kate Horrell, Updated 10 May 2017:  Someone is listening!  There has been a small change to the way the results are posted that helps to better show what portion of the total retirement package has come from service member contributions.  See the italicized parts below to see what is different! The Department of Defense […]

Four military retirement pay surprises for families

By Amy Bushatz, and If you’ve reached the end of your service member’s military career, you’re probably really excited. No more TDYs, military moves, long training separations or sudden deployments for you. Instead, you’re looking forward to enjoying all of those benefits, like continued health care and retirement pay, that you’ve spent 20 […]

Navy HHG explains PCS benefits for retirees

By Suzanna Brugler, NAVSUP GLS, Deputy, Office of Corporate Communications Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) explained specific benefits concerning authorization to ship household goods afforded to military retirees, May 3. “Our military retirees are entitled to many HHG benefits that they might otherwise not be aware of, or […]

How to host a military retirement party

By Raleigh Duttweiler, One of the questions we regularly get on SpouseBuzz is how to throw a military retirement party. Are you supposed to plan it? Does someone else? What is it supposed to be like? What kind of food is expected? Who are you supposed to invite? And we know how hard these questions […]

Unemployment for retired military

Unemployment for retired military

By Kate Horrell, Approximately 40,000 active duty service members retire each year, and some good number of them are looking for jobs, but haven’t found work.  It’s possible that those folks might be eligible for a special type of  unemployment benefits, called UCX (Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Military.)  based upon the amount of their military […]