Benefits

tricare breast milk

TRICARE Adds A New Coverage For Babies

TRICARE has added a new coverage for babies. They will now be covering some or all of the cost of breast milk for those in need of the milk for their new baby. Here is what you need to know: When will TRICARE cover the breast milk? TRICARE will cover banked donor breast milk under… Read more »

COLA

COLA 2019 Changes

COLA stands for Cost of Living Adjustment and is a way to increase benefit amounts in order to keep up with inflation. COLA in 2019 went up 2.8%. Because of federal law, the COLA changes to the VA’s compensation and pension rates are the same percentage increases that social security benefits receive. Social security started… Read more »

Space A Travel

Space A Travel: Everything You Need To Know

Space-A can help you save a ton of money on plane tickets and is offered to many service members, retirees, and their dependents. The key to Space-A is knowing how to fly this way, having a lot of patience, and being able to be flexible. Here is what you should know about Space-A: What is… Read more »

Army Suspends Utility Program

Army Suspends Utility Billing Program

As of March 1st of this year, the Army has suspended its utility billing program for privatized housing units. The program, that started in 2006, was designed to provide incentives to residents in privatized housing to decrease their energy use. The Army would calculate a baseline average usage for housing, and then either send a… Read more »

TRICARE prime vs select

TRICARE Prime vs Select: How To Decide

Trying to decide between TRICARE Prime vs Select?  This is a question a lot of military families face. In fact, there was a lot of discussion last winter during the Tricare Open Season concerning the differences of each program.  Here’s the breakdown. TRICARE Prime vs Select “TRICARE Open Season is the annual period when you… Read more »

Reserve Pay Dates

Reserve Pay Dates 2019

Here are the 2019 Reserve pay dates.  These dates apply for pay for the following: Army Reserve Pay Dates Marine Corp Reserve Pay Dates Navy Reserve Pay Dates Air Force Reserve Pay Dates Coast Guard Reserve Pay Dates If you serve in the Reserves for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or the Coast… Read more »

tricare dental changes

TRICARE Dental Changes for 2019

Here are the TRICARE dental changes for 2019. The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ended on December 31, 2018. Anyone who had that plan was able to choose a dental plan from among 10 different dental carriers in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP.) Coverage started on January 1, 2019 after a… Read more »

SGLI

SGLI Servicemembers Group Life Insurance

What is SGLI coverage? SGLI stands for Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance.  SGLI provides low-cost term life insurance coverage to service members that are eligible. If the service member is eligible, they are automatically issued the maximum in SGLI coverage. They are automatically enrolled and will not have to apply. Service members can however decline the… Read more »

Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space-A

Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space-A

One of the updates from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is the ability for disabled veterans to be able to fly using Space-A. Here is some information about this change. Space-A Travel Now Available to Disabled Veterans The veterans will need to have a service-related disability, rated at 100%. These veterans will now be… Read more »

Special Medical Military Pay

Special Pay – Medical – Military Pay

As a service member, you will receive different types of pays during the course of your military career. There is your base pay, BAH for your housing and BAS for food. There are also different special and incentive pays, over 60 of them which you may or may not qualify over the course of your… Read more »

military special pay

Special Pays – Part 2 – Military Pay

As a service member, you will receive different types of pays during the course of your military career. There is your base pay, BAH for your housing and BAS for food. There are also different special and incentive pays, over 60 of them which you may or may not qualify over the course of your… Read more »

Special Military Pay

Special Pay and Incentive Pay for the Military

As a service member, you will receive different types of pays during the course of your military career. There is your base pay, BAH for your housing and BAS for food. There are also different special and incentive pays, over 60 of them which you may or may not qualify over the course of your… Read more »