Military Benefits

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AER Offering $1,500 For Childcare Costs

$1,500 For Childcare Costs From Army Emergency Relief Childcare costs can be a huge drain on your budget. In some cases, the cost of childcare can mean a spouse decides not to pursue their own career. Luckily, a new AER program can help with this. As of February 1, 2020, AER or Army Emergency Relief… Read more »

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Projected Military Pay Raise 2021

Although the military just received its 2020 military pay raise of 3.1%, it’s already time to look ahead to 2021. On February 10th, the US Department of Defense released a statement on the 2021 proposed military pay raise. President Donald J. Trump requested $705.4 billion to fund the Defense Department.  The Department of Defense has asked… Read more »

TRICARE Open Enrollment

TRICARE and FEDVIP Open Enrollment Season Is Here

Open Enrollment Begins for TRICARE and FEDVIP TRICARE and FEDVIP open enrollment season has begun. This includes changing your TRICARE plan, getting or swapping dental plans and obtain vision coverage depending on your military status. During this open season, which lasts until December 9, 2019, is the only time you can make these changes unless… Read more »

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Military Benefits Changes For 2020

Military Benefit Changes For 2020 Changes announced so far.  Please keep checking back, as we will continue updating new changes to your military benefits for 2020. TRICARE Drug Costs To Increase By Over 40% Every year on January 1st, TRICARE has its regular cost increases. In 2020, we will see updates on prescription drug costs…. Read more »

TRICARE breast pump benefit

Getting A Free Breast Pump With TRICARE

You may have heard that TRICARE will give you a free breast pump when you have a baby. But, you might also have some questions about how this all works, what you need to do to get your pump, and any other details about the benefit.  Here is what you need to know about getting… Read more »

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TRICARE Adds A New Coverage For Babies

New TRICARE 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… Read more »

COLA

COLA 2020 Changes

COLA Changes For 2020 COLA stands for Cost of Living Adjustment and is a way to increase benefit amounts in order to keep up with inflation. COLA in 2020 went up 1.6% Because of federal law, the COLA changes to the VA’s compensation and pension rates are the same percentage increases that social security benefits… 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

TRICARE Prime vs Select Trying to decide between TRICARE Prime vs Select?  This is a question a lot of military families face. There is always a lot of discussion each winter during the Tricare Open Season concerning the differences between TRICARE Prime vs Select.  Here’s the breakdown. TRICARE Open Season “TRICARE Open Season is the… Read more »

tricare dental changes

TRICARE Dental Changes for 2020

2020 TRICARE Dental Changes Here are the TRICARE dental changes for 2020. The rates for vision and retiree dental insurance will be increasing in 2020. If you are enrolled in FEDVIP, which is vision insurance for military dependents, retirees, and their families and dental insurance for retirees and their families, you will have needed to… 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 »