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  • Combine Military and Federal Civilian TSP Accounts

    Readers of Tom Philpott's Military Update Column Sound Off I am retiring from the Air Force Reserve at the end of the month. I have contributed to the Reserve Thrift Savings Plan and am wondering what I should do with the funds in that account.  I am also a federal civilian employee and have a civilian TSP account. Can I transfer the reserve TSP funds to the civilian account? Can I continue to contribute to the Reserve TSP? JOHN SPENCER M... more

  • Retiree Burial Benefits

    Retired Col. Susan Myers, right, stands with her daughter Amelia Greene and salutes as the casket of her husband, Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, is carried by an honor guard during a burial service at, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    In general, retirees are not authorized mortuary benefits at Government expense by virtue of their retired status. They may, however, be authorized certain benefits due to another status. For example, a retiree employed as a Department of the Army civilian (DAC) could qualify for preparation of remains and shipment of remains from overseas by military aircraft. Military service could qualify a retiree for burial in a Government cemetery, a gra... more

  • Military Retiree Burial Benefits

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    Although it is not appealing to consider, as a retired servicemember it is important to know about your mortuary and burial benefits. This information can help you make plans for, and communicate your burial wishes. General In general, retirees are not authorized mortuary benefits at Government expense by virtue of their retired status. They may, however, be authorized certain benefits due to another status. For example, a retiree employed a... more

  • Military Retiree Casualty DOs and DON'Ts

    Family at Gravesite

    Upon the death of a uniformed service retiree, the next of kin should call the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), London KY. DFAS will close the retiree's pay account and send a survivor benefits package. Typically, forms will be included that instruct the next of kin on how to recoup the retiree's unpaid pay. You must fill these out promptly and return them with a copy of the death certificate. Survivors should report retiree dea... more

  • 3 FAQs on TRICARE Supplement Every Military Retiree Should Know

    TRICARE Logo

    Approximately 5.29 million military retirees and family members worldwide are eligible for TRICARE health insurance. Of these, 2.55 million retirees are using TRICARE, 950,000 of which are using TRICARE Standard. While TRICARE Standard is a comprehensive insurance plan and allows for more flexible healthcare options, it does not cover every expense a military retiree may encounter. TRICARE Supplement insurance is a worthwhile investmen... more

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