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Four Military Retirement Pay Surprises for Spouses

Chief Mass Communications Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Navy

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 years earning. Life is about to get very good. But military retirement pay and the benefits that come along with it can be ... more

Real Spouse Transition: Lifelong Military Family Member

The Barnes family poses in front of their post-military retirement home in South Carolina. (Photo Courtesy of Terri Barnes)

When Terri Barnes married into the Air Force 31 years ago, she was joining the "family business." An Air Force brat, Barnes and her husband, a chaplain, recently retired from the service to a home in Summerville, South Carolina. But during her lifetime, she lived at 16 military duty stations, including four overseas assignments and Alaska, and dealt with five deployments with her husband as well as two with her father. All of that means... more

Four Military Retirement Pay Surprises to Avoid

Stacks of coins and pile of bills.

Retiring from the military comes with many big changes, including understanding your new pay. After sitting through briefings and researching what to expect, you're probably well prepared. But readers tell us they still encounter some surprises after their final out date. And when it comes to money, unless it's a big inheritance or winning the lottery, a surprise is the last thing you want. 1. Surprise: Your Spouse's Last Payche... more

The Family Readiness Group: What Is It and Where Is It Going?

A Family Readiness Group. Army photo

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- It was my first day of volunteering -- just two weeks into my husband's military service -- when I overheard people exchange critical comments about the FRG, or Family Readiness Group, the Army's primary family organization. Perhaps the most complex and elusive program in the Army, the FRG is also one of the most important resources for the new spouse and novice soldier. Nevertheless, negative stereotypes circulate com... more

America's Rosies: The Women Who Built the Arms That Led to Peace

American "Rosies"

In today's world, gender-segregated workplaces seem a quaint anachronism. A relic of a time in which the notion of "women's work" conjures images of domestic labor or the garment industry. But the widespread acceptance of women in the American workforce is not ancient, nor was it inevitable. For that, we owe a considerable debt of gratitude to a generation of women who answered their nation's call in WWII to join a labor force depleted by ma... more

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