2014 List of Military and Veteran Legislation Recap Provided by MOAA

2014 saw several pieces of legislation that affected both active duty and veteran service members. The major issues addressed by Congress were: Both Houses of Congress rejected proposals to consolidate the Tricare Program, which would have included means testing and new or increased fees to access the Tricare system. Also in the medical benefits area, Congress imposed a $3.00 increase…

myPay 101

What is myPay? myPay is an innovative, automated system that puts you in control of processing certain discretionary pay data items without using paper forms. You can also get your pay and tax statements, and travel advice of payment using myPay. Why should I use myPay?  myPay saves time. myPay eliminates the need to write letters or fill out forms by…

How secure is your data on myPay?

With security breaches and data theft reported every few weeks, you might wonder how secure your military pay information is in the myPay system. Here is what the DoD has to say: This is a Department of Defense (DOD) computer system. This computer system, which includes all related equipment, software, networks, and network devices, is provided only for official U.S.…

Hearings set on military pay and retirement

A nine-member commission, established by Congress under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, is traveling the country to hear testimony from military commanders and other scheduled speakers at public hearings. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is tasked with recommending changes to military pay and retirement programs. Its goal is to help ensure the “long-term health of the all-volunteer force” and…

2014 Military Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA – Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don’t forget to tell all of your military colleagues about these free…

Shutdown Ends…And 171,000 Veterans Get Tossed Off of Tricare Prime

Lost among all the huffing and hullaballoo over the federal shutdown, the debt ceiling, the WWII Monument and the baseball playoffs, some 171,000 veterans and their families have been unceremoniously kicked off of Tricare Prime, effective October 1. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense sent out a letter to affected families that any families living more than 40 miles…

Costco, Sam’s Club Extend Shopping Privileges to Military Members through Shutdown

Prominent grocery discount stores Costco and Sam’s Club have both announced that they will extend membership privileges to uniformed servicemembers free of charge. The privileges will extend at least through the government shutdown that is currently in place. The shutdown has forced commissaries across the United States to close due to the lack of authorized funds to pay staff and…

Shutdown Stops Some Bonus Pay and Tuition Assistance

While Congress voted at the last minute to continue paying active-duty troops after Oct. 1, the larger financial implication of a government shutdown became apparent when it was announced that they may not receive other important forms of compensation, from tuition assistance to imminent danger pay. The Navy initially said in a memo that service members will receive basic pay and…

Military Pay at Risk as Government Shutdown Looms

Military pay is on the chopping block, if Congress and the President can’t come to a budget agreement in the next five days. Even a brief government shutdown could delay the processing of paychecks for soldiers, and planners aren’t sure when the deadline is to make sure all soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen getting keyed in for pay during the…