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The Military Wallet Podcast with Ryan Guina
26 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 032: Disney Military Discounts and Shades of Green Resort
My wife and I recently took our daughters on a Disney vacation. What does this have to do with military benefits? Well, we saved a ton of money on our tickets with the Disney Armed Forces Salute discounted Park Hopper passes, and we also stayed at the Shades of Green Resort at Walt Disney World, one of four Armed Forces Recreation Centers around the world. Shades of Green is actually a military resort, run by the Army. IN today's podcast, we cover how to take advantage of these discounts, what it's like to stay at Shades of Green, and how to maximize your Disney vacation. You can also read more on our website - http://themilitarywallet.com/shades-of-green/
49 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 031: Military Life Insurance
Life Insurance is one of the most important parts of your financial toolbox. It provides money to your family members when they need it the most. In today's podcast, we discuss life insurance as it pertains to military members, veterans, and their families. We discuss why you and your family members need life insurance, the types of life insurance, where to buy it, how to find the best, deal, what to look out for to make sure you're covered, and much more. This is one episode you don't want to miss - it could have a huge impact on your or your family.
47 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 030: Military Discharge Upgrade
Did you know it may be possible to upgrade your military discharge characterization? Today, our expert, a retired US Air Force Judge Advocate, walks us through the military Discharge Review Board Process and how to apply to have your discharge upgraded. Special attention is given to recent DoD guidance directing leniency for discharge upgrades for veterans who have symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Learn who is eligible for a discharge upgrade, how to apply, tip for improving your odds of having your upgrade request approved, and more. Find our show notes for a Military Discharge Upgrade Podcast.
37 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 029: How to Automate Your Finances
Military members are frequently on the move. That's part of the gig, and part of the fun! In this podcast, we discuss how you can automate your finances so you don't have to worry about your money during a PCS, TDY, or deployment. Tips include automating your income, investments, expenses, paying bills, and tracking everything with free software. We also cover how to avoid mistakes with automation and how to protect yourself while you are away from home. These tips will help you save time, money, and energy. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of automating your finances!
36 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 028: Tricare Roundtable - The Good, The Bad, and How to Improve TRICARE
TRICARE is the military medical program, and is available to active duty, retirees, Guard / Reserve, and their family members. In today's podcast, we're doing a roundtable interview to discuss TRICARE - the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this episode we primarily focus on TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Reserve Select. We cover a lot of ground, including some areas where TRICARE shines, some of the issues we've experienced, and some of the areas where we would like to see improvements. Overall, TRICARE is substantially more affordable and offers greater coverage than many other health care programs that can be purchased in the civilian market place. TRICARE is a great benefit, but it does have some downfalls. Join us, as we explore this topic.
22 minutes | 4 years ago
TMW 027: Thrift Savings Plan Contributions
The Thrift Savings Plan is the government version of a 401k. It is used by military members, civil service workers, and other employees of government agencies. In today's podcast, we discuss Thrift Savings Plan contributions. Topics covered include the Traditional TSP, Roth TSP, annual contribution limits, catch-up contributions, making TSP contributions while deployed (including tax-exempt contributions), TSP contributions when you have more than one retirement account, contributing to both the military and the civil service TSP (yes, you can have both!), and other topics. Wow! That's a lot of ground to cover! Anyone who says the TSP is boring is flat out wrong! Stick around for this, the 27th episode of The Military Wallet Podcast!
45 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 026: Guard & Reserve Retirement Points
Most military members know how active duty retirement works. But do you know how retirement works through the National Guard and Reserves? The Reserve retirement system is based on earning Retirement Points for your service. In this Guard & Reserve Retirement Point Guide, we discuss what Points are, how to earn them, the minimum and maximum Points you can earn in a year, how to translate your active duty service time to Points for the Guard or Reserves, how many points the different types of service are worth, how to earn more Retirement Points, and finally, how to put this all together to estimate your Point total to calculate your Reserve retirement pay. Whew ~ that sounds like a lot! And it is! But I've broken it down in a way that makes it easy to understand. After this podcast, you'll be able to talk about Retirement Points like a seasoned NCO!
35 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 025: VA Disability Claim Myths
Did you know that many military veterans don’t want to file a service-connected disability claim with the VA when they separate from active duty? There are many reasons for this, but some of them aren’t based on facts. Today we’re going to cover 12 VA Disability Claim Myths and the facts you need to know when filing a VA service-connected disability claim. Some of these myths surround who is eligible to apply for veterans disability benefits, how a disability rating may impact your future career, whether or not you can serve in the Guard or Reserves if you have a service-connected disability rating, how disability compensation affects military retirement pay, the amount of time you can wait before filing a disability claim (hint: there is no time limit!), where to find help when filing a claim, and much more!
35 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 024: Survivor Benefits Plan
The Survivor Benefit Plan provides a continued source of income for survivors of military retirees. If a military retiree elects to buy into the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), his spouse or other eligible survivor will be eligible to receive 55% of the retiree’s retirement pay after the retiree passes away. This can provide ongoing income and stability for survivors, but it does come at a cost, as retirees must buy into the plan. In this podcast, we dive into the Survivor Benefit Plan details and discuss when it makes sense to buy into the SBP, and when veterans may be better off choosing to self-insure through an insurance policy or completely forgo either form of insurance. We cover a lot in today's podcast, so be sure to take notes or visit the show notes at http://themilitarywallet.com/survivor-benefits-plan/ You and your spouse will be glad you did!
44 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 023: Hale Koa Hotel & Resort in Hawaii
My family and I just returned from an amazing family vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where we stayed at the Hale Koa, an Armed Forces Recreation Center located in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu. The Hale Koa is one of four Armed Forces Recreation Centers around the world run by the Army. AFRCs are resorts that were built for the military and are exclusively for use by military members, retirees, DoD civilians, and other authorized guests. The Hale Koa offers very affordable room rates, a variety of resort features, and the location can't be beat! My family and I had the opportunity to see a variety of sights around Oahu. It was a family adventure that won't be topped any time soon. If you are in the military, are a military retiree, or are otherwise eligible, then I recommend looking into the Hale Koa as a vacation opportunity if time and money allow. In the mean time, check out this detailed review of the Hale Koa, including features, amenities, pricing, and tips to make your trip the best it can be.
20 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 022: How Long Should You Keep Military Records? Forever.
How Long Should You Keep Military Records? Forever. Your military records are important for a variety of reasons. In this episode, we discuss why you need to keep excellent copies of your military records to ensure you have access to your military and veterans benefits. Simply put, no system is perfect, whether it be at the organizational level or national level. It is strongly recommended that every veteran maintain copies of their own records and frequently verify the correct information is reflected in official military or veterans records keeping systems. We discuss which records you need to keep and for how long. Also discussed are strategies for physical storage and digital filing systems.
42 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 021: Buy Back Military Time for Civil Service Retirement Credits
Did you know that military veterans who join the Civil Service or other Federal agencies are eligible to buy back their military time and apply it to their federal time? Doing so helps them earn leave at a faster rate, vest their TSP contributions more quickly, and even retire earlier. Want to learn more? Then stick around for our interview with Eddie Wills, as he explains how to buy back your military time with a Military Service Credit Deposit.
33 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 020: Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer
Did you know the Post-9/11 GI Bill can be transferred to your spouse or children? This podcast discusses how to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for your spouse or children's education. We tell you how to transfer your GI Bill benefits, and why you should do this as soon as possible. And don't worry - you can change your mind at any time without penalty or loss of benefits. We also discuss other ways to pay for your child's education if the Post-9/11 GI Bill isn't enough to cover all college education costs.
42 minutes | 5 years ago
TMW 019: Starting a Business - an Interview with Todd Conner from Bunker Labs
Have you ever thought about starting a business? If you are like many military veterans, the answer is yes! Military veterans make good entrepreneurs for a variety of reasons. But they may have a disadvantage - they often don't know where to start. Let me introduce you to Todd Conner, a military veteran and the founder of Bunker Labs, an incubator for military members and veterans. Bunker Labs is non-profit startup incubator helping veterans launch startups by providing resources, connecting them with other entrepreneurs, and other forms of assistance. There are currently 7 Bunker Labs locations throughout the US (and expanding)! Todd offers veterans advice on starting your own business and tells us how you can get help with your business idea through Bunker Labs or other resources.
28 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 018: Health Care after Leaving Military Service
Health care is a topic most military members don't have to think much about while they are serving. Their health care needs are taken care of them and their families so they can concentrate on their duties. But things change quickly once you remove your uniform for the last time. In this podcast, we cover the various health care options for military veterans and their family members, including special programs for military members who receive an involuntary separation, active duty retirees, members of the Guard or Reserves, veterans who deployed in support of a contingency operation, health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, employer sponsored health care, health care options through the Affordable Care Act, and more.
27 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 017: Military to Civilian Transition Tips
In this podcast, I discuss the military to civilian transition, and some of the areas I struggled with during my transition. I dive right into my story, where I discuss some of the struggles I went through during the transition into the civilian sector, and how I would handle things differently if I were to make the transition again. Hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes and avoid them! Read the show notes here - http://themilitarywallet.com/military-to-civilian-transition-tips/
23 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 016: Can You Get Out of the Military Early?
Can you get out of the military early? More importantly, should you get out of the military early? This question is addressed on many levels. Topics covered include how to get out of the military early, the impact an early separation could have on your future, and why staying in the military for ht duration of your contract is almost always he right decision for your first enlistment term. The experiences, skills, benefits, and friendships you will earn along the way make the military a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most people.
22 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 015: Is the Military Still a Good Career Option?
Is the military still a good career option? The military is currently in the middle of the largest drawdown since the end of the Cold War. And unfortunately, some servicemembers are being laid off. One listener wants to know if now is a good time to join the military, or should he do something else for a career? In this episode, we're going to discuss the amazing opportunities and benefits available to military servicemembers. These benefits will last a lifetime, and will be valuable whether you serve 4 years in the military, or make it a full career. Stick around and learn why the military is still a good career option, even with the current changes.
32 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 014: Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of the most valuable veterans benefits available, and it's also very easy to use! In this podcast, we walk you through the process of qualifying for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and what the benefit covers, including how to determine the maximum tuition rates, and your BAH or housing allowance. We also discuss how to actually use the Post-9/11 GI Bill (hint: all you need to do is qualify for the benefit, be accepted to your school, and your school should do virtually everything else!). Our guest is Anthony Tran, a USAF veteran who successfully used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to complete 3 Master's Degree programs. Talk about getting maximum value from a benefit!
46 minutes | 6 years ago
TMW 013: Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Proposals
The 2015 Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Recommendations were just released at the end of January, 2015. The MCRMC is a 9-person Panel that was charged with examining military and veterans benefits with the goal of making recommendations to Congress. They came back with a 300 page report and 15 core recommendations, including overhauling the Military Retirement system, dismantling TRICARE and replacing it with a commercial health insurance program, limiting Tuition Assistance benefits to only cover Professional Development courses, and much more. But it's not all doom and gloom. Half of the 15 proposed changes are quality of life improvements. Take a listen to hear our rundown of all the proposed military benefits changes, and check out the show notes at http://themilitarywallet.com/podcast13
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