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Army Retirement

Disability Compensation from Veterans Affairs


After being medically discharged or retired from the military, most soldiers are encouraged to also seek compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA). This process is just as confusing and drawn out as the process with the Army. My husband submitted his packet to them at the same time that his medical packet was presented to [...]

My Thoughts on My Soldier’s Medical Retirement


When we first found out that my husband was being medically retired, I had a wide range of emotions. On one hand, I was thrilled that I would never have to hear the words ‘I’m being deployed’ again. I thought surviving four deployments was quite enough! But on the other hand, I was very sad. [...]

Medical Retirement Benefits


When a soldier is placed on the temporary disability retirement list (TDRL) or Permanent Disability Retirement List (PDRL), he is given the same benefits as if he had served for twenty years or more. A medical retirement or medical discharge is always honorable (unless there were other circumstances involved other than the medical). Pay For [...]

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)


This program continues paying the surviving dependent a monthly inflation adjusted income should the retired soldier pass away. This coverage must be elected at the time of retirement. Historically, there have only been four open periods when retirees were able to opt in to coverage. There is no guarantee of an open season so it [...]

Army Retirement Briefing for Soldiers and Families


If a soldier is retired for time in service or medically retired, he is required to attend a retirement briefing on post. This briefing must be attended in order to outprocess from the post. Spouses are encouraged to attend the briefing as well. While most benefits and compensation plans apply to time in service retirements [...]