Congratulations! You and your family have served your country faithfully for many years in the military with all the accompanying moves and sacrifices. Retirement can certainly creep up on you. You are at a point where you feel you know all the answers a military spouse or family needs to know and then retirement changes your world. A successful retirement requires research and planning.
Planning should ideally begin at least one year out. Sit down as a couple and outline your goals. There are many issues to consider.
- What kind of career is the service member contemplating after retirement?
- How will this affect the spouse’s career or school plans?
- Where do we want to live?
Fortunately, the Department of Defense and each of the Services offer programs and resources to help you make this transition. While many of the programs are only offered to the service member, it can be helpful to the spouse to attend those sessions that are open to them. This section will outline some of the benefits provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as information on Space Available Travel.
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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