J.J. Montanaro, USAA Certified Financial Planner
4 Things You May Not Know About VA Loans
The VA loan is a benefit most civilians wish they had.
Spooky Finances: Take a Hard Look at Financial Realities
Is your financial situation a trick or a treat?
Make Good Financial Decisions When Buying a Vehicle
Know your limits when going to a dealership and don't waiver from them.
Financial Rules of Thumb for Retirement Planning
Should you follow all those retirement planning rules you see online?
Financial Rule of Thumb: Create a Livable Budget
Budgets aren't exciting, but they are the responsible thing to do.
Financial Rule of Thumb: Get the Life Insurance You Need
How much is too much and how much is not enough?
Back to School: Finance 101
It's never too late to learn, especially about finances.
Financial Rule of Thumb: Maintain an Emergency Fund
Money set aside for those unexpected situations can keep you out of financial trouble.
How to Manage Out-of-Pocket Medical Costs
As changes in our health care system put more and more decisions in your hands, it's critical that you understand it.
Everything You Need to Know About Tricare Open Season
Tricare's first-ever open season lets you make changes to your insurance coverage
Buy LTCI and Protect Your Lifestyle
Buying LTCI can be complex...choose a financial planner to help you choose
Transition Finances: A New Beginning
Remember that leaving the military is a beginning, not an end.
Checking Up on Your Financial Well-Being
Answering a few questions could give you insight into where you stand financially.
4 Ways to Start Really Saving Today
Saving money is easy when you have a plan.
Think of Your PCS in a New Way
A permanent change of station can be more than just a move, it can be a new start.
Most Popular Military News
Navy Submarine That Went Missing with 80 Sailors Aboard Found 75 Years Later
A team of ocean explorers confirmed that the USS Grayback was discovered about 50 nautical miles south of Okinawa in June.
How Will Veterans Get On Base for Their New Commissary Access? No One Can Say
How will veterans and caregivers get access to base to shop? No one can say.
After Marine Died on Their Wedding Day, Spouse Pleads for a Proper Goodbye
Marine Master Sgt. Jeffrey Briar died Sept. 22, 2019, shortly after he and Jennifer Crowley were married.
The Army Is Thinking About Giving SOF PSYOP Soldiers a Distinctive New Beret
A distinctive uniform item for PSYOP soldiers is currently undergoing testing.
New Study Shows Veteran Benefit Discrepancies Between States
States offer a wide variety of benefits, from a high of 60 benefits in Illinois to a low of 22 in Hawaii and Oklahoma.
Latest Military Videos
Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, announced Nov. 12, in New York City flanked by New York City Mayor...
308th Rescue Squadron pararescuemen perform a military freefall from the back of an HC-130P/N Combat King aircraft.
This 244th year is the first to introduce a brand new birthday running cadence, born from Marines—brought forth to...
The first ever cadence was made to honor the Marine Corps birthday. See how Drill Instructors brought it all...
Members of the 821st Contingency Response Group participated in the "Murph" workout to honor Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who...
Post-9/11 Wars Have Cost American Taxpayers $6.4 trillion, Study Finds
The estimated price tag increased by $500 billion since November 2018.
SOCOM Is Field Testing Lightweight Body Armor Originally Developed for Its 'Iron Man' Suit
SpecOps forces are testing a combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear.
Navy to Name Ship After the Late Sen. Cochran of Mississippi
The Navy will name a ship after the late Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who was a Navy veteran.
Navy Warship to Be Named After Late Sen. Richard Lugar
Navy Secretary Spencer and members of the Lugar family will attend a private naming ceremony for the USS Richard G. Lugar.
New Special Pay, Bonuses May Be Coming for Navy EOD Techs as Mission Evolves
U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) sailors could see more money from special pays and bonuses under a new vision.
Air Force News
Senator Asks DoD to Investigate Discharge of Whistleblower
Master Sgt. Jay Ellis' complaints about sexual assault and harassment within the 115th Fighter Wing sparked investigations.
F-35 Still Falling Short on Combat Readiness, Official Says
Each of the JSF variants is still coming up short on combat readiness goals, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.
Marine Corps News
Marine Donates His Uniform so Hit-and-Run Victim Can Be Buried in It
Veterans Samuel Jackson and Richard Dunn never met, but one Marine Corps uniform will connect them forevermore.
V-22 Osprey Engines Still at Risk in Sand and Silt, Watchdog Report Finds
Dirt and other debris keep taking a toll on Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
Coast Guard News
Lawmakers Call for Stronger Boating Safety Measures as Coast Guard Rejects Recommendations
Members of California's congressional delegation say it's time for the Coast Guard to consider stronger protections.
Coast Guard to Name New Cutters After Reservists Who Died Responding to 9/11 Attacks
Two Sentinel-class fast response cutters will be named for Coast Guard veterans who lost their lives as first responders.
Coast Guard Frees an Unsightly Fisher Island Guest -- a Grounded 200-Foot Cargo Vessel
A Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel ran aground just north of Fisher Island.