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Journals / Re: Military FI journey
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:01:29 PM »
I love retirement!!!!  I think I love not getting up a O dark thirty to run. Or having to shave every freaking day. Or leaving my wife and kid to bad guy land to melt in the sand. I dont miss that at all. But I do miss my shipmates. I used GI Bill to get another bachelors. I still have seventeen months left and not sure what I want to learn now. I will either get a master scuba diver license with it or learn to weld. Maybe both. I started terminal on 13 Sep 2013 and have not looked back. Did I tell you how much I love it?

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Journals / Re: Military FI journey
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:39:17 AM »
Major Fire, good to see you fly boy. I retired from the Navy five years ago. I actually started terminal leave exactly five years ago on 23 Sep 2013. As you get closer to pulling chocks make sure you get your medical taken care of. If it hurts, see a doc. If it aches, see a doc. If you are having some depression or PTSD, see a doc. I promise you, after 20 years of doing the shit you do, in the places you do them, you are a little bit broken. I believe we age 2-3 times faster than normal humans. Get that shit in the record because if you dont, it will be complete ass pain dealing with VA. I have a lot of friends that retired that are broken. But they did not do the leg work before getting out and now they dont get squat. I figure you been looking out for your airman and Uncle Sams assets for 20 years, bout time you looked out for yours. Even if you dont get a single dime in compensation for disabilities, if they are rated service connected you wont have to worry about their affect down the line. Or the secondary affects. Also make sure you get to TAP class, I think they call it GPS. Try and go to it at least three or four years out. And then once or twice again your last year. It is drinking from a fire hose and one time is not enough. Make sure your spouse goes with. That will provide some watch team backup.  Good luck to ya hard charger. Cheers, BD

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Early Retirement / FIRST WORLD PROBLEM
« on: September 12, 2018, 10:16:28 AM »
Greetings all. New to the board but have been around FIRE forums and what not for awhile. Question for the smart folks. My wife and I are both retired military as well and receive disability compensation along with our pension. I also receive SSDI for my disabilities. With our pensions we bring in 2X our monthly expenses. Our health care is covered for both of us through VA and our only child is covered through Tricare. We own our house. We paid off the mortgage early last year. We also have a rental property that cash flows ~$100 a month. My question is, what would you do with the extra income? We closed our TSPs to pay off the house and currently have not investments. I had thought about buying more rentals but dont want to deal with the ass pain of it all. I am thinking about just putting it into VTSAX every month and never touch it. Just let it ride and give to the boy when we pass. Thoughts? Thanks, BD

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