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For those who joined the military in recent years, a big decision is looming for their future. They have to make a choice next year between staying in the old retirement system or opting for the new one.

Figuring out whether or not to stay with the current military retirement system or choosing to join the new system may be a challenge, but you have an entire year to educate yourself as to which one is best suited for you and your family.

Kiplinger’s recent article, “The Big Pension Decision Military Service Members Must Make in 2018,” explains that if you joined the military from 2006 through 2017, then you have from January 1 to December 31, 2018, to decide whether to switch to the new “blended retirement system.”

5.12.2016It is not easy to be a member of a military family. They face many challenges that civilians do not, and—all too often—they do not receive the support in two critical areas that could make a difference.

Risks for Houston military families include accidents during training, battlefield injury and the stress of frequent moves. Service members have a far greater than average chance of becoming disabled or dying prematurely. This makes it especially important for military families to have access to financial and estate planning advice.

The Wall Street Journal article, "How to Serve Military Families," says that in many instances military spouses are young and financially immature. Military families don't settle in one place for very long, so a nonmilitary spouse may have trouble finding a steady job that would provide a second income and a retirement plan. In that situation, if something happens to the service member, and benefits are paid out, they need to be able to access them immediately. It's more likely that young military families will need help getting these estate documents in order and updating their beneficiary designations.

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