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Old 07-27-2017, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Having a federal or any local/State pension WITH a Reserve/Guard pension is really a great thing to have for the future.
This is absolutely true. I was able to retire at age 60 because both my wife and myself had a state pension and I had a Guard pension. Retired life is much easier when you're pulling in a five figure pension income every month.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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Alot of military vets and otherwise come to the San Antonio ,Texas area.There is no state personal income tax, houses are priced fairly decent, and there is various industries here including aviation. A lot of people who are military live out near Randolph AFB, I know because i work for the local school district and many employees are either retired military or married to current or retired milatary.
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Alot of military vets and otherwise come to the San Antonio ,Texas area.There is no state personal income tax, houses are priced fairly decent, and there is various industries here including aviation. A lot of people who are military live out near Randolph AFB, I know because i work for the local school district and many employees are either retired military or married to current or retired milatary.
A buddy of mine recently retired from the Navy, after he retired he got a government job working at Lackland AFB. So he moved to San Antonio. The last time that we spoke he seemed to be shocked that I was able to afford to buy a house and support a family on my E6 pension, while he is relying on his government job to support him in the San Antonio area.

Obviously I do not pay income taxes either.

Home prices may appear 'fairly decent' assuming that you have a high paying job.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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They won't accept you in the guard or reserves if you have a disability. Hubby has sleep apnea He's already asked
A waiver is a possibility. Find a CO or first shirt who you can convince NEEDS him. There are ways around regs.
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Old Yesterday, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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OP,

Maybe he can also look into the USPS. From what I've been told they like to hire veterans. Veterans get 5 extra points on their test and those 5 points can make a big difference. He can also "buy back" his time in service towards retirement.

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This is absolutely true. I was able to retire at age 60 because both my wife and myself had a state pension and I had a Guard pension. Retired life is much easier when you're pulling in a five figure pension income every month.
I always thought you were much younger than retirement age. LOL. Not sure why but your posts just always sounded like we were the same age (37).
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Old Yesterday, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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A buddy of mine recently retired from the Navy, after he retired he got a government job working at Lackland AFB. So he moved to San Antonio. The last time that we spoke he seemed to be shocked that I was able to afford to buy a house and support a family on my E6 pension, while he is relying on his government job to support him in the San Antonio area.

Obviously I do not pay income taxes either.

Home prices may appear 'fairly decent' assuming that you have a high paying job.
San Antonio is not a cheap place to live. It is a very nice large city with Texas sprawl. It isn't quaint Downeast Maine. Trying to compare life and costs in the two places is like comparing bananas and a necktie.
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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San Antonio is not a cheap place to live. It is a very nice large city with Texas sprawl. It isn't quaint Downeast Maine. Trying to compare life and costs in the two places is like comparing bananas and a necktie.
That was my impression.

I wanted to retire on my military pension, so I had to go somewhere it is possible.

He on the other hand, never even considered trying to support his family on his pension.

Thinking 'houses are priced fairly decent' in San Antonio only works if you still have a high income.
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 PM
 
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A buddy of mine recently retired from the Navy, after he retired he got a government job working at Lackland AFB. So he moved to San Antonio. The last time that we spoke he seemed to be shocked that I was able to afford to buy a house and support a family on my E6 pension, while he is relying on his government job to support him in the San Antonio area.

Obviously I do not pay income taxes either.

Home prices may appear 'fairly decent' assuming that you have a high paying job.
My wife and I's military pensions are great, but we both are on our second careers because we are used to a certain standard of living and we like "stuff", hence the need to continue working for extra income.
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Old Today, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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My wife and I's military pensions are great, but we both are on our second careers because we are used to a certain standard of living and we like "stuff", hence the need to continue working for extra income.


Yes and that is generally the way of things. I know several soldiers retiring with active duty pensions that continue to work. Most often as a contractor as that career generally provides the most income and the least benefits (health care for one maybe). The fact that they are collecting a pension and have tri-care for health insurance makes it easy to do. Some people like Submariner have had it with the hustle and bustle of big city life and elect to go nearly off the grid and some completely off the grid. It is a to each his own. Personally I applaud Submariner to being able to deal with relative isolation.
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