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Military Transitions with Doug Nordman: Episode 59

Military Transitions with Doug Nordman

Military Transitions with Doug Nordman

Doug Nordman is the author of ‘The Military Guide To Financial Independence And Retirement'.

Doug's writing has to do with Military Transitions.

If you think he's doing it for the money, you're wrong.  All of his writing revenue is donated to military charities. He's a retired submariner who's been living in Hawaii for over fourteen years. So if you hear the birds in the background, it’s because he is in a tropical area!  He and his wife, (who is a retired Navy Reservist), raised their daughter in the islands.    They enjoy slow travel all over the world (some of it on military Space A flights) and DIY home-improvement projects.  After retirement, he was “bit” by the surfing bug and learned to surf with his family.  Their daughter is now on Navy active duty with her spouse.

Doug gives great advice about military transitions for services members and their families

A few years after retirement, Doug stumbled into writing and became an author. His book provides service members, veterans, and their families information on military transitions into retirement or a new bridge career. Some advice Doug offers in our interview:

  • Prepare 18 months in advance if possible
  • There are a lot of Clubs and Associations for people after they leave the military. The common goal is to assist with military transitions.
  • Both the active service members and their spouse should attend military retirement transition seminars. Doug mentions that there is a lot of written material online.  He thinks that attending a live seminar is best.
  • There are numerous options for military retirees who want to start their own businesses

Being alone together in the same house

I asked Doug about spending so much time with his spouse now that they are both retired. He says he doesn't get tired of spending too much time together. It is important to have a plan before retirement and talk with our spouse about it. Doug and his wife still have alone time even when they are both home. Learn to adapt to renegotiating roles as things change in your lives. Doug also says it is ok to keep separate interests and priorities.

What advice would you give to a retiree who feels stuck? 

You've already worked out the finances, and now you're “working” on your lifestyle.  Make the time to practice it before you permanently retire.  Take at least 2-3 weeks of vacation to fully unplug from your career. Give plenty of time for contemplation and thoughtful discussions with your family.  Don't take on huge projects during this time. Instead try to catch up on your sleep, enjoy some long walks, and build a list of activities that you'd like to try.

If you would like a copy of Doug's Book, The Miliary Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement, go to Amazon or Impact Publications (Which sells a 64-page “Pocket Guide”) You can also find it in the GSA catalog if you are on a military base or check your local public library or military base library

Contact information: nordsnords@gmail.com or you can use the contact me section on his website at http://the-military-guide.com

Get today's Freebie, 10 tools and tactics for your military transition at http://RockYourRetirement.com/MilitaryTransition

Links to the  people/organizations we mention in the interview

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Veterans Benefits for Memorial Day Ep. 23

What are the benefits of a Veteran? Tony Bevin educates us about this in today's podcast episode. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/veterans-benefits-for-memorial-day-ep-23

Memorial Day Special on Veterans Benefits:

Tony Bevins helps Veterans with Long Term Care BenefitsTony Bevin joined us for our Memorial Day Episode to teach people what benefits veterans can get.  Many people are not aware of the Veteran's Aid and Attendance Pension Plan.

He helps veterans understand how to obtain long-term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Most veterans are not aware of the benefits available through these programs. Tony has specialized in benefits and planning for families, spouses, and heirs for over 15 years. His knowledge, experience, and depth of understanding of the process and paperwork required is exceptional.  He says that he enjoys the environment and working with the elderly.

He helps take the burden off Baby Boomer children by helping to determine the resources available for their parent's situation.  Tony gives great information on how to qualify for Veteran's Aid and Attendance, along with California's state Medi-Cal program to help pay for Long Term Care.  Sometimes it's better to go for Medi-Cal benefits, and sometimes it's better to go for Veteran's benefits.  Tony can assist your parents with either, since he's been working with both programs for a very long time.

What do you think people should know BEFORE they retire?

Most people think because they have a trust they are covered, but they are often wrong because the language in the trust does not meet the requirements needed to obtain benefits.

We have a lot of listeners who are new retirees or maybe feel stuck in their lives at the moment.  If you were sitting across the table from a new retiree, what’s the one piece of advice that you would give to have a successful retirement?

Be sure to pre-plan for long-term care needs so you aren't caught off guard.

Tony's Contact Information:   Phone: 858-673-8448 Email: Fsdmedical@aol.com  Website:  http://www.vabenefitsonline.com

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