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Army Travel Reimbursement Plus

November 28th, 2018 at 09:23 pm

I was pleasantly surprised to find our travel money from the move deposited into our account on Monday! And it appears to be covered in full! It's seems during many moves each different entitlement comes in as different deposits.

The grand total is pretty grand and exceeds the costs we actually incurred, which I honestly never totaled up. Our second checking account is now $6,915.77 richer!

Our primary costs for moving were carpet repair and cleaning at our rental home. Nearly a week in hotel costs, as well as food on the go, and fuel for the our two vehicles. We did fly one way as part of getting one vehicle here (I'm not an interstate driver), so that little trip was an additional cost and not specifically reimbursable by the government.

Nearly half that total is something called a Dislocation Allowance, which for my husband's rank is $3,753. This simply covers all the extras that are variable because everyone has different costs incurred during a move. It is tax free.

It's a relief to have it. I think I'm saving most of it as I was able to cover nearly all the costs incurred out of our current pay. I do know I dipped into the vacation category and that has not been reimbursed. So at a minimum, I will add to that category and save the remainder in the Big Goal.

I completed my first Pinecone survey in a really long time two days ago and was credited for it this morning. I have no idea why I wasn't getting surveys for over a year or more.

Oh, and we had a really nice trip back to see our girls. Our cat did very well, stressful for her, but she survived and is happy to be back in a familiar place. I still miss the girls so much. I'm trying to figure out how we can establish a home base closer to them to see them more often. I'm sure that is at least a year in the works. But living such a long distance away from both of them is hard on all of us. My husband still has at least five years in the military before retirement. My parents are close to the girls, but I'm starting to see how much older they seem as well. My dad is 70 and mother 68. They are very healthy and active, so no major concern, just awareness of the passage of time. It would be nice to be closer to them as well.

5 Responses to “Army Travel Reimbursement Plus”

  1. livingalmostlarge Says:

    How much longer do your girls have at college? Do you think it's likely they'll stay in the same city they are in for school or move? Do you think you'd move back to where your parents are? Or a different city? You've lived so many places I think you are able to adjust pretty well but maybe have decided preferences based on family, cost, lifestyle, weather, and where the girls end up?

    Is there any possibility of retiring before 6 years?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    All good questions, LAL, that we are pondering. My husband is committed to completing his full 20 years, but I've always said to him that if the job just isn't right we can figure something else out. One year at a time. I'll talk about it more when we have figured things out.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    So glad you got the reimbursement and in a timely manner too. That has to be a relief!

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    This is a pretty great area, ya know. Smile

  5. annmarie Says:

    You could have called some local animal hospitals/vet clinics for recommendations for vet tech pet sitter. An added benefit is knowledge of animal care for any health issues/medication schedules.

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