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Expertise For Military Personnel

Creating financial strategies for current and retired military personnel is a very specialized field. As a 34-year veteran (Colonel, Ret.) with the Arkansas National Guard, I am uniquely positioned to be able to help with existing benefits, and capably navigate the nuances in order to plan for your financial future. If you have a personal financial advisor, you must be certain that they understand how your military benefits operate, and how to maximize other solutions to integrate with those existing benefits.

You may consider asking your advisor the following questions (these are the things that I can help you better understand if your advisor is unfamiliar with the information):

About Military Pay and Allowance

  • Do they know the different types of military pay and tax-free allowances?
  • Do they understand you're unlikely to be “laid off”and might not need a big emergency fund?
  • Can they explain how to use both the Thrift Savings Plan and your IRA?
  • Do they understand how to invest tax-free pay from combat duty?
  • Do they know how to use the Savings Deposit Program when you're in a combat zone?
  • Can they explain how the new Roth TSP will work?
  • Do they understand military life insurance and disability benefits?
  • Can they discuss the risks of buying a home while you're on active duty, and how to get a VA loan?

Eligibility for a Military Retirement

  • Do they understand that a military pension has an inflation-fighting cost of living allowance?
  • Do they know how your retirement pay is taxed?
  • Do they know that your civilian 401(k) or IRA might be able to be rolled into the TSP?
  • Do they understand how to build your retirement asset allocation around your military pension? You might not need more “guaranteed income” or a big bond portfolio.
  • Can they advise you (and your spouse) how to use the Survivor Benefits Plan?
  • Can they advise you about Tricare and other health insurance?
  • Can they discuss military and civilian life insurance?
  • Can they advise you about the federal long-term care insurance program?

Information provided is for informational purposes only, and is based on the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) that have not been verified by MML Investors Services, LLC. Information is educational in nature and not designed to be taken as advice or recommendation for any specific investment product, strategy, or service. This material does not constitute sufficient information to support an investment decision and it should not be relied upon by you in evaluating the merits of investing in any securities or products.

Larry R. Gann has the permission of the Office of Federal Employee's Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) and the Federal Employees Retirement System to offer publicly available information and resources about the employee benefit plan; and Larry R. Gann is not paid or endorsed by the OFEGLI or the Federal Employees Retirement System.  

 The Office of Federal Employees Group Life Insurance and the Federal Employees Retirement System are not subsidiaries of or affiliated with MML Investors Services, LLC or its affiliated companies. The Office of Federal Employees Group Life Insurance and the Federal Employees Retirement System do not endorse or recommend Larry R. Gann or Synergy Wealth Solutions

MassMutual, its agents, and representatives do not provide tax and/or legal advice.

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