Are you sure that your retirement plan is sufficient to lead a comfortable life throughout your retirement? Can you guarantee that your lifestyle won’t change if the cost of living continues to rise? Can you count on your social security benefits for the rest of your life? It is important that you have a secure and steady stream of income that has you covered beyond your basic expenses. Military members surely have a great retirement plan that assures a 50% pension after 20 years of service but unfortunately even a 50% pay is not enough to live a comfortable life throughout retirement. While it is a good amount, it is still not adequate and this is exactly why veterans and military members need to take retirement planning seriously. Not to forget the fact that most military members never even serve 20 years due therefore they are not entitled to receive the retirement benefits.
For all these reasons, it is necessary that veterans and military members plan their retirement regardless of whether they serve the military or separate from it to join a different sector. Contributing to an IRA allows you to take your income with you wherever you go and it also offers great tax benefits.
Rick Pendykoski is the owner of Self Directed Retirement Plans LLC, a retirement planning company based in Goodyear, AZ. He has over three decades of experience working with investments and retirement planning, and over the last ten years has turned his focus to self-directed ira accounts and alternative investments. If you need help and guidance with traditional or alternative investments, call him today (866) 639-0066.
I am a 69 year old male. I have $420,000 in my TSP and I am collecting my military pension, VA disability and Social Security… I am also GS-13 working for the Department of Defense. My wife is 15 years younger … I want to retire at the end of this year but It is hard to give up a 6 figure income… Any suggestions
Hi Mark, Can you work part time or as a consultant for D O D? It is hard to give up a 6 figure income but that is a personal and lifestyle decision.