Tamila McDonald

Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for Veteran.com.

Articles by TamilaMcDonald

Food Delivery On Military Bases

Food Delivery On Military Bases

Updated: June 2, 2023

Can you deliver food to a military base if you drive for Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, GrubHub, or other delivery services? It’s a question many delivery drivers find themselves asking whenever an order comes up with a base or post address. Additionally, those living or working on military installations may wonder if they can receive […]

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How to Get a DD-214 Copy

Updated: November 10, 2022

You will need a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to claim certain military benefits, college education discounts, veteran preference in hiring, VA loans, medical benefits, association membership, veteran’s funeral benefits, school enrollment and other benefits. How to Get a Copy of Your DD-214 There are several ways veterans, family members and […]

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2023 BAH Rates - Basic Allowance for Housing

2023 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates

Updated: January 9, 2023

On Dec. 14, 2022, the U.S. Department of Defense released Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for 2023. The latest BAH rates increased an average of 12.1% starting on Jan. 1, 2023, marking the largest percent increase in over a decade. BAH is intended to cover 95% of housing expenses, with service members paying the […]

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Military proxy marriage

How Proxy Marriage Works for Military Members

Updated: December 24, 2022

  Weddings can be difficult to plan when one or both partners are in the military. Deployments and geographical separation can slow things down. But, if you need to get married faster to add your partner to your insurance plan or another military benefit, a proxy marriage may be a good option. Proxy marriages allow […]

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