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Military FI: Optimizing Your Financial Plan Before Military Retirement | Daniel Kopp, CFP | Ep 487

This episode covers survivor benefit plans, VA benefits, VSO disability benefits, tax planning, healthcare, and blended retirement systems.

This week, Daniel Kopp, founder of Wise Stewardship Financial Planning, outlines ways to best prepare for military retirement. Together, we cover pensions, navigating the Survivor Benefit Plan and additional benefits, healthcare and disability resources, and other financial decisions you can consider as you begin to transition out of the military. When dealing with any kind of retirement planning, taking actionable steps to prepare and get a plan in place for you and your family is essential. While everyone’s circumstances may differ as they transition out of the military, there are many resources available and benefit programs you are entitled to before and after you leave duty!

Daniel Kopp, CFP


  • 1:26 – Introduction
  • 2:32 – Approaching Military Retirement/Blended Retirement System
  • 9:38 – Military Benefits/Healthcare
  • 15:36 – VA Benefits/Term Life Insurance
  • 22:12 – Disability Benefits/VSO’s
  • 30:17 – Survivor Benefit Plans
  • 43:13 – SBP Contingencies and Child Coverage
  • 50:41 – Tax Planning
  • 56:26 – Conclusion

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