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What is the American Retirees Association (ARA)


"Divorce Corp Film Trailer" - documentary

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA) Reform Project

New -
TREA Resolution No. 11


New -
Family Law Report

The Hot Spot

- for the latest information, regarding divorce, in the Uniformed Services

USFSPA Casualty Report (2012)

Miltary Personnel Demographics

The Uniformed Services Divorce Equity Act for 2013 (proposed)

The Uniformed Services Divorce Equity Act for 2003

The Uniformed Services Divorce Equity Act for 1999

Section by Section Analysis of The Uniformed Services Divorce Equity Act for 2013 (proposed)

10 USC 1408(h) reform

News and Views

Vox Populi (Survivor's Voices)

The Charthouse

The Engine Room

Supreme Court

SCOTUS DOMA - decision


Armed Services Committees

Write to Congress

Other Veterans' Organizations

National Military Veterans Alliance

NMVA Roster - November 2012

Other Veterans' Organizations and Information

Broadcast 50

Equal Justice Foundation

The Veterans' Voice

ARA Member Conference

Become an ARA Member

Membership, Dues and Contributions

Get "The" Book

Divorce and the Military II - Order Form

News from the Trenches

USFSPA Liberation Support Group (ULSG)

Second Class Citizen

Military Divorce Discussion Group

What You Need to know About Divorce - an interview with the author

Concerned Constituent Letter Templates

Other Information

Modernizing the Military Retirement System - New Post

DFAS Web Site

Kilauea Military Camp (Hawaii)

Military Parents and Children

The Total Air Force Service Center "Soapbox"

The website has a Soapbox feature allowing you to share your sentiments and concerns with your congressional representatives. This link will get you into the USFSPA issue directly.

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4th quarter

ARA Vol 31 Issue 1 - 2015
Published Quarterly


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ISBN 0-9639850-1-9 


Discover how unpublicized Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act provisions target career Military, PHS and NOAA personnel!

Check out the Table of Contents!

(1) What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
(2) What USFSPA Is and What It Is Not
(3) Where Were You in '82? (Things the Recruiter Didn't Tell You)
(4) Controversy Aplenty
(5) Is it lncome or ls it Property?
(6) Women in Uniform
(7) The Reserves and the Guard
(8) All Divorces Are Not Alike: What you need to consider
(9) Federal Benefits: Here Today and May be Gone Tomorrow
(10) Financial Management Before and After Your Divorce
(11) Survivor Benefit Plan
(12) 51 Flavors and Counting
(13) The Divorce Process
(14) Selecting an Attorney
(15) Strategies
(16) Legislative Environment:
(17) About the ARA
(18) Restoring Fairness and Equality

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protecton Act (USFSPA) was implemented ostensibly to protect deserving uniformed services former spouses. Ironically, it has created a class of service member casualties larger than the victims it was designed to assist.

During the Vietnam Conflict, unit commanders reported three self-inflicted deaths, among personnel in their charge, each month; today, they report four of these tragedies each week.
The American Retirees Association (ARA) was founded in 1984 specifically to address the numerous inequities found in Title 10 USC 1408 et seq (USFSPA). ARA is a 501(c)(19) Veterans Support Organization (VSO), chartered in California, as Tax Exempt Corporation 1551226, with Federal Tax Exemption ID 33-024676. Our field membership is comprised of all Uniformed Service personnel, residing across the United States and around the world.

Our 24/7 'Action Line' number is 703-527-3065

DISCLAIMER: The American Retirees Association provides general information on the issue of non-disability military retirement benefits as a divisible marital asset. It is with the understanding that this Web Site is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. State laws relative to domestic relations vary and change frequently. If legal or other expert assistance is required, please consult with competent professionals.



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