housing allowance, if i go back while hubby deployed?

Sonam - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi everybody,

I hope someone could help me

my husband is getting deployed for 6month, but still i think thats a long time. we are in europe now but i am sure, i dont want to stay here. my questions; if i left to go back home, will i get housing allowance? Of course I would give up the house and store all our stuff. I am not asking to get travel expenses or anything like that. i am just asking to get what we spend on our house. cause i think it doesnt make sense to keep the house which is going to be empty and unused. the only person who profits, is my landlord and i have extra expenses back home.

did you guys have any experiences like that? how did you handle?

thanks

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Hi guys, thanks for your replies. i know, that others have to get on without their husband for much longer, but seriously, I want my people around me, or I would get depressed...!!!

following situation: my husband and I are here in germany, he is stationed here till 2011. now he gets deployed for 6month to honduras. i am definately going to my parents. can i keep the money, if i terminate the contract with my landlord? will i also get separation allowance if my hubby is away only for half a year? oh and we are airforce. i know that its different in the states, where you get the money, doesnt matter where you are and if you will spend the money on rent or not

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hi, my husband came back with an answer today and i dont really trust it, i am sure there is something else we can do.



He said, that we will only get BAH and COLA, if we have a lease in germany and if i terminate the contract, we wont get it anymore. Only possiblity is to apply for "EARLY RETURN OF DEPENDANT" but then i cant come back here easily and we have to start all paperwork again.

is that right???

why is this all so complicated, can they do a job that makes sense?

they would rather pay my landlord instead of us, so i can use the money back home?

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Sonam - posted on 12/18/2009

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yep, that sounds like a good idea, im tired of calling around...and nobody knows SHTTT..sorry for that..!! those regulations are silly and nonsense...but anyway..!!! i will not leave and try to settle...!! visit some frnds in europe and travel around...lets see...

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You will get BAH for your location. Some places INCONUS have COLA, if "home" is one of those places, than you will get the COLA for their. For example, if you're from New York City you will get BAH and COLA for New York New York, which ain't nothing to sneeze at - trust me. However, this decision needs to be made prior to his deployment so that he can change everything before you leave with his pay department, which isn't easy and takes about 30 days to take affect. The same thing will happen when you come back to Germany in 6 months. Be prepared for the drama, and there will be drama with you going back and forth. If it were me, I wouldn't change anything, keep the place in Germany and not go home for the full 6 months. Maybe take a couple of months in the middle of his deployment when things are the hardest and stay with family stateside. Tap into the other wives in the unit and join some spouses support groups on the base. Take a class out in town if possible to meet some local people - widen your circle. It won't be easy, especially if your babies are little people, but I think you will be amazed at all the new friends you will make.

C. - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

your BAH and COLA you will be taken but you will keep. now if you go back home and it is state side and he claims that, you will only get BAH and seperation pay but no COLA


Actually, if you choose to leave the Duty Station while a spouse is deployed, you will not receive BAH. If you choose to leave, you forfeit your BAH b/c they are not making you go.

C. - posted on 12/18/2009

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Nope.. If you're not staying at his Duty Station, they will cut out COLA and BAH (they did for us when we left right before my husband deployed). Since you will be living in the States, Command Sponsorship will not be given (as you will have no need for extra living expenses since you will no longer be overseas).. BAH will not given as well (it doesn't matter if you're living on a military installation or not when you leave.. You CHOSE to leave, therefore forfeiting your BAH. Had you been MADE to leave, they would continue giving it to you). If you're leaving, show his Orders to your Landlord and they HAVE to let you out of the lease. Also, you're lucky it's only 6 months, my husband will be gone for a year (he's Army). Separation Pay starts when they have been gone for 30 days, by the way. Good luck!

Julia - posted on 12/17/2009

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Your husband is absolutely correct. You will have to go through trying to get command sponsorship again and if you terminate your contract your husband will lose COLA and BAH. You could possibly get BAH for where you will be staying but remember you will lose A LOT of money by doing that. Just went through it in Hawaii (considered overseas tour) when I deployed. They told us the same thing and that is exactly what happened.

Danielle - posted on 12/16/2009

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your BAH and COLA you will be taken but you will keep. now if you go back home and it is state side and he claims that, you will only get BAH and seperation pay but no COLA

Sonam - posted on 12/16/2009

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hi, my husband came back with an answer today and i dont really trust it, i am sure there is something else we can do.

He said, that we will only get BAH and COLA, if we have a lease in germany and if i terminate the contract, we wont get it anymore. Only possiblity is to apply for "EARLY RETURN OF DEPENDANT" but then i cant come back here easily and we have to start all paperwork again.
is that right???
why is this all so complicated, can they do a job that makes sense?
they would rather pay my landlord instead of us, so i can use the money back home?
PS; I WILL CALL housing tomorrow...thanks

Tracy - posted on 12/16/2009

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With a copy of his orders they have to let you out of your lease with your landlord. as far as the seperation pay he has to be away from you for 31 days before that starts.

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BAH and COLA are based on where the SERVICE MEMBER is permanently stationed. Where the family or spouse decides to live doesn't change that AT ALL. You should also get a seperation allowance for the 6 month deployment to the honduras.

However, you should be able to call the local housing office to get more information and all your questions answered with current regulations.

Sonam - posted on 12/16/2009

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Hi guys, thanks for your replies. i know, that others have to get on without their husband for much longer, but seriously, I want my people around me, or I would get depressed...!!!
following situation: my husband and I are here in germany, he is stationed here till 2011. now he gets deployed for 6month to honduras. i am definately going to my parents. can i keep the money, if i terminate the contract with my landlord? will i also get separation allowance if my hubby is away only for half a year? oh and we are airforce. i know that its different in the states, where you get the money, doesnt matter where you are and if you will spend the money on rent or not.
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Schollin - posted on 12/16/2009

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I lived with my parents (I was 18) the first time my husband went over seas and they paid bfor my housing

Lisa - posted on 12/15/2009

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Not sure what branch you are but we're navy and we would get it for where the service member is perm. stationed, it wouldent matter where I went.

Zepel - posted on 12/15/2009

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You will definitely receive BAH. Anytime you are not dwelling on a military installation, they have to pay the family BAH and also you get seperation allowance.

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I don't know about COLA and all that stuff that goes with being station in Europe, but I assume the BAH works the same there as here. If you move home, that is YOUR choice, not the militarys. You get BAH for where your husband is stationed to on a deployment, no matter where you move to.

Colleen - posted on 12/15/2009

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His Commander should be able to answer for sure, but I think you will pull BAH for where you decide to go, not where you are "supposed" to be. Thus, you'll lose COLA too.

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