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Anyone know how much you can collect per month with unemployment in Arizona but you are going to be Ex military from the army (active duty) living in Wa state for most of the enlistment?

Dh is wanting to get out of the army and move to Arizona to go to UTI college. there giving us around 1300 and some change of BAH to live there. Yes thats true, we already asked the uti guy. but we have a high car payment and our financial counseler on base at fort lewis told him to stay in the army until all his credit cards are paid off and we can get our credit better to refinance the car or trade it in. We traded our ford focus 2006 for a 2006 subaru tribeca b9. its costing us $516.50 a month. He is a E-4 SPC. he wont re consider re enlisting, they wont give him a big bonus (hes a All Wheel mechanic) and he hates military life. He cut the financial counseler off by saying he wants to get out of the army while hes still young(hes 27) his big plan is to collect Unemployment until it runs out, find a part time job because UTI asks of people to go to there training Mon-Thur from morning until afternoon i think. I wont be working. I have 3 kids ages 4 years, 6 years and 8 months old. Im not going to get a job to put my kids in day care and have my paychecks go to day care. waste of my time and money. So, he has no experience but regular jobs while he was a teen. He has experience in the army doing Mechanic work but thats it. he has no degrees, he wont listen to me or anyone. wants to do what he wants and does not put my thoughts into consideration. I have threatened divorce and talked to him nicely, gave him other options and he says "get over it, learn to deal with life" :(

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:00 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • I don't think that he can collect unemployment after being discharged from the military on his own doing.

    Answer by gumby11883 at 7:03 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • gumby is correct. You cant get unemployment from being discharged. Now if it was for medically reasons the army will pay a small a mouth every month for a medical discharge

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 7:08 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • yes, you can get unemployment after discharging yourself out. we just did it. he will even be briefed about it in all the briefings he's going to get the few weeks before his ETS date. depending on how much he got a year is how they will they decide how much they get for unemployment. like in our situation, dh had to get out for certain reasons. (to long to get into it right now) we moved to VA, he was an E4, but what he did was switch to National Guard so we could keep tricare for insurance, only we had to go to standard instead of prime, so we do have deductables. anyway, Va only gives out $400 a week, as long as you are actively looking for jobs. you have to look for at least 2 jobs a week, and fill it out every week what jobs you applied for. they WILL check it out. we got the $400 a week. we would have gotten more, but Va won't go higher. not sure AZ's laws though. depends on state.

    Answer by armywife43 at 7:15 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • its not discharge. its a honorable discharge, hes getting out of the army because his contract is over and he isnt deploying AGAIN with his unit because hes getting out. there not making him go with them. His contract is over nov 2012 but he is being allowed to leave june 2012

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:15 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • thanks armywife43. I dont think Dh would go to the national guard. he wants to go to UTI right away and only do that. He doesnt want to do anything more with the military. he had bad experiences and tired of it.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:17 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • also, i had the same exact idea about the daycare. but we eventually ran out of savings money i had saved while he was deployed (dh is 27 as well) so i ended up getting a job at a daycare. this way, i am paying only 50% tuition for my kids, and seeing some money. it's not much, but it does help out with groceries and gas, that is one less thing we have to worry about coming out of his check, so bills could get paid.

    DH found a job doing security, armed and unarmed. he also joined school, ITT Tech, the VA pays us for him to go to school, we get $1452 once a month. so with that, his job, and my job we have enough to live off of. he also gets paid doing a drill for the NG one weekend a month, and that goes to our health insurance, so we don't have to worry about that coming out our 'normal' paychecks.

    btw, we were able to collect unemployment for 2yrs. try to talk to him about not letting him use it up right away. (cont)

    Answer by armywife43 at 7:21 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • well my husband was told he cant get it when he gets discharged in April hubby contract is up and the Navy has to many people so they wont re-enlist him

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 7:22 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • after 3 months is when he finally found the job. he doesn't want to use all of the unemployment up right away because A) there won't be enough jobs to apply for. and if he does finally find a job after it's gone, and he God forbid gets laid off, he has no unemployment to turn to....GL! hope i was a bit of help :)

    Answer by armywife43 at 7:28 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • According to the state of AZ, he can only collect there on wages earned in Arizona and would have to file unemployment in your current state.

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:52 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Also from the AZ website:

    Calculate Weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefit Amount

    1. Estimate your weekly benefit amount by calculating 4% of the wages paid to you in the base period quarter in which your earnings were the highest.
    2. This amount must be at least $60 to qualify for benefits.
    3. If you do qualify, the largest weekly benefit you can receive is $240.

    Answer by gdiamante at 7:56 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

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