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Veterans Month Events - Nov. 3, 2020
There's no shortage of observances, parades, events, and workouts to join online! Here's some of the largest Veterans Day events or scroll down to see the entire list.  More...

Veterans Benefits Newsletter - Sept. 3, 2020
Build Your Future with the GI Bill...Give Your Pension a Boost...Your Guide to VA Appeals...Find Your Career With VA...  More...

TOP Prime Remote Overview Briefing - May 28, 2020
This briefing is for TOP Prime Remote beneficiaries. The following topics will be covered:  More...

Commissaries are requiring customers to wear some form of face coverings - April 29, 2020
Commissaries are requiring customers to wear some form of face coverings to enter the building. This policy falls in-line with the 5 April 2020 DoD guidance mandating all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities to wear face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.  More...

Take steps to protect yourself - Apr. 01, 2020
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  More...

Coronavirus: Be informed and call your provider if symptoms develop - Feb. 26, 2020
If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please call your local VA medical center and select the option to speak to a nurse before visiting the facility. Tell them about your symptoms and any recent travel.  More...

Seeking individuals who served in the military! - Jan. 27, 2020
We invite you to participate in a study focusing on your health behaviors and life experiences as a Veteran.  More...

Action Alert: Tell Congress to End the Widow's Tax Now! - May 2, 2019
More than 65,000 surviving military spouses and dependents are unjustly penalized because their loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  More...

DACOWITS Releases 2018 Annual Report - Mar. 11, 2019
DACOWITS provides the secretary of defense with recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment, retention, employment, integration, well-being, and treatment of women in the U.S. armed forces via a comprehensive annual report. The report is available online and includes detailed reasoning supporting each recommendation addressed by the committee.   More...

Before New Year's, Update DEERS - Dec. 20, 2018
Is your information current in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)? Before the year ends, be sure you and your family's information is up to date and correct. Incorrect information in DEERS can cause problems with TRICARE claims and other health care benefits. To remain eligible for TRICARE coverage, you must keep your information up to date in DEERS.  More...

Retired Electronic 1099R Available on myPay - Dec. 18, 2018
Your electronic 1099R for 2018 is available on myPay at...  More...

DOD Releases 2019 Basic Allowance for Housing Rates - Dec. 14, 2018
The Department of Defense released the 2019 Basic Allowance for Housing rates today. BAH rates will increase an average of 2.55 percent when the new rates take effect on January 1, 2019. An estimated $21 billion will be paid to approximately one million service members.   More...

Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments - Nov. 30, 2018
To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be  More...

​All Your Open Season Questions Answered - 11/8/2018
Open season begins next week, Nov. 12 to Dec. 10. TRICARE Open Season is for enrollment in a TRICARE Prime or TRICARE Select health plan. Federal Benefits Open Season is for vision coverage or retiree dental coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).  More...

TRDP is Ending: What to Look for in a New Retiree Dental Plan - 11/7/2018
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) ends on Dec. 31, 2018. Beginning in 2019, new retiree dental coverage will be available through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). If you're eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP dental plan, you must enroll in FEDVIP during the Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, 2018. Your dental coverage will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. Now is the time to explore your new dental coverage options and make a choice.  More...

VA and DOD Senior Leaders Commit to Aligned Electronic Health Records System Rollout - Oct. 10, 2018
The U.S. Secretaries of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DOD) signed a joint statement Sept. 26 pledging that their two departments will align their plans, strategies and structures as they roll out a new electronic health records (EHR) system that will allow VA and DOD to share patient data seamlessly.   More...

New DoD Policy Prohibits GPS-Enabled Devices in Deployed Settings - Aug. 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2018 - Deployed service members are going to have to ditch their “geolocation devices” in response to a new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.  More...

Soldier Amputees Have More Options for Continued Service - July 25, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2018 - Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the availability of sturdier prosthetics, soldiers who are able to redeploy after amputation have a number of possible options for continued military service.  More...

Eligible Veterans Can Seek Refund for Taxes on Disability Severance Payment - July 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 - The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment, a DoD tax expert said.  More...

Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability - Feb. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2018 - The Defense Department has a “higher expectation” of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday.  More...






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