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									                   RETIREE BULLETIN
U.S. Army Garrison, Redstone Arsenal                                                                                     2007 EDITION

 The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by
 the United States Department of Defense of the linked web sites, or the
 information, products or services contained therein. For other than
 authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and
 Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense does not
 exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these
 locations.

 DEAR RETIRED MILITARY AND SPOUSES OR WIDOW(ER)’S OF RETIREES,
          The Commanding General, Major General James R. Myles, would like to invite military retirees from ALL branches of U.S.
 uniformed services, and their dependents, to Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) 2007. This year’s theme is ―Spotlighting Your Retired
 Military Benefits.‖ This will be our first official 2-day event. It will be held on 2 – 3 November 2007. On 2 November, the event will be
 hosted at various locations across Redstone Arsenal, see schedule of events and places. On 3 November, the event will take place in the
 Bob Jones Auditorium in the Sparkman Complex, Building 5304 from 0700 – 1500, see agenda.

          The scheduled keynote speaker this year is SGM LeRoy Bussells, USA (Ret), Assistant Director for Retiree Affairs, Association of
 the United States Army (AUSA). He will be speaking on military retirement benefits and various subjects being considered by our Senators
 and Congressmen that personally effect each retiree and family member.

          Additionally, the Retiree Council feels that information from Defense Finance and Accounting Service – Cleveland Center (DFAS-
 CL), the State of Redstone Arsenal, Legal Services, FOX Health Center, Combat Related Special Compensation CRSC), and the
 Department of Veteran Affairs will be of interest. Mr. John Benedict from DFAS will be here to answer your questions and concerns
 regarding your retired/annuitant pay. COL John Olshefski, Commander, US Army Garrison – Redstone Arsenal, will discuss the changes
 occurring at Redstone Arsenal over the next few years. Legal Services and FOX Army Health Center will talk about how they support
 Retirees. COL Sackett from Combat Related Special Compensation will once again talk with us about CRSC and a couple of NEW
 programs. And finally, the Department of Veteran Affairs, from both Montgomery (benefits) and Birmingham (health services) will explain
 their programs and answer any questions. Be sure to bring all your questions and concerns for these subject matter experts to address.

          On Saturday, "Retiree Information Booths‖ will be set up throughout the Sparkman Complex area with local Retiree service
 organizations and businesses providing information related to you and your family's well being. There will also be an opportunity for
 medical screening (bone density, blood pressure, eye testing etc.) and a myriad of related services provided by FOX Army Health Center.

          This year, the Post Exchange, Commissary, SATO Travel, and MWR have donated numerous exciting items that will be given
 away at the conclusion of the RAD. MWR and its Corporate Sponsors along with the Redstone Arsenal Commissary and its Vendors will
 once again provide us with a wonderful free breakfast on Saturday, with service in the Sparkman Center Cafeteria. Breakfast will be served
 from 0700 to 0800, a perfect start for you early risers! Two lunch options are available this year but tickets must be purchased in
 advance. Lunch menu and reservation form are located in the bulletin and must be mailed in by 29 October 2007.

           The Directorate of Human Resources, US Army Garrison in coordination with DEERS/RAPIDS Office, Human Resource
 Command will be providing ID card services at the RAD. If you have questions about ID cards, please call (256) 842-2413. The Provost
 Marshal’s Office will offer vehicle registration (decal) service at the Retiree Appreciation Day. If you have questions about vehicle
 registration, please call (256) 876-5770.

         We feel that you will find this year’s program both informative and enjoyable. Please mark Friday and Saturday,
 2 – 3 November 2007, on your calendar now! Come out and enjoy Retiree Appreciation Day, it will be an exciting experience for all!

                      Sincerely,


                     Andrew Pike                                               Cynthia E. Anderson
                     Chief, Transition Services                                Retirement Services Officer
       REDSTONE ARSENAL MILITARY RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY
                                          Friday, 2 November 2007

                                       SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

0700 – 1300 Health Fair at the ROCC, (Huntsville Hospital, Crestwood Hospital,)
0700 – 2000 MWR Activities throughout Redstone Arsenal
0800 – 1100 Combat Related Special Compensation, COL John Sackett, USAR, at the ROCC
0800 – 1100 Defense Finance and Accounting Service – SGM John Benedict, USA, (RET), at the ROCC
0800 – 1100 Human Resources Command – St. Louis – COL Steve Welch, USAR (RET), at the ROCC
BREAK
1300 – 1600 Combat Related Special Compensation, COL John Sackett, USAR, at the ROCC
1300 – 1600 Defense Finance and Accounting Service – SGM John Benedict, USA, (RET), at the
ROCC
1300 – 1600 Human Resources Command – St. Louis – COL Steve Welch, USAR (RET), at the ROCC

                                             MWR Activities
0700 – 0945   ROCC ―Pay as you go‖ Breakfast Buffet, $5.00 at the ROCC
0700 – 0945   ROCC Coffee / Bagel / Donut, pay for each item
0700 – 1100   ROCC Mini-Health Fair at the ROCC sponcered by Crestwood and Huntsville Hospitals
0700 – 1300   ROCC Madison RV EXPO at the RCOO
0900 - 1400   ROCC MWR Activities Bus Tour starts at the ROCC
1100 – 1300   ROCC Lunch will be served for a discounted price of $6.50
1100 – 1600   Redstone Lanes Special Bowling rate, $1.25 per game
1200 – Dark   Golf Course Free Golf at the ―NEW 3‖ only
1200 – 1600   Outdoor Recreation Target Shooting or Archery
1715 – 2200   Challenger (Bldg 1500) Bingo Frenzy
1500 – 1630   Redstone Lanes, Brooklyn’s Sports Bar Happy Hour
1600 – 1800   ROCC Happy Hour
1700 – 2000   ROCC The Main Dining Room will feature a Prime Rib Special, other items will be available
                         $2.00 off each meal (Friday and Saturday)
1700 – 2000 ROCC The Soldatenstube (German Restaurant), $2.00 off per meal (Friday and Saturday)
The Arts and Craft’s Center will feature demostrations (i.e., pen turning, framing, and matting) throughout the
day
          REDSTONE ARSENAL MILITARY RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY
                                                  3 November 2007

                                            SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
                 An interpreter for the hearing impaired will be provided, Mrs. Cheryle Ann Kuulei Davidson
0700 – 0800   Social and Registration
              Continental Breakfast provided by Redstone Arsenal Morale, Welfare, and
              Recreation and the Redstone Arsenal Commissary and its Vendors
0800 - 1500   Retiree Information Exhibits and Services
0800 - 0805   Administrative Announcements, Co-Chair Welcome – COL Michael Gray, USAR, (RET)
                                                               SGM Douglas Patrick USA, (RET)
0805 - 0820   Opening Ceremonies – COL Henry Oldham, USA (RET)
              National Anthem, SGM Gregory Knight, USA (RET)
              Invocation - Father Rajmund (Ray) Kopec
              Pledge of Allegiance, Boy Scouts
              Taps - TBD
0820 – 0830   Welcoming Address, COL John Olshefski, USA

0830 – 0840   Proclamation
0840 - 0845   Acknowledgments/Introductions - COL Henry Oldham, USA, (RET)
0845 - 0925   Spotlighting Your Military Benefits - SGM LeRoy Bussells, USA, (RET)
              Association of the United States Army
0925 - 0945   FOX Health Center – COL Smith
0945 - 1000   BREAK
1000 – 1020   Defense Finance and Accounting Service – Cleveland Center –
              SGM John Benedict, USA, (RET)
1020 – 1040   Redstone Arsenal Legal Assistance Office – COL Nathaniel Causey, USA
1040 – 1105   Combat Related Special Compensation – COL John Sackett, USAR
1105 – 1130   State of the Redstone Arsenal, BRAC Update - COL John Olshefski, USA
1130 – 1215   Redstone Arsenal Services Panel, COL Henry Oldham, USA (RET)
1215 – 1315   LUNCH (Sparkman Cafeteria, Bldg 5302); time to enjoy lunch and exhibits
1315 - 1400   Department of Veteran Affairs Briefing and Question and Answer Panel,
              Mr. Craig Mack, VA Montgomery; Ms Ann Schowalter, VA Birmingham
1400 – 1430   ―Give-aways‖ from MWR, PX, Commissary, SATO etc.

                                       LUNCH MENU (your choice)
   Garden Salad & Assorted Salad Dressings                                             ¼ lb All Beef Hot Dog on Bun
       Spaghetti with Meat Balls                                                            Potato Chips
 Mixed Vegetables Rolls and Butter
Fruit Cup, Assorted Puddings or Jell-O
                             Coffee     Iced Tea                     Fountain Drinks
                                       RETIREMENT SERVICES OFFICE
RETIREMENT SERVICES OFFICER: Ms Cynthia (Cindy) E. Anderson
TELEPHONE:          256-876-2022  DSN: 746-2022
E-mail: cynthia.anderson1@us.army.mil
OFFICE HOURS: 0800 - 1600, Monday - Friday (except holidays)
FAX: 256-842-7374  DSN: 788-7374
MAILING ADDRESS:                    Commander
                                    U.S. Army Garrison - Redstone
                                    ATTN: IMSE-RED-HRM (RSO)
                                    Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5193
LOCATION: Building 3493, on the corner of Hercules & Roadrunner Roads
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         RETIREE BULLETIN PLANS MOVE TO ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION
Due to continuing cuts in funding and predictions of even less funding in the future, the Retirement Services
Office will most likely be forced to move to an all electronic distribution (e-mail) for any future
correspondence.
We need your e-mail address in order to save funding and keep you updated!! Plan now to receive the
bulletin electronically either at your e-mail address or that of a friend/family member. Here are some
convenient options for you to get this information to us:
1. E-mail your electronic address to any of our staff:
      andrew.pike@us.army.mil
      cynthia.anderson1@us.army.mil

2. You may send your e-mail address in with your lunch reservation.

3. You may provide your e-mail address at the 2007 RAD. We will have a form available for
your convenience at several locations.

4. You may send a note with your e-mail address to:
       Commander, U.S. Army Garrison
       ATTN: IMSE-RED-HRM (Andy Pike)
       Bldg 3493 Roadrunner Road
       Redstone Arsenal AL 35898

              We will only use this information to send you the Retiree Bulletin and on occasion,
                        to send you urgent or very important information for retirees.
                                WE WILL NOT SHARE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH
                                       ANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS!!!!



             REDSTONE ARSENAL RETIREMENT SERVICES OFFICE ONLINE
The Redstone Arsenal Retirement Services Office has a website with links to extensive information vital to retirees
and their families. Visit the Redstone Arsenal website at http://www.garrison.redstone.army.mil; point to
―Veterans‖ at the top of the Redstone homepage, then from the drop down menu click on ―Retiree Information.‖
The website contains Retiree Appreciation Day information, the current Retiree Bulletin, the Redstone Arsenal
Retiree Advisory Council meeting dates and minutes, frequently asked questions, and links to other sites.
                         REDSTONE ARSENAL MILITARY RETIREE ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Redstone Arsenal Retiree Advisory Council is open to retired members from all branches of service. The goal of the Council is
to address issues and concerns affecting retiree benefits and privileges. The co-chairmen of the Council are COL Michael C. Gray,
and SGM Douglas S. Patrick. Meetings are scheduled every other month; call a member for the date and time of our next meeting.

                                                         CO-CHAIRMEN

Michael C. Gray, COL, USAR (Ret)             256-883-0977
Douglas S. Patrick, SGM, USA (Ret)           256-852-0540
                                                             MEMBERS
Robin Arndt, ATCS, USN (Ret)                 256-350-2672               Nelson L. Miller, MAJ, USA (Ret)    256-922-9277
Eugene Brooks, SGM, USA (Ret)                256-880-6669               Jessie McCray, SFC, USA (Ret)       256-828-9490
Victor R. Burlingame, LTC, USMC (Ret)        256-539-6961               Ervin D. Moore, SR., MMCM, USN (Ret) 256-539-5355
David V.W. Bussell, CSM, USA (Ret)           256-232-7054               Ann Moore, Military Spouse          256-539-5355
James Z. Carter, Sr., CPT, US                256-895-9950               Barbara E. Moudy, MSG, USAF (Ret)   256-842-2421
Gayl D. Catt-Glenn, Military Spouse          256-313-2254               Jean A. Mulcahy, CW2, USA (Ret)     256-468-2796
Charles R. Coats, 1LT, USA (Ret)             256 882-9256               Rick B. Mulcahy, SFC, USA (Ret)     256-468-2796
Leo R. Crawford, MAJ, USA (Ret)              256-217-1963               Henry N. Oldham, COL, USA (Ret)     256-883-8373
Deisy R. D’Ambrosio, LTC, USA, (Ret)         256-828-8323               Robert S. Payne, CSM, USA (Ret)     256-837-3927
Robert J. Devlin, COL, USA (Ret)             256-716-0107               Bonnie Pearson, COL, USA (Ret)      256-772-1312
Ricky D. Dickson, MSG, USA (Ret)             256-498-0024               Andy Roake, LTC, USAF (Ret)         256-724-2278
Herman Fitzgerald, LTC, USA (Ret)            256-489-1005               Gerald L. Roberson, SFC, USA (Ret)  256-468-4124
Mark Gerecht, CSM, USA (Ret)                 256-722-9682               Grant Rosensteel, LTC, USA (Ret)    256-539-2646
Michele Gray, Military Spouse                256-883-0977               Raymond E. Rowland, SFC, USA (Ret) 256-859-1095
David P. Gruber, LT, USN (Ret)               256-757-5748               Robert Sawada, MSG, USA (Ret)       256-536-7090
Phillip C. Hewitt, CW3, USA (Ret)            256-828-0611               Anita Señeres, SFC, USA (Ret)       256-829-1656
Charles F. Higgins, SFC, USA (Ret)           256-881-6163               Wayne R. Shaw, SFC, USA (Ret)       256-539-6172
Eduardo F. Hope, CW4, USA (Ret)              256-325-3337               Joe Shiver, CW3, USA (Ret)          256-679-5239
Jim Huey, COL, USA (Ret)                     256-520-5545               David L. Stewart, CSM, USA (Ret)    256-859-7329
Scott B. Huther, CWO, USA (Ret)              256-325-0015               Michael Stovall,                    256-874-6177
Tom Hutt, LTC, USA (Ret)                     256-560-0711               Gary Suckow, SGM, USA (Ret)         256-232-9470
Russell G. Kimball, SFC, USA (Ret)           256-489-4898               Robert F. Sullivan, LTC, USA (Ret)  256-883-8804
Kathy Jodoin, Military Spouse                256-461-9340               James E. Sutton, ADC, USN (Ret)     256-650-5748
Richard Jodoin, LTC, USA (Ret)               256-461-9340               Beler H. Watts, III, SFC, USA (Ret) 256-829-1656
Robert L. McCall, CWO, USA (Ret)             256-881-6325               Ernest W. Weir, CSM. USA (Ret)      256-539-0868

                                                         IN MEMORIAM
Clair L. Goodridge, LTC, USA (Ret)                    Council Member
William Moudy, SFC, USA (Ret)                         Spouse of Council Member MSG Barbara Moudy, USAF (Ret)
Carl E. Anderson                                      Father of RSO, Cindy Anderson
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TO GAIN ACCESS TO REDSTONE ARSENAL:

                         If your vehicle is not currently registered, make sure you bring photo identification (i.e. driver’s
                         license) for everyone in the vehicle, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicle insurance. One
                         person in the vehicle must have a military ID card.

                                         You must enter Redstone Arsenal through GATES 1, 9, or 10
                                             unless you have a current DOD decal on your car!
                   The Sparkman Complex is located at the corner of Martin and Patton Roads. The RAD will be
                   held in the Bob Jones Auditorium at the Sparkman Complex. Parking will be on the south side of
the complex by the auditorium only. Golf carts will be available to assist visitors from the parking lot to the
auditorium.
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This is a special bulletin published by the Directorate of Human Resources, US Army Garrison, Military Personnel Office, Retirement
Services Office, Redstone Arsenal, AL to communicate with retired military personnel and their family members who reside in the Redstone
Arsenal area. It is intended to provide information of value and interest to you. The Retirement Services Officer is here to assist you with
problems pertaining to retired pay, Department of Veteran Affairs’ matters, and Survivor's Assistance. We solicit recommendations or
comments to provide better service to you.

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                       NEED A PLACE TO STAY WHILE YOU ATTEND THE RAD???

                                Guest Housing is available for your enjoyment while visiting the
                                Huntsville/Redstone Arsenal area. For reservations and
                                information please contact the billeting office at (256) 876-5713
                   Also available for your stay are 23 water and electric RV Hook-
ups on the Redstone shore of the scenic Tennessee River or we have 14 NEW spaces
with full hookup, across from the Commissary/PX, that will accommodate larger rigs. Contact 256-876-6854
for additional information.

                                                                      HOTEL DISCOUNTS
Huntsville/Madison is home to most of the major hotel chains. If you mention that you are a Military Retiree
attending Retiree Appreciation Day most will give you the per diem rate of $71.00 or less.
If you would like assistance with your reservations you may contact Ms. Mil White at mil.white@RSPLLC.com
or 1-256-489-7797

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                                                           Army Retirement Services Home Page
Your online source of information on military retirement benefits has a new address and a new look. The Army
G-1s website is http://www.armyg1.army.mil/retire. The site is full of information for soldiers and families – both those
preparing to retire and those who have already retired – it's packaged with compact pull-down menus, making it easy to scan to
the section you want such as Pre-retirement Information, CSB/REDUX/DIEMS, and Retiree Information (including Combat-
Related Special Compensation).
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DEATH NOTIFICATION OF RETIRED SOLDIERS. Spouses or other survivors should report the retiree's death
promptly to enable officials to notify the proper agencies for military honors, settlement of survivor benefits and claims.

                        Navy                         904-542-4008/1536
                        Air Force                     931-454-4574, non-duty hours 931-7752
                        Marines                       866-826-3628
                        Coast Guard                   504-942-4059
                        Army - Ft Rucker's area       800-661-1407 or 334-255-9081
                        Army - Ft. Campbell's area    270-798-4727; after hours 270-798-9793
                        Army - Redstone Arsenal's area 256-876-3148; after hours 256-313-2066/2067
The Directorate of Human Resources, Military Personnel Office, US Army Garrison, Redstone Arsenal, provides extended
Military retiree services through our Retirement Service Office and the Casualty Assistance Office. We provide information and
assistance to Military retirees, Retiree Widows and family members. When we ask for documents, which are normally needed
to request benefits, sometimes the response is ―I don’t know where my spouse kept those papers.‖ This could affect VA, SSAN,
and Retired Pay. Some papers are important and hard to replace, yet not used often. These should be kept in a safe deposit box
at a bank or in a fireproof safe at home.

Records to keep forever are: Birth Certificates, Citizenship papers, Marriage Certificates, Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, Divorce
decrees, Adoption papers, Death certificates, Real estate deeds, Patents and copyrights, Copies of diplomas and school transcripts, Military
records (DD Form 214s), Bonds and stock certificates, Important contracts.
Records to Keep until updated are: Titles to vehicles, Household inventory listing your possessions and their value, Passports.
There are additional important papers you need easy access to. These should be kept in a place where you can find them quickly. These
include Tax returns and all tax related papers, Bills to pay/Receipts for bills paid, Current canceled checks, Employment records,
Information on your health plan, List of current credit cards, Record of your passwords, Insurance policies and information on beneficiaries,
List of checking and savings accounts and locations, Safe deposit box. If you die, your safe deposit box will be sealed. So you should
also keep one copy of your will at home and another with your lawyer. Also, tell someone you trust where to find these vital documents.


                                         MILITARY ID CARD FACILITIES

MISSION: The Directorate of Human Resources, Military Personnel Office, Identification Card branch, US Army Garrison Redstone
Arsenal is responsible for the processing of identification cards for all soldiers, dependents, retirees and applicable Civilian Personnel
at Redstone and surrounding areas.

Redstone Arsenal                              Hours: M-F 0730-1600 (Retired Military, Dependants)
3494 Roadrunner Rd                                   M-F 0700-1430 (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve)
Huntsville, Al 35898                                  (256) 842-2413
117th MSS                                     Hours: T-F 0730-1630 Wed Close @ 1130
5401 East Lake Blvd                                  (205) 714-2315
Birmingham, AL 35217
81st MAC                                      Hours: M-F 0700-1600
255 W Oxmoor Rd                                      (205) 912-6920
Birmingham, AL 35244
AG HQ State                                   Hours: M-F 0800-1600
1720 William Dickenson Dr                            ID cards done by 81st MAC
Montgomery, AL 36109                                (334) 274-4316
ARNG CENTER FT McClellan                      Hours: M-F 0830-1130, 1300-1500
541 Galloway Rd                                      (256) 847-4159
Anniston, AL 36205
NMCRC Bessemer                                Hours: T-W 0730-1530
1001 4th Ave SW                                      Thurs 0900-1100-1300-1600                            Military Dependents:
Birmingham, AL 35203                                 (205) 497-2605                                       Please bring marriage
NRC Tuscaloosa                                Hours: T-W 0730-1600                                        license, social security
2627 10th Ave                                        (205) 345-6910 ext 14                              card, drivers license, birth
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401                                                                                     certificate, and proof of
NMCRC Chattanooga                             Hours: M-F 0730-1600                                      college attendance if child
4051 Amnicola Highway                                (423) 698-8955 ext 113/112                                aged 21 – 23.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
NRC Nashville                                 Hours: T,Th 0900-100, 1300-1530
1515 Davidson St
Nashville, TN 37206
188 MSS                                       Hours: T, Th 0730-1030, 1230-1500
240 Knapp Blvd                                       (615) 399-5516
Arnold AFB                                    Hours: M -Fri 0800-1530
Tullahoma, TN                                        (931) 454-4931 DSN: 340-3544/3265
164th AW Tennessee ANG                        Hours TWT 0730-1015*1300-1430
2815 Democrat RD                                     (901) 291-7220
Memphis, TN 38118
NSA Mid-South                                 Hours M-F 0730-1600
Bldg. 456
Millington, TN 38054
All family members over the age of 75 are now authorized a permanent ID Card. You must be
within 90 days of expiration for us to reissue and you must have already had your 75th birthday in
order to get the permanent card. With the enactment of TRICARE for Life it is very important that
eligible family members ensure that their ID card remain current.
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RECORDS REQUEST – The National Personnel Records Center provides copies of documents from military personnel
records to authorized requesters. A new web-based application will provide better service for these requests by eliminating the
processing time in the mailroom. The requester will be prompted to supply all information essential to process the request.
Website is http://www.archives.gov/
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IS YOUR DEERS RECORD CURRENT?? Are you aware that you or a family member could lose medical benefits if you
don't update your information on the DEERS System? DEERS stores medical benefit data for military personnel, retirees, and
eligible family members. Retirees are the sponsors for their family members' medical benefits and are responsible for updating
DEERS information. Correct, up-to-date information is vital since DEERS data defines your medical benefits. If you marry or
re-marry, divorce, are widowed, move, have a new child, or a child who becomes an adult, you must make sure DEERS data
reflects those or any other changes. You can update DEERS through your military support office, the same office that assists
you with your ID card. If you're making changes, take documentation with, you such as marriage or birth certificates. You can
change your address at the nearest military support office, listed on the web at http://www/dmdc/ods/mil/rsl/ (call ahead for
hours and instructions. You can make address changes on the web at https://dmdc.osd.mil/udpdri/owa/change.address. You can
also call the Defense Data Support Office telephone center at 800-538-9552 to change your address or ask questions about your
DEERS record.
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Special Announcement for All Retired Military Personnel
                                    CWT|SatoTravel appreciates the retired military personnel. To show our appreciation, we will be
                                    participating in the Redstone Arsenal Retiree Appreciation Day event to be held Nov 3. We will collect
entry forms for some great prizes; TWO $100 RENTAL CAR VOUCHERS and a chance to WIN A $2,000 CRUISE VOUCHER ON
CELEBRITY CRUISES!*
The car vouchers will be presented at the base event. Then one lucky person will be entered in the Grand Prize Sweepstakes to be held at the
end of the year. The winner will have the great fortune of choosing a fabulous cruise on Celebrity Cruises! Celebrity Cruises sails to so
many wonderful places; Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, the
Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest, Panama Canal, South America, or the Transatlantic. The choice is YOURS when you win
this spectacular Grand Prize! Wow!
Only retired United States military personnel are eligible to win so your chances of winning are great! No purchase or other consideration is
necessary to enter or win. For full details, see the Official Sweepstakes Entry Rules posted at the CWT|SatoTravel booth and be sure to
check out our special vacation discounts, too!
CWT|SatoTravel has been proudly serving America’s most important customers for over 50 years. We get involved in our communities and
diligently work to provide excellent customer care and vacations to our customers. We realize how important it is to take those well
deserved vacations and we negotiate special retired military rates on major cruise lines, resorts and tours.
Don’t wait any longer! Check out the fantastic travel opportunities available at incredible prices. Take that special vacation you’ve been
dreaming of; wherever your heart desires.
The SatoVacations Call Center provides complete vacation planning services for all military retirees. So before calling anyone else, give us
a call toll-free at 877-698-2554 or check out our website to take advantage of the expertise we have to offer!
* The grand prize is for cruise only. Voucher use must comply with Celebrity Cruises policy and some restrictions apply.
Information in this article is provided by suppliers and CWT|SatoTravel
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AFRC GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN (EUROPE): The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort Armed Forces
Recreation Center (AFRC) in the Bavarian Alps offers special packages to retirees and their guests. AFRC officials
caution that these packages sell out quickly. For more information, go to http://www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com or
call (011-49) 8821-9440 from USA, (49) 8821-9440 from Europe, or 08821-9440 from Germany. They add that they offer retiree packages
year round and invite retirees to sign up for their e-mail newsletter through their homepage.
Source: Army Echoes Sep – Dec 07
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PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR: The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is conducting a nationwide effort to register Purple
        Heart recipients in the museum’s database. So far, 70,000 recipients have been registered since the Hall of Honor opened in New
        Windsor, NY in November, but organizers hope to enroll as many as 1.5 million. Hall visitors can access the list of Purple Heart
        recipients on the museum’s 15 computers that chronicle photos and stories about those who have earned the medal. The Defense
        Department does not keep an official database of Purple Heart recipients. Hall of Honor organizers hope their efforts will create as
        complete a list as possible of those who have earned the medal to ensure they are not forgotten. To register with the Hall of Honor,
recipients must prove they received the medal by submitting the appropriate official documentation, including a DD-214, DD-215, WD
AGO-53-55, General Orders or a Letter of Transmittal. Hall officials also requested recipients send a written narrative of how they earned
their medal, any newspaper articles written about them receiving the medal, and any photographs of them while in the service. Although it’s
not required, recipients can also tape an interview at the Hall of Honor chronicling their service and the events that led to their Purple Heart.
An unedited copy of the DVD is given to the recipient, while an edited version is kept at the Hall and stored with that individual’s record.
Recipients can contact the Hall of Honor at (845) 561-1765 and 1-877-28HONOR, or on its website www.thepurpleheart.com.
Source: NavyTimes Michael Hoffman article 27 Aug 07
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MERCHANT MARINE WWII COMPENSATION : On 20 JUL 07 the House passed the ―Belated Thank You to the Merchant
Mariners of World War II Act of 2007‖. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration and if passed by them as is would establish a
fund to pay eligible Merchant Marine veterans through fiscal year 2012 a $1000 monthly pension. Eligible individuals would be those who
Before 1 OCT 09, submits to the Secretary of the Veterans’ Affairs department an application containing such information and assurances as
the Secretary may require; Has not received benefits under the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (Public Law 78-346); and has
engaged in qualified service. A person is considered to have met the qualified services requirement if, between 7 DEC 41, and 31 DEC 46,
the person was a member of the United States merchant marine (including the Army Transport Service and the Naval Transport Service)
serving as a crewmember of a vessel that was:
- Engaged in qualified service.
- Operated by the War Shipping Administration or the Office of Defense Transportation (or an agent of the Administration or Office);
- Operated in waters other than inland waters, the Great Lakes, and other lakes, bays, and harbors of the United States;
- Under contract or charter to, or property of, the Government of the United States; and
- Serving the Armed Forces and while so serving, was licensed or otherwise documented for service as a crewmember of such a vessel by
an officer or employee of the United States authorized to license or document the person for such service.
Source: USDR Action Alert 15 Aug 07
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                          VA’s Suicide Hot Line in Operation
                The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a national suicide prevention hot line for veterans. The toll-free hot line
                number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). VA’s hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y.
They will take toll-free calls, from across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work closely with local VA mental-health
providers to help callers. To operate the national hot line, VA is partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/.

Agent Orange Tied to Hypertension
A new report from the Institute of Medicine finds limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the
Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of developing high blood pressure in some veterans. Also, two recently published
studies of Vietnam veterans who handled Agent Orange and other defoliants provide evidence that these veterans have higher rates of
hypertension. The results are consistent with findings from several other studies that looked at the health effects of herbicides and their
contaminants on Vietnam veterans but had poorer measures of exposure. For more information, see: http://www.va.gov/agentorange/

VA Stocks Shingles Vaccine - A vaccine for shingles, which Department of Veterans Affairs researchers helped develop, is available to
veterans who are patients at VA medical facilities nationwide. "Shingles can seriously degrade the quality of life for those who suffer from
this disease," said VA secretary Jim Nicholson.
"Offering this vaccine to our patients is further evidence of VA's commitment to provide world-class health care to America's veterans." VA
physicians will offer the vaccine to patients with appropriate medical conditions, usually those who are 60 years of age or older and have
healthy immune systems. A single dose of the vaccine offers protection against shingles, which is scientifically named Herpes Zoster. VA
researchers and patients from across the country participated in studies which led to the vaccine's approval by the Food and Drug
Administration. The vaccine is available immediately to those who are recommended for the treatment.
Armed Forces News, 7 Sep 07

Special Monthly Pension (SMP) is a program administered by the VA for low income totally disabled, war veterans whose disabilities
are unrelated to their service. Eligible veterans who have more than one disability may receive a higher payment in the form of a SMP at
either the aid and attendance (A&A) level or the lower housebound level. Those whose second disability is rated 100% are eligible to
receive the A&A SMP; those who second disability is rated 60 to 90% are eligible for the housebound level. As of 2001 veterans over 65
are presumed to be totally disabled for the purposes of receiving the basic pension. Till a recent court hearing that presumption did not
extend to SMPs. Veterans over 65 were required to have two disabilities rated at 100% each or one at 100% and one rated at 60% or
greater to receive the A&A or housebound SMPs respectively. The Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims found that the presumption of
disability eliminated the need for the initial disability rating of 100%, significantly expanding the number of veterans eligible to receive the
more costly SMP. Pursuant to that holding, VA began to pay the A&A SMP to veterans over 65 who have one disability rated at 100% and
to pay the housebound SMP to veterans with a single disability of 60% or greater.
     Section 3 of H.R.760 would change the eligibility requirements for SMPs to those in force before the court ruling thus reducing the
number of veterans eligible for SMP and subsequently reducing the cost of the pension program. Based on data from VA, CBO estimates
that over the next 3 years, of the 20,570 veterans over 65 who are receiving the basic pension because they were presumed disabled, 75% or
15,400 will apply for and receive a SMP. From VA input CBO estimates 12,800 of those qualifying pensioners under current law will be
found eligible for the A&A SMP and the remaining 2600 will receive the housebound SMP. Estimates are that about 3000 new pension
recipients will qualify for the SMPs because of the court ruling. Thus under current law a total of 10,350 additional veterans will receive
SMPs in 2008 and using normal mortality rates an additional 13,500 will receive SMPs by 2017 because of the court ruling. Using present
and projected pension rates and adjusting for cost of living increase CBO estimates by 2017 the court ruling will increase direct spending on
veteran’s pension by $485 million over the 2008-2012 period and by $965 million over the 2008-2017 period. Enacting section 3 would
undo that expected increase under current law, resulting in an equal amount of savings that would pay for the proposed new Filipino veteran
benefits. Source: HCVA Press Release 24 Aug & CBO Cost Estimate revised 2 Aug 07

VA RETRO PAY PROJECT UPDATE 07: On 1 SEP 06 the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and the Department
of Veterans Affairs (DVA) finalized plans for disabled military retiree retroactive pay, commonly called the VA Retro program. The
program is designed to pay eligible military retirees any retroactive money due as a result of increases in their percentage of disability.
These payments include adjustments to Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC), Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments
(CRDP), and DVA disability compensation. Individual amounts will vary based on differences in disability amount and length of
retroactive period. No action is required by the retiree to initiate the VA Retro investigation. Military retires can also find periodic updates
concerning VA Retro on the DFAS web site http://www.dfas.mil
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TRICARE PRIME NETWORKS: More than 168,000 TRICARE Prime enrollees -- those in managed care networks set up more
                      than 40 miles from a military base or a base closure site -- could lose access to those networks and therefore pay higher
                      out-of-pocket costs under new TRICARE support contracts to take effect in 2009. Retiree advocates say a proposed
                      change to the next generation of contracts, floated by TRICARE in a draft bid proposal, would encourage contractors
                      like Humana, TriWest and Health Net to make more cost-competitive bids by dismantling provider networks that are
not near military treatment facilities or Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) sites. Cutting the number of Prime Service Areas, or PSAs,
would save the government money, but it would hit thousands of beneficiaries in the wallet. Retirees, their spouses and survivors living
more than 40 miles from base would lose access both to TRICARE Prime and also to TRICARE Extra, the military’s preferred provider
option. They would have to shift to TRICARE Standard, which for beneficiaries is the most costly of TRICARE’s three options. The
number of doctors willing to accept TRICARE patients also could tighten in areas where PSAs no longer would exist.
Because the military only has hospitals, clinics and staff to treat a fraction of its beneficiary population, it partners with large private-sector
healthcare companies to run robust networks of healthcare providers. Support contracts for Prime alone cost DoD an estimated $6 billion a
year. When existing contracts were let, companies were allowed to add millions of dollars to their offers by promising to establish PSAs for
beneficiaries living far from any base. Thus 168,000 current enrollees will be forced to revert to TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra
and pay more out of pocket expense under the next generation of contracts. TRICARE Prime Remote coverage would be unaffected by the
new contracts. Veterans living outside the 40 mile radius of a PSA are encouraged to let their representatives know how they feel about
DoD’s plans. Source: Military.com Tom Philpott article 16 Aug 07

HealthBeat: Bringing Beneficiaries Timely, Relevant TRICARE Benefit Information TRICARE has unveiled HealthBeat, its new
electronic beneficiary newsletter, in conjunction with the redesigned TRICARE Web site. HealthBeat contains up-to-date benefit
information making it easier for beneficiaries to find TRICARE news and information when they need it. This is TRICARE’s first online
beneficiary newsletter. HealthBeat links beneficiaries directly to TRICARE’s most important benefit information. Among its many features,
beneficiaries will find the latest TRICARE benefit updates; links to pertinent news releases and articles about TRICARE and the military
health system; and the Doctor Is In column. HealthBeat will reside on the My Benefits portal of the redesigned TRICARE Web site.
Beneficiaries do not have to be a subscriber to get HealthBeat. However, they may sign up on the HealthBeat Web page. TRICARE will
send a monthly e-mail to subscribers informing them the latest e-newsletter has been uploaded to the My Benefits portal of the TRICARE
Web site. The e-mail will include an overview of the issue’s content with a link to the full e-newsletter on the Web site. Additionally,
TRICARE will periodically send HealthBeat news flashes on benefit issues. To view or subscribe to HealthBeat, visit:
www.tricare.mil/HealthBeat/.

TRICARE Beneficiaries Can Save Time, Money With New Service

                        Registering for the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP) just got easier with the launch of the new Member
Choice Center (MCC). A quick phone call or click of a mouse is all that's needed for Service families and retirees to begin receiving their
prescriptions by mail. By using this new service, not only will the beneficiary obtain TMOP enrollment assistance, but the MCC will
actually contact the physician to obtain new prescriptions and forward them to the TMOP for processing, making the switch from retail to
mail order virtually effortless for the beneficiary.
"We are always looking for ways to improve customer service and add value for TRICARE beneficiaries," said Army Maj. Gen. Elder
Granger, deputy director, TRICARE Management Activity. "They wanted a more user-friendly program and the MCC delivers."
Beneficiaries don't have to download forms or wait to have forms mailed; they can go to the "My Benefit" portal on www.tricare.mil or to
www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE to complete the registration. There's also the option to call the MCC at 1-877-363-1433 to switch from
the retail program to TMOP.
When a beneficiary calls the MCC, a patient care advocate from Express Scripts Inc., TRICARE's pharmacy benefit provider, explains the
program and offers to transfer the current prescriptions to the safe and convenient mail order option. If the beneficiary agrees, Express
Scripts Inc. submits a prescription transfer request to the patient's physician.
The mail order pharmacy can save beneficiaries as much as 66 percent on medications for conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma or
diabetes. The beneficiary may receive up to a 90-day supply of most medications for the same amount they would pay for a 30-day supply at
a retail pharmacy.
The Department of Defense saves money, too. The department pays 30-40 percent less for prescriptions filled through the mail-order service
compared to retail pharmacies. The department's savings could be substantial – $24 million a year – with just a 1 percent shift of
prescriptions from retail to mail order.
"As with all health entitlements, there are things our beneficiaries can do to reduce costs. The military treatment facility is the most cost-
effective option, but that's not always available for some beneficiaries. Mail order is the next best thing. Having prescriptions filled by mail
saves them time and money. It also lowers the cost for the entire military health system," said Granger.
TRICARE News Release 07-54 <http://www.tricare.mil/pressroom/news.aspx?fid=310> , Aug 29
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More $22 Drugs
On July 24, Dr. S. Ward Casscells, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) approved moving certain cholesterol, prostate, blood
pressure and acid reflux medications to the third tier, or $22-dollar copay level.
The cholesterol drugs Tricor, Antara, Omacor, and Welchol will have a $22 copay effective October 24. But one cholesterol drug will
actually have its copay lowered. Triglide, because of its relatively lower cost, will be offered at the generic $3 copay, even though it's not
actually a generic drug.
The prostate drug Avodart also is moving to the third tier, leaving Proscar on the formulary for $9.
The acid reflux medications Prevacid, Zegerid, Protonix, and Aciphex will be moved to the third tier, leaving Prilosec and Nexium at lower
copays. Even though it is not generic, Nexium will be offered at the generic copay level of $3. These changes will take effect on October 24.
The blood pressure medications Avapro, Avalide, Benicar, and Diovan will move to the third tier effective November 21.

ALZHEIMER’S UPDATE: Treating the heart may help the brain. A new study suggests that treating risk factors for heart disease and
stroke, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, may slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found that, among the
dementia patients studied, those who had their vascular risk factors treated declined less than those who did not. "By slowing dementia
progression, vascular risk factors treatment may delay the severe stages and have a significant impact on reducing the burden of dementia,"
said researcher Yan Deschaintre. The findings are important because they provide new hope for slowing the disease that currently has no
cure. There are now more than 5 million people in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer's and the risk increases steadily with age,
according to the Alzheimer's Association. Experts estimate that nearly half of those 85 and older may have the disease. The cognitive risk
factors included in the study were high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, atherosclerotic disease (which reduces the oxygen supply
to the brain and could cause stroke), and tobacco smoking. Treatment was defined as receiving blood pressure medication, insulin or drugs
to lower blood sugar, cholesterol- lowering drugs, or anti-clotting medications. Legislation introduced in the Senate by Barbara Mikulski
(MD), "The Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act" (S. 898), with companion legislation H.R.1560 introduced in the House by Rep. Edward
Markey (MA), would dramatically increase federal funding for Alzheimer's research and prevention; and "The Family Assistance Act" (S.
897), also introduced by Senator Mikulski (MD), which would create a $3,000 tax credit for families caring for a loved one with a chronic
condition like Alzheimer's to help pay for prescription drugs, home health care and special day care. Veterans are encouraged to ask their
Members of Congress to support these bills. In addition, for those needing help, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1(800-) 272-3900, or
visit it on the web at: www.alz.org. Source: TSCL Social Security and Medicare Advisor 29 Aug 07
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SURVIVOR BENEFIT PLAN - Premium Change for Some Retirees
Participants in the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan for retired military members face some changes. Effective 1 Oct 2008, SBP
participants who reach 70 years of age and have made 360 payments (30 years), will no longer have to pay premiums for continued SBP
coverage and will be placed in "Paid-up SBP" status. Also, there will be a paid-up status for participants in the Retired Serviceman's Family
Protection Plan once they reach 70 years of age. No action is required of SBP participants to be placed in Paid-up SBP status. More
information on Paid-up SBP should be available at the DFAS website within the next several months at:
http://www.dfas.mil/retiredpay.html. More information about the Survivor Benefit Plan is at: http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-
benefits.

SBP AUTOMATIC COVERAGE & OPTIONS : DFAS reports that there appears to be some confusion regarding the application of
the automatic coverage provision under the Survivor Benefit Plan SBP and the SBP options available to the military retiree after retirement.
 The information below serves as guidance on these issues.
1. Member with Beneficiaries at Time of Retirement: Automatic SBP coverage applies only at retirement. The automatic coverage
provision does not apply to any situation which may occur after the member’s retirement date. Automatic coverage does apply to any
member who, on the date of retirement, 1) did not make a valid SBP election, that is, an election for full coverage, less than full coverage, or
declined coverage; and, 2) has a qualified spouse and/or child beneficiary.
2. Member with No Beneficiaries at Time of Retirement: A member who has no eligible beneficiaries at retirement is not required to
submit an SBP election. Automatic coverage does not apply in this case since the member has no eligible beneficiaries. However, if such
member later acquires a spouse and/or child he may elect SBP coverage. The member would have one year from the date of acquisition to
make an election to cover the newly acquired beneficiary. An election may be submitted by letter provided the intent to elect is clear and all
information required for an election is provided. A letter which only notifies us that the member has married does not constitute an election
of SBP. Again, there is no automatic coverage for any spouse and/or children newly acquired after retirement. In order to provide SBP
coverage in this situation, the member must submit a valid positive written election which is received within the election period prescribed
by law.
3. Member Who Had SBP Coverage for Spouse and/or Child at Retirement: A member fitting this situation who later loses a beneficiary
will have SBP coverage suspended during the period in which there is no eligible beneficiary. Should the member subsequently acquire a
new beneficiary in the same class as was originally provided at retirement, the original coverage is reinstated for the newly acquired
beneficiary. Reinstatement of coverage is not the same as automatic coverage. The reinstatement will happen when that person qualifies as
an eligible beneficiary. For a new spouse, it would be on the first anniversary date, or sooner, if a child is born of the marriage. For a new
child, it would be the date of birth (if a natural child) or the date of acquisition (if other than a natural child). It is important that you inform
DFAS when you remarry or have a child to keep your pay account current.
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AER SCHOLARSHIPS: The Army Emergency Relief (AER) offers financial aid for full-time post-secondary study for dependent
children of retired soldiers. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic and leadership achievement. To ensure your child
will be considered mail the application and all requested documents by 1 MAR 08. In the 2007-2008 Academic Year (AY), 2,780 students
with complete applications were awarded scholarships, while 1,466 with incomplete applications did not receive scholarships. Aid ranges
from $1,000 to $2,500 for financial need, plus various amounts for academics and leadership. Applications for the 2008-2009 AY
scholarships, will be available from 1 NOV 07 – 21 FEB 08 by writing to: HQ, Army Emergency Relief; MG James Ursano Scholarship
Fund; 200 Stovall St.; Alexandria, VA 22332-0600. The application will also be at http://www.aerhq.org from 1 NOV 07 – 1 MAR 08.
Mailed applications and/or supporting documentation must be postmarked no later than 1 MAR 08. Other deadlines are in the instructions.
AER’s Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program is available to spouses of retired soldiers and surviving spouses of retired
soldiers who died while residing in the U.S. All spouses must be registered in DEERS. This program does not apply to second
undergraduate or graduate degrees. Those who receive free tuition through their jobs may not receive AER tuition assistance. They may
apply for assistance for fees, supplies and books (no duplicates) for classes in which they’re enrolled as full-time students which aren’t
covered by other funding. Stateside financial assistance is awarded based on financial need as shown by income, assets, family size, special
financial obligations and circumstances. Applications for the 2008-2009 AY will be available at http://www.aerhq.org from 1 NOV 07 – 1
MAR 08 or by writing to: HQ, Army Emergency Relief; Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program; 200 Stovall St.; Alexandria, VA
22332-0600. Students can apply online and mail the supporting documents or print the instructions and application. Material mailed to
AER must meet the deadline on the instructions. Source: Army Echoes Sep – Dec 07

NMCRS SCHOLARSHIPS: The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society's (NMCRS) education programs help eligible Navy and Marine
Corps families pursue their academic goals by providing a source of education financing through scholarships, loans, and/or grants. Awards
are provided solely on the basis of the applicant's financial need, in accordance with policies established by the Society's Board of Directors.
 Depending on the type of program its administration is accomplished by either NMCRS Headquarters or local NMCRS offices. Following
are the programs offered and administered by NMCRS Headquarters:
-Vice Admiral E. P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program: Provides scholarships and interest-free loans to the dependent children of
active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel, as well as spouses of active duty Navy and Marine Corps service members. The
Travers scholarship provides students with grants ranging from $500 up to $2,500 for an academic year. The Travers loan offers interest-
free loans from $500 up to $3,000 (for an academic year) to students' service member sponsors. One application form is used to apply for
both the scholarship and the loan. The Travers application package is posted at http://www.nmcrs.org/travers.html each October for the
following academic year.
-USS Tennessee Scholarship Fund http://www.nmcrs.org/spec-prgm.html. Students who apply for the Tennessee Program may also apply
for the Travers Program.
-Dependents of Deceased Service Members Scholarship Program: Provides grants for an academic year to children and unremarried
spouses who are military dependents of deceased service members. Awards are determined by NMCRS Headquarters Education Division. .
The Dependents application package is posted at http://www.nmcrs.org/child-dec.html each October for the following academic year.
Eligible applicants include:
         a. Dependent children of retired deceased service members.
         b. Dependent children of service members who died while on active duty not in a hostile fire zone.
         c. Dependent children and unremarried spouses of crewmembers who died as a result of the missile attack on the ship in the
         Persian Gulf on May 17, 1987. (i.e. USS STARK Memorial Fund).
         d. Children and unremarried spouses of crewmembers who perished as a result of the terrorist attack of October 12, 2000 (i.e. The
         USS COLE Memorial Fund).
         e. Dependent children of deceased military personnel who perished as a result of the terrorist attack September 11, 2001 (i.e. The
         Pentagon Assistance Fund).
         f. Dependent children and unremarried spouses of active duty service members who died under hostile fire in a theater of combat
         operations during the Global War on Terrorism.
-Admiral Mike Boorda Scholarship Program: http://www.nmcrs.org/boorda.html each November.
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                                                                      RESERVE GREY AREA RETIREES
Reserve Grey Area Retirees are retirees who have received a 20-Year Letter, but are no longer participating in the Reserves. Grey Area
Retirees should receive a retirement application packet from the Human Resources Command – St. Louis sometime around their 58th
birthday. If you have not received this packet you may request one by calling Mr. Nick Ryan or Mr. Mike Giebe at 1-314-592-0553, 1-800-
318-5298 or writing them at Human Resource Command – St. Louis, #1 Reserve Way, ATTN: PAP-T, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200. You
may contact your Retirement Services Officer for assistance in completing this packet and for information on your age 60 retirement
benefits. You will need a new Military Identification Card (ID Card) once you reach age 60 for you and your dependents. Before you go to
an ID Card Facility, make sure you have a copy of your Retirement Order (issued by Human Resources Command - St. Louis), you will
need your orders to receive a Retired “BLUE” ID Card. If you do not have orders yet, contact the Human Resources Command – St.
Louis at the above number for assistance. Mr. Steve Welch, Chief, Retirement and Transitions Branch, Human Resources Command – St.
Louis will be at Redstone Arsenal on 2-3 November 2007, to answer any questions you may have concerning this process. For information
on TRICARE Health Care, you may contact Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc. at 1-800-444-5445 or TRICARE Information
Service at 1-888-363-2273. The TRICARE office at FOX Health Center Redstone Arsenal offers classes explaining the different TRICARE
programs. The classes are offered Mondays at 1300 hours and Wednesdays at 1000 hours.
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                                   COMMISSARY SHOPPERS - with a click of your finger you can gain information about commissaries
                      around the world to include: sales information, coupons and general commissary news. Commissaries.com also has
                      areas where authorized patrons can purchase or donate commissary gift certificates, check out recipes, post a nutrition
                      question or comment under "Ask the DeCA Dietitian," an interactive health and wellness forum, and sign up for
delivery of general commissary news via e-mail through Commissary Connection. So before you take your next trip or you are just curios
please check out commissaries.com and learn more about us. email address: eveyln.hayden@deca.mil phone number:(256) 876-8429
ext.3144
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Arts and Crafts Center
Want to know what classes and services are being offered at the Arts and Crafts Center? Just send your email address to redstone-
mwr.art@conus.army.mil and request the monthly class schedule. You can also call 876-7951 and request a personalized tour of the center
which is located at the intersection of Vincent and Gray roads in building 3615.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday and Wednesday 13:30 to 2100hrs
Thursday 1700 - 2100hrs
Friday and Saturday 0900-1700.
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NEW VETERINARY CLINIC ON REDSTONE
The Veterinary Clinic on Redstone Arsenal recently moved into a brand new facility located at 3583 Shillelagh Circle. The new address is
about one fourth of a mile behind the old clinic. The new building is a big improvement over the old one. It has three exam rooms instead
of two, allowing for more pets to be seen on any given day. It also has a larger waiting area to accommodate clients and their pets as well as
a spacious parking lot.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 0800-1200 and 1300-1530 for over the counter sales of all the same pet products that have
been previously available. Animals are seen by appointment only. To schedule a vaccination or sick call appointment for your pet call 876-
2441 or 876-7395. Personnel who are enrolled in DEERS are eligible to use the new facility and the entire staff at the Veterinary Clinic
look forward to serving all eligible patrons and their pets. A valid ID card must be presented at the time of service. For any questions you
might have, please call one of the numbers listed above and someone will be glad to help you.
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                                            Fox Army Health Center
                                            Bldg 4100 Goss Road
                                            Redstone Arsenal, AL 35809
                                            (256) 955-8888
                                            http://www.redstone.amedd.army.mil/
On Friday, November 2, 2007- Tours will be conducted through Fox Army Health Center. Enthusiastic healthcare professionals will walk
you through the hallways and show you the various primary care and ancillary services available at the health center. Technology
advancements and renovation projects going on in the facility will be discussed. Transportation will be provided from the ROCC to the
health center.
On Saturday, November 3, 2007- Fox Army Health Center and the Community-Based Health Care Organization (CBHCO) will conduct
quality health screenings on the third floor of the Bob Jones Auditorium at the Sparkman Center. Please take the elevators to the third floor
to experience our various services: bone density scans, blood pressure screenings and counseling, and vision screenings. Computer stations
and subject matter experts will be available to teach you how to navigate the Fox Army Health Center webpage to access up-to-date clinic
hours and the pharmacy formulary. In addition, professionals from the Pharmacy and TRICARE will demonstrate how to utilize TRICARE
Online (TOL) and the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy (TMOP) to have prescriptions mailed directly to your home!
On a related note- It is important to take the opportunity to update your address and telephone numbers in the DEERS system. Even if your
Identification Card/ Common Access Card has not expired, your contact information may have changed. This information is important to
your healthcare providers and other professionals on the installation in order to take better care of you. The DEERS station will be available
on Friday in Building 3493 during the installation tour and again on Saturday at the Sparkman Center.
Fox Army Health Center Commander
COL Mark Smith

Patient Advocate
Ms. Greta Snead



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The Redstone Arsenal Legal Assistance Office provides free legal assistance to Active Duty and retired
personnel and their families Monday through Friday from 0830 to 1200, and from 1300 to 1600 in Building 111
on Goss Road. Powers-of-attorney and notary services are provided on a walk-in basis. Appointments are
scheduled a week in advance and may be arranged by calling (256) 876-9005.

The Redstone Arsenal Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is pleased to support Retiree Appreciation Day. Attorneys will be
available to provide notary services, prepare simple wills, and draft powers-of-attorney at the Sparkman Center on Saturday
November 3, 2007. Limited services will be available on Friday November 2 from 0830-1200 in the Office of the Staff Judge
Advocate, located in building 111 on Goss Road. All legal services will be available free-of-charge to military retirees and their
dependents on a first-come, first-served basis. Persons who wish to meet with an attorney are requested to bring with them
copies of all documents relevant to their case. For retirees needing a will, we ask that they phone (256) 876-9005 to be included
on a sign-up list, and that they download and complete a will worksheet prior to their appointment. Priority for will services will
be given to persons attending from outside the local community. The will worksheet is available online at
http://www.redstone.army.mil/legal/lao.html <http://www.redstone.army.mil/legal/lao.html> along with publications and
resources covering a broad range of legal topics. Persons needing special powers-of-attorney to sell land, homes or automobiles
should bring copies of property deeds and/or VIN numbers with them.

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                                       THE REDSTONE ARSENAL PX
                                         Retiree Appreciation Day
                                                  Saturday
                                             3 November 2007
                                         Join us for a day of FUN!



                                               FREE Gifts to the First
                                               250 Customers at 1400

                          ALL DAY – Register to win a $250 Gift Card!

                            Watch your register tapes for USA Balls,
                                If you have one on your receipt,
                          You will win a $5.00 AAFES Gift Card on the spot!

                    Remember to shop with us on line at www.aafes.com
               For more details call 256-883-6100 or email sumpterkim@aafes.com
***************** FRIDAY, 2 NOVEMBER 2007 SPECIAL EVENTS ***************
The Redstone Arsenal                                                     Event: Retiree Appreciation Day
Commissary                                                               Place: Redstone Arsenal Commissary
                                                                         Date: Nov 2, 2007
                                                                         Time: 0800 - 1700
                                                                         Open to all I.D. Cardholders
                                                                         Games, Give-a-ways, Door Prizes, and Sale Items
                                                                         Must be present to win.

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The Redstone Officer’s and Civilians Club (ROCC)
                        will host a variety of events on 2 November 2007:

             Start your day off at the ROCC with a Breakfast Buffet. A Breakfast Buffet will be available for $5.00 from 0700
             to 0945. Lunch will be served from 1100 to 1300 for $7.25. There will be a variety of meats (Chicken, Fried
Shrimp, Fried Catfish, Baked Pollock) and vegetables to choose from, price includes drink and ice cream.
Dinner will be available from 1700 to 2000. The Main Dining Room will have a Prime Rib Special and other steaks
available. The Soldatenstube (German Restaurant) will feature a variety of German specialties (Schnitzel, Bratwurst,
Knackwurst, Rippchen, Chicken Cordon Bleu, etc.). Mention that you are attending RAD and receive $2.00 off per meal.
Location is: Building 130, Golf Course Rd (off Goss Rd). Call (256) 830-2582 to reserve a seat for dinner or for additional
information..
The Redstone Arsenal Moral Welfare and Recreation will host tours of Redstone Arsenal and the MWR facilities, starting from
the ROCC from 0900 - 1400. You will ride in passenger vans or motor coach. The tours will include Redstone Officer's and
Civilians' Club, The Links at Redstone, FOX Army Health Center, Arts and Crafts Center, MWR Library, MWR Flying
Activity, MWR Bowling Center, MWR Outdoor Recreation Center, Redstone Fitness Center, and Pagano Gym. You will visit
each facility for approximately 15 minutes, if a longer time is desired just wait for the next tour. Some of the facilities will have
snacks and drinks available.
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CRESTWOOD THERAPY SERVICES is committed to one clear mission - to return patients to normal, active lives. Our
team of compassionate professionals create a comfortable environment for our patients as they go through the rehabilitative
process. We look for the underlying cause of each patient's condition so that complete rehabilitation can be reached. At
Crestwood Medical Center, patients can expect only the highest level of therapeutic treatment.
Crestwood Therapy Services includes: Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Lymphedema Treatment
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HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL’S STROKE TEAM will provide free cholesterol and glucose level screenings to the first 300
retirees in attendance. These screenings involve one finger stick, and screening results are provided immediately. In addition, the
Stroke Team will provide information about stroke and how to minimize your risk factors.
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COMBAT RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION helps 20-year military retirees by providing a monthly tax-free
compensation (full concurrent receipt option) that supplements Veterans Administration (VA) disability and military retired
payments. The retired veteran has to have a 10 percent or greater VA disability rating, and must be able to prove that the
disability is combat-related—i.e., training that simulates war, hazardous duty, an instrumentality of war, or armed conflict.
Turning 60 has its Benefits for Retired Reservists
Retired Reservists turning 60 may have something more to look forward to than just another birthday! Not only will they start
drawing military retirement pay, they may also be entitled to additional tax-free compensation through the Combat-Related
Special Compensation (CRSC) program.
COL John Sackett will be here for the Redstone Arsenal Retiree Appreciation Day on 2-3 November. He will give a brief
presentation about CRSC at 0800 and again at 1300 on 2 November and then be available for questions all day. On 3
November, he will give a brief and be available for questions at the Sparkman Complex. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn
more about your benefits as a retired veteran.
For more information regarding the CRSC Benefit, retired veterans and their family can visit the enhanced CRSC website at
www.crsc.army.mil or call the CRSC Service Center toll free at 1-866-281-3254.
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RESERVISTS: This year we have something special in store for you. We have asked the Human Resources Command –
St. Louis, Retirements and Transitions Branch to attend RAD 2007. They will be at the ROCC 2 November, for briefings at
0800 and again at 1300, and will have plenty of time to answer any of your questions. They will also be available for questions
on 3 November at the Sparkman Complex. Now is your time to talk directly with the folks that issue your 20-year letters, send
you your retirement packets, work your packets, and put you in a full retirement status. If you are in the 50s age range, still
drilling or ―Grey Area‖ these are the folks that you want to meet and get the answers to your questions. Don’t miss this
opportunity, as we may not have the funds to bring them back. Be sure to pass this message to your Reserve friends, they won’t
want to miss out.
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DEFENSE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICE – CLEVELAND CENTER will once again be here to
answer your finance questions and make any changes to your Retired Pay Account. They realize how popular they
are with RAD attendees and this year will be sending 3 representatives. They will be at the ROCC 2 November, for
briefings at 0800 and again at 1300, and will have plenty of time to answer any of your questions and update
accounts. They will also have a short briefing and be available for questions and updates on 3 November at the Sparkman
Complex.
                      Now is the time to have the changes made that you have been putting off!!
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In addition to the above services being provided on 2 November, the following will also be available:
** The Redstone Arsenal Office of the Staff Judge Advocate is pleased to support Retiree Appreciation Day. Attorneys will be
available to provide notary services, prepare simple wills, and draft powers-of-attorney. Limited services will be available on
Friday November 2 from 0830-1200 in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, located in building 111 on Goss Road. All legal
services will be available free-of-charge to military retirees and their dependents on a first-come, first-served basis. See
previous article for additional information.

** The Military Personnel Office, Identification Card Branch will be open from 0830 to 1600. They are located in Bldg 3493
Road Runner Road. They can be contacted at 1-256-842-2413.

** Vehicle Registration will be open 0730 to 1600. They are located in Bldg 3423 Gray Road. You can reach them at 1-256-
876-5770. Bring Vehicle Registration and proof of insurance.

Come early and get as much done on Friday, so you will be able to enjoy the Guest Speakers on Saturday.
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We have worked hard to provide you with the latest information on your military benefits. We hope that you enjoy
our efforts and that the information is of benefit to you and your family. The previous agendas are subject to change.
 We will be working on them continuously between now and the RAD, to ensure the best possible program for your
enjoyment and information. Programs will be available the day of the event to reflect any changes. We hope to see
you on 2-3 November.

This past year has brought with it many changes. Our previous Redstone Arsenal Retiree Advisory Council Co-
Chairmen asked to be replaced. We would like to thank Colonel George Shepard and Command Sergeant Major
Ernest Weir for their many years of faithful, dedicated service to the Retired community. And also thank, Colonel
Michael Gray and Sergeant Major Douglas Patrick for picking up where they left off and taking us forward with new
growth.

The Council has started holding workshops for retiring Soldiers on completing the VA Form 21-526. We have held
eight thus far and they have been highly successful. We also, have an information table at the Redstone Commissary
the 1st Saturday of each month, stop by and say Hello!

Our Installation Adjutant General (and previous RSO) Mr. Lewis Spencer retired. We thank him for all his
wonderful years of service and dedication and wish him well. His replacement is Ret LTC Ronnie McDaniel, we
welcome him aboard.
                      LUNCH RESERVATION FORM
                              RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY
                          3 Nov 07 – Lunch served from 1100-1315


There will be a superb meal provided by the great folks in the Sparkman Complex Cafeteria.
Menu choices are:

1. Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad with assorted dressings, Mixed Vegetables, Rolls and Butter,
Dessert (assorted puddings and Jell-O), and beverage for $8.50.

2. Quarter Pound (All Beef) Hot Dog on Bun with toppings available, Potato Chips and beverage
for $4.00.

Please complete the form below & mail with your check or money order to the address below.
Your lunch ticket(s) will be available for pick up in the Sparkman Complex Cafeteria on 3 Nov
07, 0630-1230.


           YOU MUST MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS FOR THE LUNCH!!
    SORRY, BUT THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS SOLD THE DAY OF THE EVENT!

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Return with check or money order payable to:      MILITARY RETIREE FUND
                                                  30290 Harvest Road
                                                  Toney, AL 35773

I will attend the luncheon at the Sparkman Center Cafeteria on 3 Nov 07.

How many?     _______ $8.50 for “Full Spaghetti Lunch Plate”

How many? _______ $4.00 for “Hot Dog Plate”


NAME: ________________________________________ PHONE #: ________________________

NAME: ________________________________________ PHONE #: ________________________
                                                         (Area code) xxx-xxxx

                Mail in your reservation form so they reach us by 29 Oct 07.
   If necessary, call in your cancellation notice to 256-876-2022 by 29 Oct 07 to request a
              refund. There will be no cancellations accepted after 29 Oct 07.
                                        THANK YOU!!

								
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