Information For Military Retirees & Families
Being a military retiree is an honor and you have earned many benefits from serving. Whether you served over 20 years or were medically retired (Chapter 61) there are many programs at your disposal to utilize. Please browse below to see the various benefits with a brief description on the programs. Of course all the other pages contained on the St. Louis County Veterans Service Office website may apply to you so the list below pertains only to military retirees. A link is provided that will bring you to a new page that we have found and may be helpful.
- Afterburner - The U.S. Air Force Retirees Services. An online version of the Afterburner, the e-Afterburner, is produced three times a year. To read the latest newsletter of the Afterburner click here.
- Army Echoes - The U.S. Army Retirement Services Office purpose is to keep Army retired soldiers and family members informed. To read the latest newsletter of Army Echoes click here.
- Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay (CRDP) - As most retirees know, when you apply for any injury, illness or disease that became chronic during your time in the military and the VA Regional Office (St. Louis County's is St. Paul MN) grants service-connection, the payment that you receive is "waived" from your monthly retirement check. Unless of course you have a combined rating of 50% or greater. That's when the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) (once notified by the VA Regional Office) initiates Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay (CRDP). This payment IS taxable. For more information click here.
- Combat Related Specialty Compensation (CRSC) - Just like CRDP above only this is paid for disabilities that are linked to combat. It is also approved through the military branch you retired from. Retirees can not receive both CRDP & CRSC at the same time. Also CRSC is NOT automatic like CRDP; the retiree must apply for it using the DD Form 2860. This payment is non-taxable. For more information click here.
- Defense Finance and Accounting Service - This agency administers all retiree pay. If you have any problems with you monthly pay you should contact myPay. They also are available at DFAS Retired Pay which is a convenient website for retirees. You can change your tax status, start/stop an allotment, print you pay statement, down load your 1099R and much more. For more information, please click on either programs in this paragraph to view their websites.
- Dental Care - There are many dental programs available for you to choose from as a retiree but to keep this page down to a minimum we've selected the most popular one that you can pay into and that is TRICARE Retire Dental Program. This is a voluntary, premium-based dental insurance plan administered by Delta Dental of California. For more information click here.
- Health Care - One of the biggest benefits the military retiree has earned is
- TRICARE. It is the health care program that serves the men and women the uniformed service members, retirees and their families. For more information click here.
- Marine Corps Community Services - The MCCS is a great resource for the military retiree and provides information on programs and services. For more information click here.
- Military Living - is another avenue to help you with your travels. They specialize on subjects such as temporary lodging, space-A travel, RV & camping areas, retirees and more. For more information. click here.
- Shift Colors - Shift Colors is the Newsletter for Navy Retirees keeping you informed of events and news. For more information click here.
- Supplemental Health Insurance - There are many plans out there. You have to choose a plan that best fits you. To make it a little easier type in "TRICARE Supplemental Insurance Providers" in a search engine (Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc) to see what is available. You might be surprised at all the options.
- Space-A-Travel - Space-Available travel is a great program if you have time and patience. If you are in a hurry to get somewhere this may not be the program for you. You fly on military aircraft that allow passengers to board when...there is space available! Just remember, mission first, personnel emergency leave, Environmental Morale Leave, Ordinary Leave, Unaccompanied dependents on EML, and Permissive TDY have priority. For more information click here.
- US Coast Guard and NOAA - The CG/NOAA Retirees' maintain a website that hosts the Newsletter Archives. You can view issues that date back to October 1998! If you want previous issues you can email the editor for information on prior issues. For more information click here.
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