U.S.

February 28, 2013

AF releases pay and allowances continuation program

Staff Sgt. David Salanitri
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders recently released Air Force policy on the Pay and Allowance Continuation program for Airmen who become wounded or ill while supporting a combat contingency.

With the release of the Air Force PAC program policy, AFGM 34-02, Airmen will now officially have their own policy, tailored specifically for the Air Force.

PAC, which replaced the Combat-Related Injury Rehabilitation Pay program, was implemented in 2008. With the signing of the PAC policy, benefits for Airmen have been clarified.

“If an Airman gets injured or wounded in (the combat) theater, and is evacuated, there will be no gap in the Airman’s specialty pay or incentives,” said Tim Townes, Air Force Survivor Assistance program manager.. “Any special pay or entitlements that the Airman was receiving for the conditions of their deployment will continue up until the Airman is fit to return to duty, or up to 12 months.”

A major concern motivating publication of the policy was the uncertainty Airmen had of their benefits.

“There were a lot of Airmen who would receive the benefits of PAC, but not know why they’re getting it, or when it would turn off,” said Townes. “Some didn’t understand the difference between other service’s and the Air Force’s PAC.”

Like most people, Airmen make financial plans. With the Air Force PAC program, those plans become easier to make, and remove one variable that comes with a deployment.

“We know that many Airmen make financial plans based around deployments,” said Townes. “If their deployment pay stopped, it could have a devastating impact on their financial situation. That’s why the PAC is important.”

One major change included in the new policy is the granting of more authority to unit commanders. This benefits Airmen by leaving certain major decisions up to leaders who know them, and their specific mission in that unit.

“The unit commanders are now the ones who will determine if the Airman is fit to return to duty,” said Townes. “According to our criteria, Airmen stop receiving PAC when they can consistently make a positive contribution to the unit’s mission. Only the commander can make that decision, not an organization or office unrelated to what that unit or member does.”

For more information on the PAC program, contact your installation’s casualty assistance representative.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Commissaries continue rolling out in-store Wi-Fi

FORT LEE, Va. – Sixteen more stores will offer Wi-Fi access for commissary patrons between June and September, according to the Defense Commissary Agency’s follow-up schedule. Through the Commissary Patron Internet Mobile System, DeCA is gradually opening customer Wi-Fi access at all stateside commissaries to include Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The latest schedule covers the...
 
 

The difference between Memorial and Veterans Day

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — There are lots of reminders out there that Memorial Day is about more than a day off or barbecue. It’s also about more than thanking everyone who served or waving flags. The truth is, many people confuse this day with Veterans Day. This day is about one thing...
 
 

Dispelling remotely piloted aircraft myths

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Public interest in remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) continues to grow thanks to increasing non-military uses and portrayal in popular culture. For the Air Force, remotely piloted aircraft are and will continue to be a vital mission set delivering vital airpower to combatant commanders throughout the world. While the demands placed upon the Airmen charged...
 

 

Beneficiaries have increased access to behavioral health services

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Airmen, veterans and family members seeking care for a variety of mental health and medical conditions have direct access to care from their primary care clinic. The support is available through the Air Force’s Behavioral Health Optimization Program (BHOP), a consultation service within primary care designed to target any issue...
 
 

At 94, Grandmother stays on duty for Soldiers and Airmen

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – At 94 years old, Julia Santiago is still young at heart. And, she says, a big part of her youthful spirit is her part-time job at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, her employer for the last 44 years. “I don’t plan to slow down. I’m very satisfied,” said Santiago, who has two...
 
 

AD Airmen to have direct access to PT clinics

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities (MTF) to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members. The policy shift will now allow an active-duty member with an acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist. For...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin