(The following is provided as a public service from the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council and was written by Jackie Moore.)
RAD — Save the date
The next Retiree Appreciation Day will be held on Jan. 12, with registration at 8:30 a.m., at the Fort Huachuca Thunder Mountain Activity Centre. The annual event highlights speakers from the Army G-1 Retiree Services Office, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the Veterans Administration and many other agencies, both federal and local. Application forms for vendor booths with information pertinent to retirees from all services will be available the beginning of November along with attendee registration forms. Fort Huachuca Retiree Services Officer, Rosalie Monge, anticipates that this will be the largest RAD attendance due to so many changes to issues that concern retirees.
Got an Issue?
Anyone can present a retiree issue for potential resolution that will be evaluated and championed by the Chief of Staff, Army Retiree Council in 2013. In accordance with Army Regulation 600-8-7, Retirement Services Program, installation/garrison retiree councils meet annually to evaluate forwarded issues. Issues must reach the Fort Huachuca Retiree Services Office by Nov. 16 to be processed in time for consideration.
Issues are presumed to represent the views of the installation council and must be approved by installation/garrison commanders before being forwarded through Installation Management Command to the deputy chief of staff G-1.
To present an issue for consideration, contact Fort Huachuca Retiree Council Co-Chair, Jackie Moore, 266. 9396 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Retiree Council Issue” in the subject line of the email.
Issue reports from 2001-2012 are available at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/RetireeCouncil.asp.
Do you qualify for CRSC?
Combat-Related Special Compensation may entitle individuals to additional funds designed to compensate them for the reduction of their military retired pay due to the receipt of Department of Veterans Affairs compensation. With CRSC, retirees can receive either partial or full concurrent receipt of military retirement pay and VA disability compensation. Call toll free, 1.800.321.1080, for more information.
Expanded Tucson Arizona State Veteran’s Home
The Arizona State Veteran’s Home in Tucson has opened the second of four planned 30-bed resident wings to bring in veterans and staff. The current population of this much-needed facility is 41 veteran residents. The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to open a third resident wing in early December. The project’s remaining $431,000 federal dollars will be used to construct a fence between the home and the VA Medical Center. Local veteran service organizations may use the home’s conference room for monthly meetings.
View “Army Echoes” online
The September – December 2012 edition of “Army Echoes” includes articles on VA disability compensation claims, 2013 TRICARE Prime fees, and showcases the new CSA Retiree Council Co-Chair. retired Lt. Gen. James Lovelace. It is available online at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/docs/echoes/2012.