Veterans

February 28, 2014

Retiree Council shares news, notes

retired Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Roberts
Fort Huachuca Retiree Council

In accordance with Army Regulation 600-8-7, the objectives of the Retiree Council Program are to provide the Army’s top leaders with insight into vital issues and concerns of retired Soldiers. The program also gives the Army retired community an opportunity to:

  • Communicate with the Active Army; receive advice on, analyze and provide input on decisions, policies and laws that affect the retired community
  • Review ongoing Army programs, proposals and initiatives
  • Institute programs that will create a strong communication link between the Active Army and the retired community
  • Encourage retired Soldiers to develop and express public support for Army programs

Additionally, the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council goes a step beyond the regulatory objectives and is committed to keeping retirees informed through this column, Facebook, and quarterly open meetings. Those with retiree related concerns pertaining to various services and benefits offered in the Fort Huachuca area should bring those issues to the attention of the Retiree Council at one of the quarterly meetings. Retirees can also email or call the Retiree Council secretary or contact the Fort Huachuca Retirement Services Office, or RSO.

Manage DEERS records/ID cards online
Retirees can now access their Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, records online through DS Logon. This is the new, secure Department of Defense logon ID that allows service members, retirees and Family members to access the DEERS Self Service Application. Use this application to: update addresses or beneficiary enrollment information; request an ID card; or to complete other actions. The ability to request a dependent ID card online is helpful for retirees with children in college or away from home. The retiree does not have to be present when the child goes to the closest ID card facility to obtain the new ID card.

To obtain a DS Logon account, go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement and follow the prompts to create an account or register in person at an ID card facility, Veterans Affairs regional office or TRICARE service center.

Retiree ID cards changed
Before Nov. 1, 2012, a military retiree’s ID card had two expiration dates. The date on the front was usually indefinite. The date on the back was the date the retiree’s Department of Defense, or DoD, medical benefits expired — the last day of the month before the retiree’s 65th birthday. This date was necessary to ensure the retiree enrolled in Medicare and provided that information to DEERS. To eliminate confusion, ID cards now have the same expiration date on the front and back.

DoD is also replacing retirees’ Social Security numbers, or SSN, on the front of the ID card with their new DoD ID numbers and adding the retirees’ DoD Benefits ID numbers on the back. Retirees are not required to update their ID cards until the expiration date. However, they may choose to do so when it is convenient.

Spouse ID cards must still be updated every four years until the 75th birthday. When spouse ID cards are renewed, the retiree’s DoD ID number will replace the SSN on the front and the spouse’s DoD Benefits ID number will be added to the back.

For more information, go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/appj/site?execution=e1s1 or call 1.800.538.9552.

AKO account closures and MyPay access
As a reminder, retiree AKO accounts will close on March 31. Before then, log into MyPay and update your email address to a Civilian email address. Failure to do so will result in a loss of electronic communication with Defense Finance and Accounting Service concerning your MyPay account.

The Fort Huachuca Retiree Council meets quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The next meeting will be held on April 11, 10 a.m., in the Director of Human Resources Conference Room, Building 41421. For more information, contact mi33csm@icloud.com.

Visit the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council Facebook page for regular updates, events and information of interest at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Huachuca-Retiree-Council/357858980975547.

For additional retirement services information, visit the RSO website at https://www.ikn.army.mil/apps/IKNWMS/Default.aspx?webId=2230.




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