Get to Know Your TRICARE Retired Reserve Plan
July 24, 2019
TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) is a premium-based health plan that provides medical coverage for retired National Guard and Reserve members under age 60. A premium-based health plan means you pay monthly premiums, in addition to other costs for your health care. TRR coverage is similar to TRICARE Select coverage, with the same retiree copayments or cost-shares and choice of providers.
FEDVIP Provides Vision Coverage to TRICARE Beneficiaries
July 23, 2019
Routine eye exams can help keep your vision strong. The National Eye Institute reports that a comprehensive eye exam can identify common vision problems and prevent diseases that may lead to vision loss or blindness. TRICARE health plans may include an eye exam or other services to diagnose and treat eye conditions. Your eye exam coverage is different based on who you are, your health plan option, and your age.
Many of you have probably seen some news or possibly heard that the Delta Dental program for retirees is going away Dec 31st, 2018, to be replaced by a dental program, and a vision program, through a Federal Employees program (FEDVIP). I have done some research and I can add only that everything I've read says this is true, but that premiums will not be available until OCT 2018. I have subscribed to e-mail updates and hope that I can share more with you after those premiums become available, and certainly before the
enrollment period of Nov 12th - Dec 10th.
While doing research I came across this:
1. Nothing says we have to act old! While there are over 74 million baby boomers1 in the U.S., think positive thoughts and reduce the complaining.
2. Smile a lot — you’ll feel better and appear younger.2 Think young and act young. After all, you’re only as old as you feel.
3. Keep active — find new walking paths or walk the dog and meet new neighbors. It’s a nice change of pace
if you stay in most of the time. Try tai chi or yoga for health benefits like lower blood pressure, pain relief and improved balance.*
4. Laughter and a good sense of humor can relieve stress, soothe tensions, improve your immune system and your mood.3 Cultivate good humor. Smile and have a laugh.
5. Share a hug with a loved one. Release some endorphins. Spend time with others. Be sure to tell them how much they mean to you. And make time to love yourself.
6. Keep your brain active, engaged and interested. Try line dancing or salsa lessons. Learn to speak a new language. Take painting lessons or teach others the skills you know. Use your smart phone or tablet and apply your creative side to photo editing. And, engage in some brain-play using online word game apps. It can be a challenge and you can learn a lot.
In Loyalty, Protection, and Service,
God Bless, and have a cup of coffee!!!
Wayne Barron, FRA Branch 89, 678-689-7921
This past week I was on a four and a half hour, nonstop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Atlanta, Georgia.
In all my years of traveling, I have learned that each time a plane has the opportunity to stop, there is potential for
Flight delays, weather and airline crews can create unanticipated challenges on any trip.
Therefore, I always try to fly nonstop between my destinations.
About an hour into this particular flight, the Captain's voice rang over the intercom.
He asked if there was a physician or nurse on the plane.
If so, he asked them to identify themselves by ringing the flight attendant call button beside their seat.
I listened carefully but heard no one ring their bell.
I immediately began to wonder what was happening.
In a few minutes the Captain informed us that there was a medical emergency on board and asked again if there was a physician or a nurse who could help.
When there was no response, we were told that we were going to make an emergency stop in Denver, Colorado.
He apologized but told us that there would be a medical emergency team waiting to meet us at the gate and that we would probably only be delayed by about thirty minutes.
Though it was necessary, we knew we would all be inconvenienced by the extra stop.
About half an hour later, we landed at Denver International Airport and the medical crew immediately came on board.
However, everything took longer than had previously been expected.
An elderly gentleman, about 95 years old, had suddenly taken ill.
It was not clear whether he had experience a stroke or heart attack.
Even after the gentleman was carried off of the plane, we still sat there for quite a while. The original "short" stop turned
into about an hour and a half.
When we finally pushed back from the gate and were in the air, the pilot apologized profusely for the unavoidable delay.
He said that since the stop had taken longer than expected, those passengers who needed to make connections in Atlanta would miss their flights but would automatically be booked on the next flight out.
You could almost hear the moans and groans throughout the airplane of everyone who was being inconvenienced by the unexpected stop.
Then the pilot did one of the classiest things I have personally ever seen or heard anyone do.
He spoke into the intercom and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I thought you might be interested in one bit of information.
The elderly gentleman who was taken off the plane was a Marine in WWII.
I am holding in my hand a copy of the Congressional Medal of Honor that was awarded to him and signed by President Harry Truman in 1945."
The pilot went on to say, "I realize that we have all been inconvenienced today.
However, in light of the fact that this gentleman was a war hero, and was inconvenienced for four years of his life in order that we might experience the freedoms that we enjoy today, I thought you all should know that."
Immediately the airplane was filled with applause.
Everyone was cheering and so pleased to know that the gentleman had been cared for in a way that was fitting and appropriate.
As we continued to fly, I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting?
We were concerned that we were inconvenienced for a couple of hours and yet, this gentleman's entire life was interrupted and inconvenienced for over four years while he went and fought in a war to protect the freedoms and values that we love and hold dear in this country today."
I breathed a prayer for the gentleman and asked God to bless him for all he had done to help us understand what
freedom is all about.
"History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
American Forces Travel Discounts
Service members, veterans and their families can now receive a military discount if they book their travel through American Forces Travel, which is supported by Priceline. The Department of Defense teamed up with Priceline and created an online travel booking site exclusively for U.S. military members. American Forces Travel is a new Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program that came out of a joint service initiative, which combines the efforts of the five branches of service.
The following personnel can use the travel booking service:
All current Active Duty military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard).
All members of the Reserve components and National Guard.
All Retired Military, including those in the Reserves and National Guard who are retirement eligible.
All Medal of Honor recipients and 100% disabled veterans.
All Department of Defense civilians serving outside the United States, including appropriated funds (APF) employees and non-appropriated funds (NAF) employees.
American Red Cross and United Service Organizations (USO) paid-personnel currently serving outside the United States.
All eligible family members who are officially sponsored (ID card holder) by patrons in the above categories.
In addition to enhancing the quality of life for the military community, American Forces Travel will help fund MWR programs with commissions made from each booking done online. American Forces Travel is a full-service company that offers hotel, flight, car rental and cruise deals. They also offer bundled or package deals.
For more information you can visit the website.