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  • Many vets may be missing out on special compensation

    Just because an Air Force veteran was not injured storming the beaches at Normandy does not mean he or she may not be entitled to receive Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many Air Force veterans may be missing out on hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every month because they have not applied for the compensation, said Ann Lacey of the CRSC
  • Tricare now covers 'Lap-Band' surgery

    Tricare beneficiaries whose weight poses a serious health risk now have a new surgical alternative available. For those who medically qualify, Tricare now covers laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, also commonly called Lap-Band surgery. Although the Tricare policy change has only recently been made, coverage is retroactive to Feb. 1, 2007. "We
  • Retired chief stepping down after 57 years

    When retired Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ward first raised his hand to enlist in the Air Force, Harry S. Truman was president of the United States. Now, 58 years and 10 presidents later, he will retire Jan. 31. Chief Ward, an assignments adviser at the Air Force Personnel Center here, developed an extensive personnel resume through 24 years of Civil
  • Service still seeking special compensation claimants

    The approval rate of claims for Combat-Related Special Compensation is currently running 66 percent, but one-third of the eligible retirees still have not applied for the program. Air Force Personnel Center officials expected an increase in claims when the benefit was expanded to include all combat or combat-related disabilities rated as
  • Service warns of e-mail, telephone scams using the IRS name

    The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers about several current e-mail and telephone scams using the IRS name as a lure. IRS officials expect such scams will continue through the tax-return filing season and beyond. Officials caution taxpayers to be aware of scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the government has not
  • Disabled veterans receive mileage reimbursement increase

    More than a million eligible veterans will see their mileage reimbursement more than double starting tomorrow, for travel to Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities. The increase helps veterans -- especially those living in rural areas -- offset some of the gasoline costs for traveling to VA health care facilities, said Secretary of
  • Several locations offering events for retirees

    Several special days just for retirees have been scheduled for 2008. A Retiree Appreciation Day is set for Dover Air Force Base, Del., on April 12. The day will offer health screenings, presentations on retiree issues, lunch at special prices, vendors and door prizes. For more information contact retired Lt. Col. Ken Smith at (302) 677-4612, or
  • Retired general becomes Air Force's newest fighter ace

    A retired general had been waiting on a call for some time; 55 years to be exact. Retired Lt. Gen. Charles G. Cleveland received a call on his home phone in January that turned out to be one of the most important calls of his life. "That's how I found out the Air Force was officially recognizing me as an ace," General Cleveland said. "Right there
  • Officials explain Tricare vaccine coverage

    One of the most valuable benefits of Tricare is free or low-cost health care; however, beneficiaries must understand co-payments, deductibles and how Medicare works with Tricare to make the most of the health benefit. This will help avoid unexpected charges and denied claims, according to Tricare officials. For example, a 69-year-old retired Navy
  • IRS outlines economic stimulus payments for veterans, their families

    "Leave no man behind" is a proud military tenet. It has a sacred meaning on the battlefield for the men and women of our armed forces, but it also has application in everyday life. Hundreds of thousands of veterans and their survivors are at risk of being left behind when it comes to the economic stimulus payments that will be paid this summer.
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