Retiree Activities Office
Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty (VRRAD)
The SECAF approved an expansion to VRRAD program that now includes all rated Air Force officers with Air Force Specialty Codes 11X-pilot, 12X-combat systems officer or 13B-air battle managers who may apply. The expansion increased the total number of positions to 1000 and changed the tour length to a minimum of 24 months and a maximum of 48 months. Officers currently serving on active duty under the 2017 VRRAD program whose tour lengths were limited to 12 months may apply for tour extensions under this program. AFPC will accept applications for VRRAD until 31 Dec 18, or until all openings are filled.
POC: Ms. Adriana Bazan, DSN: 665-3711 For more information, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/Retirement/VRRAD/
Volunteers are needed at the Retiree Activities Office (RAO). The core function of the RAO is to provide retiree information services to the local retiree community. We help retirees to navigate their way through the process required to access their benefits such as Veterans Affairs, Survivor Benefits Plan/Casualty Assistance, Retiree Pay and military records requests. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the office at 757-764- 7386 between the hours of 9:00 AM till Noon, Monday thru Friday.
Air Force Retiree Library of Information
Veterans Disability Recipients
Dependent Verification Requirement
A recent visit to the Langley AFB AMVETS office revealed a situation that veterans receiving service-connected disability compensation and who also receive compensation for spouse and/or children may encounter. The VA sends out requests periodically for status of dependents (via VA FORM 21-0538) to verify entitlement to payments. These requests must be returned within 60 days. Failure to return the request form will result in a reduction of your benefit payment and possibly a request for payment of past monies received.
The VA sends these requests to the address that they have for you. If it is returned to the VA as undeliverable, the VA attempts to find other addresses and resends the form. After repeated attempts the VA begins the 60 day count. Whether you received the request or not is unknown.
AMVETS have received calls from veterans who have gotten payment requests from the VA for large sums of money. These veterans claim to have never received the request form.
Veterans who receive compensation for dependents need to make sure the VA has your current address. Veterans may also want to update their status of dependents to be on the safe side. The VA FORM 21-0538 may be obtained online by doing a search for VA FORM 21-0538. The completed form should be sent to a VA Regional Office.
Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP)
On December 31, 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end. Don't worry! You can enroll in dental coverage for next year, effective January 1, 2019, but it will be under a different program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Website is at https://tricare.benefeds.com/InfoPortal/indexAction
Vision coverage is also available to you for the first time under FEDVIP. Certain retirees and their families, and family members of active duty service men and women, will now be eligible to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan.
You don't need to take action yet. However, if you would like dental and/or vision coverage next year, effective January 1, 2019, you must select and enroll in a FEDVIP plan during the next Federal Benefits Open Season. Open season is your annual opportunity to sign up for FEDVIP, and this year it runs from November 12 through December 10, 2018. If you're currently enrolled in a TRDP plan, you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. You must enroll during open season.
FEDVIP is popular among Federal employees. The more than 3.3 million people already enrolled give the program high marks for quality and value. With 10 dental and four vision carriers to choose from, and some plans offering both high and standard options, FEDVIP offers great flexibility when selecting the right coverage for you and your family.
FEDVIP Dental Plans
United Concordia Dental®
FEDVIP Vision Plans
Vision Service Plan (VSP)®
Note: Plan details and rates for the 2019 plan year will be available in October 2018.