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.
For more information, go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/Retirement/VRRAD/
POC: Ms. Adriana Bazan
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.
BENEFEDS is the government-authorized and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)-sponsored enrollment portal that eligible participants use to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).
BENEFEDS also manages the billing systems and customer service functions necessary for the collection of FEDVIP and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) premiums and Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) allotments.
2019 Federal Benefits Open Season:
November 11 – midnight (ET) December 9
Most retirees are eligible for dental coverage
Most retirees and active duty family members are eligible for vision coverage, if enrolled in a TRICARE health plan
Active duty uniformed service members are not eligible for dental and vision coverage
Premiums are paid post-tax
Dependent children are covered until age 21 (non-students) or 23 (full-time students)
Visit the Benefeds website to check eligibility and enroll in the program of your choice
DFAS has created a new service that will allow one to maneuver through any DFAS situation one may have - answers to your questions and links to information about your pay and benefits.
Veteran 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.
TRDP | Tricare Retiree Dental Program
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.
Military Retirees: How to Make Tax Season Less Taxing
Tax season requires finding and organizing a lot of paperwork. Here are some tips for making the process easier and less stressful.
Tip 1: Make a checklist of the documents you need
Whether you are doing your taxes yourself, or having someone else prepare them for you, the first step is to gather all of the documentation you need.
Make this process easier by creating a checklist of the documents you will need and checking them off as you receive them. With a checklist, you’ll know what paperwork you have, and what you might need to track down, so you won’t have to do a last-minute hunt for a missing receipt or form.
Tip 2: Put all of your tax documents in one place
Choose a specific place to put all of your documents as you receive them. If you are gathering paper documents, use a folder or box you can easily identify.
One retiree uses a specific plastic folder he orders each year from the office supply store. The folder has multiple pockets to keep receipts and other documents organized, and since he only uses it for taxes, he can tell it apart from other paperwork.
If you are gathering electronic documents, create a folder on your computer specifically for your tax documents.
Tip 3: Hop online, not in line for your military retirement pay tax documents
Military retirees who need retirement pay tax documents have options beyond waiting on a phone call with a busy customer care center.
The fastest and most secure way for a military retiree to obtain a copy of their 1099R is through myPay, the online pay management system of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which allows retirees to download or print a 1099R from the comfort of their home. myPay is available 24/7 from your web browser, and is easy to use. Find out how: go.usa.gov/xEqst
Retirees who only need a 1099R mailed to either their address on file or to a one-time, temporary mailing address can submit their request online at AskDFAS (this option also allows retirees to request a prior year 1099R). The 1099R will be in the mail within ten business days.
Tip #4: Let your fingers do the ordering
Military retirees who do not have internet access, but who have a current mailing address on file with DFAS can get a copy of their 1099R mailed using the telephone self-service option, by calling 800-321-1080, and selecting option “1” for self-serve. The 1099R will be in the mail within ten business days.
Those retirees who prefer postal mail can send DFAS a written request by mail (or fax), but should plan for up to 30 days for processing.
Military retirees with unique situations can speak directly to one of DFAS’ customer care representatives at 800-321-1080 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern). Depending on call volume, you may have to wait on hold while they assist other customers.
Instructions for using any of these options to get tax documents can be found on a special “Taxes” information page for military retirees on the DFAS.mil/retiredmilitary website at: go.usa.gov/xQ34G