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Suicide Prevention
If any of our shipmates or veterans has a need for assistance for a veteran's established organization dealing with suicide prevention here is an excellent resource:

Increased Social Security Benefits For Vets
You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 - Link

Retiree checklist: What survivors should know   Click here to view printable checklist
Shift Colors periodically provides a checklist for retirees and their surviving family members. This checklist is designed to provide retirees and their loved ones with some help in preparing for the future.

Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange   Click here to view details

Representative of Veterans service organizations
The American Legion 1-800-433-3318
Paralyzed Veterans of American 1-800-424-8200
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 1-800- VFW-1899
Disabled American Veterans 1-877-426- 2838
AMVETS 1-877-726-8387
Vietnam Veterans of America 1-800-882-1316
These organizations, and others, have also been helpful to Vietnam Veterans seeking disability compensation. (These organizations are cited as examples. There are many other excellent Veterans service organizations. VA does not endorse or recommend any specific group over another.)

County Veteran Service Officers also have been of great help to many military Veterans, including Vietnam Veterans, seeking benefits they earned through their service to the Nation.

Keep Tricare Updated
When shifting to Tricare for Life (TFL) to pay for your health care needs, it is important that TFL administrators are informed of any other health care insurance coverage. To enroll in the TFL program, beneficiaries must already be enrolled in Medicare part B. Under TFL reimbursement rules, TFL acts as a second payer to Medicare Part B. Should someone enroll in TFL while covered by both Medicare part B and other health insurance(OHI) such as an employer plan or a private sector insurance program, TFL would act as a third payer after medicare and the OHI. For more information on the TFL or all Tricare programs go to

Commissaries Open to Members of Guard/Reserves While on Active Duty
Members of the National Guard and reserves activated for active duty under 30 days can use commissaries beyond their allotted 24 days a year. To access the commissary, they and their dependents need only show their active duty military ID and a copy of their active duty orders. The Commissary Privilege Card need not be shown or stamped.

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