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TRICARE URFS UPDATE 2 September 14, 2008

Posted by Service Officer on September 14th, 2008

The URFS can verify his/her DEERS information by contacting their regional TRICARE contractor, the local TRICARE Service Center, or the nearest uniformed services personnel office (ID card facility). They can also update their addresses and personal information via the online Real-Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS). When updating addresses, you should make sure to specify a mailing address and not just a home address. The URFS must visit his/her uniformed services personnel office or nearest RAPID site in person and present the necessary documentation, e.g., a marriage certificate, divorce decree and/or birth certificate, to add or be removed from the database. To update DEERS eligibility information:

• Visit your local uniformed services personnel office or contact the Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office (DSO) at 1-800-538-9552. You can find the nearest uniformed services personnel office at: www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/.

• Go online at www.tricare.osd.mil/DEERSAddress to update your information.

To update your personal information:

• Fax address, phone numbers and email changes to DEERS at 1-831-655-8317.

• Mail the address change to the Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office, ATTN: COA, 400 Gigling Road, Seaside, CA 93955-6771.

• Go online at www.tricare.osd.mil/DEERSAddress to update your information.

The current Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, DD Form 1173, held by the URFS is still valid until it expires. Upon renewal, the URFS will be issued a replacement Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, DD Form 2765 with their own SSN information. The URFS should always keep his/her DEERS information current and up-to-date. For questions regarding medical records, contact the MTF medical records department where your DoD medical records are stored. [Source: The URFS Tricare Fact Sheet Sep 08 ++]

SBP DIC OFFSET UPDATE 11: The Senate, by a vote of 94-2, added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3001) that would totally eliminate the SBP/DIC offset that some 57,000 widows now suffer from. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and the support of numerous veteran and military associations, this is the fourth year in a row the Senate has taken this action. Unfortunately, every previous year this legislation has been removed in conference with the House. Last year, in an attempt to give the widows something, a new benefit for those affected by the SBP/DIC offset was passed. This token payment of $50 per month starts 1 OCT this year and will increase by $10 yearly increments until it reaches $100 per month. [Source: NAUS Weekly Update 12 Sep 08 ++]

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