TRICARE supplement plans for vets
November 27, 2012
TRICARE supplement plans are available for veterans
Dear Sgt. Shaft,
I just learned that is it planned to remove TRICARE prime for retirees that live more
than 40 miles from a military base and put us on TRICARE standard. Since this a 80/20 type
payment, will there be any supplement plans offered to cover the 20
percent that isn’t covered by TRICARE standard.
Via the Internet
TRICARE is the health-care program for
service members, retirees and their families. My Military Officers of
America (MOOA) group tells me that many organizations affiliated with
the military offer TRICARE supplements to defray the cost of the
co-payments. MOAA’s plans are marketed under the MEDIPLUS brand
and can be seen here: http://www.moaainsurance.com.
* A dad’s love for his son is most evident when caring foe a
disabled child. Mark is a father. He’s also a caregiver for his
son. “Each day is a blessing to have my son with me.” His
love for his veteran son is evident every day, and his message to other
family caregivers out there is: “Stay strong.”
VA recognizes the crucial role that family caregivers play in helping veterans
recover from injury and illness in the daily care of veterans in the
community. VA values the sacrifices family caregivers make to help
veterans remain at home. VA has long provided services to support family
caregivers. The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of
2010 has allowed VA to provide additional unprecedented benefits and
services to family caregivers, including enhanced benefits for family
caregivers of seriously injured post 9/11 veterans.
VA has Caregiver Support Coordinators at each VA medical center who
serve as the clinical experts on caregiver issues. They know all about
VA and non-VA support services and benefits available for veterans of
all eras and their family caregivers.
Caregiver Support Coordinators can also assist eligible Post 9/11
veterans and their caregivers in applying for additional services.
VA’s National Caregiver Support Line — 855/260-3274
— is available to respond to inquiries about caregiver services
and is a resource and referral center for caregivers, veterans and
others seeking caregiver information. The Caregiver Support Line has
received more than 55,000 calls and responds to an average of 150 calls
* The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
returned last week from a trip to Europe to meet with Russian officials
regarding their renewed support of America’s POW/MIA mission and
to meet with U.S. troops stationed in Italy to discuss how VFW can
better serve them and their families.
In Moscow, John E. Hamilton met with the leadership of the Committees
for Veterans Affairs and Defense in their State Duma, and the Russian
Federation Council Committee for Security and Defense. He also met with
two of Russia’s largest veterans’ organizations, the War
Veterans Committee and the Combat Brotherhood, and the Russian co-chair
of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, Dr. Yekaterina
Priyezzheva, who in July attended the VFW’s 113th National
Convention in Nevada.
“Our veteran-to-veteran initiative in Russia is vital to
gaining further access to eyewitnesses and documents inside their
central military archives,” said Mr. Hamilton, a triple Purple
Heart recipient for wounds received as a Marine rifleman in Vietnam.
“This is because the VFW can open doors no politician or
bureaucrat can access because our sole agenda is purely humanitarian
with no strings attached,” he said. “The Russians understand
this, having still about 265 of their own missing in Afghanistan. We
want to help determine the fate of possibly thousands of missing
Americans dating back to World War II and return them home to their
families. On POW/MIA and other high-interest issues, I am proud to say
that no one does more for veterans than the VFW.”
Accompanied by VFW Washington Officer Executive Director Robert E.
Wallace, Mr. Hamilton also met with U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael
McFaul, was briefed on political-military issues by U.S. Defense
Attaché Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack and was able to meet with the Marine
Security Guard Detachment and other embassy staff.
In Italy, he received update briefings by U.S. Army Garrison-Vicenza,
U.S. Army Africa and the 173rd Airborne Brigade, as well as installation
tours of the medical clinic and warrior transition unit, along with
lunch with the troops and dinner with local VFW Post 8862. He would also
have validated the military’s top personnel concerns: threats to
their pay and benefits, retirement system and other Quality of Life
programs. Mr. Hamilton promised to continue to champion their issues in
the White House and in Congress.
The VFW national commander also attended the VFW Eastern Conference
meeting in Germany and placed a VFW wreath at the American Cemetery in
Normandy, France, to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the D-Day
This trip followed one he made to the People’s Republic of
China in May to help U.S. researchers gain further access into
China’s military archives. He also met and thanked American
military and civilians assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
in Thailand and Vietnam who do the onsite investigations and recoveries
in Southeast Asia.
The VFW and its auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service,
legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs
nationwide. For more information or to join, visit www.vfw.org.
“Overseas trips are vitally necessary because of VFW’s
international work on the POW/MIA issue, which is unmatched by any other
veterans’ organization,” Mr. Hamilton said.
“It’s also a great opportunity to personally express our
entire organization’s appreciation to our military and civilian
personnel serving around the world and to thank our overseas VFW
comrades for what they do daily to support the troops and their
For more on U.S. full accounting efforts, go to the Defense POW/Missing Personnel
Office website or the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
* Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900,
Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or