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Five Things Veterans, Retirees Should Know

From Navy Retired Activities

1. The TRICARE walk-in customer services at TRICARE Service Centers are eliminated as of April 1. For complete information about this change, go to If you have questions, please visit for TRICARE contact information.

2.  Same Sex Marriage Survivor Benefit Plan’s (SBP) open season is effective until  June 26. Any person who is married to a same-sex partner may participate in the SBP in the same manner as any other married person.  This includes the requirement for spousal concurrence for certain elections.  For more details click on the following link:

3.  An up-to-date list of scheduled military Retired Activities Days (RADs) is always available on the Links for MIL\RET\VETS

4. Three new diseases are now attributable to Agent Orange: ischemic heart disease (also known as coronary heart disease); Parkinson’s disease; and B-cell leukemia. If you served in Vietnam between 1962-1975 you may be eligible for compensation. Surviving spouses may be eligible, too. You should file a service disability claim if you/your spouse suffered from any of these diseases.  For more information, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), visit your local Veterans Affairs medical facility, or visit

5. There are new ID cards for veterans enrolled in the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Health Care. VA is introducing a new, secure identification card called the Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC).  As part of a phased rollout which started Feb. 21, VA began issuing the newly designed, more secure VHIC to newly enrolled and other veterans who were not issued a VIC.  In April, VA will begin a replacement effort to automatically mail the more secure VHIC to Veterans who have the old cards.  All veterans who are enrolled and have the old card should have their new replacement card by July. For more information, contact the VA at 1-877-222-VETS (8387), visit your local VA medical facility’s enrollment coordinator, or go to   


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