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At a recent Senate Armed Services Committee – Personnel Subcommittee hearing, I delivered the following testimony in conjunction with our TMC (The Military Coalition) partners. Because of only three minutes to deliver oral remarks, I focused on needed improvements in (1) early retirement, (2) health care benefits for Guard and Reserve members, and (3) the Montgomery GI Bill for Reserve members. This testimony can be seen on our
The Department of Defense and the military services have stated that the level of Reserve Component contributions to the total force will continue at the same pace for many years. Currently, over 677,000 Guard and Reserve members have been mobilized for GWOT and contingency operations.
Benefits will come only if you have the knowledge of such benefits, the proper documentation, and an advocate who will stand up for you.
TRICARE and TRICARE for Life (TFL) are distinct Department of Defense (DOD) health care programs. As a Reserve military retiree, you will be covered by both but at different stages (ages) in your retirement. In simple terms, TRICARE will become your primary health care payer normally at age 60. TFL will become the second payer, behind Medicare, normally upon enrollment at age 65. This article highlight and centralize key information that is not commonly found in general literature.
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