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September 2021 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the September 2021 Retiree Newsletter!

How Do Status Notifications Work?

For Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Air Force Reserve Gray Area Retirees, there is a new avenue to stay connected and informed between the time they stop drilling and the time they start receiving retired pay.

Additional Forms Can Now Be Uploaded Online 

As part of our work to modernize Retired & Annuitant Pay and make the processes easier for you, we are building a suite of online tools that allow forms and required documentation to be uploaded through askDFAS on the DFAS.mil website, which is also accessible on a mobile browser.

Check and Update Your Beneficiaries

It is vital for you to notify DFAS of any changes in your beneficiaries or beneficiary information for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or for your Arrears of Pay (AOP).

Get an Early Start to Tax Season

Tax season will be here before you know it.

myPay Now Accepts Authenticator Apps For Two-Factor Authentication Login

myPay is now capable of accepting PINs generated by third-party authenticator apps.

Gray Area Retirees Now Have a New Avenue to Stay Connected: A New Kind of myPay Account

For Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Air Force Reserve Gray Area Retirees, there is a new avenue to stay connected and informed between the time they stop drilling and the time they start receiving retired pay.

Recoupment of Separation Payments

When a member separates from Service they may receive a separation payment. Laws and regulations require that DFAS recoup certain payments from a member’s retired pay. 

Spouse SBP Annuitants and Active Duty/Line of Duty Surviving Spouses: Watch Your Mailbox for Special Mailings Later this Year

This coming January marks the start of the second phase of the SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination, in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which modified the law that requires an offset of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments for surviving spouses who are also entitled to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

News from Our Partners: Extension of USID Card Expirations Policy Guidance for USID Cards with Expiration Dates Between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021

 In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on identification (ID) card site operations, effective June 2, 2021, the DoD extended temporary Uniformed Services ID (USID) card expiration policy guidance for USID cards with expiration dates between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021.

News from Our Partners: Army Colonel Extends His Commitment to Public Service after Retiring

When Colonel Colin Huckins retired from active duty in the US Army at Fort Sumter, he walked away from many things in his military career.  However, he did not walk away from the charities he supported through the CFC.  

News from Our Partners: TRICARE Asks Have You Updated DEERS Lately?

When TRICARE tried to reach a group of retirees with critical information recently, more than 6 out of 10 had incorrect information in DEERS. Is your information correct?

News from Our Partners: Air Force Assistance Fund Charities

The four official charities of the Department of the Air Force care for Airmen and Guardians across the Air Force family spectrum…active, guard, reserve, retired, and surviving spouses of retirees.  All have been impacted by the coronavirus health crisis.  If you are, or know of a fellow Airman, Guardian, or a family member in need, you can rely on the assistance given by the four official charities of the Department of the Air Force.  

News from Our Partners: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - There When You Need Us

Donors like you make it possible for NMCRS to be there when there is a crisis. To learn more about how the Society is providing disaster assistance, as well as read some stories about clients, volunteers and donors please visit https://www.nmcrs.org/pages/legacy-newsletters

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June 2021 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the June 2021 Retiree Newsletter!

Status Notifications Roll Out in 2021

Over the coming year, DFAS is rolling out the use of status notifications to keep you in the loop as forms or documents they submit move through the retired and annuity pay processing cycles.

Your Retired Pay Account Needs a Regular Checkup

Use this handy checklist to do a retired pay checkup at least once a year.

How to Make the Payment of Your Final Paycheck Easier for Your Loved Ones

After you pass away, a one-time payment of your final paycheck is made to a beneficiary. This is called your Arrears of Pay (AOP).

Tip: Changing Bank Accounts for Your Pay? Start Early

If you need to change the bank account for your direct deposit, or change an allotment, make sure you allow a window of time for the change to be processed.

What SBP Annuitants Need to Know - How to Verify Eligibility to Keep Payments Coming

Survivor Benefit Plan annuitants need to verify their continued eligibility regularly to receive SBP annuity payments. See this article for an outline of the requirements.

News from Our Partners: Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

If you served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations, you may be eligible for the registry.

News from Our Partners: CFC Giving Can Continue into Retirement

Once a campaign exclusively for Federal employees, civilian and military retirees can now continue their giving through CFC.

News from Our Partners: Air Force Retirees Again Bolster Air Force Assistance Fund

The men and women serving in the four official and affiliate charities of the Air Force thank you, our Air Force Retiree family, for your generous support during the 2021 AFAF Campaign.

News from our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home Offers Safe and Secure Residency Opportunities for Independent Living Veterans!

If you are considering a move to a safe and secure senior community that caters to independent living veterans, the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) may be for you!

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March 2021 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the March 2021 Retiree Newsletter!

Tax Season Update

Convenient options and tips if you still need a tax document

New, Helpful Status Notifications Start this Year

We are excited to announce one of our latest improvements that will soon be available to you. 

myPay Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory April 2021

In late April, two-factor authentication will become mandatory for all myPay users.

Educate Your Beneficiaries Before Your Final Paycheck – AOP and SBP

There are two ways you can make preparations to leave money behind from your military retirement for your loved ones

How to Identify the Status of Spouse/Former Spouse SBP Coverage on your Retiree Account Statement

If you have divorced since retiring, please carefully check your Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) participation status.

Changes Coming to Mailed Retiree Account Statements

For those retirees who still have a Retiree Account Statements (RAS) mailed to them, there will soon be some changes

Retirees: You Can Now Upload Your SBP Election Change Form Online

We added a convenient, online upload tool for retirees for the DD2656-6 (Survivor Benefit Plan Election Change Certificate)

School Cert Season Approaching – Steps to Take for Your Children, Including High School Grads 18 and Over

Child annuitants between the ages of 18-22, attending school on a full-time basis, may soon start receiving their annual school certification packets.  

News from our Partners: From the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force

"As we embark on our 48th year of the Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign, we again turn to our retired Air Force family!"

News from Our Partners: AER’s 2021 Annual Campaign Kicks Off

"As the Army kicks off its 79th Annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign on military installations around the world, we’re taking a look back at the enhancements AER implemented over the last year."

News from Our Partners: TRICARE 

Update on Select Enrollment Fees for Group A Retirees 
When You Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

News from our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home Now Welcoming Retired Enlisted Reserve and National Guard Members - Apply for Residency in 2021!

AFRH welcomes applications for new residency from Retired Enlisted Reserve and National Guard Members

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December 2020 Retiree Newsletter

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Director’s Message

Welcome to the December 2019 Retiree Newsletter!

Tax Season is Here Again

Check out our easy options for getting your tax documents.

What Retirees Should Expect in the Year-End Mail from DFAS

For retirees who still request postal mail from us, here is what you'll receive in your year-end mail.

2021 Cost of Living Adjustment and Pay Schedule

There is a 1.3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities, and the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA), effective Dec. 1, 2020. 

CRDP/CRSC Open Season

The 2021 CRDP/CRSC Open Season is January 1-31, 2021. Check out our new, helpful FAQs.

Convenient Options for Getting Pay Information and Making Pay Account Updates

Instead of waiting on hold to talk to a customer service representative, you can use these convenient self-service options for getting your retired or annuity pay information, and for making updates to your pay account.

Additional Option for Managing Allotments

You have the option of transferring your discretionary allotment to your personal financial institution

The Phased Elimination of the SBP-DIC Offset Begins in January of 2021

Read all about the upcoming changes to the SBP-DIC Offset

News from Our Partners: Air Force Assistance Fund Charities Thank USAF Retirees

Air Force Assistance Fund Charities thank you, the Air Force Retiree family, for your generous support.

News from Our Partners: Army Emergency Relief Support

Army Emergency Relief’s mission is to support Retired Soldiers and their Families, as well as your Active Duty brothers and sisters. 

News from Our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home Accepting Applications for Residency in 2021!

AFRH welcomes applications for new residency

News from Our Partners: TRICARE Select Group A Retiree Enrollment Fee Payments Due Now

Now is the time to set up payment for your TRICARE Select Group A Enrollment Fees

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September 2020 Retiree Newsletter

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Director's Message

Thank you for taking the time to read our September 2020 newsletter!  

Check and Update Your Beneficiaries

It is vital for you to notify DFAS of any changes in your beneficiaries or beneficiary information for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) or for your Arrears of Pay (AOP).

What Retirees Need to Know about the New IRS 2020 W-4

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 brought many changes, some of them quite recently.

Electronic RAS for New Retirees

As of July of 2020, all new retirees will automatically receive their Retiree Account Statements (RAS) via electronic delivery in myPay.

myPay Announces Two-Factor Authentication Coming Soon

Two-factor authentication is coming to myPay bringing an additional layer of protection in safeguarding pay account information for military retirees and annuitants.

Making School Certifications Easier with the New DD 2788 Form Wizard

We have a new tool for you: the School Certification (DD 2788) PDF Form Wizard!

Who to Contact for Pay or Benefit Questions

Have you ever wondered if you are contacting the correct agency? Read this to find out who to call about your question.

News from Our Partners: Navy Retired Activities Office (RAO) Programs

The Navy Retired Activities Office (RAO) provides support service to all military retirees (regular and reserve) from all branches of military service, their spouses, families, annuitants, authorized or designated beneficiaries, representatives or guardians worldwide.

News from Our Partners: Air Force Assistance Fund Charities Thank USAF Retirees

Air Force Assistance Fund Charities thank you, the Air Force Retiree family, for your generous support during the 2020 AFAF Campaign. 

News from Our Partners: Armed Forces Retirement Home Accepting Applications for Residency!

The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) - with locations in Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Miss. – continues to welcome new residents.

News from Our Partners: TRICARE Open Season and Changes Coming Soon for Some TRICARE Select Retired Beneficiaries

The 2020 TRICARE Open Season begins November 9 and ends December 14, 2020. New Monthly TRICARE Select Enrollment Fee for Group A Retired TRICARE Select Beneficiaries.

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