It can be hard to keep up with changes in benefits, laws, and programs. One of the best ways to remain informed is to read the various retiree newsletters published by each branch of the military and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). This stuff isn’t just for retirees – there is useful information for anyone associated with the military, including currently serving, family members, and veterans. I recommend you read them all, because none are comprehensive and you will likely learn different information from each publication.
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
DFAS publishes a retiree newsletter every quarter, and you can find all the issues and articles at this webpage.
Each Tricare Region produces its own newsletter, published quarterly. You can access the Humana/Tricare East newsletter at this webpage. You can access the HealthNet/Tricare West newsletters at this webpage. You can access the Tricare Overseas newsletter at this webpage.
You should also sign up for email updates from Tricare themselves. While these are not newsletters, per se, Tricare does push out information when there are changes to the Tricare program.
The Coast Guard’s retiree newsletter is called The Retiree Newsletter. The archives can be found by scrolling down the page and looking in the right hand column of this webpage.
The Marine Corps retiree newsletter is called Semper Fidelis. Unless I’m missing something, they haven’t published an issue since mid-2018, but you can find the archives here. You might have to scroll side to side and top to bottom to reach them – it didn’t render well on my computer.
The Navy’s retiree newsletter is called Shift Colors, and you can find it at this webpage. In order to receive it electronically, you need to ensure that your email address is correct in the MyPay system.
Are there other newsletters that you’ve found helpful? Please let me know in the comments or send me an email to Kate at KateHorrell.com, and I’ll add it to this post. There’s a lot to know, and we all need all the help we can find!
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