425th Regimental Association

The regimental home of Company F (RANGER) 425th Infantry

425th Regimental Association Newsletter – Summer 2016

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E-Newsletter

Summer 2016

NOTE:  If you are using an Army Knowledge Online email address or an email address from your employer, we recommend that you use a personal email account.  This is so we can stay in contact with you regardless of your employment or military status.

Online Membership and Shopping on the Regimental website

You can renew your membership online through the Membership Center on the Association website.  You can also purchase Regimental clothing, coins, license plates, and decals through the Regimental Quartermaster Store.  We accept payment by PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard.

Upcoming Regimental Events – 2016 – Mark your calendars and hold these dates.  Look for more details in future mailings.

Joint 82nd Airborne Division Association/425th Regimental Association Picnic

Saturday. 30 July 2016 / Family Picnic starts at 1100 hrs

Bruce VFW Post /  28404 E. Jefferson Ave,   St. Clair Shores, MI. (Located between 11 & 12 mile Roads)

As in the past, the 82nd Association will be supplying hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, paper plates, utensils, and beer.  (please put a generous donation in the can to cover these and other costs).  The meal is pot luck and those attending are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. The grill opens around noon.

There will be an Association Membership meeting at 1400 in the VFW Club Room.  This is your best opportunity to participate in the decision making of the Association.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

David Lincicome will be leading the charge for our parking project at the Willow Run Airport.   It will be the weekend of 20-21 August.  As in the past the Association will receive funds for our coffers in accordance to the number of volunteers we have working the parking concession. We have done well  the past several years. The more volunteers we have, the more money we make. You can work both days or just one and get to see the air show for free.  Workers will be provided with lunch and receive their choice of a free 425th Association hat, T-shirt or license plate.   For more details or to volunteer contact David Lincicome at s4@425regiment.org.

425th Regimental Association Reunion Dinner

We plan to hold a Reunion Dinner at the Bruce VFW Post on Saturday, September 24th  The estimated cost will be $35 per person.  This will be a catered buffet dinner with an open bar.  This

is NOT a formal Dining Out, but an informal “Reunion Dinner.”  We hope that this will be an opportunity for both members and their wives to enjoy the camaraderie of Company F.

2nd Annual Regimental Rendezvous

The Second Annual Regimental Rendezvous took place at Camp Grayling on 21-22 May.  Building on our experience from last year, the event was a great success.  We had a total of 35 members and guests, an increase over last year’s attendance.

Camp Grayling threw us a curve on the schedule for the range and we had to move to the range immediately upon arrival.  However, Rangers are used to adapting to the situation and our Range Committee handled it with no problem.  Duane Gardner ran the range in a professional manner and range control was happy to work with us.  Even though we told everyone not to bring rifles larger than .30 caliber, someone thought it would be great fun to bring a machine gun.  Yeah, I know it’s a .30 caliber machine gun, but really!

A special thanks to the volunteers who took on the challenge and delivered a great time for all –

The Association Board is already working on evaluating the event and integrating suggestions into the plans for next year’s Rendezvous.  If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time!

Notify DFAS about any changes in your status

Immediately notify the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) about any changes in your dependents, such as births, deaths, marriage or divorce. Updates to SBP elections must be made within one year of the change to comply with federal law.  Immediately notify DFAS

about any changes to your mailing or email address to ensure you receive Army Echoes and all of your DFAS notifications involving your income tax withholding, Survivor Benefit Plan, Arrears of Pay beneficiary, and your retired or annuitant pay.  The fastest and surest way to update DFAS is to use myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx). You can also call DFAS at (800) 321-1080

The Military Wallet

The Military Wallet is a personal finance website for military members, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to help the military community better manage money and understand the variety of programs and benefits available to them.

This is a great One-Stop Shop for veteran benefits, tax and financial advice, military discounts and more.  Go to www.themilitarywallet.com and click on the Subscribe button on the menu get their e-newsletter.

Free Event Tickets for Military & Veterans at VetTix
Many organizations want to honor military members and veterans by offering them or their family members free event tickets. VetTix is an organization that helps distribute these tickets to qualified servicemembers and veterans.  VetTix is free to join, but you will need to provide proof of military service. Examples of free event tickets include concerts, sporting events, community events, exhibitions, and more. This is a great way to have some summer fun without spending much money!

You can learn more this organization here:

http://themilitarywallet.com/vet-tix-veteran-tickets-foundation/

TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: the right choice for active adults

Do you know that more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more chronic medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or arthritis? Older adults can have multiple health problems and not know whether they need to see a doctor or can administer self-care. Have you considered TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line (NAL)?

If you are suffering from a rash, a sinus infection, or perhaps you just have a common cold; there is help! When you call the NAL, a registered nurse will help you assess if you can handle your health concern with self-care or if you need to see a medical professional.

Since its launch, the NAL has been able to increase patient safety and further ensure a positive patient experience.  Military Health System Patient Centered Medical Home team members can access live NAL information so they are aware of their patients’ situation and can provide follow-up, if needed. The NAL is a great medical assessment tool that provides access to care, especially after hours and when traveling, which is great for retirees on the move. When you don’t know what kind of care you need, the NAL helps you access the right type of care at the right time. The NAL can also help you find a doctor and schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics when available.

The NAL is an option for beneficiaries to get information on their medical problems quickly and at any time. To access the NAL, dial (800) TRICARE (874-2273) and select option 1. Get more information on the TRICARE website.

Veterans Service Records — Replace DD Form 214, awards:

Retired 4/1/1996 or later: Visit http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/

Click on “Army White Pages” at the bottom, then log in.

Next click on “Click Here to Access Your Army Record.”

Retired 3/31/1996 or earlier: Call Human Resources Command at (888) 276-

9472 or visit http://vetrecs.archives.gov National Personnel Records Center

(Military Personnel Records); 1 Archive Drive. St. Louis, MO 63138-1002

Veterans Affairs (VA) Information http://www.va.gov

Burial & Memorial Benefits: http://www.cem.va.gov/ (877) 907-8199

Benefits and Services: (800) 827-1000 (Retired Soldiers overseas should contact the American Embassy/consulate); TDD (800) 829-4833 http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

GI Bill: (888) 442-4551; http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Health Care Benefits: (877) 222-8387; http://www.va.gov/health

Insurance: SGLI/VGLI: (800) 419-1473; All other insurance: (800) 669-8477

Michigan veteran designation for licenses and ID cards

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply.  The word “Veteran” will be printed in red on the front of the card.

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver’s license or state identification card.  Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as their Reserve components.

Contact the Michigan Secretary of State office for more information.