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TRICARE Provides Options for National Guard and Reserve Members and their Families
Though they don’t always wear the uniform, or live on military installations, National Guard and Reserve members and their families are part of the military community, and as such, should have benefits available to them. TRICARE provides health care options for National Guard and Reserve components, with coverage depending on uniformed service status: not activated, activated, deactivated, or retired. While activated for a period of 30 or more consecutive, Guard and Reserve members are covered as active duty service members. But active duty families are not the only ones eligible to receive health care benefits. Once registered in DEERS, service members and their families become eligible to receive medical and dental care in plans specific to their service status. Look over this fact sheet for the full guidelines and eligibility, along with detailed tables of several different benefit plans. 
Where can I get copies of my personnel records?


Former/retired Army Civilian employees:

Contact the National Personnel Records Center at:
Civilian Records Facility
111 Winnebago Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63118-4199

Active duty retirees should contact:

Military Records Facility
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100

Phone: (800) 318-5298

At minimum, please include the service member's complete name, Social Security number and/or serial number, and the requester's return address. Website is: Resource Service Center

How do I correct errors in my military records?

In order to get your military service records upgraded/changes, you must contact your respective service Board for Correction of Military Records. Contact information for each board is listed below:

Army Board of Correction
Crystal Mall 4, Room 220
Arlington, VA 22202-4508

Phone: 703-607-1611

Is the National Archives and Records Administration destroying military personnel files?

They are not being destroyed. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserves and protects the files because they are permanently valuable records that document the essential evidence of military service for veterans. However, there is a rumor circulating on the Internet that advises veterans to apply for their Official Military Personnel Files to save them from destruction. There is no truth to this "urban legend" being perpetuated on the Web.

Exchange "Lithium Ship to Store"

In response to a May, 2012 U.S. Postal Service ban on international shipments of electronics with lithium batteries, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service now has a way for overseas shoppers to get those must-have gadgets, gizmo and devices just in time for the holidays. Exchange shoppers simply go to and select one of approximately 80 products with a “Lithium Ship to Store” logo. Once items are selected, the shopper chooses the country and Exchange where they would like the item to be delivered. Customer service associates at the overseas location will contact the shopper via email when the order arrives. Orders may be picked up during regular store hours at the Customer Service desk with a valid ID and a copy of the email/order number confirmation.

United Gives Break To Pet Owners On PCS Moves

United Airlines is making an exception for military families who ship their pets on that airline when making permanent change-of-station (PCS) moves and developed a special process for military families. Under this new policy, military travelers on PCS orders will be able to ship their pets under United’s “PetSafe” program without having to pay an additional fee to a third-party freight forwarder which typically could add an estimated $1,500 to $4,000 per pet to a traveler’s costs. Military families should contact a United PetSafe desk for details on the special process. To read further about this new pet program, please see:






New Reserve Component Dental Plan

National Guard and Reserve members separating from active duty after an activation of greater than 30 days in support of a contingency operation may now receive the same dental care benefits as active duty Servicemembers. The TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) now provides coverage to these members in the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP). For more details about the dental plan change, please click:


New Army Resilience App


The new Resilience App features many resources to help Soldiers, Army civilians and family members optimize performance, build strong minds and bodies, and develop better coping mechanisms for traumatic events. The tool emphasizes setting and reaching personal goals within Comprehensive Soldier Fitness. Videos, web links and practical exercises are included in the training and education package. The Resilience App is available for download at the App Store and iTunes. An Android version is expected out sometime in early July. For more about this app or all of the military fitness information you need, from news to workouts, please click


Military Opens Family Facility at Dover Air Force Base

The military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, where U.S. war casualties from overseas are brought home, will open a new facility to serve families who travel there to witness the return of their loved ones' remains. The Center for Families of the Fallen will be staffed by counselors and support specialists who will assist families awaiting the return of their loved ones to the nation's largest military mortuary. Families also will be able to meet with casualty assistance officers who are assigned to them. Officials said the new center will be more convenient both for families and mortuary officials than the space now shared by the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover with the base's active duty and reserve wings. To read the complete article, please go to:

Organization Helps Military Widows

With an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter, the American Widow Project (AWP) a non-profit organization is dedicated to military widows, has produced a 75-minute documentary film that gives a candid look into the stories, struggles and perseverance of six military widows. The film is distributed free-of-charge to all military widows and widowers as a key to the healing process. For more information, please visit: or call 1-800-AWP-Widow.

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