This is a new program with the VA. It is called Mission Act. It is replacing the choice program.
If you have not received your welcome kit that provides a broad overview of the services VA can offer you, email the VA at MISSIONActHamton@VA.gov.
Shipmates, please remember that there is a walk- in group designed to assist Veteran’s with a number of issues for which they are trying to cope. It meets at 1300 for one hour. Anxiety, Depression, Social issues, Communication problems, and employment. The Address is 1907 South Military Highway (Suite B) Chesapeake, VA 23320.
DAV driver is 728-3148
VA patient Advocate 757-722-9961
Veterans crisis line 1-800-272-8255 press 1 or text 838255
VA tele-a-nurse 722-9961 opt 3
Other useful numbers:
Tricare.mil Humana East Region
Select & Prime 1-800-444-5445
Tricare for Life 1-866-773-0404
VA Medical Center, Hampton
VA Homeless hotline 877-424-3838
VA Volunteer 757-728-3124
Navy/Marine Relief Society visiting Nurse 703-696-0032
Martin G. Wood
SBP-DIC Offset Phased Elimination News
We will post news here regarding the status of the implementation of the "Phase-Out of Reduction of Survivor Benefit Plan SurvivorAnnuities by Amount of Dependency and Indemnity Compensation," as directed by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Fiscal Year 2020.
Please plan to check this webpage for updates.
We are already at work analyzing the change and making plans for the implementation. We will not be able to answer questions about the full effect of this change in the law until we obtain a legal interpretation of the changes and identify all of the impacts on policy and procedures.
Here are a few key points to keep in mind:
. Based on the NDAA, Spouse SBP annuitants who are subject to the DIC offset will see the First change in the SBP annuity payment they receive on February 202l. You do not need to notify us that your SBP payment is affected by this change in the law
. The most important action SBP annuitants can take at this time is to ensure your annuity account information is up-to-date and includes your correct mailing address so we can contact you if needed. Also, if you're not using myPay set up a profile now (/dam/icr:8ff7ed48-2c85-47e6-a296-bdea4870d5l7lmvPayo/o20Geto/o20Startedo/o20LAo/o20Mayo/o202019.pdf) and add your email address.
. We are unable to provide individual estimates of the upcoming changes in spouse SBP annuity payments due to this change in the law. Please do not call our Customer Care Center to request an individual estimate.
. If you previously received a refund of SBP premiums paid due to the SBP-DIC offset, you will not need to pay back that refund because of this change in the law.
. The "Repeal of Authority for Optional Annuity for Dependent Children" and "Restoration of Eligibility for Previously Eligible Spouses" in the NDAA only affect those spouses and children of service members who died on active duty or inactive duty when the surviving spouse previously elected to transfer the SBP annuity to a child or children. They do not affect previous or future SBP elections by retirees or SBP annuities for retiree's beneficiaries.
Martin G. Wood
Files coming soon.