Retired Soldiers and Veterans

Retired Soldiers and Veterans

AUSA Led the Way – Past Successes

  • Prevention of new co-pays and fees for under 65 TRICARE beneficiaries \
  • Elimination of the SBP – Social Security offset
  • Approval of concurrent receipt
  • Waiver of the Medicare Part B penalties for military Retired Soldiers(part of the Medicare legislation)
  • TRICARE for Life for over 65 Retired Soldiers and the Pharmacy Benefit for all beneficiaries
  • Reduction of the Catastrophic cap from $7500 to $3000
  • Elimination of financial penalties for federally employed Retired Soldiers
  • Full funding of TRICARE/Pharmacy Programs for all beneficiaries


New myPay accounts for Gray Area Retirees

Gray Area Retirees are service members who served in the Guard or Reserve, qualified for retired pay, have retired from their service (stopped drilling), but are not yet at the age where they can start receiving retired pay.

In the new basic myPay account, Gray Area Retirees can confirm or update their email and mailing addresses to stay informed about news related to their upcoming retired pay. Additionally, when they have a current email address in their account and DFAS receives their completed retired pay application from their Service, DFAS will email them notifications about the status of their application.

Here is a link for more information:  


TRICARE and FEDVIP Open Season runs from Nov. 8 to Dec. 13.

  1. Any military retiree who wants to change their TRICARE plan but hasn’t experienced a qualifying life event.
  2. Any military retiree who wants to change the insurance company they have for federal employees dental or vision insurance but hasn’t experienced a qualifying life event.

The bottom line is you can't change your TRICARE or FEDVIP vision or dental plan unless you have a qualifying life event (retire, get married, have a child, etc. -- there are many) OR you do it during open season.

If this is you, you may have some homework to do first! There are 12 dental plans and 5 vision plans. Which one is right for you?

You may also decide to move between TRICARE Select and Prime.

NOW is the time to do your homework.

Review the FEDVIP options at

Review your TRICARE options at

Enrollment changes you make will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

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