Veterans’ ID Cards get a new look and better security.
Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care program should be on the lookout for a new ID card. The VA is replac-ing the current version of the card with a more secure version. The card will more closely re-semble a traditional ID card is-sued by major health providers. The card will include a small logo of the beneficiary’s branch of service along with other ser-vice-related information. The VA began sending the cards out on April 1 and estimates that all should have the new cards by late August. The current cards can be used until a new one is received. For more info go to bit.ly/vacards or call 877 222-8387
DOD PLANS TO OVERHAUL TRICARE
The proposed 2015 budget seeks to overhaul the current TRICARE system and create a new consolidated system which would eliminate the three current programs (Prime, Extra and Standard) replacing them with a single system. The simpler sys-tem would provide beneficiaries with “open access to providers and less complexity in their health plan.”
I received the following infor-mation from Brother Vic Vogel about a program being run by Division 7 in Suffolk County. It would be great if all of us in the State did something similar. If you are, let me know and I will be proud to publish it for you.
Brother Tony Scott was asked by Vick Vogel to help start up a program to assist veterans in Suffolk County. They developed a partnership with Suffolk County United Veterans to collect food for a pantry of Homeless Veterans in Suffolk. On a monthly basis, they contact the veteran’s organizations as to their specific needs. Tony passes this information on to the mem-bers. At the end of the month he collects the contributions of food and cash at the Division Hall and delivers it to the veteran’s office.
In addition, contributions from members go beyond food and money. A large freezer, a stove and a microwave oven were do-nated to assist homeless veterans. The members of the Division have responded to the slogan: “If it’s good for the Vet-Do it”
Note: Tony Scott is the father of a West Point Grad and he and his wife, Jane, were officers in the West Point parent’s Club.
If you would like information on starting a similar program; or contributing to this one; please contact Tony Scott at 631-255-6616 or Vic Vogel at 631-513-9721.