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USNAviator
04-23-10, 07:59 PM
Marines;

Wanted to post a link to Tricare retired cost and benefits. I know there are a few out there who are considering leaving the Corps but please consider what the benefit package is like for serving 20 years. It's nice every month when the Eagle sh$ts and the check is in the mailbox. If you can do your 20 then please stay in, you won't regret it.


https://www.hnfs.net/common/benefits/TRICARE+Costs+for+Retirees.htm

Dan

Sgt Leprechaun
04-27-10, 11:21 PM
Thanks sir. That's the WHOLE reason I stayed for '20', finishing out with the Air Guard. I retire in August after '20'. Can't get a thing til I turn 60, but at least I know my wife and I are covered.

USNAviator
04-27-10, 11:41 PM
Sgt Lep

It's nice to have that cushion to fall back on if you need it. Will you and the misses get full Tricare? I can send you a link to that as well. My wife passed two years ago, age 49, we were paying $460/year full coverage. TriCare stepped in and provided for Visiting Nurses and at the end, Hospice care. They were wonderful!!

Now, I'm paying $230/year. Where on this planet can you get full medical for less than $20/month? Goes to show that if the Fed wanted to provide coverage to the population, it could!!

Been trying to convince some of the youngsters aboard to try and stay in. Hell, when they retire after twenty enlisted, most will be between 38-40. Plenty of time to start a new career and perhaps later a third. But to be honest with myself, if I were a hard charging, gung-ho type , I would not have listened to the advice of a beached Commander, lol. Ah to be young and stupid, again!!!!!

Good luck to you and your bride Sgt. Lep

Dan

Sgt Leprechaun
04-27-10, 11:48 PM
Thanks sir. Yep, full Tricare. No sense in cheaping out. You have my condolences on your wife's passing.

And I agree....had I had more sense, I'd now be REALLY retired, instead of working a midnight shift.....but noooooooo. Ah well..

PGN63
07-15-10, 02:49 PM
The Tricare benefit is what made the 21 years worth every second of it. the whole family is covered for $460 a year which gives you leverage options when you retire and look for a job.

My 8 year old son was diagnosed with leukemia in Sept 07, he'll finish treatment this November. He is being treated at Walter Reed, everything but his chow has been covered.

DrZ
07-15-10, 02:56 PM
Let us know for whom and such and I am sure many of us will go donate whole blood or platelets in your son's name.

I personally go every two weeks to let the leeches bleed me and would be nice to have someone specific building an account if ever needed.

As far as medical insurance.... in the civilian world.... I am paying (medical and dental) $250 per MONTH. I have some pretty good insurance but certainly not as good as $216 a year.

USNAviator
07-15-10, 03:14 PM
PGN63

Dr Z is correct. It would be a big help if you'd fill in your profile. Thanks

Sorry to hear about your son but as you mentioned TriCare was worth everyday we all served

Respectfully

Dan

USNAviator
07-15-10, 03:16 PM
Let us know for whom and such and I am sure many of us will go donate whole blood or platelets in your son's name. .


Great idea Larry :thumbup:

PGN63
07-15-10, 04:05 PM
All;

Tomas is doing fine, he hasn't had a blood tranfusion, platelets, or IVIG in a while. He should come off treatment in November, it's a 3 yr, 2 month treatment for boys.

Donating to the military blood supply is the best thing to do.

Since we have been on this journey, the most important thing fiscally that I have learned is that Tricare and close proximity to Walter Reed has saved my son's life.

Dan, I filled in my profile as per recommendation.

yanacek
07-15-10, 04:21 PM
The Tricare benefit is what made the 21 years worth every second of it. the whole family is covered for $460 a year which gives you leverage options when you retire and look for a job.

Yeah, that is a good deal until they take it away. I'm telling you this because they did it to me as a retiree. A few years ago they were trying to figure out a way to save money. What they (the Sec of Defense) did was to delete a number of "Tricare Prime" areas across the United States. When they did this to me I lost prime coverage and must now use standard (which, as I'm sure you know is much more expensive). Just a word of warning that anyone can lose this benefit and there isn't a d@mn thing you can do about it.

DrZ
07-15-10, 04:28 PM
Paul,

Glad to hear you son has not needed any transfusions for a while. Thankfully childhood leukemia has a high cure rate.... not that it doesn't cause much parental concern. I have been donating platelets to the military blood supply for years. We have quite a few here pumping out platelets and whole blood for our warriors.

Guess we need to consider starting a thread on here getting people to sign up and see just how much of the good stuff we can store away for our men and women in service.

Just because some of us are no longer serving....does not mean we cannot be of service.

Give the gift of life!

PGN63
07-15-10, 04:44 PM
DrZ,

BZ to how you are still supporting the military.

Yanacek,

I'm tracking brother, we are extremely luck because of our location. We fall under the Washington DC MTF. The rest of the family gets treated at Fort Belvior. Around retirement time, we had two more children (Tomas & Anna) that locked us into Belvoir.

Quinbo
07-15-10, 05:07 PM
My wife retires very soon. Is there some kind of map that shows where tri-care prime is or is not available? Our plans right now are northern NC.

AAV Crewchief
07-15-10, 05:14 PM
Thanks sir. That's the WHOLE reason I stayed for '20', finishing out with the Air Guard. I retire in August after '20'. Can't get a thing til I turn 60, but at least I know my wife and I are covered.


Yep, I've got less than two years to go to make 20. I reup next April and will do a sixer as that will get me through what is left of my child support and put me at about 25. If I still like it after that, I can do about four more before I hit HYT. They may have to DRAG my ass off of Duke Field when the time comes. One of my deployments in 2008 takes off 4 months of my time so I can start getting my retirement at 59 and 3/4 (thanks Congress) and if I get to go on another real soon it'll be 59 1/2 for retirement.

USNAviator
07-15-10, 06:28 PM
My wife retires very soon. Is there some kind of map that shows where tri-care prime is or is not available? Our plans right now are northern NC.

Bob

Try this

http://www.*************/benefits/tricare/understanding-your-tricare-benefits

There are also links to other TriCare sights on the page. BTW wanted to thank you for the B&B info in Bayeux. Great place, that's where I am now. They put me in the Gite, nice room, great hosts and great breakfasts!!!!

OK just saw they x out military dot com. Just insert that into the address above. Obviously without the word dot

Thanks again Bob

Dan

USNAviator
07-15-10, 06:32 PM
All;

Tomas is doing fine, he hasn't had a blood tranfusion, platelets, or IVIG in a while. He should come off treatment in November, it's a 3 yr, 2 month treatment for boys.

Donating to the military blood supply is the best thing to do.

Dan, I filled in my profile as per recommendation.

Paul

Glad your son is doing well. Here's hoping for a free and clear life!!

Thanks for filling in your profile :thumbup:

yanacek
07-15-10, 09:28 PM
My wife retires very soon. Is there some kind of map that shows where tri-care prime is or is not available? Our plans right now are northern NC.

You better be careful. The area I moved to is in northeastern NC. When I retired it was a prime area. Then about 4 years later, they changed it. When I called the lying sacks of $hit tried to tell me my area was never a prime area--until I produced my Tricare Prime card. This area is controlled by the USCG. They're totally useless in dealing with any issue. Tricare's recommendation was that I simply quit my job, sell my house, pull my kids from school and their friends and move to another part of the country.

Sgt Leprechaun
07-15-10, 10:42 PM
AAV, I was basically at "Terminal rank" in my MOS and didn't want to re-class and go through yet another school, then get to 7 level to get a chance for promotion. Luckily, I have 15 years prior service AD time and the rest was reserves, so my 'points' are substantial. It was basically time for me to 'pull the plug'. But I enjoyed the heck out of every minute of my 20 years believe me.

MSgt, I didn't know that about T/C prime...that sux.

And I would gladly donate blood/platlets for a member of 'our' extended family here if needed. I'm already in the Blood marrow registry.

Old Marine
07-15-10, 11:03 PM
PGN63: Sorry to hear about you son. I had a daughter who had Luekemia back in 1971-1973. I came to the point where the docs asked us to sign for expermental drugs and we did. The docs said that it may not help her, but may help some other child down the road. I like to think that today it is helping some child somewhere with Luekemia.

I retired 37 years ago and the wife and I are both on Prime for Life. We have a lot of medical problems and since being put on Prime for Life have never had to pay a red cent for tests or doctor visits. What Medicare does not pick up, Prime for Life does.

Anyone who completes 10 years of active service is a fool to give it up. Its all downhill from there. You can take that to the bank.

PGN63
07-16-10, 09:43 AM
I like to think that today it is helping some child somewhere with Luekemia.


Yes, the sacrifice that you and your family did back then has helped children live through this journey. All of that intel is fed into the Children's Oncological Group and what you did back then has helped Tomas.

I owe you big time.

The local God Squad Newspaper did an article on Tomas this week, here's a face of a child that you helped save:

http://www.catholicherald.com/local_news/detail.html?sub_id=13394&sms_ss=facebook

Old Marine
07-16-10, 11:21 AM
Paul:

Our daughter also also had lymphoblastic luekemia. This is a terrible thing for you and your family to have to go through. Our prayers are with your family. When our daughter got this, there were 19 children being treated at Naval Hospital, San Diego. When our daughter went to heaven two years later there were just two still being treated there. We spent many nights sleeping in the room at the hospital. Many spinal taps and all the luekemia medicines they had at the time. Adult luekemia is one thing, but children should not have to go through all the pain that is associated with this.

Again, our prayers are with you and your family.