Web Site for Updates on Coast Guard Appropriations
The Coast Guard is providing current updates on the status of the lapse in appropriations on this site:

New source for Coast Guard Retiree Newsletter
The Commandant's office of Retiree Services Program (CG-13) has assumed responsibility for publishing The Retiree Newsletter.  CG-13 is employing the same distribution lists the Pay & Personnel Center previously used to send out the newsletter so, as long as your mailing address is correct the CGHRMS Direct Access system, you will continue to receive the new editions of the newsletter.  New retirees are automatically added to the distribution mailing list. There's no need to request to be added to the mailing list.  Others may subscribe to the Retiree Newsletter mailing list by signing up at this self-service site.

For current and archived versions of the newsletter, visit the CG-13 Newsletter Archives

CG National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Notice - New Toll Free Phone Number

has a new toll free number: (833)224-6743

The National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Help Desk is available to assist and / or to answer any questions that a retiree or a retiree spouse has regarding benefits (other than those relating to pay), health care issues, assistance in obtaining important forms and/or papers, etc. 

Contact by phone or e-mail:

Questions concerning pay should be directed to the Pay & Personnel Center's Retiree and Annuitant Services (PPC (RAS) Branch 

CG missions eligible for Combat Related Special Compensation
Members receiving VA disability compensation deducted from their retirement pay and not reimbursed by the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program should look into possible eligibility for the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) program, which was recently expanded to include CG hazardous missions, including law enforcement and search and rescue.  Like the CRDP, CRSC restores VA offsets and provides the disability compensation tax free.  See details here:

Campaign to Honor Vietnam Veterans in 2018-2019
The Coast Guard has partnered with the Vietnam War Commemoration Program to observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and to thank and honor 
veterans of the conflict for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam War Commemoration Program was established to recognize all veterans who served 
November 1955 to May 1975, regardless of location. All veterans from that twenty year era are eligible and should be recognized; service in the country 
of Vietnam is not a requirement.
  See details here:

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