Navy League Crab & Pasta Feed - Friday, March 1, 2024

The Alameda / Oakland Councils of the Navy League of the United States host their annual Crab & Pasta Feed fundraiser on Friday March 1st at the Elks Lodge in Alameda.  See this flyer for details and instructions for how to reserve a spot for this great event!  13th Annual Crab & Pasta Feed

The Wall That Heals - coming to Merced, CA, March 28-31, 2024

The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Merced, CA on March 28-31, 2024 at Merced College (3600 M Street, Merced, CA 95348) and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. The Wall That Heals was curated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF); the nonprofit organization that built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C. in 1982. VVMF continues to lead the way in paying tribute to our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service in America and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War and era through programs, ceremonies and education materials.

2024 All-Services Military Retiree Seminar - Saturday, April 27

The next All-Services Military Retiree Seminar is planned for April 27, 2024 on Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California.

New ID Cards

The Department of Defense is updating it's ID cards to meet moderns security requirements, including those issued to retirees.  The capability to issue the new Next Generation Uniform Services ID Card will continue to be introduced at ID card issuing facilities during 2024.  Existing ID cards are valid until expired, so there's no need to make an appointment just to get a new card.

Coast Guard MyCG - Modernizing Organizational Communications

Visit MYCG, an authoritative source for organizational news and resources.

Coast Guard Retiree Newsletter

The CG Retiree Services Program is pleased to partner with the National Coast Guard Museum Association (NCGMA) to preserve the retiree newsletter in print form as the newly published Long Blue Line magazine.  To ensure you continue to receive the magazine, be sure to keep your mailing address up to date by accessing your Direct-Access Self-Service account at:, "View/Change Mailing Address."   Please also click on "Change My Delivery Options" and ensure the block labeled "I elect to receive the Retiree Newsletter by mail" is checked.  If you encounter difficulties and need further assistance, please contact CG PPC, Retiree & Annuitant Services at: 866-772-8724, or by e-mail at:  For current and archived versions of the newsletter, visit the CG-13 Newsletter Archives site.

California Veterans Benefits Summary

Attached below is the California-specific excerpt from a state-by-state breakdown of Veterans benefits.  Another source of California Veterans benefits is the site:

CG National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD)

The CG NRHD has a 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