Coast Guard Island ID Card Office Hours during August 2017

Due to maintenance, events, and computer upgrades, the CG Island ID Card Office will have the following limited hours for the month of August:

Friday, August 4th - walk-in only for CAC's from 0700-0930 and closed remainder of the day.

Tuesday, August 15th, and Wednesday, August 16th - Closed.  

Thursday, August 24th - Closed.

All other days in August will following the normal schedule:

M, T, W, F : CAC ONLY walk ins from: 0700-0840 and appointments only from: 0900-1400

Th: CAC walk-ins ONLY from: 0700-0940

During closures, please utilize the nearest ID card offices for assistance:

CG National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Notice - Phone number change

The toll free number (866-664-6245, ext 55381) for the CG NRHD was unexpectedly discontinued in mid-June 2017.  The CG NRHD, however, remains operational and can be reached by phone at 1-202-475-5381 or Email at  As discussed in COMDTINST 1800.5H (, the CG NRHD is an integral function of the CG Retiree Services Program, and efforts are underway to re-establish the toll free number.  In the interim, most calls to the CG NRHD are made using cell phones and most callers will not incur long-distance charges when calling 1-202-475-5381. Finally, if anyone experiences difficulty in contacting the CG NRHD, or has concerns about long-distance charges, they may contact Bob Hinds, CG Retiree Services Program Manager, by phone (work) 202-475-5451, (cell) 410-627-3039 or e-mail at

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Makes Your Mouth and Your Wallet Smile

July is a good time for a reminder of why having comprehensive dental coverage under the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) makes good financial sense.

When seeing a participating TRDP network dentist — who has agreed to accept reduced fees and will file all claims paperwork — TRDP enrollees get two routine exams, a set of x-rays and two cleanings (or three for diagnosed diabetics) at 100% of the program’s allowed amount with no out-of-pocket expenses. In most cases, TRDP enrollees will save more money on just these routine services than they would pay in annual premiums—and will have more of their $1,300 annual maximum left to pay for other services offered by the TRDP, such as root canals, oral surgery, crowns, bridges and dental implants. In addition to the annual maximum, each TRDP enrollee also gets a separate $1,200 dental accident maximum and a lifetime orthodontic maximum of $1,750.For more information on saving money and maintaining and improving your dental health with the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program, please visit today. You can also email Diana Laux your Western Region Delta Dental Federal Programs Representative at

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to all military retirees (including “gray area” retirees under age 60) and their eligible family members, unremarried surviving spouses and their eligible children, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible immediate family members.  The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective; after 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants.  (New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services; supporting documentation is required)

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:

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