Coast Guard Exchange Scholarship Program accepting applications through Mar 31, 2018

The Coast Guard Exchange System’s Scholarship Program is soliciting applications for two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded to Coast Guard dependent high school seniors planning to attend undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Scholarships will be awarded to the most outstanding applicants based upon academic achievement, accomplishments, interests, participation, and demonstrated leadership in and both school-oriented and community/volunteer activities.

ALCGPSC 028/18 for submission requirements, and COMDTINST 1780.1 for details on the program and eligibility requirements.

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program to end Dec 31, 2018 and be replaced by FEDVIP

The Department of Defense's TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) will end on December 31, 2018 and, beginning January 1, 2019, coverage will be offered through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Those currently receiving dental coverage under TRDP should start planning to arrange for new coverage.  See the BENEFEDS web site for more details.

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:

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