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Question:
Are families of active duty service member who lost their retirement eligibility because they were court martialed and separated still eligible for TRICARE?

Answer:
Families of active-duty service members who lost their retirement eligibility because they were court-martialed and separated for abuse, and spouses and children of NATO representatives under certain circumstances are eligible for TRICARE.

Question:
Are military retirees authorized Cost of Living Adjustments?

Answer:
Military retirees are authorized Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) and they are based on the effective date of the active duty basic pay rate used to compute their retired pay.

Question:
Are my Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits taxable?

Answer:
Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits paid to the veteran or the family are not taxable.

Question:
Are retirees eligible for Space Available travel on Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights?

Answer:
Military retirees are eligible to use Space Available travel on Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights. However, note that certain passengers have priority over others depending on their "Category" (e.g., active duty personnel on orders have a higher priority than a retiree traveling for leisure).

Question:
Are there any changes I need to be aware of when I reach the age of 65 if I am currently covered under the TRICARE system?

Answer:
Medicare takes over from TRICARE as the primary payer of health benefits for military retirees once they reach the age of 65.

Question:
As a DoD or Department of the Army Civilian, how do I acquire annual leave?

Answer:
Annual leave is provided for general time off and vacation, and is accrued at different rates, depending on the years of service.

Question:
As a military retiree, while I receive a monthly Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)?

Answer:
Military retirees will not receive a monthly Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), but will receive one LES annually.

Question:
As a pregnant Soldier getting ready to separate from the military, am I still eligible to deliver my child in a military treatment facility?

Answer:
Expectant service members who separate from the military prior to delivery may deliver the child in a military treatment facility after separation.

Question:
Can I retain my dental insurance coverage when I retire?

Answer:
Military retirees can enroll in the Enhanced TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP). Enrollment can be done online at Delta Dental of California’s website (http://www.ddpdelta.org); by phone (1 (888) 838-8737) or by sending an enrollment form by mail. Note that you may be required to submit additional information when enrolling to verify your eligibility. Contact your regional TRICARE Contractor office or visit the TRDP website for specifics on eligibility.

Question:
Does my military service count toward my Social Security benefits?

Answer:
Yes. Active Duty, Active Duty for training, and Armed Services Reserves all count toward your Social Security benefits.
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