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Question:
How do I know if I am eligible for a Veterans Administration (VA) home loan?

Answer:
In general, you are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) home loan veteran benefits if you served on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable after either 90 days or more (any part of which occurred during wartime), or 181 continuous days or more (peacetime). If you are enlisted and your service began after September 7, 1980, or you are an officer and service began after October 16, 1981, you must have completed either: 24 continuous months or more, or the full period for which ordered to active duty, but not less than 90 days (any part during wartime) or 181 continuous days (peacetime). There are several other conditions under which you may be eligible for a VA home loan. Contact your local VA benefits office for more information or visit their Home Loan Guarantee Services page of their website at http://www.homeloans.va.gov/.

Question:
Is there a dental plan for military retirees?

Answer:
The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is a voluntary dental benefits program that first began in February 1998 offering limited basic and preventive dental coverage to Uniformed Services retirees and their family members. The scope of coverage has since been enhanced. Current features of the Delta Dental of California program (Delta Dental of CA is the contractor who manages the TRDP) include a shortened enrollment commitment, a waiting period of only 12 months for the full scope of covered services, and an increase in the annual maximum and lifetime orthodontic maximum amounts to $1,200. The TRDP is a fee-for-service program funded entirely by enrollee-paid premiums. Enrollees in the TRDP may receive dental services from any licensed dentist they choose, but are advised that there are advantages to receiving treatment from a participating network dentist.

Question:
What are some the different retirement plans that are available to an employee?

Answer:
You can invest in a number of different retirement plans such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(K) plans, Thrift Savings Plan (a tax deferred retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees), etc. There are some plans, such as IRAs that you can establish on your own where as others such as 401(K), which is a retirement savings plan that is funded by employee contributions and (often) matching contributions from the employer. Consult your employer's human resource department for more information on what your options are.

Question:
What are the different Medicare Plan options?

Answer:
Medicare is a Federal health insurance program specifically designated for people who are 65 years of age and older, and people with disabilities. There are two basic types of Medicare health plans, the original Medicare Plan and the Medicare + choice plan. The original Medicare plan includes Part A and Part B coverage. Part A is free hospital insurance that helps to cover services such as hospital stays, skilled nursing facility care, some home health care, and hospice care. Medicare Part B is supplementary insurance with a monthly premium that helps pay for physician services, laboratory tests, outpatient hospital services and medical equipment. The Medicare + Choice Plans include: Medicare Managed Care Plan, which is similar to an HMO, and Medicare Private-Fee-for-Service plans. These plans may provide benefits such as coordination of care or reducing out-of-pocket expenses and may offer additional benefits such as prescription drugs. Individuals who choose the Original Medicare Plan often opt to purchase supplemental insurance to cover your out-of-pocket hospital and doctor bills. This supplemental insurance is referred to as a Medigap policy. Medigap policies typically cover the costs for coinsurance and co-payments under the Original Medicare Plan and may also cover the Original Medicare Plan deductibles. They may also cover more of the things that Medicare does not cover such as prescription drugs. More information about Medicare options can be found on Medicare’s website at http://www.medicare.gov.

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements for Drug and Alcohol Dependence Treatment through Veterans' Administration (VA)?

Answer:
Veterans who are eligible for Veterans Association (VA) medical care may apply for substance abuse treatment. Veterans without service-connected disabilities whose incomes exceed the threshold for free medical care may be required to make co-payments for their treatment. Check with your local VA medical facility for more information.

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements for receiving outpatient dental treatment through Veterans' Administration (VA)?

Answer:
Outpatient dental treatment through the Veterans' Administration (VA) relates to statutory eligibility granted to veteran beneficiaries, such as former Prisoners of War (POWs), those with service connected dental conditions related to trauma, etc. There are six classifications of eligible dental outpatients, most of which authorize treatment for service connected compensable dental disabilities or conditions, treatment determined by VA to be currently aggravating a service connected medical condition, treatment for veterans whose service connected disabilities have been rated at 100 percent or who are receiving the 100 percent rate by reason of individual unemployability, and treatment for veterans if the dental condition is clinically determined to be complicating a non-service connected medical condition currently under VA treatment. Other restrictions apply. Consult your VA Medical Facility representative for additional information on dental care.

Question:
What are the requirements for Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA)?

Answer:
In October 1992, Congress enacted the Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) which permitted selected military members to retire early and accrue additional military retirements credits if they gained employment with qualifying public or community service organizations.

Question:
What does membership in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) offer?

Answer:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is an independent, nonprofit organization operated exclusively to benefit members of the uniformed services—active duty, former and retired, National Guard and Reserve—and their families and survivors by playing an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. While most members tend to be retired officers, membership is open to active duty, retired, National Guard, reserve, former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the following uniformed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Auxiliary memberships also are available for surviving spouses of deceased officers. In addition to supporting issues that preserve military personnel matters and entitlements, MOAA membership benefits include access to a wealth of information and resources relevant to military personnel, their families and retired service members, discounts on selected services and products, as well as enjoying the camaraderie of other military members through monthly meetings and periodic conferences.

Question:
What is meant by "Veteran's Preference" when applying for a job?

Answer:
Veteran's Preference is an employment right of veterans applying for specific government positions. It gives veterans certain hiring preferences over other equally qualified applicants.

Question:
What is Separation Pay?

Answer:
In general, a member who is discharged under honorable conditions is entitled to payment of unused accrued leave unless the member continues on active duty under conditions which require accrued leave to be carried forward. This is called ‘separation pay.’ There are other circumstances that warrant separation pay. Consult your unit financial NCO or finance office for additional information.
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