IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION REGARDING SCAM WEBSITE TARGETING SOLDIERS
QUANTICO, Virginia, February 7, 2014 - The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command wants to clarify a press release that was issued Thursday, February 6, 2014, to help avoid any possible confusion regarding a false website and the official U.S. Army benefits website for former and current service members.
In yesterday's announcement, CID accurately released that a website claiming to be an official U.S. Army benefits website, using the web address www.usmilitarybenifit.org, is NOT an official U.S. Army website and it is not affiliated, nor endorsed in any way by the U.S. Army.
The official "MyArmyBenefits" website can be found at http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil. This is the authorized U.S. Army benefits website and serves as the go-to source for all benefits and services available and continues to successfully assist Soldiers and their families. Soldiers and former service members are required to use either their CAC or AKO login information to access the official website. As a reminder, the official site ends with ".mil."
MyArmyBenefits is the Official Army Benefits Website
Finding Your Benefits is as Easy as 1 - 2 - 3!
- Browse Over 150 Fact Sheets for Benefit Eligibility and Highlights
- Calculate Estimates of Your Survivor and Survivor Education Benefits
- Forecast Your Retirement Benefits
Special information is provided for severely injured Soldiers and their families in the Wounded Warrior section of the site and for surviving family members of fallen Soldiers in the Survivor Benefits section. If you have questions or comments please contact us.
Veterans and the Affordable Care Act
Veterans enrolled in VA health care do not need to take additional steps
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the Health Care Law (Obamacare), requires enrollment in health insurance no later than January 1, 2014. Veterans currently enrolled in VA health care do not need to take any additional steps to meet the Health Care Law coverage standards. The health care law does not change VA health benefits or Veterans' out-of-pocket costs. If you are not enrolled in VA health care, Veterans can apply at any time, prior to the January 1, 2014 deadline, without penalty. For more information, please visit the VA's site here.
MyArmyBenefits "The Movie 2"
MyArmyBenefits has gone Hollywood!
Well, actually to be more accurate we've joined the YouTube generation with MyArmyBenefits "The Movie 2".You can now find 6 short video clips on our Multimedia page that demonstrate why knowing about their benefits empowers Soldiers and their Families in making life decisions.
MyArmyBenefits "The Movie 2" features near-award winning performances by Soldier-actors from the Active army, Guard and Reserve components, and from neighborhoods not so different from yours, who dramatize real-life scenarios designed to make you think and to get started planning for the future.
The 6 scenarios cover subjects that range from sole parent and family survivor benefits, retirement calculation, re-enlistment consideration, financial planning to a disability ratings estimator that calculates military and VA disability ratings. Reservists will also be interested to see recent MyArmyBenefits enhancements that focus specifically on ARNG/USAR issues, specifically: points based retirement projections with consideration of mandatory removal dates, time in grade limitations and reduced pay eligibility dates; and survivor benefits planning regardless of duty status at time of death: active duty, inactive duty for training, with or without a 20 year letter or just out mowing the lawn.
Check it out. Admission is free.
Hero2Hired (H2H) assists Soldiers and their Family members with job placement. It is sponsored by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for Reserve Components, but is open to all job seekers with a military affiliation. It contains everything a job seeker needs to find a job, including job listings, career exploration tools, education and training resources, advice, and networking opportunities. Additionally, H2H gives military-friendly companies access to service members and allows them to post job openings, search for candidates and invite them to apply, and participate in hiring events – all free to them as well.
Army Echoes Goes Electronic
Army Echoes has served retirees for decades.
Now get your retirement news at the click of a mouse and receive additional retirement related bonus information by signing up for the online version of the Army's Bulletin for Retired Soldiers and Families -- Army Echoes at https://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/e-echoes/e-form.asp?checked=true
Click here to view the May - August Army e-Echoes.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers Soldiers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The VA and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012 and to 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI bill. VA will begin accepting applications online here.
TRICARE Young Adult Program Offers Coverage for Young Adults Under 26
TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) is now open for enrollment with coverage beginning May 1, 2011. Soldiers' dependents under age 26, unmarried, and not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage may be qualified to purchase TYA, which offers TRICARE Standard coverage for monthly premiums of $152.
Local Moves and Rental Foreclosure
Soldiers and their Family Members are now authorized a local move through the Army when foreclosure action is taken against the owner/landlord of rental property in which they are residing. Read the ALARACT for more information on foreclosures and landlord/tenant issues. Also contact your local housing office for more information.
Military Spouse's Career Advancement Account
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program was piloted at 17 military installations and has now been expanded worldwide. Spouses can get up to $4,000 to further their education and training. See the recent news release here.
The following resources are available for reference and assistance:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Impact of Benefits in Event of Suicide:
Please note that in the event of a Soldier's death is determined to be self-inflicted, surviving Family member benefits may be subject to modification IAW Army Regulation 600-8-4. For more information contact your local benefits counselor, or call My Army Benefits at 1-888-721-2769 (1-888-721-Army).
Need Help with Army Benefits?
MyArmyBenefits provides answers to questions about your benefits. Contact a Benefits Specialist for further assistance.
Benefit Issues and Updates
TRICARE Requires Electronic Payments
To avoid losing coverage, beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) or TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) who pay monthly premiums by check need to switch to an electronic form of payment before 1 January 2013. Beginning 1 January 2013, TRICARE will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring electronic funds transfer (EFT) from a linked bank account. Beneficiaries can contact their regional contractor to set up automatic payments and obtain more information. Contact information for each region is available at the TRICARE Contacts webpage at http://www.TRICARE.mil/contacts. For more information about TRS or TRR, visit the TRICARE website at http://www.tricare.mil.
Physical Disability Board of Review
Soldiers who have been medically separated since 11 Sept 01 will have the opportunity to have their disability ratings reviewed to ensure fairness and accuracy. The new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will examine each applicants medical separation, compare DoD and VA ratings, and make a recommendation to the Army Secretary. A disability rating cannot be lowered and any change to the rating is effective on the date of final decision by the Army Secretary. To read more, click here.
Deployment Bulletin Board
The Strong Bonds program that provides retreat weekends for couples by Army Chaplains also provides a program for single Soldiers. Learn how to choose a partner wisely, build relationship skills and more. See the brochure.
There are many resources to assist Soldiers and Family Members with their health and well-being--questions about psychological health, traumatic brain injury, counseling needs and more. Read the recent ALARACT and visit the Military OneSource and the Defense Center of Excellence websites for online resources, assistance and more information.
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program
The Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program exists so the Army can prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur. Our goal is to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual harassment by creating a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army Family. Additionally, we strive to:
- Reduce stigma of reporting
- Protect the victim
- Increase prevention, investigation, prosecution and victim care capabilities
- Increase training and resources
- Refine and sustain response capability
Sexual harassment and sexual assault are inconsistent with Army Values and will not be tolerated. One assault is one too many. We must foster a climate of trust that respects and protects our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. We are committed to ensuring engaged leadership at all levels to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment. We will hold offenders appropriately accountable. It is critical to good order and discipline that commanders retain authority and responsibility for the prevention of and response to sexual assault and the disposition of sexual assault cases.
DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: www.sapr.mil
DOD SAFE Helpline - Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community
Text: 55-247 (inside the U.S.)
Text: 202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.)
Helpful Deployment Links