SMART Family Assistance Program
Special Military Active
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The present SSAP Team Members are
Christian Eck - Program Coordinator
May Jones - Assistant Program Coordinator &
Marjorie & Dusty Rhodes - SE Region
Bobbi Goode - SW Region
Vicky Tripp - SW Region Assistant
Larry Shields - SMART Chaplain
Frank Moon - Mohawks
|Please pass my story on to whomever--
Six years ago when Les & I were married (widower/widow)my name was added to everything at the bank including
signing the signature card for the lock box.
I kept hearing stories about boxes being sealed at the time of death and taking court orders to open even with a
signature card. I finally prevailed on Les to go with me to bank and ask questions which we did this week, and it
was a very good thing we did.
It seems a contract has to be signed for the box. Les would have been okay as he had a contract. They had no
picture ID, social security number, signature on a contract for me. Les' late wife had been on there originally and
when she died, he had to sign a new one. They had info for other accounts but not the lock box.
Whoever had me just sign the signature card was in error. If I remember right she was a young thing and probably
didn't even know about the contract. Needless to say everything is correct now. What a mess that would have been
since I have personal papers in there that I would need. Like marriage license, death certificates etc.
I don't know if this is a Missouri law, part of new banking laws, whatever, but I think everyone should be made
On a personal thought-we live in Joplin Mo and lots of personal papers were lost in the big tornado last year. Even
those with fire safes etc. We lost one bank and all that was left was the vaults. I'd suggest making copies of all
pertinent papers and giving to relative out of town or place your "safe" in the basement or crawl space. Don't forget
pictures of house, in and out...
Thank you Beverly Heath Member #12473.
REMINDER; THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS ADVERTISEMENTS ON TELEVISION, EMAIL AND IN USPS
MAILINGS PERTAINING TO HEALTH CARE. AND MEDICARE ENROLLMENT. The following is the best advice your
Surviving Spouse Assistance Program (SSAP) Team may provide in order to avoid confusion and unnecessary
actions. The information is provided for the use of all SMART members. If you are already enrolled in the
MEDICARE PROGRAM NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUIRED. The basic information provided was distributed by
the LRAFB Retiree Activities Office ( RAO). Some members might have received similar mailings from more local
offices. Hopefully this will reach members not currently on a local RAO's distribution list.
1. RETIREES OR ANNUITANTS AGE 65+ IF YOU HAVE AN ID CARD AND A MEDICARE CARD WITH A & B THAT
IS ALL YOU NEED, NOTHING ELSE.
2.IF YOU ARE TURNING AGE 65 AND GOING ON MEDICARE YOU CAN UPDATE YOUR ID CARD TWO (2)
WEEKS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH OF YOUR BIRTHDAY.
Comment: YOU DO NOT NEED MEDICARE C, D, E, F OR WHAT EVER THEY ADVERTISE. OR PROMOTE ; JUST
MEDICARE A&B AND YOUR ID CARD. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR MEDICARE CARD IN THE MONTH
BEFORE YOUR 65th BIRTHDAY MONTH CONTACT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE.
DENTAL INSURANCE IS EXTRA. CONTACT DELTA DENTAL 1-888-838-8737 OR WWW.TRDP.ORG . CHECK
WITH THE NEAREST RETIRED ACTIVITIES OFFICE (RAO ) AT A FACILITY NEAREST YOU FOR ASSISTANCE. .
IF NO NEARBY MILITARY FACILITY CONTACT THE NEAREST VETERAN'S SERVICES OFFICE ( VSO ) IN THE
COUNTY , PARISH ETC. THAT YOU RESIDE IN. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU.
WHEN APPLYING OR UPDATING YOUR ID CARD
1. SPOUSES AND WIDOWS OF RETIREES RENEW EVERY 4 YEARS UNLESS AGE
75.....THEN THERE IS NO EXPIRATION DATE.
2. THE SPOUSE MUST HAVE THE RETIREE WITH THEM WHEN RENEWING OR
UPDATING THEIR ID CARD. WIDOWS USE THE CURRENT WIDOW'S ID CARD.
3. YOU MUST HAVE TWO FORMS OF ID. YOUR CURRENT ID AND DRIVERS
LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, PASSPORT.
4. ID CARDS CAN BE RENEWED 30 DAYS PRIOR TO EXPIRATION, UNLESS THERE
IS A CHANGE
IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR DEERS AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CURRENT WITH ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS OR OTHER ENTRIES
IF YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR PAY, TAX WITHHOLDING, ADDRESS CHANGE, BANK CHANGE
OR OTHER ASSOCIATED ITEMS CONTACT THE NEAREST RAO WHO WILL ASSIST YOU.. JUST VISIT THEIR
OFFICE AND OBTAIN A DFAS MyPay PIN NUMBER FROM THE FINANCE CENTER IF YOU DO NOT
REMEMBER YOURS AND THE RAO STAFF WILL ASSIST IN MAKING THE CHANGES FOR YOU.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PAY SLIP OR 1099-R BY THE END OF DECEMBER PLEASE VISIT THE
NEAREST RAO OR VSO AND THEY WILL ASSIST YOU. ALSO CHECK THE BACK OF THE DOCUMENT TO
VERIFY THE RECIPIENT OF ANY SBP OR OTHER ELECTIVES.
THE RAO'S MAY HAVE A VA ASSISTANCE COUNCILOR IN THE OFFICE AT SCHEDULED TIMES. CALL THE
OFFICE FOR APPOINTMENT
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BY S*M*A*R*T OR ANY OF OUR OFFICERS AND MEMBERS FOR THE CONTENT.. YOUR
COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. ALSO ANY VOLUNTEERS
FOR SSAP TEAM MEMBERSHIP.
THANK YOU .......CHRISTIAN ECK....SSAP TEAM COORDINATOR.