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Itís Your Money => U.S. Military Veteran Benefits => Topic started by: LastUnicorn on May 17, 2015, 10:53:19 AM

Title: DOD
Post by: LastUnicorn on May 17, 2015, 10:53:19 AM
I retired from DOD AAFES in 2010 they "transferred" me here as my home base . Just wondering where I can get info to see if I'm allowed to use Vet. services over here .
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 17, 2015, 04:28:13 PM
What does that mean you were transferred here as your home base? What benefits did you receive as here was your home base? When you mentioned Vet services, do you mean you have a VA disability Compensation besides your DOD AAFES retirement? What AAFES and or which service with the DOD? I'm retired USAFR/Civil Service combined and with a 20% VA Comp, but I have never used the VA clinic in Manila, just my coverage using TRICARE from my military medical health care benefits.
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: BudM on May 17, 2015, 05:56:53 PM
Yeah, that is all pretty vague as to what he is asking about.  The retired and transferred to here as home base will be interesting.  I retired DoD and moved to here within a few months and the move cost me big bucks without a whole lot for me to even deal with.  Besides that, I think AAFES is non-appropriated funding like NEX rather than appropriated.  Maybe they get something special we don't know about.
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: M.C.A. on May 17, 2015, 08:37:47 PM
I retired from DOD AAFES in 2010 they "transferred" me here as my home base . Just wondering where I can get info to see if I'm allowed to use Vet. services over here .


Hi LastUnicorn, I'm not so familiar with the VA office here but I filed paperwork on conditions and they sent me an answer from Manila here's the location I found on the Internet.   http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=682 (http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=682)

It has phone numbers and contact information.  If you were using Vet services stateside I don't see you couldn't use them here, many do, good luck, hopefully others will comment.
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: BudM on May 17, 2015, 11:47:26 PM
I guess that is egg in my face for not knowing what I was talking about.  I figured out now that when he mentioned "home base" he must have been referring to something the VA calls where you guys are considered living.  I was thinking it was paying his way home like they do when you get off of active duty.  Since I only qualified for school benefits and VA guarantee on home loan, I don't know anything about any of all that other VA stuff so I shouldn't have even commented especially with a stupid comment.

Sorry about that Last Unicorn.
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 18, 2015, 03:29:46 AM
I'm certain when "home base" was mentioned, it's the same as "home of records", one's home state which designates where one joined and first entered military service of any branch. It has nothing to do with the VA, because VA records can be transferred to one's nearest place of residence before and or after military retirement.
When one retires from the military, he or she is given extra pay and allowances back home to their "home of record" no matter one is assigned overseas or stateside. The benefits includes travel pay from where one was last stationed to their "home record, the shipment of one's entire household items up to 7,000 lbs and maybe one vehicle, which I'm uncertain of depending on the country.

http://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2015/02/27/residence-vs-home-record/ (http://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2015/02/27/residence-vs-home-record/)

http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/militarylaw1/a/homeofrecord.htm (http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/militarylaw1/a/homeofrecord.htm)

http://ec.militarytimes.com/benefits-handbook/pay-benefits/other-allowances/ (http://ec.militarytimes.com/benefits-handbook/pay-benefits/other-allowances/)
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: bigrod on May 18, 2015, 07:47:11 AM
When you reenlist, separate or retire you are entitled to travel pay to your home of record or place of last enlistment/entry on active duty.  The individual normally chooses the one worth the most money.  To collect on retirement you need to file a final travel voucher. 
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: coleman2347 on May 19, 2015, 02:37:23 PM
Just a quick question, Retired from DOD...as a civilian? GS, WG? 
OR
Retired from branch of military and went to work for DOD and retired again?
OR
Served in the military, didnt retire and went to work for DOD
AAFES = Army, Air Force Exchange System?
Title: Re: DOD
Post by: Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am on May 19, 2015, 02:58:16 PM
I forgot what AFFES stood for = Army, Air Force Exchange System. Now I remember!
The BXs for the USAF, PXs for the Army/Marines and Navy Exchanges for the Navy/Coast Guards.
I used to be a Civil Service DOD GS-9 pencil pusher and a WG-10/E-6 Technical Sargent aircraft mechanic with the Air Force. Retirement benefits were great up to this day including all the COLAs over the years. I retired at the age of 49 in 1997 and have lived in the Philippines since 1998 to date, with just a few short vacations outside of the Philippines.
I'm known as a "Quadruple Dipper" Pensioner (all earned entitlements, no freebies) after 30 years of combined civil service and military duty!