USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                   November 2016

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  Recent Legislative Activity:

TMC Letter to HASC & SASC Concerning 

*PowerPoint Slides




Tricare Pharmacy Network Adds Walgreens, Removes CVS
   Walgreens will soon rejoin  Tricare's pharmacy network for users nationwide. 
   That means  Tricare users will now be able to fill their prescriptions off-base at Walgreens pharmacies without paying out-of-network rates, and CVS users will need to find a new pharmacy or pay unsubsidized rates for their medications.
   The change takes effect Dec. 1, officials said. It will impact all beneficiaries, including  Tricare for Life users and military retirees. The network will add about the 8,000 Walgreens stores and lose more than 9,600 CVS pharmacies.

Retiree Council Holiday Party Invitation
Date:  Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Place: Penthouse Lounge
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA  22101
Ticket Price: E1 - E6 - $25.00
E-7 and above: $35.00

Retirees' Caregivers Guide Now Available 

  From VADM Stosz
   "The Coast Guard Retirees' Caregivers Guide is an invaluable ready reference for retirees, annuitants, family members and non-family caregivers (for example, hospital social workers and nursing home staff) who need information and advice during some of life's most stressful times. It was conceived from the personal experiences of Commander Bruce Russell, who then worked tirelessly to incorporate the ideas and input of the Capital Area Retiree Council to build a repository of links and resources that will be helpful to others. Managing illness, incapacitation or loss of a loved one are inevitable, often intimidating, responsibilities. I am certain that this Guide, with easy to understand definitions and relevant points of contact, will reduce anxiety and uncertainty to make the caregiver's role a little easier. It's meant for you, please use it and share it".

You can find it here...

   As the newest member of the National Veterans Day Committee, we're gearing up to pay our respect and represent the CPOA at the Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery.  We'll try to publish some photos of the event in the January issue of  The Chief.


MyVA Transformation
    You have heard a lot of talk about MyVA and the Transformation taking place at the Department of Veterans Affairs. To help communicate some of the progress, the VA created a short video that they want to share.  Please take 14 minutes to watch this video-- and feel free to share it with others. 

Book of the Month
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

  Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

 Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

Find Your Boot Camp Friends
   Interested to find old friends you went to Boot Camp with? If so, Together We Served has made it even easier.

   They have extended their unique "Also There" feature to find more members who were in Boot Camp at the same time as you. Even if they could not remember their training company or platoon, we can match you based on location and start month.
   All you need to do is enter whatever boot camp details you can recall and we will find other members who trained alongside you!
To obtain your Free Full Membership, please go to this special link only for CPOA/CGEA members. 
 Family of deceased Coast Guard members who wish to join CGTWS to create a Remembrance Profile for their loved one should email .
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to talk to a pay technician 
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