COVID-19 Message to Retired Soldiers / Surviving Spouses and their Families

March 19, 2020

 

The health and safety of the Fort Drum community is the highest priority during the Coronavirus (COVIDS-19) pandemic.

In order to reduce the risk and spread of the virus, we are asking all community members - to include our Retired Soldiers, Surviving Spouses and their Families - to practice responsible social distancing and avoid any unnecessary travel.

Before entering Fort Drum, please call the facility or organization you intend to visit to check its current hours of operation. Information regarding the status of services and operations throughout the installation is updated frequently at https://home.army.mil/drum/index.php/about/Garrison/public-affairs/coronavirus-update and on social media at https://www.facebook.com/drum.10thmountain/.

Until further notice, the Fort Drum Retirement Service Office will no longer accept walk-ins or appointments for Retired Soldiers, Surviving Spouses, and their Families. The majority of our services will still be available online and via telephone and e-mail. We are currently transitioning to telework and will continue to provide the best support possible.

If you need assistance, please contact us by phone at (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189, or email usarmy.drum.rso@mail.mil.

For any pay issue or information update with DFAS, call 1-800-321-1080 or go online to DFAS.mil and click on askDFAS to submit information or update your DFAS account.

If you or anyone in your family is feeling ill, please stay at home and contact your health care provider for guidance. You can also call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Hotline at any time (1-800-874-2273, option 1) or the Army Public Health Center Hotline at 1-800-984-8523. The Guthrie Pharmacy has established a drive-thru for prescriptions. To request a prescription refill or verify one is ready, call (315) 772-3696.

Thank you for your understanding as we all do our best to support each other during this current challenge.
 

Mission:

To provide quality service regarding benefits, entitlements, information and referral to retirees and their Families, as well as active-duty Soldiers and their Families preparing for retirement. The Retirement Services Office also publishes the Fort Drum Retired Army Newsletter, advises and supports the Fort Drum Retiree Council, develops public support of Army programs and informs the retired community of upcoming events of interest.

 

HOT TOPICS:

 

Blended Retirement System Information: http://militarypay.defense.gov/BlendedRetirement/

 

U.S. Army Retirement Planning Guide:

https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Documents/2019%20US%20Army%20Retirement%20Planning%20Guide.pdf

 

U.S. Army Retired Soldier Handbook:  

https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Documents/static/2019%20Retired%20Soldier%20Handbook.pdf

 

Fort Drum Retired Soldiers Newsletter - Summer 2021

 

 

EVENTS:

 

Pre-Retirement / Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) Briefing for ALL Soldiers retiring for longevity or medical reasons (Mandatory):

All Active Duty/AGR/USAR/ARNG Soldiers 12 months or less out from their anticipated retirement date are required to access pre-retirement and Survivor Benefit Plan information for review at the following sites:

https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Retirement/retirement-planning https://soldierforlife.army.mil/Retirement/survivor-benefit-plan  

 

Mandatory Pre-Retirement Briefings Classroom Schedule:

* Medical (MEB) – 1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m., Clark Hall, Room B2-13

* Longevity – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m., Clark Hall, Room B2-13

 

Call to reserve your seat. We welcome and encourage spouse attendance.

For those who are married, we recommend you review this information with your spouse and write down your questions before contacting us. Before clearing the Retirement Service Office and completing your final out appointment with the Transition Center, you must contact us at (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189, confirming you have a completed Retirement Information Worksheet and schedule retirement / SBP counseling by the Retirement Services Office. Certain mandatory paperwork must be completed by the Soldier and respective spouse before completing the clearing process. Failure to complete this process may slow or stop your out-processing.

If you have issues accessing the required information, please contact our office:

(315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189.

 

Monthly Retirement Breakfast:  Beginning Oct. 30, 2021

Fourth Saturday of every month, 8 to 10 a.m., IHOP, 1290 Arsenal St., Watertown, N.Y. (This is a casual event.)

 

 

Annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD)

 

The 2021 Retiree Appreciation Day will take place Saturday, Aug. 28, in Clark Hall, Bldg. 10720, on Fort Drum. See the flyer below for details. For more information, call (315) 772-6339 / 6434. 

 

2021 RAD - Aug 28 - revised.jpg

 

 

Civilian attire is authorized for all events. Spouses are always encouraged to attend.

Questions: (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189

Email: usarmy.drum.rso@mail.mil

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Resources:


Helpful Links:

American Red Cross:  www.redcross.org

Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES): www.aafes.com

Army Echoes:  http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/army-echoes  

Army Emergency Relief:  https://www.aerhq.org/

Army Retirement Services:  http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/home  

Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA): www.commissaries.com

FEDVIP Dental and Vision Coverage: https://tricare.mil/About/Changes/FEDVIP

ID Card Service Locations Around the World:  https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl

Medicare information:  www.medicare.gov

Military Compensation:  https://militarypay.defense.gov  

Military Records Request:  https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

MyPay website:  https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx

NYS Department of Veterans Affairs:  https://veterans.ny.gov

SFL-TAP Retirement: https://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (Fort Drum)

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program:  https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil

Social Security Online:  http://www.ssa.gov 

TRICARE Online:  https://tricare.mil/

U.S. Veterans Affairs:  https://www.va.gov  

Watertown Vet Center:  https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5619

 

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Retirement Services Office (RSO)

Phone:
1 (800) 556-9790; (315) 772-6339 / 6434
Fax:
(315) 772-1135
Email:
usarmy.drum.rso@mail.mil
Location:

Clark Hall, Bldg. 10720, Room B2-40

Mount Belvedere Boulevard

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday

Closed on federal holidays

Notice:

Handicapped accessible