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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, May 21 2012

Today's Focus:

Army Retirement Services

Senior Leaders are Saying

Though the times may have changed, the fundamental reason for our alliance has not. In good times and in bad, our alliance has endured. In fact, it has thrived, because we share an unbreakable commitment to the freedom and security of our citizens. We've seen this from the Cold War to the Balkans, from Afghanistan to Libya ...and with an alliance that is focused squarely on the future.

- President Barack Obama, at the opening ceremony of the 25th NATO Summit, Chicago, May 20, emphasizing that NATO has been the bedrock of its members' common security, of freedom and of prosperity

Obama: NATO summit reaffirms commitment to collective security

What They're Saying

It's an event that really showcases a lot of the Soldiers coming back to the theater via the Warrior Transition Unit. It showcases how sport participation can lead to a healthy transition. It's to celebrate their commitment, to stand in the face of adversity and say 'I'm not done.' The Warrior Games is one of the ways to show Soldiers that have been faithful in their physical and mental fitness, for all branches to come together for a week for a mini-Olympics.

- Richard Harris, performance enhancement specialist with the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program at Fort Jackson

Performance specialist prepares players for 2012 Warrior Games

Calendar

May
National Mental Health Month- Related website: Army Medicine Behavioral Health
National Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Asian and Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army
Women's Health Care Month- Related website: Healthy Women
National Military Appreciation Month

May 11: Military Spouse Appreciation Day- Related website: Army.mil: Army Families

May 19: Armed Forces Day

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

Today's Focus

Army Retirement Services

What is it?

Army Retirement Services, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), provides information on benefits and entitlements to active duty Soldiers and families preparing for retirement and to retired Soldiers and families through Army Retirement Services Officers (RSO). In accordance with AR 600-8-7, Army Retirement Services develops Army policy and procedures for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) program publishes the HQDA bulletin for the retired Soldier, Army Echoes develops policy for the operation of the Army Retirement Services Program and administers the Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council.

What has the Army done?

Today, more than a million retired and retiring Soldiers and family members are supported by Army Retirement Services and a network of 62 Retirement Services Officers (RSOs) at major Army and Joint installations. The Army is the only military service that provides this comprehensive level of service and support.

Over the last two years, Army Retirement Services has improved support provided to retiring Reserve Soldiers and their families through the Army Reserve Regional Support Commands (RSC) and Army National Guard State Headquarters.

Army RSO maintains MyArmyBenefits website which is the Army's official benefits portal that provides life-cycle benefits information, comprehensive planning tools, and resources to all Soldiers and their families, active and reserve. MyArmyBenefits is relevant to all phases of a Soldier's life, with military-specific state and locality tax and benefits information, resource locators and calculators that assist families budgeting for deployment and projecting retired pay or survivor benefits.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will continue to improve service and support to the Army Reserve and National Guard. In the coming months, Reserve and National Guard Retirement Officers will provide dedicated regional support to ensure all Soldiers and their families have access to representatives who understand the unique challenges faced by Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?

At more than a million strong, retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and their families continue to tell the Army story. They remain connected locally and at HQDA through the retiree council program - providing feedback and serving as ambassadors in communities around the world.

Resources:

Army Retirement Services
MyArmyBenefits

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