Military retired pay is handled through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) in Cleveland, Ohio. The easiest way to manage your retired pay is by using myPay (link in navigation bar above), the online account management system. To use myPay you must have a personal identification number (PIN). When the original online account management system, known as Employee/Member Self-Service System (EMSS), was started, all retirees received a temporary PIN. If you never used it, but still have the notification letter, you can use it to log on and create a new PIN. If you don't have a PIN, never received the letter or did not keep the letter, you can apply at myPay and request a temporary PIN to access your account through myPay. A new PIN will be mailed to you.
It's important that you keep two pieces of information current with DFAS. The first is your mailing address. This is necessary for DFAS to contact you and is also used to mail your service retiree newsletter (Army Echoes, Air Force Afterburner, Navy Shift Colors and Marine Corps Semper Fidelis.) The second information that you must keep up to date is the beneficiary information for your retired pay. In the event of your death, the retired pay due to you from the first of the month to the date of death is paid to the beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by you. To update your beneficiary information, complete and mail this form to DFAS (also available in Applying for ..., at the left). You should also check out the Korea Casualty information (button at left) to see what your survivors might and might not receive when you die.
If you have a problem with your retired pay that you cannot resolve, contact the RAO for assistance. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call DSN 784-1441, commercial 031-661-1441.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays disability compensation to veterans who have been evaluated and determined to have a service connected disability. For current payments according to disability rating percentage go to Hot Issues in navigation bar above.
Legislation in 2001 and 2002 authorized a special compensation for veterans who retired and received a disability rating of 60% or higher within four years of retirement. Payment rates effective in 2003 are as follows:
Legislation signed into law in 2003 and becoming effective January 1, 2004 authorized concurrent receipt of retired pay and VA disability pay to be restored over a 10-year phase in period. Combat Related Special Compensation was also extended to all retirees with rated disabilities incurred in combat, combat training, or related activities. See Hot Issues for more information.
Application forms for various VA benefits are available at Applying for ..., at the left.
Social Security retirement benefits are paid to anyone who has paid FICA tax for at least 40 quarters of work (equal to 10 years). The longer you work and the higher your pay, the higher the Social Security benefits you can earn. Social Security retirement benefits can be started as early as age 62. Delaying the start of benefits increases the amount you can receive, and the benefits increase up to age 70. If you are working and take early benefits, you are penalized until you reach full retirement age. For an explanation of Social Security retirement benefits and full retirement age, as well as benefits for dependents and survivors, you can view a briefing, Decisions on Security Security, created by the RAO. (Be sure to check out the briefer's notes below each slide for a discussion of the slide topics.) If you work for a foreign employer and decide to take early retirement benefits, benefits will not be paid for any month in which you work more than 45 hours. This restriction goes away when you reach full retirement age.
Social Security disability benefits are paid to qualified individuals who are unable to perform substantially gainful employment.
Although the Social Security web site provides for on-line application, it can only be done for people living in the U.S. If you wish to apply for Social Security benefits, you must do so by mail and only sample forms are available at the Social Security web site. It is best to download those forms from Applying for ... at the left to record the information, then arrange to visit the Osan AB Retiree Activities Office (RAO) to complete the application process. Although you can deal with Social Security through their office in Manila, that can be a slow process because of the additional supporting documents required in the Philippines. The RAO deals directly with Social Security in Baltimore and this can speed up the claim processing, so you should process your claim through the RAO.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the civil service retirement system. Korea retirees who have earned civil service retirement benefits (Civil Service Retirement System, CSRS, or Federal Employees Retirement System, FERS) may not always be able to receive assistance from their local civilian personnel office once they have retired. If this happens, contact the RAO for assistance. Beneficiary designation forms for CSRS and FERS are available at Applying for ..., at the left.
If you have a problem with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you cannot resolve, you can receive assistance from the RAO. To allow the RAO to deal with the IRS on your behalf, you must complete this Power of Attorney (IRS Form 2848) and provide it to the RAO to send to the IRS.