Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philppines
RAO Subic Bay is an Independent Retired Activities Coordination Office which provides vital services to U.S. military retirees living in this area, remote from any Military installation.
Authorization & Support
The RAO is authorized by SECNAVINST 5420.169J and OPNAVINST 1720.3F to tailor its services to the needs of the local retired community, and bears full responsibility for financing its operation and maintenance costs. The RAO receives the same DoD support offered to any retiree or patriotic organization.
Corrections, Additions & Deletions
This informal and unofficial information was prepared by members of the RAO who are also members of the VFW, FRA and American Legion. If you note any errors, want to contribute, or would like to see something revised, added or deleted, please pass your comments to RAO Voice or call/email the RAO Director at the address listed below.
HOURS OF DIRECTOR
|0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday|
|Closed on US and Philippine Holidays|
|Jack Walker||OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R|
|USMC (Ret.)||FPO AP 96517|
|Director||Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314|
|P.O. Box 075||Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899|
|Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines||Email: email@example.com|
|New Year's||U.S./PHL||Wed, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 20|
|Chinese New Year||PHL||Sat, Jan. 25|
|Presidents Day||U.S.||Mon, Feb. 17|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Thu, Apr. 9|
|Maundy Thurs||PHL||Thu, Apr. 9|
|Good Friday||PHL||Fri, Apr. 10|
|Phil. Labor||PHL||Fri, May. 1|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||PHL||Sun, May. 24|
|U.S. Memorial||U.S.||Mon, May. 25|
|Philippine Independence||PHL||Fri, Jun. 12|
|U.S. Independence||U.S.||Sat, Jul. 4|
|Ninoy Aquino||PHL||Fri, Aug. 21|
|Heroes||PHL||Mon, Aug. 31|
|U.S. Labor||U.S.||Mon, Sep. 7|
|Columbus||U.S.||Mon, Oct. 12|
|All Saints||PHL||Sun, Nov. 1|
|Veterans||U.S.||Wed, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 26|
|Bonifacio||PHL||Mon, Nov. 30|
|Christmas||U.S./PHL||Fri, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Wed, Dec. 30|
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November 1, 2020 (Sunday) - All Saints Day
November 30, 2020 (Monday) - Bonifacio Day
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) - Veterans Day
November 26, 2020 (Thursday) - Thanksgiving
November 27, 2020 (Friday)
RAO Subic Important Update
This friday is the final day for enrollment of you or your dependents into the TRICARE SELECT Program, that we have been advising on for the past 3 months. Failure to enroll can result in you not being able to obtain TRICARE services if you are select eligible, beginning 1 Jan 2021.
RAO will be closed tomorrow Wed 11 Nov, for Veterans Day. Be safe and remember those who have gone before. Sadly we announce the passing of Ray Judy , long time RAO member.
RAO subic will be closed Wed for Veterans day. If you havent already done so, TRICARE Select enrollment ending date is quickly coming upon us.
A few months ago we wrote regarding the TRICARE Select enrollment fee, being introduced in 2021. There was much confusion and apprehension about it. Hopefully most now understand how it affects them and their family. Since that time a few more changes have occurred. In this post we will attempt to ensure all are vividly clear on it.
For all it's not news that 2020 has been a very difficult year. Not just physically but also mentally. We have had to endure being locked in and down. We have all had to adjust to the “new norm” whatever that is. The good news is the RAO continues our pledge to “Help our Hero's”.
TRICARE for Life
Anyone enrolled in TRICARE FOR LIFE, will not have to pay the additional enrollment fee. Your costs will remain as they are now, $150.00 single, $300.00 family, per year deductible and 25% cost share. Finally there’s some reward for being a grumpy old man.
Coronavirus stimulus prepaid cards mailed in plain envelopes are not junk mail, IRS cautions
'Please do not throw it away,' government pleads The IRS is in the process of sending out about 4 million economic impact payments loaded onto prepaid debit cards – but Americans may not recognize the stimulus cash when they see it. The cards will arrive in a “plain envelope” from "Money Network Cardholder Services," the IRS said. Unsuspecting individuals could mistake the envelope for junk mail or even a credit card promotion, especially since many people are likely not aware their payment will be arriving on a prepaid card instead of in the form of a check. People cannot choose to have their payments sent this way. These 4 million individuals, who did not have direct deposit information on file with the tax agency, were selected by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. CORONAVIRUS IRS STIMULUS PAYMENTS ON PREPAID DEBIT CARDS ARRIVING: WHAT TO KNOW
The Visa name appears on the front of the card, and MetaBank – the Treasury Department’s financial agent – appears on the bank. That may further confuse individuals who do not hold an account with Visa and who are unfamiliar with MetaBank.
An information sheet included with the card will explain what it is.
One sign you may have missed your card in the mail is if you receive a letter from the IRS, signed by President Trump, which details how much money you should have received.
These letters were expected to be sent two weeks after the economic impact payments. So what should you do if you think you may have mistaken your prepaid card for junk mail? One way you might want to address the issue is by calling the number at the bottom of the IRS letter, 800- 919-9835. The agency has recalled some staff who will be available to take phone calls. Further, if you believe you threw the card away or misplaced it, you can also follow directions specifically for the prepaid cards, which will allow you to block unauthorized transactions as well. The government provides information for people whose card is lost or stolen, which directs them to log in at EIPCard.com to block unauthorized transactions and call 1-800-240-8100 to report it. A spokesperson for the IRS directed FOX Business to the aforementioned web page for the cards, adding that the agency had nothing further to add at this time regarding what taxpayers should do if they think they may have accidentally trashed their payment.
Some of our members are running into problems getting meds now that VA is closed down. A member has forwarded the below info regarding a Dr friend of his who is interested in helping our vets. The member has known him for years and vouches for him enthusiastically!
The RAO does not know him and can't endorse but if you need help give him a try and see.
DANIEL SALVADOR L. REDOÑA, MD
Clinic Address: JH ORIENTAL MEDICAL CLINIC Blk 48 Lot 10 Friendship Highway Bgy Cutcut, Angeles City 2009 Pampanga
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