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 Day||U.S. & PHL||Fri, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 17|
|1st Phil. Republic Day||PHL||Sun, Jan. 23|
|Chinese New Year||PHL||Tue, Feb. 1|
|President's Day||U.S.||Mon, Feb. 21|
|EDSA People Power Revolution||PHL||Fri, Feb. 25|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Sat, Apr. 9|
|Maundy Thurs||PHL||Thu, Apr. 14|
|Good Friday||PHL||Fri, Apr. 15|
|Black Saturday||PHL||Sat, Apr. 16|
|Easter Sunday||PHL||Sun, Apr. 17|
|Phil. Labor Day||PHL||Sub, May. 1|
|Eid-al-Fitr||PHL||Mon, May. 2|
|U.S. Memorial Day||U.S.||Mon, May. 30|
|Philippine Independence Day||PHL||Sun, Jun. 12|
|U.S. Independence Day||U.S.||Mon, Jul. 4|
|Eid al-Adha||PHL||Sat, Jul. 9|
|Ninoy Aquino Day||PHL||Sun, Aug. 21|
|U.S. Labor Day||U.S.||Mon, Sep. 5|
|National Heroes Day||PHL||Fri, Sep. 16|
|Columbus Day||U.S.||Mon, Oct. 10|
|All Saints Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 1|
|All Souls Day||PHL||Wed, Nov. 2|
|Veterans Day||U.S.||Fri, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 24|
|Bonifacio Day||PHL||Wed, Nov. 30|
|Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion||PHL||Thu, Dec. 8|
|Christmas Day||U.S. & PHL||Sunday, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Fri, Dec. 30|
|New Year's Eve||U.S. & PHL||Sat, Dec. 31|
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RAO Subic Office will be closed on the following Philippine and/or U.S. Holidays below:August
- August 21, 2022 - Ninoy Aquino Day
- September 5, 2022 - U.S. Labor Day
- September 16, 2022 - National Heroes Day
Update RAO Services
Commencing 01 January 2023 RAO dues will be $96.00 per year. This is a standard flat rate, There will be no partial payments accepted. We prefer dollars or dollar instruments we also except Philippine pesos depending on the exchange rate. Due to Philippine banking restrictions no money orders can be accepted.
Veterans toxic exposure bill delayed as cloture attempt rejected
An effort to give millions of veterans easier access to health and disability benefits suffered another surprising setback Wednesday on the Senate floor when supporters couldn’t muster the 60 votes needed to limit debate.
The 55-42 procedural vote on cloture derailed, at least temporarily, a sweeping expansion of veterans benefits that appeared to be heading to President Joe Biden’s desk this week.
The vote marked the second time the bipartisan legislation hit an unexpected snag. The bill had to be revised — and receive a second vote in both chambers — to remove an obscure tax provision that raised a constitutional concern in the House. The House passed the revised version two weeks ago on a 342-88 vote and the Senate planned to pass it this week.
Stimulus check update: These states are sending 'inflation relief' payments
As high inflation saddles Americans with an extra financial burden, some states are helping out with one-time stimulus rebates to offset the pain of higher prices.
The Labor Department reported earlier this month that the consumer price index rose 9.1% in June from a year ago, marking the fastest pace of inflation since November 1981. The CPI is a broad measure of the price for everyday goods, including gasoline, groceries and rents.
Is VA Disability Compensation Increasing? | $1,000 VCS Giveaway | Free Sandwich for Korean War Veterans
Mission BBQ FREE sandwich for Korean War Veterans on July 27 in honor of Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.
Baseball Hall of Fame $19 admission for Veterans. Free admission for active and retired career military.
Tiffany 10% off engagement rings and wedding bands. The engagement discount is available in the U.S. only.
A launches improved access to care website
WASHINGTON, DC — Based on Veteran feedback and VA Secretary Denis McDonough’s commitment to ensuring timely access to care, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched an improved Access to Care website that now offers a simplified, user-friendly experience to make it easier for Veterans to make informed decisions as they plan their health care appointments.
Effective July 19, Veterans and the public will be able to see Veteran experience information for care delivered through VA facilities and will have a clearer view of average wait times, with more detailed information on available health care services and specialties.
UPDATE ON FPO MAIL EXCLUSION
As many likely have heard, the decision to remove Retirees and families, from the Authorized Patron List for FPO/APO privileges has been postponed until sometime between now and 31 Dec 2022. This may have been a result of our “Write/Call” effort to our Representatives, Senators and Committee members. However, the postponement is not a solution to maintain the privilege. It only “kicks the can down the road”. It also coincidentally places the decision to be made after the November elections. Positive action is required before we decide who will be representing us on this issue after the elections. Although the “Write/Call campaign may have been successful in delaying the decision, it has not received commitments from our representatives on congressional action to preserve this privilege. Shamefully many responses from them are Luke warm. Many replied “Thank you for contacting me, I enjoy hearing from my constituents, here’s how you can get my Newsletter”, quite obviously a programmed response, and is totally irresponsible and unacceptable. We must now double and triple our efforts, to ensure they realize the importance to us of our FPO/APO, privilege.
RAO HOT UPDATE
As previously mentioned, the V.A. Regional Office and counselors for claims, and the Out Patient Clinic will be providing an Outreach for veterans seeking assistance with claims and clinic questions and flu shots. This is the only shot which will be given. They will not be able to give vaccinations. The venue will be at the Arizona Resorts, on 14 July, from 12:00 to 1600, and July 15 from 08:00 to 11:00. Attendees should enter the resort through the main side door from the parking lot and register at the desk immediately to the left. Once registered, proceed to the waiting area which will be in the restaurant. Your name will be called when a counselor is available to assist you. Please note: This visit only has personnel from V.A. They will not be able to entertain Passport, Visa, or other services provided by either ACS or Social Security. All attendees are reminded to be mindful of Covid protocols as they will be strictly enforced. PWD's with canes, crutches, wheel chairs, walkers, will receive head of the line privilege. Please read this notice fully before responding with questions, as subjects not regarding VA will not be responded to. Thank you for your considerations.
Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Manila Limited Services on June 30, 2022 Inbox
The U.S. Embassy in Manila will have limited services and no routine consular appointments on June 30, 2022. Regular operations will resume on Friday, July 1, 2022, following the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the National Museum of the Philippines. There will be inauguration-related road closures and checkpoints near the embassy, and in other areas of Manila throughout the week that are posted on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority website. Motorists should consider alternative routes during this period. For consular-related emergencies, please call +63 (2) 5301-2000 or email the American Citizen Services Unit at ACSInfoManila@state.gov.
VA News Release
VA adopts Login.gov for a unified Veteran sign-in experience
06/28/2022 10:59 AM EDT
By creating an account on Login.gov, Veterans can now use the same login and password to access a growing list of federal government websites, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management and Small Business Administration to deliver a secure and streamlined identity verification experience.
Take the PTSD Test, some will likely be surprised at their score, many won't. Either way, reach out for help, you are not alone!
AN OPEN LETTER TO MY BROTHERS
For the past few days I’ve had a thought bouncing around in my head in writing an open letter to my fellow Vets, but have been unable to find the time. Then I realized this is something that needs to be shared and I needed to make time! So here goes.
To my fellow veterans, whether you identify as a jar head, doggie, squid, flyboy or coastie, I’m talking to you. For the past 8 years I’ve been directly involved in the handling of likely over 400 veteran deaths or hospitalizations. Each one is a different story and some have been very convoluted. Two recent events have driven me to reach out to you all. Due to laws, I am unable to include full details and names, but many will recognize them by their stories. The gist of the following involves PTSD, and alcohol.
U.S. Air Force Recruiters will visit Rao Subic Bay
URGENT BLOOD REQUEST FOR THOMAS MICHAEL KENNEDY
Retired U S Navy Veteran. He is currently at The Medical City Clark Hospital and is need of 6 bags (units) of type A+ blood. Please disseminate fullest. Please proceed to the laboratory to donate. Thank you in advance.
EMERGEBCY BLOOD DONATION CALL OUT FOR B+
Mike Murphy a Marine brother is in urgent need of doations for B+ blood. He is to undergo surgery for head injuries sufferd from being struck by a car. Please go toi Baypoint to donate if you or a family member is eligible to do so. Please do not respond to this msg as Baypointe is the POC on this call out, thank you.
Happy Fathers day to all the Fathers and Dads
Dad you made me who I am, and gave me a name to be proud of. I hope I have carried on your legacy. I miss and love you every day!
Your Family Name
You got it from your father
It was all he had to give
So it's yours to use and cherish
For as long as you may live
If you lost the watch he gave you
It can always be replaced;
But a black mark on your name
Can never be erased
It was clean the day you took it
And a worthy name to bear
When he got it from his father
There was no dishonor there
So make sure you guard it wisely
After all is said and done
You'll be glad the name is spotless
When you give it to your son
One of the effects of the discontinuance will be the difficulty it will place on our being able to vote in the Nov elections this year. Most retiree's use FPO to request and submit their absentee ballots. All states have their own rules on how early you can vote or request a ballot. FPO permits us to do that in a timely fashion. Loss of FPO will effect this. It seems coincidental that the loss of FPO privilege, falls just before most states permit early voting. Using the local mail can result in your vote not getting back to your state in time to be counted. You can request your ballot right now in most states, but the actual mailing of a completed one varies by state, and again most states eligibility starts after the loss of the FPO privilege. I get the feeling some may call this voter suppression. Please see the link attached for your states laws and act now. Make your vote count!
New Scam - CLONED NOT HACKED!!!
Almost every account is being cloned.
Your picture and your name are used to create a "new" Facebook Account. (They don't need your password to do this).
They want your friends to add them to their accounts.
Your friends will think that it's you and accept your request.
From that point on they can write what they want under your name.
I have NO plans to open a new account!!
PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW FRIEND REQUEST FROM ME.
More info on FPO Discontinuance
We just confirmed today with the IMCOM Pacific Postal Office that based on newly published DoDI 4525.09, Military Postal Service, that retirees, widows, Red Cross, and others will be losing their overseas mail privileges on 24 August 2022. This was an Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) unilateral decision.
The impact this will have on the non-SOFA military retiree and widow population is enormous. Some Government mail and checks cannot be mailed to foreign addresses. TRICARE medication received in the mail will not be received. Absentee ballots cannot be mailed, and so forth.
My greatest laugh of the month of that picture, in my mind
While sitting here working on the FPO fiasco and 3 death cases, I get a message from a Sr relative of a reently deceased. We had shipped her loved ones remains recently and she wanted to tell me of her experience regarding the tracking of the paskakge thru USPS. She had went to the USPS tracking site and input the #. It came back with a response of not available yet and gave a number to call for more info. USPS # is 18002211811, she called and to her very obvious surprise, she heard a recording. So ok not such a big surprise, but it was the recording that caught her by surprise, it was a audio of a porn video. I investigated as I thought maybe USPS had been hacked, but no, she had accidentally mis dialed 221-1811. OOOPS!!!!!!!!!
We have all received this news with much chagrin and trepidation. And as always lots of rumors attached. After much research and input from some unnamed friends, here is a possible way forward on the subject. History-----A change was published to the Navy Order covering FPO services. That change does not identify the discontinuation. However in a supplemental message to the change, sent to MPO offices, a proposal does outline that Retirees will lose FPO privileges along with a few other groups. (Ironic that Warriors are placed in the same group as Enemy POWS). The message outlines that we will be excluded from the list of approved patrons. There are committees who are being tasked with providing impact statements and recommendations as we speak. From what we can find this is not a done deal, but is imminent. I am sure all of the service organizations are in the process of forming Plan B's should this become reality but our options are limited. That is why it is extremely important that we as Veterans have our voice heard and heard very very LOUD! I encourage every Veteran and family member, and friends. forward a message to their elected officials to make them aware of this travesty and demand action to prevent it from happening. A simple way to do this is to FAX them. Attached I have included a draft letter that some may use, or please feel free to create your own. The most important part is for all to write reps from your state, not just your party ones, but all. Additionally, writing to the Veterans Affairs Committee may have a lot of impact. It is also very important that all Veterans Services Organizations join in this campaign. On a little more private note, The Retired Activity Office in Subic Bay, will begin offering free Fax services for this purpose, come tell us your name and state and we will prepare your letter for fax to all your states congressional reps. I enjoin other Vet Service Orgs to provide the same if possible. This is not the time for a wait and see attitude, we must act NOW! “EXPAT does not mean no longer a Patriot!”
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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