News Briefs: August 15, 2014

| August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

News Briefs

New Grants — Monday, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Under the terms of the grants, homeless providers will offer veterans and their family members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance in receiving other public benefits.
Community-based groups can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.
More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program are online at

Phased Retirement and the TSP — Tuesday, the Thrift Savings Plan announced that the Office of Personnel Management had issued its final regulations on “phased retirement” for federal workers, Aug. 7. TSP participants should be aware of the following:
•Employees in phased retirement status (“phased retirees”) continue their eligibility to participate in the TSP. They are eligible to contribute to the TSP and are subject to the normal restrictions regarding TSP loans, financial hardship withdrawals and age-based in-service withdrawals.
•Phased retirees are not eligible for post-employment withdrawals.
•Phased retirees will not be subject to required minimum distributions or the TSP withdrawal deadline.
All sources of contributions to phased retirees’ TSP accounts will be calculated on basic pay received each pay period and will not consider the annuity payment from OPM.

Customer Voices — Take part in a community survey to share perceptions of how garrison services are performing and how important those services are to organizational mission accomplishment and for individual needs.
This customer feedback will help the garrison answer whether its efforts to deliver high-quality services are making a difference and meeting its customers’ expectations.

ACS Survey — Take the Army Community Services’ Customer Needs Assessment Survey at or The survey’s open until Aug. 31 to gauge services for service members, families, retirees and civilians.

21 / Thursday
SB TARP — Attend the hourlong Threat Awareness and Reporting Program training, 9 a.m., at Schofield Barracks’ Post Conference Room. Call 655-1306.

27 / Wednesday
Pioneers — 18th Medical Command will host the 2014 Women’s Equality Day, 10:30 a.m., in the Aliamanu Military Reservation chapel. The theme is honoring the pioneers of women’s equality. Call 438-4725.
Platelets — The Tripler Blood Donor Center needs donations of platelets, which are essential to saving lives as a component of blood that helps to stop bleeding. Donors can watch TV or read while they’re donating. Call 433-6148 for details.

Medical Appointments — All sick active duty service members who are empanelled at Tripler’s Internal Medicine Clinic will be seen by appointment only with their primary care manager or PCM team, effective Oct. 1. When these members go to the clinic for acute issues, they will be provided same-day appointments. If the issue is determined to be a chronic, or a non-acute issue, they will be given an appointment for a later date.
To book an appointment, patients can
call 433-2778, ext. 5, 5, 1. Book online at or sign up for secure messaging with the PCM team at
Note, this message is only for patients empanelled to Tripler Internal Medicine, located on the 3rd Floor next to the Emergency Room. Call Internal Medicine at 433-2557 for more details.

GAT 2.0 — Try the Army’s  Global Assessment Tool (GAT 2.0). Discover your  level of fitness at

Social Media — Did you know the garrison maintains online calendars of upcoming events on post, including information on road closures and scheduled outages for electricity and water? Subscribe to these calendars and receive alerts about new listings through daily emails or RSS feeds.
You can also add specific events to your electronic calendars (Yahoo, Google, Apple and Outlook) or receive reminders via text or email.
To learn more, visit these sites: or

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