About Army Echoes
Army Echoes informs Retired Soldiers, surviving spouses, and their Families on changes to their benefits and entitlements, developments within the Army, and how they can continue to support the Army.
Small Increase to TRICARE Pharmacy Copays
Posted on March 2, 2015
New copayments for prescription drugs covered by TRICARE went into effect February 1, 2015. The Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires TRICARE to increase most pharmacy copays by $3. Drugs from military pharmacies and generic drugs from TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery still cost beneficiaries $0.
Gold Star Family volunteers requested for survey
Posted on February 27, 2015
The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness is looking for Gold Star Family members to participate in a short survey. Initiated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the survey asks about the programs and services made available to surviving family members following the death of their Soldier, including if the Soldier died after retiring from the military.
What is good for your heart is also good for your head
Posted on February 26, 2015
Whether you are an active duty service member looking to retire soon or you are already a military retiree, the lifestyle choices you make now can make a big difference on the activities you are able to enjoy in the future. A ground-breaking 35-year study funded by the Medical Research Council, the Alzheimer's Society and the British Heart Foundation has shown how a healthy lifestyle ultimately pays off in old age.
Veterans with PTSD claims may apply for discharge upgrades
Posted on February 25, 2015
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who were discharged under "other than honorable" conditions may now submit requests to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records to have their discharge reconsidered for an upgrade if it was due to PTSD.
Americans unite to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families
Posted on February 24, 2015
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is an arresting reminder to its four million annual visitors of the service and sacrifice of the 58,300 Americans whose names are on "The Wall." On Memorial Day 2012, a poignant ceremony was held there to symbolize the beginning of a Congressionally authorized national commemoration; its primary focus: to thank and honor all Vietnam veterans and their families for their service, valor and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation.
New U. S. Army Retired Lapel Buttons are now available
Posted on February 20, 2015
The new U. S. Army Retired Lapel Button (at left) is now available at Exchange stores and on their their website.
Soldier for Life launches Army Echoes Blog
Posted on February 19, 2015
Welcome to the Army Echoes Blog, the U. S. Army’s latest effort to communicate with its retired community. From 1956 to 1979, the Army communicated with its retired community through the Retired Army Personnel Bulletin. In 1979, the Army changed the bulletin’s name to Army Echoes, but it remained a hard copy newsletter.