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Webmaster Comments: 19.06.13

June 13, 2019

Taps PostsRetiree News has received feedback about not having Taps posts about a few retired Guardmembers. The new shorter obituaries in the Star-Advertiser that started about two years ago are basically death notices that have little information about the person. We do not post obituaries without additional confirmation from other sources, usually other Guardmembers.

Additionally, many newspaper obituaries come out after private services are held. Please let Retiree News when a Hawaii Guardmember passes away. Email information to

VA Health Care Facilities going smoke freeAs part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) commitment to provide excellent health care for Veterans, the department will implement a new policy restricting smoking by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors and vendors at its health care facilities by October.

VHA’s new smoke-free policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, any other combustion of tobacco and non-Federal Drug Administration approved electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including but not limited to electronic or e-cigarettes, vape pens or e-cigars. Taken in part from a VA press release

Planning to travel abroad this summerBefore you go, remember that Medicare usually does not cover health care services or supplies while you’re traveling outside the United States (except in these rare cases).

That doesn’t mean you have to travel abroad without health coverage. Here are 3 ways you can get health coverage outside the U.S.:

If you have a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy, check your policy to see if it includes coverage when traveling outside the U.S.

If you have Medicare Advantage or another Medicare health plan (instead of Original Medicare), check with your plan to see if they offer coverage outside the U.S.

Consider buying a travel insurance policy that includes health coverage.

Learn more – off the Medicare website

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