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What’s Covered App

From the Medicare website

Need to know if a medical item or service is covered by Medicare? Then download our “What’s Covered” app — available for free on the App Store and Google Play. You can use the app at the doctor’s office, or anywhere you use your smartphone or tablet.

The Right Stuff: Brig Gen Chuck Yeager, USAF Retired

US Air Force Photograph

Chuck Yeager is unquestionably the most famous test pilot of all time. He won a permanent place in the history of aviation as the first pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound, but that is only one of the remarkable feats this pilot performed in service to his country.

Charles Elwood Yeager was born in 1923 in Myra, West Virginia and grew up in the nearby village of Hamlin. Immediately upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in World War II.

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Everything You Should Do Before – And After – You Lose Your Phone

From the Wired Magazine website

It’s an unfortunate fact that the pricey pocket computers we carry around with us at all times are prime targets for thieves—as well as very easy to leave behind in subway cars or on coffee shop tables. Now that we all rely on our smartphones for so much, having one stolen or misplaced can feel like the end of the world. But it doesn’t have to be, not quite. 

Here are the preparations you can take before the worst happens, and what to do if it does.

HIARNG Officer and CWO Graduation Ceremony

Generals and colonels, Chief Warrant Officers 5, and Command Sergeant Majors, please use this link to RSVP

SFC Rivera’s email:

29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Dining Out Rescheduled

Retiree News has received notification that the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has rescheduled their Dining Out. Originally scheduled for Friday, September 27, 2019, the event has moved to Saturday, December 21, 2019. 

Link to RSVP

Nathan Kaupookua Hale, Sr.

Nathan Kaupookua Hale, Sr. of Wahiawa, Hawaii, passed away on July 22, 2019 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He was born to John H. Hale, Sr. and Rose L. Kalei on Jan. 24, 1932 in Waialua, Hawaii. He was employed by City and County of Honolulu for over 40 years, and a retired veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. 

He is survived by his children, Natalie Hale (William), Nathan Hale, Jr. (Carlene), Naida Iaea (John), numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 2 great- great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

Visitation: 9:30a.m.; Services: 10:30a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Private burial at Liliokalani Church on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Off Track: La Pietra / Hawaii School for Girls

In Hawaii, what high school you graduated from is often among the questions asked when you first meet someone. Public versus private, old versus new, town versus county, island versus island – some high school rivalries continue well into graduates’ old age.

The Images of Old Hawaii website periodically publishes articles about various high schools around the state. We will post links about these Hawaii high schools on their website.

For over 40 years, La Pietra was a social center for Honolulu’s wealthy and famous, with visitors to the estate including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Walt Disney.

Upon Walter Dillingham’s death in 1963, Punahou School gained ownership of La Pietra and used it for faculty housing; the property was eventually sold to the newly formed Hawaii School for Girls in 1969.

With its start at Central Union Church, Hawaii School for Girls then renamed and relocated to La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls, an independent, college preparatory school for girls, which consisted of nine founding teachers, 210 girls and Head of School, Joseph Pynchon.

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Can you name any Hawaii National Guard graduates?

Side Bar: Walter Dillingham was the first commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard

President Theodore Roosevelt High School
President William McKinley High School
Hilo High School
Kamehameha Schools
Iolani School
St. Andrew’s Priory School
Henry Perrine Baldwin High School
St. Louis School
Waialua High School
James B. Castle High School
Mid-Pacific Institute
Punahou School
Sacred Hearts Academy
Paia/(Old) Maui High School

Check out the new 2020 Medicare & You eHandbook!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just issued its 2018 version of their “Medicare and You” handbook. This ehandbook contains information about what’s new for the year, how Medicare works with your other insurance, Medicare costs, and what Medicare covers.

The eHandbook includes the same information as the print version — and it’s easy to search, so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. 

Link to the 2020 Medicare & You Handbook

Planning to travel while on Medicare? Make sure you have coverage at your destination

From the CNBC website

For many older Americans, retirement means freedom to explore beyond your backyard. Before you take off, however, check whether your health insurance travel with you.

Assuming you’re on Medicare — most adults age 65 or older are — coverage away from home depends partly on where you travel to, along with whether you’re on basic Medicare or get your benefits through an Advantage Plan. It also can depend on whether the care you get is routine or due to an emergency.

And while travel medical insurance can be the solution to plugging holes in coverage, it’s worthwhile first determining whether you need it.

Check Six: 154th Support Group Training Bulletin – 19 years ago

For several years, the then-154th Support Group had a monthly training bulletin. It covered national and local topics of interest, promotion lists and some fun topics. The link below takes you to the:

September 2000 issue of the 154th Support Group Training Bulletin

Here are the best ways to secure important financial documents

From the CNBC website

Let’s face it, when it comes to storing important financial documents, a shoe box under your bed doesn’t really cut it.

Estate-planning documents — such as wills, trusts, living wills, medical directives and powers of attorney —are very important to you. So where do you keep them safely secured? And what about your digital assets, passwords and social media accounts?

Here are some action steps to take:

Stay Social to Help Cut Your Odds of Dementia

From the Health Day website

The evidence continues to mount that staying socially engaged as you age helps keep dementia at bay.

In a new study, British researchers found that being socially active in your 50s and 60s may reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The findings showed that people in their 60s who interacted with friends nearly every day had a 12% lower risk of developing dementia than people who saw a couple of friends every few months.

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The Star-Spangled Banner – 205 years

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from the Defence of Fort McHenry, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the then 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the large U.S. flag, with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory. (Wikipedia)

Marvin Gaye gave a soul-influenced performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. It was one of the first of many adaptions by popular music artists.

7 Ways to Make Your Money Last in Retirement

From the Time Money website

Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That’s understandable, since we don’t know how long we’ll live, what our future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings.

There are several ways, however, to boost the odds that your money will last as long as you need it. Among them: