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Gray area retirees

Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to collect their retired pay are considered to be in a "Gray Area." This table shows your "gray area" benefits compared to the "full" (active duty retiree) benefits which you and your family will begin to receive or be eligible for upon receipt or retired pay. SPECIAL NOTE: Insure that your branch always has your current address so they can mail you your application for retiree pay when you become eligible.

Your Benefits Gray Area Retiree & Dependents Retiree/Dependents

Not receiving Retiree Pay Receiving Retiree Pay

Military ID Cards Retiree/Dependents: Get new ID Must get new ID cards &

cards & enroll in DEERS upon ensure enrollment in DEERS

retirement (typically age 60) (after 20 years' service)

Access to Military Installations Yes Yes

Exchange/PX/BX/Shopettes Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes

Commissary Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes

Medical Facilities No Yes

TRICARE Health Insurance Plans May use TRICARE Retired Yes

Reserve (TRR) until age 60 when

they can use TRICARE or US

Family Health Plan.

TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Yes Must pay premiums Yes Must pay


Base Service Stations Yes. Yes.

DFAS MyPay Website Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes

Lodging: (Available Space) Yes Yes

MWR: Gyms, pools, theatres, ect Yes Yes

Base Medical Facilities No Yes

Space-A Travel on Military Aircraft Yes; limited to CONUS Retiree must

Dependents — No accompany

Spouse & dependents

Base Family Services Yes Yes

Base Legal Office Assistance None Yes

Survivor Assistance Yes Yes

Casualty Assistance Yes Yes

Vets Group Life Insurance Yes, if eligible Yes, if eligible

VA Eligbility See VA rep See VA rep

State Veterans Benefits Varies by state Varies by state

Veteran Burial Benefits Yes. Yes.

VA Cemetery Burial Retiree/Spouse Retiree/Spouse

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at and as always have a great week.