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Message from HQMCL

Good afternoon,

I have a few items of interest to share this afternoon -- you may already be aware of these as there has been some news reporting, but nonetheless, I wanted to provide this information directly to you:


1)  As most of you already know, the Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, access will expand to include all veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war, and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. New patrons who are eligible solely under this authority should be aware that the law requires the Defense Department charge them a small user fee to offset the increased expense incurred by the Department of the Treasury for processing commercial credit or debit cards used for purchases at commissary stores. The Department of Defense is finalizing the details for these new privileges with the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and the Treasury.  More information will be announced soon regarding installation access and the authentication process for these privileges. In the meantime, the attached fact sheet contains information and a list of frequently asked questions about the expanded benefit.  The fact sheet is also posted at Military OneSource at:

2)  On November 4, the DoD Office of Inspector General (DoDIG) released its annual report on "Top DoD Management Challenges for Fiscal Year 2020, and its companion document outlining the FY2020 Oversight Plan.  Each Inspector General is required by law to prepare this annual statement summarizing what the IG considers the "most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency."  Many of the challenges are persistent, long-standing challenges facing the DoD.  However, this year the DoD OIG added two new management challenges, one of which focuses on the welfare and well-being of service members and their families.  Also included in the FY20 document is a continued focus on providing comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare. I have attached Top DoD Management Challenges Document for your reference, and it may be found online at top-dod-management-challenges-fiscal-year-2020/ The FY2020 Oversight Plan is available online here: sight-plan/ More information is contained in this explanatory video released by the DoDIG:

3) Last week, the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2020.  Most military retirees will receive a 1.6 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on January 1, 2020.  Likewise, survivors of members who died on active or inactive duty, or survivors of military retirees who participated in the Survivor Benefit Plan will, in most cases, see a 1.6 percent increase to their annuities beginning in January. More information on this may be found in the attached document.

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4) For our National Guard community who use the Joint Services Support website, please note that Joint Services Support has moved to Military OneSource.  National Guard members and their immediate family can now visit Military OneSource website (  to access information about resources and programs available to them at the state and unit level. The following programs that were on the Joint Services Support website are now on the National Guard category on Military OneSource: .  Building Healthy Military Communities, or BHMC .  Joining Community Forces, or JCF .  Employment Support .  Family Program .  Transition Assistance Program .  Financial Management .  Psychological Health The Yellow Ribbon Program information can be accessed by visiting ************************************** Many thanks to all for your support for the department and most importantly for our Service members, veterans and their families. Best wishes, David David L. Nokes Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense

for Public Affairs/Community Engagement

The Pentagon

Forwarded from:

Bob Borka,



Lori Dashiell 

Department of Florida District 5 Vice Commandant

MODD Worthy MadDog


Nathan Pratt


Detachment 1267

Col. Phillip C. DeLong

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