Federal Benefits Open Season Begins Nov. 9

The 2020 Federal Benefits Open Season begins Nov. 9 and continues through Dec. 14. Eligible federal employees can enroll in, change or cancel insurance plans including health, dental and vision coverage. For further details, visit abc.chra.army.mil.

In conjunction with Open Season, TRICARE beneficiaries are reminded of a change to the “Select” plan – an enrollment option different than “Prime.” Those individuals will be placed into one-of-two categories as of Jan. 1.

Group A is anyone who became affiliated with the uniformed services through enlistment or appointment before Jan. 1, 2018. All other enrollees fall into Group B. Group A beneficiaries will be required to pay a new enrollment fee starting in January. They should contact their regional contractor, Humana East - 1-800-444-5445, before the end of TRICARE Open Season to set up a monthly allotment, if feasible. Beneficiaries will be dis-enrolled for failure to pay the new fee.

Registration Underway for Couples Retreat

The Fort Lee Religious Support Office is hosting a free military married couples retreat Nov. 20-22 at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg.

The theme of the retreat is “5 Love Languages” and it focuses on different ways couples can communicate, how to build stronger relationships and other topics. The weekend event includes meals, hotel and the facility’s water park. The program opens at 3 p.m., Nov. 20, and concludes at noon, Nov. 22.

For registration and more information, email ricquan.m.morris.mil@mail.mil or call 804-734-0968.


Kenner Facilities to Close on Veterans Day

All Kenner Army Health Clinic facilities and ancillary services will be closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operations will resume Nov. 12.

To schedule appointments, call 1-866-533-5242. To request authorization to visit an urgent care center after-hours or when the clinic is closed, call the nurse advice line at 1-800-TRICARE and choose option 1.

For an emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Veterans Day Concert to Feature Various Artists

A special Veterans Day concert series, sponsored by military exchanges and the Defense Commissary Agency, will be livestreamed via social media on Nov. 11, starting at 4 p.m. 

A new musical guest will appear every hour until 11 p.m. Confirmed artists include Andy Grammer, Ashanti, Big Boi, Hanson, K Michelle, Tank and The Bangas, and others. Visit @NavyExchange Facebook page for the full schedule of concerts.

Other veteran recognition events in November include Facebook live interviews with five military heroes and a celebrity guest, and a giveaway of limited-edition challenge coins at Exchanges and commissaries on Nov. 11. For further information, visit https://wp.me/p9Q7PG-1xy.

Flu Shots Available at Kenner

Kenner Army Health Clinic will offer influenza vaccines to DOD Civilian employees by appointment only on Tuesdays beginning Nov. 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. For an appointment, call 804-734-9159.

In addition, flu shots are available at the clinic for military personnel and high-risk beneficiaries. This year, family members have the option of obtaining an influenza vaccine at TRICARE network participating pharmacies and providers at no cost.

Visit www.tricare.mil/fluvaccine to learn about TRICARE coverage and the flu vaccine.

American Indian Observance to be Held Nov. 19

Fort Lee will recognize National American Indian Heritage Month with a special observance set for Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in the Lee Theater. The event will be livestreamed via the Army Logistics University Support Battalion Facebook page – facebook.com/USAALU.

The observance will recognize and celebrate American Indian culture, achievements and contributions to the United States and the armed forces. The theme is “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future.” The guest speaker is Walter D. “Red Hawk” Brown III, the elected chief of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, Southampton County. He is a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served 28 years on active duty.

For more information, contact Capt. James M. Hicks at 804-765-8103 or james.m.hicks69.mil@mail.mil.

Gift Cards Up for Grabs

One authorized shopper will win a $1,000 Exchange Gift Card in the AAFES Holiday Storybook Sweepstakes through Dec. 25.

Second and third prizes – $500 and $300 gift cards, respectively – also will be awarded. To enter, authorized patrons should submit an essay of 500 words or less about a favorite holiday memory.

Visit shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes for more information and rules. Winners will be selected on or before Jan. 31.