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WAServes Newsletter – March 16, 2018

Kiplinger’s Financial Field Manual: A Personal Finance Guide for Military Families Available for Download

Washington DC-based publisher Kiplinger has released a brand-new edition of Kiplinger’s Financial Field Manual: A Personal Finance Guide for Military Families, containing information for those who joined the military from 2006 to late 2017 and who face the challenge of choosing between two retirement systems.

The guide is written by Kiplinger columnist Kim Lankford, who has years of relevant first-hand experience as a military spouse. The following topics are covered in-depth by the manual:

  • Investing In Your Future: Make the Most of Special Savings Plans and New Rules
  • Your Military Benefits: Discover all the Advantages and Protections to Which You’re Entitled
  • Before and After Deployment: Take Smart Steps to Protect Your Family and Your Finances
  • Buying and Selling a Home: Benefit From Special Perks and Resources to Ease Military Moves
  • Financial Fraud Watch: Protect Yourself From Scams That Target Service members
  • Leaving the Military: Plan A Smooth Return to Civilian Life With This Checklist
  • Financial Resources for Military Families

The Financial Field Manual

Please share with your clients, friends or family members. Click here to download.

New Medicare Cards Protect Your Personal Information By Kirk Larson, Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist

Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to help protect you and your clients from identity theft. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.

Medicare Sample

New cards will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to its owner. The new card will help protect their identity and keep their personal information more secure. Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

Medicare will automatically mail a new card at no cost to the address you and your clients have on file with Social Security. If you need to update your official mailing address, you can do that with your online my Social Security account at You can also call us at 800-772-1213. However, the best way to update is online.

Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you to give personal or private information to get your new Medicare Number and card. Scam artists may try to get personal information (like your current Medicare Number) by contacting you about your new card. If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information, then hang up and call us at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

For more information about the new Medicare card, visit You can also visit for tips to prevent Medicare fraud.


Stop the Bleed - Save a Life

Community Leaders: Be the “First Responder”

Registration Times:  10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30, 2:30-4:30

Include preferred time and number of participants in e-mail registration.  Space is limited. At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic principles of an active shooter response.
  • Identify life-threatening bleeding.
  • Describe the steps to control life-threatening bleeding.
  • Demonstrate the application of gauze and wound packing for bleeding control.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.

A Basic B-Con course certificate will be awarded to those who complete this course.

Click here to register or please forward the link to others.

WAServes-GPS Community of Practice Monthly Provider Meeting

Who: All Network Coordinators and Network Providers

When: Every 2nd Friday at 9am PST
Next call: Friday, April 13, 2018. RSVP below.

Why: Build and improve upon our practice of a coordinated approach to service delivery.

Where: For the full audio and visual experience dial into the conference line and join the webinar link.

Webinar Instructions (to view presentation materials):
About five minutes before the webinar is about to begin, click the link to join the meeting: it is highly recommended that you join the webinar a few minutes in advance to help troubleshoot any issues before the presentation begins.

Call into the meeting via the conference line below and enter the participant code when prompted: 866-762-7734

Participant code: 6394849

Agenda and read-ahead materials will be forthcoming.


Serving America’s Military Families