Veterans can soon enroll for access to Big Navy

SHARING INFORMATION: Capt. Jeffrey Grimes, U.S. Naval Base Guam commanding officer, speaks with local veterans about the process eligible veterans, their family members or caregivers need to take to access newly allowed privileges and services at the base under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Pre-enrollment services will begin Tuesday. Post file photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Base Guam

Veterans living on Guam who want to enroll for access to Naval Base Guam can do so over the next few weeks. The Visitor Control Center Contractor Services Office will provide veteran enrollment services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 12 to Dec. 12, according to a news release from Naval Base Guam. The services are part of the upcoming changes authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act. When enrolling, veterans and eligible caregivers must bring:

• Veterans Health Information Card (VHIC) and/or Letter of eligibility

• Completed SECNAV Form 5512/1

Commissary, MWR

Section 621 of the NDAA authorizes privileges at the commissary, Military Service Exchange, and certain Morale, Welfare, and Recreation facilities for Purple Heart recipients, veterans with service-connected disabilities, those who have been prisoners of war, and registered primary or family caregivers.

Section 626 requires that the secretary of defense establish procedures for eligible surviving spouses and other next of kin to obtain unescorted access to military installations in order to receive benefits to which they’re entitled by law or policy. Both sections are effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Veterans must obtain a Veterans Health Information Card or be issued a letter to specify eligible caregivers, both of which are an approved credential to request base access. 

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