AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

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Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31.

Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense General Counsel. A review of the law (10 USC 1175a) determined that the Air Force is authorized to pay the transition assistance management program (TAMP) benefits to Airmen separated under VSP.

“I understand this situation affects the livelihood of our Airmen, which is why we aggressively sought clarification from the department,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “I am pleased to see our Airmen will receive the needed transitional benefits they deserve.”

TAMP provides Airmen with medical transition benefits for 180 days from an Airman’s date of separation. In addition to the monetary incentive for those who elected the VSP option, permissive TDY, commissary, exchange and morale, welfare and recreation privileges are extended with an agreement to serve in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR).

Specific instructions on implementation of the benefits will be provided to affected Airmen late next week.

(Courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)