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Information for Navy Retirees in the Great Lakes Area

Navy Retired Activities Branch

The Retired Activities Branch is dedicated to supporting more than 650,000 Navy retirees, families, annuitants, and survivors worldwide.  The Branch hours of operation are 0800 - 1600 (Central Time) Monday through Friday.


Active Duty Retiree or Reserve Retired with Pay questions: 1-833-330-6622


Military Retired Handbook

The United States Military Retired Handbook is designed to help all U.S. Military personnel who have retired – or who are planning to retire. This unique guide covers everything from the nuts and bolts of computing your Retirement Pay to the detailed explanations of retired military Healthcare, TRICARE, Social Security, VA, SBP, taxes, insurance, travel, survivor benefits and much more. Free download link below.

ID CARD. Address: Visitors Control Center, 2535 Sheridan Road, Bldg. 6130, Rm 105, Great Lakes, IL 60088-2915. Phone: 847-688-3928. 

The VCC will secure Saturday services effective 23 October 2021 until further notice.

For hours of operation, and to schedule an appointment, please go to:

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense (DoD), integrating all medical care into a fully integrated federal health care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission.

3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
847-688-1900, 800-393-0865



All TRICARE eligible beneficiaries can enroll online at  

To speak to someone in the Lovell FHCC eligibility office, please call 224-610-3747.



R&A Pay establishes, maintains and pays military retirees, their surviving spouses and other family members.


AskDFAS Call: 800-321-1080



Direct Deposit bank change

Survivor Benefit Plan Information The Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RC-SBP) and Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) provide eligible beneficiaries with a form of benefit called an "annuity."  

Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a program that was created for disability and non-disability military retirees with combat-related disabilities.  It is a tax free entitlement that you will be paid each month along with any retired pay you may already be receiving.

Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) allows military retirees to receive both military retired pay and Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation. This was prohibited until the CRDP program began on January 1, 2004.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of Servicemembers who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training or survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities.

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents.

National Archives Veterans Records

The DD Form 214, Report of Separation, is filed in the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Most veterans and their next-of-kin can request copies of their DD Form 214 and other 20th Century military and medical personnel records online.

Military Veterans Service Records

Get your DD Form 214

National Personnel Records Center, St Louis MO 314-801-0800

Navy Personnel Command PERS-313 Millington TN,  901-874-4885

PERS 313, 901-874-4885

Reserve Members not currently serving on active duty to include the following: Ready Reserves (SELRES-IRR) Standby Reserves (USNR_S1/USNR-S-2) PERS -313 Millington TN  901-874-4885.

After a Death

Report a Retiree's Death

Burials and Memorials The VA's National Cemetery Administration determines eligibility to be buried in a national cemetery.

Military Funeral Honors Request funeral honors here.

Survivors Pension The Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.

Burial At Sea Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on United States Navy vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time, and longitude and latitude once the committal service has been completed.  

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