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December 20, 2005
Oregon National Guard, others get more access to Tricare medical coverage information
 
Guardsmen returning from active duty deployments and several other people with military affiliation now have additional resources when it comes to health care issues.
 
TriWest, the contractor for Tricare, has opened a service center at the Anderson Readiness Center for anyone who is entitled to services through Tricare whether they are Guardsmen and their families eligible for Tricare benefits, active duty members of all service branches, or retirees with Tricare.
 
The Tricare service center prefers walk-in visitors, but it will also take phone calls and appointments.
 
"Our goal here is to increase awareness in the community and to handle TRICARE issues," said Sgt. Major Mark Brady. "And we need to show TriWest there's enough interest to warrant a service center."
 
Oregon National Guard officials view the opening of Tricare service center as a great benefit for a large number of people. The only other Tricare service center for Oregon is in Lake Oswego, and people who couldn't get to Lake Oswego were forced to get assistance by phone and mail.
 
The Tricare service center is co-located with Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) office and the Soldier Reintegration office at the Anderson Readiness Center at 3225 State Street in Salem. Bringing these three resources together essentially provides a one-stop service center for people needing access to the various services they offer.
 
The Tricare service center is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; call (503) 584-2384 for an appointment or walk-in. The DEERS office is at (503) 584-2384. The Soldier Reintegration Team is available toll free at (888) 688-2264, and their Career Transition Assistance Program is available at (503) 584-2393.
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Capt. Mike Braibish
503.584.3886
 or cell 503.932.5805
 
Kay Fristad
503.584.3917
 or cell 503.931.5179