ID Cards, DEERS and TRICARE
Story by: DEP MOB Staff
Make sure your Military Identification Card (ID Card) has not expired. This card allows you to use services on post. Examples are the Commissary, Post Exchange Services (PX), Hospital and so forth. Any person married to an Active Duty Soldier is entitled to an Identification Card (Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card). Children 10 years and older need to have a card. If your card(s) expired or will expire while your sponsor is away take care of it before he/she leaves.
Do you know if members of your Family (who are eligible) that have a current identification card: are enrolled in Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and understand TRICARE?
An identification card is the ticket to Army services. To secure a card, you need to report to your unit's personnel office. While you are there, you will complete a special application form. You will need to produce your marriage license and/or birth certificate. Family members applying for an identification card must be with you for their photograph to be taken.
If you should lose your identification card while your sponsor is deployed you will then need to contact your Rear Detachment Commander about a temporary card. Spouses need to bring a DD Form 93, Marriage Certificate and picture identification. Children's birth certificates will also need to be brought.
To find location and hours of operation, please use this link: http://www.riley.army.mil/documents/DHR.MPSDocuments/101102134653.pdf
The identification card service is available to all Military Personnel and their Family Members along with retired military personnel, disabled and transient Family Members and civilian employees. Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System registration can be established at this location.
Once you have completed filling out the identification application(s) your Family member will at the same time be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System program. Why is this so important? It enables you to use TRICARE.
If you are not familiar with TRICARE, you need to know that this is a medical benefits cost-share program that involves civilian medical resources and is a program for what is not available with military resources. It is important that you remember this is not insurance, since it is paid for by congressional appropriations and is limited to military Service members and their Families.
Fort Riley TRICARE Service Center
Phone Number: 1-888-TRIWEST