Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philppines
RAO Subic Bay is an Independent Retired Activities Coordination Office which provides vital services to U.S. military retirees living in this area, remote from any Military installation.
Authorization & Support
The RAO is authorized by SECNAVINST 5420.169J and OPNAVINST 1720.3F to tailor its services to the needs of the local retired community, and bears full responsibility for financing its operation and maintenance costs. The RAO receives the same DoD support offered to any retiree or patriotic organization.
Corrections, Additions & Deletions
This informal and unofficial information was prepared by members of the RAO who are also members of the VFW, FRA and American Legion. If you note any errors, want to contribute, or would like to see something revised, added or deleted, please pass your comments to RAO Voice or call/email the RAO Director at the address listed below.
HOURS OF DIRECTOR
|0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday|
|Closed on US and Philippine Holidays|
|Jack Walker||OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R|
|USMC (Ret.)||FPO AP 96517|
|Director||Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314|
|P.O. Box 075||Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899|
|Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Year's Day||U.S. & PHL||Fri, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 17|
|1st Phil. Republic Day||PHL||Sun, Jan. 23|
|Chinese New Year||PHL||Tue, Feb. 1|
|President's Day||U.S.||Mon, Feb. 21|
|EDSA People Power Revolution||PHL||Fri, Feb. 25|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Sat, Apr. 9|
|Maundy Thurs||PHL||Thu, Apr. 14|
|Good Friday||PHL||Fri, Apr. 15|
|Black Saturday||PHL||Sat, Apr. 16|
|Easter Sunday||PHL||Sun, Apr. 17|
|Phil. Labor Day||PHL||Sub, May. 1|
|Eid-al-Fitr||PHL||Mon, May. 2|
|U.S. Memorial Day||U.S.||Mon, May. 30|
|Philippine Independence Day||PHL||Sun, Jun. 12|
|U.S. Independence Day||U.S.||Mon, Jul. 4|
|Eid al-Adha||PHL||Sat, Jul. 9|
|Ninoy Aquino Day||PHL||Sun, Aug. 21|
|U.S. Labor Day||U.S.||Mon, Sep. 5|
|National Heroes Day||PHL||Fri, Sep. 16|
|Columbus Day||U.S.||Mon, Oct. 10|
|All Saints Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 1|
|All Souls Day||PHL||Wed, Nov. 2|
|Veterans Day||U.S.||Fri, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 24|
|Bonifacio Day||PHL||Wed, Nov. 30|
|Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion||PHL||Thu, Dec. 8|
|Christmas Day||U.S. & PHL||Sunday, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Fri, Dec. 30|
|New Year's Eve||U.S. & PHL||Sat, Dec. 31|
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RAO Subic Office will be closed on the following Philippine and/or U.S. Holidays below:August
- August 21, 2022 - Ninoy Aquino Day
- September 5, 2022 - U.S. Labor Day
- September 16, 2022 - National Heroes Day
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Veterans Benefits Newsletter | August 2022
Military OneSource's Transitioning Veterans Consultation
Transitioning Veterans is a free Military OneSource specialty consultation designed for service members returning to civilian life. Whether you are 12 months out from separation or within 365 days of your last day of service, you are eligible for this personalized transition support. Through a series of sessions, a professionally trained consultant will help you identify goals and navigate benefits and resources.
We have exciting news to share! We redesigned my Social Security!
It’s now easier for those who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to do business with us online and find the information that you need. With the new design, people who receive Social Security benefits or SSI are now able to update their telephone number online and see more information under the Benefits and Payments section. People who receive Social Security benefits can also change their address and direct deposit information under the My Profile tab.
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE MEDS AVAILABLE IN ANGELES
Thank you Ron Santos---As a lot of you already know effective October 1, 2022, VA Manila will no longer prescribe or dispense controlled substance pain medications to Veterans in the Philippines. I just wanted to let you know about an "cashless" option that is available at Sacred Heart Hospital in Angeles City for vets who fall under the Foreign Medical Program for service-connected disabilities. Sacred Heart Hospital is opening up a Pain Management Clinic for US VETS, under the supervision of their Pain Specialist Dr. Henry Ho. They have the ability to dispense or provide the prescribed pain meds and other maintenance meds needed by our vets as long as they are used for service-connected conditions. Sacred Heart Medical Center strictly follows a "no cash out" policy for hospital bills and professional fees as long as the services availed are "service connected". Other hospitals who offer these services may charge the veterans "instant cash payments" rather than the hospital applying through the FMP for reimbursement. In order to avail of the pain medication services at Sacred Heart all you need to bring is your Benefits Authorization which shows all your service-connected disabilities. Sacred Heart is accredited by FMP. If this is of any interest to you, please contact Dr. Neenia Tan at 0919 067 7671 or you can shoot a message to her by searching her FB page, @NeeniaTanMD To gister for FMP see below.
You can fax/email or mail to get your Benefits Aurhorization letter https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-7959f-1.pdfr.
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Update RAO Services
Commencing 01 January 2023 RAO dues will be $96.00 per year. This is a standard flat rate, There will be no partial payments accepted. We prefer dollars or dollar instruments we also except Philippine pesos depending on the exchange rate. Due to Philippine banking restrictions no money orders can be accepted.
Some of our members are running into problems getting meds now that VA is closed down. A member has forwarded the below info regarding a Dr friend of his who is interested in helping our vets. The member has known him for years and vouches for him enthusiastically!
The RAO does not know him and can't endorse but if you need help give him a try and see.
DANIEL SALVADOR L. REDOÑA, MD
Clinic Address: JH ORIENTAL MEDICAL CLINIC Blk 48 Lot 10 Friendship Highway Bgy Cutcut, Angeles City 2009 Pampanga
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