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ISS4 2017

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

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Rese R vist Magazine Reti R ee sit R ep 102-Year-Old Great Lakes CG Veteran Honored By Elizabeth Miller, Great Lakes Today Seventy-five years ago, the SPARS were created to take the job of thousands of Coast Guardsmen who had to leave their posts to fight in World War II. 102-year-old Mabel Johnson was one of them – she enlisted in 1943 and was first sent to Cleveland. She returned Thursday for a visit. Mabel Johnson traveled from Kansas for the visit. With her son and daughter at her side, she was honored by Cleveland's Coast Guard unit with a few songs from her time as a SPAR -- including one to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy. "We're the women of the Coast Guard, we're the Yankee Doodle SPARS. The real live nieces of our Uncle Sam, helping to win this war." SPAR stands for Semper Paratus, Always Ready. 11,000 SPARS joined the Coast Guard during WWII – they started out doing administrative work, but eventually performed more operational tasks. The SPARS were disbanded after the war, though some – including Johnson – continued to serve. The legacy of these women still influences the agency today – even inspiring the name of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. Rear Adm. June Ryan addressed Johnson as they met. "For us, you are like our founding father," said Ryan. "It's like the opportunity to speak and talk to George Washington, or Alexander Hamilton, who created the Coast Guard." During her Cleveland visit, Johnson plans to recreate one of her fondest memories – throwing ticker tape out of the 16th floor window of the Keith Building downtown to celebrate V-E day. This story originally ran in "Great Lakes Today," www.great- lakestoday.org. Eligibility for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program includes "gray area" retirees The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to all military retirees (including "gray area" retirees under age 60) and their eligible family members, unremarried surviving spouses and their eligible children. The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective; after 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants. (New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services; supporting documentation is required) The TRDP provides every enrollee an annual maximum of $1,300 per person, a $1,200 annual maximum for dental accidents and a $1,750 lifetime maximum for orthodontics. It is important to note that the money that the TRDP pays out for preventive and diagnostic services doesn't count against the annual maximum – those benefits are in addition to the $1,300. Retirees can find more information on the program, as well as enroll online by visiting trdp.org. Women from the District n ine Coast Guard community gather around Mabel Johnson, a WW ii SPAR, at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, o hio, July 27. Photo by PA3 Lauren Steenson 52 RESERVIST � Issue 4 • 2017

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