30 December 2016
This post is a notification to all Service Officers. It also poses a question.
As a Veteran’s advocate, I am in possession of a signed VA form 21-22a from my ‘client’. Submittals to the VA and TRICARE have been postal-tracked and faxes confirmed.
As directed, I called TRICARE Overseas Program / Wisconsin Physician Services, Madison, Wisconsin concerning a number of issues.
The telephone representative found ‘Oscar’s’ file, as well as the VA 21-22a giving POA over all of his VA-related healthcare issues.
The representative stated: “TRICARE does not recognize VA form 21-22a as a ‘Power of Attorney’”. “The veteran must file a Department of Defense form - DD – 2870.”
This DOD form 2870 is available on-line, but for printing only. It is not ‘electronically filed’ when completed. The form itself does not list a submittal address, phone number, email of fax. Where do I send this?
The form’s ‘Section IV– for staff use only’ (To be completed only upon receipt of written revocation) [sic] Which staff? Who has these powers? What exactly are they trying to say?
Can anyone advise me? ‘Oscar’, a charter Post member (who recently underwent an amputation) and I are in dire need of answers.
Yours in Comradery,