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Military charities see green when Airmen 'Go Green'

The TRICARE graphic  (Courtesy graphic)

The TRICARE graphic (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can assist military families and help save the environment with a simple click of a mouse.

Now through March 31, when a TRICARE beneficiary chooses to "Go Green" and opts-in for paperless statements, TriWest will contribute $5 to one of the following military support organizations: Armed Services YMCA, Operation Homefront, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors or the USO.

Giving Green
Each of the eligible military charities support active duty servicemembers, veterans, military families and survivors in different ways.

Operation Homefront-- Provides emergency and morale assistance for servicemembers, the families they leave behind, and wounded warriors when they return home, and has filled the needs of more than 267,000 military families since 2002.

Armed Services YMCA --Delivers quality social, educational and recreational programs and services to active duty military and family members. Its programs include children's waiting rooms at various military hospitals and Operation Hero. 

- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors--Offers hope, healing, comfort and care to families grieving after the death of a servicemember through programs such as Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps.

USO--Entertains and provides educational programs to servicemembers and their families.

Going Green
By registering at, TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can opt-in to receive paperless TRICARE communications, such as referral and authorization letters, claims and explanation of benefits statements.

Since launching the "Go Green" program more than a year ago, TriWest has already saved hundreds of thousands of sheets of paper from being printed and mailed. The "Go Green" option for TRICARE West Region customers is convenient, secure and simple.

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