(Actually, someone with power of attorney authorized by the sponsor can also add family members, but this is rare.)Servicemembers can enroll their dependents in DEERS at any that is authorized to issue military and uniformed-services ID cards. These include marriage certificates, Social Security cards, photo IDs, birth certificates (for biological children under 21), adoption papers, and divorce decrees.If you have children ages 21-23 who are full-time college students and you want to keep them covered by TRICARE, you’ll need a letter from the college’s registrar’s office verifying the child’s enrollment.But has that ever stopped the Do D from needing it again? We really, truly wish all the things could be done online. For example, you can update your address, email address and phone number in DEERS by visiting this website. Everything else — like adding your child’s social security number — must be done in person at an ID card office.Fortunately one more thing is online — the location of all of the military ID card offices.If you’re the one doing the update, however, you’re going to need a special power of attorney for military ID cards or a form DD 1172-2, which has to be filled out and notarized. There have been some reports of spouses updating social security numbers at an ID card office without power of attorney or the DD 1172-2.If you are a servicemember, retiree, or dependent, DEERS registration is the key to getting your TRICARE benefits eligibility established.If your DEERS record isn’t accurate, you might not qualify for the house you need.
The servicemember (called the “Sponsor”) is the only person who can add (or remove) family members to DEERS. Before you pile into the car and drive down to the ID-issuing facility, make sure you have all the documentation you’ll need.The most important benefits probably are health insurance coverage provide by TRICARE.But others include access to commissaries and exchanges, ID cards, life insurance, and education benefits. After all, you’ve done the hard work by registering to start with. That means they need you to update that information or you’re going to be stuck paying the fine (even though you totally had Tricare). You’ll get a snail-mail letter about it noting the specific dependents for whom they are missing numbers. And they are missing SSNs from about 430,000 military households.