Saturday, August 21, 2010

U.S. Community Service Center

This is a fabulous resource and one you should make note of! I had no idea all the stuff you could get done in this one little building... #253 on SHAPE. The staff is excellent and knowledgeable and if they don’t know the answer they will find out for you…

Here is some of what they can help you with:

DEERS, ID Cards, CAC Cards, and issues relating to those topics

Yellow Cards for retirees and Canadians, Ration cards for retirees

Passports: first-time, renewals, emergency, official, new babies

Inprocessing and Outprocessing

Retirement Services

IACS for access to Chievres Air Base

Help with your Belgian Taxes. Most Americans are exempt unless they work on the economy and will be stamped as such (adult family members and civilians receive the taxes in the mail in the Spring)

VAT tax refunds. They have a list of items qualifying for Vat Tax Refund. This is step one in the process. Make sure you get a Facteur from the merchant where the items are purchased and bring it in

Visitor's Pass for SHAPE for more than one day: SHAPE Form 550 is filled out and stamped here and you take it to the Berlin Gate Visitor’s Center no less than five days out and on approval, they will issue a pass

Auto pass for Chievres – they do the paperwork, you take it to the Chievres MP station.

SHAPE ID Form 94 filled out and stamped (Step 1 in the paperwork required to get your SHAPE ID Card). This is a mandatory stop on your inprocessing checklist.

If you have a service member who dies over here in Belgium, this office can help you with the logistics of transporting the body.

You can also find grocery coupons, shuttle bus schedules and a book swap here. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, closed for lunch from 1:00-2:00. Phone number is DSN: 366-6238 or off SHAPE 065/32.6291


H said...

I don't remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I am so glad I did. We are arriving at SHAPE in just a little over six weeks and your advice has been incredible. I love your sense of humor and honesty, thank you!

edith said...

Wow, THANKS! I'm so happy my blog is making a positive difference to your move. Please feel free to email me if you need anything or have any questions...

H said...

Thanks so much! I'll do that:)