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Stay in 'defense mode' this summer; mobilize to protect your benefits
NARFE
On the heels of the Supreme Court decision overturning a section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Senate passage of a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, the Court and Congress left Washington for three months and one week, respectively. NARFE members should enjoy their Independence Day celebrations, too, says NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin, but he urges Association members to "use parades and picnics to politic. Remind parading politicians of your service to America. Use chapter picnics to plan 'NARFE Advocacy Month' meetings with elected officials."

During July and August, members of Congress will be in their home districts meeting with constituents and attending public events. In July, members will be home July 1-5, and the summer recess is Aug. 3-Sept. 8. Dress the part. Wear a NARFE shirt, hat or button when attending holiday parades, local festivals, or county and state fairs. When you shake the hand of a legislator, remind him/her of the work federal employees do to protect America's heartbeat, and relate what you do/did during your time of service. Explain that the Chained CPI would hurt Americans like you. Ask your legislator to stop attacking federal employees and retirees in the name of deficit reduction. Not sure where to begin? Find vital information in the Protect America's Heartbeat Toolkit at http://www.narfe.org/heartbeat/toolkit.cfm. The legislative staff at NARFE is eager to assist you in your endeavors.
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Send us your cents-off grocery coupons
NARFE
The NARFE Legislative Department is collecting current and expired newspaper cents-off coupons for a media push on the Chained CPI in September. To help us reach our goal, we are asking NARFE members to please send us any unwanted cents-off grocery coupons that show savings as a dollar amount, not a percentage. Under the Chained CPI, the average retired federal worker would lose $48,000 after 25 years. To help show lawmakers that the Chained CPI is not simply a "technical adjustment," we are collecting $48,000 worth of coupons and planning a media campaign showcasing our coupon collection.

Members can send their coupons to: NARFE Headquarters, Attn: Coupon Campaign, 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1914. We will be collecting coupons through Labor Day, when our media push will be unveiled.

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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Remarriage and survivor benefits
NARFE
Question: I'm planning to marry a widow who is receiving a federal annuity based on her deceased husband's federal employment. Would she lose her annuity and her insurance benefits if we marry? I also am a retired federal employee.
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Feds in same-sex marriages given 60 days to update benefits
Federal News Radio
With the Supreme Court ruling that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the Office of Personnel Management is giving federal employees in legal same-sex marriages 60 days to update or apply for new federal benefits.
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After Benghazi, embassy security checks hit by sequester
Federal Times
Since last year's Benghazi, Libya, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three others, the State Department's watchdog office has deployed auditors to make sure diplomatic posts are safe in high-threat areas around the world. But due to the sequester, the State Department's Office of Inspector General can't fully cover the travel costs of its auditors.
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Star senior execs can expect kudos instead of cash
Government Executive
Career civil servants who earn top honors from the president won't receive bonuses for 2013, but the government plans to vet nominees anyway. The Office of Personnel Management notified agencies recently that it would begin screening nominees for the 2013 Presidential Rank Awards or some kind of "alternative non-monetary presidential recognition." In other words, a pat on the back.
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FINANCES


Long-term care to cost more than expected
Columbus Dispatch
Baby boomers underestimate the cost of long-term care, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Nationwide Financial Services. Boomers surveyed estimate their long-term care costs to be $78,923, but the company projects that the cost of nursing-home care in 2030, the year the last boomers are expected to retire, will reach $265,000 a year.
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HEALTH


Hepatitis C test for baby boomers urged by health panel
The New York Times
An influential health advisory group has reversed itself and concluded that all baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C, meaning that under the new health law many insurance plans will have to provide screening without charge to patients. The group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, announced its change of heart recently, saying there was likely to be some benefit from such screening.
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Study: High-carb meals pique cravings for more
Los Angeles Times
Tucking into a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup, or a great bowl of white pasta for lunch, sends your blood sugar soaring — and then, suddenly, plummeting. Then, four hours after you've put down your fork, such a meal makes you hungrier than if you'd eaten one with more protein and fiber, and fewer carbohydrates, a new study finds.
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SECOND CAREERS


Volunteering not only helps others, but studies show it's good for you as well
PennLive.com
According to a recent study published by the American Psychological Association, volunteering can not only enrich your life, but extend it — as long as you do it for the right reasons. The APA research was the first time empirical evidence showed the connection between volunteer motives and life span. Volunteers lived longer than nonvolunteers if altruistic values or a desire for social connections were the primary reasons for wanting to volunteer, according to the study, published online in the APA Journal "Health Psychology."
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RETIREMENT TRENDS


Introducing the retirement commune
The Boston Globe
When Charlene DiCalogero lived alone in an apartment in Watertown, she knew none of her neighbors. "I felt lonely and isolated," says the 53-year-old, a grants administrator at Lesley University. But since buying a $230,000, 700-square-foot home at Camelot CoHousing in Berlin four years ago, DiCalogero couldn't be lonely if she tried. Camelot is an enclave of 34 compact homes with welcoming front porches that sit clustered together in this rural town, about a half-hour drive northeast of Worcester. The road and parking areas are off to the side, while pedestrian walkways wind among the houses. The development is engineered to encourage relationships with neighbors  —  and it seems to be working.
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TRAVEL


Packing for your summer vacation: 5 smart tips
San Francisco Chronicle
No matter where you're headed for your summer vacation, you've got to pack your bags in order to get there. Relax! Follow these tips for smart packing and you'll be set for a stress-free vacation.
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CONSUMER TIPS


You have not won an iPhone 5 or $1,000 Wal-Mart prize
Better Business Bureau
A new scam text message is circulating, claiming recipients won an iPhone 5 or a $1,000 Wal-Mart prize. The message contains a link for users to click in order to claim their prize. The Better Business Bureau warns that this is a scam — clicking the link may download harmful software to your mobile device or computer.
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