Coming Up on ForYourBenefit

October 23, 2017:  Serving Those Who Served

Host, Bob Leins, welcomes Sabrina Clark, Director of Voluntary Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Laura Balun, volunteer, VA retiree, and former Director of Voluntary Service.  As we quickly approach Veterans Day, we would like to highlight the opportunities to honor the sacrifice and service of Veterans through philanthropic activities in collaboration with VA’s Voluntary Service Program.

VA Voluntary Service (or VAVS) is one of the largest volunteer programs in the Federal government. Last fiscal year, VA had more than 78,000 active volunteers who served more than 9.4 million hours on behalf of Veterans. Additionally, VA received more than $75,000 in gifts and donations from individuals, Veterans Service Organizations, business/corporate entities, foundations, and individual donors to bring services and programs to veterans that would otherwise be unavailable.

VAVS Mission:  To supplement the care and services provided to veterans through the strategic utilization of volunteers and donations.

VAVS Vision: To inspire community and civic engagement on behalf of America’s veterans.

Today’s discussion will include:

  • What can volunteers do in VA? 
  • How are donations used to help Veterans?
  • What is the experience like for volunteers?
  • How are assignments made for people interested in volunteering?
  • How can you get involved?

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A Look Ahead

October 30, 2017 launches our Open Season series of shows.  Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott, Federal Benefits Specialist, welcome Jay Fritz, Chief, Program Analysis and Systems Support, Federal Employee Insurance Operations, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Most Recent Past Shows

October 16, 2017:  "Be Proactive in Keeping Your Retirement Plans On Track" - Host Bob Leins welcomes Bob Braunstein, Federal Benefits Specialist, to talk about what you can do to be ready for retirement

October 9, 2017:  "Social Security: Where It’s Been, Where It’s Now, Where It’s Going"  - Host Bob Leins and co-host John Elliott welcome Lester Austin, Retired Senior Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration

October 2, 2017:  "Federal Open Season and OPM FEHB Program Initiatives" - Host Bob Leins welcomes back Paula S. Jakub, RHU; CEO of The American Foreign Service Protective Association, to the studio to talk about the upcoming 2017 Federal Open Season.  Paula is a Subject Matter Expert in Federal Health Insurance and also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Foreign Service Institute.  

September 25, 2017:  "Buyouts:  A Financial Perspective" - Host Bob Leins welcomes Karen Schaeffer, Certified Financial Planner®, who specializes in financial planning for Federal government employees, to talk about evaluating early outs and buyouts from a financial perspective.

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ForYourBenefit is NITP’s weekly radio show which features information and discussion on topics of interest to the Federal employee, including Federal Benefits, financial and retirement planning, and other issues.

Guests and topics change weekly – In 2017, our guests will help you plan and navigate through retirement issues and concerns.