Posted on Wednesday, 29th April 2015 by Dennis Damp

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Up until recently the only way you could obtain a federal retirement ID Card, officially referred to as a “Retirement Services Reference Card,” was to call OPM and request a copy. They would send it in the mail and you would receive it in 5 to 7 business days. Recently OPM Services Online added a […]

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Posted on Sunday, 29th March 2015 by Nancy Holston

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A step back in time awaits you in this seaside city on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Whenever I visit I always plan lunch or dinner at The Columbia Restaurant. It sits in the center of the old city and is a personal favorite. They offer sangrias made table side, the white is the best […]

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Posted on Saturday, 7th March 2015 by Dennis Damp

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The impact that our Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) has on our annuity is significant and without it retirees would find themselves doing with less as they age. Even though our COLAs don’t truly keep up with inflation as claimed we at least experience increases most years. If COLAs would have been paid in 2010 […]

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Posted on Friday, 2nd January 2015 by Cynthia Compton-Conley

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Why It’s Difficult to Hear in Large Rooms If you experience difficulty understanding speech in public areas, you will be happy to learn that there are several technologies that can enhance your ability to hear in these venues. These technologies are free as they are mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before discussing […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 by Dennis Damp

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Each year I connect to OPM’s Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) online services at https://retireefehb.opm.gov/Annuitant/. This service is devoted to Federal Retirees, Survivor Annuitants, or Former Spouse Annuitants. Annuitants can get a head start on open season and even print out their personal Open Season Health Benefits Guide long before receiving a mailed copy. Users […]

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Posted on Friday, 12th September 2014 by Cynthia Compton-Conley

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Hearing aid and implant wearers know only too well that their devices perform best when in close and quiet listening situations. However, listening may not be so easy when attempting to understand dialogue on the TV, over the phone, or when listening in noisy situations such as in the car, restaurants, or movie theaters and […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 by Nancy Holston

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Planning your Safari We planned this trip with friends that we met on a cruise. I am not sure we would have ever taken on this adventure without their encouragement and information they gained from friends of theirs who had taken the same trip the year before. This was one travel destination that I dreamed […]

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Posted on Thursday, 7th August 2014 by Dennis Damp

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I discovered four years ago that my hearing loss was significant enough to warrant wearing hearing aids. I purchased my first set, a Starkey model,  from the audiology department that is located in the same office as my Otolaryngologist . An otolaryngologists diagnoses and manages diseases of the ears, nose, and throat. They did improve […]

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