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Posted on Thursday, 8th December 2011 by Chuck Jumpeter

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Whew! Last year our trip along the road to good health had a serious breakdown when my hard drive crashed. What a horrible experience that turned out to be. I found out, first hand, how not to back up your files. While I thought I was pretty good at saving all the important stuff, I […]

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Posted on Monday, 5th December 2011 by Nancy Holston

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They are for kids of all ages! When I was a youngster, the closest thing to a theme park was the local 4-H fair in northern Indiana.  When I was in Junior High we went to the Indiana State Fair, a huge fairground with rides, animals, shows, tractor pulls, and arcade. It was truly awe […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 5th October 2011 by Dennis Damp

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It has been a trying time for annuitants and Social Security recipients who have essentially been forced to live on fixed incomes these past two years. Finally it looks promising; we may receive a COLA in 2012 of around 3.6% if Congress doesn’t block the payout for whatever reason. If we are fortunate enough to […]

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Posted on Thursday, 18th August 2011 by Nancy Holston

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As a youngster growing up in northern Indiana, wildlife consisted of skunks, raccoons, deer and opossums and I did not find them particularly interesting since their natural setting was usually lying in the middle of the road lifeless.  But that changed in 1980 while I was enjoying a training assignment in Oklahoma City.   I stumbled […]

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Posted on Thursday, 11th August 2011 by Dennis Damp

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A site visitor close to retirement wrote that his TSP was considerably less than it should have been because he didn’t understand the TSP options and mismanaged his account throughout his career. Don’t let this happen to you. It feels like a rerun of the 2008 recession with the Dow at the time of this […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 26th July 2011 by Dennis Damp

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When I attained 25 years service at age 44 I felt a great sense of relief. I knew that with 25 years of creditable service I would at least be eligible for an early retirement and I could apply for a VERA and VSIP if offered. The FAA received VERA authority in the mid 1990s […]

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Posted on Monday, 16th May 2011 by Nancy Holston

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A Journal is a Great Way to Remember I often plan to keep a journal when I travel but to be honest I either never put pen to paper or I start and capture a couple of days and then… well nothing.  When I have planned a particularly fun vacation with friends or the travel […]

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Posted on Friday, 29th April 2011 by Ann Ozuna

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On the Divorce Issues and Retirement Impact section we discussed in general how your federal benefits are property up for division in divorce. Here are some of the specifics: OPM must have all the information it needs in your decree or order to divide your retirement.  Therefore you must specify “gross annuity”, “net annuity,” or […]

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