Social security & military benefits

NARFE's Jessica Klement and John Hatton join host Mike Causey on the first half of today's Your Turn to discuss reforms to the Windfall Elimination Provision or...

(This show originally aired on May 11, 2016)

For the first time in nearly 30 years, groups representing active and retired feds think they have a realistic shot at modifying a law that eats into the Social Security benefit of feds and retirees under the old Civil Service Retirement System.

In Washington political circles, where what’s-in-a-name counts, the so-called Windfall Elimination Provision would be “reformed” by the enactment of the proposed Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.

Today on our Your Turn radio show, Jessica Klement and John Hatton from NARFE will explain how WEP works, what changes it would mean in your Social Security benefit and where the campaign to modify it is going.

Members of the Armed Forces have lots of financial decisions to make whether they are short-timers or in for a full career. And some benefit changes may be in the works. Some are well known, others not so much. For the second half of Your Turn,  U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mike Meese (Ret.) , chief operating officer and secretary of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, will discuss what’s in the pending Defense Authorization Act, and a major and long-overdue perk that’s come to the military TSP plan.

That’s 10 a.m. today at www.federalnewsradio.com or 1500 AM in the D.C. area. If you have questions for John and Jessica, you can email them to Mike, before show time, at: mcausey@federalnewsradio.com. You can also dial 712-432-5393 during the show to listen live from any phone.

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