National Active and Retired Federal Employees

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Massachusetts Federation of Chapters National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Meets on the 3rd Thursday September 26th,2019,, January 16th,2020,, April,16th, 2020, June 18th, 2020, ,, September 18th,2020,, Coffee 8:30AM, Board Meeting 9:00 AM till Finished....
Convention MAY 7/8/2020 Coffee 8:30AM, Board Meeting 9:00 AM till Finished....
Chapter President and Federation officers meet at the Devens Common Center, Devens, MA.........

NARFE is an association of nearly 360,000 active and retired federal workers united to preserve the economic security and well-being of federal employees in retirement.

NARFE sponsors and supports legislation to protect the earned benefits and general welfare of members.

NARFE operates nationwide service centers staffed by volunteers who provide assistance to federal employees, annuitants and survivors.

Our current legislative agenda focuses on enacting bills to:

Extend the Premium Conversion rights that federal and postal employees have to federal annuitants, so that retirees too can pay their Federal Employee Health Benefits premiums with pre-tax dollars and save an average of ¤400 each year; and,

Repeal the Social Security Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)
two provisions which can substantially reduce the expected retirement income of retired federal workers.

Our Purpose: To promote within its respective area, the aims and objectives of the National Association, as set forth in the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation; to organize new chapters, to visit chapters and promote greater chapter activity, including the solicitation of members; to reactivate weak and closed chapters; to stimulate fraternal cooperation among all chapters in the area for their mutual benefit and for the benefit of the Association; to maintain constant vigil upon the status of legislation in the various legislatures in the area, and to take such action with respect to any such Legislation as may be deemed beneficial to the retirees or current employees to support civic, patriotic and non partisan political activities within the respective Federation or Chapter area which are deemed to uphold American institution and ideals and the best interest of this Association; to support and initiate activities consistent with the concept expressed in the preamble. We hope you enjoy visiting our website.


Goto Massachusetts Federation Secretarys Page for Form's and Instructions.

Richard "Red" Shelton
Red Sovine
pledge allegiance to the flag

Rules for Rendering Hand Salute of U.S. Flag

Law Now Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag
Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s official head-gear.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.
A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.
Here is the actual text from the law:

Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new subparagraphs:
``(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
``(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform;
and ``(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;

Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers - non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform.

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