Hello My Fellow Retired Brothers and Sisters,
First and Foremost, let’s all thank Kathy Baldwin for her many years of service to all NALC Members in Region 10 and welcome, Javier Bernal as our NEW NBA!! Thank you Kathy for being our NBA and WELCOME NBA Javier Bernal!!
Summer has arrived y’all and I’d like to remind you to take care of yourself when working outside in this heat. Make sure you start early in the day, drink plenty of fluids and take several breaks so you don’t get fatigued, suffer heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
With summer, many times that means travel. As a retiree, travel can be exciting and, according to the CDC, it’s easier and safer for seniors. Something to remember if you are planning a big trip, is to see your family doctor for a pre-travel visit 4-6 weeks before you leave. In addition to providing vaccines, medicine and advice for keeping healthy, your doctor can do a physical to ensure your fitness for travel.
In addition, before you travel you may want to get more information about your destination that could affect your health, such as altitude, climate and if your destination is prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanoes and/or hurricanes. Remember, if you are traveling by airplane, passengers 75 and older can receive expedited screening through TSA and you may leave your shoes and light jacket on for screening. Plus, you may also want to get a (or an extra) daily pill organizer for your trip to easily store your medication.
Our 71st National Convention is in Detroit, MI, from July 16 – 20 at the Cobo Center and if you are disabled, there are many accommodations available. After the General Session on Tuesday, July 17, the NALC Veterans Group is doing a project to help other veterans by assembling 2,000 homeless care kit bags because nearly 1 in 7 homeless adults are veterans (as of December 2011). If you haven’t joined the NALC Veterans Group, you can join now. Also, please plan to help your fellow veterans and volunteer to assist with this project.
Please do not forget to contact your Congressman/woman to let them know you oppose the OPM’s proposal of retirement cuts. Want to do more to help? You can contribute to the Letter Carrier Political Fund (LCPF) through your annuity or with an EFT through your bank. If you have questions about how, just call me and I’ll be happy to help.
As always, I am here to help y’all with whatever I can. If you need to contact me, just call 281-546-7176, which is my cell phone. I do not have cell service where I live, but I do forward my cell phone to our landline at home.
Director of Retirees