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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 4, 2014

First Command Reports On Early Federal Retirement Options

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Several federal agencies are offering early retirements and buyouts, and with shrinking budgets the trend may increase. First Command Financial Services, Inc. is offering an insightful overview of these developments in the Fall 2014 issue of Journey, the online magazine for First Command clients.

Titled “Understanding the Ins and Outs of an Early Federal Retirement,” the story explores the options being offered to some federal workers through the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA). VERA allows federal agencies to temporarily lower retirement age and service requirements so that a higher number of employees are eligible for retirement. This typically happens during a large restructuring or reorganization, or, as the current case is, due to downsizing.

Early retirement means an early, immediate annuity, perhaps years before an employee would normally be eligible. Both CSRS and FERS employees are eligible. The annuities for the two retirement systems would be affected differently. To learn more, check out this story – and the entire Fall issue of Journey – at http://fcjourney.com/.

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