The 11th Wing Retiree Activities Office (RAO) at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) is calling for more volunteers to assist the organization in providing valuable programs and services for military retirees.
The RAO is the main focal point of the Retiree Activities Program, an activity established by an Air Force mandate (Air Force Policy Directive 36-31, Personal Affairs) to provide programs and services to military retirees and their families.
According to retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Charles Lucas, RAO area representative and a JBAB volunteer, the RAO office is looking for volunteers to work at the main office located in the JBAB headquarters building.
“JBAB welcomes volunteers to help man the offices Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” he said.
Retiree services and programs available at the RAO are open to all retired military service members and their family members, according to Lucas.
The RAO helps retirees and their families resolve issues concerning health care, retired pay and receiving both retirement pay and disability compensation simultaenously. It also addresses commissary and base exchange concerns and other issues related to survivor benefit plans.
In addition to helping other retired military service members in the office, RAO volunteers work at hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. They also provide income tax assistance, serve on base advisory committees, and sponsor retiree seminars and appreciation days.
Retired Air Force Major Clifton Daniels, described military retiree volunteers as people with a built-in desire to serve others.
“RAO volunteers, as the term indicates, are individuals who have a penchant for giving freely their time and service to a cause they feel strongly about. As in my case, I feel that my more than 35 years of military and [Department of Defense] experience has positioned me to return willingly and provide help. I am only one of many others who may feel the same,” he said.
The next main event at the RAO is the Retiree Appreciation Day set for Oct. 25. It will be held at Joint Base Andrews.
For more information on becoming a volunteer at the JBAB RAO, call 202-767-5244.