Retiree Services

Welcome to the retiree services section of AFSA's website. AFSA is devoted to responding to retiree concerns and providing counseling on retirement questions, benefits issues, and other related issues. If you are an AFSA member, we encourage you to get in touch with us at any time if you are encountering problems and have a query.

Getting Ready for Retirement


Surviving Spouses

Medicare and Social Security

Health and FEHB

Insurance, FEGLI, and Long Term Care

TSP and Taxes

Other Resources

AFSA and Your Federal Benefits

From the State Department

Post Employment Information

Re-Employed Annuitant (REA) Program (formerly WAE)

AFSA's retiree services division also produces the bi-monthly AFSA Retiree Newsletter on benefits and other related matters; works on the annual Retiree Directory, which connects old friends and colleagues; offers a regular speaker series on federal benefits issues; provides education and recognition for classes in the Job Search Program at the Foreign Service Institute and listings of job opportunities for retirees; engages with the foreign affairs agencies on issues such as WAE employment and retiree access to facilities; and meets with interlocutors on Capitol Hill to ensure that federal benefits and entitlement programs are protected.

Contact Us!

Your Elected Representatives

The AFSA Governing Board has five elected members who represent the retiree constituency. The Vice President for retirees is Ambassador (ret.) Tom Boyatt; you may get in touch with Tom here. Tom writes a regular column for the AFSA News section of The Foreign Service Journal; click here to read his latest writings. Ably assisting Tom as retiree representatives on the 2015-2017 Governing Board are Ambassador (ret.) Patricia Butenis; Ambassador (ret.) Al La Porta; and Ambassador (ret.) John Limbert. You can click on their names to contact them.

Get Involved!

We encourage you to stay connected to AFSA in retirement, whether you live in the Washington, D.C. area, anywhere in the U.S. or even abroad. AFSA offers many events here at our headquarters building; even if you can't attend in person we record all events and make them available for viewing on our website. We also hope you will consider offering your expertise as a speaker on issues related to foreign affairs and the Foreign Service. You can sign up for AFSA's speakers bureau, or volunteer to speak at an AFSA Road Scholar program. We also encourage you to get involved with your local foreign affairs or Foreign Service retiree association, or attend some of their local events. There are so many ways to stay involved in the career that shaped your life.

The AFSA Online Community

We have made it easier than ever before to stay in touch with old friends and colleagues. The AFSA Online Community is a great place to see what old acquaintances have been up to, engage in discussion on various Foreign Service-related issues, and even leave a tribute to the deceased. We hope you will join the community and become and active and engaged contributor. (To log in, click the login icon in the upper right hand corner of the AFSA website. Simply click on the pencil icon on the “My Profile” page to edit your information. IMPORTANT: AFSA members do not need to create a new account or register, only log in on the right side of the webpage. All members have existing accounts and can log in immediately. To log in for the first time, use your primary email address as your username. Use your last name in all lowercase letters as your password. You will be directed to update your password after you log in.)

Not Yet an AFSA Member?

No worries. If you recently (or not so recently) retired and did not fill out a form to change from active-duty to retiree membership, you can download the necessary forms by clicking here. If you choose not to apply online, please mail the completed membership and automatic annuity deduction forms to AFSA at 2101 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, or fax them to (202) 338-6820. We look forward to welcoming you as a member.

Honoring Your Service

AFSA is pleased to offer two new ways to remember and commemorate the lifelong Foreign Service career of our members, their spouses or partners. Our Foreign Service Medallion is a beautiful keepsake that can be used for multiple occasions, including being affixed to grave markers. The Foreign Service Commemorative Coin is similar to those long used by the many branches of the military; the silver-finish, 1.75” diameter coin has the Great Seal on the obverse and the AFSA logo and slogan on the reverse. Both are available for purchase through the AFSA website.