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NARFE Chapters – Your Local Connection

A NARFE Chapter can be found in nearly every city and town across the USA, as well as in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Panama and Guam. These local representatives of NARFE offer a host of benefits and opportunities for their members. Join a local chapter to:

  • Make Yourself Heard. NARFE chapters provide critical grassroots support for NARFE’s national legislative agenda. Your benefits are under attack and NARFE is in the fight to preserve them. Chapter members let their legislators know what’s on their minds and open doors for NARFE’s legislative team in Washington, D.C.
  • Stay Informed. In addition to the rich communications from Headquarters, chapter newsletters, websites and meetings expand on the local and state issues affecting the federal community. Every NARFE chapter is unique, offering speakers and activities that meet the interests of its members.
  • Find Community. NARFE chapters unite federal employees, retirees, their spouses, and surviving spouses and provide an opportunity to connect with fellow Feds, get involved in leadership and governance, and develop close and lasting friendships.

To find a local chapter, click here or call 800-456-8410, ext. 204.


Ted Van Hintum (Past Federation President) for NARFE National President

Colorado's own is running for President!


Theodore A. (Ted) Van Hintum


   I am Ted Van Hintum and I am announcing my candidacy for NARFE National President.

I joined NARFE as an active federal employee in 2006. After retirement from the federal government, I was elected President of the Colorado Billie Love Chapter 2286 in 2011. In 2013, I was elected President of the Colorado Federation of NARFE chapters representing over 4,400 Colorado NARFE members in 17 chapters. I was reelected Colorado Federation President in 2015. I continue to serve as Chapter 2286 President and as Colorado Federation Immediate Past President. I am a Life Member of NARFE. 

My accomplishments as Colorado Federation President included:

·         Launching the “Colorado NARFE News”, a quarterly newspaper delivered to all NARFE members in Colorado and the Federation Presidents;

·         Creating the congressional district liaison program in Colorado and appointing 10 congressional liaisons to serve in Colorado’s 7 congressional districts;

·         Revising Colorado Federation bylaws to implement Optional Chapter Membership and One Member One Vote (distributed to all Federation Presidents as model bylaws);

·         Serving as the Region VII representative on the NARFE Strategic Planning Committee in 2015 and 2017; and,

·         Serving on the NARFE National Bylaws Committee in 2016 (also in 2018).

I retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2008 after almost 38 years of federal service. My career started as a VA claims examiner in the Des Moines, Iowa VA Regional Office in 1970. I then transferred to VA headquarters in Washington, DC. My last position was as Assistant Director in VA’s Education Service where I was responsible for VA field operations in administering the GI Bill education benefits program. The GI Bill provided over $1 billion annually to 500,000 veterans and active duty service members. 

During my VA career, I was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and, on detail from the VA, served as a staff member on the House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee. I completed VA’s executive development program and the OPM Senior Executive Development program at the Federal Executive Institute. 

Prior to VA employment, I served in the Navy from 1963 to 1966 as an Electronics Technician aboard the cruiser USS Topeka with service in the Vietnam theater of operations. Upon release from active duty I attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Political Science. 

I respectfully ask NARFE members to vote for me as NARFE National President. 


Take action now to defend your earned benefits by clicking HERE.

Click here for NARFE'S Legislative Program for the 115th Congress
Click here for the 115th Legislative Accomplishments 

For contacting NARFE about visiting or contacting your Congressional Representative or an Event, you can find the “Feedback Form” by clicking here and then selecting the “Surveys” option.



To support legislation beneficial to current and potential federal annuitants
and to oppose legislation contrary to their interests.

To promote the general welfare of current and potential federal annuitants by
advising them with respect to their rights under retirement laws and

To cooperate with other organizations and associations in furtherance of
these general objectives.

NARFE Working Hard for You
 "96+ Years Strong"
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is the only association dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing the benefits of America’s active and retired federal employees, and their survivors. NARFE is an advocate for both active and retired federal employees before Congress and the White House. Membership in NARFE totals 300,000 federal workers and retirees.• NARFE sponsors and supports legislation to protect the earned retirement benefits and general welfare of members. NARFE’s years of experience on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies have made NARFE a respected name among members of Congress and a key player in the federal community.

 When you become a NARFE member, you can have: 
1.A voice on Capitol Hill.
2.Advance information on changes to your federal retirement, health and other benefits.
3.An award-winning monthly magazine and exclusive Web site access.
4.Member perks 

CLICK HERE to Download Membership Application

National Active and Retired Federal Employees * 93 Years Strong