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  • 09/07/2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    by Jenelle Eli, American Red Cross August 27, 2018

    Senator John McCain—a long-serving legislator and a fierce advocate of the Geneva Conventions—passed away on Saturday, August 25, at the age of 81. During his time as a lawmaker in the United States, Senator McCain consistently spoke out against torture and urged for humanity in war. His life and legacy has profoundly influenced United States law and policy, and left an impression on the hearts of many.

    His experience as a detainee during the Vietnam War forged his convictions about the rights of prisoners and inspired him to speak out against torture.

    “War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality. The Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross were created in response to the stark recognition of the true horrors of unbounded war. And I thank God for that. I am thankful for those of us whose dignity, health and lives have been protected by the Conventions,” remarked Senator McCain in 1999.

    Senator McCain continued, “I am certain we all would have been a lot worse off if there had not been the Geneva Conventions around which an international consensus formed about some very basic standards of decency that should apply even amid the cruel excesses of war. Again, I am proud to salute the promise of humanity represented by the Conventions and the Red Cross. And I accept with gratitude my personal debt to everyone involved in defending human dignity with courage and dedication.

    Senator McCain’s advocacy for the greater good is best articulated by the man himself, who said at a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, “I discovered that nothing is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself; something that encompasses you, but is not defined by your existence alone.”

    The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are international treaties that contain the most important rules limiting the barbarity of war. They protect people who do not take part in the fighting, such as humanitarian aid workers, medics, and civilians—and those who can no longer fight, such wounded, sick and shipwrecked soldiers and as prisoners of war.

    They form the core of International Humanitarian Law: a set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict by protecting persons who are not or are no longer participating in the hostilities and restrict the means and methods of warfare. Learn more about the Geneva Conventions here.


  • 08/30/2018 4:34 PM | Anonymous

    (You must be a member and logged into the site to read the full Annuities Primer)

    As of last fall, many Red Cross retirees are receiving their benefits in the form of an annuity, in most cases from Athene, Aetna or John Hancock Financial.  ARCRA has created an Annuities Primer on its website that explains what it means to retirees to have their benefits provided through an annuity rather than through the American Red Cross defined benefit pension plan.  Basically, an annuity is a contract.  For a lump sum payment up front, an insurance company agrees to make periodic payments over the life of the contract.  In this case, the contract guarantees payments to Red Cross retirees for the remainder of their life.  In 1989, and again in 2017, Red Cross shifted some of its legal obligation to provide pension benefits out of the defined benefit pension plan and into annuities.

    ARCRA has looked into the State Guaranty Associations that provide a safety net for annuity recipients by guarantying the payment of your pension in the extremely unlikely event that the financial institution who provides your monthly annuity payment fail. You can find this Annuities Primer in the members section of the ARCRA website.   Read more about how State Guarantee Associations work to protect your ARC pension benefit


  • 08/30/2018 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    What should you do if someone calls and asks for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don’t share your personal information? Hang up! It’s a scam. Scam artists may try to steal your personal information by calling you and asking for your current Medicare Number to get your new Medicare card.

    Medicare will never call uninvited and ask you to give personal information or money to get your new Medicare Number or card. Click here to Learn what to do if you get a suspicious call.

    Remember: Your new Medicare card will automatically come to you in the mail. You don’t need to do anything, as long as your address is up-to-date with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update or verify your address, visit  My Social Security account.


  • 08/30/2018 3:56 PM | Anonymous

    All over the world, thousands of people have gone missing due to conflict and disaster. The lasting impact on the loved ones of the missing is immeasurable. August 30, 2018 is International #DayoftheDisappeared, and today the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commemorates those who are missing and those suffering in their absence.  

    On the International Day of the Disappeared, the delegation of the ICRC in Israel and the Occupied Territories highlights the families of the missing Israelis and Palestinians who continue to live the nightmare of not knowing what happened to their loved ones following the 2014 conflict in Gaza. 

     Read more at the ICRC and Wikipedia.

  • 08/17/2018 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    Background: Sunday, August 19, is the UN-recognized World Humanitarian Day – a day to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service and to rally support for people impacted by crises around the world. As conflict rages and families remain stuck in tragic circumstances not of their making, aid is needed more than ever. But health and aid workers – who risk their lives to care for people affected by violence – are increasingly being targeted.

    Check out...
    Videos: 
    International Services YouTube playlist 

    Website: Redcross.org/international



  • 08/01/2018 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    The nation is facing a severe mid-summer blood shortage, and the American Red Cross is searching for donors of all blood types. 

    When you come in to donate blood, platelets, or plasma, you make a major difference. Patients who need regular transfusions, and those whose needs are unexpected, count on donors like you. And right now, there is an emergency need for blood donations. Patients are very thankful for your gift, as are we. 

    SPECIAL OFFERAs a special thank you for your generosity during this urgent time, if you donate between July 30 and Aug. 30 we will send you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email.**

    Click to schedule an Appointment.


  • 08/01/2018 11:46 AM | Anonymous

    Public Wi-Fi seems like the perfect way to keep in touch and get business done while on travel.  A Cloud security company looked at the 45 busiest U.S. airports and compiled a list of America’s most cyber insecure airports. San Diego is the worst, the most insecure. At the San Diego airport, findings showed that travelers using the public WiFi have a 30 percent chance to connect to a medium-risk network and 11 percent chance to connect to a high risk network. 

    See full list of ten most cyber insecure airports at Fortune


  • 08/01/2018 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    In Laos on July 23, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed causing unprecedented floods in neighboring towns, affecting nearly 7,000 people and displacing more than 1,000. With parts of the community still under water, Red Cross workers and first responders are doing everything possible to reach people with lifesaving aid.  More than 100 people are missing.

    Water levels reached rooftops in some areas and more than 100 homes were damaged, forcing families to seek shelter in local schools and government buildings.

    At this phase in the response, the Lao Red Cross is focused on providing immediate emergency assistance. “They are experienced in search and rescue, first aid, and have handled serious flooding in the past,” said Marwan Jilani, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent (IFRC)’s office in Bangkok. “They are ready to respond to this challenging operation”. Relief efforts continue in close coordination with local officials and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

    Read more at redcross.org



  • 06/27/2018 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    ARCRA provides an online directory of all Red Cross retirees who are ARCRA members.  To get to the directory, log into the ARCRA website with your email address and password. Click “More Links” at the end of the navigation bar and click on the fourth item on the drop-down menu “Directory.”  Type in the last name of the individual you are looking for and click on their name. The site will pull up a page “Member Details” where you can send an email message to the person you are seeking.  Personal information like address, phone, and email are not displayed on the site to protect member privacy.  If you want your personal information displayed, you can go to your membership profile and select information that you want to provide to other ARCRA members as part of your profile.  You can also update your profile when you move or get a new email address.

     NOTE:  If you haven’t logged into www.arcretireeassoc.org before, you will need to set a password.  To set your password, login with your email address and select “Forgot Password.” Then type in a new password.   If you have problems logging in, send a note to admin@arcretireeassoc.org.  If your email address is not listed as part of your ARCRA member portfolio, the website will not let you access “Members Only” pages on the website. Send a note to admin@arcretireeassoc.org to add your email address to your membership profile.


  • 06/27/2018 5:43 PM | Anonymous


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