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In a Small Town, Under a Big Sky

As we come to the close of Senior Corps Week 2014, we have one more story to share. Under the big sky of Missoula, Montana, Senior Corps volunteers in the RSVP, Senior Companion, and Foster Grandparent programs are coming together to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, help frail veterans and elderly stay independent, and provide one-on-one tutoring for kids. This is their story.

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Rebuilding West

All this week we are honoring Senior Corps volunteers and highlighting the impact they make in communities across the country. In the wake of disaster, hurricanes, tornadoes and explosions, RSVP volunteers are often first on the scene. They help rebuild homes, deliver supplies and run volunteer stations. Such is the case for the town of West, Texas. A few minutes after a devastating explosion ripped through the town, RSVP volunteers were there to help organize volunteers and deliver meals.

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Texas RSVP Joins Fraud Fighters on Senior Medicare Patrol
Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow finds some everyday heroes in his latest dispatch about the Senior Medicare Patrol in Texas based on their work to stop Medicare fraud in the state. And RSVP volunteer Richard Hotinski, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and auditor of state agencies with 15 years of experience, was a natural fit for the project.
Medicare fraud costs the system $60 billion annually, and Senior Medicare Patrols are looking for red flags in bills that signal systematic abuses. During Senior Corps Week, we salute the RSVP programs and volunteers across the nation that are playing important roles in this effort to root out fraudulent claims. Hotinski performs his duties with an eye toward the future: “We all say we love our grandchildren. Well, we may enjoy Medicare, but they may not. We seniors can’t keep blowing wads and wads of money.”
Read the column on DallasNews.com

Texas RSVP Joins Fraud Fighters on Senior Medicare Patrol

Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow finds some everyday heroes in his latest dispatch about the Senior Medicare Patrol in Texas based on their work to stop Medicare fraud in the state. And RSVP volunteer Richard Hotinski, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel and auditor of state agencies with 15 years of experience, was a natural fit for the project.

Medicare fraud costs the system $60 billion annually, and Senior Medicare Patrols are looking for red flags in bills that signal systematic abuses. During Senior Corps Week, we salute the RSVP programs and volunteers across the nation that are playing important roles in this effort to root out fraudulent claims. Hotinski performs his duties with an eye toward the future: “We all say we love our grandchildren. Well, we may enjoy Medicare, but they may not. We seniors can’t keep blowing wads and wads of money.”

Read the column on DallasNews.com

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Senior Corps Week: Shining a Spotlight on Senior Corps Volunteers

Today marks the start of Senior Corps Week.  All this week we will shine the spotlight on the impact of Senior Corps volunteers.   Whether serving as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, or RSVP volunteers, Senior Corps volunteers are using their lifetime of skills and experience to make a difference for generations.

To tell their story, we sent cameras across America to the small town of West, Texas, on to Missoula, Montana, and finally to New York City. The stories we captured show RSVP volunteers rebuilding a town, Foster Grandparents strengthening schools, and Senior Companions helping veterans and adults with disabilities. We will share these videos with you throughout the week, starting today with Senior Corps Making A Difference in New York.  Please share them with your network and join us in celebrating the value and impact of Senior Corps!

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