Member Benefits

Advocacy

VGEA has a team of professional lobbyists fighting for you at the General Assembly for better pay, health care, working conditions and retirement benefits. VGEA is the only voice at the Capitol every day speaking out on behalf of state employees and retirees and protecting your interests with State Delegates and Senators, the office of the Governor, the Department of Human Resource Management and the Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Workplace Protection

The VGEA provides advice, and action, when necessary, to protect your workplace rights; whether they are violated through discriminatory actions, misinterpretation or misapplication of state personnel policies and rules, or an unjust regulation or law.

ForeSight Newsletter

ForeSight is produced several times a year to keep you updated about the latest happenings in the VGEA, the General Assembly, the Governor’s Administration and State government. (Available in hard copy and electronic form.) Click here to go to the ForeSight  page.

VGEA eNews

The eNews is a quick read covering what is going on at the General Assembly and inside the VGEA. Production of the eNews is monthly in all months in which the General Assembly is not meeting. It is published as the eNews Legislative Report weekly during the General Assembly session. (Available only in electronic form.)

VGEA eNews Legislative Report

The most up-to-the-minute General Assembly information about the state budget, legislative proposals and committee actions is published weekly in the eNews Legislative Report newsletter sent to all VGEA members with email addresses. Any bill that may impact state workers and retirees are listed individually – along with their status – until they are killed or signed by the Governor. This is a vital resource to tell you when to expect your next raise, health care change or retirement increase. (Available only in electronic form.)

Insurance

Every member receives an automatic Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance benefit of $4,000 when they join! Just for being a member. No further action is needed, except notifying VGEA of the member’s passing. No additional cost to you, only your member dues.

Other discounted insurance programs are available: auto, critical illness, dental, group term life, hospital indemnity, identity theft, legal, long-term care and short-term disability insurance. Call the office for more information.

Discounts

Member discounts with savings at businesses across the state and nation, including wholesale clubs, amusement/theme parks, cellphone plans, Broadway shows, movie tickets, hotel and rental car discounts, plus many more!

Scholarships

Ten-thousand dollars in college scholarships are awarded annually to VGEA members and their family members! You read that right: four $2,500 awards are presented to students who are VGEA members, or the spouses, children or grandchildren of members each spring for the following fall semester. Applications for each year are posted in the late fall for the following spring awards.

What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

Representing the Commonwealth’s Employees and Retirees

For more than a half century, the VGEA has worked with Virginia General Assembly members and every Governor to protect the interests of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees and to ensure that their needs are addressed. Learn More