by Nel Lampe
In appreciation and recognition of the service retirees have given to their country, Fort Carson annually conducts a “Retiree Appreciation Day” to provide updated information pertinent to the well-being of the retiree community. A half-day of briefings, legal assistance, refreshments and discounts will be provided to retirees who attend the Oct. 17 event. About 2,000 retirees and their spouses are expected.
The event begins with briefings from 7-8 a.m. in McMahon Auditorium. A representative from Department of Defense Finance office will speak. Retired Lt. Gen. Edward Soriano will also address the group, as will a representative from Fort Carson and Evans Army Community Hospital commander.
Following the session at McMahon, buses will shuttle attendees to the Special Events Center where a continental breakfast will be served.
About 40 information stations will be set up in the SEC to provide general information on retirement services and other issues of interest to retirees.
Medical Department Activity will provide blood pressure screenings and seasonal flu shots will be given at no cost to the retiree or spouse. Dental Activity personnel will conduct oral screenings and TRICARE will have a representative at the event to respond to questions.
Passenger vans will be on hand to shuttle retirees or spouses to process identification cards as needed, and will also shuttle those needing legal assistance to building 6285, said Leona Abdullah-Allen, Retirement Services officer.
Retirees will be able to complete vehicle registrations as necessary at a station set up in the SEC.
The representative from DoD Finance will meet with retirees who have questions or problems in a separate room in the Special Event Center.
Representatives from the Social Security Administration, Society of Military Widows, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor Bureau, Association of the United States
Army, the Mountain Post Historical Society,
American Legion and several other organizations with information of interest to retirees will be on hand.
“Army, Air Force Exchange Services and the Fort Carson Commissary will be offering specials and discounts. The commissary will serve a free brunch to retirees,” Abdullah-Allen said.
Prizes will be given away during the event, including $50 AAFES gift cards, a gift basket and a vacation trip, Abdullah-Allen said.
Buses will shuttle attendees back to their cars at the auditorium.
“There are about 11,000 Army retirees in Colorado, and many of them attend Retiree Appreciation Day,” said Abdullah-Allen. She also expects a few attendees from neighboring states as well as Air Force and Navy retirees.
“Retirees from other services are welcome,” she said.
Cadets from the Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps from Fountain-Fort Carson High School, volunteers from Retirement Services office, Transition Center and members of the Retiree Council will be on hand to answer questions and to assist retirees.
For more information call 526-2840.