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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Retiree appreciation: Annual event is Oct. 13

By Nel Lampe

Mountaineer staff

Fort Carson hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 13, beginning at 7 a.m. at McMahon Auditorium.

Following briefings on medical, finance and retiree issues, the veterans and their spouses will be bused to the Special Events Center for a complimentary continental breakfast and an information fair, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon. More than 40 booths, set up by agencies and organizations with information of interest to retirees, will be in the events center.

“We look forward to Retiree Appreciation Day every year as it gives us the chance to connect and communicate with the Soldiers who’ve gone before us. It’s great to have hundreds of retirees on post and let them know we appreciate their service to our nation,” said Garrison Commander Col. David Grosso.

Flu vaccine will be available for attendees at the event, as will vision and cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks.

Retirees or spouses who need to get new identification cards, wills or powers of attorney will be transported by bus to those offices during the fair.

Representatives from Defense Finance and Accounting Service will answer questions about retiree and annuity pay.

Throughout the half-day event, door prizes will be awarded, said Dixie Roberts, human resources assistant at Retirement Services.

Roberts said Retiree Services sent some 15,000 mailings to retirees in Colorado informing them of the event. About 1,500-2,000 retirees and spouses are expected to attend.

“It’s a chance to get information to and inform retirees one-on-one at a forum geared to them,” said Roberts.

For more information call 524-2432.

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