Retiree Days Provide Information, News to Veterans
Retired CSM Harlan Bradford dons his Buffalo Soldier uniform to give a tour of historic Fort Huachuca at the November 2007 Retiree Appreciation Day.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 25, 2008) -- Retiree Appreciation Days are now scheduled at more than 40 major Army installations through the summer and fall to provide health screenings and offer retired Soldiers and their Families information about benefits.

The potential audience for RADs includes more than a million retired Soldiers, spouses, and survivors of retired Soldiers worldwide. Those Soldiers collectively represent thousands of years of service in the U.S. Army.

"RADs are great events for great people," said John Radke, chief of Army retirement services. "I've attended RADs worldwide as a guest speaker and found a wealth of information and services at every one. I urge retired Soldiers, spouses, and survivors to make it a priority to attend a RAD."

Attendees at a RAD will find out about the latest information on health care, retired pay, changes to the Survivor Benefit Plan laws, veterans benefits, Social Security, military legal aid, and the continuing connection between retired Soldiers and the Army. RADs may also include health tests such as blood pressure screening and vision screening; special events such as a dinner or golf tournament; and include representatives from such organizations as the Veteran's Administration.

The following RADs are being held in 2008, though the list is not yet complete. Retiree Services Offices continue to schedule RADs during the year. If your installation isn't listed, visit the Army Retirement Services homepage at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/docs/rads.pdf to see if any RADs have been added to the list. To find the number of the RSO at the installation nearest you, visit http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/rso.asp.

-- Fort Jackson, S.C.; April 26; (803) 751-6715
-- Fort Wainwright, Alaska; April 26; (907) 384-3500
-- West Point, N.Y.; April 26; (845) 938-4217
-- Fort Lewis, Wash.; May 16; (253) 966-5884
-- Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; May 17; (787) 707-3842
-- Marysville, Wash.; May 17; (425) 304-3775
-- Vicenza, Italy; May 30; 0444-71-7262
-- Fort Ord, Calif.; June 7; (831) 242-6691
-- Fort McPherson, Ga.; June 21; (404) 464-3219
-- Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.; August 9; (570) 895-7409
-- Orlando, Fla.; August 16; (912) 767-5013
-- Twin Cities, Minn.; August 22; (763) 566-2219
-- Camp Ripley, Minn.; August 23; (763) 441-2630
-- Fort McCoy, Wis.; September 5; (608) 388-3716
-- Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; September 5-6; (256) 876- 2022
-- Fort Bragg, N.C.; September 5-6; (910) 396-5304
-- Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; September 6; (717) 245-4501
-- Fort Drum, N.Y.; September 6; (315) 772-6434
-- Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; September 12-13; (573) 596-0947
-- Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif.; September 13; (559) 998-4038
-- Fort Eustis, Va.; September 13; (757) 878-3648
-- Fort Sill, Okla.; September 18-20; (580) 442-2645
-- Fort Dix, N.J.; September 20; (609) 562-2666
-- Duluth, Minn.; September 26; (218) 725-5285
-- Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; September 27; (718) 630-4552
-- Fort Bliss, Texas; September 27; (915) 568-5204
-- Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; September 27; (702) 652-9978
-- Selfridge, Mich.; September 27; (586) 307-5580
-- Fort Lee, Vir.; September 27; (804) 734-6973
-- Albany, N.Y.; September 27; (518) 266-5810
-- Houston, Texas; September 27; (210) 221-9004
-- Schofield Barracks, HI; October 4; (808) 655-1585
-- Fort Myer, Vir.; October 10; (703) 696-5948
-- Fort Monmouth, N.J.; October 11; (732) 532-3734
-- Fort Monroe, Vir.; October 16; (757) 788-2093
-- Fort Meade, Md.; October 17; (301) 677-9603
-- Fort Riley, KS; October 17; (785) 239-3320
-- Benelux; October 18; (0032) 65-6238
-- Aberdeen Prv. Grd., Md.; October 18; (410) 306-2320
-- Fort Carson, Col.; October 18; (719)526-2840
-- Fort Hood, Texas; October 24-25; (254) 287-5210
-- Fort Rucker, Ala.; October 24-25; (334) 255-9124
-- Fort Polk, La.; October 25; (337) 531-0363
-- Rock Island, Ill.; October 25; (563) 322-4823
-- Fort Campbell, Ky.; October 25; (270) 798-5280
-- Grafenwoehr, Germany; October 25; 09641-83-8540
-- Fort Knox, Ky.; October 31 - November 1; (502) 624-1765
-- Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; November 1; (913)684-2425
-- Fort Benning, Ga.; November 7; (706) 545-1805
-- Fort Detrick, Md.; November 13; (301) 619-3381
-- Heidelberg, Germany; November 15; 06221-57-3347
-- Fort Sam Houston, Texas; December 6; (210) 221-9004

(Laura Paul serves with the HQDA Retirement Services Office.)

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