CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- In October, garrisons throughout U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Europe are hosting Retiree Appreciation Days.


USAG Benelux invites military retirees to a Retiree Appreciation Day event at the SHAPE Healthcare Facility Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Starting at 8:30 a.m., retirees can come early for coffee and pastries and then have time to meet each other.

The event features guest speakers, Information exchange and services. The following services and representatives will be available to retirees on site: Medical (Pneumovax vaccine for attendees age 65, flu shots and shingles vaccine, if available), Dental (exams, cleaning and appointments), TRICARE, Veterans Affairs, Defense Finance & Accounting System, Army Community Service, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Andrews Federal Credit Union and American Legion Post BE02 "Flanders Field."

The U.S. Community Services Center (Bldg. 253) on SHAPE will be open until noon to assist with renewals or replacements of identification cards as well as updates to the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS.

After the event, there will be a lunch sponsored by the Association of Retired Members of the US Armed Forces-Belgium. All retirees are welcomed.


U.S. military retirees of all branches of service and their spouses are invited to attend the U.S. Military Retiree Appreciation Day in the Community Activity Center (Bldg. 38) Oct. 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. A free breakfast will be served starting at 9 a.m.

This event is an opportunity for retirees to update their retired pay records and bring a list of their medical prescriptions and find out if the pharmacy at Geilenkirchen carries them. They can meet one-on-one and get answers to questions from representatives from TRICARE, Veterans Affairs, Defense Finance and Accounting System, GK Dental Clinic, Netherlands Law Center, I.D. Cards office, banking facilities, Army Community Service, Geilenkirchen Airman & Family Readiness Center and more. There will be free food and refreshments served at the event.

The event will also offer free flu shots, pneumovax vaccine for attendees age 65 and over, and the shingles vaccine for attendees age 60 and over. These must be ordered in advance so please call +31 (0)45-5263848 (within the Netherlands) or +31 (0)45-5263848 (outside the Netherlands).