Retirees receive extra care during appreciation day

by Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Retirees received some extra care and attention in the form of benefit education and health screening from Team Osan during the Retiree Appreciation Day held at the Exchange here Feb. 3, 2016.
 
Retirees living and working near Osan Air Base showed up to enjoy and learn about the free benefits available to retirees and veterans.
 
“The retired population around Osan is small, but they support big when it comes to helping the local community with projects,” said Candace Ford, lead coordinator for the event. “After four years of being at Osan, I’ve seen that retirees have the strongest presence and the biggest hearts--so we wanted to give back.”
 
Ford added that it isn’t uncommon to see large donations from veteran and retiree-centric clubs, like the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
 
“We’re here to help,” said retired Tech. Sgt. Ron Davis, VFW senior vice commander for Korea. “Some retirees may not know how to get involved or that the VFW is here, so we’re here to show them.”
 
A total of 12 agencies came to the Exchange to support the retirees and inform them of what benefits are available to them; including The Department of Veteran Affairs.
 
Additionally, one doctor and a team of nurses from Hallym University Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital, were on hand to give a free health screening, something not always available to the retirees.
 
“I have a strong service history with my family and I’ve been on two deployments to Bosnia and Kuwait, so I have a strong affiliation to those who serve, have served and retired from service,” said Ford. “I really just want [retirees] to remember that they are not forgotten, we still care for them and we really appreciate the time they put into the service to help us be where we are today.”

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