Installation welcomes back retirees for appreciation days event Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Pfc. David Enriquez, General Leonard Wood Community Hospital Community Health Resource Clinic, checks David Spurrier’s, blood pressure.
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Fort Leonard Wood was a busy place last weekend as Army retirees returned to their roots for Retiree Appreciation Days.

Retiree Appreciation Days is an annual event the installation hosts that provides retirees with an opportunity to get health screenings, get updated on current benefits and get an idea as to how the Army is changing.

Weekend events included a golf tournament, a retirement ceremony, a Retiree Appreciation Dinner, a health fair installation tours and more.

On Friday, Alfredia Williams, a retired Army first sergeant, was honored as Retiree of the Year. According to her biography, Williams currently serves as the Southeast Region Veterans Service Supervisor for the Missouri Veterans Commission. She provides counseling, support services, special needs, and assistance to veterans, wounded soldiers, and their dependents; to include service members being separated for medical reasons. She counsels them on their rights, benefits, privileges, and assists with obtaining their Federal and State benefits.

Noah Stevens, retirement services officer, said the event is a way to foster good will between the retired and active-duty communities.

“(We want) to keep retired Soldiers and their Families up-to-date on changes in their retirement rights, benefits, and privileges,” Stevens said.

Representing the commanding general, Col. William Pfeffer, garrison commander, welcomed retirees to registration at Abrams Theater Saturday morning. Pfeffer provided the retires an update on the construction at Fort Leonard Wood.

“We have got 454 million dollars in military construction going on (here on Fort Leonard Wood),” he said. “Most of it is going towards Soliders and trying to increase their quality of life.”

Pfeffer told the retirees that Fort Leonard Wood wanted to help increase the quality of life for retirees and make sure they are informed about their benefits.  

“That’s what we are here for today and this weekend, … to make sure you get the services that you need, our folks are here and ready to do that, “ Pfeffer said.

Following Pfeffer’s speech, Kathy Lucero, from United Health Care, updated retirees on their medical benefits.

David Spurrier, an Army retiree, said the updates on health benefits were a big help for him.

“I wanted to learn more about the changes in the insurance – I am having a good time,” he said.

Following the update, service and information booths were opened at Nutter Field House for the retirees. There was plenty of information on retiree services and health information was provided by General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital

Sgt. Cathy Benjamin, from the GLWACH immunization clinic attended, informing the retirees about the need for flu vaccinations and helping retirees get vaccinated.

“It is important because a lot of them have other health conditions going on. Also with this year’s strain, it is predicted that this is the one that going to get everyone sick,” Benjamin said.

Retiree Thomas Satterthwaite was one of the ones taking advantage of getting a flu shot. He said he always attends to get a flu shot and a dental check-up.

“We like to come out and get the goodies,” Satterhwaite said.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 September 2013 )