Retired soldiers who served both their country and their borough received a day of appreciation and information — and were even taught a few ancient Asian healing techniques — at Fort Hamilton’s Army Garrison on Oct. 27.
The special Retiree Appreciation Day — which more than 350 veterans attended with their families — began with a formal ceremony but quickly morphed into a show-stopping performance by the United Service Organization’s beloved singing troupe, the Liberty Bell.
Organizers of the fun-filled health and wellness fair said similar events were being held across the country. Besides dispensing information about health and dental benefits, expo staffers welcomed retirees to several massage tables as well as a station devoted to reiki healing — a Japanese practice of laying hands on different parts of the body to treat diseases.
Fort Hamilton Administrators said the special treatment these former soldiers received was long overdue.
“Every one of you has done so much for the military and so much for the nation,” Fort Hamilton garrison commander Eluyn Ginés told the crowd.
Base spokeswoman Allison Kohler said the event was necessary to raise army retirees awareness about the entitlements the government guarantees them.
“They put in years toward a career in the military and they have a right to stay informed about the pay and retirement that they earned,” said Kohler.
©2012 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.