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Army retirees taught the ancient art of reiki

The Boys and the belles: Fort Hamilton commanding officer Colonel Eluyn Gines and Commanding Sergeant Major Hector Prince greeted the Liberty Bells singers to the base for the annual Retiree Apreciation Day.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

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.

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