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Ft. Ham celebrates annual Retiree Appreciation Day

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Strong women: Trinette Rembert Allmas, Carol Barnes, Annette Tucker Osborne, and Shanika Choo Ying of the National Association of Black Military Women posed at the annual Retirees Appreciation Day at Fort Hamilton on Oct. 28.
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Comrades in arms: William Hughes, Thomas Quinn, and Neil K. Jordan posed at Fort Hamilton’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day.
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Always learning: Danny Evans and Colonel Peter A. Sicoli enjoyed the day’s events and information.

It was a day to say thanks to those who deserve it most.

Veterans gathered at Fort Hamilton for the annual Retiree Appreciation Day on Oct. 28 to learn more about applying for Social Security and disability benefits, among other topics. The day presented an opportunity to both gain access to resources, as well as to connect with old friends, according to one attendee.

“It was like a family reunion,” said retired Col. Annette Tucker Osborne, who retired in 2013 after 30 years as an Army nurse and is currently the president of the Brooklyn chapter of the National Association of Black Military Women. “Once you get out and you’re no longer in the unit, you tend not to see a lot of people.”

Other speakers and organizations offered fitness classes, financial advice, health screenings, and information on transitioning back into civilian life.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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