GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – American Retirees in the area will have a chance to get help with pay issues, health care and other retiree services this October.

 

USAG Bavaria hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) Oct. 16 at the at the Multi-Purpose Center, Bldg 134 (Vilseck) on Rose Barracks. USAG Ansbach hosts its RAD Oct. 17 at Von Steuben Bismarck Kaserne.

 

The garrisons hold this annual event to honor retirees for the service that they have provided to our country and to offer an opportunity for retirees to access many of the community services at one location.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT & WHAT TO BRING

 

Attendees can meet one-on-one with a representative from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service to address any questions with retirement and annuity payments. Retirees will be able to modify contact information, banking and payment details, allotments and beneficiary information. Nearly all requests and changes will be enacted immediately and on-site through the DFAS representative.

 

Also in attendance will be representatives from the Federal Benefits Unit and Veterans Affairs.

 

Retirees should show up with all information and paperwork necessary to make changes, such as bank account and routing numbers, social security numbers and mailing addresses with postal codes.

 

Those wishing to suspend Survivor Benefit Plan payments due to divorce or death of a spouse will need to provide either a certified English translation of the divorce decree or a copy of death certificate.

 

USAG BAVARIA

 

Date/Location: USAG Bavaria hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) Oct. 16 at the at the Multi-Purpose Center, Bldg 134 (Vilseck) on Rose Barracks.

 

GPS Address: ST 2120 / Gut 1, 92249, Vilseck

 

Website: www.bavaria.army.mil/retirees

 

Registration: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 16, at the Multi-Purpose Center, Bldg 134 (Vilseck) Rose Barracks. The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. The events run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Retirees, their dependents and surviving spouses are welcomed to attend.

 

  • The Bavaria Health Clinic will be in attendance to provide services and information. The following medical services will be offered:  TRICARE Registration; Immunizations: flu shots, varicella zoster, meningococcal meningitis; Blood pressure screenings; Diabetes vision screening of feet; Nutrition counseling from a Registered Dietician; Prescription refills (with approved prescription); Eye glasses (1 pair with approved prescription); Education and counseling on smoking cessation and exercise/fitness.

 

  • The Pharmacy will only fill prescriptions from healthcare providers that are credentialed through TRICARE. All US Army Health Clinics in Bavaria and most local (Weiden/Amberg) physicians are credentialed, but prescriptions from physicians in Berlin will be an issue.

 

  • Additionally, 1 pair of glasses will be made with approved prescription but can only be shipped to APO addresses, not German addresses.

 

  • Bavaria Dental Activity will also support the event with exams, cleanings, oral cancer screening exams and x-rays for those in attendance.

 

USAG ANSBACH

 

Date/Location: USAG Ansbach hosts its RAD Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Von Steuben Bismarck Kasern.

 

GPS Address: AN12, 91522, Ansbach-Katterbach

 

Website: www.ansbach.army.mil/RetireeVet.html

 

  • The Ansbach Army Health Clinic will be in attendance to provide services and information.

 

  • Bavaria Dental Activity will also support the event with exams, cleanings, oral cancer screening exams and x-rays for those in attendance.

 

  • Other services in attendance include Red Cross, Army Community Service, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Foreign Medical Program, Service Credit Union, Community Bank, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Customs, Legal and the Munich Consulate.