Buckley hosts 11th Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day
By John Spann, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 20, 2009
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Space Wing hosted the 11th Annual Military Retiree Appreciation Day July 18 to honor almost 500 military retirees from all branches of service in Northern Colorado.
"Thank you for being here," said Col. Clint Crosier, 460th Space Wing commander. "We care for you, we thank you for your service, and we thank you for your continued service in the community."
More than 31 organizations were on hand to provide information to the retirees and their spouses.
Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado and Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, was the keynote speaker at the event.
During his address, General Edwards thanked the Department of Veterans Affairs Board for their support of the myriad of veterans' issues at the state legislative level and praised those retired military members who continue to work for veterans' issues in the state.
He also talked about the stand alone VA hospital scheduled to break ground in late August, the five state nursing homes for veterans and the current initiative to reach out to veterans in rural areas of Colorado.
"Thank you for being here, for your service, your spouse's support and for helping us set the bar high for military in the future. The United States is a beacon of hope and liberty around the world because of your service," said General Edwards.
Participating organizations included the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wares, National Association of Uniformed Services, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association, Air Force Association, NCO Association, Retired Enlisted Association, Social Security Administration, VA Medical Center, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Casualty Affairs and Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Dozens of retirees had the opportunity to renew their ID cards, and the legal office executed 49 wills and power of attorneys during the day.