On Saturday, 912 retired servicemembers and their Families came to Womack Army Medical Center for Retiree Appreciation Day.
The retirees were able to get health screenings, have wills and powers of attorney drawn up, obtain information on various health conditions and services, take a yoga class, try healthy foods and get immunizations — all at one stop.
Col. Ronald T. Stephens, WAMC commander and Col. Brett Funck, Fort Bragg Garrison commander, welcomed everyone to the annual event, encouraging them to take advantage of all the services available to them.
“It’s great to have you back here at the center of the military universe,” said Stephens. “We have a lot of good things going on here at Womack and we are honored to provide you with quality health care today and every day.”
John Mims, a former prisoner of war and survivor of the Bataan Death March, was one of the many former servicemembers who came to take advantage of some of the services available and to spend time with his fellow veterans.
“I love coming to Fort Bragg,” said Mims. “It’s nice to see that our service is appreciated and we’re not forgotten.”
Retiree Appreciation Day was the culmination of a three-day event in partnership with the Fort Bragg Retiree Service Office. The RSO sponsored a luncheon and golf tournament earlier in the week.
“It’s about giving back,” said Funck as he closed out his remarks to the retirees at the welcome. “We thank you for your service and this is just a small way to show our thanks.”