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Members of the Yongsan Retiree Council discuss services and benefits available to retirees in South Korea during their quarterly meeting Thursday at Yongsan Garrison.

Members of the Yongsan Retiree Council discuss services and benefits available to retirees in South Korea during their quarterly meeting Thursday at Yongsan Garrison. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Increasing aid and benefits for military retirees on the peninsula topped a list of topics discussed at the Yongsan Retiree Council’s quarterly meeting Thursday.

"As far as benefits for retirees it’s a case of the glass is three-quarters full and rising," said council chairman Chris Vaia.

New for retirees and their widows is assistance in applying for Social Security benefits. Retiree services officer Roger Brown said that a June 16 change in Army regulations now allows his office to help people file for Social Security.

Also discussed was the upcoming availability of Tricare Dental for retirees.

"Right now emergency care and during [noncombatant evacuation exercises] where we can get cleanings and check-ups, that’s about all we can get," Vaia said.

The group also talked about an initiative in the Osan area that would provide retirees free or reduced-fare bus rides between Osan Air Base, Kunsan Air Base and Camp Humphreys. Vaia said he couldn’t provide more details until the initiative is final.

The group also discussed plans for a Retiree Appreciation Day observance scheduled Oct. 11.

Vaia said retirees can find more details about available services on the group’s new link on the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan Web site, or by calling the council’s hot line at 011-719-8020.


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