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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Kaiserslautern Military Community Retiree Council will hold its first open meeting Saturday, hoping to reach out to the estimated 2,000 military and DOD civilian retirees in the area.

The council, founded in October, also is open to spouses and surviving spouses of deceased retirees, said council President Lou Deandrade.

The greater Kaiserslautern area is believed to be one of the largest American expat communities in the world. Reaching out to those thousands of retirees to inform them on developments affecting their retirement is high on the council’s agenda.

“One of the worst problems with information for retirees, there’s a lot of disinformation,” Deandrade said. “The lack of information is really significant.”

The council will do some myth-busting itself by chasing down answers for retirees, but will also arrange briefings by experts on subjects of retirees’ choosing at its quarterly meetings.

The council is coordinating with the 86th Airlift Wing Retiree Activities Office on Ramstein, but operates independently under an Army charter, Deandrade said.

Saturday’s meeting will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shell Autohof on the L363, near the west gate of Ramstein Air Base.

For more information, contact Deandrade at 06331-86-7186 or the activities office at 06371-47-5486.

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