Retired soldiers are valued members of the army family. Fort Rucker showed its appreciation for their service by giving back to those who paved the way for today’s soldiers at Retired Appreciation Day events, including the Retiree Health Fair. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Lyster Army Health Clinic hosted the annual health fair at Yano Hall on October 28.
“We were so pleased to be able to re-initiate this popular annual event. Our retired soldiers are extremely important to us and we look to every opportunity to interact with this population,” said Lyster Commander Lt. Col. Garrett Holt. “I had a great time talking to our retirees about our services, but of course the main topic was the waiting times of our pharmacy. It was great to get feedback on the progress we’ve made and to communicate some plans to improve our wait times. It is a true privilege to serve the population of our honored military retirees in the Wiregrass and I will use their feedback we have received to further enhance their experience both in the pharmacy and at our health fair.”
Retired soldiers and family members were able to visit educational booths to talk to medical professionals, get blood pressure checks, and learn about health and wellness programs to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Commissary and Exchange also offered information about upcoming specials and Christmas shopping. Several postal agencies and companies also participated in the health fair to show their support for military retirees and highlight their services in the local community. Participants also had the chance to win door prizes and enjoy light refreshments provided by Fort Rucker Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR).
Lyster Army Health Clinic staff was on site to educate clients about their various programs, including physical therapy, preventive medicine, behavioral health, managed care, and pharmacy. One of the new initiatives this year was the opportunity to collaborate with the Managed Care team to learn how to use the newly implemented MHS GENESIS Patient Portal platform. Staff were available to help with login details and site navigation.
Several participants expressed their appreciation for the event. Korben Dallas commented, “I have the opportunity to personally interact with TRICARE and VA. I’ve been able to ask questions and go home with real answers, so this was great!”
More than 200 retirees and family members attended the health fair. Save the date for next year’s health fair, Friday, October 27, 2023.