CAMP RIPLEY -- Retirees from all branches of the armed forces and their family members are invited to attend Armed Forces Retiree Activity Day on Aug. 27 at the Training and Community Center at Camp Ripley.
The event is sponsored by the Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees and the Minnesota Army National Guard.
The retiree activity day is an opportunity for all armed forces retirees, spouses, widows and/or guests to receive updated information about retiree entitlement programs. There will be two separate, identical sessions -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The morning session will run 8-11:30 a.m., with sign-in and refreshments from 7-8 a.m. A luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The afternoon session will run noon-3:30 p.m. with sign-in and refreshments from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Exhibitors will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Highlights will include keynote speaker Jim Dyer from Washington, D.C., and other briefings about retiree benefits and an information fair. A door prize drawing will be held.
Cost is $10 per person and includes snacks, refreshments and lunch.
Registration forms should be sent by Aug. 19 to Roberta Kay 'n' Associates, P.O. Box 1121, St. Cloud, MN 56302-1121. For more information or a registration form, call (320) 255-1492 or e-mail to email@example.com.
Proceeds from the fourth annual Armed Forces Retiree Activity Day will be donated to the Talahi Senior Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For more information about Retiree Appreciation Days at other locations, go to HONORS, the retirement services newsletter at http://www.mccoy.army.mil/Retirees/documents/Midwest_2005.pdf.
Mille Lacs Band supports fallen American Indian soldier
ONAMIA -- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin joined the family of Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, members of the Hopi Tribe, at the July 21 Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes meeting at Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Piestewa fought in Iraq alongside Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, and is believed to be one of the first American Indian woman killed in combat in a foreign war.
Her friends and family members are working to establish a national American Indian veterans' memorial. The band presented housewarming gifts to the family, who recently was featured on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
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