Patrick Air Force Base welcomes military veterans


George Caddy, left, is the Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD) coordinator and project emeritus recruiter at Patrick Air Force Base. Joseph Tichich is the director of PAFB’s Retirees’ Activities Office. He said military retirees are welcome to attend the 2019 RAD.

Courtesy of Patrick Air Force Base

Patrick Air Force Base will roll out the red carpet for local military veterans with RAD, or Retiree Appreciation Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

The free special event is open to all military retired members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as retired members of the Public Health Service, NOAA and their spouses. All attendees must have a valid retired military identification card to gain entrance into PAFB that day.

“The goal is to host military retired members of the community that sacrificed so much for their country,” said RAD coordinator George Caddy.

Approximately 60 service organizations will distribute information from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Patrick Fitness Center Gymnasium that day.

“Attendees will be able to ask questions to area service providers at the information tables venue, and the Patrick AFB ID Card Office will be open for renewals,” Caddy said.

Special presentations will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the PAFB theater. Guest speakers include U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, as well as representatives from the Social Security Administration, American Heart Association, VA Clinic, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Humana Health Group, Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation and others.

“All attendees are invited to hear military retiree specific presentations in the areas of health, finance and local, state and national matters,” added Caddy.

Transportation will be provided between the designed parking lots, theater and Fitness Center Gymnasium.

It has been four years since Patrick Air Force Base hosted a RAD, once held every other year. Organizers expect 700 or more retirees to attend, since retiree-rich Brevard County ranks among the top 40 counties among the nation’s 3,100 counties.

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