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Military retirees lose health care benefits

By Scott Hunter

November 23, 2003

Albany--Hundreds of military retirees and their families will have a chance to voice their concerns about changes in health care at the Albany Marine Base.Beginning January 1st, the base Clinic will offer primary care only to active duty Marines and their families. That means hundreds of military retirees will have to find civilian doctors. The Department of Defense is changing the tricare health services and many retirees are unhappy. "There are a lot of retirees myself included that are wondering if we are not being disfranchised by the base. Losing our right to use the clinic is like losing a military tied to our military family. says retired sergeant Patrick Mardon.

There will be a town hall meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday at the Marine Base theater to answer questions about the changes.

posted at 4:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com