AUGUSTA, Maine — The No. 1 question those in the military ask when they decide to take off their uniforms for the last time is: “What are the entitlements from my military retirement?” according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jon Hunt, who helped organize the upcoming 18th annual Northern New England Retiree Activity Day.

“Everyone’s retirement is slightly different with the amount of time they served, their highest-held rank, and a number of other factors that we go over with each individual that comes through during the retiree activity day,” Hunt said. “Retirement is a huge milestone in a person’s life, and we are taking steps to help make the transition less confusing for our military retirees as well as provide them with educational tools such as literature and websites, and services such as retiree ID cards and legal assistance.”

The Maine National Guard and the Northern New England Retiree Council are hosting the annual gathering Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Augusta Armory. Registration is scheduled for 8-9 a.m. and presenters will be available 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event is open to all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and will provide retired service members with information about military entitlements and benefits. Event presenters also will provide health care information, survivor benefits information, Veterans Administration information, TRICARE/CHAMPVA, ID cards and renewals, and service offerings in legal assistance, Hunt said.

Previous activity days have drawn more than 1,000 retirees in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, Hunt said.

The Augusta Armory is located at 179 Western Ave. in Augusta.

For more information, call Hunt at 430-5968, or email