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e Voice of Experience 35 centsVol. 1 / Issue 7 Friday, December 21, 2012 STUART -When Aaron Vaughn died on Aug. 11, 2011, he left behind family, friends and a community devastated by the loss. Special Warfare Operator st Class Aaron Vaughan, a member of the elite SEAL Team Six, was killed with 37 others when the helicopter in which they were riding was shot down over Afghanistan. He was 30. Now, 16 months after his death, people are coming together to give tangible voice to the impact he made on those who knew him and those who learned of him after his death. Palm City, the new Amer ican Legion Post 399 will Fallen SEAL remembered Photo courtesy of the family of Aaron Vaughn st Class Aaron Vaughn of Stuart, a member of the By Shelley Koppel Staff writer Fort Pierce Coast Guard station welcomes new commander FORT PIERCE A professional well trained boat force to respond to the nations security with dedicated professionals that are available 24/7 to answer all calls, said the new commanding cer Randy Ryan, during a recent interview. When asked about his goals for the Fort Pierce station, he said, We will continue to promote boating safety with an active public education program in cooperation with the community insure the public is safe. These are our goals and we will train hard and work hard to achieve them. Mr. Ryan, a Florida native, from St. Petersburg, enlisted in ago. He received his commission of 2004. Over the next few years, By Hank Cushard Public Affairs Specialist 1 U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary/Flotilla 59 For Veteran Voice Pilots, as in all wars, bore a unique burden and helicopter pilots in particular. The UH-1 Huey helicopter become em blematic of the Vietnam War and this is just one story that illustrates the many uncommon acts performed daily by common soldiers, sailors, marines and air force personnel during that time. Youre an 18or 19-year-old kid. Youre critically wounded and dying in the jungle in Viet nam. Your infantry unit is out so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own infantry commander has ordered the Medivac helicopters to stop coming in. Youre lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know youre not getting out. Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and youll never see them again. and explosions, you faintly hear the sound of a helicopter and you look up to see a Huey Snake and Too Tall are coming for you. They are not medical evacuation pilots, so its not their job, anyway. One by one, they drop in and sit there in the withering you and others on board. After what seems like an The tale of Snake and Too TallBy Col. Terry Yon For Veteran VoiceSee SEAL page 3 See RYAN page 2 See HUEYS page 5


2 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE assigned to Station Fort Myers DRUMMOND home-ported in Cape Canaveral, and then to ama City. On board the COUmultiple foreign training events, drug seizures, and Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations in the Caribbean waters. Soon after in Mobile, Ala., Ryan was the Navigation, Search and Rescue, and Environmental Protection Teams in Dulac, La., which covered the busiest waterway in the 2006, he was assigned to and commissioned Maritime Safety and Security Team, New Orleans, where he was responsible for the training and supervision of tactical boat operations and the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection program. He and his 40 boat detachment provided Presidential Security details and led team forces back into New Or2006, he assumed command of his hometown unit at Station Sand Key in Clearwater. While at Station Sand Key, his unit won the prestigious Sumner Readiness I. Kimball Award for his units performance. Prior to his command at Fort Pierce, he reported to District Sevens Tactical Law Enforcement Team, where he served as unit supervisor and District 7s Non-Compliant Vessel Program coordinator. Achievement Medals, and the Commandants Letter of Commendation Ribbon. He is a Operations Insignia. Pierce provides Maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Resprotection, illegal immigrant interdiction, and safety to the boating public for us on the Treasure Coast. From north of the Sebastian Inlet, down to the St. Lucie Inlet, the Indian and St. Lucie Rivers and Lake Okeechobee, we are protected by these dedicated and inspiring public servants, the men and Station Fort Pierce. Semper Paratus!RYAN from page 1The winner is ... Photo courtesy of John Darling 1342 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA DRAWING DECEMBER 23 AT 11:00AMBAYSHORE DINNERWINNER NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT742 SOUTHWEST BAY SHORE BOULEV ARD, PORT ST. LUCIE, FL 34983(772)873-2000GENTLY USED HANDBAG 100%OF PROCEEDSGO T O RAFFLE! RAFFLE! 2 LUCKY WINNERS 2 W A YS TO WIN!Restaurant to PAULA POUNDSTONE at The Lyric Theatre and DINNER FOR TWO at Like our Your Voice News & Views Facebook Page by going to: or send in the entry form below to be entered into the drawing. Name: _________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________ _________ 1919 South SW Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida 34984 (772) 204-2409in Beautiful Downtown Stuart


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 21, 2012 3 be named after Vaughn. Frank Maitland, the posts commander, said that the new post gives veterans in Palm City a local American Legion post. Naming it after Aaron Vaughn was an easy decision. Its an American Legion tradi tion that a post is named after a deceased service member, he said. Its usually someone from the hometown. We contacted his mother and wife and they were thrilled. He was a Navy SEAL. You cant get any better than that. Tara Vaughn Baldwin, Aaron Vaughans sister, and a Stuart resident, said that the family was overwhelmed by the honor. This is not something we asked for, Baldwin said. We are humbled by their gener osity and thoughtfulness. When Aaron Vaughn died, he left behind his wife, Kimberly, son Reagan, now three and daughter Chamberlyn, now 18 months. Tara Baldwin said that her sisterin-law was particularly worried about her son growing up without a father and male role model. Ever since he died, my sisterin-law has asked, Who will teach him to do what his daddy would have done? Shes broken-heart ed not to have a good man in her sons life. For Baldwin and the rest of children of the fallen gave them purpose. They started a foundato create a camp in Martin Coun ty for boys whose fathers have died in military action. The name comes from Aaron Vaughns favorite story about how 300 Spartans held off the much larger Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae. There were 40 children whose dads died in that helicopter that night, Baldwin said. Many were very young. Theres got to be something good that comes out of it. The group is seeking 100 acres of land with the ultimate goal of having 10 weeks of summer camp for boys 8-17. Each week, a different age group would partic ipate so that activities could be tailored to that group. The goal is to take 30 kids at a time so that they can form close relationships with mentors and counselors, both male and female. Boys could come from outside the area, but the camp would be held here. I envision, in my heart, that someday, a mentor would go to the boys hometown and watch him play football, she said. We hope to have them from all over and all expenses would be covered. All of this is expensive. In ad dition to funds to purchase the land and transportation costs, the group needs camping and sporting equipment. They have an offer of land to use temporarily so that the camp can get up and running by next summer, but they would like a place of their own. We have to be a bit more cre ative in the beginning, Baldwin said. Were outsourcing as much as possible. Well probably have a weekend event with 15 kids to see how it works and try activi ties. By the summer, we hope to have two to three weeks of full-on camp. Weve had generous offers, including a day of sailing and a day of waterskiing. Baldwin hopes that people who have items to donate will to keep them until camp begins. For Tara Baldwin and her fam ily, this is a way to make sense of a tragedy. said. I wish like anything we werent doing this. Sometimes it takes something awful to take you beyond yourself. Its different For more information about Operation 300, visit the website Donations can be sent to Op eration 300, Inc., P.O. Box 3, Port Salerno, Florida 34992. To contact Tara Baldwin, send an email to tara.op300@gmail. com. The new American Legion Post 399, named after Aaron Vaughn, is seeking new members. It meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at different loca home. For December, the meeting will be on the 27th at 7 p.m. at Maneros Restaurant in Palm City. For more information, call Frank Maitland at (772) 215-1329 or send him an email at americanleSEAL from page 1 Ever since he died, my sister-in-law has asked, Who will teach him to do what his daddy would have done? Shes broken-hearted not to have a good man in her sons life. 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4 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE The most moving piece of writing Ive come across in a long time was published today (Dec. 17) in The enti tled I Am Adam Lanzas Mother: When Parents Are Afraid of Their Children, by Liza Long, who describes her life with her own troubled son. Fridays mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut sparked a renewed national discussion on a number of topics: gun control, school securi ty, and, of course, mental illness. I attended an event just the night before the shooting where I met host for local station WZZR. I reminded him Id written him a letter via email years ago in response to a discussion between him and his callers about another infamous, horrendous incident, in which a mentally ill Texas woman, Andrea Yates, drowned We may never know exactly what was going on in Adam Lanzas young mind that sparked the shootings that took 27 lives, but those of us who have lived with mental illness know all too well the constant fear of what a mind that isnt wired normally is capable of carrying out. We as a nation arent doing a great job of getting the mentally ill the help they need, but any movement usually starts with a frank dis cussion of the problem. My mother, who suffered from schizophrenia most of my life and the majority of hers, died last living when I wrote my letter to publishing anything about her then out of deference for her feel ings. But in interest of keeping the discussion going, I think its appropriate to resurrect my letter now: July 28, 2006 Josh, Im warning you now this is lengthy, so read it at your leisure, if you have time to read it at all. I have never called your show, and you will probably understand why when you see my auto-signature at the end of this message. Two days ago, however, I was going to call and didnt care who knew it was me. I have had a personal interest in the Andrea Yates case from the beginning. I once began an opinion piece for the newspaper that started Ah, Ted ElkinsPublisherSteve ErlangerPartnerPhil GaldysDebbi DenningJennifer ToombsLinda SchehlDave MercierTammy RaitsMitch KloorfainNicole RodriguezPatrick BernadeauShelley KoppelDonna MarinakEricka King SUBSCRIBE TODAY of this newspaper, (772) 204-2409 their families and their friends. e Voice of Experience Mental illness: The sometimes-invisible disabilityAndrea Yates. If not for the grace of God, my mother could have been you My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 11. I am the oldest of four children, and I vividly remember the year or so before she was diagnosed and medicated, when the illness began to manifest itself (as it does, like clockwork, in women, in their ear ly to mid-30s. In men, its usually in the late teens or early 20s.) Schizophrenia is a strange ill ness, because the person stricken of crazy. Karate Man of Fort Pierce was crazy; nothing but gibberish spilled from his mouth. My mother, much like Andrea Yates, speaks very intelligently. You have to listen to the actual words coming out of her mouth to ascertain theres something wrong. Indeed, schizophrenics are some of the most intelligent people on Earth. I had hoped the debut of the mov ie A Beautiful Mind would shed some light on the subject for some of my relatives, some of whom are not very charitable about my mothers inability to control her actions much like many of your callers. When I saw the movie, I saw the parallels immediately. My brother said, Yeah, good movie. But thats not like Moms case. Hers is entirely different. Having been in the news busi ness as long as I have been, I have learned most people are uncomfortable with the truth. Most people lie to themselves just to get through the day. Obviously, these are all coping mechanisms. I understand why people need to retreat to their black-and-white beliefs, at times. And thats just what I heard on your program two days ago, peo ple doing just that. Im just sorry I didnt get a chance to call. I think the public forum is important, and youre performing a great service by making people think, and chal lenging them to step out of their black-and-white safe havens. I wanted to weigh in on your very insightful side, and speak from my experience. These people who have this off with her head men tality have no idea what theyre talking about, and youre right, their opinions stem from a need for vengeance rather than any my mother told us our dog was a robot/spy that was recording everything we (my brothers and sister) said to report back to the enemy (my father, from whom she was separated at the time). I walked in one day from school in suburban San Diego hit by what appeared to be a blizzard. I waded through my mothers latest attempt to attack a perceived enemy: she had torn up, by hand, pages and pages of the encyclopedia set she and my father pur chased shortly after I was born. I think shed gotten to the T-UV volume by the time I got there. By the time she got some help, I and my siblings had already been removed from the home by social services. As I understand it, when the authorities came for her, she was sitting in the middle of the living room, naked, the utilities turned off and all the furniture gone. She was talking to herself, in tongues. Could my mother have drowned us all, one by one, in a shallow bathtub, thinking she was saving our souls from the devil? I have no doubt she could have. Thank God that notion didnt occur to her be fore the professionals intervened. As a writer, I have taken the les sons of my experience and tried to translate them to something I hope contributes to the greater good. But from listening to the majority of the opinions aired on your show the other day, its obvious theres still a lot of work to be done. When incidents like Sandy Hook leave us as a nation plain tively crying out for answers, lets be changed if we dont examine our own thoughts when such a tragedy occurs. I stated earlier in this column that 27 people were killed by this young man, but ev ery news report Ive read says he killed 26 people and his mother, as if somehow she is less of a victim than the others. Lets start with our own thought processes, and work our way up from there. Tammy Raits is the managing editor of Your Voice News & Views and Veteran Voice. Tammy Raits Managing editor To get information published in Veteran Voice, please send to is seven days prior to publication date.


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 21, 2012 5 a hail of bullets, to the safety of a forward hospital. And, they keep coming back, 14 more times, taking about 70 of you and your buddies out, who would not have had a chance for survival otherwise. Sound like a Hollywood movie? It was real and actually happened! On the morning of Nov. 14, 1965, Maj. Bruce Crandalls unit was transporting a battalion of soldiers by Hueys to a remote spot in the la Drang Valley to a landing zone the area, the men on the ground came under a massive attack from the North Vietnamese three soldiers on his Huey were killed and three more were wounded. But instead of lifting off to safety, Maj. Crandall kept his Huey on the ground in wounded soldiers could be loaded aboard. where their injuries could be treated. At that knew that the soldiers on the ground were outnumbered and low on ammunition. So Capt. Ed Too Tall Freeman stepped for ward. a cloud of smoke and a wave of bullets. They delivered desperately needed water, ammu nition and other supplies and then waited a lifetime as more wounded were loaded, even though medical evacuation was really not their mission. If Snake and Too Tall had stopped there, they would have been heroes, but they didnt stop. knowing that they faced what was later de scribed as an almost unbelievably extreme risk to their life. Over the course of the day, Maj. Crandall Two were damaged so badly they could not wounded man had been evacuated. He and ter every need of the battalion had been met. When they touched down on their last spent more than 14 hours in the air. They had evacuated some 70 wounded men and provided a lifeline that allowed the battalion to survive the day. Many years later, when told that they were both being considered for the Medal of Honor for their actions that day, Bruce Crandall took himself out of consid eration, saying that his friend, Ed Too Tall Freeman, had volunteered to go back into he was just doing his duty. Freeman was awarded the Medal Of Honor in 2001 but the story does not end there. After consider able deliberation and strong lobbying efforts, his long overdue and much deserved Medal of Honor in 2007. Sadly, his friend and com rade-in-arms Ed Freeman was snowed in and could not make the White House ceremony. Ed Freeman died in 2008. A total of 246 service members were awarded this ultimate posthumously.HUEYS from page 1 Elvis Returns on Lasagna Night Dec. 29 sale in the canteen.New Years Eve Party with Steppin Up Band Leighans Steak Dinner Dec. 21 Leighan will be cooking steaks on the grill on Dec. teen. Stars & Stripes Caf.VFW Post 10066 (Jensen Beach) upcoming events 1257 $40..Before 11 AM$35.....After 11 AM$25.......After 3 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax)Give the Gift of Golf This Season Merchandise or Lessons772-465-81101600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee Time From US1, turn East on Ohio Ave., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES Call for Mens & Womens League Info.1267


6 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE the Florida Department of Vet erans Affairs 2013-2014 budget request. The budget will move to the Florida Legislature for ap proval during its 60-day session, Scott abstained from voting, be cause hes responsible for crafting and submitting an independent budget request to the legisla ture. Steve Murray, communications director at the FDVA, said the departments proposed 2013-2014 budget is about the state agency which is not related to the U.S. Depart ment of Veterans Affairs is operating on an $83.7 million budget with 1,088 full-time positions. Its a continuation budget, Murray said. Weve asked for an additional $6.5 million. The FDVAs primary operations are the State Veterans Homes Program and Agency for department operates six nursing homes with 120 beds each, and an assisted living facili ty with 150. Murray said the nursing homes program is the largest budget item. It is more than 90 percent of our budget and 90 percent of our personnel, he said. All of that runs from trust funds. No general revenue goes to the homes. nanced through a mixture of VA, Medicare, Medicaid, in surance and private dollars. When Floridians purchase military-related specialty plates for their automobiles, they help fund the homes. The plates range from an extra $15 to $20, which goes into the State Homes for Veterans Trust Fund. For example, the Salute Veterans tag raised $266,550 Florida Department of Revenue spokesperson said. Murray raised about $2 million for the nursing homes. Assistance has about 100 FDVA seeking $90.2 million from Legislature for 2013By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceHearts for Heroes Sarah Schumann of Port St. Lucie spoke about the Schumann, during the inaugural fundraiser for the Hearts for Heroes care packages for Spc. Schuman was Afghanistan. Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer Heather Williams and host ess Laura Crawford of Palm photo before Heather per formed a series of Christ the inaugural Hearts for Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer See BUDGET page 10 772-878-8134 1223 SALE! UP TO50%OFF SERVICES OFFERED C ertified R olex R epair Appraisals C ustom D esign D iamond Setting Jewelry R epair Pearl R estringing R emounting Watch R epair BatteriesAll R epairs D one on Site Same D ay Service Layaway Plans1625 NW St. Lucie West Blvd., Port Saint Lucie, F L 34986 1262


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8 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Photo courtesy of Pete Sayles as president of the Florida State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America and is past Toy collection To our subscribers and readers: You have probably noticed that this issue of Veteran Voice has been slimmed down to 12 pages from the previous issues 16 pages. This has not reduced editorial space by even one column inch. To this point, we have been publishing advertising below cost in establishing this publication as an important source of news and information to the residents of this area. With our subscription base increasing and more of the community now familiar with Veteran Voice, it is time to end this practice. With additional sub scribers, we should be able to solidify our base of advertisers and return to a 16-page publication soon. We thank you for your support and subscriptions, and look forward to continuing to provide you with even more pages of news and information as we continue to grow. Publishers note To get information published in Veteran Voice, please send to veteranvoice@ Deadline is seven days prior to publication date. 2 0 1 2 / 1 3 S u n r i s e T h e a t r e P r e s e n t i n g S p o n s o r s W i s h i n g E v e r y o n e A H a p p y H o l i d a y S e a s o n W i s h i n g E v e r y o n e A H a p p y H o l i d a y S e a s o n 1259


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 21, 2012 9 Above, Potentate Robert Headley rides in one of the Azan Shriners cars in the Cocoa Beach Christmas parade held earlier this month. At right, The Oriental Band from left to right is Wes Allen, George Collins, Robert Palmer and Don Weber. The Azan Shriners of Melbourne have been participating in the holiday parades since 1979. The Shriners are always accepting toys for the children. They send toys to the Shriners Children Hospital in Tampa throughout the year. The organization also accepts dona tions for the Azan Shriners Transportation Fund. This money is used for gasoline and upkeep on the vehicles to transport chil dren and their families to the hospital for doctor appointments, estimated to be the largest expense.Shrine on! Vic Diaz will spend his Christmas Eve with three very hurting families. We have one family that the father lost his child to cancer, he said. They were only able to work sporadically. Emotionally, hes having a very tough time. The family has a surviving daughter. Diaz is secretary of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1038, Indian River County, and is also with the Marine Corps League, Detachment 58, also Indian River County. The two groups oversaw the Indian River U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program this year. He and a handful of other volunteers will make special Christmas Eve trips to help make area childrens holidays more joyous. The By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceIndian River Countys Toys for Tots collects as many as 16,000 this yearSee TOYS page 10 CLUES ACROSS1. Afraid 7. Love grass 11. Hepburn/Grant movie 12. Opposite of good 13. Whale ship captain 14. A major U.S. political party 15. Rate of walking 16. A ceremonial procession 18. Unfolded 20. More pretentious 21. Ribbon belts 23. Himalayan wild goats 24. 100 =1 kwanza 25. Japanese wrestling 26. ___asty: family of rulers 27. Luteinizing hormone 29. British Air Aces 30. Being a single unit 31. Opposite of gee 33. National Guard 34. A stratum of rock 35. Have a yen for 37. Cornell tennis center 39. Iranian monetary units 41. Settings in a play 43. Olfactory properties 46. Free from deceit 47. Ireland 48. 007s Flemming 51. & & & 52. Kidney, fava or broad 53. W. African country 55. __ Franks diary 56. Induces vomitingCLUES DOWN1. James Fifty _____ 2. Scottish game pole 3. Atomic #18 4. Tattered cloth 5. Tokyo 7. Wigwam 8. Dynasty actress Linda 9. Small mongrel 10. Rapidly departed 11. A corporate leader 13. King of Camelot 16. Mrs. Nixon 17. Macaws 19. Symphony orchestra 21. Cunning 22. Wheatgrass adjective 26. U. of Texas residential center 28. Estate (Spanish) 32. Pilots and Blues 36. Right angle building wings 38. Store fodder 40. Supersonic transport 41. Brand of plastic wrap 42. Comb-plate 43. Puppeteer Lewis 44. Tatouhou 45. Security interest in a property 49. Direct a weapon 50. One point E of due N 54. Latin for and SUDOKU1231 CR OSSW ORD


10 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE at mostly at VA medical facilities. The FDVA is requesting more They help Florida veterans bring in additional federal bene Murray said. We train and ac credit annually all of the county We meet with them twice a year and they go back to their counties. sistance agencys budget is from the states general revenue, which is raised through sales taxes and services fees. This year, FDVA is getting about $7.3 million from the general revenue. If approved by the legislature, the proposed budget would tap about $900,000 more from the general revenue. Its a huge return on investment, Murray said. Its impossible to calculate BUDGET from page 6 See BUDGET page 11 local Toys for Tots has already distributed toys to several thousand families. But sometimes, folks want to do a little more for certain families. We have this happen every year, Diaz said. We have families who are in special distress. Diaz said that the Indian River Toys for Tots was successful this year when considering recent history. But, just as the well-known remained low nationally for several years, so has what charities Were down, like most charities in Indian River, Diaz said. Nonetheless, while the counting isnt done, Diaz estimates that the countys Toys for Tots drive raised about 13,000 to 16,000 toys. Within annual averages, albeit on the low side. We do that on a regular basis, he said. It looks like were going to do that again this year. The Indian River drive is one of about 700 nationally. According to the national Toys for Tots website, Maj. Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Corps reservists collected and gave out about 5,000 toys in 1947. It started when Hendricks wife, Diane, an organization that would give it to a needy child. He found none, so he created one. At the time, Hendricks was TOYS from page 9the director of public relations at Warner Brothers Studios. He used the position to get some star power behind the novel project. Few remember that Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo thats used to this day. Marine Corps reservists used drill weekends to collect and distribute toys from 1948 to 1979. The Total Force Program introduced in the late s reduced the drill time the Marines could commit to toy collection and distribution. By 1991, with the Secretary of Defenses blessing, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to carry on the annual work. As Marine reservists were called away in large numbers to operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the Marine Corps League and other veteran service organizations nationally took a greater role keeping Toys for Tots visible and viable. Diaz said that donation bins will be back out next November. In the meantime, Indian River County businesses are welcomed to call ahead to request them, (772) 647-9300. We thank the community for their support once again, Diaz said. They helped us give a Christmas to a lot of children in Indian River County. Theres one more need he hopes the community can help solve. The father who recently lost a son to cancer, hes looking for a job. They can call us, Diaz said. This one gentleman, he needs work. 1230 Business and Professional Services 1221 772-201-5229 LEGITIMATEWork at Home Opportunity1266 1255 ACADIANA PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SERVICETO ALL FLORIDA AIRPORTS, PORTS & SPECIAL EVENTSToll Free: 866-786-9979 Local: 772-489-0900 24-7 service Licensed & Insured772-260-1874 Dale EubankMOBILE SERVICE Specializing in: Wash & Wax Interior Shampoo Headlight Restoration 1224 jan_macdonald@hotmail.com860-798-7640 fax: 855.714.5294Bonded & Insured List of Services: HOME REPORTS WEL COME BACK PREPARATIONS MAIL PICK-UP MONTHL Y VIDEO REPORTS Take the worry out of being away-Im here P alm City Home Concierge Service 1218 Visit Our New LocationScratch & Dent Gun Safes up to 50%Off 772-221-81442 Lights South of the Roosevelt Bridge 1239403 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34994 Stalls for Rent Partial .... $150Full ....... $300 CALL FOR DETAIL S 772-215-2953SW Berry A ve. Palm City1227 AUCTION! AUCTION! AUCTION! AU3368 772-971-9231 AB2476 Auction Every ursday Night 4252 Bandy Blvd., Fort PierceVisit Auction I.D. # 15249ESTATE SALES CLOSE OUTS FUND RAISERS ASSET AUCTION SERVICES 1220 JERRY BARBIERI Agency Owner(772) 621-2600 (772) 285-3300 2289 S.W. Martin Hwy., Palm City, FL 34990 We Insure Florida / Over 100 A Rated Companies 1219 BARBIERI INSURANCE GROUP INC. DESIGN / BUILD LANDSCAPEPutting Greens Dog Areas Playgrounds Lawns PatioServing the Treasure Coast Since 1985 772-283-4123 1276 SYNTHETIC TURF PROJECTS Computerworks, Inc. Repairs Networking Trouble Shooting PC & MAC772-485-2190 Sunny 1252 Your Ad Here $2500 weekfrom as Low as Call: 772-204-2409for Advertising Information1232-PC


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12 DECEMBER 21, 2012 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE County Veterans Service OfficersSt. Lucie County, Donna Carlsen Phone: (772) 337-5670 Fax: (772) 337-5678 veterans@stlucieco.orgDorothy J. Conrad Building(formerly the Walton Road Annex Bldg.) 1664 S.E. Walton Road, Suite 205 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 By appointment Mon., Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Lucie County Community Services Bldg.(Corner of Avenue D and 7th Street) 437 N. Seventh St., Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Walk-ins Mon. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Brevard Veterans Services Office2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B, Suite 102 Viera, FL 32940 Office: (321) 633-2012 Fax: (321) 637-5432 Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed. and Fri, 8 a.m.-noon Manager: Glenn McGuffieIndian River CountyJoel Herman Vero Beach 2525 St. Lucie Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Ph: (772) 226-1499 Fax: (772) 770-5038Sebastian Square 11602 U.S. 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 Ph: (772) 589-6597 Fax: (772) 581-4988Martin CountyTony Reese, Veterans Service Office Supervisor Nick Ciotti, Veterans Service Officer (772) 288-5448Veterans Services OfficeMartin County Community Services 435 S.E. Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994 Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Important Telephone Numbers (from Martin website need to check) VA Life Insurance Ctr., Phil., PA 1-800-669-8477 VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000 VA Medical Ctr, W. Palm Beach 1-800-972-8262 Pharmacy, VA Medical Center 1-800-317-8387 Military Retired Pay Activities, Cleveland, OH (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force ONLY) 1-800-321-1080 Military Retired Pay Activities, Topeka, KS (Coast Guard ONLY) 1-800-772-8724 Survivor Benefits (SBP), Denver, CO 1-800-435-3396 Stuart VA Clinic (772) 288-0304 Okeechobee CountyVeterans Services office (863) 763-6441, Ext 5. Fax: (863) 7630118.Orlando VA Medical Cente5201 Raymond St., Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 629-1599 or (800) 922-7521Telephone Care(407) 599-1404 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (800) 645-6895 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon Fri (321) 637-3625 Viera patients 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (877) 741-3400 Weekends, holidays, evenings and nightsWest Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center7305 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 (561) 422-8262 or (800) 972-8262 Telephone Care(561) 422-6838 (866) 383-9036 Open 24 hours 7 daysViera VA Outpatient Clinic2900 Veterans Way, Viera, FL 32940 Phone: (321) 637-3788 1 (877) 8788387 Mon. Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.St Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Outpatient Program 126 S.W. Chamber Court, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 878-7876Fort Pierce Community Based Outpatient Clinic727 North U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Phone: (772) 595-5150 Fax: (772) 595-6560St Lucie Community Based Outpatient Clinic128 S.W. Chamber Court, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 344-9288Stuart Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34997 Phone: (772) 288-0304 Fax: (772) 288-1371Vero Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic372 17th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Phone: (772) 299-4623 Fax: (772) 299-4632IMPORTANT N UMBERS ... Veteran Voice is a weekly publication designed to provide information to and about veterans to veterans and to the broader community. Veterans are an integral part of their Florida communities, which currently have individual organizations of their own, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and many other groups with a narrow focus, but no convenient way to connect to a wider population of veterans and to the community in general within a limited geographic area, their community. 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