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VOL. 1/ISSUE 13 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 35 cents The Italian American Civic As sociation Vero Beach is getting its swing ready for area veterans. On Saturday, Feb. 16, itll host the premier Valentine Salute to Our Vets. Were hoping for thousands, Larry Toscano, president, said. If we get 1,000, that would be nice. Wed like 2,000-3,000. Toscano served in the Army from 1968 to 1971, including time in Vietnam. His blood runs green. My father was in World War II in the Philippines, he said. Ray Giustizia, said the associa tion hasnt rounded out its planning, but the salute will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Corporate Air, 3100 Airport Drive West, Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Were going to A Valentines Day salute to veteransItalian-American club says thank you for your service with food, entertainment, vehicle and aircraft displays Feb. 16By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Following in Mollys footstepsVero Beachs Nikki Gib son has a Purple Heart to show that women do well, a Purple Heart and the opinions of several Army buddies she served alongside in Iraq. I said, I just want to be treated like one of the guys, she said. By the end of me touring, I was just a cool guy with long hair. Thats all I am. You have to prove yourself and be strong. Last week, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, announced rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Assignment Rule for women. In other words, the Defense Department is opening more combat Despite last weeks history-making announcement, women in combat is not a new conceptPhoto courtesy of Nikki Gibson U.S. Army military police Sgt. Nikki Gibson in 2006 with her father, David Molly Pitcher: An early Americas tradition of women soldiers goes back to the Continental Army. Perhaps most famous of the pioneering women warriors is Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, better known as Molly Pitcher. During the Battle of Monmouth, McCauley was keeping soldiers hydrated, bravely running with water through hailstorms of musket husband, John Hays, was injured, so McCau ley took his place on a cannon team. After the battle where she proved her mettle many times over, Gen. George Washwarrant making McCauley a non-commissioned named Sergeant Molly. Some note theres a similar story about Mar garet Corbin, so doubt both stories authenticity. Others hold that the similarity is a result of many more women serving in the Continen tal Army than is often believed. See WOMEN page 3 By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceSee VALENTINES page 4


2 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Photo courtesy of Andrea Coy her to go. Photo courtesy of Nikki Gibson 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 G e t Y o u r T i c k e t s T o d a y G e t Y o u r T i c k e t s T o d a y 1846


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 1, 2013 3 roles to women. Gibson said her many friends she served with in discussions about the announce ment. with questions and answers, she said. A lot of my male counter parts say, Id rather have Gibson as my gunner. The 28-year-old Army veteran did two deployments to Iraq, 2005 and 2007. The expert shooter was a military police men in her unit, and a few they couldnt. Iraq, Gibson said, has a culture with deeply-held con victions about men not touching women. The culture didnt make exceptions for MPs searching for bombs and guns. As a female, Im allowed to search other females, and that lowered the danger, she said. (Men) used to not search the females; they werent allowed feathers. She said combat is gender-neutral and that has more to do with minds than bodies. Personally, I had no problem in nessed certain males drop down in the turret and start crying. Ive seen males not react as well as certain females would. John Howard, a Korean War veteran, said hes certain that Gibson and other women are thinks that the military is likely amiss to open more combat roles who helped integrate black sol diers in the Army. He supported racial integration. My experience in combat, black great soldiers, he said. The black soldier was ready to endure any hardship of any other soldier, no matter the race. Howard said that women are, generally, simply not built for combat. However, he said that women could in general be better equipped for certain kinds of modern combat and the military should consider using them in those roles. Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa, spokesman for the Florida National Guard, said that defense sec retarys announcement didnt just open all combat positions to women. He said therell be a process of reviewing how the changes will happen on a job-byjob basis. About 15 percent of the 10,000 Florida Army National Guard members are women. Were going to wait for spe (Department of Defense) as to how thisll be implemented in the Florida National Guard, he said. Here in Florida, we have 12 (military occupational specialties) that right now are unavailable to women. There are none in the Florida Air National Guard. Those jobs include positions in infantry, combat engineering and cavalry. Andrea Coy said she has no doubt women will perform with Sgt. Coy is now a Sebastian City Council member in her fourth term. She served 21 years in the Army, starting in 1976. I volunteered for (operations Desert Shield and Storm), she said. They would not allow me to leave my post. I volunteered to go. Coy was in the Army at a time of large gender changes. In 1967, Congress repealed a law that kept the military at only 2 percent women. The draft ended in 1973, and guys werent rushing to recruiters to volunteer. The defense department started courting vice academies opened to women. By the 1980s, about 10 percent of service members were women. I was invited by colonels to units, Coy said. There are slightly more than 202,000 women among the militarys 1.4 million active-duty members, according to Defense Department reports. In the last decade, about 280,000 were deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The recent announce ment builds on a 2012 policy change that opened more than 14,000 additional positions to women. Gibson and Coy said that wom en should prove themselves physcombat positions before getting them. If they do prove themselves get those jobs. I dont think females can do absolutely everything, Gibson said. It depends on the individual. Coy noted that she excitedly signed up for airborne training when it was offered to her, but didnt have the needed up per-body strength. No matter how many times they ran me up to the pull-up bar, Im just not built for pull-ups, she said. I could not do the pullups. Kielbasa said the Florida Nation al Guard, like all branches of the service, is diverse and members are judged on performance alone. Its a historic decision, he said. I cant speak for everyone on this, but its going to be inter esting. People will look back and realize it was historic. WOMEN from page 1 1790 Dreaming Upthe Ideal Retirement Is Your Job. Helping You Get There Is Ours.Its simple, really. How well you retire depends on how well you plan today. Whether retirement is down the road or just around the corner, the more you work toward your goals now, the better prepared you can be. Preparing for retirement means taking a longterm perspective. We recommend buying quality investments and holding them because we believe thats the soundest way we can help you work toward your goals. 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4 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Ted ElkinsPublisherSteve ErlangerPartnerPhil GaldysDebbi DenningJennifer ToombsDave MercierTammy RaitsMitch KloorfainNicole RodriguezShelley KoppelDonna MarinakEricka King SUBSCRIBE TODAY of this newspaper, (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: their families and their friends. e Voice of Experience Gold star mom keeps sons dream alive Photo courtesy of Fran Wilson proud to be a Gold Star mother, but its a title she never wanted. She became a Gold Star mom when her son, Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Wilson, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on March 22, 2010. He was 24. Fran Wilson was there when her son boarded his bus for deployment. She was able to hug him and tell him she loved him. He told her how much it meant to him to have her there and asked her to be there when he returned. She promised she would be there and she was, when his body was returned home. Fran Wilson and other family members wanted to make sure that all deploying soldiers had someone to see them off and greet them when they returned. She started the Lance Cpl. Justin Wilson Memorial Foundation to raise funds for family members or friends who could not afford the trip to see service members deploy or see them return. She wants to honor Justins wish that no member of the armed services leaves or returns home feeling alone. The Foundation has guidelines for giving assistance. The serviceman must make the request through a commanding By Shelley Koppel Staff writer open the show with the American white and blue smoke, Giustizia said. Those jumpers will be members of the Special Forces Association Parachute Team. From there Rhett Patriotic Palmer, Mayor of the Airwaves, will take the mic to host events. Palmers AM 1370 show is broadcasted from West Palm Beach from 6 to 10 a.m., then again at 3 to 5 p.m. Among other acts, Palmer will introduce Letters from Home, an Andrews Sisters tribute ensem ble. The Andrews Sisters were immortalized by their 1941 hit, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and tireless entertaining of American soldiers, sailors and Marines during World War II. Were not sure of other enter tainment yet, Giustizia said. On deck for displays and shows are Merritt Islands Florida Biplanes and Helicopters with a 1940 Waco UPF-7 and maybe 1953 Hiller UH-12B Helicopter to give rides; Fort Pierces National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum; and the Army. Were offering rides to the public and well have a special rate for veterans, Mark Grainger, owner of Florida Biplanes, said. Food and drinks will be for sale. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at gate. Children under 12 can get in for free. For tickets and information, call the association at (772) 778-1522. ProCivic Association Charities of Vero Beach. VALENTINES from page 1 See WILSON page 6


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 1, 2013 5 Coast High Schools Lt. Col. Joseph Cavallaro, who heads the schools Air Force JROTC unit, received a different kind of con gratulations from his class after being named one of the three of the Year award. Hooah! his class of cadets chanted to a room full of St. Lucie County School Board members, which included retiring Superintendent Michael Lannon, who praised Cavallaro for his stellar JROTC program to a Distin guished Unit with Merit honor. Youre modeling what great teaching and leadership is all about. Were really proud of you, Lannon said. How well youve been able to compete with other passion and caring on the development of young people. Principal Denise Rodriguez said the school is blessed to have Ca vallaro on campus. By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writerSee TEACHER page 6 Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Ivy League is an Approved child care provider that meets all equirements and annual inspection and Free of any ivy leaguePRESCHOOL ACADEMYInfantsPre-KVPKBefore & A fter SchoolKindergarten/1st GradeC amp The Operation Military Child Care Program Provider New Next Year. KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADE!Limited Availability Call Today!!FREE VPK785-6505info@ivyleaguepa.com2274 SE Belvedere SDt., Port Saint Lucie, FL 32984 (behind PSL Community Center) Hours: M-F 6:30am6:30 pm License #C19SL0049Low Teacher to Child Ratios No Teacher Work Days or Early Release Days to Worry About.Winter, S pring & Summer Camp School Programs A vailable rf ntbntb ntntb bbtt t rr f ft 1Loan program features are subject to restrictions under applicable law. Equal Housing Lender. SunTrust Mortgage, Inc., 901 Semmes Avenue, Richmond, VA 23224, NMLS # 2915, is licensed by the Department of Corporations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act; is an Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee; is a Lender in Massachusetts having Mortgage Lender license #s ML1216, ML0133, ML1432, ML1914, ML1913, ML1815, ML2411, ML1214, ML2442, ML2491, and ML2538; is licensed by the New Hampshire Banking Department; is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, toll free 1-800-330-4684; is a licensed lender in Rhode Island; and is doing business in Arizona as Crestar Mortgage, 7250 N. 16th Street, Ste. 100, Phoenix, AZ 85020. SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust and SunTrust Mortgage are federally registered service marks of SunTrust Banks, Inc. How Can We Help You Shine Today? is a service mark of SunTrust Banks, Inc. 1798


6 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE that the request is legitimate. The service member can request family or friends. They can have whoever they want, Wilson said. Weve brought a mother and brother and a mother and sister. One trip was to San Diego and one to Camp Lejeune. The foundation is small for now. Wilson has help from her husband and her brother, but basically, she is making the arrangements. I dont want to get overwhelmed, she said. Were starting off small, to work out the kinks. Im booking the airline tickets and hotels. Wilson would welcome volunteer assistance from travel professionals. She doesnt have much notice about dates of deployment and return and reservations often have to be changed. Having professional assistance might make it possible to help more families down the line. To raise funds, the Foundation is planning a Riding for Heroes bicycle ride on March 10. There will be rides of 104, 60 and 40 miles, all beginning at Justin Wilson Memorial Park in Palm City. There will be family activities at the park, including a bike rescue demonstrations, an egg hunt, magician and surprises. Wilsons goal is to raise $10,000. Sponsors for the event include the Martin County Commissioners, Hair Cuttery, Publix, Martin County Fire Rescue and the Wilsons goal is to raise $10,000. For Fran Wilson, it is all about honoring Justins wishes. If I can help one or two families a year, Ive kept Justins dream alive and given them a gift I never got to have, she said. For more information about the Justin Wilson Memorial Foundation or the Riding for Heroes bike ride on March 10, visit the website, Registration for the bike ride begins at 6:30 a.m. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 cash on the day of the event. Family Fun activities run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The fee is $5 for ages 8 and up. Donations may be made at the website or by sending contributions to Justins Wings, P.O. Box 2414, Palm City, FL, 34991.WILSON from page 4 We are just so fortunate to have Lt. Cavallaro working with our students. He has been a teacher leader on our campus, Rodriguez said. He is a mentor to our teachers and a mentor to our students. This is truly a facilitator of education. During last weeks classroom surprise, Cavallaro joked hes usually never at a loss for words, but his nomination was an exception almost. Im almost speechless, Caval laro said to a roar of laughter and applause. I really, really am so honored and so proud to be standing here with all of you folks. The 32-year Air Force veterans tenure in the military included educating service members in such areas as instrument training and special procedures for pilots. Cavallaro also was a chief of Training and instruction pilot and training instructor for both pilots and non-pilots on state-ofthe-art cockpit instrumentation for evaluation of advanced cockpit design. Cavallaro said the sky has al ways been like a second home. I wanted to serve and I want always been my passion. At Treasure Coast High School, where St. Lucie West and Tradi tion students are zoned, Cavalla ro has worked closely with local organizations to have his 130 Air Force cadets participate in pa riences and other events off-cam pus. He even started a random act of kindness initiative that honors students who exemplify school expectations. After seeing combat in oper ations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Just Cause in Panama, Cavallaro said teaching is the most challenging tasked with. This job is the most rewarding and also the toughest job Ive ever had in my life. The responsibility is just awesome, Cavallaro said. Its humbling and very grounding how we affect these young folks. Its amazing what effect you have and a lot of times you dont realize it until later on, the mar ried father of two and grandfather of two said. They come back later and say, Its amazing what you did for me. Out of approximately 2,500 teachers in the district, three mittee of former Teacher of the Year award winners, principals and district administrators. Fort Pierce Central High School math instructor Harry B. Williams and Fairlawn Elementary teacher and technology specialist Loryn Black were selected alongside Cavallaro. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 1, 2013 7 A RE YOU READY FOR LAORETTI? Larry Laoretti Call me at 772-285-6467 for appointment. All lessons are given at the Fox Club in Palm City. 1778 Two alignment sticks can be pur chased at your local golf/pro shop for a nominal fee. I use 2 sticks one I put along my intended line of play and the other along my toe line. I keep the ball within 6 of the intended line with ball inside of stick that will make you swing the club back and thru on a fairly straight line. A bad player will swing the club outside the stick going back and way to the le coming thru causing a slice. A good player will come inside the stick and go across the stick to the right causing a push or hook. e toe line stick will keep you parallel to your line not closed and not open. It is always nice to know that youre hitting the ball where you are aiming.PRACTICE ALIGNMENT STICKS Larrys Golf Tips of the WeekMore tips to follow in coming weeks. 1847 $48..Before 11 AM$40.....After 11 AM$30.......After 2 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax)FEBRUARYSA TURDAY SPECIAL$40 TIL 2PM 772-465-81101600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee Time From US1, turn East on Ohio A ve., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES1855


8 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE World War II survivor still working to preserve the legacy located at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville; Photo courtesy of Terry Yon This is the dramatic and true story of a World War II veteran who participated in some of the most important battles of the war. From the Normandy invasion to Cherbourg, to Arnhem, to Bastogne, to the Berlin Airlift and much more, this hero was there and saw it all this venerable veteran of past battles continues to educate the public about military history and what it meant to not only serve in World War II, but to have been present, in the service of this Country and the freedoms that we hold dear. Our veterans story begins in 1942 when she was born. I say she because our hero is an aircraft and thats how aircraft are often lovingly referred to; but this is no ordinary aircraft. It is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain. When asked to of World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower supposedly listed the atomic bomb, the jeep, the bazooka and the Douglas C-47. The C-47 purchased by the U.S. Army Air Force was the military version of the civilian DC-3 airliner. The major differences were a bigger engine senger/cargo area, complete with tie down rings for securing cargo. The personnel door on the left side was made much larger to accommodate cargo loading. The main cargo door opened as a clamshell door. The door is large enough to accommodate a complete Jeep with trailer, or a 37mm anti-tank gun. The comfortable airline seating was also replaced with twenty-eight folding metal seats that were installed against the fuselage sides. Many C-47 aircraft had their with a glider-towing hook, to facilitate towing troop carrying gliders like the Waco CG-4 used in the D-Day Invasion. As a supply plane, the C-47 could carry more than 6,000 pounds of cargo with a full fuel load. It could also hold a fully assembled jeep or a 37mm cannon. As a troop transport, it By Terry Yon For Veteran VoiceSee TICO BELLE page 10 Animal Lovers Fund raiser Presents our annual ...DOGS & CATS FOREVER Come S upport O urNo Kill Animal Shelter & Sanctuary!S aturday, February 9thDoors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations Strongly Suggested SCOTT ELVIS NO R TON Join us for... DOO R P RIZES SILENT AUCTION R AFFLES including a 50-50 C ASH PRIZE Enjoy a Musical Performance by e Legendary Voice of the King Full Dinner Buet provided by S ilver P latter Catering Proceeds will help support our animalsTickets $60 Dinner & ShowCasual Dress Cash Bar Unlimited Fun! Reservations, call Julie Paterson 772-285-7625 The Polish American Club 343 SW Prima Vista Blvd. Port St. Lucie Sponsored by 1770 1676 1771Sponsored by Bus Admission: $10 / person General Admission: $25 / carload VIP Admission: $50 / person Call (772) 223-6659to purchase tickets Polo Charity Presented at Mayaca Polo ClubPolo Match ~ Polo Clinic ~ Car Show Vendor Area ~ Kids Area ~ More!SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 10AM ~ 3PM Match Starts at Noon


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10 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE carried 28 soldiers in full combat gear. As a medical airlift plane, it could accommodate 14 stretcher patients and three nurses. Seven basic versions were built, and the aircraft was given at least 22 designations. It was produced in greater quantities than any other World War II Army transport, and it continued to serve in both Korea and Vietnam. Ultimately, over 10,000 aircraft were made and served with some 90 different countries. Sadly, today there are fewer and fewer of these beautiful machines that can did so many years ago. After supporting many battles during WWII and with the successful breaking of the Berlin Blockade, our aircraft was no longer needed by the United States and in 1950 the Norwegian Air Force took delivery of her, as part of the lendlease program. In 1956 she was transferred to the Royal Danish Air Force, where her duty assignment was to transport the Royal Family of Denmark. In 1982 with more her. This is where the Valiant Air Command was truly honored to have the opportunity to offer such a valuable part of history a home. VAC members, with the help of Royal Danish Air Force pilots, ferried her to the United States. During the latter part of the s and the s she visited many airshows and toured around the nathousands about her battle heritage and of the legacy of those who their country. Along the way, she acquired her WWII-type nose art and became known far and wide as The Valiant Air Commands TICO Belle; after the Titusville/Cocoa airport where she is based. Sadly, in 2001, returning from an airshow, her landing gear collapsed in a severe wind condition. This necessitated the replacement of the landing gear, both engines and propellers from sudden stoppage and extensive sheet metal and skin work. Because we are a volunteer organization, we knew such an undertaking would be a long, exhausting and expensive proposition and there was some initial concern over whether is it would be worth the expense and effort. However, it was quickly decided that because of her history, battle heritage and the story behind her unbelievable survival, we owed it to all of us to restore her, so that she could continue educating present and future generations about all that she had seen and done. We are proud to say that in July of 2008, after the long effort by countless volunteers, her entime in many years. As the smoke and sounds reverberated across the parking ramp, there were misty eyes in more than a couple of the crowd that had gathered to watch her breathe once more. With her the Tico Belle, has taken her rightful place in vintage warbird formations, complete with Normandy incan look up and truly imagine what it must have been like on that fateful June 6th, 1944, 67 years ago. A day when the freedom of a world hung in the balance as she made her way in the predawn darkness towards the beaches of Normandy; part of one of the largest invasion armadas the world has ever seen. Today, The Tico Belle is a proud representative of this hallowed era and can be seen at her home base at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. She is even available for rides, by calling the museum asking about our C-47 Ride Program. The Valiant Air Command is a 501c3 Warbird museum located at 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. The phone number is (321) 268-1941. and the website is Retired U.S. Army Col. Terry Yon the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. He can be reached at the museum, (321) 2681941 or by email at vacwarbirds@ TICO BELLE from page 8 1772 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9AM TO 5PM Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780 Special Event Venues Available $1.00 OFF ADMISSION WITH THIS AD 3 Display Hangars Over 30 Aircraft Memorabilia Free Guided Tours Gift Shop C-47 Plane Rides Canteen $1.00 OFF Admission Cannot be combined with other offers. This coupon is not redeemable for cashWITH THIS AD1781 1769


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12 FEBRUARY 1, 2013 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. 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