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Title: Veteran voice
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Publisher: Veteran Voice, LLC
Place of Publication: Port St. Lucie, FL
Publication Date: 02-15-2013
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00017059/00001

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Title: Veteran voice
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Veteran Voice, LLC
Place of Publication: Port St. Lucie, FL
Publication Date: 02-15-2013
Frequency: weekly
regular

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Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )

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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 2012

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Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 854567034
lccn - 2013201395
issn - 2330-2267
ocn854567034
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ddc - 305.9
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VOL. 1/ISSUE 15 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013 35 cents Dog demo Photo courtesy of Indian River Colony Club VIERA Denni Burr is a dog lover and the driving force behind the recent DogFest at Indian River Colony Club in Vi era. The canine event kicked off with a dog parade led by Kelly, a 6-year-old patrol and narcotic dog from Patrick Air Force Base. Accompanied by her military handlers, Kelly, a Belgian Ma By Joyce Wilden For Veteran Voice Vets: Be careful about giving to veterans groups Theyre in front of nationally known retailers. Their signs say veterans. Whod pass on the chance to help veterans, right? Walk away, said Marty Zickert, president of the Veterans Council of Indian River County. Whats going to happen to that its cash. The guy at the end of the day gets to dip his hand into the bucket. You cant account for it. Ed Irons, commander of the American Legion Post 189, Sebastian, and Zickert, said questionable individuals and organizations have been soliciting donations in Indian River and area counties. Many seem to be from the Fort Lauderdale area, Appearances can be signage may not be legitimate, or localBy Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Mini-camp set to run MARTIN COUNTY Ten boys, ages 9-14, will have the chance to attend a weekend mini-camp dation, Operation 300. To qualify, boys must be the sons of service members who have died while in service. The organization was formed to honor the mem Class Aaron Vaughn, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6. He was killed in 2011 when the helicopter in which he and 37 others were riding was shot down over Afghanistan. Forty-four children were left fatherless. The mini-camp will be held at Angel Fire Ranch, a 400-acre property in Martin County that is owned by the Angel Fire Foundation. The organization sponsors outdoor activities for disabled veterans. Angel Fire is letting Operation 300 use the site at no charge. For Tara Vaughn Baldwin, Aaron Vaughns By Shelley Koppel Staff writerSee DOG page 2 See CAMP page 3 See GIVING page 7

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2 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE linois, later provided one of several exciting demonstrations of canine skill to the assembled crowd of onlookers. Other activities during the sunny January afternoon included a dog blessing and multi-class dog show. Res cue groups, product vendors and trainers were in atten dance for the all things dog event. Indian River Colony Club is a fully maintained and gated neighborhood of nearly 800 homes on 453 acres. Once a retirement destina tion exclusively for military now expanded to include up to 20 percent of former en listed or non-military person nel over the age of 21. Organizer Denni Burr was overwhelmed with the enthu siastic response by Indian River Colony Club members. People just love their dogs and had a great time showing them off to friends and neighbors, said Burr. We had 22 dogs participate in the dog show, along with many more dogs in the parade and great demonstrations of amazing canine skills. We cant wait to do it again next year!DOG from page 1 The Valiant Air Command will present the 36th annual TICO Warbird Airshow March 22, 23 and 24 and advance tickets are on sale now, through www.Tick etDerby.com, or at the museums website at www.vacwarbirds.org for electronic ticket or to see ticket sales locations in our area. Dont wait! The theme this year honors the B-17 Flying Fortress with special appearance of the USAF Thunderbirds. There will be aircraft on static display such as the F-14, ME208, F-80, F-86 A-6, F-8, A-4, F-9 Panther, Wildcat, MiG-15 and MiG-21, C-123 and many others. along with vintage warbirds such as the P-51, Corsair, T-6, T-28, T-34, L-39, aerobatic teams and military demonstrations. In addition to advance tickets, there are a limited number of tickets for other venue options. We will have our Beer Garden on the crowd line, close to all airshow pilots on hand to sign autographs. Again, there will be limited seating each day, so pur chase this special option early. You can go to www.vacwarbirds. org or www.TicketDerby.com to get your advance tickets and purchase a Beer Garden Ticket with Gates open at 8:30 and the airshow starts around 1 p.m., but there is plenty to do in the morn of warbirds on exhibit, with vet eran pilots or aircraft historians standing by to tell you all about automobiles, vintage armor, games, music, lots of vendors, exhibitors and more. For more information, contact (321) 268-1941, or visit our web site at www.vacwarbirds.org.Tico Warbird Airshow advance tickets on sale nowFor Veteran Voice 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 AD2009 Having More Retirement Accounts Is Not The Same As Having More Money..When it comes to the number of retirement accounts you have, the saying more is better is not necessarily true. In fact, if you hold multiple to keep track of your investments and to see if multiple accounts usually mean multiple fees. Bringing your accounts to Edward Jones could help solve all that. Plus, one statement can make it easier to see if youre moving toward your To learn why consolidating your retirement accounts to Edward Jones advisor today..Shane D Ireland1172 Sw 30th Street Ste 3 Palm City, FL 34990 772-219-4454 2049www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Its likely that your retirement income may come from many sources, such as Social Security, pension distributions, a 401(k) or IRA withdrawals. Thats why, if taxes are a concern for you, its important to choose the right investments for your portfolio. At Edward Jones, we have many options that can give you more control over your taxes, so you can enjoy what youve worked so hard to achieve. Edward Jones, its employees and nancial advisors cannot provide tax advice. You should consult with a qualied tax specialist for professional advice on your specic situation.SO MUCH PLANNING G OES I NTO RETIR E M ENT. H AVE YOU T HOUGHT A BOUT T AXES AS WELL? C all today to see how our unique, face-to-face approach makes us best-suited to help long-term investors meet their current needs and future nancial goals. www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC Jamie L Chapogas, AAMSFinancial Advisor.2900 S W Town Center Way Palm City, FL 34990 772-463-7189 Also featuring Fine Art and Orchid Show & Sale!Presented by: Stuart/Martin County Chamber of CommerceSaturday & Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM Special Thanks to These Sponsors!For info call (772) 287-1088, ext. 111 LisaT@StuartMartinChamber.org FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING GREAT DEALS Orchids Aloha Open Friday Noon to 5 PMMartin County Fairgrounds 2616 S.E. Dixie Hwy., Stuart 2037

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 15, 2013 3 long camps throughout the summer for boys, and eventually girls, as well. This is our pilot camp, she said. Well see what works. Prospective campers and parents can go to the Operation 300 website and click on the tab Attend Camp to apply. The camper, a parent and siblings will receive transportation to the camp as well as free lodging. Were looking for boys 9-14 because we want them to be able to do activities together, Baldwin said. Everything will be at no cost to the kids and moms. We hope to have most (of them) from Florida, to keep travel expenses lower. If they drive, they should bring gas receipts. We dont want them to worry about anything, down to the gas it takes to get there. The camp will meet at the beach. Surf Central will provide paddle boarding and other activities. Then the boys will go to the ranch. They will be housed in motor homes that are on loan. Baldwin said that more mobile homes or campers are needed. Baldwin is still working on meal arrangements. Food will be brought in, and a donor has offered a hotdog and hamburger grill. Again, Baldwin welcomes donations of food by local busi nesses for any of the weekend meals. Friday night, Pastor Tom Mul lins of Christ Fellowship Church will speak. Hes a great storyteller, Bald win said. Hell tell an historical story about bravery and courage with a spiritual emphasis. Saturday will be packed with activities and moms and younger siblings are welcome to join in. In the morning, there will be sailing at the US Sailing Center in Jensen Beach, Baldwin said. After, well have a trail ride for half the boys while the others get instruction in tacking and grooming. Then theyll switch. The local equestrian community has loaned the horses and they are all The afternoon features archery instruction with youth-size bows. There will be downtime, when campers can rest, ride kid-sized ATVs or throw around a football. After dinner, theyll be more time to relax. The day will end with a On Sunday the group will go to Christ Fellowship Church, which meets at South Fork High School, down the road from the camp. After church, the kids will receive instruction in the use of com -CAMP from page 1 See CAMP page 5 Enjoy an Evening with Grammy Award Winner Judy Collins Lyric eatre March 13 59 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart A portion of the proceeds will benet HEL PING P EOP L E SU CC EED. Get Tickets at www.lyrictheatre.com 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 2067www.ivyleaguepa.com

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4 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Ted ElkinsPublisherSteve ErlangerPartnerPhil GaldysDebbi DenningJennifer ToombsDave MercierTammy RaitsMitch KloorfainNicole RodriguezShelley KoppelDonna MarinakJoAnn Aguila SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.com e Voice of Experience MARTIN COUNTY A service that began more than 20 years ago in Martin County will continue, thanks to the efforts of the Veterans Council of Martin County, the Martin County Board of County Commissioners and Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. The Martin County Veterans Sersion of a new 12-passenger van to transport veterans from Stuart to their appointments at the VA Medical Center, West Palm Beach. Before being pressed into service, the van decorated in patriotic colwill also display major donors for the purchase of the van displayed on the doors. This is our third van purchase, said Bruce Millett, chairman of the Veterans Council of Martin County. Cost has risen but not drastically. The price has raised about $2,000 per year to the current price of $25,000. The van has all seats 1,700 veterans are transported each year. Weve had this service available for so long, it is hard to remember what it was like when we didnt have it. I hope that day never comes, said Commissioner John Haddox, formerly the VeterThe vans, although purchased through the DAV, are signed over to the VA. The VA then provides insurance and all maintenance on the van. The life of the van is expected to last for about 100,000 miles or seven years. The vans are then returned by the VA to the Veterans Council to be donated or used to raise funds. The most recent to reach the end of its service was donated to the VFW Post 10132, Hobe Sound, for transporting of their Honor Guard to various events throughout Martin County. Before this the Honor Guard had to travel separately to their commitments. Now they can all meet at one location and travel together. Veterans are encouraged to call the Martin County Veterans Serschedule a ride on the van. If you are interested in making a donation to help keep this service, you can send your check made out to: Veterans Council of Martin County, Inc., P.O. Box 1994, Stuart, FL 34995.County buys third van to transport veterans to clinic Photo courtesy of Tony Reese By Tony Reese Martin County Veterans Cities of Sebastian, Vero recognize local Purple Heart recipients Photo courtesy of Marty Zickert On Jan. 15, Indian River County became one of a growing number of communities throughout the U.S. to recognize Purple Heart recipients. Rednour, OEF/OIF accepted the proclamation on behalf of all Purple Heart recipients in our county. These veterans were also on hand when Vero Beach issued a similar Proclamation on Jan. 8 and the city of Sebastian will recognize Purple Heart recipients on Jan. 23. The Sebastian chapters of the VFW and American Proclamation will be read. As recently as August of last year, there were only four Purple Heart counties in the United States. Joining a nationwide movement, our communities join a tradition of support for veterans who have been wounded while serving. The heritage of the Purple Heart originated with George Washington, who issued heartshaped purple pillows to wounded veterans. General Washington also issued the Badge of Military Merit for enlisted servicemen injured during meritorious service. By Brian Heady For Veteran VoiceSee HEART page 11

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 15, 2013 5 Then there will be a team scavenger hunt, Baldwin said. After lunch, there will an ar chery competition to use the skills they learned. There will be a dismissal ceremony, and kids can hang out for awhile. Baldwin hopes to have a week-long camp running this summer. That is a much larger undertaking and requires a lot more money. Donations of cash are welcome, as are donations of equipment. For this camp, much of it is on loan. Baldwin would like the camp to have its own equipment so that they are not as dependent on donations each time. Baldwin said that she is praying for good weather, but if it rains, theyll move activi ties indoors and go bowling or play games. The goal is for boys and mentors to bond and form relationships that can last past the camp. In a Dec. 21, 2012 story about Operation 300, Baldwin expressed the hope that lasting relationships would form. I envision, in my heart, that someday, a mentor would go to the boys hometown and watch him play football, she said.CAMP from page 3Operation 300 seeking donated supplies for campOperation 300 needs the following items for its camp: Youth ATVs and safety gear Trail horses and tack Camping equipment Archery equipment (youth) Shooting targets Youth surfboards 15-passenger van Flag Football equipment For more information about Operation 300, visit the website, www.operation300.com. To donate goods, contact tara.op300@gmail.com. Checks may be sent to Operation 300, Inc., P.O. Box 3, Port Salerno, FL 34992 2098 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. 2099

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6 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE PALM CITY Most people are acutely aware of the condition of both the auto and the driver before getting in to travel down a highway. The same precautions should be taken by boaters, says Tim Mullen, manager of the Me ridian Marina and Yacht Club in Palm City. Can you imagine being in a car, sitting as a passenger with someone who didnt know what they were doing when they were driving? Mullen asked. Its frightening because people say I own a boat. But the truth is that anyone with a checkbook can own a boat. It doesnt take a checkbook Coast Guard Auxiliary. It does take a knowledgeable skipper and a safe boat. Thats what members of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotil la 59 were aiming for when they provided free vessel safety checks at the Meridian Marina all last weekend. went through a variety of poten tial problems in examining 35 vessels that were inspected over the weekend of vessels at the marina on Southwest Chapman Way. We look for the presence and condition of equipment that is required by state and federal regulations, said Hank Cushard, 59. extinguishers are not expired and that you have the correct Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 expands vessel checks to Palm CityBy Tom Schram For Veteran VoiceSee VESSEL page 11 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. 2003 Very eective for short shots around the greens or downwind holes. e rst adjustment to make is to be sure the ball is positioned more forward in your stance than normal (more to your for ward foot). As I said earlier if you want to keep the ball low you swing the club low both ways. Now we are going to do the opposite, swing club higher on the back swing. Higher on the follow thru. is should produce a much higher ball ight than normal. Your speed of the swing should be the same as your normal pace. Good luck with both, high and low shots.LOFTED SHOTS OR HIGH SHOTS Larrys Golf Tips of the WeekMore tips to follow in coming weeks. 2061 $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 RATES2068

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 15, 2013 7 both said. Youll see a guy dressed up like a Marine, but he has no rank or name, Irons guys crop up everywhere. You get rid of one group, and a month later another shows up. The reason for the no rank or name? Back in 2010, the Florida Legislature passed, and then Gov. Charlie Crist, signed a bill backed by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and Florida Veterans Council making it a felony for those whove not served in the armed forces to claim they have while soliciting. Steve Murray, communications director for the department, said questionable individuals and organizations have long used Americas wish to help veterans to glean money. It is a problem around the country and in Florida, he said. There are legitimate people out there. They, for the most part, are not going to be on street corners and in front of retailers. He said the Brevard, Indian River, Port St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties seem to be a hot spot for questionable solicitors claiming to help veterans. I know in Central and South Florida, I see news media stuff on this at least once a quarter, Murray said. There are a few ways donors can know that their dollars are helping veterans. Biggest one is by keeping local. Zickert said its best to be able to hand-deliver a donation to a GIVING from page 1 See GIVING page 9 Ask them where the money is going, he said. Is it all staying right here in this county? If they say, No, then tell them, Thank you but no thank you. The money that we raise as a veterans council stays right here in Indian River County for Indian River County. Marty Zickert 2024

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 15, 2013 9 Ask them where the money is going, he said. Is it all staying right here in this county? If they say, No, then tell them, Thank you but no thank you. The money that we raise as a veterans council stays right here in Indian River County for Indian River County. Better still, give time to an organization before donating money. Zickert and Irons said local veterans organizations often need help with projects. They said spending time volunteering helps potential benefactors get a feel for an organization. Zickert said if things feel squirrely, they probably are. Move on to giving volunteer hours to another organization with an eye Murray said that if people dont have time to volunteer at veterans organizations, a quick litmus test for authenticity is congressional charters. A list of congressionally-chartered veterans organizations is at the National Resource Directory, nrd.gov. Theres also a list at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, va.gov/vso. The state started a n helps veterans, too, the Florida Veterans Foundation. Thats at eteransfoundation.org. GIVING from page 7 VA overpaid disabled vets $943 million The Department of Veterans Affairs lost $943 million from 1993 to 2009 in overpayments to veterans who had received a 100 percent disability rating, according to an audit by the VAs Inspector General. istration failed to adequately track veterans health through follow-up exams to validate the 100 percent rating. Losing track of their progress resulted in thousands of veterans receiving payments that the VA later determined they should not have received. The House Veterans Affairs Committees disability assistance panel held a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill to discuss overpayments that were overseen by the Veterans BeneLinda Halliday, VA assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations, told the submined that VBA regional staff did not correctly process claims for about 27,500 veterans with 100 percent ratings and that since January 1993 VBA had overpaid these veterans a net amount of about $943 million. The IG projected that unless VBA got its system under control it could expect an additional $1.1 billion in overpayments between now and 2016. Halliday noted that VBA conbut did accept several recommendations it made including the plan to conduct a review of all temporary 100 percent disability evaluations to make sure each has a follow-up exam date in his or her electronic record. But she said VBA did not begin the review until September 2011, and then pushed back the deadline for it to be completed Dec. 31, 2012. We have not tested the sysno assurance theyve resulted in systemwide corrections, she said. a fully electronic system for scheduling exams and follow-up exams for veterans awarded temporary 100 percent disability, Rick Weidman, executive director of Vietnam Veterans of America, told the panel. The Vietnam Veterans of America is urging the agency to get as many human beings out of the system as possible. Automate what you can and avoid a lot of heartache, Weidman said on Tuesday. Concentrate on where you need the human factor brought in. Congress typically chastises VA leaders for not delivering U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsSee VA page 10 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 2026

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10 FEBRUARY 15, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE support and payments to disabled veterans fast enough. Weidman emphasized that hed rather see veterans overpaid rather than not paid in a timely fashion. People dont have the resources to pay it back, he said. They have to either take it out of the monies which will be much less than 100 percent and it leaves people with a credit history that is destroyed, in some cases from which they never can recover. Weidmans organization has worked with VA by reviewing three Inspector General reports on the temporary ratings and overpayments. Like other major veterans service organizations, such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, VVA works claims. He told the House Veterans Affairs Committee panel that VVA and other organizations have been pushing for joint training with the VBA for some time on the claims process. But it has yet to happen at any level, to our knowledge, he said. The IG investigations that have continued to turn up evidence of human error in the system strengthens the argument for more automation in the process, he said. Weidman said that with some tweaking the VA could set its send out a statement each month to veterans telling them exactand how much. It would also is-VA from page 9 See VA page 11 2005 St. Lucie Co. Fair FEB 22 MAR 3 GATES OPEN 4PMWeekdays NoonWeekends All Entertainment FREE w/Gate Admission No Joe Clown Circus EVE RYDAY Lloyd Mabrey EVE RYDAY Whacky Wheeler EVERYDAY Petting Zoo EVE RYDAY Recycle Cycle EVE RYDAY Kari & Billy EVE RYDAY Rowdy Rooster EVE RYDAY Racing Pigs EVE RYDAY Free Admission Mon & Wed Dollar Day T hursday Buy One Get One T uesday Midnight Madness Both Fridays $2 Off Admission Both Sundays w/ A Canned food Item T ues. Feb 26 7:30 Christian Choir StLucieCountyFair.com at the Intersection of Midway & Okeechobee Rd. Ft. Pierce772-464-2910Visit Our Website Below for Details PRCA Rodeo March 1 & 2 7:30 PM2085 Kellie Pickler Sat. Feb 23 7:30 PM Fri. Feb 22 7:30 PM Master Hypnotist Chris Mabrey EVE RYDAY

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12 FEBRUARY 15, 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. 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.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 patients8 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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