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VOL. 1/ISSUE 18 FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013 35 cents The 36th annual Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum & TICO AirShow might be the last chance to see the Thunderbirds for awhile. The crack pilots of the U.S. Air Forces Thunderbirds are highly trained and motivated combat bickering politicians. On March 1, Maj. Darrick Airshow may be last stop for Thunderbirds for a whileMiG Thousands to slain deputyBy Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Nations were feverishly developing combat jet aircraft during World War II, but none of the early models ever brawled with each other. Korea was where pioneer pilots would learn about jet combat Indialantics Norman Charles He was in the air over South Korea on an intelligence mission the second day of the war. The real war in Korea was not in the air, but on the ground, Evans said. (The F-80 Shooting Star) was designed to be an air-to-air airplane, and we were using it for ground support. Before then, no one thought it would be any good down there. Everyone thought that a single bullet could make the fast Evans is a member of Titusvilles Valiant Air Command Warbird Museums board of directors. In missions seeking out the Sovi-Korean War pilot recounts his days of facing off with the SovietsBy Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice ST. LUCIE COUNTY A heartbroken community, family and more than 2,000 law enthe country mourned the death of St. Lucie County Sheriffs Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, at Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce Monday as they bid farewell to the fallen hero who died in the line of duty on Feb. 28 doing what those close to him said God placed him on Earth to do: help and protect his fellow man. More than 4,000 attended the viewing and service. Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi were among those who attended to pay their respects. St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara delivered a touching eulogy. He often spoke direct ly to Sgt. Moraless two young daughters, Brooklynn and Jordan, who were seated near their fathers casket, which was Every day your dad told us how much he loved you, said Mascara, who announced the going to be watching over you every day. Throughout the service, Morales was hailed as a hero, but most importantly as a loving fa Sgt. Gary Morales Staff writer See MORALES page 4 Air Force veteran served 12 years with St. Lucie See THUNDERBIRDS page 8 See MIG page 3 2446 Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call (772) 20 4-2409 or go to today to subscribe.


2 MARCH 8, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Day parade Saturday The Vero Beach Elks Lodge is sponsoring its 4th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade on March 9 at 1 p.m. The parade stages at the VB High School foot ball stadium at 11:45 a.m. The theme this year is recognizing veterans, past and present, with retired Air Force Colonel, Martin Zickert, as the Grand Marshal. Zickert is the pres ident of the Veterans Council and president of the Vietnam Veterans of Indian River County. The 50 participating groups, including many veterans organizations, will depart at 1 p.m. and proceed down 14th Avenue to the Heritage Center. Following the parade, there will be a party and cel ebration at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge, 1350 26th St., featuring music and a bagpipe band. Corned beef sandwiches and beverages will be available. For Veteran Voice Harbor Place is having a fundraiser for the Southeast Florida Honor Flight with a St. Patricks Day Dine or Dash on Sunday, March 17 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Harbor Place is located at 3700 S.W. Jennings Road in Port St. Lucie. Call (772) 337-4330 to RSVP.Harbor Place For Veteran Voice 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 accounts with various brokers, it can be difcult to keep track of your investments and to see if youre properly diversied.* At the very least, 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 goals. rfnt b To learn why consolidating your retirement accounts to Edward Jones makes sense, call your local nancial advisor Member SIPC *Diversication does not guarantee a prot or protect against loss. Shane D IrelandFinancial Advisor.1172 Sw 30th Street Ste 3 Palm City, FL 34990 772-219-4454 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 neces sarily true. In fact, if you hold multiple accounts with your investments and to see if youre properly 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 goals. 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 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. Member SIPC Jamie L Chapogas, AAMSFinancial Advisor.2900 S W Town Center Way Palm City, FL 34990 772-463-7189 FREE TUITION! AVAILABLE NOW!Dont Delay, Limited Availability!Private Kindergarten & First Grade 2013/2014 school yearSpring Break Camp is almost here!! 772-785-6505 E-Mail 2274 SE Belvedere Street Port St. Lucie, FL 34984 (Behind PSL Community Center) License C19SL0049 (Behind PSL Community Center) License C19SL0049 Where the Name Says it All!FREE TUITION! AVAILABLE NOW! Sign-up starts March 1st Dont Delay, Limited Availability! Private Kindergarten & First Grade 2013/2014 school year Spring Break Camp is almost here!! Summer will be here soon!!Daily Field Trips! Everything Included! Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Included Too!Call or Stop by Today Call or Stop by Today! Where the Name Says it All!The Operation Military Child Care Program ProviderIvy League is an Approved child care provider that meets all requirements and standards as means your childcare center has its State Child Care License and has a current annual inspection and Free (Behind PSL Community Center) License C19SL0049 Where the Name Says it All!FREE TUITION! AVAILABLE NOW! Sign-up starts March 1st Dont Delay, Limited Availability! Private Kindergarten & First Grade 2013/2014 school year Spring Break Camp is almost here!! Summer will be here soon!!Daily Field Trips! Everything Included! Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Included Too!Call or Stop by Today 2425


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MARCH 8, 2013 3 et-made MiG-15s that were tossed None of us had even seen a picture of the MiG, he said. None of us knew what it was, what it looked like. We had the best jet, so, Lets go get them. Evans attitude changed after his Its approaching 60 years now. On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended without ending. That day, an armistice was signed that stopped the shooting, but left the world perilously hanging on an edge called the 38th Parallel. Today the Korean Demilitarized Zone splitting the peninsula into different worlds more than different countries remains a glaciated remnant of the Cold War. Many warn that holdout of an otherwise bygone era could ignite into a consuming, possibly But, back when the shooting was MiG. trols, he said. We were attacked, when we thought we would attack them. I learned in a hurry that the F-80 was not going to be any good against the MiGs. When he realized that he wasnt MIG from page 1 Photo courtesy of Phyllis Lilienthal See MIG page 10 12,000 Copies Distributed at the call us today (772) 204-2409Veteran Voice, LLC. 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd. Port St. Lucie, FL 34984 ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in a Special Print Edition of Special Advertising Rates2390 rf ntbntb ntntb bbtt t 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. ffff ft f t 2437


4 MARCH 8, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore WilsonPublisherSteve ErlangerPartnerPhil GaldysDebbi DenningDave MercierTammy RaitsMitch KloorfainNicole RodriguezShelley KoppelDonna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY $18 YEAR (52 weeks) (772) 204-2409 e Voice of Experience ther, husband, brother, son and uncle. Family and friends said Moraless larger-than-life person ality and electric smile wont ever fade from their minds. Moraless teenage nephew, Nicholas Morales, gave the public a glimpse into the pain periencing. Nicholas said its a heart-wrenching thought that hell never embrace his uncle again. Me and my Uncle Gary had a relationship like no other, Nich olas said. He was my best friend. and just hang out. My Uncle Gary was the life of the party. He liked to make his presence known. Now hes gone, Nicholas said. Its still so unreal to me that my uncle is (lying) in a casket, but he died a hero. One of Moraless nieces sobbed as she spoke directly to her de parted uncle. Uncle Gary, youre a hero; youre my guardian angel; I love you. Rest in peace, she said. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Sgt. Rob Pettit said he and Morales were so close, he named Morales the godfather of his third daughter. Pettit said Morales was a man who always put himself last and would give the shirt off his back to a stranger in need. We only get a few true friends The ones you can really count on when the chips are down and its going to get ugly, Pettit said. Gary was that type of friend. Youd ask him for anything and youd get the same response. No problem. Anything I could do. When I shaved my head in support of sick cancer kids, there ing it all off, said Pettit, who also described Morales as a comedian who always made people laugh when he would tie his shirt into a bikini top and stick his butt out. He was generous He once gave me his car to drive to Memphis he helped me move like three times. That says some thing. Pettit also divulged why fellow deputies called Morales Foo, which is short for Foo-Foo. He was forever vain and forever worried about his appearance, said Pettit, who admired Mo raless boyish good looks. He was always dressed sharp to the nines. Never a hair out of place. That was Foo, Pettit said. We gave him that nickname because of the basket of sponges and lotions and powders he would carry with him in and out of the locker room. Doug Miller, a Royal Palm Beach resident and rider with the Pa triot Guard Riders, stood watch outside with his fellow brothers, line. The group frequently attends military deployments and funer als of veterans and law enforce Miller said. It breaks my heart because theyre just doing their job, the Vietnam Navy veteran said. His service was very admirable. He put his life on the line for every body. The Garys of the world are the reason we can sleep safely at night, Miller said. St. Lucie County Commissioner Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer MORALES from page 1 See MORALES page 6


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6 MARCH 8, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Chris Dzadovsky said despite the clear skies outside, a dark cloud now hangs over the Treasure Coast. Its a sad day in St. Lucie Coun ty. The county has a heavy heart today, he said. We lost a local hero. responder in any way shape or form, but in this case it was completely senseless, Dzadovsky said. Our hearts go out to the ers. Martin County Sheriffs Lt. Bill Dowdy said Moraless death serves as a reminder of how dan gerous the job really is. This is a situation we could have all found ourselves in, but today is all about Sgt. Morales and his family, Dowdy said. Were here to show our support for them. St. Lucie County Sheriffs Sgt. Brian Rhodes choked back tears as he remembered Morales. people Ive known, not to mention one of the best law enforcement said. He was a good guy, a pub lic servant. Port St. Lucie resident and for mer New York City Police Depart spectacular show of support from far away as Chicago and Maine didnt surprise him. Law enforcement comes togeth er in tragic deaths like this. It breaks everyones hearts, Hickey said. Gary Morales was a great young man and a real hero. Sgt. Gary Morales was a 12-year veteran of the St. Lucie County tive served in the United States Air Force in 1995 when he was stationed in San Antonio and was honorably discharged in 1999. During his military tenure, Morales received the Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Med al, National Defense Service Med al, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Longevity Service Award Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon. Morales joined the St. Lucie ber 2000. He holds a bachelor of arts degree and a Masters degree in criminal justice from Keiser University. Morales served in Uniform Pa trol, School Resource, S.W.A.T. and Special Investigations and the Training Unit. He was a driving instructor. Morales also was a CrossFit instructor. His last assignment was in Uniform Patrol. He was promoted to ser geant Jan. 18. In 2001, he posed undercover as in custody in next county; no bondAs the public said goodbye to its hero, Gary Moraless ac cused killer, Eriese Alphonso Tisdale, 25, is being held with out bond in a Martin County jail for safety reasons. He is meditated murder. told investigators he was going to the store when he noticed Morales was following him. Tisdale claims Morales pulled him over and with his hand on his gun, ordered Tisdale to the ground. Tisdale said he pulled off in fear of his life because of Moraless tone and hand on his gun. Tisdale said Morales used his patrol car to ram him to another stop. The report states Morales called in a pursuit the morning of Feb. 28 near Oleander Avenue in Fort Pierce. Morales had at least three gunshot wounds. One wound was to the side of the head, the report states. Staff writer MORALES from page 4 See SUSPECT page 9 See MORALES page 9 A N O S St arring L C & F riend s DOC GR OBERand theMUDC A TS REGISPHILBIN 2431


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8 MARCH 8, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Lee, Thunderbirds public affairs, announced that the air demonstration team will be grounded after April 1 due to the federal-budget sequestration. We are the last show, Terry museum, said. Theres no one after us. The Thunderbirds were scheduled for at least four appearances in Florida this year. The team has tona 500. It was also scheduled to appear in Fort Lauderdale in April and at the Cocoa Beach Air & Space Show, Oct. 19 to 20. Bryan Lilley, promoter of the Cocoa Beach show, said hes twice in Brevard County this year. Our show is not until October, which is a long way off and after a believe the team will be back in action by Oct. 1. Oct. 1. The Cocoa Beach show is one of the last scheduled appearances for the air team in 2013. The Thunderbirds had 60 scheduled appearances in 38 locations. Lilley said that even if the Thunderbirds dont appear at the 5th annual Cocoa Beach Air & Space Show, there are enough other attractions to ensure its success. guarantee that the Thunderbirds will head back to the air-show circuit in 2013. Its 2013-2014 budget talk time in Washington, D.C. Thing is, no ones talking about to congressional insiders. Previously, Congress passed and the president signed the Budget Control Act of 2011. The Joint Setion, often called the super committee, formed to work out a deal for Congress to raise the federal governments debt ceiling to avoid sovereign default on previously-appropriated spending. The committee hatched the idea of giving Congress and President Barack Obama a frightening prospect if they couldnt agree on budget cuts and revenue increases sequestration, automatic across-the-board spending cuts over 10 years accompanied by lieved the prospect of across-theboard budget cuts that could send the nation into recession would force Congress and the president to work toward more agreeable solutions. While some compromises have happened, the Congress and White House are still locked in budget battles that have brought on the budget sequestration. The April and October air shows are in Republican Congressman Bill Poseys 8th District. Spokesman George Cecala said that if Posey had his way, the Thunderbirds would be planning for upcoming shows, not canceling them. Mr. Posey opposed the Budget Control Act, and voted twice last year for sequestration-replacement legislation, Cecala said. Weve been concerned about this. Cecala said that the congressman preferred more targeted budget cuts to eliminate waste, rather than drastic, across-the-board ones. Cecala said Congressman Posey is aware of and concerned about the fact that veteran organizations local posts and chapters, organizations, often plan fundraisers around air shows featuring the Thunderbirds and the Navys Blue Angels. The Navy team, too, has canceled appearances. At its Facebook page, the teams public relations Angels were cancelling four April shows, including one at MacDill Air Force Base, near Tampa. The Navy will wait until the last possible moment before making cancellations beyond April, the post said. The Blue Angels are currently training so that if the decision to cancel April shows is reversed, the team can continue to perform and inspire future generations of sailors and Marines. In a statement to the press, the Thunderbirds Maj. Lee said that grounding the team was needed to help Air Combat Command preserve defense resources This decision enables ACC to readiness training, which will enable more sorties for combat readiness and deployment commitments, ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air de fense, it reads. Yon said that it cost the War Bird Museum about $35,000 to get the Thunderbirds. He said since news of the show cancella tions hit, interest in the annual Warbirds Museum show seems to have spiked. We were very, very lucky to have the last show for a long time, he said. Ive seen an in creased interest in the public and media. It is a great coup for us to have the Thunderbirds. Nevertheless, Yon said he laments for other shows that have gotten cancellations. The air show is scheduled for March 22 to 24 at the Space Coast Regional Airport. This is the Thunderbirds 60th year. The Blue Angels and Thundidnt return calls for comment by press time. THUNDERBIRDS from page 1 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 2418


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MARCH 8, 2013 9 a high school student in Operation Safe Kid. His efforts allowed rests on 73 charges ranging from drug violations to the removal of Sgt. Morales earned a repu tation for decisive action dealing with crimes in progress, inves tigative skill and compassion for victims of crime, as letters of cate, sheriffs spokesman Mark Weinberg said in a press release. His departmental honors in cluded four Unit Citations, three Driver awards. on the job since Master Deputy Steve Roberts was struck by another motorist in 1999. Members of the community lined the streets to watch the 26-milelong procession of several thousand cars to Forest Hills Me morial Park in Palm City where Morales was buried. The hearse and cars carrying Moraless wife, Holly, daughters, three broth ers one of whom is a St. Lucie County Sheriffs deputy and his parents, who live in Lake Charles in St. Lucie West. Fort Pierce resident Chris Lee and her sister, Connie Stevens of Georgia, stood on Okeechobee It breaks my heart, Stevens ers the respect and all the honor we can give them at a time like this, Stevens said. I think its just sad it has to take something like this for us to show it. Morales family friend and Port St. Lucie resident Nora Candelar io stood on Becker Road as the procession passed. She remembered Morales as a loving spirit and the life of every event. I was talking to his father a week ago. He was a proud fa ther, she said. He told me Gary made sergeant. Gary was happy and always smiling, she said. The minute he came around, his nephews and nieces just jumped around him. Morales was still seated in the drivers seat of the patrol car with his gun still in the holster when other deputies arrived at the scene, the report says. A criminal history check showed Tisdale is a one-time convict ed felon. In 2010, Tisdale was charged for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and for possession of marijuana with intent to sell.SUSPECT from page 6 MORALES from page 6Photo courtesy of Alex Boerner/Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers 2365 Your Kitchen should be YOUR happy place ...B R A, F, T, R, R P P Y $20 OFF On Any NEW Annual Service!Only applies to new annual service contract Expires 4/1/2013Pest Control Termite Control Rodent Control Lawn & Tree Spraying Fertilizing No-Tent Termite Control Prompt & Courteous Service Just Say No to Bugs!Jupiter 561-744-2681 Stuart 772-286-6812 Port St. Lucie 772-335-7378Celebrating 25 years of Business! 2405


10 MARCH 8, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE going to beat the opponent with maneuvering, Evans tried climbing his way out of danger. Bad move. The MiG had him there, too. Fortunately, Evans intuition to try diving instead worked out. The MiG had speed intolerances his F-80 didnt, and the opponent let him go. Military historians seem to largetween the P-80 and MiG-15 happened on Nov. 1, 1950. Things get a bit murky about whether a MiG took down a Shooting Star that day. However, historians seem to agree that on Nov. 8 the American jet had shot down a Mig. Through the war, Americans developed jets more evenly matched against the MiG and regained air superiority. It was when we got the F-9 and F-86 that we regained air supremacy, Terry Yon, public relations However, the F-80 proved valuable for taking out another difground targets. Nothing we had at the beginning of the war was effective against the (Soviet) T-34 tank, Evans said. It just so happened that ets and fortunately destroyed the tank. alongside ground troops. It was a good airplane for ground support, although it wasnt designed for that, Evans said. World War II, and served active and reserve duty until 1966. The generation of pioneer jet pilots is dying. Evans said hes out of Korean War. To help preserve the memories of those early combat jet pilots, Evans has written numerous articles and a few book manuscripts. Hes seeking a publisher for his latest, Aviating with Evans. Evans said his most important lesson from Korea was how important it is for service members support getting shot at. I came back to the states and found out nobody really cared what happened in Korea. When I was doing it, I was under the impression we were well supported. The Brevard Korean War Veterans Association has about 60 members. The chapter meets at MIG from page 3 See MIG page 11 CLUES ACROSS 1. Swedish rock group 5. Teen skin disorder 9. An instrument that mag 14. Sledgehammer 15. Ran away from 16. Old European silver coin 17. Rule Britannia composer 18. Rend or tear apart 19. Oats genus 20. Greater TV resolution 23. Kiln 24. A furrow in the road 25. Family Turdidae 28. Duck-billed mammal 33. German tennis star Tommy 34. You Send Me singer Sam 35. Volcanic mountain in Japan 36. Governed over 38. Process of decay 39. Clear wrap brand 41. Put into service 42. Snake catcher tribe of India 44. Best section of the mez zanine 45. Masseur 47. Funereal stone slabs 49. Before 50. Again off 58. Alternate name 59. One of Bobby Franks killers 60. Port capital of Vanuatu 61. Individual dishes are a la ___ 63. Welsh for John 64. Fencing swords 66. Titanics fate CLUES DOWN 1. Far East wet nurse 2. Apulian seaport 3. Barrel hole stopper 4. Tavern where ale is sold 5. Anew 6. Actor Montgomery 7. Pigmented skin moles 8. Adam & Eves garden 9. Legislative acts 10. Pit 11. Butter alternative 12. Actor Sean 13. A major division of geological time 21. Hyrax 22. Country of Baghdad (alt. sp.) 25. Repetitive strumming 26. West Chadic 27. Rattling breaths 28. Savile Row tailor Henry 29. Burbot 30. Christmas lantern in the Phillipines 32. Sound units 34. Leg shank 40. Female owners of #4 down 43. One who regrets 46. Serenely deliberate 47. Stuck up 48. Cablegram (abbr.) 50. In advance 51. Envelope opening closure 52. Ireland 53. Australian Labradoodle Club of America (abbr.) 54. Poetic forsaken 55. Female operatic star 56. Actor Alda 57. An American 58. Highest card CROSSWORD 2389SUDOKU 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 AD2392


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MARCH 8, 2013 11 the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, 400 S. Sykes Causeway, Merritt Island. Those meetings month at 1 p.m. The Valiant Air Command War Bird Museum is at 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. The museum is certain holidays. Among its displays are an F-80, an F-86 Sabre, an F-9 Cougar, and the jet they squared against, a MiG-15. To get a Korean War veteran to talk with a group, call Rod Smith at (321) 632-6702.MIG from page 10 Miller, Michaud aim to fund entire WASHINGTON, D.C. Recently, Chairman Jeff Miller (FL01) and Ranking Member Mike Michaud (Maine-02) introduced H.R. 813, the Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013. The bill would require Congress to fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs discretionary budget a year ahead of schedule, ensuring that all VA services will have timely, predictable funding in an era where continuing resolutions and threats of government shutdowns are all too frequent. If there is one thing people in Washington and across America agree on, its that we should never let funding for veterans become a casualty of Washington gridlock. Im proud to introduce this bipartisan bill, which would simply enact into law the widely accepted view that Americas veterans should not be held responsible for Washingtons inability to reach an agreement on how to cut spending. Our veterans were there for us when we needed them the most, and the Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013 will ensure they have our support during their time of need. Miller said. Currently, Congress funds the medical care portion roughly 86 percent of VAs discretionary budget at the beginning of remainder of the discretionary budget roughly $8 billion up front would make it easier for VA to plan for key investments in information technology, claims processing and construction projects. It would also give Congress a greater level of oversight on multi-year funding proposals, with one year building off Congress, members of the Veterans Affairs Committee fought to ensure that VA would be comthe sequester, and this bill is an porters say. they had for our protection, now its up to us to protect the earned for their service. The Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013 is a common-sense approach to ensuring that arbitrary budget cuts wont jeopardize the care promised our veterans, and I am proud to co-sponsor it, Michaud said. From the House Committee on Veterans Affairs 2388 UPCOMING EVENTSMarch 7-24 APRIL 4-14 Arpil 4 May 4 2419


12 MARCH 8, 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 appointmentMon., Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pmWed 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) 763-0118.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 Affair s 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) 878-8387 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. The mission of Veteran Voice is to publish a weekly source of information that will provide, in one place, a listing of resources available to veterans, articles about changes in policies or organizations affecting veterans and events of interest to veterans as well as articles about veterans of interest to the general public. Veteran Voice LLC is organized as a partnership of experienced newspaper executives with an interest in veterans and in the communities of Florida veterans and friends. VV is a start-up intended to address a perceived lack of information readily available to veterans on programs and policies affecting them and objective reporting of veteran affairs to the public. To our knowledge, and based on comments from lead ers of local veterans organizations, there was no media or website currently meeting this need until the launch of VeteranVoice. We hope you agree, and will support this publication with your subscription. 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