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VOL. 1/ISSUE 22 FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013 35 cents PENDING PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT FT PIERCE, FLFORT PIERCE There was pride and there were tears in equal measure as the National Navy SEAL Museum hosted the presentation of hand-carved canes to 14 distinguished veterans. The March 22 ceremony paid tribute to survivors of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and more recent The canes were the work of the Indian River Woodcarvers. Lloyd Lasenby, representing the organization, presented the canes to each veteran with a word about his accomplishments. Each cane contained a representation of the medals awarded each recipient and was topped by a carved eagle. One of the honorees, Rudy Warshawsky, of Delray Beach, is believed to be the only surviving member of Company E, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, known as Easy Company and immortalized in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Warshawsky saw action in Normandy and Korea. His spine was shattered and he sits in a wheelchair. Everyone came to pay their respects. When asked if he had seen the series based on Easy Companys experiences, he shook his head. I didnt see the movie, I could write it, he said. Tara Baldwin, sister of AarVets honored with hand-made canesMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer on Vaughn, a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, who died when the helicopter in which he was riding was shot down over Afghanistan, accepted the cane on her brothers behalf. She said that Camp 300, the camp for boys who have lost fathers while on active duty, will with nine campers. The camp is a way of celebrating the life of Aaron Vaughn as well as helping kids whove lost their dads. St. Lucie County commissioners Chris Dzadovsky and Paula Lewis were on hand for the ceremony, as were Jeff Luther of the Indian Ken Mascara of St. Lucie County. Its an honor to be here for this event, Lewis said. They have done so much. Retired Army General Wayne Jackson spoke about the price soldiers and their loved ones pay. Veterans answer the call when our way of life is threatened, he said. When we wake up in a free land, its because people By Shelley Koppel Staff writerskoppel@yourvoiceweekly.comSee CANES page 3 Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call today to subscribe (772) 204-2409 or go to www.VeteranVoiceWeekly.com 2830

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 5, 2013 3 answered the call. The families left behind carry a heavy burden. They might not carry a rucksack, but they carry the heaviest burden of all. Most of the men receiving canes were decorated enlisted men, although retired Major Richard Chapman of Port St. Lucie, a helicopter pilot who was shot down over Laos, was also honored. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Ed Salsbury, served in Vietnam in 19681969, was wounded on Friday the 13th in June 1969. Among his many medals are a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. When asked to talk about his accomplishments and what this ceremony meant to him, he teared up and shook his head. Im proud, he whispered. Its nice. Im not a show off. Bill Arcuri, a past cane recipient, was also a quiet hero. Someone else had to mention that Arcuri spent time as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Andy Brady, director of community outreach at the Museum, said that it was a special honor for the facility to host the event, which was standing room only. We witnessed things (today) that youd see on The History Channel, he said. Its right here in the Museum in St. Lucie County. General Jackson reminded the audience that there are those still in harms way and that many pay a price after service. All wounds are not visible, he said. For those in attendance, it was a small way to say thanks. Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer CANES from page 1 2914

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4 APRIL 5, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Phil Galdys Debbi Denning Kelly DelPrete Dave Mercier Tammy Raits Mitch Kloorfain Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Donna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, e Voice of Experience Its been 40 years. On March 29, 1973, the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, was deactiicas involvement in the Vietnam War. Like so much with the Vietnam War, when Americas involvement started and ended are debated points to this day. Depending on how military involvement is counted, America spent upwards of about 25 years embroiled in a war aimed at stemming the rise of communism in Asia and the world. Vietnam veterans Marty Zickert, Jerry Smith and Ed Maxwell spoke to Veteran Voice on the deactivations anniversary, and the day after. Their lingering frustration about how the war was fought, their homecomings, and Americas collective response to it then and now is palpable. I guess I could say, what happened (On March 29) is kind of a pretty sound statement about what the war was, Maxwell said. Yesterday you didnt see any parade. You didnt see a statement see it in the papers. He continued, The country wants to forget that war, and we shouldnt. There were a lot of lessons to learn, and I dont know if we learned them. the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041, Stuart. The organization is open to veterans who served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, or any location from Aug. 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975. Smith is the charter president. I dont know that we learned anything from Vietnam, he said. We shouldnt be in wars where we dont go in to win and get our point across, he said. I think we should have been there. I think it helped stopped the aggression of communism in the world. Zickert is more skeptical about whether American service members should have fought in Vietnam. Hes the president of the VVAs Chapter 1038, Vero Beach, and chair of the Veterans Council of Indian River County The end of Vietnam: 40 years agoPhoto courtesy of Patrick McCallister place? he said. Its much like the current war were in. What are we doing there? He continued, There were a lot of excuses at the time that it would stem the tide of communism and the domino effect. We werent trying to win. We never dropped a The roots of the Vietnam War go back to 1949 with the signing of the Elysee Agreement, in which France recognized Vietnam as a single state within the French Union. A year later, China recognized the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, North Vietnam, and provided military assistance to a former American ally against the Japanese in World War II, the League for the Independence of Vietnam, better remembered as the Viet Minh. After numerous convoluted twists and turns, most agree that the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, when President Duong Van Minh announced the uncon ditional surrender of the Republic of Vietnam. By then, more than 530,000 American military members had spent time in Vietnam. More than 58,000 died. By 1990, worldwide communism had started unraveling in dramatic and quiet revolutions. Today Vietnam, like other communist nations, has largely embraced a progressively capitalist economic system and seems to be inching toward broader political freedoms, although it remains a single-party state headed by the Communist Party of Vietnam. Zickert, a former Air Force pilot, is an avid model airplane collector. He said it surprised him when he realized that his latest model of the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom was made in Vietnam. The Phantoms were used by the Air Force and Navy during the Vietnam War. Nevertheless, models of the planes are being made in Vietnam and sold in the United States. The three Vietnam veterans said the war has cast a shadow to today. They all noted that Vietnam veterans seem to have a below-average life expectancy. In a lot of cases (being a Vietnam veteran) was detrimental to getting work and to career development, Smith said. Vietnam veterans often had to go that extra mile, do a little more, just to succeed. Indeed, 40 years on, no Vietnam By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceSee VIETNAM page 11

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 5, 2013 5 military service, some say Its a calendar crammed with long, dry meetings that serve up a mind-numbing alphabet soup of government acronyms, along with a constant waterfall of con stituent calls, letters and emails to answer, learning everything there is about esoteric sciences ethics rules about who to talk to about what, when and where. Then there are the reporters who cell numbers are theirs to call at all hours for impromptu inter views. decisions that veterans are welltrained to do. I believe a military career would serve you better than anything John Haddox, new Martin County Commissioner and Navy veteran, said. Veteran Sebastian City Council woman and former Mayor Andrea Coy agreed, but offered a caveat. I think military experience pro vides a great foundation for anyone who wants to enter politics, but its not the be all and end all, she said. Its what the per son does when theyre elected. Coy served in the Army from 1976 to 1997. She retired at the rank of master sergeant. According to the Veterans Campaign, the number of veterans has declined for the last 40 years. Thats likely true for state, county ans Campaign is a non-partisan organization based at George Washington University that urges veterans to run by offering lessons about running for and started in 2009. The campaign reports that from the late s to s, about three quarters of U.S. senators and representatives were veterans. In 2013, less than 20 percent of the 535 members of Congress are veterans. About 22 percent of the 112th Congress had been active-duty military. With John Kerrys move to Secretary of State, there are now 102 veter ans in Congress. Of those, 16 are veterans of operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, Iraq and Afghanistan, including Florida Representative Ron DeSantis, 6th District. Part of the decline of veterans general reduction in their population. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are about 22.7 million mil itary veterans living in the U.S. As military equipment improved and accompanying jobs become more specialized, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard needed fewer members. By 2035, the number of veterans is expected to drop to 14 million. From 2000 to 2010, there was about a 15 percent decrease in veterans, as older veterans died, but werent being replaced with as many younger ones. Florida lost somewhere between 11 to 19 percent of its veterans even as the states general population swelled from about 16 million to 19 million. However, Florida re mains one of only four states with more than a million veterans, ac cording to the state Department of Veterans Affairs, a state agency separate from the federal Depart ment of Veterans Affairs. Haddox served in the Navy from 1968 to 1988. He climbed By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice See OFFICE page 11 2845 of Flat Tops Fades High & Tight Scissor Cuts Hot Shaves Neck Shaves Traditional Old Fashion Haircuts 772-600-5094 2871 1060 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City

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6 APRIL 5, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE ST. LUCIE COUNTY Janet Bebsole faithfully helps the world turn Monday through Saturday. For the past 25 years, the St. Lucie West resident and U.S. Postal Service letter carrier has made it her mission to ensure important packages and mail, including medication and holiday cards, are delivered safely and on time. I love being a mail carrier. I serve, said Bebsole, whose rural route includes part of PGA Village. Every time I see somebody going to the mailbox after Ive delivered the mail, I think, Wow, Im something people do six days a week. Bebsole said many of her coworkers share the same sentiment, which makes the thought of eliminating Saturday delivery a hard notion to accept. Bebsole and more than 100 fellow letter carriers, postal advocates and members of the public gathered last Sunday to protest U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoes request before Congress to cut Saturday delivery starting in August. If Donahoe has his way, only packages, also known as parcels, would be delivered on Saturdays. Donahoe said the slash would keep the system operational. Bebsole called the move irresponsible. The postmaster general was irresponsible for coming on TV and making an announcement that nobody knew anything about, she said. He has contracts with unions and mailers and all of us. And now Congress seems like theyre trying to stop him, Bebsole said. He (Donahoe) would have to dismantle the whole post-Postal workers deliver Saturday message By Nicole Rodriguez Staff writernrodriguez@yourvoiceweekly.comSee POSTAL page 7 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. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 5, 2013 7 al service to do what he says he wants to do. That doesnt happen overnight. The protest, which was held outside of the one of 100 of its kind that day around the country. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Dist. 18 joined a Palm Beach rally. In an emailed statement, Murphy said Since 1775, the United States Postal Service has been an important part of our nation, impact ing the way we communicate and our econo my. But the USPS is currently facing grave is in part due to a decline in revenues due to an increase in digital communications, but is used to calculate the USPS contributions to their retirement system, and a requirement that the USPS must pre-fund 75 years of This is something that no other agency or company is required to do. Murphy went on to say there are better solu tions to consolidate debt. I also believe that, instead of reducing ser facing the USPS. I am proud to cosponsor the Postal Ser vice Protection Act, which would end the pre-funding mandate, allow the USPS to recover pension overpayments, protect sixday delivery, re-establish overnight delivery, provide new products and services to genersetting postal rates and recalculate the USPS pension contributions, Murphy said. Kevin Byrne, a Port St. Lucie resident and letter carrier since 1978, agrees with Mur phys proposal. Byrne, whose route is in Stuart, is also the Congressional district Liason for the Nation al Association of Letter Carriers for the 18th Congressional District. The real reason the postal service is losing money is because in 2006, we were mandated for future retirees within a 10 year period, Byrne said. That accounts for 80 percent of the money the postal service has lost in recent years There is $45 billion weve put into that account. Just compounding interest alone would likely cover. Weve got enough to cover many, many years into the future already. Byrne said the move would undoubtedly translate into job loss. The elimination of Saturday delivery would mean about 25,000 city letter carrier jobs would be lost, Byrne said. And overall, there would be closer to 80,000 postal jobs lost nationally. That would slow down the whole mail system. It would slow the way you pay your bills and have an impact on everybody. Carrier Brian Johnson, who lives in Port St. Lucie and delivers in St. Lucie West, said he cant afford to be jobless. Johnson said. This is my means right here. My wife has opened her own business, but the majority is taken care of from my income. I have kids in college and things are getting crazy with prices. Other sectors that will suffer greatly from the cut are veterans and seniors, said six-year Army veteran Doug Scholpp, of Port St. Lucie, The U.S. Postal Service is the largest civilian employer of veterans and currently employs about 130,000 former service members. Whats most disturbing to me is we have returning veterans who are trying to feed families and pay mortgages, said Scholpp, who has been delivering mail for 31 years. The job market is bad enough. This would block the labor opportunities for our return ing veterans. Scholpp said the ripple effects will be wide spread. Seniors are expecting their medications and letters from the grandkids on a daily basis, he said. basis. This is vital. So many people dont have computers or smartphones. The U.S. Postal Service is the largest civilian employer of veterans and currently employs about 130,000 former service members. Whats most disturbing to me is we have returning veterans who are trying to feed families and pay mortgages, said Scholpp, who has been delivering mail for 31 years. The job market is bad enough. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 5, 2013 9Disabled athletes overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles TRADITION No matter the circumstance, there is always a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. One Port St. Lucie resi dent is living proof. At age 15, Jason Dugmore, 38, sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury after he broke his neck diving into shallow water. Doctors said he would never walk or swim again. Life as Dugmore knew it was over. But that didnt derail his tenacity for living. Dont focus on what you cant do, but focus on what you can do, he said. With that philosophy in mind, Torrey Pines Race for Research half marathon on a hand cycle in 01:16:19.647. Dugmore is the founder of The Florida Treasure Coast chapter of Achilles International, a non help people with disabilities to participate in mainstream sports and achieve personal success and life. In 1976, Dick Traum, an above the knee amputee, became York City Marathon. Seven years after the historic run, Traum founded Achilles International. I want to bring awareness that people with disabilities can enter into mainstream races and achieve the satisfaction of being able to race with regular people, because technically we are reg ular people, Dugmore said. Its just that some of us have sus tained injuries or some of us have been born with a disability. Its nice to not be separated from the regular runners. Dugmore hopes to inspire others suffering with a similar disability to rebound quickly and grab life by the horns. It took 22 years for me to get involved in the sport, he said. I want to get people who are newly injured to not have to wait so long. Dugmore was one of 20 other hand cyclists who completed the 13.1 kilometer race. Each had their own tale of hope. Despite having lost the use of both legs, Keith Winchell, 50, of Force veteran, who served for 24 years, was involved in a motor cycle crash as a New York City rehab therapist put him on a hand cycle while he was still con is history. I took off like a bandit, because I was a motorcycle guy. Since then, Winchell has com pleted 20 similar races. He said Achilles has been a Godsend. Its the comradery of the cy clists and getting people back out there, Winchell said as he caught his breath. 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Make check payable to Dogs & Cats Forever,Inc. and mail in the enclosed envelope to: Dogs & Cats Forever C/O Mary Ann Russell, 555 SW Sanctuary Drive, Port Saint Lucie,FL 34986Dogs & Cats Forever is a not-for-profit, Tax-Exempt Corporation arranged and Operated by Volunteers, founded on the principal of Finding Good Homes for Homeless Animals.Any healthy pet not adopted will enjoy a safe and permanent home at the facility, without the threat of euthanasia.Florida Charter # N29990 Located at St. James Golf Club, Port Saint Lucie, FLSaturday, April 20th, 20137:30 a.m. registration 8:30 a.m. Shotgun StartScramble Door Prizes 50/50 Raffle Silent Auction Luncheon and Prizes Immediately Following Tournament$75.00 Per Person $280.00 Per FoursomeIncludes lunch, prizes, favors, green fees and cart(A portion of your fee is tax deductible and will go to the Shelter to support the animals)For additional info. contact Mary Ann Russell 954-830-8368 Reservations for TournamentId like to play as a.... 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10 APRIL 5, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE wheelchair family. Its not how you get knocked down, he said. Its how you get back up again. Jimmy Crews, 22, placed second with a time of 47:28.710. The Pembroke Pines resident overcame slim odds to make a recov ery from a 2008 car accident that left him hospitalized for three months. Crews mother, Patricia, said doctors didnt think her son would walk again. When he got out (of the hospi tal) he was in a wheelchair and hardly speaking, she said. You could see what hes doing now. He uses a cane and is doing really well. Hes an inspiration to everybody. Hes one of Gods angels. Crews trained intensely for the race and offered words of en couragement to other trauma patients. I bike ride once or twice a week days a week, said Crews, who congratulated fellow riders as tell everyone never give up. If you put your mind to it, anything is possible. Volunteers Stacey and Roy GrifAchilles is a rewarding experi ence. Its something that makes us so happy to give back. Marine Vietnam veteran Cletis Mays, 62, of Sunrise, lost his 56:58.090. Feel better about yourself, get up and get going, Mays said. Fellow veterans, Michael Fidler, 46, and Fabiola Munoz, 37, both and 00:52:46.420 respectively. Fidler, a Gulf War Army veter an, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said listening to reggae artist Bob Marley helped fuel him through the race. Its really fun to get out and get that feeling again of competition, he said with an infectious smile. Munoz, a Navy veteran who became a paraplegic after a freak accident while in the service, said time heals all wounds. I went to a dark place. It was hard. It took a lot of years to what I could do, Munoz said. Give it time, it gets better. I promise. For more information or to join the Treasure Coast Chapter of Achilles International for free, become a volunteer or to become a local cor porate sponsor, email AchillesTC@ gmail.com or call (772) 777-1434. The chapter is also on Facebook at facebook.com/AchillesTreasureCoast.OBSTACLES from page 9 CLUES ACROSS 1. Fishing hook end 5. A jump forward 9. Girl entering society 12. Largest toad species 13. Measure = 198 liters 15. Jeff Bridges brother 16. Past participle of be 17. SE Iraq seaport 18. Paddles 19. Biotechnology: ___on omics 20. Perfectly 22. Japanese sash 25. Flower stalk 26. Bosnian ethnic group 28. Longest division of geo logical time 29. Hoovers organization 32. Thigh of a hog 35. Upper limb 36. Basics 39. The cry made by sheep 40. Go quickly 41. Allied headquarters in WWII 44. Point midway between N and NE 45. Refers to a female 46. Tears down (archaic sp.) 48. Increases motor speed 49. Nocturnal winged mam mal 50. Integrated courses of studies 54. Goat and camel hair fabric 57. Papuan monetary unit 62. Free from danger 64. Musician Clapton 65. French young women 66. Auricles 67. Foot (Latin) 69. Allegheny plum CLUES DOWN 1. Founder of Babism 2. A Death in the Family author 3. One who feels regret 4. Maines Queen City 5. Research workplace 6. A division of geological time 7. Paid media promos 8. Abdominal cavity linings 9. Apportion cards 10. Ranking above a viscount 11. Not idle 14. Former SW German state 15. Constrictor snake 21. Pica printing unit 23. Where wine ferments (abbr.) 24. Egyptian goddess 25. Boils vigorously 26. Oral polio vaccine developer 27. Master of ceremonies 29. Fr. entomologist Jean Henri 30. Scottish hillsides 31. Islamic leader 32. Bakkers downfall Jessica 34. TV show and state capital 38. A citizen of Belgrade 45. Sebaceous gland secretion 47. Conditions of balance 48. Ancient Egyptian sun god 50. Part of a stairway 51. Time long past 52. Hawaiian wreaths 53. Resin-like shellac ingredient 55. Semitic fertility god 56. 60s hairstyle 59. Honey Boo Boos network 61. Volcanic mountain in Japan 63. Point midway between E and SE CROSSWORD2823 SUDOKU 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 AD2829

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 5, 2013 11 combat veteran has ever served as president, although George W. Bush was a Vietnam-era Texas Air National Guard veteran. He never went to Vietnam. This contrasts sharply with other wars, except for Korea. Five American presidents were veterans of the War of 1812. Seven were in the Civil War. Theodore Roosevelt famously served in the Spanish-American War. Harry Truman was a combat veteran in World War I whod go on to the White House. Dwight Eisenhower was in the Army during that war, but he never saw combat in it. Six presidents were in World War II, including Eisenhower. In all, 24 of the 43 presidents were combat veterans. However, President Barak Obamas cabinet now has three famous Vietnam veterans: John Kerry is Secretary of State, Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense, and Eric Shinseki has been Secretary of Veterans Affairs since 2009. I think were making progress, Maxwell said. If I had my druthers about having a Vietnam veteran as president, or two or three in cabinet level, I prefer in the cabinet level. More can be done there. It would be nice to have a Vietnam veteran as president. Governor Rick Scott, a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, proclaimed March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in Florida. There are about 450,000 Vietnam-era veterans in the Sunshine State. For information about the VVA chapters, visit vva1038.org and vva1041.org. through all the enlisted ranks as a lieutenant. He said making the switch from a county veterans was natural, although he hesitat ed. I was always interested in politics, he said. Id listen to the news and read the paper. In Martin County, our major issue was rapid growth, or slow growth. I was fascinated with how the pendulum swung both ways. felt there were problems in Se People dont just say, Oh, Id like to get on city council, she said. They really dont. They get on it because they have an issue. I wouldnt be on the city council if I hadnt had an issue I wanted resolved and was getting nowhere fast. Haddox said there are great similarities between his military career and work on the commis sion. I think theyre very similar, he said. In the Navy, every day you analyze problems and make decisions. To me, theyre very similar. We have to listen to (county) staff and the public, analyze it and make a decision. Coy, too, said her 21 years in the military and eight in public service are quite similar. Because of my diverse military background and moving around, Im very adaptable to changes, she said. I left the military understanding change is good. It can be good. It also taught me accountability learning how to play on a team and how to win and lose graciously. Coy said some veterans seem poor at translating their military I can think one veteran that is not a good example of a veter an and Im happy he didnt get re-elected, she said. And thats Allen West. Coy said that she felt West became caught up with being an ideologue celebrity at the expense of constituent representation. Much of what congressional representatives spend their time doing is the mundane work of helping their states and districts get fair apportionment of federal funds, such as the Community Block Development Grant and Department of Veterans Affairs programs. She said Wests performance as a Congressman seemed com-OFFICE from page 5pletely counter to what service members learn about leadership in the military. Allen West, to me hes an example of a political leader for whom power went to his head, she said. I found him to be obnoxious. He forgot where he came from. He forgot the people who elected him. He got caught up with the glitz and glamour of Fox News, and forgot the job he was sup posed to be doing. Coy doesnt live in Wests for mer district. 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12 APRIL 5, 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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