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VOL. 1/ISSUE 24 FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 35 cents PENDING PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT FT PIERCE, FLJohns a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran, with a 100 percent disability rating. Hes not working, but was getting by all right. Until his landlord kept upping the rent. They had already raised me from $700 to $750, he said. The landlord then added a lease clause to put John on the hook and was looking for another $150 a month. John couldnt afford the increasing rent, and he didnt have money to shell out for a security deposit and two months of rent to get another place. I was at the 11th hour of a high-pressure situation, John said. The departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development have a term for vets in Johns situation at risk. In other words, circumstances have put them so close to the edge of homelessness that the smallest complications could have tragic endings. He asked Veteran Voice to withhold his full name. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1038, Indian River County, wasnt looking to give homes to veterans to like John. It just kind of came out of nowhere, Marty Zickert, chapter president, said. It all started with a World War II vet who died and wanted his home to go to a veteran. The family gave the home to the chapter, and it quickly set out to help of the Indian River County er, Joel Herman. That was about 18 months ago. Zickert said the chapter felt good that it was able to help a deserving veteran, and readied to move on to other projects. We got a newspaper article and all of a sudden I had 15 people A roof over their headsA chance donation turns By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Jim RodgersA 20th century patriot the invasion of Okinawa. story. Jim was born Oct. 21, 1926 in Fairview, N.J., of a military fam attempt at military service. At his home state of New Jersey, he enlisted in Marine Corps and was sent to boot camp in San Diego. His age was discovered and en listment terminated. This did not stop determined young man. At age 17 (1943), he again enlisted, but this time in the Navy. After boot camp at Great Lakes Training Center, he was assigned as a gunner (40 mm) on board the Now a Seaman 2nd Class, he saw action in many By Barney P. Giordan For Veteran VoiceSee ROOF page 3 See RODGERS page 6 Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call today to subscribe (772) 204-2409 or go to 3099


2 APRIL 19, 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. Veteran Voice 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 Veteran Voice. We hope you agree, and will support this publica tion with your subscription. Without subscriptions there will be a limited number of people we can help, without which this mission will not be realized. As part of our commitment to supporting local veteran communities, our readers and subscribers. Please let us know what you think by emailing or mailing your comments to us at 1919 S.W. South Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.OUR MISSION STATEMENTAND OUR OBJECTIVE3096 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 19, 2013 3 (calling to donate homes), Zickert said. So far, the chapter has put six veterans at risk for homelessness into donated houses. Zickert will teach others how to get and give donated homes at a Florida State Council VVA meeting on Saturday, June 8. The meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 5905 Kirkman Road, Orlando. Ben Humphries, state president, said anyone interested in learning more about starting donatveterans is welcome to attend. Zickert said the Chapter 1038 program isnt equipped to help veterans unless they have some means. A guy thats homeless and making $500 a month is not going to qualify, he said. Its as simple as this. It averages $500 to $600 a month in lot rent. The donated houses have all been modular homes in developments. While residents in the developments own the modular homes, they must pay lot rent. Most of them are age-based, 55 and older, Zickert said. Most of them require $1,500 to $1,800 a month in income. Homelessness doesnt always look like homelessness. Often its crashing in a friends extra room far longer than either expected a rough patch to last. It can also be living in a motel paying a high weekly rent that prohibits saving up to get permanent housing. Homelessness-prevention experts say that in general, if an adults or his or her spouses name is not on a lease or mortgage, the person is likely in a budding stage of homelessness. According to the National Coalition to End Homelessness, there were slightly more than 62,600 homeless veterans during a 2012 HUD point-in-time survey. That was about 7 percent less than in 2011, and a whopping 17 percent reduction from a 2009 survey. The coalition reports that while veterans of all ages are homeless, the bulk of them served during the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam eras. Homelessness among veterans peaked with the housing crash and Great Recession in 2008. The VA estimated 131,000 veterans were homeless that year. Its made aggressive efforts to curb homelessness among veterans in recent years. As Florida continues a slow climb out of the housing crash, Zickert said sales of modular homes in Indian River County are hurting. That often drives families to donate homes occupied by older members when they die, or move Celebrate, saluteROOF from page 1 See ROOF page 4 of Flat Tops Fades High & Tight Scissor Cuts Hot Shaves Neck Shaves Traditional Old Fashion Haircuts 772-600-5094 3149 1060 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City (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 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 3204 Call or Stop by Today!Private Kindergarten & 1st Grade Low Student/Teacher Ratios, No Teacher WorkdaysNo Early Release Days to Worry About FREE Tuition Limited Scholarships Available FREE Summer VPKBreakfast, Lunch & Snack included 8:00am 4:30pm Monday-Friday, Starts June 10thThe Operation Military Child Care Program Provider FREE WEEK OF SUMMER CAMPP A Y FOR 9 WEEKS GET ONE FREE NO W THR U MA Y 24Limited Space available


4 APRIL 19, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Veteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, e Voice of Experience Honor a vet with a great American pastime -baseball! for medical reasons. manager at those (modular-home communities) know we have this program going. When the family comes down and talks to them, all the managers make them aware that we have this program in place. Every one of the communities will lower the rent for six months to a year if its a veteran. Humphries said he aims to get the states 20 VVA chapters to adopt variations of the home-donation program. Im working on getting it spread through the state and introducing it (on a national level), he said. Ive mentioned it numerous times to state presidents. Some are interested. John prides himself on helping other veterans. Hes a member of several organizations: the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans. He uses his involvement in help and getting them to veterans When he was facing his own crisis, John didnt tell too many people. But he told the right one. The news got out through another veteran I helped out, and (Zickert) got in touch with me, he said. John tried to turn down the modular home Zickert had for him. He more than he did. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, he said. It has a kitchen and living room, and the terms of the wishes of the deceased, it was offered to me fully furnished. Folks talked him into taking the place. In addition to receiving the donated modular home, John said Zickert worked out discounted lot rent for him. He declined to say how much the lot rent was discounted for him. I am deeply honored, John said. Apparently (the former owner) was a veteran. He was in the during World War II. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 to encourage others to Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day STUART Coast Guard Flotilla 59 announced today its support of Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day on May 17. Flotilla 59 joins boating profes sionals and boating enthusiasts to heighten awareness of dif ferent life jacket types that are life jackets, and demonstrate their comfort and versatility by wearing them to work. The annual event, hosted by the National Safe Boating Coun cil serves as a fun, educational element just prior to National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, North American Safe Boating Campaign. Educating the boating public about the safety and comfort of life jackets has been a main focus on the North Ameri can Safe Boating Campaign. Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day will take place on May 17, wherever you are. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in 70 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2011, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. The National Safe Boating Council is asking all partici pants to take a picture of them selves in their life jacket while at work and post it to the Ready, Set, Wear It! Facebook page ( or submit directly to the NSBC at U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 59 in Sandsprit Park has been serving the boating community on the Treasure Coast for more than 70 years. The Flotilla can be reached at 3443 S.E. St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, (772) 288-0509; email address is For the serious skipper and the weekend boater, there are more aspects of seamanship that can be learned from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarys Recreational Safe Boating class es, taught each month at Flotilla 59s facility in Sandsprit Park, Stuart. Remember, boating season never ends on the Treasure Coast. For Veteran VoiceROOF from page 3


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6 APRIL 19, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Kwajalein, Entwelok, Kovieng, New Ireland, Saipan, Marianna Islands, Guam, Tinian, Leyte. The was involved in the sea battle of Surigao, in the straits of the Philippine Islands. pans sea power, and Jim was there. During his tour, Jim learned to play the bugle, instructed by the ships master bugler. The bugle in WWII was an important means of commands and communication. During combat offshore Okinawa, the was under heavy attack from Japanese kamikaammunition storage area and Jim and his crew, including the master bugler, were extinguishing moved back beyond the forward gun turrets for safety. Jim and another seaman were delayed in a last-minute try. Just as they left jumping behind the forward from a kamikaze hit came from amidships toward the bow gun emplacement, killing most of his gun crew including the master bugler. Had he been with them there would be no story to tell. calls while aboard the see haunts him the most. It was while the was anchored near Pearl Harbor for repairs that his work detail was assigned painting in the keel area of this large battleship. Jim was sent to acquire rope for hauling up from the bilges during paint ing. While he was away, the crew chief warned of the danger to paint vapor while painting and advised no more than 15 minarea of the ships bottom. When Jim returned, he went below to paint, unaware of the time element. While painting in a 6-foot space he would occasionally hear someone say Im going up. Not aware of the vapor dan ger, he painted on, feeling sleepy and eventually experiencing a narcosis oblivion! Where is Rodgers? asked the bosn when ordering the bottom hatches secured due to the misty fumes below. The work area was searched to no avail. An announcement was made on the ships public address system. No response! Where is he? A sailor who had gone below and searched four times without more search before the hatches were secured. Time was critical RODGERS from page 1 See RODGERS page 7 L i k e J a m e s T a y l o r s v o i c e o r B B K i n g s g u i t a r A l i s o n B r o w n s b a n j o i s a n i n s t r u m e n t p o s s e s s e d o f a u n i q u e s o n i c s i g n a t u r e a n d a n i n e s c a p a b l e b e a u t y A n a r t i s t w h o n e v e r c e a s e s t o d e l i g h t B i l l b o a r d M a g a z i n e L i k e J a m e s T a y l o r s v o i c e o r B B K i n g s g u i t a r A l i s o n B r o w n s b a n j o i s a n i n s t r u m e n t p o s s e s s e d o f a u n i q u e s o n i c s i g n a t u r e a n d a n i n e s c a p a b l e b e a u t y A n a r t i s t w h o n e v e r c e a s e s t o d e l i g h t B i l l b o a r d M a g a z i n e A g e n r e b e n d i n g b a n j o i s t P u l s e M a g a z i n e A g e n r e b e n d i n g b a n j o i s t P u l s e M a g a z i n e T H E O R I G I N A L P A R O D Y Love 3176


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 19, 2013 7 as submarine activity had been reported to the bridge. One more time, insisted the sailor. OK, but be aware of the heavy tom, was the answer. The un more time without result until he stepped on the arm of Seaman Jim Rodgers, retrieving him to sickbay. They all thought him dead. A report was being made when a sailor who was looking down at the body said he just noticed the eyelids just blinked. He was alive, to everyones astonishment! Jim was able to return to full duty. It wasnt until 39 years later at a WWII reunion that his learned his rescuer was crew member Pinky Tomlin. Jim rec ommended Pinky for his lifesav ing efforts to the Secretary of the Navy. A letter of commendation was issued to Pinky Tomlin by Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. Jim will never forget this sailor saving his life when all else failed. In April 1946, Jim was dis charged as Bugler 1st Class with a 19 percent disability. He en tered civilian life and earned a private pilots license. In 1948 his military yearning led him to join the newly formed Air Force. As a sergeant, he served on the air crew for General Omar Bradley in Washington, D.C., discharged in 1952 and without a high school diploma he applied to and was accepted at the University of Mi ami in Coral Gables, receiving a two-year associate degree in civil engineering. He went on to the University of Florida, receiving a civil engineering degree. This wasnt enough for Jim Rodgers, as he received a masters degree in environmental science from Florida International University and a doctorate in public administration from Nova University. at being a Marine, in 1955. He joined the Marine Reserves in Miami. Here, Jim used his engi neering and musical abilities to accomplish many important acts. He was called on for national Marine project consultations as well as various Marine band and military funeral events. To say the least, he was well-known in South Florida and Washington, D.C. In civilian life, he held the Jim with his wife, Connie, re tired to Indian River County in 2002. He is a member of Sebas tians American Legion Post 189 and VFW Post 10210, as well as Barefoot Bays Marine Corps aux iliary. With his numerous military and civilian accomplishments, Jim Rodgers is a great addition to Indian River County.RODGERS from page 6The many faces and uniforms of Jim Rodgers You Do Not Have To Be Alone! We treat everyone like familyQuality Home Care at an Affordable Rate Meal preparation Light housekeeping Errands and food shopping Transportation to: Doctors appointments Pharmacy Visiting Family and Friends Social outings and gatherings and moreOur Caregivers Are professionally trained and experienced. Passed a strict criminal background check Up to date on state required health documents Sunshine State SENIOR SERVICES INC.Serving Palm Beach. Martin & St. Lucie Counties Since 1998 772-219-01923165 Licensed, Bonded & Insured FL State Lic.# HCS227642 FREEIN HOME CONSULTATION ASK ABOUT OUR! VETERANS DISCOUNTS!


8 APRIL 19, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Paris calling The French are looking for surviving World War II veterans who saved their country from its darkest hour. Melbournes John Ervin was among 19 veterans France awarded the insignia of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor at an April 10 ceremony in Orlando. He said the French have shown their appreciation for his service starting from the August 1944 invasion of Southern France. It was the middle of harvest season, he said. People were deep, and they were giving us fresh grapes, vegetables and fruits. They were happy to see us. Nathalie Cluzet-Bertot, press attach at the Miami consulate, said the French still greatly admire the American service members who helped liberate their country from the grips of Nazi Germany. Its very vivid in French memory, because Europe was comshe said. We keep in our memories we had this tremendous loss of people, and also a very dark period we experienced in France. Ervin, 92, is among a quickly shrinking pool of veterans that France has been seeking to honor with the insignias since 2004. According to an Associated Press estimate, the once 16.1 million World War II veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,100 a day. Only about 2 million are living, according to a recent report by the Department of Veterans Affairs. No one has an exact daily death count, but the VA, AP and others have developed the same estimate by using long-form census data, VA data, and standard mortality tables. The VA estimates that America will have almost no World War II veterans by 2020. If the oldest lives as long By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceSee HONOR page 9 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 T h e W i z a r d o f O Z J u n e 1 0t h 1 4t h T h e W i z a r d o f O Z J u n e 1 0t h 1 4t h R a p u n z e l J u l y 8t h 1 2t h R a p u n z e l J u l y 8t h 1 2t h S n o w W h i t e J u l y 1 5t h 1 9t h S n o w W h i t e J u l y 1 5t h 1 9t h P i n o c c h i o A u g u s t 1 2t h 1 6t h P i n o c c h i o A u g u s t 1 2t h 1 6t h 3173


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 19, 2013 9 as Frank Buckles the last surviving American World War I serviceman America will lose its last World War II veteran in 24 years, 2037. Not surprisingly, Cluzet-Bertot said France has had its greatest success at bers involved in its liberation in the Sunshine State. We have been fortunate here in Florida to recognize a lot of veterans, she said. They retire here. Florida is on top of the list regarding this. She said so far more than 1,000 Florida vets have received the insignia of Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, which is not related to the federal department, estimates there are 1.6 million veterans of all ages in the state. Florida is one of only four states with more than 1 million veterans. Like many, Ervin headed to Florida after he retired. Raised in New Jersey, he studied chemistry at Rutgers. After graduating, he got married to Peggy and entered the Army. That was in 1942. Ervin commanded Company A, 3rd Chemical Mortar Battalion, during the liberation of France. After 449 days in combat from Africa northward, he was never injured. I never got a Purple Heart, because I never broke skin, he said. degrees and did research and development for the Army until he retired in 1970. Peggy died about nine years ago. He wasnt looking to be awarded the insignia. It was my girlfriend that pushed me to do this, Ervin said of Clare Gower. Shes my best friend and longtime companion. Cluzet-Bertot said WWII about being awarded the insignia by visiting the consulates website, Theres an application at the site. You send it to the French consulate and we (handle) all the red tape for you, she said. Ervin was happy to receive his. French government gave us that honor, he said. Its a delightful honor and it was a delightful ceremony. Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on sexual assault prevention and response Last month, I asked the General Counsel to review Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) after a command court-martial conviction for sexual assault, using the authority provided by Article 60. That review, conducted in con junction with military justice experts in the military services, the judge advocates general of the military departments, the service secretaries and service chiefs, is now complete. Today I am direct to prepare legislation for Congress to amend Article 60 in two ways: First, eliminating the discre tion for a convening authoricourt-martial, except for certain minor offenses that would not ordinarily warrant trial by court-mar tial. While convening authorities would no longer have the ability to dismiss charges for serious offens es like sexual assault, defendants would continue to have access to a robust system of appeal rights. Second, requiring the convening authority to explain in writing any changes made to court-martial sentences, as well as any changes es. The intent is to ensure that convening authorities are required to justify in an open, transpar ent, and recorded manner any decision to modify a court martial sentence. These changes, if enacted by Congress, would help ensure that our military justice system works fairly, ensures due process, and is accountable. These changes would HONOR from page 8 See HAGEL page 10 From the Department of Defense 3174


10 APRIL 19, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE members and the public that the military justice system will do justice in every case. The changes have the full support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service secretaries. I look forward to working with Congress on these proposals and others to improve accountability for these crimes. Despite the attention and efforts of senior leaders throughout the Department of Defense, it is clear the department still has much more work to do to fully address the problem of sexual assault in the ranks. This crime is dam aging this institution. There are thousands of victims in the department, male and female, whose lives and careers have been upended, and that is unac ceptable. The current situation should offend every single service member and civilian who, like me, is proud of their association with the United States military. I am currently reviewing other options and actions to strengthen the departments prevention and response efforts, and will announce those decisions and actions soon. Consistent with the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, I will soon be naming individuals to sit on indepen dent panels to review and assess the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving sexual assault, and judicial proceedings of sexual assault cases. I will closely review their recommendations when complete. I am committed to implement ing measures that bring about tangible change and real results. Addressing the problem of sexual assault will remain a top priority for the departments leaders for as long as this crime continues to hurt our people and weaken the force. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Initiatives can be found at: .HAGEL from page 9 CLUES ACROSS 1. Leave out 5. Salt water candy 10. Suffragist Carrie Chapman 14. Northeastern Pennsyl vania 15. Be in accord 16. 6th Jewish month 17. Young sheep 18. Mary mourning Jesus 19. Wolf (Spanish) 20. A public promotion 21. A lyric poem 22. City of Angels 23. Annual 27. Cinctures 30. Military mailbox 31. One and only 32. Rushed 35. Press onward forcibly 38. Apprehends 42. Guinea currency to 1985 43. Master of ceremonies 44. Swiss river 45. W. Samoan monetary unit 46. Los Angeles team member 47. Native of Bangkok 48. One point E of due N 50. The self 52. Humiliated 54. Disposed to take risks 57. Atomic number 13 58. Foot digit 60. Three-toed-sloth 61. Chopped beef and potatoes 64. Spanish appetizers 66. Crust-like healing surface 68. Mild yellow Dutch cheese 69. Slides without control 70. Add alcohol beverages 71. Showing 72. Medieval merchant guild 73. Current units CLUES DOWN 1. Applied over 2. Gettysburg Union Gen. 3. Inches per minute (abbr.) 4. The bill in a restaurant 5. Draw on 6. Currency exchange fee 7. 19th C. Polish composer 8. A festival or feast 10. UC Berkeley 11. Rapid bustling movement 12. Dining, coffee or game 13. Region surrounding ancient Troy 24. Rad squared 25. An old phonograph record 26. Sang in a Swiss folk style 27. Guided the car 28. Exclamation of surprise 29. A senate member 32. Very fast airplane 33. Myanmar monetary unit 34. Right angle building wing 36. Returned merchandise authorization 37. Rubber Ball singer Bobby 39. Express pleasure 40. Womens undergarment 41. 3rd largest whale 49. Exist 51. The 4th state 52. Expressed pleasure 53. Cutting part of a knife 55. Civil Rights group 56. Makes taunting remarks 58. = 100 paisa in Bangladesh 59. American steam engineer James 62. Golfer Snead 63. Type of health insurance 64. Thyroid-stimulating hormone 65. Point midway between S and SE 66. Patti Hearsts captors 67. E. British University river CROSSWORD3092 SUDOKU 3199


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