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VOL. 1/ISSUE 25 FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 35 cents PENDING PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT FT PIERCE, FLPresident proposes more for vets President Barack Obama recently sent Congress the administrations proposed 2013-2014 Department of Veterans Affairs budget. In all, the president proposed a $152.7 billion budget, which is about 10 percent more than about $86.1 billion is mandatory spending, such as disability com-VFW and DAV say the presidents proposed budget still short By Patrick McCallister For Veteran VoiceSee BUDGET page 3 pensation and pensions. ary spending, which includes a wide array of things from medical and prosthetics research to staffportion of the presidents proposed budget is about $66.5 billion. Congress appropriated about $64 billion for discretionary spending at close to $2.7 billion more than for 2012. The proposed budget is getting Its a mixed bag, Ray Kelley, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said. Theres some good stuff and theres some bad stuff. The VFW is one of the authors of the annual Independent Budget. The annual report and recommendations to Congress is co-auof America, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS and VFW. Anthe American Psychiatric Association, Easter Seals, and Air Force to recommendations in the Independent Budget this year. The Independent Budget recommends increasing discretionary U.S. Army veteran Art Boinay greets Paul Wagner, Marine Corps veteran at the in Stuart Sunday, April 21. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 Mitch Kloorfain chief photographerWelcome home brother Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call today to subscribe (772) 204-2409 or go to www.VeteranVoiceWeekly.com 3280

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2 APRIL 26, 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 news@veteranvoiceweekly.com or mailing your comments to us at 1919 S.W. South Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.OUR MISSION STATEMENTAND OUR OBJECTIVE3277 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 26, 2013 3BUDGET from page 1spending to about $68.4 billion for lion more than the administration proposed. director for the DAV, said his orgathe presidents proposed budget. ments. Some concerns, he said. No. 1, with regards to medical care, were probably about $1.2, $1.3 billion ommendations for medical care. In construction, were looking at a $1.1 billion difference between what were recommending and the administration is recommending. Violante said that the VA has lagged behind in construction since the 1990s, and its been a bipartisan problem that emerges All the administrations since funding in there and Congress doesnt raise it, he said. Kelley, too, said that needed capital dollars are missing from the Obama administrations latest proposed budget for VA. VAs buildings are about 60 Kelley said the administration did please the VFW with its information technology recommendations. The administration asked for a pretty good chunk for their IT budget, which is good, he said. Last year, the IT budget was $3.3 billion. This year the administration (billion). IT can help VA reduce the famous claims backlog. For the last few years the VA has had about cent years, about 600,000 claims ments to IT, the VA can increasingly use faster, paperless methAdditionally, the VA is experuse of information technology can ing time and expenses to medical appointments, and help the VA reduce its costs, too. Kelley said Congress will likebudget recommendations. They generally come up with something a little better than the administration asked, and little less than what we asked, he said. before supporting the administrations proposed VA budget, or working to increase it. The presidents budget was just the details of what the president is proposing, he said in an e-mailed said through a spokeswoman that hed like to see the 2013-2014 VA budget closer to the Independent While we would like to see it dependent Budget, during these ernment spending is being drastimay be more realistic. Kelley said improvements in IT can help VA reduce the famous claims backlog. For the last few years the VA has had about 900,000 pending beneAdditionally, in recent years, about 600,000 claims have been awaiting decisions for 125 or more days. With improvements to IT, the VA can increasingly use faster, paperless methods to receive and review claims. 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 772-219-01923241 Licensed, Bonded & Insured FL State Lic.# HCS227642 FREEIN HOME CONSULTATION ASK ABOUT OUR! VETERANS DISCOUNTS! 3311 VETERANS HELP NEEDED Veteran Voice, our weekly subscription newspaper for veterans and the military minded, is looking for a hard working, dedicated and SMART individual to help take this paper to the next level. Serving a four county area from Brevard south to Martin Co. We need a professional jack of all trades to help promote this publication, generate subscriptions and editorial submissions, sales leads, etc. Full time plus position, exible schedule. Send a resume or letter to serlanger@yourvoiceweekly.com

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4 APRIL 26, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Phil Galdys Debbi Denning Kelly DelPrete Eric Macon 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 Veterans organizations use community service to grow The American Legion Post 318 is growing. guys come down and say, Wow, what are you doing? The Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council is also going from 20 to 25 chapters in coming months. they come back to me and say, they didnt know we existed. And some of those people are joining. watching their national member ship rolls slipping, and numerous the nation. Theyre not alone. slowly decaying. Church de also watched their memberships declining, too. A number of social changes shrinking population is one. According to the U.S. Depart ment of Veterans Affairs, there are about 22.7 million military and accompanying jobs become Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard needed fewer members. By 2035, the drop to 14 million. From 2000 to 2010, there was about a 15 percent decrease in but werent being replaced with as many younger ones. Florida lost somewhere between 11 to 19 percent of its population of of only four states with more than the state Department of Veterans from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Photo courtesy of Tom Belford, Post 318 historian mander. Ive told (chapters) to do the county fairs, the art festivals. Put up a booth. Invariably, they come back to me and say, We have people come up and say they didnt know we existed. Daryl Bowie Post Commander American Legion Post 318 See POST 318 page 7

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 26, 2013 7 is shrinking, the pool of those el igible to join the American Legion is likely swelling. To join, mem at certain times, such as Dec. 7, Aug. 2, 1990, which it counts as the Gulf War and War on Ter rorism, are eligible to join the Legion. The pool of possible members for the VVA Florida State Council is also growing, as those eligible the Vietnam era are the larg est segment among the states perhaps about 500,000. Bowie said that Post 318 has about 1,600 members, when the Sons of the Legion and Auxiliary are counted. It has about 900 joined from July 2011 to June 2012. Since July of last year, 132 will likely set a new record year for new members. 80 (new members) a year, he said. Its picked up the last cou ple years. he looks at demographics and wonders how to increase the Theres still a lot of room to grow, because of the number of said. has about 3,000 members in Florida. at least 10 percent in the calen dar year of 2012, he said. Ten percent plus. I look this year at growing no less than 10 percent. Ocala, and Melbourne, along with the Boca Raton and Delray Beach demographics and sees much more growth potential. getting their posts and chapters members. You cant help by sitting at What is the need of the communi Bowie echoed him. more you work at supplying your members the things they joined for, the more successful you are, fun doing it. Thats the most im portant thing. Photo courtesy of Tom Belford, Post 318 historian Bowie said the post will likely set a new record year for new members. Weve always averaged 60 to 80 (new members) a year, he said. Its picked up the last couple years. 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8 APRIL 26, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Leadership 101: How to get your member of Congress to call you in your state. This is where you start. Why start here, when you are really planning to talk to the congressman/woman or senator in Washington, D.C.? Because you are a constituent that often gets the assignments to deal with local issues. Unless you already know your member personally, this is where you need to start. It will actually help you get the meeting you want with some staff support. Find out the location of the meming with the staffer in charge. local chief of staff) who generally trict/state. This is a VERY trusted member of the members team/staff (they are the face and personality of the member locally, a KEY STAFFER). person, you ask for a meeting. You may be asked what the meeting is about and you tell them in Washington, D.C., in April and plan to meet with our Congressman/women or Senator while there. in your district assigned to work another KEY STAFFER. So you agree to meet with this staffer, but you want to ask to meeting as well. That is because they can often make decisions that the issue staffer cannot, like setting up a meeting for you with your member in Washington, D.C. If the top staffer says no, too with the special staffer assigned It is VERY important that you get that? erans issues and you think this KEY STAFFER may want to know about the information, forward it important. candidates, and congressmembers and want to know if I can help because they know that I know you do. who your members staff will call Lets start with getting By Ric Davidge, chairman Government Affairs Committee Vietnam Veterans of AmericaSee LEADERSHIP page 9 Editors note: is piece was prepared and distributed prior to members of the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter leaders going to Washington, D.C., in mid-April for meetings regarding the VVA National Legislative Agenda. Its good, sound advice for any veteran in any organization seeking input from their congress members and senators. (772) 337-4330Call today to learn how Harbor Place enriches the lives of seniors. Cindi C. daughter I know Mom is safe at all times.I sleep easier at night knowing my mother is well taken care of and safe at all times. I would highly recommend Harbor Place to anyone seeking full time care for their loved ones. 0000-HP 3308

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 26, 2013 9 You should communicate with this staffer no less than once a week. Yes, no less than once a week. If you need information to ment Affairs Staff, or VVA Board to come through you. You need for the VVA expert to come with you or get on the phone with you to explain some details. Make it a team effort. But you are the local We will respond and be of immediate help. AGAIN, it is critical that this staffer get to know you, trust you, team with you. If you accomplish Members of Congress are VERY busy. But they will almost always in their district/state. If they dont, its because there is an immediate demand for their attenIf you ask to meet with them, they will most often meet with you. Remember they want you to like them and be a supporter of theirs. Its almost in their DNA. me, I know. If you are told you cannot see your member but he/she wants you to speak to a staffer, do not be concerned. The member has staffers who actually do most of These staffers are generally asStaffers are your best connection because they will most likely be the staffer who follows up on what you want your member to do. It is also important to understand that members meet with generally get in early and go home late, but are ALWAYS dependent on their staff to guide them to people they should meet with and issues they need to be concerned with. Also, to help you understand on issues in committee and on has no idea what the issue or bill is, will turn to their trusted staffer As a former U.S. Senate staffer and staffer to the Senate Minority to note that. There are hundreds of issues/bills that come across a members desk and they cannot be expected to read each one or understand the details of these bills, constituencies, or issues. committees and subcommittees who really do the nuts and bolts on bills. A good member with bad staff will fail. A poor member with with this key staffer at your local their district/state. Members get the power. Bring an agenda with you. If possible get your agenda to the KEY STAFFER before the meeting so that they can be prepared on the issues. A good staffer will always do his own homework before the meeting. The more you feed them, the more dependent look good and they will appreciate it. than three issues, and generally only focus on one. So dont bring a laundry list of issues or complaints. Focus on no more than three and establish priorities. What is most important? What and/or their family for the better? lots of issues, especially with the than nothing is important. If you need help here, ask. Be friendly. Dont come to the meeting pissed off. I know we are Vietnam Veterans and its OK if we are pissed off, but not here. There is a time and place for that dont be in that mood when you item. Dont say thats a nice tie cause we all know you dont really care about the members tie. Be them on your side. Now they feel good towards you and are open to Smile and be friendly, but be real all the time. When you come to the meeting, you, each member of your team knowledge or experience with one of the items, introduce them and ask them to tell their story. DO LEADERSHIP from page 8 See LEADERSHIP page 10 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 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 Love 3297

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10 APRIL 26, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE NOT MAKE STUFF UP. ALWAYS IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN IT IS TRUE, DO NOT SAY IT. YOU CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE CREDABILITY in this meeting. If you is not true later or there is some correction you need to make. DO IT as soon as possible and an error is a good thing and they strong enough to point it out and correct it. The LEAVE PIECE. When you meet with a member or a stafffor each of them. They will often them. That is excellent. The member may turn to the staffer and say, Follow up on this, please your name, phone number, email, cards, make some at home. The and you will likely start getting mail from the member. This is a good thing. Of course when they ask for donations, think about it double-spaced and in bullet form, not a single-spaced small font paper. Double-spaced and in bullet or outline form with a font no smaller than 12 points. during the discussion, but always go back to the agenda. you a story or situation that has almost endless branches or parts and you get lost as they are telling it? Remember this staffer and/or member will likely meet with 10 or more persons/groups that day There is an enormous amount of important information for members and staffers to assimilate name, phone number, email address. Most important for you is their email address. Put these in a by importance or in a way that need them. Meetings with staffers and members should not last too long. Most meetings are no more than 30 minutes. When I was working for the Senate and then for President Reagan, ALL of my meetings LEADERSHIP from page 9 See LEADERSHIP page 11 CLUES ACROSS 1. Maple genus 5. Not what it seems 9. Overly masculine 14. X2 = Vaitapes island 15. Source of the Blue Nile 16. A way to dislike intense ly 17. Copyread 18. Goidelic language of Ireland 19. TV advertising awards 20. Out of stock: purchase later 23. Ribbon belts 24. They __ 25. Winged goddess of the dawn 26. OK to go out with 31. Symposiums 35. Bewail 36. The den of wild animals 37. Go inside of 38. Result or consequence 41. Lolium temulentum 43. Wrote a short compo sition 45. Occupy a seat 46. Grand __, vintage 47. Paved outdoor spaces 51. 1954 Milland/Hitchcock movie 56. South American racoon 57. Cold (Spanish) 58. About aviation 59. Deliberate destructive burning 60. Any place of bliss or delight 61. Largest river in Trans caucasia 62. Binding 63. A man of high rank 64. Islamic leader CLUES DOWN 1. Urge and help on 2. Musical endings 3. Writer Jong 4. Places in rank order 5. 2 photos = 3D 6. Annoy persistently 7. Am. Natl. Standards Inst. 8. Female Dionysus cult members 9. Panga knife 11. Currently fashionable 12. Fishing barb 13. Many not ands 21. Polite interruption sound 22. Grouch 27. Arabian chieftain (var. sp.) 28. W. German capital 1949-90 29. Having died recently 30. Organic compound 31. Take to ones heels 32. Klutzes 33. Jazz ostinato 34. Carbamide 39. Bike transportation 41. Aprils birthstone 42. Tip of Aleutian Islands 44. Army luggage bag 45. More nimble 48. A citizen of Iraq (alt. sp.) 49. Greek or Roman performance hall 50. Junipero __, Spanish priest 51. Walleye 52. Moldavian capital 15651859 53. Egyptian sun god 54. Latin word for order 55. Wander 56. Whip with 9 knotted cords CROSSWORD3273 SUDOKU 3315

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 26, 2013 11 were limited to 20 minutes. It works. People stop BS-ing and What is the problem? What would you like me to do about it? What legal limitations likely lem? What are the cost implications of any of the solutions you desire? staffers/members will ask. You need to be ready to answer them in your agenda. BUT if you dont know the answer, tell them you get back to them by a certain is what so many people do not do and as a result they lose credibility. meeting with the key staffer. What next? You tell them that you are going and would like to meet with your congressmember/senator on your agenda and if possible mention how it will impact the members constituency. Remember they are forms/etc. that you MUST use to this, for security purposes and for their records. So you ask the local staffer to help you set up this meeting with it on the Internet and tell you that uling and send it in as instructed. must send it in ASAP. DO IT NOW if you can. Members are booked weeks in sessions often with little notice. be contacted by the Washington, D.C., staffer who deals with the members local staff in the to that staffer about your issues. They will likely call or email that staffer and ask about their meetyour local staffer friend. staffer your agenda. Again, you VVA until April, so we can help The staffer wants this so that he/ she can prepare for the meeting with the member. They dont want their member to be embarrassed about anything, so the more you help the staff help the member get ready for the meeting, the better the chance your meeting with the member will be successful. dress like you are going to meet the president of the United States know where your congressman/ pression of you when you walk in the door tells the staffer/member If you want to wear your medals (miniatures) on your jacket, do it. If you want to wear your VVA hat, do it. Look proud of who you are show this, the staffer/member will respond appropriately. something they did that you liked. if not, tell them the local bake sale to raise money for their campaign was great. START POSITIVE. Get them to like you. side up, please, and then sit back and thank them for the time. Then you start down the short list. You will note that VVA again is NOT asking for any NEW to want to help you on the issues. There will likely be NO NEW MONEY from this Congress for different than the other Veteran like this. They remember this, and are generally more willing to help on issues that will not cost NEW MONEY and use up their few on a bill. your hand?? The members business card and the key staffers business card asked but you could not answer A list of anything the member or staffer asked you to follow up on. IMPORTANT YOU ARE. YOU ARE EXPERIENCE. YOU SERVED AND UNDERSTAND SERVICE. They will like you and respect you. You number of new friends. They will call you. started.LEADERSHIP from page 10 3274 ADOPTION ADOPTION Give your baby a ADOPTION GIVE YOUR BABY THE BEST KIDNEY DIALYSIS TREAT SURROGATE MOTHERS NEEDED MISCELLANEOUS ROTARY MEMBERS are a SERVICES/Miscellaneous THINKING OF ADOPTION? AUTOS & WATERCRAFT EDUCATION & INSTRUCTION FINANCIAL HELP WANTED AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train SURROGATE MOTHER NEEDREAL ESTATE GREAT TENNESSEE! VAHEALTH/MEDICAL CLASSIFIEDS 3281

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