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VOL. 1/ISSUE 31 FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013 35 cents PENDING PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT FT PIERCE, FL Thank youMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Mayce DelValle of Treasure Coast Hospice pins veteran Henry Sampson with a keepsake thanking him for his service before viewing Honor Flight The Movie at the Hospice community room in Stuart Tuesday, May 21. Hospice moves up in veterans programs Treasure Coast Hospice has achieved the Level 2 designation in the We Honor Veterans part nership. We Honor Veterans is a pro gram of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Depart ment of Veterans Affairs. Trea FOR VETERAN VOICESee HOSPICE page 4

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2 JUNE 7, 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 OBJECTIVE3958 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 7, 2013 3Four-legged patriot Lola Bean, beloved pet of Veteran Voice Debbi Denning, stands greet World War II vet erans returning home from their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., Saturday, May 25. The by Southeast Florida Honor Flight, part of a WWII vets to see the WWII memorial erected in their honor Palm City residents Denning and Lola were out with Dennings mother, Donna Greer, Dupree, both of Stuart, waited at the corner of Kanner Highway and Cove Road to wave at the returning vets. Dennings 92-year-old grandfather, Don Regn, served in the Navy during World War II. 4025 TRADITION GREEN MARKET AT THE L A NDING AT TRA DIT IONON SCHEDUL ED SUND A Y S 10 A .M. T O 3 P.M.C HECK OUR WEBS I T E A ND F A CEBOOK P A GE FOR D AT E S Event subject to change without notice. Property managed by Inland Diversied Real Estate Services LLCThe Inland name and logo are registered trademarks being used under license. 10824 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987WWW.S HOP ATT R A DIT IONS .COM 3965

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4 JUNE 7, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Level 1 in April 2011, recognizing that veterans and their families have special needs that other patients dont often face. Treasure Coast Hospices commit ment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. The Level 2 designation will help Treasure Coast Hospice partner with other organizations in the com munity to improve care for veterans, enabling the organization to extend its reach within the community and tell more people about Treasure Coast Hospice services. As an organization, Treasure Coast Hospice is focused on building partnerships in the community. Adding this level of partnership with We Honor Veterans shows we are moving in the right direction, said Lori Posdal, director of community relations. caring professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, high-quality care for patients and those who share their lives in St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. Services, including respite care, counseling and bereave ment services, are available to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Eric Macon Mitch Kloorfain Donna Marinak $18 YEAR (52 weeks) (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: Veteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, Periodicals Postage (Pending Permit) Paid at Ft Pierce, FL POSTMASTER: send address changes to: Veteran Voice, 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984 e Voice of Experience HOSPICE from page 1 As an organization, Treasure Coast Hospice is focused on building partnerships in the community. Adding this level of partnership with We Honor Veterans shows we are moving in the right direction, said Lori Posdal, director of community relations. Event a success for local veterans Fun Tours Travel is cruising to ward its second annual Travel for the Troops event in the wake of a successful inaugural fund-raiser that netted $12,000 for a special veterans fund at House of Hope. Travel for the Troops will return on Jan. 24, 2014, to the Palm Room at Harbour Bay Plaza, Sewalls Point. The fun-raiser is the brainchild of Fun Tours Travel owner Kathleen Padova and travel consultant Elaine Hirsch. They wanted to create their own event and help local people who have served their country and are now in need. Although veterans have always been among the people helped by House of Hope, this is the members of the military and their families as requested by the do nors. Like House of Hopes overall Veterans Fund covers such costs as rent, utilities and medicine. House of Hope is also coordi nating with the Martin County FOR VETERAN VOICE See TRAVEL page 11

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 7, 2013 5 Radio show caters to vetsKeeping veterans in the know is what American Warrior Radio is all about. Its an effort to dispel myths, get good information out there, and be entertaining, Air Force veteran Garren Cone, co-host and founder, said. The radio talk show is on Co coas AM 1300, WMEL, on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to noon. It started in 2010. We grew from a half-hour pro gram, Cone said. The show is broadcast internationally on the stations website, 1300wmel.com. Cone said callers come from all over the United States. From Oregon to Indiana, from Maine, Florida, He said. Its a viral thing. Weve got warriors over in Afghanistan listening to it every Saturday. Its amazing. And the talk show is likely to grow more, according to the radio stations owner, Vietnam-era Air Force vet John Harper. The possibilities are there for all of the above, from expanding the number of hours to going nationwide, he said. Weve had discus sions with some networks about syndicating American Warrior Radio. Cone does the weekly show with sor of Brevard Countys veterans producer and Vince Young is the shows engineer. Nobody is getting paid here, Cone said. The station is owned by two Vietnam vets and they give us time as a public service. In addition to the live radio broadcasts, the show is archived at the radio stations website. Of course, we have the Face book page, Cone said. We videotape each episode. We place them on YouTube, as well as the Facebook page. The YouTube page is at youtube. com/user/TheAVETProject. The Cones also head up the American Veterans Empowerment Team, AVET Project. Among its projects are sending service members in Operation Enduring Freedom its Empowerment Equipment Box. The boxes have many of the usual offerings care-package groups include, such as toiletries, socks and snacks. However, the AVET Project boxes head to Afghanistan with something most dont include in theirs: relaxation and meditation CDs, and instructions on how to keep good notes that could come in handy some day. We teach (service members) how to journal, which will ground Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee RADIO page 7 A retirement community at Tradition Assisted Living Facility License #AL11796 10685 SW Stony Creek Way Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 www.BrennityPortStLucie.comC | I L A L | M C P VA S H F DJoin The Brennity at Port St. Lucie on Flag Day as we celebrate with pancakes and a Veterans Aid and Attendance presentation! Learn about your pension benefits, know what is available, how to qualify and help with assistance. Michael Fowler, Attorney at Law, will be on site with all the details. The ROTC will also visit our community and pay respect to the flag. FRIDAY, JUNE 148:30 A.M. FOR BREAKF AST9:15 A.M. FOR SEMINARRSVP to (772) 345-2709 3946 Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call today to subscribe (772) 204-2409 or go to www.VeteranVoiceWeekly.com 3961

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6 JUNE 7, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE VA hires more than 1,600 mental health professionals WASHINGTON On June 3, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamas Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families. Meeting this hiring milestone ity to improve access to care for those veterans seeking mental health services and demonstrates our continued commitment to the health and well-being of the men and women who have served the Nation, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. Meeting this goal is an important achievement, but we recognize that we must continue to increase access to the quality mental health care veterans have earned and deserve. As of May 31, VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical As of May 31, VA has hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal of 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obamas Ex Move made to meet goal, expand access to care and outreach efforts and direct nationwide community mental health summitsFrom the U.S. Department FOR VETERAN VOICE See HEALTH page 7 of Traditional Old Fashion Haircuts 772-600-5094 3991 1060 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City $200OFFAny Service EXP 6/14/13 Sunday, June 9th 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m a t the Port St. Lucie Civic Center WHAT TO EXP ECT R eal Estate Industry Exhibitors S peakers & Staff on hand : Realtors, Lenders, Builders Inspectors City Building and Code Departments Property Appraisers office s Chambers of Commerce etc. Get Pre Approved for mortgages Refreshments, Giveaways and much MORE WHO SHOULD ATTEND ? HOMEOWNERS RENTERS BUYER S SELLER S INVESTORS MEET TOP LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS IN ONE LOCATION For more information 772-807-4488 sevans@cityofpsl.com 3964 3996 CONGRATULATIONS TO P ALM CITY CHAM BER M E M BERS BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS o@palmcitychamber.com 772-286-8121Call Flo Howe for more information Always shop Chamber M embersVolunteer of the Year: Veronica M ontoya e Coee Lady Gano Life Ambassador of the Year: P eter Wernick, Peters Hardware / Peters Paint Center Business of the Year: Advantage HR, Barrie Brown Business P erson of the Year: Mike Searle, Searle & Associates Insurance Beautication Award Stuart Shooting Center, Inc., Jamie & Debbie Redditt

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 7, 2013 7 their claims with the (Department of Veterans Affairs) if an injury becomes a disability, Cone said. When the VA says, Wheres the information? they can go to their journals. get legislation passed that would eliminate the cost of sending service members care packages. For more about the AVET Project, visit AVETproject.org. RADIO from page 5 providers to meet the goal of 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in the Executive Order. Additionally, VA has hired 2,005 mental health clinical providers to hired 318 new peer specialists tospecialists by Dec. 31, as outlined in the Executive Order. VA expects to meet that goal as well. VA also recognizes that meeting the needs of veterans and their families requires collaboration and partnership between VA, other federal agencies, and local communities. Locally-driven summits provide a well-established method to strengthen our community partnerships, and they have been successful in support of VAs goal to end homelessness among Veterans, said Veterans Health Administration, Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel. The president is directing all VA health care systems nationwide to conduct locally-driven Mental Health Summits to further engage with local community partners and nurture community engagement to address the broad mental health needs of veterans and their families. Each VA health care system will reach out to relevant veteran service organizations, community based organizations, health care providers, and local governments to develop and conduct the Summits. VA provides a full range of comprehensive mental health services across the country. In Fiscal Year 2012, more than 1.3 million veterans received specialized mental health care from the VA. This number has risen each year from dition to hiring more mental health professionals, VA is expanding the use of innovative technology to serve veterans in rural or underserved areas. VA expects to double the number of veterans receiving care from tele-mental health sercal year 2013, and has increased the number of Vet Centers, which provide readjustment counseling and referral services from 233 in 2008 to 300 in 2012. In November 2011, VA launched an award-winning, national public awareness campaign called Make the Connection, which is aimed at reducing the stigma associated with seeking mental health care and informing veterans, their families, friends, and members of their communities about VA resources. More information on Make the Connection can be found at www. maketheconnection.net. Mental health professionals interested in seeking employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs can obtain information at www.vacareers.va.gov Veterans and their families interested in learning more about the mental health services provided by VA can go to www.mentalhealth.va.gov HEALTH from page 6 You Do Not Have To Be Alone! Sunshine State SENIOR SERVICES INC.Serving Palm Beach. Martin & St. Lucie Counties Since 1998 772-219-01923998Licensed, Bonded & Insured FL State Lic.# HCS227642 FREE IN HOME CONSULTATION ASK ABOUT OUR! VETERANS DISCOUNTS! We treat you like family! Quality Home Care at an Affordable Rate Pharmacy Visiting Family and Friends Social outings and gatherings and more Our Caregivers

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8 JUNE 7, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE WASHINGTON Approximately 9,000 homeless veterans living on the streets and in the nations permanent place to call home. U.S. Housing and Urban Develop ment Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced last week that HUD will provide $60 million to local public housing agencies across the country to offer permanent supportive housing to homeless veterans, many of whom are liv ing with chronic disabling condi tions. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veter ans Affairs Supportive Housing Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. Since 2008, a total of 48,385 vouchers have been awarded and 42,557 formerly homeless veterans are currently in homes because of HUD-VASH. Donovan and Shinseki an nounced this additional support for homeless veterans in an ad dress to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans conference today in Washington. Find out how much of this assistance will help homeless veterans in your area. Its a national tragedy that those who served our Nation in uniform can end up living in our shelters or on our streets, said Donovan. Today we make another investment in meeting Presi dent Obamas challenge that we end veteran homelessness once and for all. These HUD-VASH vouchers are a critical resource to accomplish our shared goal of ending veterans homelessness in 2015, Shinseki said. With the contin ued support of President Obama, Congress, and our community partners, we will end homeless ness among veterans and provide these brave men and women with help them live productive, mean ingful lives. HUD-VASH is a critical part of the Obama Administrations commitment to end Veteran and long-term chronic homelessness in 2015. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal govern ment will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. HUDs annual point in time estimate of the number of homeless persons and families for 2012 found that Veteran homelessness fell by 7.2 percent (or 4,876 people) since January 2011 and by 17.2 percent since January 2009. On a single night in January 2012, 62,619 veter-HUD and VA team up to provide permanent homes to 9,000 homeless veteransHUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009From the U.S. Department FOR VETERAN VOICE See HOMES page 10 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Feel ... The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 visit: Stuart, Florida772-287-3680Banquet Facilitiesfor All Occasions Exit 101 SR76 1/2 Mile West of I-95 Stuart Florida772-287-3680Ext. 0 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials $6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials $6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials $6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials $6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 FACILITIES INCLUDE: The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 $3100Before 11:30am$2500After 11:30am $2000After 3:30pm3923 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit www.floridaclubgolf.com for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 YV1 YV1 YV1 FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED O VER 11 YEARS SERVING THE TREASURE CO AST 3995 772-546-3065 IRRIGATION Design Install R epair Modernization Adjustments Maintenance WATER PUMPS Install R epair Maintenance COMMER CIAL & RESIDENTIAL SERVICES SPRINKLER SYSTEM NEED HELP? SERVICE CALL With this ad! reg $65 00Coupon Expires 6-7-13

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 7, 2013 9 When Port St. Lucies Fidel Small noticed that his sons and he were developing emotional distance, the soldier went on a mission. The military did help me with that, he said. Ive been (in the Army) eight years; Im in a leader ship position. If theres a prob thing the military did give me. Smalls personal mission to be come a better father took him to and through the Father & Child Connection Program run by the Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County. He still regularly talks with Eric Seibenick, pro gram specialist. Were a parenting program, but were much more than that, Seibenick said. Were a mentor ing program bringing out the best in fathers. Hammers that drive nails can also smash thumbs. Seibenick said all experiences give parents tools to foster good relationships with their children. Including military experience. However, all experiences can also have negative effects on ones parenting, including, of course, the military. Whether a parents military experience helps or hurts his or her parenting is usually a matter of how its applied. The parent-training program has about 40 to 50 participants at any time. Most are involved voluntarily. A few have been court-ordered to attend the programs classes, and others are referred by the Department of Children and Families. Seibenick said a number of veterans seeking to better relationships with their children enter the program. Navy veteran Jon Hodder was one. A marital separation made him a single father without another parent in the home to temper his hard edges. Hodder realized that he was expecting a kind of military discipline from his sons, 5 and 9, and wanted to change that. But how? He learned about the program when seeking legal help, and im mediately got into it. Its helping me pretty good, he said. It gives you a lot of infor mation. It gives you ideas of how to interact with your children. Seibenick said overemphasis on discipline is a common trait among parenting veterans. structures and features that work very well in the military, he said. But in civilian and home life, were not up to speed. We have not gone through boot camp. There is some pushback. Small said he, too, noticed that at times he was expecting his two 8-year-olds to act with military precision. Thing is, he was getting that precision from his sons. Just like my soldiers, what Id say theyd do right away, he said. But, Small felt that emotional distance he wanted to close, so he started seeking out help another quality he learned from the military. Its not weakness getting help; thats strength, he said. Seibenick said a sense of mis sion is a parenting strength among veterans. Theyre doers, he said. Theyre get-it-done kind of folks. Theyre active instead of being a slug. Theres another positive quality Father & Child Connection helps veterans turn military training into good parentingthe military teaches parent and future parents, Hodder said. It made me more organized, he said. I used to be a slob. I pass it on to my own boys, so when they get their own house its not a pigsty. The Father & Child Connection Program is helping Hodder know how best to use and pass on that quality the Navy taught him to his children with individual and group meetings. We fathers are building to morrows men, Seibenick said. Theres no greater honor. No greater challenge than building good men. Were here to help. The program is free to St. Lucie County residents. For more infor mation, visit elcslc.org. Patrick McCallisterSTAFF WRITERpmccallister@YourVoiceW eekly.com Friendly Service Walk-in Humidor Sitting Area w/TV Large Selection of CIGARS, GIFTS AND ACCESSORIESStore Hours Monday Thursday 10:00am 6:00pm Friday & Saturday 10:00am 8:00pm Downtown Stuart Location open SUNDAY 11:00am 6:00pmwww.smokinpremiumspalmcity.comPalm City Location 2293 SW Martin Hwy Palm City, FL. 34990 772-210-2283 Downtown Stuart 51 SW Osceola St. Stuart, FL. 34994 772-286-4781 Palm City Store Now Open 10% off all humidors and cigar accessories through Fathers Day3994 $25..Before Noon$20.....After Noon$15.......After 4 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax)JUNIOR GOLFSUMMER CAMPAges 9-15 beginning June 17th Golf Clubs Available Call 465-8110 for Details1600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee TimeF rom US1, turn East on Ohio Ave., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES4026 772-465-8110

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10 JUNE 7, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE ans were homeless. The grants announced today are part of $75 million appropriated this year to support the housing needs of homeless veterans. Local public housing authorities provide rental assistance to homeless veterans while nearby VA Medical Centers offer sup portive services and case manof the 2013 HUD-VASH funding. HUD expects to announce more HUD-VASH funding this summer. VAMCs work closely with home less veterans then refer them to public housing agencies for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of the homelessness and the need for longer term more intensive support to obtain and maintain permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff provides. Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent pri vately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical cen ters across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico. HOMES from page 8 See HOMES page 11 CLUES ACROSS 1. Hiking path 6. Swiss river 10. Amorphous mass 14. Eastern spindle tree 15. A cheap rundown hotel 19. The bill in a restaurant 20. Religious transgression 21. More lucid 22. Vietnamese offensive 23. Chief magistrate of Venice 24. Turfs 29. Game using 32 cards ment 32. Mrs. Nixon 34. Drunken bum (slang) 35. Times assigned to serve 37. Labor organizer Eugene 38. Come into the posses sion of 39. Carbamide 41. Feudal bondman 43. Without (French) 45. Emits a continuous droning sound 47. A moving crowd New Zealand 50. Sirius Satellite Radio (abbr.) 53. Mailing packet 57. Female shopping assistant 58. Dog & wolf genus 59. Opposite of beginnings 61. This language died with CLUES DOWN person Ranidae 3. Whale ship captain 4. An informal debt instrument 5. Piece of a felled tree 6. Arabic demon (var. sp.) 7. Actor Ladd 9. Programmes 10. Hat tied under the chin 11. Methaqualone pill (slang) 12. Ocean Search and Rescue 13. Turkish title of respect 16. Submarine sandwich 18. An objects functions 22. Touchdown 23. Judge or consider 24. __ Claus 25. Word element meaning ear 27. Fencing swords 29. Standard wire gauge 30. Capital of Ukraine 31. George Gershwins brother hormone 35. Horse trainers shackle 37. Internet infrastructure 39. Sieze without right 42. Dishonors 43. Speaks a slavonic language 46. Small breed of horse 47. __ the Man Musical 48. Forest land (British) 50. Japanese entertainment 51. Slovenian mountain 52. 20th Hebrew letter and SE 56. Research workplace CROSSWORD3954 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 AD3960

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