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VOL. 1/ISSUE 41 FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 35 cents The nuts and bolts of ACA Like it or hate it, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act bet ter known as the Afford able Care Act, ACA, or Obamacare is here. Well, partly. Implementa tion of the laws various components are set for different times. Obamacare used to be considered derogato-What Obamacare means to vets Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Saturday, Aug. 10 at approximately 6 p.m., at the St. Lucie Mets vs. Cardinals baseball game, just-promot ed Major David Paterson was awarded the key to city by Mayor Joanne Faiella, and received a proclamation from the Florida House of Representatives presented by Representative Gayle Harrell, after which he threw David Paterson, son of Bill and Julie Paterson of Port on July 11. The ceremony took place in North Caroli -Soldier honored at Tradition Field FOR VETERAN VOICESee SOLDIER page 5 See OBAMACARE page 4 SUBSCRIBERS:USPS has approved our Periodicals Permit. Veteran Voice should now be handled as First Class mail. If your copy is delayed, email us the date you received it and your zip code toinfo@veteranvoiceweekly.comThank you for your help on assuring the best delivery times possible.5133


2 AUGUST 16, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Florida Veterans Council resumes meetings after summer break; strengthens veterans voicesThe Florida Veterans Council started its 2013-2014 session on Aug. 15. Although little known among many veterans, the counon the Florida Legislatures veter ans-related bills. Folks can keep up with the councils meetings and make legislative suggestions at its Facebook page. The focus at this meeting is the legislative priorities for the (coming legislative session), said Jerry Mullenix, the councils past secretary and American Legion Department of Floridas assistant adjutant. The Florida Legislature will be in session from March 4 to May 2 next year. However, committee start up earlier. The council has existed for at least a decade. Member organi zations are primarily congressio nally-chartered veterans service organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Of Blinded American Veterans Foundation. The councils mission is to unify veterans organizations behind a couple state legislative proposals every year. Id say it was started by the larger organizations, the (Dis abled American Veterans), American Legion and VFW, Mullenix said. I believe they came togeth er to have a group to stand for veterans in the state of Florida, particularly in the legislature. The council picked up members from smaller veterans service organizations over the years. The Paralyzed Veterans of America is one. David Rayes is a national service working at the Orlando Depart ment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He also represents the organization at the council meet ings. He said the council ampli organizations, and helps smaller ones gain legislative clout they otherwise couldnt. A lot of the things we talked about at the Florida Veterans Council meetings were on the (Florida Legislatures) agenda and acted upon, he said. The council has a close relation ship with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, FDVA, along with committees and subcommit tees in the legislature that deal with military and veterans affairs. The state veterans department is separate from the federal veter ans department. Among its duties is working with the state legis lature and cabinet to promote veterans issues. Jim Brodie, the departments former director of legislative and cabinet affairs, told the council that the state legislature ap proved a $100,000 study to see where best to build a new veter ans home during its last 60-day session, March to May. That was at the councils last meeting, May 16. Funding for the study, which the council advocated, became available after July 1, when the year. The state has six nursing homes with 120 beds each, and an assisted living facility with 150. Your Department of Veterans Affairs had a very good session, Brodie said at the meeting. Brodie also told the council that the last state legislative session, 11 passed. He said seven were substantive, three ceremoni al, and one technical. While that doesnt seem like many, the Florida legislature generally passes only dozens of hundreds of proposed bills. Among the bills that passed in the last legislative session was one toughening regulations against groups misrepresenting themselves as veterans organizations when seeking donations. The council had proposed it for a couple years. About a month after Brodies retirement, Bobby Carbonell was Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee COUNCIL page 6 in the last state legislative session, 11 passed. He said seven were 5086




4 AUGUST 16, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE ry. During last years presiden tial-election debates, President Barack Obama told Republican challenger Mitt Romney that hed come to embrace the term. Obamacares been a political sage in 2010. All the hullabaloo over the Affordable Care Act has local veterans yawning. Weve gotten some emails and Facebook inquiries, Garren Cone, co-host of American War rior Radio, said. As far as anyone being up in arms over changes, Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Kelly Delprete Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Phil Galdys Donna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience OBAMACARE from page 1 we havent seen any activity in that area. Cones veterans-interest talk show is on WMEL, AM 1300, Melbourne. Most of the laws major compo nents start in 2014, including a mandate requiring most people to prove they have some accepted form of health insurance, or its equivalent. Those who dont risk ry component of the ACA starts the Health Insurance Market place. Thats supposed to make it qualifying insurance. The Republican dominant House of Representatives has taken about 40 votes to repeal all or major parts of the ACA. The Dem ocratically-controlled Senate is unlikely to take up similar legis lation, so the House votes have been largely symbolic. Besides, the president is certain to veto any that passed Congress while Ray Kelley, national legislative director of the Veterans of For eign Wars, said Cone isnt alone in hearing barely a peep from vet erans worried about or outraged over the Affordable Care Act. He said the VFW hasnt been getting many questions or complaints about the law, either. When this came out, there was a big, concerted effort to make sure any (Department of Veterans ley said. When we got that, our Of the about 22.3 million veter ans in the U.S., as of 2012 almost nine million were enrolled in the VAs healthcare system. VA reports having 6.3 million unique patients last year. That is in dividuals who used its health care facilities once or 100 times. Florida has about 1.6 million veterans, and almost 680,000 are enrolled in VA healthcare, a large minority in both cases. The VA estimates that nationally there are about 1.3 million vet erans, along with about 950,000 spouses and children, without healthcare coverage. It also re ports most of the veterans would qualify for VA healthcare. Kelley said that many other veterans are on Medicare. About 43 percent of veterans are 65 or older and qualify for Medicare, according to the VA. Some of them are also enrolled in VA. Those without insurance and not enrolled in the VA are the ones most affected by the health care law. Get to VA; get signed up, Kelley said. (Veterans) still have to have some coverage for the family. Be ing in the VA doesnt cover their spouses. Theres a caveat, however, said See OBAMACARE page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 16, 2013 5 na after a completing a training exercise in which he was practic ing parachute jumps from Black Hawk helicopters. David has been in the Army nine years and served multiple tours in Iraq as well as other de ployments to Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars and a Meritorious Service Medal. Our family would like to thank County Commission Chairman Tod Mowery and all the other Members of the St. Lucie Coun ty Commission, Councilwoman Michelle Berger of the city of Port St. Lucie, Representative Gay le Harrell of the Florida House of Representatives and Mayor Joanne Faiella of the city of Port St. Lucie for making this happen. God bless you all. Our family is truly humbled by the outpouring of support from our community for our son, Major David Scott Paterson, U.S. Army. Davids wife, Krystal, and their two sons, Kolby and Julian, will join his brothers Bill Jr. and Brian and sister Julie Ellen and their families for a long-overdue family reunion. SOLDIER from page 1 Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Tony Reese. Hes the Martin supervisor. In the language of the VA, that caveat is Priority Group 8, subpriority G. Thats the vet erans who dont meet any of the requirements needed to enroll in VA healthcare. You dont have anything in 8 G, Reese said. Youre just like someone without any health insurance at all. Reese noted that many veterans who dont meet income thresholds to enroll in VA likely have jobs that provide qualifying insuralready have private policies. But there are those who couldnt get individual coverage, or couldnt get individual coverage without exceptions, no matter with pre-existing conditions a term that covers a wide variety of conditions and circumstances. Those previously denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions will be able to get private insur ance under the ACA. Kelley said that may move some currently using the VA to move out of it and onto other healthcare providers. How that could affect VA is uncertain, because Congress appropriates its budget. Fewer veterans using VA healthcare could cause budget cutbacks, which could leave less healthcare for those remaining. Alternately, Congress may not appropriate enough extra dollars to meet a growing number of veter ans using VA due to the Affordable Care Act. We have really tried to get a handle on that, Kelley said. Everything the VA has indicated says they believe its going to be a wash of people who would qualify and choose an alternative and those who go toward the VA. I think therell be a pretty good uptick of enrollees. He said the VFW and other vet erans organizations are taking a cautious wait-and-see approach to how the new healthcare law affects the VAs future budgets. The VA has set up a website to help veterans with questions about the Affordable Care Act Additionally, veterans can call 1-877-222VETS (8387). General information about it is at from page 4 5138 All furnishings were designed for this home and are negotiableFor more information and pictures go to: Coley Real Estate GroupJason Coley/Realtor/CDPE 772-201-5229 Beautiful, custom designed 5 bd. 3.5 bth home, with library lo and oversized game room. Brazilian cherry wood, tile and carpet ooring, custom window treatments, granite, wrought iron railing, crown molding throughout. One of the most beautiful homes on the market and it comes with its own botanical garden-like landscaping Your Own Botanical Paradise and pool home in Vero Beach 5235 PLUMBERS! WANT TO WORK FOR THE BEST?Only High Skilled Professionals need apply. Great Wages Background Check FAX RESUME TO: Matt 772-382-2250


6 AUGUST 16, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE named the new director of leg islative and cabinet affairs. He declined to discuss the councils role in developing legislation, citing the fact hes not yet attend ed a meeting. He said hes look ing forward to working with the council. Mullenix said the state veterans department is an invaluable mine of information to the council. He said the council frequently requests information from the department to help it form legis lative recommendations. The FDVA brings us information to these meetings, but the council usually gives direction to the FDVA for its legislative ses sion, he said. When the FDVA is there, they work well with us. To listen to council meetings, and make comments, visit facebook. The council usually meets at the le Orlando. The meetings are on the a.m. COUNCIL from page 2 The Valiant Air Command War bird Museum has several openings for volunteers in our tour guide program. If you have a passion for vintage warbirds; their legacy and that at least 18 years old and enjoy meeting the public, we may have ty for you. Exhibit and display information will be provided. This may involve considerable walk ing, as you lead tours around our facility, during what is normally a weekly four-hour volunteer shift. This is a unique opportunity to not only learn about aviation history from WWI to present, but to pass that knowledge along to the public. As a tourist desti nation for visitors from around the world, youre just as likely to meet a couple from Russia as you are a family from Rockledge. Since the museum is open seven days a week, there is plenty of dition to tour guiding, volunteers will also have the opportunity to work at our annual Warbird Air show, as well as many other spe cial events during the year. If you have an aviation background, are prior military, or are just inter ested in history, come see us; we may have one of the best, most rewarding personal opportunities The Valiant Air Command is located at the Space Coast Re gional Airport at 6600 Tico Road in Titusville. For more information, go to or call (321) 268-1941, or email us at Valiant Air Command has tour guide vacancies FOR VETERAN VOICE DoD, VA establish two multi-institutional consortia to research PTSD and TBI WASHINGTON In re sponse to President Obamas Executive Order, the Depart ments of Defense and Veter ans Affairs highlighted last week the establishment of two joint research consortia, at a combined investment of $107 million to research the diagno sis and treatment of post-trau matic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury over a See PTSD page 8 FOR VETERAN VOICE 7900 N.W. Selvitz Rd. $20 before 4pm $15 After SPECIAL SUMMER RA TESIncludes tax & cart 5077 Less than10 minutes from St. Lucie West & Tradition On-line Specials Available Daily at St. Lucie West & Tradition SPECIAL 4-SOME AFTER 10AM Tues, Thurs, Saturday & Sunday with coupon expires Aug. 3oth $ 60 MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL 3 Months Free With Annual Membership First Timers Get 20% Off The First Year rf n t b n f rfr r rft r b n r r n f r r f n n t b f n t b t f 5232


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 16, 2013 7 TREASURE COAST Vietnam Veterans of America, Florida State Council in partnership with Florida Veterans Foundation, and VVA Chapter 1041 and Chapter 566 will be our host chapters will hold a Town Hall meeting to ad dress the birth defects, diseases and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. The forum will be held on Fri day, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, 2410 S.E. Westmoreland Blvd., Port St. Lucie. We cannot be silent about the sures on our children in the face of overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, said Frank Tidikis, Chapter 1040 Treasurer and Committee Chair of Chapter 1041 Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting Program. We encourage all veterans with children and/or grandchildren suffering from illnesses, learning disabilities or physical disabilities to come share their stories. We will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, includeffects and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of Viet nam veterans, their children and their families, said Tidikis. The goal of the town hall meet ing is to bring attention to the hidden cost of our service to encourage the government to create and maintain a registry of these birth defects as well as to diagnose and treat these birth defects. Veterans of all wars are subjected to many contaminates VVA to hold town hall meeting on generational effects of Agent Orange and Dioxin FOR VETERAN VOICESee AGENT page 10 Buy One Get One FREE!!Regular 18 Hole Golf Rate $45 everyday. Including cart w/G.P.S The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 YV2 YV2 YV2 5067 Expires 8/23/13Range Balls Any Size visit: Stuart, Florida772-287-3680 15 Acre Driving Range All Grass Tees Banquet Facilities for All Occasions The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 $3100Before 11:30amIncludes Cart with G.P.S.$2000After 2:00pmIncludes Cart with G.P.S.Good for up to 4 playersExpires 8/23/13Good for up to 4 playersExpires 8/23/13 The Ultimate Golf ExperienceA Public Course with a Private Club Feel... FA CILITIES INCLUDE: V isit for Online Specials$6000Before 11:30 am$4500After 11:30 am $2000After 2:30 pm 038342 5085 BEAT THE SPECIAL 8am 1pm 9 Holes $ 9 + tax 18 Holes $ 18 + Reg. rates apply after 1pm Located on Hutchinson Island, 3 miles south of the Power Plant (Closed Mondays) 229-2739 ICountry Club Golf Shop Clearance Sale! Mens & Women Clothing & Shoes up to 70% OFF $25..Before Noon$20.....After Noon$15.......After 4 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax) FREE BUCKETOF RANGE BALLSW/ THIS COUPON Small Bucket Expires 8-24-131600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee TimeFrom US1, turn East on Ohio Ave., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES5087 772-465-8110


8 AUGUST 16, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE VA is proud to join with its partners in the federal govern ment and the academic community to support the presidents vision and invest in research that could lead to innovative, new treatments for TBI and PTSD, said secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. We must do all we can to deliver the high-quality care our service members and veterans have earned and deserve. The Consortium to Allevi ate PTSD, a collaborative effort between the University of Tex as Health Science Center San Antonio, San Antonio Military Medical Center, and the Boston VA Medical Center will attempt to develop the most effective diag nostic, prognostic, novel treat ment, and rehabilitative strat egies to treat acute PTSD and prevent chronic PTSD. The Chronic Effects of Neu rotrauma Consortium, a collab orative effort between Virginia Commonwealth University, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Richmond VA Medical Center will ence the chronic effects of mTBI and common comorbidities in order to improve diagnostic and treatment options. A key point will be to further the understand ing of the relationship between mTBI and neurodegenerative disease. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million American service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Military service exposes service members to a variety of stressors, includ ing risk to life, exposure to death, injury, sustained threat of injury, and the day-to-day family stress inherent in all phases of the mili tary life cycle. To improve prevention, diag nosis, and treatment of mental health conditions, the president released an Executive Order directing the federal agencies to develop a coordinated National Research Action Plan. The Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Depart ment of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education came forward with a wide-reaching plan to improve treatment, and reduce occurrences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Inju ry, co-occurring conditions and suicide.PTSD from page 6 President applauds colleges, universities efforts to implement 8 keys to success WASHINGTON As part of the Obama administrations ongoing effort to foster postsecondary educational opportunities and dramatically improve employment outcomes for returning service members, the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced today a challenge to education institutions to adopt best practices supporting educational success. More than 250 community colleges and universities across the country have immediately answered the call to implementing the Keys to Success to help veterans on campus. President Obama introduced the Keys to Success on Saturday at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando. Were announcing what we call Keys to Success specific steps that schools can take to truly welcome and encourage our veterans, President Obama said. And so far, more than 250 community colleges and universities have signed on, and today Im calling on schools across America to join us in this effort. Lets help our veterans get that degree, get that credential and compete for the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow. With the more than 250 institutions leading the way, the Keys to Success can aid veterans in their effort to afford and complete industry-recognized credentials and licenses in preparation for jobs in high-growth sectors of the economy. To help draft the Keys to Success, ED convened more than 100 experts to review approaches that could be scaled and replicated to foster veterans success on campus and via distance learning. A wide range of stakeholders participated in the discussions See KEYS page 9 TRADITION GREEN MARKET AT THE L A NDING AT TRA DIT IONON SUND A Y S LIST ED 10 A .M. T O 3 P.M. MAY May 5 May 12 May 19 JUNE June 2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 AUGUST August 4 August 11 August 18 August 25 SEPTEMBER September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 OCTOBER October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 NOVEMBER November 3 November 10 November 17 DECEMBER December 1 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 5136


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 16, 2013 9 foundations, veterans service organizations and, importantly, veterans who had recently completed postsecondary education in a range of disciplines. Best practices learned from existing programs at ED and VA provided the foundation for the Keys to Success, highly successful VA VetSuccess on Campus programs. The Keys to Success include the following: 1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans. 2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership. 3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive advice before challenges become overwhelming. 4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size). 5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans. 6. Use a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion. 7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans. 8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans. More than 250 community colleges and universities in 24 differ ent states and D.C. will fully adopt the Keys to Success and more are expected to rise to the challenge in the coming months. At Western Nevada College, for example, the school hosts a Veterans Orientation to make sure returning service members begin college on the right track, and that every veteran has a counselor assigned to work with him or her on adjusting to the classroom environment, performance expectations, personal challenges and program completion. This commitment made by colleges and universities will help veterans better transition from military service into the classjob to help strengthen our economy, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. Given the opportunity, veterans will succeed because they possess exceptional character, team-building skills, discipline, and leadership. Another example of postsecondary institutions working to implement the keys is Virginias Community Colleges, where schools are leveraging partnerships to KEYS from page 8 See KEYS page 10 CLUES ACROSS 1. S.A. grassy plain 6. Condemnation 11. Twitter or Facebook 14. Chest muscle (slang) 15. Changed ocean level 16. Cause bodily suffering to 18. Red Jamaican tropical fruit 21. 3rd largest Swiss city (alt. sp.) 23. Bluish greens 25. Billowing clouds 26. Duchy princes 28. Sarcasms 29. Equal business asso ciate tant 34. Swiss river 35. Winged goddess of the dawn 36. Not a jet airplane 39. Ethically 40. Dark brownish black 44. Removed writing 45. Skill in an occupation or trade 47. Standard unit of length 48. Indescribably bad 50. ___ Lanka 51. Locution 56. Printing liquid 57. Small travel cases 62. Old Norse poems 63. Mammys partner CLUES DOWN 1. Scarred face 2. Atomic #89 3. Great Lakes state 4. Tap gently 5. Boxer Muhammad 6. Quilting or spelling (abbr.) 8. Expression of sympathy 9. The Show Me State 10. Expunctions 11. Subdivision of a denomination 12. Peace Garden State 13. One who causes death 14. The Keystone state 17. Hawaiian garlands 19. Cologne 20. Large northern deer 21. Montanas 5th largest city 22. Compound containing NH2 24. Small unit of time (abbr.) 25. Auto 27. Saponaceous 28. Gulf of, in the N.E. Aegean 30. Golf score 31. A disease remedy 32. Dark gemstone 33. More competent 36. Matador 37. Not new 38. Political action committee 39. Microelectromechanical systems (abbr.) 41. Womans undergarment 42. Enacted legislation 43. A representation of a person 46. Large casks for liquids 49. Abbr. for 50 across 51. Nursing group 52. Roman god of the underworld 53. Silver 54. Group health plan 55. The 7th Greek letter 58. -__, denotes past 59. Rural delivery 60. Oil company 61. Associated Press CROSSWORD5127 SUDOKU Martin County Girls Fastpitch Cruisers Travel TryoutsHalpatiokee Park, Stuart10-U 9:00-10:00 12-U 10:00-11:00 14-U 11:00-12:00 LETS PLAY BALL! HOME OF THE CRUISERS MARTIN COUNTY GIRLS T-BALL, COACH PITCH & FASTPITCHAges 4-14 years old Registration at Halpatiokee, Stuart Saturday, 8/249:00-12:00*Registration fee: $100.00 per child. Not valid with any other discounts. Bring this ad and receive per child $5 OFF5236Sponsored by:


10 AUGUST 16, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE and most were not aware of what was being used or what effects most would have on their heath. Said Tidikis, Our children are innocent victims of our war and need the help of our government to cope with these problems. We worry, who will be there to take care of them when we are gone? In keeping with VVAs founding principle, Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another, Vietnam veterans throughout the state of Florida of our nations veterans from all wars. Vietnam Veterans of America is the nations only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVAs founding principle is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.AGENT ORANGE from page 7 connect veterans with jobs and careers in high-growth, high-deThe keys build on the administrations work to provide veterans and military families with a high-quality, affordable education. In April 2012, President Obama signed an executive order establishing the Principles of Excellence, which provide protections for our nations military, veterans, and their families. To further veterans success in higher education and employment, the VA is also expanding its VetSuccess on Campus and Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership programs, which connect veterans to VA resources. Thousands of colleges and universities are developing or expanding their Veterans Success Centers as a result of the VAs VSOC and VITAL investments. VSOC is currently located at 32 campus sites in 16 states and is expanding to additional campuses in 2013. The Post-9/11 GI Bill has also played a large role in helping returning service members attend college. VA has issued approximately $30 billion in Post 9/11 inception in August 2009, and helped nearly one million service members, veterans, and their families pursue an education. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most extensive educational assistance program since the Servicemans Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the GI Bill, was signed into law. The administration will continue to build on its work to ensure veterans success by acting on our nations commitment to place higher education within reach for all who are willing to work for it. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 16, 2013 11 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. 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