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VOL. 1/ISSUE 50 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013 35 cents Editors note: Press time for this story was Monday, Oct. 14. Because of the dynamic nature of the partial government shutdown that began on Oct. 1 numerous changes can develop by publication. Many federal government press lines to answer inquiries, instead leaving messages for re due to the shutdown and may take weeks to respond to inter view requests. World War II veteran John Dom ino has some childhood experience getting past barricades. A football game was a quarter, he said. We had no money. He hopes that experience doesnt come in handy when he goes to visit the National World War II Memorial. Domino was a broke sports fan growing up in New Jersey. Buddies and he developed some ingenuity in getting past fences and into games. On Saturday, Oct 19, Southeast Florida Honor Flight will take its 15th group of veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memori al on the National Mall and other sites. Yeah, the memorial thats been during the partial government shutdown that started on Oct. 1. At press time, Democrats and Re publicans in Congress have been unable to agree on a continuing resolution or budget to fund the federal government. With news of barricades at the National Mall and Congress members showing up to greet Honor Fight veterans, things are likely to be different from previ Television and photographic images of Honor Flight veterans from other hubs heading past barricades at the National Mall to visit the memorial quickly be came iconic. And political fodder. in September, before the shenanigans started. Folks at the hub are unsure what theyll encounter at the memorial, but hope for the best. Domino, who served in the Army back in June, long before there was any talk about shutdowns and closed memorials. He isnt interested in being an iconic image or making political state ments by visiting the memorial. Frankly, Domino hopes the shuthe goes on his Honor Flight. But if its not, he plans to see the monument up close. He has some experience getting around fences. This trip, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight folks will have com pany likely because of the inter est in the national Honor Flight program generated by unrequested attention its gotten lately. A along with the Treasure Coast veterans. Local Honor Flight gets ready to take off into Washington, D.C., melee Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Photo courtesy of R.D. Smith See DC page 6 6199Should furloughed workers be paid for time not worked?Send your thoughts to:info@veteranvoiceweekly.com

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2 OCTOBER 18, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE County Veterans Service OfficersSt. Lucie County, Wayne Teegardin 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, 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 OBJECTIVE6200 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 18, 2013 3Secretary Shinseki warns veterans checks could stop in NovemberEditors note: Press time for this story was Monday, Oct. 14. Be cause of the dynamic nature of the partial government shutdown that began on Oct. 1 numerous changes can develop by publication. Erik Shinseki, Secretary of Vet erans Affairs, has a reputation for calling as he sees it. He softened no words to the House Commit tee on Veterans Affairs, which is chaired by Republican Jeff Miller, who represents Floridas 1st Dis trict, western Panhandle. The former Army general said D-Day is coming for a lot of vet erans and family members who depend on pensions, disability if Congress doesnt pass and the president sign a continuing resolution or budget to fully fund the federal government soon. Very soon. On 1 November, I will not be pecting these checks, Shinseki said at a hastily called committee meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Shinseki told the committee the VBA, is quickly running out of money from its mandatory-spend ing accounts. He said nationally more than 5 million veterans, surviving spouse and children usually get more than $6 billion a month in pensions, disability the VBA. As that account has demands written against it, it is exhaust ed before the end of (October) at some point, he said. Shinseki added, Before the end of the month, the account will not sup port claims in November. off could have a serious economic effect on Florida said Steve Mur ray, communications director of the Florida Department of Veter ans Affairs. He said the state has more than 270,000 veterans with disabilities. A vast majority do receive some he said. The state veterans department is erans department. It reports that Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties have nearly 121,500 veterans among them collectively receiv ing about $431 million a year in pensions, compensation and area through VA programs such as medical facilities. Wayne Teegardin, manager of St. Lucie Countys Veteran Services dont come to empty mailboxes in November. But hes bracing with the VA. However, Teegardin said United Veterans of St. Lucie County has an emergency fund to for immediate help. With a little more than 23,000 vets in the county drawing almost $6.5 million in pensions, com Teegardin said that fund could be exhausted quickly if the VA checks dont come next month. I think they have $6,800, which isnt a lot, he said. We have other things in place. We have gift cards, food cards and fuel cards. We can do immediate assistance if a veteran is in need of immedi ate food. Congressman Patrick Murphy, Jupiter Democrat representing the 18th District, isnt a member of the Houses veterans commit tee. In a telephone interview after the hearing, the congressman said hed read Shinsekis written testimony. It explained in explicit language, too, that come No vember the VBA wont be able to pay pensions, compensation and Thats completely unacceptable, Murphy said. Its one more reason this shutdown is an embarrassment and a disgrace on so many levels. During the shutdown Murphy is donating his congressional pay to Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee CHECKS page 4 6318

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4 OCTOBER 18, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 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 the Renewal Coalition, a veterans re-integration program in Jupiter. A press release said hes doing so because federal employees are furloughed without pay. There have been moves in the House to pay them retroactively when they return to work. In an interview before Shinsekis appearance before the committee, Congressman Bill Poseys spouses and children should get their checks no matter what else happens during the partial federal shutdown that started on Oct. 1. Posey is a Republican from Rockledge representing Floridas 8th District. Hes not on the veter ans affairs committee. Stuart Burns, chief of staff, said during the shutdown theres been much bipartisan concern in the House about keeping the VA fully operational during the shutdown. What we did last night, we basically would fund the rest of VA, he said in a phone interview. That was passed on the House Senate. Posey voted for it, and Murphy voted for it as well. He added, It would assure that all veterans would get paid (their That bill, which had other pro visions, would have to pass the Senate and get President Barack Obamas signature to be law. Democratic leadership in the Senate is refusing to consider individual spending bills from the House, insisting instead for a complete continuing resolution to keep the federal government fully operational. Burns said until theres a grand resolution to the shutdown, the Senate and President should move along with agreement points between House Republicans and Democrats, For us not to move it because we want one big bill doesnt make sense, he said. Murphy said he has voted for measures to assure veterans and family members get pensions, ever, he said doing so was second choice. This piecemeal approach isnt going to work, he said. We have to reopen the entire government. Murphy said that many of the bills in the House that would fund a partial government reopening come with a poisoned pill for many Democrats and Republicans. He said they appear to be a tool for some Republicans to essentially shut down the feder al government and reopen parts they want. House Republican leadership has resisted votes for a continuing resolution that would reopen the entire federal govern ment. Shinseki made a case for re opening the entire federal government to the committee. He said about a third of federal employees are veterans and the VA interacts with numerous federal agencies when examining claims and doing other duties. He said calling an swering machines at other agencies hampers VAs ability to get its job done. I would say what is best for veterans and all of us right now is a budget for the entire federal government, he told the veterans affairs committee. Whats not at any risk for shut ting down until next October is the Veterans Health Administration, VHA, said Joe Violante, legislative director of the Disabled American Veterans in an interview before Shinsekis testimony to Congress. If we are in a long -term government shutdown, the only thing that wont be affected for veterans will be their healthcare, Violante said. Thats because the VA health care system receives advance appropriations from Congress. Ray Kelley, national legislative di rector of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the VHAs advance appropriations which was enacted by Congress in 2009 to shield veterans health care from federal budget battles, such as the current shutdown is more than a big IOU. VA has money in the bank, Kelly said in a phone interview. That advance appropriation carved off some money and put it in the bank. But that money is only for veter ans health care. Posey voted for advance appropriations. Murphy wasnt in Congress at the time. To get VA health care, veterans must apply for it. Their claims go to the VBA, which doesnt receive advanced funding. Collette Burgess, public affairs pens with the government shutdown, the VA has funding for processing new claims until late October at least. However, the VBA has cut its expenses. We are not working overtime, she said. Due to the shutdown, tion will not be able to continue overtime for claims processors. Shinseki told the committee thats one way the shutdown is paining veterans even if its short. In May, the VA mandated overtime for its claims adjusters to reduce the claims backlog. Roughly 1,400 veterans a day are now not receiving decisions on their disability compensation claims due to the end of over time, he said. A couple years ago, the VBA had about a million claims that had awaited decisions for more than six months at any given File photo by Patrick McCalliser CHECKS from page 3 See CHECKS page 9

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 18, 2013 5 Our embassy in Benghazi was viciously attacked in which our ambassador and three former SEALS were killed. Even though the ambassador had complained prior to the attack that our em bassy needed additional security, his requests were ignored. During this deadly attack by overwhelming radical Muslims on our embassy our ambassador and the SEALS desperately asked our government for help. Any attempt to send help was on stand down by our government. It was ignored. After the slaughter of our brave four Americans, the government has been covering up the truth as to what really happened in Benghazi before, during and after the attack. The Senate Investigating Com mittee members have been trying to get answers but they have been stonewalled for over a year. Roll back to 1967 during the Israeli/Arabic War, our government ignored or allowed to cover up the death strike on the U.S.S. Liberty by Israel, where 34 sailors were killed and 171 were wounded. The U.S.S. Liberty was a neutral communication/intelligence ship, which was in international waters deliberately attacked by Israel The Liberty called for help to our nearby carrier force. President Lyndon Johnson had through Secretary of Defense Robert Mc Namara to order a stand down. Again, as in Beng hazi, the help desperately needed was on stand down by our government. The article in the Veteran Voice dated Sept. 13, 2013, entitled U.S.S. Liberty survivor seeks answers, justice reveals in detail by Warren Heaney of Jen sen Beach how the U.S.S. Liberty was attacked. There have been other articles in the past mirror ing Warren Heaneys experiences, such as Death Strikes the Liberty Thirty-four Killed and 171 Wounded in the July 1007 American Legion magazine and also in the VFW 2005 magazine entitled Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty. All these articles have the same theme. There is a government cover-up and people dont care. It has been more than 46 years and there has been no answers to the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty before, during or after its attack. Is this what is going to happen to the scandalous Benghazi massacre? Push Congress to keep the investigations alive. We want answers now. Domenick Scarlato served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1944-48 and later in the Naval Reserve and National Guard. He holds a doctorate of education and because of his work in special education, has been involved in an advisory capacity while changes to national mental health care policies occurred over the last 50 years. He has been a St. Lucie West resident for 14 years.Government cover-up Benghazi 2012U.S.S. Liberty 1967 6324www.EliteElectricAndAir.com HURRY! THESE OFFERS END OCTOBER 31STTrade in your HVAC or Electrical equipment and you will qualify for a rebate of up to $3450.00 redeemable immediately! up to $2650.00 AC units, Heat Pump units New Electrical Equipment up to $500.00 Panel Upgrade, Meter Upgrades up to $300.00 Filtration, Ultra Violet Lights, Duct Replacement Call Today For A FREE Estimate and Start Saving Money this Fall 772-905-3403 Service Today! Fall Trade-In Rebates

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6 OCTOBER 18, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Todd Tucker, the local hubs vice chairman, said veterans, guardians and organizers agree on one thing Southeast Florida Honor Flight aint about to let itself be come anyones political prop. Ive been to the Memorial 13 or 14 times, and Ive never seen a politician there, except for Bob Dole, he said. Ive never seen any of these (Congress members). Its a little disappointing that they found out that the World War II Memorial was closed and they rushed over there to be in front of the cameras. Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, representing the 18th District, hopes to again be at Operation Homecoming when the veterans return to the Palm Beach International Airport. Thatll be at 8 p.m., and the pub lic is urged to show up to greet the veterans. Murphy said hes been to Operation Homecoming before, and itll give him a chance to blend in with other well-wish ers largely obscured from nation al television cameras. Tucker said hes seen Murphy at Operation Homecoming before, which start ed in April. I really hope by the 19th, the government is reopened, Murphy said. Budget, which reportedly directed the closures of more than 400 national park closures, didnt return requests for explanation by press time. A message warned that due to the government shutdown, the OMB was short on staff to respond to media requests for interviews. However, the closures are due to law aimed at strengthening Con gress constitutional hold on the federal purse strings. The law forbids the executive branch from authorizing any expenditures that exceed what Congress has appropriated. Additionally, the executive is largely forbidden from accepting voluntary services under the law, except in cases Congress has authorized. The law has provisions for pro tecting people from harm and protecting property. Murphy said hes certain about what Honor Flight veterans should do if they encounter barricades. He noted that his grandfather was a 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle in World War II. I know if he was here, he wouldnt think twice about jumping over the barricade, the congressman said. Private contributions funded the National World War II Memorial, which was dedicated in 2004. The fundraising campaign, which started in the early 1990s, raised nearly $200 million. Design and construction of the memorial cost about $182 million. The remain der went to groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies, along with a maintenance fee required by the Commemorative Works Act. Those funds went to the Nation al World War II Memorial Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Treasury. The American Battle Monuments Commission is charged to use them exclusively for the memorial. The Honor Flight Network is a national program that takes World War II veterans to see the almost by accident, a year af ter it was erected. Honor Flight Southeast Florida, called a hub, started in 2009. In a previous interview, John Haddox Martin County Commissioner, Palm City said the more or less got the hub started. sor at the time. He retired and ran for the commission last year. crazy, Haddox said. It was coor Photo courtesy of Gabor Eszes DC from page 1 See DC page 7 Peggy cared for our mom at home during a long illness so Mom could be with the family she loved. But in the nal months when Moms condition got worse, her doctor recommended Treasure Coast Hospice. They provided expert care for Mom, supported our caregiving and guided the whole family. This was the relief we needed to enjoy time with Mom.With our support, families can be more condent caregivers and spend more quality time together. To learn more, call us at ( 866 ) 999-4550 or visit tchospice.org. Serving all, regardless of ability to pay. Ellen and Peggy Margarets daughtersLicensed since 1982. 2 Treasure Coast Hospice.Teasue Coast Hospice lifted a weight off ou shoulders. TREASURING LIFE TCFL-078 4.79x6.3.indd 1 10/9/13 10:02 AM 6428 Visit Our Web Site: www.DreamMaker-Stuart.com Reface Or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets Blow Bubbles In Your Bath, Not Your Budget Why DreamMaker? Visit Our Beautiful Showroom! 772-288-6255 6325

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 18, 2013 7 Among those that got involved early on was Martin County International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2959, which leads whats turned out to be the larg Martin County and other agencies headed out to parking lots and street corners to ask folks to drive, which raised the funds $60,000. In a previous interview, John Davidson, the hubs opercost about $80,000 and carry 85 to 90 veterans. Theres a lot of urgency around everything Honor Flight does. According to a 2008 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 mil lion are living, according to 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 esti mates that America will have almost no World War II veterans by 2020. Honor Flight trips are free to the veterans. Theyre accompanied by guardians, volunteers who pay to their own way to care for the veterans during their visits to Washington, D.C. Turner said the hub has made protocols for dealing with barri cades and National Park Service employee it could encounter at the World War II Memorial this all interactions cordial as pos department lieutenant, he understands the need for maintaining a strong chain of command and following orders. Ive become friends with a lot of the National Park Service employees, he said. Theyre up there day in and day out. Theyre there by choice. They love the memorial. They love the veterans. I can only imagine what theyre going through carrying out this order (to close the memorial). In addition to Honor Flight Southeast Florida, theres another local hub, Space Coast Honor Flight. That volunteer group also lando International Airport. That hub didnt provide anyone for interviews by press time. Honor Flight Southeast Florida is on the web at org. Space Coast Honor Flight is at For more about the national Honor org. Information about the Wash ington D.C. World War II Monu ment is at wwiimemorial.com. DC from page 6 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 6203 A n a t u r a l s o u l m a n. T h e M e m p h i s D a i l y N e w s Love 6429

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8 OCTOBER 18, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Letter from the president to federal employeesOctober 1, 2013 To the dedicated and hard-working employees of the United The Federal Government is Americas largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian work ers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget today. And that means much of our Government must shut down effective today. I want you to know that I will keep working to get Congress to reopen the Government, restart vital services that the American people depend on, and allow public servants who have been sent home to return to work. At my direction, your agencies should have reached out to you by now about what a shutdown means for you and your families. Today, I wanted to take a mo ment to tell you what you mean to me and to our country. That begins by saying thank you for the work you do every day-work that is vitally import ant to our national security and to American families economic security. You defend our country overseas and ensure that our deserve when they come home. You guard our borders and protect our civil rights. You help small businesses expand and gain new footholds in overseas markets. You guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glory of Americas national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Statue of Liberty. And much more. You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag. You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Gov ernment. And yet, you persevere, continuing to serve the American people with passion, professional ism, and skill. None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it the kind of driven, patriotic, ide alistic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands. Public service is noble. Pub lic service is important. And by choosing public service, you carry on a proud tradition at the heart of some of this countrys greatest and most lasting achievements. In fact, more than 50 current or former Federal employees have received the Nobel Prize for their efforts. It was grants from the See LETTER page 11 6425 Single Tickets Now On-Sale!3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL e Irving Berlin Musical Oct. 29th Nov. 17th C all: 772-231-6990 Visit our website www.RiversideTheatre.com 6416 A/C Tune Up! We support Mollys House New Residential Customers excludes service after 4:30 pm Exp 10/25/13 772-220-2487 7862 S.W. Ellipse Way Stuart, Florida 34997License# CAC1816853 www.sharkeyair.com 20 Point Check List Including: components condensate drains condenser coil* parts and amps AIR Serving the Treasure Coast for Over 20 Years Only $ 49*

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