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VOL. 2/ISSUE 14 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 201435 cents PALM CITY Girl Scout cookies! Sounds sweet in America, but probably much sweeter in Afghanistan. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida are aiming to raise 40,000 boxes of everyones favorite cookies to send to service members overseas. Jennifer Goodman, leader of Troop 30251, excited about being part of the effort. I think they understand the concept its going to the military, she said. I dont know how much they understand the military itself. I dont know if they get whats going on over (in Afghanistan) that they dont get a lot of luxuries. Lisa Johnson, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, said last year the member scouts raised 44,000 boxes of cook ies that went overseas. Weve done 160,000 boxes since 2009, she said. She said the girls are likely to do much bet ter than 40,000 boxes. I think were going to exceed that, John son said. We established that goal before we Heres how the whole thing works. Wher ever folks in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties can buy Girl Scout cookies, theyll be able to donate to Cookies for the Military. Were collecting direct donations, Goodman said. People can donate any amount they want to donate. If people want to donate the actual amount of a box of cookies, they would want to give $4. Weve had people come up and stick a $20 (bill) in the jug we have for the military cookies. Thats option A. Theres option B. They can donate at booths, or they can go to cookiesforthemili, Johnson said. The cookies purchased for donation are split between For gotten Soldiers Outreach, Lake Worth, and Americas Moms for Soldiers, Pompano Beach. cookies into care packages that get shipped overseas. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, they tell us that in their in formal surveys the top three things (service members) want is letters from home, Starbucks coffee and Girl Scouts cookies, Johnson said. Were proud to be in the top three. Johnson said that raising donations for cookies started among individual Girl Scout troops. She said its a long tra dition in the Girl Scouts to do When we talked about what we wanted to do, we looked to what our girls were doing, Johnson said. We really look to the girls. The girls were doing it on a much smaller scale. The Girl Scouts Citrus Council, which includes Brevard County, has a similar project. Its called Cookie Share. Girls Scout cookies are on sale until Sunday, Feb. 16. Girl Scouts send service members a mouthful of America Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Photo by Patrick McCallister Erin Whelpley, 10, sets up to sell Girl Scout cookies at the Old Palm City 8769Should the US pull completely out of Afghanistan at year end?Send your thoughts to:


2 FEBRUARY 7, 2014 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 Clinic1901 South 28th Street., Fort Pierce, FL 34947 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 NUMBERS ... 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 or mailing your comments to us at 1919 S.W. South Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.OUR MISSION STATEMENTAND OUR OBJECTIVE8770 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 7, 2014 3 Ask former Port St. Lucie May or Robert E. Minsky what the most memorable moment of his answer is short and to the point: The day I left! Minskys is a story of picking oneself up, dusting oneself off and moving forward. He has a wealth of experience that began with military service. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., he served in the Air Force from 1952 served from 1970 to 1971. An aerial photographer, he retired at the rank of technical sergeant. In Vietnam, Minsky was sta tioned variously at Da Nang and Ben Hoa, and other locations including Chu Lai and Plei Ku, depending on where he was need ed. His job was to process recon er jets, and to support the tactical wing in Saigon. In Ben Hoa, he was the detachment commander. In Da Nang, we used to get these rocket attacks, he recalled. Two to three of them per month. just put fuel in it and let it go. in these cement patches in that allowed the aircraft to land within Other duty stations include stints in Wiesbaden, Germany, and West Palm Beach, at the for mer Morrison Army Air Field. Air Force Base, Colo., from where he retired Feb. 1, 1973. Civilian life began with training as an assistant manager for the retail giant, in the furniture de partment. Then it was on to Greeley, Colo., where, as a department manager, he helped open the towns store. After two years, he studied for, and obtained, his Realtors li cense. In 1978, he moved to Port St. Lucie. The trouble was, Florida doesnt states, he said. So I had to go through the process all over again. It took me 10 months to go through school, take the test, Former mayor looks back on service Mary KemperSTAFF morial, modeled Memorial Park in a project Minsky assisted Chapter Mary KemperSee MAYOR page 5 8909


4 FEBRUARY 7, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Kelly Delprete Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Phil Galdys Donna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience Photo courtesy of the St. Lucie River Blessing of the Fleet and Marine Parade rd annual Photo courtesy of St. Lucie River Blessing of the Fleet and Marine Parade Blessing of the Fleet comes early this yearPALM CITY Early this year, but its the same annual St. Lucie River Blessing of the Fleet and Marine Parade. Ive moved it up, Darrell Brand, commodore, said. It used to be the week after Easter. Were try ing to reach out to more transient (this time of year). The 43rd Saturday, Feb. 8. The theme is Bless and Save Our River. Were not only going to bless the Lucie River), Brand said. Im hoping to get people out on the river. Im hoping to get so many boats out there that it makes a statement. We want clear water 12 months a year. advocate for reducing pollutants Indian rivers from Army Corps of Engineers releases of water from Lake Okeechobee and other sources. Deacon Frank Gluhosky, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, has years. He doesnt recall ever in cluding the waterways. said. Weve never done this before. Weve always blessed the to bless the water. Something the reverend is happy to do. I think its probably a good idea, Gluhosky said. So, reasonable to ask, what ex actly does Gluhosky plan to ask God to do for the ships and cap tains? Well, he doesnt like count ing on divine intervention when a bit of good sense does the trick. Hell be praying that the captains study well, keep the proper safety equipment on board, and always use good judgment. Pray that you have the knowl edge to do the right thing to keep your boat as safe as possible, he said. Other ministers signed up to ol Barron, St. Lukes Episcopal Church, and the Rev. Douglas Jewett, North Stuart Baptist Church. Brand said other minis ters, or equivalent representatives of various faiths, interested in According to the event web site, com, when the tradition of blessing antiquity. It could have started all things arcane, a really good legend grew. Sicily were caught in a storm and found their way home only because of a beckoning, mysteri ous light. There, they discovered that the light came from a medallion of the Madonna del Lume (Mother of Light) set in a grotto high on a cliff, the website reads. Could be. Whats certain is Donald Mac McLean started the local annual San Francisco. It was something of a big affair back in the Golden here. It happened in November, 1971. In 1991, folks started dressing their crafts. The accom panying boat parades started in So, how to get in on the blessing Congregate no later than noon on the North Fork of the St. Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee FLEET page 9


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 7, 2014 5 Florida. Eventually, he applied to the United States Postal Service, and served as a letter carrier for about nine years, he said. Then my back started giving me problems. Driving the Jeep, plus the heat, resulted in my having a herniated disc. Thus, I retired on disability. sky had already been a home owner for many years in Port St. Lucie. He had his house built in 1979, and he still lives there. He found himself involved in a battle between what he termed the interests of the former Gen eral Development Corp. and Port St. Lucie homeowners. As Minsky described it, it basi cally involved the desire of GDC to have a water/sewer corridor to their commercial development located at the intersection of Port St. Lucie Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard paid for by homeown ers whose properties were located along the corridor, which he saw as unjust, he said. At the city council meetings, it was determined that it would have cost residents as much as $8,000 to comply, he said. He fought against the issue, he said, and as a result was made president of the homeowners association for two years. With the help of Don Cooper, its universal service. Leading that effort led to run ning for mayor of Port St. Lucie. People I had worked with in the homeowners association, and people I knew, asked me to run. To tell you the truth, I didnt think I had a chance in hell. But run he did, and he was, ultimate ly, elected to six terms. But if you ask Minsky, as a veteran, what makes him most proud, hell instantly point to the Veterans Memorial Park, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Port St. Lucie. In particular, the Vietnam Vet erans Wall at the park. It is a scale replica of the nation al Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., except that it focuses on Florida veterans. There are the names of 1,932 Florida veterans who gave their lives inscribed on that wall, he said. It is designed in the same from the same place in Italy that the national monument came from. Minsky noted that Jose Rubilla, who owns a granite and stone company, donated the inscription services and erection of the mon ument as just one of the many veterans who contributed. that the Viet Nam Veterans Wall project was begun, spearheaded, and seen to completion by Chap ter 556, Viet Nam Veterans of America. Please, dont say that Im the one who made it happen. I wasnt. As mayor, I was able to help them get funding, and I put them on every agenda at city coun cil. We managed to get them a $100,000 grant. But it was they (Chapter 556) groundwork. They saw it through, job. Nevertheless, Minsky treasures a letter that Chapter 556 gave him, a part of which read: We thank you for your guidance and support. Its clear that it is one memories. lives a quiet life with his wife, Emily, and their dog, Whiskers. He writes occasional articles for issues he feels he can contribute to. Otherwise, he does his house he says, laughing. As a veteran, and looking back at a long career, its safe to say his help in making the Veterans Memorial Park, and its Vietnam Veterans Wall, a reality was a You know, he said, I remem ber John Colucci, who was a has since died. John wrote the slogan that goes long the top of the wall, and it their names, they will never be forgotten. And that sums up how I feel. When the wall was dedicated, and people came up to me (in congrat but not always. I came from New York, but not always. But Ill always be a veteran. Thats something no one can take away.MAYOR from page 3John wrote the slogan that goes long the top of the wall, and it says this: As long as we speak their names, they will never be forgotten. And that sums up how I feel. When the wall was dedicated, and people came up to me (in congratulation), I said, Im mayor now, but not always. I came from New York, but not always. But Ill always be a veteran. Thats something no one can take away. Bob Minsky Former Port St. Lucie mayor 8864


6 FEBRUARY 7, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE WWII veterans receive free tour of National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum NORTH HUTCHINSON ISLAND Ralph Goldsmith got choked up and was holding back tears as he walked through the World War II exhibit room inside the National Navy SEAL Museum. photographs or informational displays to explain to him what happened. He experienced the rine more than 70 years ago. Goldsmith and two other vet erans, as well as widow of a WWII veteran, who all reside at Lynmoore at Lawnwood in Fort Pierce, were given a guided tour of the SEAL Museum as well as a free lunch provided by Rinel lis Yellowtail Grill & Raw Bar, thanks to efforts made by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. Im sorry, I shouldnt be like this, said Goldsmith, wiping away tears as he stood in front of of those that were killed on the beaches of France during the 1944. Dont worry about, assured Carl ODell, another World War II veteran who volunteers at the SEAL Museum and was leading the group tour. It gets hard for me to talk about it sometimes. There are still some things I dont talk about. The tour was coordinated by St. Lucie County Commission with Commissioner Tod Mowery, joined the veterans and retire ment community staff on the tour of the museum. ODell led the small group throughout the museum, starting with the World War II exhibits all the way up to a miniature display of Osama bin Ladens compound in Pakistan, where he was shot and killed by Navy SEALs. Betty Lounds, 93, of Lynmoore was interesting in learning more about the Navys missions in War II, which is where her late husband spent 18 months on a submarine. Photo courtesy of Eric Gill BY ERICK GILL FOR VETERAN VOICESee MUSEUM page 7 Indian River Colony Club Toll free: 877-484-6178 Place Patriots Call Home Maintenance Free Living in Single 2-4 BR Single Family Homes Take a tour! Call Today!Although we don't play golf or tennis, IRCC is the ideal place for us. Maintenance free living (someone else does it, not me) is a dream come true. Retired military with over 12 moves, we've nally found the place that we can call home. ~Karen & Robert WasReady to start your next adventure? Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve with the time to do everything you always wanted to do.Active, Friendly, Military Retirement Community 8846


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 7, 2014 7 ODell, a former Underwater Demolition Team veteran, who was trained by the Navy in Fort Pierce in the early 1940s, joked that he thought he had accom plished something being able to hold his breath for over a minute underwater, but that was nothing compared to Lounds husband, who lived underwater for 18 months. ODell provided historical de tails and shared his experiences during WWII as well as his time training to be an underwater demolition expert. He walked the group through the history of the the early days as Frogmen to to days Navy SEALs. The tour was originally sched World War II veterans living at the Fort Pierce retirement com because several members werent was approached by a volunteer from the Lynmoore at Lawnwood about setting up the tour, since the assisted living facility didnt have the funds for the transpor tation and/or admission into the museum. Commissioner coordinating these types of visits with other retirement facilities if he is able to secure additional sponsors in the future. He would like to model it after the Honor ington, D.C., giving local veterans a chance to experience history on a local level. This is a great way to honor some of our local War World II veterans by giving them a chance to experience a piece of history Photo courtesy of Erick Gill Photo courtesy of Erick Gill MUSEUM from page 6 See MUSEUM page 9 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 AD8771 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 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 8910


8 FEBRUARY 7, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE The 2014 Tico Warbird Airshow is slated for March 14, 15 and 16 at the Valiant Air Command War bird Museum in Titusville. The annual event will mark its 37th year. In addition to the daily three hour aerial performance, this es military and civilian aircraft and helicopter rides. Ground events include car displays, a kids carnival, music stage, gift shop and autograph tent, multiple food and souvenir works. Gates open to the public at 8:30 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year, there will be a special display tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen Tuskegee Airmen and the bombers in the European Theater during World War II. In addition to the many ground displays, the airshow will feature parachute jumps, simulated dog from World Wars I and II, Korea and demonstrations. Advance tickets are available. For more information, visit nbbd. com, or contact Ron Davis, War bird Museum Public Relations Air Show in its 37th year FOR VETERAN VOICE Army paratrooper iant Air Command Warbird Museum, jumped from a Photo courtesy of Phyllis Lilienthal Valiant Air Command photographer 8820


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 7, 2014 9 Lucie, north of Harbor Ridge Yacht and Country Club. Therell yacht clubs. One will be marked S for independent and commer cial crafts. The parade will launch at 12:30 p.m. heading south along the western side of the channel. The review boat will be the Lady Leti cia. The clergy will be on it. Sponsoring clubs are: Circle Bay Yacht, Cocoanut Point Yacht, Palm Cove Yacht, St. Lucie Sail ing, Stuart Corinthian Yacht, and Windjammer Yacht clubs.FLEET from page 4that they were a part of right here in their own backyard, added Located at 3300 N. A1A on North Hutchinson Island, the place of the U. S. Navy Frogmen, which later became known as the SEALs. By Act of Congress in 2007, the museum was designat um of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Despite the designation, the museum receives no federal funding and is entirely reliant on donations. The National Navy SEAL Muse um houses a vast array of mili tary weapons, uniforms, equip ment and vehicles from every to today. visit MUSEUM from page 7 FEBRUARY 1 422 Our Agricultural Heritage Ag Education Events & Activities Vi sit the Environmenta l Building CONCERTS G O SPEL MU SIC S un day Febru ary 16 TYLER FARR Mon day Febru ary 17 ERIC PASLAY Thurs day Febru ary 20 ROLL N SOUL Fri day Febru ary 21 LATI N MUSIC NIGHT Satur day Febru ary 22 JOEY DEE & THE STARLIGHTERS DAILY WOLVES OF THE WORLDAn Educational Experience!PETTING ZOOMeet & Greet the Critters MARTIN COUNT Y FAIRGR OUNDS F IND YOUR F U N AT: M artinCountyFair.comSENIORS DAY $ 3 T u esday F e bruary 1 8Special Hours 11am to 3pmGene ral Adm: 4:30-10:00pm $ 5 Seniors after 3 pm $ 5MERRY -GO-ROUND FERRIS WHEELLIVESTOCK SHOWS:POUL TRY SHOWSaturday 2/15 3:00pmRABBIT SHOWSunday 2/16 2:00pmSWINE SHOWMonday 2/17 7:00pmSTEER/HEIFER SHOWTuesday 2/18 7:00pmSHOWMANSHIPSwine Wed 2/19 7:00pmGOAT/LAMB SHOWThursday 2/20 5:30pmSHOWMANSHIPSteer/Heifer Fri 2/21 7:00pmAUCTION NIGHTSaturday 2/22 5:00pmThank You to our Sponsors: MC PROPANE 8802 8858 Since 1977 FULL SERVICE AUTO REPAIR24 Hr Towing 626 3rd Place, Vero Beach* Excludes Tires Mon-Fri 7:30am 5:30pm 772-569-212010% OFF*To All Vets!PARTS & LABORVeteran Owned


10 FEBRUARY 7, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE TRICARE cost-sharing eyed in 2015About 10 million service mem bers, retirees and families may bear a bigger share of the burden 2015, according to a report issued by the Congressional Budget Of The report, titled Approaches to Reducing Federal Spending on Military Health Care, pointed to the TRICARE network as the pri mary source of rapidly growing not enough money in the budget to keep up with that growth, ac cording to the report. The cost of providing (TRICARE) has increased rapidly as a share of the defense budget over the the economy, growth in per capita health care spending in the Unit ed States, and growth in funding for Department of Defenses base partments routine activities but has excluded funding for opera tions in Iraq and Afghanistan), the report stated. Between 2000 and 2012, fund ing for military health care in creased by 130 percent, over and tion in the economy. In 2000, funding for health care accounted for about 6 percent of DoDs base budget; by 2012, that share had reached nearly 10 percent. By 2028, health care would claim 11 percent of the cost of implement ing DoDs plans, CBO estimates. Compounding the issue is the National Budget Control Act of 2011, which capped funding for national defense between 2014 and 2021 at about 10 percent be low CBOs projection of the cost of DoDs plans as of November 2013, using DoDs estimates of pric there is only so much money to go around, and TRICARE is eating up more and more of it. Why is TRICARE spending going up? The rapid increases in the cost of military health care are often attributed to the following factors: New and expanded TRICARE Lawmakers have expanded the established in 2002, eliminates retirees and their families. Other age to members of the National Guard and Reserves when they are not serving on active duty. CARE. The share of health care costs that TRICARE users pay is much lower than the costs paid by most civilian consumers who use pri insurance. Depending on which plan people select, the cost of TRI CARE may include enrollment fees (which are charged annu ally and are similar to health in surance premiums in the civilian market), copayments (which are fees charged each time medical care is accessed), and deductibles (which are the amounts that us ers must pay before TRICARE will pay a claim). TRICAREs compar have had two effects: First, the number of users has increased as people switched from more expen sive plans to TRICARE; and sec ond, TRICARE participants have increased the volume of health services they consume. (The to tal number of people enrolled in TRICARE Prime the most costly plan to DoD rose by 8 percent between 2003 and 2012. And DoD estimates that, in 2012, the aver age person enrolled in TRICARE Prime used 50 percent more out patient services than a civilian of comparable age participating in tion.) The CBO report stated that there are three approaches to contain chronic diseases, more effective most effectively, the report stated. What does this mean for retirees and their families? increasing the share of health care costs borne by users of TRICARE: Option 1: Increase medical cost already retired from the military See TRICARE page 11 Mary KemperSTAFF CLUES ACROSS 1. Take by theft 7. Cash machine 10. Removed from atten dance 12. Old World buffalo 13. Spread by dividing 14. Herd of unsheared sheep 15. Main arterial vessel 16. Carbamide 17. In the style of 18. Leafstalk angle 19. Physiques 21. Command right 22. Gratuitous 27. Printed display 28. Dexter inspector 33. Hammer Times initials 34. Making one ashamed 36. Hill (Celtic) 37. Expletive 38. Surface 39. Atomic weight 40. Swiss river 41. Publicists 44. Hollow cylinders 45. Most hirsute 48. Wading bird 49. Not in residence 50. According to 51. Property injury CLUES DOWN 1. Russian Emperor (var. sp.) 2. Take hold of 3. South American Indian 4. Commune in northern France 5. Run to Him singer Bobby 6. Doctor of Education 7. Celestial intermediary 8. Roman garment 9. More (Spanish) 10. Ear shell 11. Diversify 12. A lofty nest 14. Dinner jackets 17. ___ Dhabi, U.A.E. capital 18. Small terrestrial lizard 20. Unhappy 23. Takes off 24. Mollusk shell lining 25. Socialist Debs initials 26. Arrived extinct 29. Atomic #37 30. 17th Greek letter 31. Blue eyed cat 32. Alliance between nations 35. Headquarters 36. Container weight adjustments 38. Chadic language Bura_____ 40. Tributary of the Seine 41. Length x width 42. A small dent 43. Distribute 44. A gratuity 45. Possessed 46. Overgarment 47. A doctrine CROSSWORD8763 SUDOKU


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 7, 2014 11 but who are not yet eligible for Medicare (sometimes called work between the ages of 40 and 65). tirees and their families ineligi ble for TRICARE Prime, the most costly program for DoD, but allow them to continue using other TRI CARE plans after paying an annu al fee. Option 3: Introduce minimum their family members (generally those over 65 years of age) to ac cess TRICARE for Life. Option 2 is already happening, ac cording to Betsy Grinslade, veter County. Grinslade, a retired Air Force technical sergeant who served in security police for nearly 20 years, cited her personal experience of being dropped from TRICARE Prime (the highest level of care, followed by extra and standard): I used to have Prime, but TRI CARE took it away for people like me who lived further away from a medical center than 75 to 100 miles, she said. She explained that if a veteran chooses the standard plan, under which they can see any doctor, they must pay up to 25 percent of allowable costs, and under the extra plan must pay up to 20 per cent. Grinslade chose the standard plan, but said she must pay a de ductible of $150, plus up to $40 per doctor visit, and must pay lab costs as well, whereas formerly she had a $12 copay for all ser vices. You can buy a supplement plan, but it only kicks in after the de have to pay a $250 deductible for the supplement plan, she said. Grinslade said other veterans who have had the same experience have expressed anger and dis coming next? And, according to the national legislative director for Disabled American Veterans, Joe Violante, disabled vets will see their costs go up as well. If TRICARE increases premiums for veterans, then premiums for disabled vets will also go up, he said. Theres no difference. Eliminating TRICARE Prime alto gether would offer the most sav ings, according to the CBO report, reducing DoDs funding for health care by about $90 billion (or 17 riod, CBO estimates. Implement ing either Option 1 or Option 3 would lower DoDs budget for mil itary health care by $24 billion (or 5 percent) and $18 billion (or 3 percent), respectively, from 2015 through 2023. The report addressed Grinslades The (three) options could dis courage some people from using health care services, and some patients could have adverse health outcomes if the higher costs caused them to delay seek ing care. Moreover, some military retirees argue that they initially joined the military and remained for their entire careers with the under standing that they would receive medical care for free or at a very ly limiting TRICARE coverage for military retirees and their depen and could adversely affect military retention, the report stated in its summary. ments: Some observers note, however, that the current system favors only a small fraction of military retirees because most people who join the military do not serve an entire career and will never quali fy for retiree medical care through TRICARE. They argue that military health tended to supplement, and not re employers or by Medicare once service members retired. Grinslade and many other vet erans strongly object to the idea ever described as being supple mental. (The federal government) is ac tively trying to get people to go on private insurance, she said. But why should they? 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