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VOL. 2/ISSUE 22 FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 201435 cents Getting Vietnam veterans to join Editors note: Veteran Voice has the privilege of meeting, interviewing and writing stories that involve many area veteran leaders. Their names repeatedly appear in our stories, always followed by said. We launched an occasional series for 2014, Veteran Vanguard, to introduce readers to the wonderful men and woman that contribute so much to veterans, communities and our stories. This week were featuring Ben Humphries, a man with earthy and humorous wisdom, and a tough job convincing Vietnam veterans to do something many are loathe to. Join something. Therere lots of Vietnam-era veterans in the Sunshine State about 500,000, according to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. A third of the states veterans. You wouldnt know it just from the membership numbers at the Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council. We just dont like joining, Ben Humphries, president, said. We were shunned and not wanted. Theres a lot of angst out there. Humphries, 65, lives in Vero Beach. Hes been the VVAs state president for nearing two years. Thats the length of a presidents term. Hes running for a second term, but has no plans for a third. Humphries said the VVA has a to beat to gain new members. We dont have the advertising of the (large organizations), he said. We were formed in Were like the new kids on the block. A lot of (Vietnam veterans) didnt even know there was a VVA. Nevertheless, Humphries, who worked in sales and marketing before retirement, said hes on a mission to get word out that the VVA exists. Were up to 3,500 (Florida members), he said. Weve added, since Ive taken over, eight chapters. Weve grown by almost 1,000 members. Ive been pushing the envelope on membership. To me every veteran that joins is a veteran we reached. Two chapters are slated to start up in June, which will bring the number in Florida to 28. During Humphries term, eight chapters have started. Some are incarcerated chapters that is chapters operating within prisons. Among chapters thatll be opening for business this summer are Brevard County and Boca Delray. However, Humphries is leading a veterans group with a limited number of potential members. Membership in the Vietnam Veterans of America is open to veterans who served in Vietnam from February 1961 to May 1975, and all veterans who served from August 1964 to May 1975. The youngest possible age of a VVA member is 57. The organization does have associate memberships. However, associate members dont vote in elections. About 9.2 million served in the military from 1964 to 1975. About 2.7 to 3.4 million in Vietnam during those years. People vary on was for purposes of saying who served there. Some put the number at 4.3 million. About 8 million Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee HUMPHRIES page 5 Photo courtesy of the Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council Ben Humphries, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Florida State Council, addresses a gathering of veterans. Humphries Veterans of America. A young man approached us and said his grandfather had it. Could we get one for him? We said we needed proof. Well, a month later, they showed us a letter signed by (President) Harry S. Truman. The school invited all the relatives, and we got a biography of the grandfather. When we read it, I can tell you, there were tears. We presented the Purple Heart to the (son of the recipient), and we gave honorary pins to all the other family members.Lets get the kids Page 4

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2 APRIL 4, 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 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 OBJECTIVE10017 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 4, 2014 3Purple Heart vets honored with unique hand-crafted canesTheyre sturdy, and theyre beautiful. Each bears the head of an American bald eagle, and each is personalized toward one individual veteran bearing his name, unit insignia, medals re ceived and a Purple Heart insig nia. A leather thong runs through each ones head, making them functional as well as attractive. Theyre canes, but certainly not just any canes. Theyre made with Purple Heart veterans in mind, and theyre one of a kind. A number of veterans, from World War II to Afghanistan, were presented with their own canes on Thursday, March 27, at the Moose Lodge in Vero Beach. Lloyd Lasenby, a former Army infantry squad leader in Vietnam and member of the Indian River Carving Club, shared mas ter-of-ceremony duties with club president Joe Miller. As carvers, we decided this was a great way to honor our veter ans, Lasenby said, noting that, while not all members of the Carving Club are veterans, all 100 members are enthusiastically behind the project. John Darling is a Vietnam veteran who was wounded Feb. 3, 1968, in Kontum Province, receiving shrapnel in his legs and tory Center, a military store run by the Veterans Council of Indian River County, at the Indian River Mall. He was on hand as one of many past cane recipients there to cele brate their fellow wounded com bat veterans. I actually wound up getting canes). When I fell off my motorcycle, it got broken, so I got another one. That one wound up needing to go on display at the Victory Center, so now Im on my third, he said, smiling. After Miller made welcoming remarks, a Color Guard, consist ing of members of the Jack Ivy Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Port St. Lucie, presented of Allegiance was recited. Then the awarding of canes began. One by one, the names were youve been recognized like this for your combat injuries. Every veteran said Yes. dates of service. STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee PURPLE HEART page 6 So.... Application available atwww.martincountybbqfest.com April 25th & 26th The Treasure Coasts Live Entertainment! Corn Hole Tourney! Best Eats Around! & New Special Activities! LARGEST BBQ FEST!772-220-3247www.martincountybbqfest.com Martin County Fairgrounds 2616 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart Enter the Back Yard BBQ CompetitionP Y S T T T Featuring Juliette the Cow and her Cow Chip Bingo, to benet TC Families. You ink You Can BBQ? 10097

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4 APRIL 4, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Lets get the kidsIt all started with six veterans this year, it will reach more than 14,000 school children, staff and family members. Its Veteran Partners, overseen by William J. Bill Arnold, Port St. Lucie, an Army veteran who served in the 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One). Veteran Partners is a group of veterans from all services and all eras who go into schools and share their experiences with chil dren, faculty and families, with the hope that they learn what it means to be patriotic, and to appreciate the freedoms we have in the United States. Sometimes, we have as many as 30 to 40 veterans go into the classrooms. The kids can ask any question they want, Arnold said. We focus on being totally honest with them. On Veterans Day in 2008, Arnold and some fellow veterans were at the Veterans Memorial Park, Port St. Lucie, working on getting a Purple Heart memorial ers to all and sundry. They were approached by Northport K-8 School teacher Lynn Grezka, who asked the veterans if they could give a presentation to the school. They agreed, Arnold said and it started a rolling snowball. More and more veterans signed on, and they covered the spectrum of ages and wars. The presentations started becoming regular. We have had two World War II veterans, one who was at Pearl Harbor, and the other who was a tank commander in North Afri ca and the Normandy Invasion, Arnold said. We have a Korean War veteran who fought on Pork Chop Hill. We have Vietnam vets. We have a widow of a veteran who died of Agent Orange. Arnolds cousin, who has lent his assistance to the project, was a crew chief on the U.S. Presi dential Helicopter, and, recently, one of the presidential helicopter pilots has signed on. The group began as the Purple Heart Memorial Project, but changed its name to Veteran Partners, Arnold said. We dont want to be associat ed with any particular veterans organization, he said. We are focused on our (relationship) with the kids. Once the Veteran Partners began talking to the kids, something happened that Arnold found amazing. Many, many combat veterans have kept their experiences secret only to themselves, he said. Not even their families knew. But once they started opening up to the kids, they found they wanted to tell their stories. It releases whats in here, he said, pointing to his heart. Two veterans, we found out, had kept scrapbooks that their families didnt even know about. Now families can learn what they went through. And now I get veterans asking me, When are we going again? Honesty is key, when speaking with children, Arnold said. They can literally ask us any thing, he said, including What is it like to kill someone? He said we, as a nation, owe it to children to help them see just what it means to serve and defend. And Im constantly surprised and pleased how interested they are, and the kinds of questions they ask, he said. The emphasis is on patriotism, he said. I tell them, you live in the greatest country on Earth. You can go to any school, any church, vote the way you want and have freedom of speech. My wife and I have traveled to countries where they dont have that at all. Arnolds wife of nearly 56 years, Mary, accompanies Arnold to the programs, and she is asked what its like being a military wife. Oh, yes, Mary Arnold said. They ask me lots of questions. She was with me throughout my military service, except for ba sic training, Arnold said proudly. The program keeps mushrooming, he said. And with it, a strong relationship with North port has grown. 9/11 speak, and he said, After I dont see hardly any. As a result, Northport bought graduating this year. They will be presented on June 3 to the graduates, along with cer the Sons of the American Revolution. There will be a Marine Corps Honor Guard, and a Color Guard of Veteran Partners members. A gear and give a talk. Arnold shook his head. I never, ever thought Id be do ing this, he said. And yet, here we are. Its all about kids, he said. You know, theyre just wonderful. Let me tell you about when we were fundraising for the Pur ple Heart Memorial. These two little girls and he paused to compose himself. I guess they were sisters. They came up to me and handed me $7.38. I dont know for sure, but I think it was their lunch money. It touched every one of us. All told, the students at North port raised $2,700 for the memo rial. STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com 1st See KIDS page 5 Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez 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

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 4, 2014 5 Arnold said he brings his military blouse the original one he wore back in the day along with his dress green jack et and hat, and lets the children try them on. Then I like to take pictures, get them developed and framed, and give them to them, he said. He recalled how he had only saved his original blouse when he left service in 1965. Mary said, Why did you get rid of your uniforms? So I scoured the surplus stores all around the country, and I have The uniforms help children get a sense of military service. I tell the kids, if you see a veteran, say hello to them, or thank them for their service, he said. Both Arnold and his wife, Mary, are soft-spoken and gracious. They dont make a big deal out of their efforts, which are con siderable. Arnold, in his quiet way, makes it very clear he is passionate about his relationship with the younger generation and helping them appreciate their patrio tism. I tell them, you may not re member what we talked about today, but I hope you will re member it later on in life. At my high school reunion, I could remember clearly (having contact with) the older veter ans, and hearing the memories of their service, and we talked about that among ourselves. He spoke of the uniqueness of experience the veterans can give to the children. Its fascinating. Each has a story to tell that no one can du plicate, he said. We had a submariner who brought along a dive bell when he rang it, and called out Dive! Dive! Dive! you should have seen the kids jump. The looks on their faces! he said. We had two guys who had fought on Pork Chop Hill (in the Korean War), who were in the same company, but didnt know it until 50 years later, when they got together (through Veteran Partners), he said. The newest generation of vet erans is also represented, with members from Iraq and Afghanistan. As Arnold said, since 2009, the program has mushroomed. By June of 2013, 24 programs had been given, to a total of 13,070 students, faculty and family members. Besides Northport, six other schools are now partici pating. At Morningside Academy, Port St. Lucie, we gave a program with our original members, he said. A young man approached us and said his grandfather had been awarded the Purple Heart it. Could we get one for him? We said we needed proof. Well, a month later, they showed us a letter signed by (President) Harry S. Truman. The school invited all the rel atives, and we got a biography of the grandfather. When we read it, I can tell you, there were tears. We presented the Purple Heart to the (son of the recipient), and we gave honorary pins to all the other family members. Arnold started out with a handful of fellow veterans handing Memorial, and now, he and a still-growing number of veterans are connecting with children in schools sharing their unique history and encouraging a love of country. It might have started small, but Arnold said he wouldnt trade the Veteran Partners project for anything. Once you put on a uniform, you make brothers and sisters for life, he said. I feel blessed to be a part of this. KIDS from page 4Vietnam-era veteran are around today. Nationally therere a little more than 21 million veterans. The Census Bureau reports that only three states claim having a million or more: Texas and California, in addition to Florida. Humphries said that 3,500 Florida VVA members is about average. You look at Texas and Califor nia, theyre at 4,000 (members) themselves, he said. However, hes not happy with average. Me, Id like to have all 500,000 (Vietnam-era veterans join), Humphries said. Its not that they all have to be active in their chapters, but join to help support the chapters and their programs. Humphries moved to Florida in 1978. He joined the VVA in the early 1990s. The guys in my (post-traumatic stress disorder) group kept hounding me to join something, he said. I didnt want to join anything. When I joined (VVA), I was In addition to leading the VVA in Florida, Humphries is involved with educating the public about Agent Orange, and bringing attention to the particular needs of Native American veterans. To learn more about VVA, visit www.vvafsc.org.HUMPHRIES from page 1 www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com/USmilitary Indian River Colony Club Toll free: 877-484-6178 www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com/usmilitary www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com/usmilitaryThe 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 10059

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6 APRIL 4, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Speaking in an accent, (German Alpire) said, I just want to say that Im proud to be an American, and I am proud of all of the veterans, who are my brothers. Thank you, my brothers. God bless America. read, along with the place and time each received his wounds. Each was given his personal tion. All of them from the oldest, a World War II veteran, 90, to the youngest, a veteran of Af ghanistan were given hearty applause from the assembled audience of family and friends. It was a mixed mood of quiet meditation and smiles and laughter. Lasenby, in introducing the veterans, clearly enjoying ribbing some of the ones he knew best. One veteran of the Air Force had to join in the laughter when Lasenby said: In the Army, theyre known as latrines. In the Navy and Marines, theyre heads. In the Air Force, theyre powder puff rooms. Joking aside, Lasenby made it clear that the Purple Heart cane project was dear to many hearts. Not only are we recognizing our fellow veterans, but this has allowed us to meet so many brave men, he said. We are humbled to do this. Time was given for anyone who wished to make a statement, and German Alpire, of Port St. Lucie, stood up before his fellow veter ans. Speaking in an accent, he said, I just want to say that Im proud to be an American, and I am proud of all of the veterans, who are my brothers. Thank you, my brothers. God bless America. A man who never stopped smil ing, afterward, holding his cane, Alpire said, The VA got me walk ing again. Now Im really well. One audience member wanted youve been recognized like this for your combat injuries. Every veteran said Yes. Further proof that being awarded the canes was important? One audience member wanted youve been recognized like this for your combat injuries. Every veteran said Yes. A murmur went up from the audi ence, expressing amazement and sorrow. Toward the end of the presentation, Lasenby read a poem written by veteran Samson A. DeVille, which said, at the end: They are Americas Veterans who have fought to keep us free. Have they been forgotten? Is the thought that worries me. different sets of hands before it you can see the detail, feathers, eyes, and so on, he said. Then its attached to the basswood base. Then we personalize them with their insignia and information, and then they are He said 85 of them have been made to date. Veterans must have been awarded the Purple Heart to receive a out an application and present a copy of their DD-214 discharge document, Lasenby said. The veterans who were presented canes include: E.C. Britt L.E. Treat German Alpire D. Decker Robert Latimer W.P. Bill Blaisdell Joseph P. Ramos W.J. Moruzzi Saverio Capalbo John Mason R.K. Mandeville W.R. DesJardin Veterans who will be honored with a cane presentation at a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce include: J.C. LaPointe G. Avery Red Rednour M.D. Kiper Frank Waltl James H. Jones C.D. Messinger Rod Dally Harry Frip Monroe J.P. Frasier (Editors note: Names provided by Lasenby) It is something conceived to honor veterans, the Purple Heart cane project. Its a simple case of a group of people wanting to honor combat-wounded veterans in a unique way. It works. Every veteran at the ceremony was clearly moved. Ev eryone in the audience, likewise. A difference was made in their lives, that day. Lasenby hopes to honor many more veterans with their own canes. Its so very important to re member our veterans, he said. This is just one way of thanking them. For information on how to apply for a Purple Heart cane, contact Lasenby at (772) 466-5895 or by email at lloydlas2502@yahoo.com. PURPLE HEART from page 3 Assisted Li v in g Come flourish! 772-463-7133 StuartLodgeLiving.com1301 SE Palm Beach Road Stuart, FL 34994 NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS! Visit our Information Center 1055 East Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL AL License Pending Mary Ann Come visit me to discover a new culture in Assisted Living Ill provide the love, if youll provide the treatswoof! First Resident of Stuart LodgeStuart Lodge is designed around an Atlantic in Assisted Living with the warmth and comfort of home. It is our goal to help you part of Elders changing the World! 10111

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 4, 2014 7 Timothy Baltes learned a lot about war when he did a tour in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Now the Palm City native is using that war one against a rising tide of methamphetamine use, abuse and addiction in the Sunshine State and Treasure Coast. The military gave me a solid mind and discipline, Baltes said. Two things cops need a lot of. Baltes is one of two Martin County detectives the Drug Enforcement Administration has trained for the detection and dis mantling of meth labs. Detecting them is pretty hard. A meth lab can be a plastic bottle, the socalled shake n bake, or onepot cook, manufacturing method. It produces a small amount of meth enough for one user but is extremely explosive. In October, last year, a one-pot cook at an apartment complex on S.W. Sunset Trace Circle, Palm City, exploded. Meth which is also called crank, ice, chalk, crystal, and god, among other names is on a seemingly sharp increase after many abusers lost access to another drug, Martins Sheriff William Snyder said at a recent town hall meeting in Stuart. Weve seen enough to know that former oxycodone users are now using meth, Snyder said at the meeting. The Florida Legislature greatly tightened access to opioids, such as oxycodone, a couple years ago. That drastically increased their prices. The sheriff said opioid ad dicts were left scrambling for new sources of drugs. Many seem to have found meth. Its a powerful drug with an enduring high that can be made with ingredients available at drug stores. Baltes graduated from Martin County High School in 2000. Shortly after, he joined the Flor ida National Guards 806th Mil itary Police Company, Fort Pierce. It was a means for me to pay After serving six years in the National Guard, Baltes did two in the Army Reserves. The detective planned on studying business. Once I was Veteran isnt mething around with drug makers Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com William Snyder against doing a tour in support th methamphetamines as an apparent increase in the drugs use sweeps across Florida. Baltes got specialized training and dismantling from the Drug Enforcement Patrick McCallister See DETECTIVE page 9 10040 Light Sport AircraftINTERESTED IN LEARNING TO FLY?We can make it aordable! Contact us today for aFREE INTRO FLIGHTand ask us about our Wounded Warrior Free Flight training programCall Doc Bailey (314) 32 2-5660 10052 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

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8 APRIL 4, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Store head honored with plaque from Italian-American vet groupFrom Day 1, he has helped us, said World War II veteran Peter Cavallo, waiting with some of his comrades from the Italian-Ameri can War Veterans of Indian River County, Post 3, to honor their friend. He is Rick Romani Jr., director of the Winn-Dixie supermarket, Vero Beach, and over the past four years, he has allowed the vets to conduct fundraisers at the store where theyve earned a whopping $10,000 to donate to other veterans, according to retired Army Sgt. and past com mander Curtis Paulisin. Not only that, he supports us at our state convention with food, beverages and condiments, Paulisin said. Romani was able to break free, See PLAQUE page 9 STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com 10132 Buddys Holiday Mobility772-465-9600 New & Used Vans Repair & Service Scooters & Lifts Wheelchairs Hand Controls Raised Roofs Drop Floors Tie Downs6144 S. US Hwy 1, Ft. Pierce FL 34982 BuddysHoliday.com 2 Miles North of Prima VistaServing the Treasure Coast Since 1976State Certified

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 4, 2014 9 part of the military, I found it suited my personality, Baltes said. He added, Im a hand-on guy. Its hard to sit down. With that in mind, Baltes applied to the Martin County to start with the department in 2004, but the 806 was activated to federal status and sent to help support OEF in Afghanistan. When he got back in 2005, the job was waiting for him. So were fellow military veterans serving in the Sheriffs models. A lot of the (military) veter an cops I know are the most Baltes said. Since the end of 2012, the the department took down a larger lab in Tropical Farms, netting four arrests. That was at the end of February. Three of in Palm City, two on Ranchwood Street. Theres a simple reason for this. Palm City, just being a rural area is a place to stay under the radar, Baltes said. The detective said not all his fellow veterans are on the right side of the law. Hes had folks hes arresting including for drug possession tell him about their service and thank him for his. Its something Baltes said hell never get used to. Citizens can help police detect and bust meth makers. Signs of meth production include the presence of forcibly opened lithium batteries and instant cooling pads, strong chemical scents and numerous emptied packages of ephedrineor pseudoephedrine-based medications. Baltes said those thinking theyve discovered meth labs should try to get addresses and vehicle tag numbers, along with photos if its safe to take them, and call law enforcement. The detective said its best to look up and use a local agencys non-emergency number rather than 911, unless events are unfolding quickly at a suspected meth lab. Mary Ann Goodman, public Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said its impossible to know if theres been a rise of meth use among veterans. DETECTIVE from page 7and the veterans lined up to present him with a woodbacked plaque in recognition of his help to them. These guys are the most professional bunch there is, Romani said. Im very glad to keep it local. And I do intend to keep it going. The money the Italian-American vets raised goes to the following organizations: Upward American Vets Veterans Council of Indian River County The Source Treasure Coast Homeless Coalition Fisher House in West Palm Beach Vero Beach Veterans, Inc. Scholarships Private donations to individu al veterans of Operation En during Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom The group bought a bus to give to the Veterans Council, en abling veterans to be transported to the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. They also help out in quieter, but no less important, ways. Ill tell you what, I put 100 miles on my car at Christmas so a veteran, said past commander and current judge advocate Vincent Abbate, a Korean War veteran. I couldnt get em to pay me back for the gas, though, he joked. Paulisin told of a homeless veteran who had been located by the Treasure Coast Home less Coalition and who needed a U-Haul to transport his belong ings to his new residence. So we got him one, Paulisin said. Thats the kind of thing we want to do all the time. After the presentation of the plaque, Romani had to get back to his many duties at the store. The veterans all shook hands with him. I appreciate this, Romani said. No, we appreciate you more, Cavallo said.PLAQUE from page 8From Day 1, he has helped us, said World War II veteran Peter Cavallo, waiting with some of his comrades from the Italian-American War Veterans of Indian River County, Post 3, to honor their friend. 10055 Protect Your Family and Your Legacy Now!Practice Devoted to Estate and Medicaid PlanningOur Attorneys Help Families with:Living Trusts Wills and Probate Living Wills and Health Care Long Term Care Planning Trust Administration Special Needs Trusts Powers of AttorneyFREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONHelping Families Preserve Their Wealth During & After Their LifetimeEast Lake Professional Center 2100 SE Hillmoor Dr., Suite 105 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 (772) 398-0720 2770 Indian River Blvd., Suite 321 Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 778-8481e hiring of a lawyer is an important decision which should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free, written information regarding our qualications and experience.Member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Member of the National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAndreas A. Kulas Robert J. Kulas www.kulaslaw.com

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