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2 APRIL 11, 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 OBJECTIVE10158 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 11, 2014 3 By pleading guilty to lesser charges of adultery and travel fraud, Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair avoided being convicted of sexual assault last week at Fort Bragg, N.C. His plea deal, however, has added more fuel to the controver sy surrounding military sexual trauma and how to combat it ecutions, or a designated civilian prosecutor. The facts of Sinclairs case: In 2013, Sinclair was deputy commander of support for 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan before being removed from com mand and placed under investigation for allegations of violations of military ethics and sexual assault. On March 6 of this year, Sinclair entered a guilty plea to the lesser charges of improper relationships violating orders by possessing pornography in Afghanistan, and His accuser (who has not been named), a much younger female captain who served on his staffs in Iraq and Afghanistan, reported in March 2012 that she had been the married generals lover for three years. She also said that he had sexually assaulted her on two occasions and once threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about the affair. As part of his plea deal, Sinclair admitted that he maltreated the captain by using his rank and authority to coerce her to keep up the affair and prevent her from breaking it off. In exchange, he avoided a conviction on sexual assault charges that would have required him to register as a sex offender and almost certainly would have landed him in pris on, stated a report in The Washington Post. Instead, Sinclair has been along with more than $4,000 res titution for travel costs relating to the affair, and has been issued a reprimand. Whether Sinclair will be allowed to retire at his current rank will be decided by the Secretary of the Army (John McHugh) based on a recommendation by a grade determination review board, ac cording to a report by USA Today which said he could be reduced as low as lieutenant colonel. Reduction in rank would sigwith 30 or more years in service (Sinclair has served 29 years, to date) earn 75 percent of their salary per month. At the current salary of $137,000 per year for a brigadier general, 75 percent is $102,750 but this doesnt factor in other income for subsis tence, housing, merit awards and the like which, in Sinclairs case, would be an additional $20,000 or so ( ). As a retired lieutenant colonel, however, his base pay per year would be $99,759.60, of which 75 percent is $74,819.70. (Editors note Critics of Sinclairs sentence have been vocal, especially from members of Congress. U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., who serves as a chair of the House Military Sexual Assault Pre vention Caucus, said she was shocked when she heard Sinclairs sentence, according to online publication. In early March, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, narrowly failed to get a bill through Congress that would have taken prosecution authority out of the hands of military commanders and into the hands of independent prosecutors. Gillibrands legislation upended normal political alliances, stated a report in News. Some conservative senators like Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky backed it, while the liberal chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin,D-Mich., opposed it. Gillibrand clashed with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, who favored keeping commanders in charge of prosecutions. McCaskill has argued that com manders need to be held accountable and should keep this power, arguing that it is the best way to ensure sexual-assault prosecutions are brought forward, a Generals adultery plea sharpens debate Mary KemperSTAFF Source: Wikimedia Commons McCaskill has argued that commanders need to be held accountable and should keep this power, arguing that it is the best way to ensure sexual-assault prosecutions are brought forward, a report in Nationstated.See PLEA page 5 10282 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


4 APRIL 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE For those who served 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 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 11, 2014 5 report in stated. that if the case had been handled by prosecutors alone, the rape charge would not have been brought forward. It points to reports in The New that a prosecutor in the case resigned after try ing to pressure a commander to drop the sexual-assault charges, according to defense lawyers. Gillibrand has not yet public ly responded to Sinclairs sentence, but in an opinion piece written for News, stated her commitment We will work harder than ever in the coming year to strengthen our military by taking sexual assaults and other major crimes out of the chain of command so that no victim is compelled to turn to his or her boss to ask for justice, she wrote. We need every case to move forward based solely on the evidence and judged solely on the merits, not political pres sure or other nonlegal considerations.PLEA from page 3 Kids take to skies over Fort PierceThe weather on Saturday, March 29, was a bit iffy black clouds and the threat of rain but that didnt deter 11 area youngsters courtesy of a local aviation club. Its all part of the Young Eagles, a program conducted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 908, headquartered at St. Lucie International Airport, Fort Pierce. The Young Eagles program seeks to introduce kids to the them earn their wings as fully licensed pilots should they so choose. Phillip Oates Jr., 11, was there his dad, Phillip Oates Sr., of Fort Pierce. since I can remember, Oates Sr. said. It all started when we went to an airshow, and he got bitten by ing. At another airshow, Oates Jr. took a helicopter ride. The crew guy was trying to put him at ease, and everything, deal. Drive. I saw our house. The course was conducted by pilots of EAA 908, at least 50 percent of whom are veterans, said Paul Dekker, chapter presi dent. Though hes not a veteran himself, he introduced several club members who are, including veterans from World War II up to the Gulf War. The youngest club member is about 40 to 45 years old, Dekker said, and the oldest 87. The youngest child, a girl, who and the oldest, a boy, 16, Dekker said. All of the pilots enjoy introduc said. We even help out other (EAA) chapters. Recently we took up 115 kids at the North County since I can remember. Phillip Oates Sr., about his son, Phillip Jr. Since the weather was a factor, the EAA chose to give the kids ward, said pilot June Beers, who Oates Jr. listened intently as Beers pointed out various parts of the aircraft every pilot needs to Tires, for example, she said. You dont want them overor could cause a problem on landing. Aside from fairly obvious things like making sure ailerons are moving up and down properly, Beers said to look for less obvi ous things, like whether bolts are secure. While there are some things Mary KemperSTAFF 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 10270


6 APRIL 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE peculiar to a particular type of plane, Beers gave Oates Jr. a rundown of the basics to look for. Later, he got a chance to sit down computer program. from different pilots. After Oates another on next steps he could take to earn their pilots license. EAA offers access to an online course, offered free of charge, that educates a would-be pilot according to Mike Ketchpaw, vice president of EAA 908 and the coordinator of the chapters Young Eagles program. Once you complete a certain amount of coursework, you can instructors time, fuel, and so on, which is worth $125, he ex plained to Oates Jr. ward the time you solo, he said. Under Federal Aviation Administration rules, at 14 years old, a youngster can get a student pilots license in gliders and balloons; at 16, a private pilots license in gliders and balloons, and a student pilot license in air planes and helicopters; at 17, a EAGLES from page 5 See EAGLES page 9 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 10266 10283 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


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 11, 2014 7 Theres probably nothing about the Vietnam War that isnt dis puted. Not even mortality rates among those who served in it. But have two-thirds of in-country Vietnam vets died, as an Internet meme has it? Probably not, Ben Humphries, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council, said. But, he understands why many Vietnam veterans are prone to believe the popular rumor. Whats fed it is the (Department of Veterans Affairs) wont release any information, he said. We dont have a true accounting of in-country deaths and what the population left of them is. In the March/April, 2014, issue of the VVAs periodical, Patrick S. Brady tackles the Internet meme holding that 390 Vietnam veterans are dying a day. If youre alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the last one-third of all the U. S. Vets who served in Vietnam? Brady quotes websites, forward ed emails and Facebook reposts. Like a ritual salute, this ques tion has passed from one veteran website to another in the past 18 months, accompanied by a drumbeat of numbers: 711,000 Vietnam veterans died between 1995 and 2000, or 142,000 deaths ev ery year, 390 every day; no more than 850,000 Vietnam veterans remain out of 2.7 million, mean ing at least 1.8 million have fallen to the swift scythe of the Grim Reaper; and only the few will still be around by 2015. Bunk, Brady said in his editori al. Brady went on to demonstrate how he came to the conclusion that the claimed extraordinari ly high mortality rate was in fact the product of juxtaposing about three times more surviving in-country Vietnam veterans than the meme claims. Statistics are hard enough with out phony numbers thrown in, Brady wrote. But in the available that the number of living in-country Vietnam veterans is only 800,000, and strong evidence that it is much higher. Again, by my own amateur extrapolations, fewer than 300,000 in-country veterans likely died before 2000, and a slightly larger number since, adding up to 600,000 or more dead, leaving 2 million or more alive. So if youre a Vietnam veteran reading this, how does it feel to stand with the three out of four who are still here and mean to stay for a while? George Mitler, president of the VVAs Chapter 1041, Stuart, said hes seen no evidence that Vietnam veterans are dying at an extraordinarily high rate. I only have one friend who passed away, who was in my platoon with me, and that was a heart attack, Mitler said. Additionally, Mitler said that the chapter has 81 members, and none have died. We havent lost one yet since we were chartered, he said. That was three and a half years ago, and were all accounted for. John Haddox, who was a veter fore winning a seat on the County Commission in 2012, said hes skeptical about the claim that no more than 850,000 in-country Vietnam veterans remain. However, Haddox believes that Vietnam veterans are dying at a faster-than-usual rate. He was a Unfortunately it was a rela tively routine matter for me to lose a friend or two a year who were Vietnam veterans, or guys who came in that I was working claims for, he said. Humphries, too, is convinced that while theres likely far more than 850,000 remaining Vietnam combat veterans that their mor tality rate is above average. And he points to a reason for that: Agent Orange. Nobody in combat went into what we went into with the extra ingredient Agent Orange, he said. My biggest question is combat-related ( military occupational specialties) that were out VVA disputes mortality meme Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee DEATHS page 11 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! 10239


8 APRIL 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE YOUR VIEW Editors note 21 edition of Veteran Voice, Veteran Voice Can I say wow? Is it too big of a clich to describe the 2014 Tico Warbird Airshow? No no word, clich or not, is big enough. From the moment we put up our booth till the moment we took it down, it was one wonderful thing after another. haps I have a different perspective from those who have attended time feeling is why people love to go to airshows, and particularly the Valiant Air Commands yearly event. It was a trip through yesteryear, set to the roar of engines and astonishing aerial maneuvers. It was veterans, from World War II to the present day, telling their stories and sharing priceless memories. And it was history making history. This year, there was a tribute to the famous Tuskegee Airmen, who served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. Only nine are still living, and three were on hand to chat and sign autographs. These gracious men, now in their 80s, had to overcome so many barriers, and fought so valiantly in war and in peace. Though theyve slowed down a bit, they are every our country can be proud of. formerly of New York and now of Massachusetts, served from 1943 to 1946. I had to learn how to be not only a pilot, but also a navigator and a bombardier, he said, because the colonel didnt like me. Why? He smiled, but there was a look in his eye that spoke volumes. Then I got it because Keel was black. Fellow Airman retired Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, PhD, of Titusville, was cheerful and tireless. Mann showed up on Media Day, the day before the show got under way, and never slowed down the whole weekend, despite being wheelchair-bound. son my managing editor, Tammy Raits, and I ran into when we arrived at the Valiant Air Command Museum. He had pulled into his parking space, rolled down the window, and said, Can you ladies get a tour guide to bring me a wheelchair? Which, of course, we did after realizing who he was and having to catch our breath. I didnt get a chance to talk to Jr., but I did get to meet retired Lt. Col. Robert Hughes, one of the white, and he has kept a close bond with his former students throughout the years. These guys went through so much, he said. And you will never hear an unkind word from any of them about how they were treated. I think they paid everyone back the Airmen had in combat so much so that they were the only rather than assigned, to bombing squadrons. Another white instructor, retired Marine Corps Lt. Jerry Kneer, brought along his two grandsons, Contrell Daley, of Melbourne, and Devante McPherson, of West Palm Beach who are black. It really makes you think about how far our country has come in getting rid of prejudice. Those men gave so much in wartime, and not only in the air. The Tuskegee Airmen were treated terribly by their white countrymen but kept holding their heads high, because they loved the same country that hated them. Amazing. Not only were the three Airmen at the Airshow, but also two mem-Tico Warbird Airshow amazes, delightsSee SHOW page 9 A M u s i c a l F a b l e o f B r o a d w a y B a s e d o n a s t o r y a n d c h a r a c t e r b yD a m o n R u n y o nM u s i c a n d L y r i c s b yF r a n k L o e s s e rB o o k b yJ o S w e r l i n g a n d A b e B u r r o w s F e a t u r i n g G r e g R i c e a n d T h e S a l v a t i o n A r m y o f M a r t i n C o u n t y N e s t o r T o r r e s S a r g e L o r r i a n n a C o l o z z o K a r i n L e o n e S t a r r i n g N a r r a t e d B yK n i g h t K i p l i n g e r i n C o n c e r t Love 10275


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 11, 2014 9 private pilots license in airplanes and helicopters; and at 18, a commercial pilots license for all types of aircraft. A students license allows a pilot gers. A private license allows for hire, and a commercial license Regulations, Part 61). Dekker said EAA 908 holds its a year usually in the spring vidually, throughout the year, he said. Just contact us. It was clear the pilots of EAA 908 enjoyed getting to know the As for the veterans, You can kids would be as military pilots, Edward Eddy Kemper, chapter said in a previous conversation about the program. Hes a Navy veteran of the Vietnam era. Regardless, though, this teaches a kid the kind of discipline you want in anybody, not just our military. Editors note As for Oates Jr., getting a pilots license as soon as he can is a giv en. Thanks to EAA 908 and the Young Eagles program, he and any other interested youngster now knows how to get his license someday with a lot of help and support. EAGLES from page 6bers of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs Florence Mascott and Bea Haydn. aircraft all around the world, doing transport duty so that men could go into combat. Out of some 25,000 who applied, only 1,074 were accepted. Haydn wasnt feeling well at the Airshow. Medics checked her out, and she wound up going back to her hotel to rest, and Mascott went with her. While medics were attending Haydn, Mascott told me, I was never more honored in my life to be a WASP. It was tough training, let me tell you but it taught us discipline, and how to think properly. The WASPs were civilian it wasnt until 1978 that they were granted military status, and all its The two pilots, both in their 80s, had planned a helicopter ride, but Haydn just wasnt up to it. What a shame. Back at the booth, an endless stream of people stopped by to chat and to subscribe to our paper. Naturally, lots of them were veterans. What a neat and interesting bunch of people. We spoke with gentlemen and ladies who served in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and peacetime. We spoke with Marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen. Walter Melton, who is serving in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, was formerly a policeman, and wants to be one again. After being hit in his squad car by a drunk driver, he suffered a knee injury. Undaunted by rejections from various forces due to his injury, he is battling back, and in the meantime serving as his USCGA units And the youngest generation made a great impression. Nearby, a contingent from the Corps of Astronaut High School, Titusville, maintained their booth. It was a joy to see these 17and 18-year-olds in uniform, performing trash pickup and other duties cheerfully and professionally. (A special shout-out to Neil Clark, Brittany Patrick and The Eagle mascot if we cant use your picture, its only because of space considerations. You up-and-coming airmen rock!) Re-enactor George Hachtel stopped by several times, and I wound up checking out his campsite in the World War II re-enactment area. It was way cool. He had a barricade of rocks partially surround ing his tent, and inside the barricade were lots of authentic and replicated artifacts, including guns and communications equipment. Needless to say, Hechtel and his comrades were authentically dressed in uniforms of the period. We even had people from differ ent countries stop by. A couple from Italy wanted a copy of the paper even though they dont live here, the gentleman is a veteran. The Steenlands, a family from Orlando, are originally from the Netherlands. Their son, Dean, 6, broke the cute-o-meter in his pretty authentic. We are proud to be a part of the museum, the Valiant Air Command, Deans dad said. The wind blew pretty hard on Saturday, and even harder on Sunday. More than once we had and on Sunday, we had to take the canopy off for fear the whole SHOW from page 8 See SHOW page 10 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 AD10157 10262 Regency Square2426 SE Federal Hwy, StuartLicensed & Insured Impact Glass Wood Interior/Exterior Doors Patio & Sliding Glass Doors Framed / Frameless Shower Units Etching Schlage & Fusion Hardware Mirror Wraps Affordable decorative doorglass For Your EXISTINGentryway in about an hour! Spring Revivals


10 APRIL 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE thing would topple over. went on. And at least there wasnt another micro tornado like the one that hit the Airshow last year. Army veteran Bob Dunn, of Garrison, Va., who owns Wings and Things Mil itary Collectibles, told me he lost $15,000 worth of merchandise. There were lots of vendors, selling everything from collectibles to food to hats. In one booth, a gentleman from Australia hawked his wares (His sign: Come in and say Gday!) There were also booths set up for services to veterans, like the one for AVET Project (American Veterans Empowerment Team), run by Garren and Kim Cone. Have a look at their website to see just what wonderful things theyre doing to help veterans. Dozens of booths, hundreds of participating men and women, most of them volunteers, all supported the Valiant Air Command in putting on such a historic show. Which, of course was all about the aircraft. You sure knew when the Tico Belle, a restored bomber and the pride of the Valiant Air Command The sound was a deafening, throaty roar. I was taken back in my imagination to the days when thousands of bombers like the Tico Belle would have sat on the runway, gearing up for a bombing run. The higher-pitched planes like the P-51 Mustang and the P-33 trainer emitted a menacing sound as they zoomed past, soared, and looped the loop. heard one spectator, a Marine veteran, say. It would take a lot more space than I have to talk about the fanplanes or the attack helicopters. Each has a long history of fascinating service they are the top of the top. The whole weekend, from start to ence. Meeting the Tuskegee Airmen? Beyond an honor, beyond a privilege. The planes and their pilots? Jaw-dropping amazing. Getting to know some very wonderful veterans? How can you put a price on that? The Valiant Air Command paid such a wonderful tribute to thousands of my and Tammys brothers and sisters in arms. We were proud to be a small part of it. from page 9 CLUES ACROSS 1. Express disgust or contempt 4. Do-nothings 10. Before 11. Gave birth to a horse 12. Spanish pain 14. Khmer Rouges Pot 15. Tory opposition 16. Even chance 18. Horse feedbag 23. Windward Island nation 24. On and on:ad ___ 26. 2nd musical tone 27. A steady brisk pace 28. People in southern India 30. Withered, dry 31. Central nervous system 34. Short composition for solo instrument 36. Communist 39. Garden cultivator 40. Stratfords river 41. Atomic #34 42. Stalkless leaves 50. Chilled 51. Dakar is the capital 52. Amuse & delight 53. Explorer Vasco da ____ 54. Annoy 55. 365 days (abbr.) 56. Peremptory command 58. Born of grades 60. Obtain CLUES DOWN 1. Colas 2. Awaken 3. Better half 4. In event that 5. Demotes 6. City in NE Pakistan 7. Lotus roadster model 8. University board trustees 9. 40th state 12. Egyptian Sun god (var. sp.) 13. Hindu exercise discipline 17. Small coin (French) 19. More naked 20. Feel deep affection for 21. A protected community 25. Nation of birth 29. Two people singing 31. Applauding sounds 32. Variable stars 33. Reject 35. Building up 38. Not a fraction 41. Sailor 43. An evening party 44. Hollow for a lightbulb 45. Type 46. Dutch portrait painter Sir Peter 47. River of Hesse 49. N. Botswanan lake 56. 1/10 gram (abbr.) 57. Original Hawkeye actors initials CROSSWORD10151 SUDOKU 10333 22nd Annual Fair Winds Golf Course Sat. April 6th7:15 am check in 8:30 am Shotgun Start Four Person Scramble $100/pp 100% of all funds raised are used for veterans serviceRange Balls Continental Breakfast United Veterans Golf Hat Lunch Buet Raes & More!Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Last place teams. fewest putts, longest drive and closest to the pin. United Veterans Golf ClassicUnited Veterans of S.L.C. S.L.C. Veterans ServicesCall 772-342-2653 to register or for more information


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 11, 2014 11 on the front line? But thats a hard number to reach. Theres dispute over who exactly were combat veterans. Humphries said he spent much time in areas recently sprayed with Agent Orange around Lc Ninh. Humphries said he has health complications that he be lieves are likely due to exposure to Agent Orange: peripheral neuropathy and an ischemic heart disease. Hes a non-smoker. It was kind of comical, Hum phries said. Theyd say, Dont touch anything, and Id say, Well, how the (expletive) are we not supposed to not touch anything. combat Vietnam veterans are or were dying at an above-average rate going back to the 1980s. In 1987 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Postservice Mortality Among Vietnam Veterans, which had evidence for a higher-than-average mortality rate among Vietnam veterans than others. In 1987, the Centers for Dis ease Control and Prevention (CDC) compared the post-service mortality (through December 1983) of a group of 9,324 U.S. Army veterans who served in Vietnam with that of 8,989 Viet nam-era veterans who served in Korea, Germany, or the United States, the 1980s CDC report reads. Over the entire follow-up period, the total death rate for Vietnam veterans was 17 percent higher than for other veterans. The excess mortality, especially through motor vehicle accidents, suicide, homicide, and accidental poisonings, occurred mainly in from active duty and (involve ment in the military). Thereafter, mortality among Vietnam veter ans was similar to that of other Vietnam-era veterans, except for drug-related deaths, which continued to be elevated. Other reports have made dif added various presumptive service-related conditions for Viet nam veterans due to the presence of Agent Orange. 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