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VOL. 2/ISSUE 24 THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 201435 cents I was mad, Mike Tarter said. I just had to do something about it. The former Air Force master sergeant and Vietnam veteran, 64, is a Goshen, Ohio, native who stays at the Patrick Air Force Base campground every year with his wife, Gerry. Last year, he said, he had an unpleasant surprise when he went to eat at the bases Riverside Dining Facility. The POW/MIA Missing Man Table was missing. I just couldnt believe it, he said at the recent Valiant Air Commands TICO Warbird Muse um Airshow, Titusville. They told me it had to do with the Bible, Tarter said, noting that he had discovered the Bi ble missing from the display last year, which prompted him to investigate. But to take away the whole table? Since then, he has made it a mission to make sure POWs and MIAs are not disrespected. For those who may be unfamiliar with the symbolism, each POW/MIA Missing Man Table is table itself represents a table set by loved ones awaiting the return of those missing in war. One of the items on the table is a Bible. Shortly after discovering the table was missing, Tarter wrote a letter to base commanders strongly objecting to its removal. According to published reports, the Bible was removed due to someone complaining about it. News Monday ([March 31) that the entire Missing Man Table display had been removed from a dining hall because of the Bible, wrote Fox News Todd Starnes. A press statement said the inclusion of the Bible ignited controversy and division. Evidently, the base rethought its decision, and issued the following statement both to Fox News and Florida Today, which had also run a story: The 45th Space Wing deeply Vet takes Patrick AFB to task over POW/MIA table Mary KemperSTAFF See TABLE page 8 Hundreds of thousands (of veterans) over the next few years are going to be looking for jobs. Weve got to take care of them. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 Opportunities galaore for vets at job fair, page 4


2 APRIL 17, 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 OBJECTIVE10389 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 17, 2014 3 TREASURE COAST Members of the community are hard at work planning the Vero Beach Air Show to be held at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. Board members include President Todd Howder, vice president Anthony Samons, secretary Laurie Collings, treasurer Patrick Graham, and directors Ellen Ross and Martin Zickert. Robert Paugh is director of operations, and Cory Richter is director of emergency services and security. Rick Grissom is the producer/director of the show, Wayne Boggs is the air boss, and Sonny Everett is the narrator. The stars of the show will be the Blue Angels, the elite U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team. Vero Beach is fortunate to be one of only 35 sites where they will perform this year. They will be joined by nationally known award-winning air show acts. The show will also feature static displays, helicopter rides, and a family fun area complete with a mobile rock climbing wall, a free fall ride, zip line, bounce houses, and more. Putting together a show of this size is a huge task requiring a large number of volunteers and interested in helping, you may register to volunteer at the shows website at http://veroairshow. com/volunteer-form/ or contact Nadine Boltz at Sponsorship opportunities are still available; all the details about how to become a sponsor of the show are also at the website. According to Ellen Ross, the sponsorship chair, its not too late to consider becoming a sponsor of the show. Ross can be reached at Piper Aircraft is the presenting sponsor of the show, and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers/ is the media sponsor. Southern Eagle Distributing, Treasure & Space Coast Radio, Moulton Layne, P.L. Architecture, and Vero Beach Magazine are major sponsors. Other early sponsors include AMC Amherst Consulting, Atlantic Financial Services, Captain Bobs Airboat Adventure Tours Center State Bank, Continental Jet Aviation Inc., Eclipse Jet, Flight Safety Academy, Florida Eye Institute, Glenn J. Romer Wealth ManageOceanside, Home Instead Senior Care, Johns Island Real Estate Company, Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc., Kmetz Nuttall Elwell Graham PLLC, Legacy Flight Training, Manpower, Marllyn Justice CPA, MBV Engineering Inc., McCain and Samons LLC, MOAA of Indian River County, WPTV News Channel 5, Paris Air Inc., Springhill Suites, Strickland Automotive, Sun Jet Center, The Majestic 11 Theaters, TKDA, US Generator, Vero Beach Magazine, Vero Eye Center, Vero Insurance, and WAVE 92.7 Clear Channel Radio. Discount tickets for the Vero Beach Air Show are available at the Piper Pilot Shop, Center State Bank, C.J. Cannons Restaurant, Marine Bank and Trust, Schlitt Services, Seacoast Bank, and the Victory Center at Indian River Mall. Special discounted tickets for active and retired members of the military are at the Victory Center until May 7. Tickets may also be purchased online. All parking is free; handicapped parking is available. Vero Beach Air Show Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Its mission is to promote volunteerism, support the prevention of child abuse, honor men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces, encourage military recruiting, provide wholesome affordable family entertainment and aviation education, and promote the city of Vero Beach, the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, and area businesses. Proceeds dian River, Treasure Coast, and Vero Beach for prevention of child abuse and the Veterans Council of Indian River County. For further information about the show, go to the shows website at or send an email with your request to wanted: You can be a part of the Vero Beach Air Show FOR VETERAN VOICE 10342 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 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Managing Editor Mary Kemper (772) 204-2409 Veteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT e Voice of Experience This is really good, one veteran was overheard to say to a friend. Ive probably applied to like, 10 places here already. Billed as being veteran pref erence, the Job Fair held April 9 at Indian River State College Chastain Campus, Stuart, hosted representatives from more than 40 businesses, government agening from kennel staff at The Fur Seasons, to machinists at Paradigm Precision, both of Stuart. Members of Vietnam Veterans Association of America Chap ter 1041, Martin County, took a leading role in organizing the Job Fair. Id say theres been better than 100 show up so far, said Frank Tidikis, treasurer of VVA Chap ter 1041 and coordinator of the chapters Job Fair participation. Its a good crowd. Were glad to see it. Veterans from the Vietnam era to the present were plentiful among the jobseekers. Steve Lewis, an Army Signal Corps veteran of the Vietnam era, recently moved to Port St. Lucie from Dagsboro, Del. I was in sales for a long time, but found I got tired of it, he said. And then I drove a propane truck for many years. So Im looking for something similar here today. Michael Magill, Palm City, served in the Navy in the Gulf War. Id really like to get into helping veterans, doing vocational counseling, things like that, he said. But Im trained in IT, so theres that, too. Magill added praise for the vet erans of VVA Chapter 1041. Its so good they made this possible for us. Im going to thank them personally, he said. Steve Kerruish, an Army veteran of the Gulf War, said he was just looking in general Ive never been to a job fair. This is great. Jobs aplenty were on offer for these and other veterans. Howev er, people were on hand to help veterans with more than just job-seeking. Raul Diaz, Ph.D., is a major in the Army Reserves, and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Under the auspices of the Veterans Administration, he is a clinical psy chologist who works at the Jupi ter and Palm Beach Vet Centers. Their mission is to help returning veterans cope with every kind of readjustment issue. There is also a Vet Center in Melbourne. We only counsel combat veter ans and their families, he said. There can be a tendency for veterans to bunker up to isolate themselves when they return home. When they come back, its civilians who understand. At the Vet Centers, he said, re turning veterans know theyll be helped by their own. Diaz said he works in tandem with county veterans services Tony Reese, of the Martin County numerous inquiries from attendeven know theyre eligible for, Reese said. closely with VVA Chapter 1041 to help veterans in need. They (Veterans Services) are a tremendous service, said Ed vice president. The former Army infantry cap tain said the chapter often gets calls from needy vets, which he forwards directly to Reese. How many calls would you say weve sent along to you in the last year, Tony? he asked Reese. Jeeze, over 100, Reese answered. Probably hundreds. call the chapter, the call goes to voicemail but the voicemails email, so they are answered quickly and forwarded to Reese. There is an emergency response fund available (through the big money but its enough to help out someone in a jam, who cant pay their rent, their electric, whatever, temporarily. A good job ranks high on the scale for returning veterans seeking to become civilians once again. And there are a lot of them and many more to come. chapter wanted to become involved in the Job Fair. Let me tell you about the reduc tion in force the government is involved in, he said. If you serve 20 years, youre OK. If you serve 15 years, you may get a partial retirement. But Opportunities galore for vets at job fair on college campus Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comIts so good they made this possible for us. Im going to thank them personally. Gulf War veteran and Job Fair attendee Hundreds of thousands (of veterans) over the next few years are going to be looking for jobs. Weve got to take care of them. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 See FAIR page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 17, 2014 5 if you serve less than 15 years, chances are, youre out. Theyre reviewing all the occu pational specialties to see where said. Now, Ive only heard this anec dotally, but Im hearing it: If you step slightly out of line, youll be Hundreds of thousands over looking for jobs. Weve got to take care of them. And, judging from the enthusiasm of the would-be employers at the Job Fair, there are plenty of jobs theyre eager to staff with veterans. Once such company is Whiticar Boat Works, based in Stuart. Jim Dragseth, owner and pres ident, was there with one of the managers, Jed Wood. We would love to hire veter ans, Dragseth said. Wood added, Weve already got a large per centage of them in-house. Why veterans? Theyve already gotten the training, the discipline and the struc ture were looking for as good employees, Dragseth said. Theyre team-oriented, Wood said, and Dragseth nodded agreement. A lot of people dont think of recreational boating as belonging to the trades, Dragseth said. He pointed to a list of skills posted on his table: electronics, engine repair, engineering, and service writing, in logistics departments in garages and warehouses. In fact, Dragseth was at the Job Fair representing not only members of the Marine Industry of the Treasure Coast, having agreed to put out information on its various members opportunities at his table. The potential jobs open to veter ans increased by thousands, just on that one table alone. Plus, it helps us promote our industry, while helping veterans Wood said. In addition to hosting employer tables, the fair offered free work shops on resume writing and interviewing tips, including oneon-one coaching. Along with VVA Chapter 1041, the fairs other partners included the United Way, Martin County Library, Indian River State Col lege, Martin County Veterans Services, Senior Corps of Retired tion. Tidikis said VVA Chapter 1041 helps coordinate job fairs twice a year. Its so important, he said. We do this to try and reach as many people as we possibly can. Needy veterans, or those seeking information in Martin County, can call VVA Chapter 1041 at (772) 678-0025, or Tony Reese at (772) 288-5448. For more information on the VAs Vet Centers, call Diaz at (561) 422-1220. FAIR from page 4 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 10317


6 APRIL 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE VA reminds vets to create or update advance directives Its a possibility nobody likes considering: being unable to communicate when a major health care decision that could liter ally be a matter of life and death has to be made. But its important to consider. You can imagine a family called in a moment of stress, and theyre trying to work out in their minds what Dad would want, said Stephanie Dill, social worker at the West Palm Beach Depart ment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. On Wednesday, April 16, VA medical facilities participated in the seventh annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Many of the VAs medical facilities will have kiosks with folks urging vet erans to select substitute health care decision-makers to contact if theyre unable to communicate healthcare wishes, and to give advance directives thatll be on their because its something thats a little uncomfortable to talk about, to think about, Dill said. Once directive is, theyll tell us sto ries about someone needing an advance directive and didnt have one. are not available, Dill said sur veys have repeatedly found that less than half of severely or terminally ill individuals have advance According to even when people have written ad FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee DIRECTIVES page 10 Slots still open for golf tourney The 22nd Annual United Veterans of St. Lucie County, Inc. Golf Classic will take place Satur day, April 26, at Fairwinds Golf Course, Fort Pierce. Organizers say 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward van transportation for veterans needing treatment at VA medical centers. There are still slots available for players. The $100 cost includes a complimentary bucket of range balls prior to the start, conti nental breakfast, greens fees, a United Veterans golf hat, buffet There will be a 7:15 a.m. checkin, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, and a four-person scramble. second-, third-, and last-place teams, least amount of putts, longest drive and closest to the pin on all par 3s. For information, call (772) 3422653. FOR VETERAN VOICE 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! 10439


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 17, 2014 7St. Lucie hopes Tradition land donation will get state veteran home in townA possible donation from the Tradition Land Company might make Port St. Lucie home of ie County is making the bid to get the facility when its built. Tradition has agreed to donate a 28.5 acre site, Wayne Teegardin, veterans services for the criteria (the state) put out. Tod Mowery, county commissioner, said that the donation hasnt been completed. Were hoping itll all come through togeth er, he said. Were working on a contract. Veteran Voice attempted to reach the de velopment company for comment, but was unsuccessful by press time. During its 2013 session, the Florida Legisla ture approved about $100,000 for an inde pendent study to determine whether a new veteran nursing home was needed, and if so where it should go. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet considered the study, which Health Strategies did, at a February meeting in Tampa. Steve Murray, communications director at the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, said that the governor and cabinet opted to send letters to the top 10 counties the study requesting letters of interest back from them. Eight of the 10 counties did send us letters of intent telling us they were interested in bidding, Murray said in a previous interview. Murray said that St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were in that list. Palm Beach didnt send a letter of intent. Others on the list were Lee, Collier, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough, Marion, Putnam and Sumter. Among other things, the state veterans 120 beds each, and an assisted living facility with 150. The nursing homes are, by far, the FDVAs largest function. The closest veteran nursing home to the Nininger Veterans Nursing Home, 8401 W. closest is the Emory L. Bennett State Vet erans Nursing Home, 1920 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach. Bennett was built in 1993, Nininger in 2001. Murray said the last home was built in 2010. That was the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine. That home cost about $30 million to build. The state paid about 35 percent of the costs. The fed eral Department of Veterans Affairs which is separate from the state veterans agency paid about 65 percent. Other homes are in Land O Lakes, Panama City and Port Charlotte. The assisted living facility is in Lake City. Murray said the FDVA has the needed money for its share to go forward with build ing a state veterans nursing home, because of changes the legislature made to its trust funds last session. The trust has about $47 million. It will be from a trust fund for this home, he said. No general revenue will be used for this home. The governors proposed 2014-2015 budget included an additional $20 million, for a total of $111 million, to the FDVA. Part of that is for construction of two new veterans homes. Its most likely that the state will only be able goes from July to June. Teegardin said there are numerous reasons Tradition, St. Lucie and the Treasure Coast Theyre supposed to hire around 190 people to run it, in addition to the construction jobs itll create, he said. The home would serve veterans for about a 75-mile radius. Teegardin said that makes Tradition an ideal location for a veterans home. (The local) 75-mile radius is estimated to have 211,647 veterans in it, he said Of those, 112,758 are over age 65, which is the target of the nursing home. Competing counties will make presentations to the state in May. A decision and construc tion timetable will be announced after. FOR VETERAN Rev. Roszon and Vivian Roberts son and daughter-in-lawWe got everything we needed to keep caring fo Dad at home. TREASURING LIFE My dad had Alzheimers disease for years, and Vivian and I took care of him in our home. A friend told me how Treasure Coast Hospice can help. They provided Dads medications, a wheelchair, a shower chair and oxygen. The RN and hospice aide showed us their love and patience as they helped us give Dad all the care he needed. We suggest calling Treasure Coast Hospice as early as possible.Treasure Coast Hospice provides comfort and guidance for any life-limiting illness, including Alzheimers. To learn more, call us at ( 866 ) 999-4550 or visit Serving all, regardless of ability to pay. Licensed since 1982. 2 Treasure Coast Hospice. TCFL-078 4.79x6.3.indd 2 10/9/13 10:02 AM 10313 10343 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


8 APRIL 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE desires to honor Americas Prisoners and War (POW) and Miss ing in Action (MIA) personnel. Unfortunately, the Bibles presence or absence on the table at the Riverside Dining Facility ignited controversy and division, dis tracting from the tables primary purpose of honoring POWs/MIAs. Consequently, we temporarily replaced the table with the POW/ continued support of these heroes while seeking an acceptable solution to the controversy. After consultation with several relevant organizations, we now intend to re-introduce the POW/MIA table in a manner inclusive of all POWs/MIAs as well as Americans everywhere. As of press time, the pub declined to answer repeated Veteran Voice. However, Florida Todays R. Norman Moody wrote, (Com manders) said Friday (March 28) that the table would again be dis played at Riverside, but they did not specify a time for the reintro duction of the table or what items will or will not be included on it. Each item on the POW/MIA Missing Man Table is deeply symbolic. In Tarters letter, he The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our miss ing men and women. Remember them! The table is set for one, which symbolizes the frailty of one pris oner against his/her oppressors. Remember them! The table cloth is white, which symbolizes the purity of their intentions to respond to their countrys call to arms. Remember them! The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades in arms who are keeping the faith awaiting their return. Remember them! The red ribbon so prominently tied on the vase, is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn on the label and breast of the thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to a proper ac counting of our missing. Remem ber them! A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of their bit ter fate. Remember them! The salt on the bread plate is symbolic of the of the familys tears as they wait. Remember them! The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as One Nation Under God! Remember them! The glass is inverted because they cannot toast with us. Re member them! The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, and into the arms of a grateful nation. Remember them! The chair is empty; they are not here. Remember them! The language of the statement by Patrick AFB is vague as to which items may be included. Will the Bible be one of these? Probably the Bible wont go back on, Tarter said. And, if thats the case, Ill go on asking where the Bible is. By tradition, the table has always included a Bible as part of its symbolic message, since shortly after the Vietnam war, when the tables evolved. Tarter said he didnt understand how anyone could be offended by it. defense-based regulations governing the tables. A bipartisan bill is currently in a U.S. Senate committee (S2053) which would enact a commemo rative chair memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor all prisoners of war and missing in action. A list of all prisoners and those missing in action from all wars, beginning with the American Revolution, can be viewed at www. (Editors note: The list does not include Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Alaska, who is being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.) Tarter said hes sent his letter to the commanders of several Air Force bases, the secretaries of all four armed services, the secretary of defense and even the president. The letter includes lots of sig natures from fellow veterans, he said. He made it clear he will monitor Patrick AFB and the replacement of the POW/MIA table. For more information on efforts to bring prisoners and the missing home, visit www.pow-miafamilies. org.TABLE from page 1 They told me it had to do with the Bible. But to take away the whole table? Vietnam veteran By Ken Pruitt Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser Do you know about the tions available to disabled veterans? There is a $5,000 service tion for Florida residents who are honorably discharged veterans with a service con nected disability rating of at least 10 percent may qualify asked to present a current letter from the Veterans Ad ministration. The un-remarried surviving spouse of a disabled veteran may also qualify for this veterans death. There is also a permanently disabled veterans property property. Veterans who meet the The discount will be the percentage of your disability applied against the ad valorAge 65 or older Disabled in combat Honorable discharge duty military personnel. Those who qualify are active military personnel who claim who were deployed to certain military operations during the previous calendar year. Honorably discharged veterans who qualify for home the federal government with a service-connected total and permanent disability, may be For additional information about property tax exemptions, please visit our website at or contact at (772) 462-1021 or visit the 2300 Virginia Ave. or the 1664 S.E. Walton Road.Are you a disabled vet? 10401 22nd Annual Fair Winds Golf Course Sat. April 26th7:15 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. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 17, 2014 9 Even before the bicyclists rolled onto the grounds, the hundreds waiting for them started cheering. On a bright, sunny April 5, the partment of New York were weary after their 15-day, 1,400-plus mile trip from New York to Fort Pierce, but they grinned, waved Their mission: to show support for the National Navy-UDT SEAL Museum, North Hutchinson Island, and Memorials Trident House, and to bring a piece of history to the museum. Along with them, on a trailer, was a piece of a structural I-beam retrieved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001. About four months ago, I was approached by Kevin McCormick (Engine 9, Ladder 6, Manhattan) with the idea of this bike ride, Rick Kaiser, in his remarks to the crowd. I said, Are you nuts? But they were serious. And just like the snow, sleet and rain to get here, to support us and to support the Trident House. Right now, theyre walking like cowboys, Kaiser joked. I dont think theyll be getting back on bikes anytime soon. The Trident House, located along the Indian River in Sebastian, of fers a refuge for families of SEALs who have lost their lives, injured SEALs and their families, or other military members in need. As a courtesy, some of the House before their trip back to New York. At each stop on their route, the helping to raise awareness of the Trident House, and sold T-shirts to help raise money for the house. which included an FDNY Honor Guard bearing the colors, rider It was great I really enjoyed it, he said. in weather between his home and here. Yesterday really kicked our butt, with the wind and the heat, he said. But as you can see, we made it! in New York previously. All of us wanted to show our support for the Navy SEALs. us, he said. And, in addition to bringing the I-beam from the World Trade ed the Trident House with two bicycles, donated by Schwinn, for guests to use, and commemorative T-shirts for Kaiser and his staff. McCormick, as the leader of the riders, was given a plaque by his It was a huge emotional and physical thing, McCormick said of the ride. Everything imagin able happened. We battled all the elements. But we got such an overwhelming response from everyone all along the way. And to us, bringing this piece of steel that was the most import ant thing. We know what its like to put your life on the line, and to lose your brothers. SEALs are out there doing that every single day. After McCormick received his plaque, Kaiser called up each then presented the riders with a specially designed SEAL plaque, containing porthole and trident symbols. But, heres something you might like a little better, Kaiser said and then presented the riders with specially commemorated bottles of Jack Daniels sourmash bourbon whisky, whose labels bore SEAL-themed logos. For the rest of you out there, you can get one of these for $500, Kaiser joked. There was much laughter and and their SEAL hosts as the bottles were handed out, and apprethe plaques. In his closing remarks, Kaiser grew serious. We have a strong brotherhood They lost a lot of their own on 9/11 and the SEALs have lost 90 men since then. This effort has only made our relationship stronger. This piece their New York entourage were lo cal organizations, some of whom provided escort duty, like the St. Lucie County Fire Department and Legion Riders Chapter 39, Vero Beach. Legion Rider Paul Kliemisch, Vero Beach, and his wife, Sher yl, were two who assisted in the event. We escorted (the riders) from Trident House, Kliemisch said. didnt have to stop for lights. Navy veteran Allessandro Amaral came with a contingent from the Vero Beach Cycle Club. I wouldnt have missed this for the world, he said. And members of the FDNY Flori da Retirees, Martin and St. Lucie welcome at SEAL museum Mary KemperSTAFF See SEALS page 10 All of us wanted to show our much for us. 10384 All furnishings were designed for this home and are negotiableFor more information and pictures go to: Coley Real Estate GroupJason Coley/Realtor/CDPE 772-201-5229 Beautiful, custom designed 5 bd. 3.5 bth home, with library lo and oversized game room. Brazilian cherry wood, tile and carpet ooring, custom window treatments, granite, wrought iron railing, crown molding throughout. One of the most beautiful homes on the market and it comes with its own botanical garden-like landscaping Your Own Botanical Paradise and pool home in Vero Beach A $1,000,000 Home For Only $474,900


10 APRIL 17, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE vance healthcare directives, only about 25 to 35 percent of their One of the biggest mistakes we directives) in a safe place, but its too safe, Dill said. We want everybody to know about this. The Patient Self-Determination Act, a 1990 law, requires many healthcare providers to give patients information about advanced healthcare directives. The VA is among them. It has forms to help patients craft advance medical directives. Dill said that in the absence of a named healthcare decision-maker, the VA has a strict default priority list of who can make medical decisions thats similar to most healthcare providers: spouses, followed by adult chil dren, parents, adult grandchildren, and grandparents. If the VA doesnt have a named deci patients spouse, children, parents, grandchildren or grandparents, then other relatives, such as cousins, can become healthcare decision-makers. We do have a few veterans who have no family whatsoever, Dill said. We have to put our de tective hats on when theres no (healthcare-decision) surrogate closest. Spouses, Dill said, are not al ways the best healthcare decision surrogates. I had a veteran say, right in front of his wife, he said, I love her with all my heart, but shes not going to do what I want Dill said. She laughed, and said, Youre right. Dill said that National Health care Decision Day was a good time for folks whove made ad vance directives to take a look at them and make sure the VA has stances sometimes change and information becomes obsolete. Dill, however, said that VA social workers will review advance di rectives with patients any time. DIRECTIVES from page 6 Your Voice News & Views and Veteran Voice incorrectly stated that the United Veterans of St. Lucie County Annual Golf Tournament, 100 percent of the proceeds of which go to fund trans portation services for veterans to receive medical care, was slated for April 20. It will take place Sat urday, April 26, at Fairwinds Golf Course, Fort Pierce. We apologize for any inconvenience.Correction Division, also came to show their support. Many of them are military veterans, as well I have such pride in the FDNY these guys are really something, said Army veteran Tom White, who divides his time between Bayside, N. Y., and Port St. Lucie. Its nice that the coat of armor is still shining, and not dull. Thats a good thing. Army Korean War veteran Dan Dooley, who divides his time between Mount Sinai, Long Island, N.Y., and Stuart, said, This brings back such memories. Theres a proud hook be tween the FDNY and the Navy SEALs. They truly deserve each other. Kaiser said the I-beam will be developed into a special me morial at the museum in the coming weeks. I hope were able to show these guys (the FDNY) just how much what theyve done means to us, Kaiser said. Its pretty hard to put into words. Its incredible. But I do know that we have a strong bond, and what theyve done just makes it stronger. Help cover Blue Angels to Vero Beach Air Show PATRIOT MISSION launches www.PatriotWeek to help raise $40,000 to cover the out-ofVero Beach Air Show on May 10-11. Most people think the government picks up the tab when the Blue Angels come to town. Not transporting military ground equipment to sup is one reason business sponsorships for our air The Blue Angels performance is a thunderous display of United States military might as well as a reminder of the veterans who have served our nation. Hosting the BlueAngels and the other fantastic performers will be be the big losers if sponsorships dont pick quick ly and substantially. Retired Col. 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