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VOL. 2/ISSUE 28 THURSDAY, MAY 15, 201435 cents Angels land in VeroMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer from far and wide to gather at Brevard reunion Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee REUNION page 2 It was a weekend for meeting up with old friends, enjoying good food and music but most importantly, paying trib ute to fellow veterans. Tens of thousands attended the Florida Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard Reunion in Melbournes Wickham Park through Sunday, May 4, a gathering that marked its 27th year. Though the opening ceremony took place on Saturday, May 3, events began on April 27 when the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was emplaced on the park grounds. On April 28, the presentation of wreaths was made, and the opening ceremony for the Wall was conducted. Live music and a wide as days until Saturdays opening ceremony, which included a Massing of the Colors.

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2 MAY 15, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Most people are familiar with the Wounded Warrior Project, but few have heard of the Semper Fi Fund. ed by Marine Corps spouses nine years ago to aid combat-wounded veterans and their families from all services with immediate support. Elks Lodge 2658, Port St. Lucie, last week presented a donation of $300 to the Jack Ivy Detachment of the Marine Corps league, rep resented by Marine Corps veteran Dan DePagnier. As long as there are veterans, we will always care, said the Lodges exalted ruler, Bill LaSalla. Hugh DePuis, president of the Space Coast Chapter of the Gen eral Motors Retirees Club, which organized the presentation, said he was glad to aid the Semper Fi Fund. to Semper Fi Fund Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee FUND page 5 REUNIION from page 1 Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor recipient, was a key guest. (Editors note: See previous cover age of Morris in Veteran Voice) Also on Saturday was a Last Patrol re-enactment, in authen tic uniforms and equipment. On Sunday, a church service was held, and the closing ceremo ny was held at the Traveling Wall. The Wall was, throughout, the centerpiece of the reunion. There was never a moment when people werent viewing it. Volunteers helped locate loved ones location on the Wall, and handed out complimentary sheets of thin paper and pencils so people could make rubbings of their loved ones names. Greg Welsh is the Wall manag er for the Vietnam Veterans of Brevard. The former Air Force master ser geant and Vietnam veteran said the VVB created the Wall from funds we raised at one of our reunions. We introduced it to the public he said. Since then, weve trav eled the whole country with it. Its a pretty big job. Why does he do it? Because its important to get the Wall out to people, he said. Not everyone can get to Wash ington, D.C., (to see the perma nent memorial). Veterans are entitled to see their memorial, after everything theyve gone through. Welsh said the next stop is Jackson, Miss., and then 15 more stops are planned through December. Many people were clearly moved at the Wall. Karen Baker, of Columbus, of a classmate from Marian Franklin High School, Joseph Danison. on the ground in front of it. Even after all these years, she said, after composing herself. But you know, when you care about someone, it never really leaves you. He was such a won derful guy. Danison married a younger classmate just before deploying to Vietnam, Baker said. Mementos abounded in front of stuffed teddy bears, photos, and six-packs or single bottles of beer, among many different items. People need a chance to grieve at the Wall, said reunion director Ralph Earrusso. An Army veteran, Earrusso served in Phu Bai from 1968 to 1970. Im just here to make my broth ers happy. If they cant walk to see the Wall, well carry them, he said. When I see all the people here 99 percent of whom are vet erans seeing them be happy this is why I was allowed to come back (from Vietnam), he said. Earrusso has been the director of the reunion for 25 of its 27 years. I might hand it over to someone else next year, he said, but I cant seem to get anyone pinned down just yet. The reunion is an enormously popular event. Weve got the campground booked already through next year, Earrusso said. He estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 will have attended this year. Our event pays for itself as we go, he said. We dont get any grants, and we dont have corporate sponsors. If we did, then (Wickham Park) could dictate how they want things to run, and we want to do it our own way. Earrusso said details on next years reunion will be posted on ansreunion.com, in the coming months.

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MAY 15, 2014 3 ST. LUCIE COUNTY A year after his violent death in the line of duty, St. Lucie County Sheriffs Sgt. Gary Morales, 35, was eter nally memorialized in stone on two sacred walls that pay tribute Morales name was engraved in the granite walls of the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memo rial in Tallahassee in April and unveiled on May 5 during Nationof the Morales family, Sheriff Ken Mascara, Chief Deputy Garry Wilson and the St. Lucie Coun visited the states capital for the ceremonial reveal. It was a bittersweet moment for the sergeants father, a retired New York Police sergeant and St. Lucie West resident. We are proud of him, very proud of him. We miss him, William Morales said at a May 7 St. Lucie County Sheriffs cere mony that honored the agencys six deputies lost in the line of duty since its beginnings. Gary Morales and 10 other fallen St. Lucie County law enforcement a service at St. Bernadette Catho lic Church in St. Lucie West later that day. Its nice that they have his name etched up here, but we miss him dearly. In 2002, the Florida Sheriffs Association established the memorial to honor all the heroes of of duty. Names are added each April, for those who died the prior year. Last year, four Florida sher iffs deputies, including Morales, were killed in the line of duty. Sgt. Gary Morales was fatally shot on Feb. 28, 2013, during a for his death is awaiting trial in a Martin County jail. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. William Morales said being surrounded by other families who share his pain was a unique experience. Many of the survivors of fallen heroes were there and it was a great day. It was very comfort ing, Morales said. You just feel for them also that theyve lost their loved ones. nations fallen law enforcement Sheriff Mascara said. Each of the deputies that were put on the wall had a story, and when you hear those stories, you realize how fortunate we as a community and as country are to have warriors, men and women, Vet and fallen deputy memorialized Nicole RodriguezSTAFF WRITERnrodriguez@YourVoiceW eekly.com Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer See MORALES page 6 Were proud to continue our history of supporting our countrys servicemen and women, past and present.The marks of General Motors, its divisions, slogans, emblems, vehicle model names, vehicle body designs and other marks appearing on this website are the trademarks and/or service marks of General Motors, its subsidiaries, MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH:IF YOUVE SERVED, YOU SAVE.NOW EXTENDING OUR THANKS TO VETERANS FOR A LIMITED TIME.In honor of Military Appreciation Month, we are pleased to offer the Military Discount to all Veterans, Active Duty members, Reserves, and Retirees and their spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. This is your opportunity to save hundreds, even thousands, on the purchase or lease of an eligible, new vehicle, thanks to a special discounted price well below the MSRP. You can also combine this discount with most current offers to save even more.Go To: www.FortPierceBuickGmc.com Request an authorization number from the Program menu. Visit our dealership and drive home in your new vehicle. 5255 S. Highway 1 Fort Pierce (800) 777-8021Service Hours: Monday Friday 7:30am-6pm Saturday 7:30am-2pm Sunday Closed Up to a maxium of 3daysTAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS EXCEPTIONAL OFFER IS EASY: WITH ANY SERVICE OR BODY WORK, ANY MAKE, ANY MODEL*! Come visit the home of the The All N ew

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4 MAY 15, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Ashley McBride Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Graphic Designer Phil Galdys Donna Marinak LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience Edgar Cortright probably stopped by Earths orbit, the moon and Mars before heading onto heaven. He had a few satel lites and robotic probes to look at one last time before moving onto eternity. Cortright died on Sunday, May 4, following a stroke. He was 90. The World War II Navy pilot was in the National Advisory Com mittee for Aeronautics when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1958. The nation quickly geared he was put on the task force that formed NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Admin istration. Cortright held numer ous jobs in NASA. His last was director of the Langley Research Center in Virginia. lunar mission, the Surveyor, Cortright said in a 1998 interview with Rich Dinkel for the Johnson Space Center Oral History Proj ect. I was very proud of Viking. The Surveyor program was seven robotic probes America sent to the lunar surface from 1966 to 1968. Five made soft landings, proving it could be done, and transmitted priceless data that helped the manned Apollo program reach its goal landing humans on the moon and return ing them to earth safely. Viking was the famous robotic mission to Mars that started successful planetary exploration and gave Americans one more thing to cel ebrate during the nations bicentennial, 1976. landing on Mars, NASAs chief historian, Bill Barry, told Veteran Voice. A couple (robotic probes) hit Mars, but they didnt last cessful lander on Mars. Barry said the four probes that made up Viking, two orbital and two landers, gave the world its from the surface of another planet. It was also mankinds or present life on another planet robotically. The mission was so successful that the landed robotic exploration elsewhere in the solar system continues with programs such as the Cassini-Huygens and the upcoming Titan Saturn System Mission. We were lucky to get the money to do Viking, Cortright said in his interview. And that was a struggle. And that cost, what, almost a billion dollars, certainly three-quarters of a billion dollars for the Viking. Viking had given the world al most everything known about the Red Planet until a more advanced generation of probes started examining Mars in the 2000s. Barry said Cortright made nu merous other contributions to space and planetary exploration as chief of Advanced Technology Programs and other roles at NASA. Among other things, he directed the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) and Nimbus meteorological satellite programs in the 1960s. TIROS-1 sense and report things happening on Earth. It was revolutionary for scientists and others to see Earth from orbit. But, the role for which Cortright will likely be best remembered for by name was as chairman of the Apollo 13 Review Board. On April 13, 1970, the seventh manned Apollo mission, and third aiming for a lunar landing, exploded during a routine oxygen-tank check. The moon mission suddenly became an on-theJames Jim Lovell, John Jack Swigert and Fred Haise faced enormous odds against their safe return to earth. Barry said Cortright likely saved by leading the investigation that tracked down the cause of the mysterious explosion with an approach. Barry said at the time there were numerous folks in Washington, D.C., eager to cut the space program out of federal budgets, and Apollo 13 gave them plenty of excuse. Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comPhoto courtesy of NASA See CORTRIGHT page 6

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MAY 15, 2014 5 ST. LUCIE COUNTY St. Lucie County commissioners are asking residents and businesses who want to show their sup port for the construction of a new 120-bed veterans nursing home proposed to be built in the Tradition area of Port St. Lucie St. Lucie County Commissioners last night accepted the donation of 28 acres from Tradition Land Company, LLC for the proposed nursing home, which would employ roughly 190 people annually. We strongly encourage all Treasure Coast residents, who support this project, said St. Lucie County Commission Chair Frannie Hutchinson. St. Lucie County staff has worked at lightning speed to put together this application and we are extremely thankful for all of those who have worked with us to make this hap pen, including the executives at Tradition, well as the various veterans groups in the area. The state has provided funding up to $11 million, which would be matched with federal dollars, to construct at least one new veterans nursing home in Florida. St. Lucie County currently ranks four on the list. The estimated $36.1 million construction project along with the annual budget of more than $7 million in operations would the region. The 75-mile service area for the Treasure Coast currently houses an estimated 279,971 veterans; 118,617 of whom are over age 65. The closest existing State Veterans Homes are more than two hours away in all directions. Residents interested in supporting this project are asked to contact: Col. Mike Prendergast Executive Director Florida Department of Veterans Affairs 11351 Ulmerton Road, No. 311-K Largo, FL 33778-1630 (727) 518-3202 Gov. Rick Scott State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 (850) 488-7146 residents to support proposed Veterans Nursing Home FOR VETERAN VOICE Whoever needs the help, thats whats import ant, said the former Navy corpsman. We feel Wounded Warriors has turned into a bureaucracy, DePagnier said. A percentage goes to the veterans, but too much goes toward administration. The Semper Fi Fund is 100 percent for the veterans. The percentage of wounded troops has grown since World Wars I and II. Its horrible to see these wounded troops coming back, losing their limbs to IEDs and jobs are not exactly plenti ful right now. Thats why the Fund is so import ant. Many in the audience are veterans themselves, and as Elks were pleased to help donate to the fund. After the remarks and check presentation, everyone enjoyed a large military-themed cake. On behalf of the Marine Corps, I want to thank all of you for your generous help, DePagnier said. This will go a long way toward helping our veterans. For more information on the Semper Fi Fund, visit FUND from page 2We feel Wounded Warriors has turned into a bureaucracy. A percentage goes to the veter ans, but too much goes toward administration. Dan DePagnier Jack Ivy Detachment Marine Corps League www.IndianRiverColonyClub.com/USmilitary Indian River Colony Club Call:877-484-6178 The Place Patriots Call Home 55 + Active Retirement Community I n dian River Col ony C lub 1 936 Freedom D r ive Vi era (Mel b ourne), F L 3 2 940Ready to start the next adventure? So many choices, with the time to use them. Golf, tennis, dance, craft, ne dining and over 40 clubs & activities of all kinds! Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve. Single family homes on 453 lush acres in Viera. Initially home to Military Officers, IRCC now takes pride in accommodating all those who served, devoted to the traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. 10956

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6 MAY 15, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE The agenda for the Space Coast Military Appreciation Day, slated for May 17 at Searstown Mall, Ti tusville, has been set, and it will be packed with activities. Here is the schedule: 6-7 a.m.: Setup 6:15-7:15 a.m.: Signup for 5K Run 8:30 a.m.: Colors posted by joint Corps 8:45 a.m.: Award ceremony for 5K winners 10 a.m.: Performance by Space Coast High School JROTC unit 10 a.m.: Movie The Lone Survi vor, Satellite Cinema, Titusville (to be shown at intervals throughout the day tickets are $5) 10:30-10:45 a.m.: U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, speaker 11 a.m.: Performance by Greater Canaveral Barbershop Harmony Society 11:30 a.m.: Speakers, elected 11 a.m.-Noon: Brevard County Fire Department presentation 11:45 a.m.: Bugle calls, Astro naut High School JROTC cadet Garrett Donihue Noon: Appearance by retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, Medal of Honor recipient 12:30 p.m.: Valiant Air Com 1 p.m.: Performance by Astro naut High School JROTC unit 2:30 p.m.: VA presentation and 3 p.m.: Performance by Titusville High School JROTC unit 4:30 p.m.: Retiring of the Colors and closing ceremony Throughout the day, there will be food booths, marching bands, displays and exhibits. Additionally, there will be veter activities. For more information, contact event chairman J.B. Kump at (321) 543-1608 or by e-mail at jb.kump@gmail.com. FOR VETERAN VOICE that go out every day to protect us, Mascara said. Moraless name was also added a week later to the mar ble walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., along with 285 other fallen law enforce and members of the Morales family were expected to attend the event. On average, one law enforce line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement William Morales said his fallen son was a special kind of cop. Gary became a cop, but he became a super cop and Im not saying this because hes my son, but because he was just witty and sharp, Morales said. He knew the streets, he knew his job, so I lost a son, hero, a tremendous loss. A glance at Gary Moraless re cord of service shows the Bronx native was destined for his cho sen line of work, which William Morales said is in the familys blood. Sgt. Gary Moraless brother, Brad Morales is a St. Lucie County Sheriffs deputy and Gary Moraless nephew, Nick, 16, plans on following in his grandfathers and uncles footsteps. Gary Morales joined the Air in San Antonio before being stationed in Panama from 1996 to 1998. He returned to San Antonio and was honorably discharged in 1999. Morales received the Air Force Achievement Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ser vice Medal, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon Longevity Service Award Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon. He joined the St. Lucie Coun 2000 and served in the uniform patrol, school resource, SWAT, special investigations and training unit. He was also driving and CrossFit instructor. In 2001, Morales went undercover and posed as a high school student in Operation Safe Kid. His efforts helped the on 73 charges ranging from drug violations to removing se Morales was promoted to ser geant Jan. 18, 2013. His departmental honors in clude four unit citations, three citations for exceptional duty and two Safe Driver Awards. Morales held bachelors and masters degrees in criminal justice from Keiser University.MORALES from page 3 The (Apollo) program could have ended right there, Barry said. They did the review and found out what happened. The Cortright Commission made some recommendations and ward. That was on Jan. 31, 1971. It was followed by Apollo 15, 16 and 17 all heading to the moon. The Apollo Application Program gave the world the Skylab Space Station in the early s. Apol los last mission was the Apol lo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. That program was followed by the Space Transportation System (space shuttle) from 1981 to 2011. America has no program, but is gearing up for future missions with the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The cause of the mysterious explosion that almost ended What seemed like a minor oops that investigators could have easily missed. The failure occurred it starts out with the oxygen tank, Cortright said in the oral-history interview. It was on a shelf, and they were taking it out and replacing with it or doing something with it at the supplier who built that thing. I cant remember who it was anymore. And they dropped it. Not off a table or anything, but the way it was mounted slapped down hard. It didnt seem to hurt it, so they went on. Barry said Cortright remains a storied man at NASA for his en gineering and human-relations gifts, although hed left almost 40 years ago. Cortright had a huge impact, Barry said. There were a lot of bright guys who came here. Cortright was in the handful of guys who did not just do great management, too. Cortrights wife died in 2012. Hes survived by a brother, David P. Cortright, along with daughter Susan Weiss and son, David E. Cortright. He had three grandsons, as well as six nieces and nephews. His sister died before him. NASAs remembrance is at mer-langley-center-director-ed X19. CORTRIGHT from page 4 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 tchospice.org. 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 10953

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE MAY 15, 2014 7 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 AD10925 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 Super visor 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 1-800669-8477 VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000 VA Medical Ctr, W. Palm Beach 1-800972-8262 Pharmacy, VA Medical Center 1-800317-8387 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 Veter ans 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 N UMBERS ... Veteran Voice is a weekly publication designed to provide information to and about veterans to veterans and to the broader community. Veterans are an integral part of their Florida communities, which currently have individual organizations of their own, such as the Veter ans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and many other groups with a nar row 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 ad dress 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 STATEMENTAN D OUR OBJECTIVE11075 11093

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