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VOL. 2/ISSUE 31 FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 201435 cents Change of guard at VAEditors note: This is a rapidly evolving story and there may have press time. Following weeks of controversy over veterans getting inadequate medical care, Eric Shinseki stepped down from his post as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, May 30. President Barack Obama immediately named Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson as acting secretary. Because the Secretary of Veter ans Affairs is a cabinet position, the next secretary. Shortly after Shinsekis resignation, Joe Violante, legislative director of the Disabled American Veterans, spoke to by phone. Im not convinced his resignation is going to solve anything, Violante said. The day before, Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, called on Shinseki to resign. That was after the veterans departments a damning report saying that inappropriate scheduling pracPatrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Army veteran James Rednour, of Vero Beach, gets a hug from his daughter, ing his personalized, hand-carved Purple Heart cane in a prerial Day ceremonies SEAL-UDT Museum, Fort Pierce, May 26. Rednour, who served in the 101st Airborne Division, was wound ed in combat in Iraq. Hand-carved canes presented at SEAL Memorial Day ceremoniesUnder blazing sunshine on Memorial Day, a group of Purple Heart recipients from all mod ern wars received special handcarved canes as part of events commemorating the day at the National Navy SEAL-UDT Muse um in Fort Pierce. More than 300 people gathered at the museum grounds to honor SEALs who gave their lives STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee CANES page 2 See VA page 5 Sunshine Johnson, Gold Star Mother e Flag, page 3


2 JUNE 5, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE in service to their country; and presentation of the Purple Heart canes was made, to veterans of all branches of service. In introducing the guest speaker, retired Navy Rear Adm. Ed ward G. Winters III, museum director Rick Kaiser, a retired SEAL master chief, displayed his customary blend of humor and seriousness. Its a great honor to recognize these great guys and gals, Kaiser said. Admiral Winters was my aged better than he has. Winters, a career-long SEAL, rose to command the Naval Spe cial Warfare Command before retiring in 2011. When he took over the lectern, the casually dressed Winters re plied to Kaiser, Before I give my speech, Ive got to say something about him. I told him, Youre the one suffering in a uniform, and he said, Yes, but you were the one sitting in the hot sun. In a more serious vein, Winters said, Rick Kaisers a SEALs SEAL the kind of guy you want Winters went on to ask the assembled crowd to remember fallen SEALs like Mike Monsoor, who threw himself on a grenade to save the lives of his teammates in September 2006. had already been posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions in a May 2006 incident, when he and another SEAL pulled a wounded team member humously awarded the Medal of Honor. country or even his family in that split second, he decided to save his teammates, Winters said. He went on to ask the audience to remember an August 2011 helicopter crash in Afghanistan, which took the lives not only of SEALs, but Army, Air Force and other Navy troops, along with Afghan nationals. In that moment, they were all teammates, Winters said. I cant stress enough what the concept of teammates means. Only those who have fought together can understand. He also recognized family members, who die a thousand deaths when their loved ones deploy. Imagine the sorrow of a 7-mile drive to a cemetery but also the pride, he said. Part of the event included a wreath-laying by family of former SEAL Steve McConathy, who was killed in 1979. Since Sept. 11, 2011, the SEALs have lost 90 brethren. St. Lucie County Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson made a brief speech, and she later took her place in a reception line to thank the veterans receiving their Pur ple Heart canes. Prayers were led by the Rev. Mike Shockey, a former Navy chaplain, and bagpipe selections were played by British Army Maj. Graeme Massie. Each and every veteran here deserves so much. This is just a small way in which to recognize them. Lloyd Lasenby, Vietnam veteran and member of Indian River Woodcarvers Club Then it was time for the Purple Heart recipients to receive their special tribute. Lloyd Lasenby, an Army veteran of Vietnam, is a member of the Indian River Woodcarvers Club. He and the other members have made it their mission to create one-of-a-kind, personalized, hand-carved canes to honor those who have been wounded in combat and who have received the nations oldest medal, the Purple Heart. Lasenby, along with Kaiser, is quick with a quip my grand kids think Im so old I should have been in the Revolutionary War but he was clearly moved to be able to present 22 deserv ing veterans, from World War II to the present, with his clubs labors of love. Each and every veteran here deserves so much, he said. This is just a small way in which to recognize them. One by one the veterans were called up to the lectern to receive their canes, which have American bald eagles heads as the handgrip, complete with meticulously carved feathers, beaks and eyes. The colors and detail are authentic. Decals are emplaced down the shaft of the canes, denoting the particular veterans name, branch of service, unit and dates of ser vice. Each is, therefore, unique. The personalization of the canes didnt stop there all of the veterans were encouraged to meet with club members afterward to cut their canes down to size, if necessary. Club members stood by with saws and other equip ment to make sure the canes From the oldest combat-wounded veterans those who served in World War II and Korea to the youngest, who included James Rednour, an Army veteran wounded in Iraq all were clearly pleased and moved to be so recognized. Rick Kaiser himself received two canes one for his service, and a special, humorous Purple Palm cane for his injury a month ago in a parachuting accident, which broke his pelvis in three places. Kaiser made light of his injuries, to receive his own, special canes, as the other veterans were. The Purple Heart recipients who received canes are: J.C. LaPointe Mark T. Schimpf James Red Rednour L.N. Sellers M.D. Kiper R.W. Colbert Rod Dally R.L. Vaughn Harry Kip John Monroe Sehlmeyer Combat-wounded veterans receive hand-carved canes at a special tribute SEAL-UDT Museum in Fort Pierce May 26 as part of the museums Memorial Day ceremonies. Lloyd Lasenby, at lectern, is an Army veteran of Vietnam and a member of the Indian River Wood carvers Club, memthe canes uniquely for each veteran. At Kaiser, director of the museum, and behind him are military and St. Lucie county digline to congratulate the veterans. CANES from page 1 See CANES page 3


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 5, 2014 3 J.P. Frasier Rick Kaiser R.J. Debevic Rick Rust A.F. Barnett Roy A. Siler Bill Hill Bill L. Dillehay M.J. Gill Jr. Editors note: The list does Lloyd Lasenby. Some at the ceremony questioned why the Purple Heart cane recipients were awarded and Lasenby said, There were some communication problems with the program, but it all worked out we live and learn. The end result was that SEAL heroes, and Purple Heart heroes, were recognized on Memorial Day. Glitches didnt matter to the people who attended. One mother of two small sons, who were hard to keep quiet, perhaps summed it up. Shush! she said at one point. who theyre talking about. He got hurt in the war. Listen!CANES from page 2 Legion Post 88. An Englishwoman recently commented to me, I have a question for you Americans? We Brits say Hail to the Queen and long live the Queen, yet you Americans has no breath? I answered her this way: That is an interesting question. If I may, I would like to tell you what diers last breath blows by. can nationalism. from houses, from storefronts, from churches; above the village The Flag FOR VETERAN VOICESee FLAG page 9 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: 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


4 JUNE 5, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Patrick McCallister Graphic Designer 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: Veteran Voice (USPS# 9749, ISSN 23302267) is published weekly by Veteran Voice LLC, 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984. Periodicals Postage Paid at Ft Pierce, FL Send address changes to: Veteran Voice, 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984 e Voice of Experience I started my adult working life as a doughnut baker back in 1985. Thats where I learned about the World War II that didnt make history books. On June 6, the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the day that changed modern history, the launch of Operation Overlord. D-Day. But, head back to 1985 with me, please. At 8 p.m. most days, I started my baking shift at the 24-hour Mister Donut, in DeLand. By 4 a.m., Id see a small host of the niacs, the disturbed-dreamers and the lost seekers attracted promised other wounded souls to talk to. During my decade of working there I met many World War II veterans at 1, 2, and 3 a.m. During the hours when most of our social shields drop, and our mouths say everything they wouldnt when the sun is in the sky. These werent the tidied-up Americana Greatest-Generation types served up with a slice of Moms apple pie. These were the World War II veterans who couldnt, or wouldnt, hide the psychological scars of that ter rible war. These were the World War II veterans whod go get coffee, disheveled after waking from nightmares. Deadpan eyes staring at the coffee mugs they cuddled in their hands gave away their pain. Fate pulled an interesting twist in my young life. I spent about alongside Lisa Ragsdale, a cantankerous woman who grew up in wartime Germany. The veter ans and Lisa would talk at great length and detail about wartime Europe. I vicariously experienced years of World War II while mak ing round, fried sweetbreads and $9 an hour. Being an introvert makes me a good listener. Lisas village was bombed by B-17s. One time a building she was in collapsed. Lisa vividly described the fear she felt when the American troops were com ing. She remembered the terror when they arrived. After getting to know her, I got beneath the crabs shell to see her palpable hurt and anger. Lisa was angry at the Americans. Shortly after her village was occupied, she wasnt angry at the American servicemen anymore. Lisa, then a girl of about 10, became angry at the pillars of her perfect German community. The ministers, the businessmen, the upstanding citizens. The people whod betrayed the nave girl by following the momentarily conve nient wherever it went. One night she told me about village evidence of atrocities at a nearby death camp. Her voice took on a growl as she talked about the men shed respected before. said, We didnt know, she told didnt have the balls to stand against it, and they didnt have the balls to admit to participat ing. She said something else, and it didnt make sense. Ive got 25 more years behind me now to consider her words. Lisa Ragsdale was right. Were ways. Operation Overlord was far more than the largest air, land and sea operation ever undertaken. It was more than a ballsy crapshoot to beat Nazi Germany or die trying. No, June 6, 1944, was the day that the Allies put everything they had left into fostering the modern world we live in. Normandy was the place modern humanity started a war against evil itself, evil that went beyond Adolf Hitler. America, the great democratic experiment, faced its greatest challenge on Dec. 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor. The nation was either going to do what those German villagers did hide our faces from the evil around us in the name of perceived personal safety or choose to put a huge down payment of blood and gold on world democracy. It picked the inconvenient latter. While democracy is more a continuum than destination, the fact is that today it exists and is slowly growing on every D-Day plus 70 years: the battle is still going Patrick McCallister Secretary Shinsekis farewell message to VA employeesMay 30, 2014 This morning, I resigned as Sec retary of Veterans Affairs. My per sonal and professional commit ment and my loyalty to Veterans, their families, and our survivors was the driving force behind that decision. That loyalty has never wavered, and it will never wane. and-a-half years, you have made in expanding access for veterthe backlog in Veterans claims while building the system that will end the backlog in 2015, and in bringing an end to veterShinsekiSee FAREWELL page 5 See MCCALLISTER page 6


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 5, 2014 5 After Shinseki stepped down, Murphy praised him. I respect both Secretary Shinsekis service to our nation and his decision today to offer his resigna tion, the Congressman told in an emailed response to queries. While it was the right thing to do, his resignation alone does not address the serious issues taking place at VA facilities across the nation. To Murphys north, Republican Congressman Bill Posey, Rockledge, had a much different response to the Inspector Generals report and Shinsekis resignation. Last week the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation which I cosponsored to give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs broader authority jobs, providing poor service to our veterans or who are engaged in corrupt practices, Posey said in a press statement issued hours after Shinsekis resignation. Sadly, the Senate has not moved on this bill and now the Secretary has resigned leaving the bad actors still in place. In a previous interview, Posey expressed unwaver ing support for Shinseki. Im not known as one who champions the presidents appointments, but I have to tell you I have been pleased with Shinseki, Posey said. He later serving veterans, which is their job. The VAs healthcare system is Americas largest. It has more than 1,700 sites, serving about 8.8 mil lion veterans annually. As news about veterans possibly dying as they awaited care exploded through May, the national veterans community was sharply divided. The American Legion and others called on Shinseki to step down. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and others, however, called for Congress to strengthen his position, so Shinseki could proverbi ally clean house. found strong local support for Shinseki among veteran leaders. The paper talked to Garren Cone before and after the resignation. Hes president of the American Veterans Empowerment Team, or AVET, Project, and co-host of American Warrior Radio, a veterans-interest show on 1300 AM, WMEL. Im mad as hell, Cone said after the resignation. Im just disgusted. Violante said he was perplexed about why people were shocked by reported delays in care at the VA. a task force to look at how to deliver healthcare to veterans, he said. They reported in May 2003. At that time, they found 236,000 veterans on a waiting list of six months or more for their initial primary care appointments. The Presidents Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nations Veterans attributed much of the delay to expanded use of VA medical care af ter the Veterans Health Care Eligibility Reform Act Act of 1999. Funding provided through the current budget and appropriations process for VA health care delivery has not kept pace with demand, despite efforts to the most cost-effective manner, the report read. Violante said the underfunding has remained since then, and that no one should act surprised that VA employees fudged numbers to disguise problems. I think the veteran service organizations realized VA wasnt getting the money it needed, he said. We were not aware of the fact there was wrongdo ing going on, or the extent of the problem. A scandal didnt go down Floridas political paths the way one might expect. Secretary Eric Shinseki was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 and ate to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs. When reports of veterans dying while languishing on secret waiting lists awaiting VA medical care broke weeks ago, predictable political dividing lines formed in Washington, D.C., largely along political party lines. But those hailing from the Sun shine State seemed immune to that. Most of coverage area straddles two congressional districts, that states 8th and 18th districts. Bill Posey, a staunch Republican and frequent critic of President Barack Obamas administration, hails from Rock ledge; Patrick Murphy, a moder ate Democrat, from Jupiter. Murphy called on Shinseki to step down, but previously voted for H.R. 4031, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act, to give him greater power to terminate fed eral employees for performance failures. Posey co-sponsored the legislation introduced by Representative Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Miller want ed to strengthen the secretarys position, but made early and numerous calls for Shinsekis resignation. Floridas Republican Senator Marco Rubio introduced a companion bill to strengthen the secretarys position on his side of Congress. Democrat Bill Nelson co-sponsored it. Congressman Patrick Murphys emailed statement to Veteran shortly after Shinsekis resignation: I respect both Secretary Shinsekis service to our nation and his decision today to offer his res ignation. While it was the right thing to do, his resignation alone does not address the serious issues taking place at VA facili ties across the nation. However, it does allow for new leadership to fully investigate and immedi ately address this misconduct, and was necessary to restore faith in the VA and their care of our nations heroes. I remain committed to standing with our nations veterans and military families to make sure they get the highest quality care and support that they have earned. I continue to call for swift and thorough action by the Administration to get to the bottom of this system atic problem, holding all those found responsible accountable and making sure these practices do not occur in the future. Congressman Bill Poseys emailed press statement to Veterafter Shinsekis resignation: The Inspector General report issued earlier this week makes clear that the problems within the VA are not related to one person, but are symptomatic of a culture that is failing at multiple levels to Clearly there are widespread problems in VA facilities all across the nation. Some employees have been able to rig the system putting their personal were called to do which is provid medical care to those who have served this nation at home and abroad. Something is seriously wrong when some within a gov ernment agency foster this kind of behavior and seek to hide it. This must change and there is a growing bipartisan majority in Congress demanding change and full accountability for everyone who abused the responsibility that was entrusted to them. Last week the House of Rep resentatives passed bipartisan legislation which I cosponsored to give the Secretary of Veterans Af to do their jobs, providing poor service to our veterans or who are engaged in corrupt practices. Sadly, the Senate has not moved on this bill and now the Secre tary has resigned leaving the bad actors still in place. Veterans receiving care at our nations VA facilities deserve the best service possible and we should stop at nothing short of reaching that goal.The unexpected politics of a scandalDemocrat called for Shinsekis resignation; Republican lamented his departure VA from page 1ans homelessness. We have come a long way together in bringing this Department into the 21st Century in ways that will serve veterans well into the future. Yet, there is more work to be done, and I have no doubt that you will achieve all that you set about doing in the interest of veterans. I have been privileged to have served as your Secretary and am deeply grateful to the employees and leaders who have placed the interests of Veterans above and beyond their own self-interests; who are serving with dignity, compassion, and dedication; and who live by VAs core values of integrity, commit ment, advocacy, respect, and excellence. I know that you will provide your support and loyalty to acting secretary Sloan Gibson, who is now your leader. In fact, I expect it. Thank you. May God richly bless all of you, veterans, and this great country of ours. Eric K. ShinsekiFAREWELL from page 4 Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN


6 JUNE 5, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Operation Neptune turns 70 this year. The guns are long since quieted, but the results live on throughout the modern world. Its a world in which the word Nazi strikes little fear, but has rather become an all-too-casual politi cal and personal disparagement. Along with that, democracy has spread to every habitable continent on a seemingly irreversible march toward eventual universality. There are not many of the survivors of the terrible battle that almost inarguably is the modern cornerstone to the world we live in. Neptune is better remembered as D-Day the June 6 Allied air and sea invasion of Norman dy, France, in an all-out bloody crapshoot to take World War II to Germany. On the platinum anni versary of the historic hours that launched Operation Overlord, the Southeast Florida Honor Flight will take 60 survivors to the Na tional D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Va., to participate in commemo rations. Its the only hub in the Honor Flight Network doing so. I was 19 at the time of Nor mandy, Port St. Lucies Richard Ramsey quietly said during a telephone interview with Veteran Hes heading on the Honor Flight trip thatll span from June 5 to 7. Ramsey had mixed feelings about the upcoming trip. Its going to be a reunion of strangers, he said. I dont ex The sailor was on the USS Neva da that history-making morning. By then the venerable battleship was 30 years old and had done time in two world wars. She was also the only ship that launched A young, growing Italian-American War Veterans chapter, Post 3, Port St. Lucie, is looking to add veterans to its membership roster. And you dont necessarily have to be Italian-American to join. Any American citizen who was honorably dis charged or separated from the United States armed World War II: Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 American Merchant Marine Ocean-Going Seamen Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 15, 1945 Korean War: June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 Vietnam War: Dec. 22, 1961 to May 7, 1975 Lebanon and Grenada involvements: Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 Panama Liberation: Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 Persian Gulf War: Aug. 2, 1990 to date of cessa tion The mission of the Italian-American War Veterans includes the following goals: -To aid and assist veterans and their families -To assist public and private agencies and institu tions endeavoring to promote the public welfare -To foster, encourage, and promote social, civic, activities and affairs -To uphold and maintain the honor and integrity of the United States, and to preserve and defend her from her enemies -To uphold and maintain true allegiance to the Constitution -To promote patriotism, advance the civic welfare, encourage benevolence, stimulate charity, champi on the cause of education, and inspire friendship. -To encourage a feeling of mutual devotion, help fulness, and comradeship among all veterans, spouses and survivors. -To encourage and develop in all people a spirit of good will, fellowship, and understanding as a guard against future wars and chaos Anyone interested in joining may contact Vince LaValle, commander, at or Cathy LaValle at Italian-American vets post seeking new members FOR VETERAN VOICEhabitable continent. Human rights, too. While there are some very dangerous holdouts against democracy and human rights, the fact is were likely on an irreversible march toward their universality thatll probably bring about eventual world peace. I believe that. And I believe that June 6, 1944, is when the march began in earnest. About 200,000 men faced a hailstorm of death to put their boots on Frances beaches 70 years ago. Many died there. The youngest survivors are nearly 90 now and the last will leave us within two decades. Those who didnt pay physical prices in the war against evil they stated that day paid dear psychological ones. Ive seen those scars. D-Day plus 70 years. The human rights is still on. If we always have even a drop of the courage they did on June 6 seven decades ago, well win and have honored their Veteran Voice and Your Voice News & Views. Southeast Florida Honor Flight taking D-Day survivors to 70th anniversary commemoration Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee D-Day page 7 MCCALLISTER from page 4 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 11510


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 5, 2014 7 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Shed be the only Pearl Harbor ship at D-Day. On that June morning, 70 years ago, Ramsey stood on the ships deck knowing what was going to happen later. The ships had launched the previous day and sailors told about the upcoming battle. They had to turn back, however, and wait for weather to turn for the better. It did. tions and we anchored, Ramsey said. The three battleships were expendable. They issued us knives to cut the lifeboats loose. With orders to head to shore and join the land invasion if, or when, the battleship sank. The the front-row seat on history one might expect. There was a lot of smoke between Utah Beach and him. We were at battle stations at Normandy for 80 hours, he said. Thats straight. We were pretty gnarly, pretty dirty. The Nevada was helping to destroy Germanys permanent shore defenses. She went onto help support Operation Dragoon, the Allied amphibious invasion into southern France, in August, afterward. After participating in commem orations at the National D-Day Memorial, the Florida veterans and their guardians will go to the National World War II Memori al, Washington, D.C., then head home. Theyll slated to arrive at the Palm Beach International Airport at 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Therell be an Operation Homecoming. Folks are urged to go to the airport to greet the returning veterans. This is the 18theast Florida hub has done, but itll be different in several ways, Todd Tucker, chairman, said. Usually Honor Flight trips are a single day, for example. Also, Tucker said the networks co-founder and vice chairman, Jeff Miller, asked the local hub to Tucker said one thing sprang to mind. We raise just enough money to year, he said. That wasnt a problem, Miller said in a telephone interview. The Honor Flight Network is to do this, he said. Breitling another $100,000. Itll cost about $200,000 to do this. Breitling is an upscale watch maker and frequent Honor Flight Network corporate sponsor. Miller said picking the Southeast Florida hub to take 60 D-Day veterans to Bedford for the 70th anniversary commemoration was an easy choice. Southeastern Florida hub, because of their execution. Miller said. There are a lot of really good hubs around the country. Todd is so detail-oriented. I knew right out of the gate that if I could get him interested in it, if I could get that hub to do it, I knew theyd do very, very well. Among those that got involved early on in Southeast Florida Honor Flight was Martin Coun International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2959, which leads whats turned out to be the larg agencies in the county went to parking lots and street corners to with money. $55,000, Turner said. Down a little from last year, but not by far. $80,000, or nearly $1,000 for each veteran taken. Honor Flight ways by serving in World War II, and charges them nothing. than any other on D-Day. D-DAY from page 6 11496


8 JUNE 5, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE before the start of the Mets-Clearwater Threshers game, as part of a tribute organized by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566.Gold Star moms get special tribute at Tradition FieldIts a club no one wants to join, Gold Star mother JoAnn Maitland has said in the past. But on May 23, it was a club that was rightfully recognized in a way that was both fun and meaningful by a tribute at Tradition Field in honor of Memorial Day. The moms got to throw out a pitch to players from the St. Lucie Mets, before their game with the Clearwater Threshers. Though the mood was somber not a sound was heard in the crowd as the Color Guard marched it was still a chance to give a little lighthearted fun to the mothers, whose sons paid the ultimate price for American freedom, and whom they miss every day. STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee TRIBUTE page 9 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. 11473


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 5, 2014 9 greens and schools all across the United States of America. This ab thousands die for. my sons casket as a pall during his funeral. Just prior to the casket presented to me as a token of respect as the mother who raised Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hodgins to love and serve this country, even to his death.FLAG from page 3 a tribute organized by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566. The tribute was organized by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 of St. Lucie County, who provided the Color Guard and coordinated with stadium staff to ensure the tribute took place without a hitch. The mothers who participated included JoAnn Maitland; Fran Wilson; Evelyn DePagnier; Lureen Conte, who is the new president of the chapter; Linda Schumann; and Pam McNair, who is raising her sons daughter, Zhiara, and whom she brought to the game. Editors note: Veteran Voice story Klutch, the St. Lucie Mets mascot, joked with the moms before their ceremonial pitch, and cheerfully posed with them for pictures. but soon ran excitedly toward the She then amused everyone by putting two and two together. Is there someone inside there? she asked her grandmother. The ladies were excited to make their pitches to the six waiting St. Lucie Mets players. After they threw their balls, some were caught, and some werent. But all of the moms returned to their places near the dugout laughing and comparing notes. The crowd applauded loudly and appreciatively for the moms more than once, especially when Their pitch, though, got a hearty cheer as well. The VVA 566 members also got their own, well-deserved round of applause for organizing the tribute. It combined recognizing while brightening the moms day. It was clearly a home run. at from page 8 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 AD11419 The subscription price of a newspaper does not cover the cost of producing the paper, so virtually all newspapers are supported by advertising. Veteran Voice publishes legal notice advertisements, as well as various retail ads, to support the publication of this newspaper. Our intention is to publish a quality newspaper of value to the veteran community at the lowest sustainable subscription cost.


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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 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 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. 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