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VOL. 2/ISSUE 34 THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 201435 cents cials and other hopefuls for a VA nursing facility gathered to welcome a delegation from the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs who paid a visit to the proposed site in St. Lucie West on June 11. This is your new home, proclaimed St. Lucie County Commissioners chair Frannie Hutchinson to the visiting site selection committee and an esti mated 100 members of veterans groups and other advocates. The visit was the third on a planned tour of nine locations, according to Letizia Nazario-Braddock, FDVA director of administration, who said the committee planned to wrap up their trip on Tues day, June 24. The planned nursing home will be the seventh in Florida. The other homes are located in Daytona Beach, Land O Lakes, Panama City, Pembroke Pines, Port Charlotte and St. Augustine. The de partment also operates a veterans assisted living facility in Lake City. Currently, the closest nursing facilities for Trea sure Coast and Space Coast veterans are Daytona Beach and Miami. The proposed site is located not quite 2 miles from Tradition Medical Center, St. Lucie West, on land donated by Tradition Land Co. LLC. The parcel is at the western end of Tradition Parkway. Al Carter, FDVA executive deputy director and site-selection committee chair, introduced seven of the nine total committee members attending (the ninth was delayed in arriving at the site). They included representatives of the FDVAs legal, legislative, communications and administrative divisions, as well as medical professionals and an architect. Carter explained that half of the committee were voting members, and the other half non-voting, but decision. He explained the rules under which the committee must operate. There must be Sunshine Law cleans ing, he said, referring to the Govern ment-in-the-Sunshine Law enacted in 1967 to guarantee full access to all gov ernment records and meetings of governVoting members must disclose conversations with each other, Carter said. We all arrived here in separate vehicles, with the exception of non-voting admin(istration) members. tions, but we are not allowed to discuss site evaluation. Not until our visits are complete, and we formulate our recom mendations to the state cabinet. and gave a measured, but passionate, talk touting the many qualities St. Lucie County and the city of Port St. Lucie have to offer. Youve got a state-of-the-art medical fa cility just over a mile from here; youve got here, shopping; youve got serene, calm and beautiful conservation land that will not be developed. It cant be duplicated, she said. And its not just for the veterans, but for their families, too. Hutchinsons contingent included representatives from city utilities and services, who told the site committee that the infra structure was sound, and that the facility could be easily and quickly constructed. County attorney Dan McIntyre said, Certainly, Port St. Lucie will manage services. More than 280,000 veterans live in our Proposed vets home site visited by state selection committee Mary KemperSTAFF More than 280,000 veterans live in our service area. Of these, more than 100,000 are over 65. We can handle these needs much better than anyone else. St. Lucie county attorney Dan McIntyre Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer See SITE page 2


2 JUNE 26, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE service area. Of these, more than 100,000 are over 65. We can handle these needs much better than anyone else. Hutchinsons team put together a meticulously detailed booklet for the site-selection committee. In the section titled Local Infra structure, the booklet states: Sewer, electricity, communi cations and irrigation-quality water available from south side of Tradition Parkway. Water main already present along eastern boundary of property. County will pay to extend util ities along 830-foot driveway to main part of parcel. The booklet also addressed environmental concerns, which Carter had said were a priority: No recognized environmental conditions relative to subsurface contamination found. No signs of current or former structures on the site. Seventeen gopher tortoise burrows found. County will relocate estimated nine gopher tortoises to approved site once construction approved. This item provoked laughter among the attendees, after Carter said, Well, its good to know we wouldnt be creating a homeless gopher tortoise population. All in all, the literature gave the land parcel a very clean bill of health, noting no evidence of National Priority cleanup sites within one mile, along with no evidence of chemical or other toxic dumping, no storage tanks to be monitored within at least a half mile, and no reported pe troleum contamination within at least a quarter mile. Additionally, St. Lucie County as a whole has a low potential for radon gas accu mulation. Once the presentations were made, Carter said it was time to take the tour. County crews had previously cut down brush to create a walkway for the committee members, as well as providing water and Ital ian ice, umbrellas and facecloths at stops along the way. Safety is key, Carter said. Dont step in any holes, gopher or otherwise. Im sure the county ers, but we dont want to have to test it. Some of the many attendees chose to accompany the site-selection committee members, while others stayed behind, talking over the implications of the site visit. Representatives from all of the United Veterans of St. Lucie County were there to lend their support, according to Dan DePagnier, chairman. The United Veter ans provided a Color Guard, and led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members buttonholed Steve Murray, FDVA communications director, before he left, wanting to be made. mendations and forward them to the state cabinet by August, Murray said. And hopefully, by September a decision will be made. Other attendees included state Rep. Larry Lee Jr., D-Fort Pierce, and Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella. Like other nursing facilities around the state, the proposed new facility will provide care for those veterans suffering from dementia or Alzheimers disease. There is one facility in Lake City that offers assisted-living facili ties. The construction of the facility could result in as many as 200 jobs for the county, along with additional revenue in the form of business trade. The state has provided funding for up to $11 million, to be matched by federal funds, Hutchinson said, adding that the county and city are willing to ab sorb as many costs as possible. Commission chair Hutchinson joked at the end of her presentation, noting the weather: Lips to God, it hasnt rained yet! But she added a heartfelt plea: I spoke with a veteran I know who has no family. He said he is pre paring for the day when he knows he will need to enter a veterans home. He said, St. Lucie County is my family. Frannie, get this for me. For information on the Florida De partment of Veterans Affairs, visit For information on the St. Lucie County Board of Commissioners, visit htm For information on the City of Port St. Lucie, visit Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer SITE from page 1 Mitch Kloorfain chief photographer


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 26, 2014 3Veterans employment looking upAll 8.7 million jobs. The Depart ment of Labor recently reported that the nation has regained the 8.7 million jobs lost during the Great Recession, generally count ed as 2008 to 2010. However, that doesnt mean that the nation is back to its previous employ ment performance. Many economists say it still needs nearly 7 million jobs to account for in creased labor force size. Still, by most accounts, things are far better than they were. But, what about for veterans who seemed to have been hit harder in the job downturn than others? The previously higher-than-average unemployment rate among veterans spurred many in the sectors to start employment ini tiatives. For example, Walt Disney Com pany started Heroes Work Here, an outreach to vets. The White House rolled out Joining Forces headed up by First Lady Michelle Obama, which included an effort to get corporations to hire at least 100,000 veterans. Floridas Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran, helped launch Hiring Floridas Heroes, along with Paychecks for Patriots. Theres strong evidence that the efforts have helped put many vet erans to work. From what were seeing, its just like the rest of the popula tion, Jose Tabar, local veterans employment representative at CareerSource Research Coast, said. We seem to have turned the corner. The CareerSource Research an employment-seeking facility open only to qualifying veterans. Tabar said, We havent run the numbers recently, but just visu ally I can tell (a difference). We used to get 15, 18 (vets) a day. Now were seeing 10. The state has 24 regional workforce-development organizations under what used to be Workforce Florida, the states workforce-de velopment program under the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Each of the 24 is an independent agency, and all used different names. The Florida Legislature enacted a bill in 2012 to unify them to a common name: CareerSource. CareerSource Research Coast covers Indian River, Martin Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Jim Watson, CareerSource Bre vard, said things are looking up for Space Coast veterans, too. In 2008, 2009, only 203 vets gained employment through our system, he said. more than 600 have, Watson said. But, heres the thing: vets dont seem to have to work as When a registered veteran uses a CareerSource service, such as the website EmployFlorida Market place, its counted. In the 2008services about 180,000 times. June 30, theyve used services 136,000 times, or about 44,000 times fewer. On June 20, the Department of Economic Opportunity released its last monthly jobs report, which looks at the month of April. Floridas seasonally adjusted unPatrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comFrom what were seeing, its just like the rest of the population, Jose Tabar, local veterans employment representative at CareerSource Research Coast, said. We seem to have turned the corner. See WORK page 10 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 26, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Graphic Designer Phil Galdys Donna Marinak 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) (772) 204-2409 e Voice of Experience To say Rocky Fusco is a colorful guy is probably no, make that certainly stating the obvious. Both personally and professionally, the Army veteran is immersed in colors across the spectrum. He makes his living as a tattoo artist, having begun his craft in 1980. Thousands of designs later, hes still, in his own words, drillin like a villain and even branching out into a new line of business, printing. Fuscos shop, South Florida Tat too and Piercing, on U.S.1 in Fort Pierce, is scrupulously clean. People are always compliment ing me on that, he said. Ive even had a group of nurses come in and say its cleaner than their hospital. No one should be surprised nowadays that nurses might want to get tattoos Fusco said he gets clients from all walks of life, from doctors and lawyers to those in the trades. Since he be gan, getting tattoos has exploded across the wider culture. Besides himself, Fusco employs does piercing. Each has his or her own cubicle with all the necessary equipment. Out of one of the cubicles came the highpitched whine of a drill as Fusco recalled his roots. I grew up in West New York, N.J., he said. My mother was originally from Berwick, Pa. When I joined the Army (in 1974), she moved back there to hide from me, he joked. So when I got out, I moved there, too. Fusco served as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief in Fulda, Germany. He married a German woman, so after his discharge, he worked as a civilian, driving trucks and working for a tire company. When Fusco was in basic training at Fort Dix, N.J., an Associ ated Press photographer took a picture of the young soldier on the ground, holding his weapon. The photo went to 30 different papers around the country, he said. My mom saved copies of one paper in a Tupperware container. Its crazy. The end of Fuscos marriage prompted him to move to Pennsylvania. There, he and a friend helped clean the shop of a tattoo artist by the moniker of G.I. Charlie, Fusco said. When I was in the service, I bought up savings bonds, which in those days (matured) in much thing I did (when he got back to the U.S.) was buy tattoo equip ment. My mom couldnt believe it. I hacked up about 300 people Bloomsburg, Pa., and attended a tattoo convention. At the convention, I was invited to Bike Week (held every year at Daytona Beach) twice and then I decided to move here. At one time, Fusco had shops in Melbourne, Okechobee and Port studio in Fort Pierce, which he opened in 1992. I was working with my partner, Fat Man, and he decided to move to Georgia. I couldnt handle all of the business by myself, Fusco said. So he streamlined operations to piercing as an additional service. Fusco makes three trips a year to Berwick where a longtime friend, Penny Baylor, lines up clients for Fusco to tattoo. Over three days, he will ink clients from early morning until late at night. His next scheduled trip is in July. Fusco said hes done tattoos of everything under the sun; you name it. What kind of designs are Fuscos own favorites? Realistic animal portraits, he said. Any kind of wildlife. I also like to do underwater scenes. Fusco uses a technique in many of his animal designs to make it appear as if the animal is three-dimensional. On his smart phone, he shows a arm it looks as if it were nearly real, and ready to take off. One design, an alligator covering Drillin like a villain Army vet inks his art on skin Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comWelcome to your new addiction. From the brochure of South Florida Tattoo and Piercing, Fort Pierce See INK page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 26, 2014 5 the entire back of his client, took Fusco 27 hours to complete. The colors are vivid, the detail painstaking even down to water droplets falling from the alliga tors mouth. Fusco gets a good business from veterans and family to 10 clients a month more, actually, because peo ple dont always tell you theyre military requesting military-themed designs. One particular favorite is the and helmet. grandmother, and an anchor for her grandfather, who was in the Navy, he said. But I do all kinds, and people come in with hundreds and hundreds of different ideas, he said. Fuscos own two sons bear ribbons, in honor of their mother, who successfully battled cancer. Often, people will bring in photos of loved ones for Fusco to tattoo on them. On his phone, he displayed a photo of Vasko, a St. The handlers buddies got together and bought him a In addition to inking new designs, Fusco said he can tell it was the same thing, when Im done with them, he said. In addition to cleanliness, Fusco stresses aftercare for all his clients. He furnishes each with a lengthy in structional sheet on how to take care of a newly inked tattoo. After all, theres no point in getting one if youre not going to take care of it properly, he said. INK from page 4 See INK 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. 11847


6 JUNE 26, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Why are we in Afghanistan? Were cleaning up someone elses mess. The enemy is the Taliban. Sergeant Hayley Nine is a 5-foot, 8-inch 22-year-old woman, who has returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. As a gunner for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protection Vehicle, or MRAP, scout truck, she wore armor, traveled at the head of convoys in search of Improvised Explosive Devices and sat atop the vehicle, alert. Her weapon: a 50-caliber ma chine gun. When Hayley Nine was 15, her beloved grandfather died. He had retired from the Army a lieu tenant colonel. Hayley had been quite close to him, and had also always been drawn to the Army. At age 17, her parents signed their names, giving Hayley, yet a minor, permission to join the Army carrying on her grandfathers legacy. She graduated from Treasure Coast High School, received a softball scholarship to Palm Beach State College and remained a Reserve soldier until being called up to active duty in 2012. Afghanistan changed Hayley in the way that every soldier who sees active duty in a war zone is changed. It was a big culture shock, Hayley said, and the experi ence matured me. But I wouldnt change it for anything in the world. It made me realize what really matters my brothers and sister, my mom and dad, my fam ily. I saw life for the reality it is and now I understand that there are things that matter and things that dont. Before Hayley left for Afghanistan, she had to make decisions about her future, the type which few 20-year-olds pay attention to. The Army requires a checklist to be taken care of prior on life insurance policies, a will and living will prepared, a signed Do Not Resuscitate order. Hay ley gave her dad power of attor which helped sort out a few prob lems while she was overseas, and Hayley elected her sister to be the person to make health decisions in the event that she could not. In Afghanistan, Hayley has responsible for arranging for the drop-off locations and times of materials the convoy was trans porting. This was a huge responsibility for me, she adds, they placed me in charge of millions of dol lars worth of equipment and humanitarian aid. As the convoy rolled through vil lages, children would run out for candy. At other times rocks were toward them.Theres gonna be a new cop in town Kelly Jadon FOR VETERAN VOICE See HAYLEY page 8


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 26, 2014 7They called us the Big Sleep They dropped out of school, ran away from home and lied about their age so they could put on the uniform and defend their homeland. I was one of these 16-year-olds. I served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and I was sent to Norman dy, France with the Underwater Demolition Team (U.D.T.) to clear underwater obstacles such as horned mines. The Germans had saturated the entire French coast from Cherberg and LeHave. During one of my missions, me and my teammate Jim Locksey were blown out of the water. The explosion was caused by a mine, which was located about 150 yards from us and was being worked on by two of my team mates. They were blown to bits. After Jim and I were released from the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Virginia, we were sent to the Anacostia Receiving Station in Washington, D.C. Jim managed to get a job strik ing for a Cooks rate, and I was assigned to the Seaman Honor Guard. I partlcipated in parades and did the burial detail assign ments at the Arlington Cemetery. I was later transferred, by my re quest, to the E.F. Larson DD830 destroyer. While on the Larson, I man aged to get work assigned to the Engineering Division. I stood my watches in the engine rooms and my day with the A Repair Gang. My battle station was the Damage Control Party. The ship conducted war time maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea. The crew worked four hours on and four hours off, around the clock. This was a war time scheduling and General Quarters (Battle Stations) were called all hours of the day or night. Even though a crew member, who may have worked and had been on alert all night, was off duty during the day, he could not go to his rack (bed) to sleep. The crews quarters were closed for clean-up during the day. Many of the crew tried to make up their sleep by sleeping under gun turrets, in the whale boats or whatever. In fact, some of the crew even passed out from exhaustion from the heat of the engine rooms. I had a good buddy named John riner who had screwed up and was transferred to the destroyer. Whatever his past problem was, it didnt matter as he was a good, relieved from our watch, and we were dead tired. We could not get in the crews quarters to get some sleep, so we looked elsewhere to crap out as the sailors used to say. We saw an opportunity to sleep under a table in the crews Mess Hall. This table was up against the bulkhead and kept us partially obscured from sight. The squadron of destroyers were scheduled to tie-up along side each other in what they called a nest formation. The de stroyers in the squadron were the Goodrich, Thomas, Larsen and the Hanson. Each took a turn coming along side each other and anchoring and tying together. The sequence was the Goodrich came alongside and anchored and then tied to the Goodrich. The Larson anchored and tied to the Thomas. It was the Hansons turn to tie up alongside Larson. As the Hanson came alongside of the Larson, she came in too fast and collided with the Larson. The collision was so violent that it damaged the guardrails and part of the superstructure. The entire crew of the Larson turned out, as it was felt the ship was See SCARLATO page 9 11869


8 JUNE 26, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Hayley traveled with an inter preter who spoke Pashto through a loudspeaker and on the ground, face to face with locals, speaking on behalf of the U.S. soldiers. He kept his face covered so as to be unrecognizable to the public, thus keeping his identity safe. Interpreters risk their lives and those of their families if they are helping the Americans, Hayley relates. At one point, Hayleys truck had stopped, her truck commander and two members of the Afghanistan National Army (off the vehicle). A white Toyota with one male driver approached. He was told to stop or he would be shot. The driver kept coming. Hayley had to make a decision what to do. Her commander could could turn on them. (Theyve been known to do so.) No shots (According to the Rules of Engagment, U.S. forces cannot shoot unless they are being shot at and a person within view. Muzzle coming home. A clenching decision, she did not shoot. It was a dry run, she believes a testing of U.S. forces to see how far they are allowed to go. The driver of the car stopped beside the U.S. Army truck, got out of the Toyota, from the passenger seat and evil ly smiled at Hayley. Hayley has been home in Port St. Lucie for one year and she is about to graduate from the Police Academy at Indian River State College. In her future is a place on the Port St. Lucie Police De partment, where she hopes to be Hayley will return to the military for training as a drill sergeant in Fort Jackson, S.C. One of Hayleys goals is to change the face of women in law enforcement, taking full advan tage of opportunities such as veterans with active duty experi ence, especially after having as serted the Rules of Engagement, jobs, helping keep the homeland safe. A Hometown Hero, Hayley Nine is a very focused young woman; Hayley can be found locally in the gym, watching motorcycle rac Ninja ZX10R), at church or out at the shooting range. Her favorite weapon is an M-4 carbine. One day, she would like to marry and have children. HAVE A HERO TIP? Hometown Heroes are in every town and city. They are regular people who have made a positive difference in their community, impacting others for the better. Send your Hometown Kelly Jadon is the creator of the Treasure Coast Hometown Heroes column. A poet, she has been published in several literary journals. Her poetry book, To Taste the Oil: The Flavor of Life in the Middle East is available at Find her online at HAYLEY from page 6


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 26, 2014 9 Naturally, getting tattoos can be costly (Welcome to your new ad diction, Fuscos brochure says). The minimum charge is $40, for anything more substantial, the charge is determined by an hourly rate. Fusco said his baseline rate is $100 per hour, but hes more than willing to negotiate. There are people out there charging up to $250 per hour, he said. But I do not want to take advantage of people. You get people who really scrape to get themselves a tattoo people like that, I like to help, if I can. In the case of the alligator tattoo, Fusco said he gave the client a reduced rate because I really wanted to do that tattoo; I loved it, loved doing it. As if tattooing werent enough, Fusco has now branched out into doing printing work T-shirts, mugs, anything, you name it, he said. We can do vinyl (signs), stickers, phone cases, everything. Using state-of-the-art printing equipment, Fusco said his girl friend and associate, Elizabeth Elmer, can produce any kind of design on virtually any kind of medium. Im really excited about this, Fusco said. People know us through our (existing artistic) work. Im hoping a lot more peo ple will sign up with us. Indeed, Fusco and his other artists designs are walking adver tisements by themselves. My girlfriend (who has mil itary-themed tattoos on both arms) gets stopped everywhere she goes, he said. If I do a tattoo for someone, say, at a reduced rate, that tattoo will be gorgeous, and that alone will bring people in. To me, the greatest advertise ment is a person who is happy, and thats what we do make people happy. South Florida Tattoo and Piercing is located at 1717 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. The business can be contacted at (772) 465-0012.INK from page 5in jeopardy. A Damage Control Party ran down into the Mess Hall to check for damage. They the Mess Hall table. Since the Hanson had hit that side of the ship where we were lying, they thought we were dead or badly injured. They quickly called for the medical corpsmen. When they approached the two of us lying there and touched us both of us jumped up. Everyone was startled. They couldnt believe their eyes. They could not believe how two men could have slept through that violent collision, especially the ship was hit on the side where we were sleeping. The captain gave an order to the corpsman to give a special examination of each man to make sure they were all right. The two men were found to be all right, but fatigued. A positive thing came out of this incident. The squadron came off its four hours on and four hours off plus a work day to the normal four on and eight I were very embarrased over this incident. It was hard to live down. Although we probably got credit for the changing of the schedule, wherever we went on the ship, we were called the Big Sleep. Domenick Scarlato served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1944-48 and later in the Naval Reserve and National Guard. He holds a doctorate of education and because of his work in special education, has been involved in an advisory capacity while changes to na tional mental health care policies occurred over the last 50 years. He has been a St. Lucie West resident for 15 years. SCARLATO from page 7 Even SEALs need wheels. Earlier this month Schumacher Automotive, Lake Park, gave the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, Fort Pierce, a Chevrolet Silverado. The museum wrapped the truck with logos, which has turned out to be unexpectedly good advertising. Theres no doubt who owns it when were driving it down the executive director, said. by the donation. Nobody gives someone else a vehicle, let alone a museum, he said. (Charles Chuck Schum acher Automotive was) very gra cious. Schumacher said the donation doesnt feel like something to trumpet. He said you just have to get acquainted with a few SEALs to understand why he feels that way. I think really, from our perspec tive, there was a need and we felt like it was the right thing to do, he said. Theyre a great bunch of guys. Hector Delgado, vice president of the museums board, said that through a private golf tournament hed developed friendships Schumacher Auto Group gives SEALs some wheels Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee SEAL page 10 In the Veteran Voice story of June 12, Middle school students given patriotic graduation by vets, it was incorrectly reported that Albert Hickey was a former member of the Fire Department of New York. In fact, he was a former member of the New York City Police Department. Veteran Voice regrets the error.CORRECTION 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 AD11755


10 JUNE 26, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE with Schumacher, and his George Bengston. Both, he said, were very interested in helping the museum from the get go. Bengston said it became obvious what the General Motors dealer ship could do for the museum. I knew they needed a vehicle, because the director was driv ing around in an old truck, Bengston said. Bengston tried a couple av enues to raise a truck for the museum. Those avenues were painfully slow. I went to Chuck (Schumacher) and told him what was hap pening and he said, You know what, let me do it, Bengston said. Delgado said the truck has been a blessing for several rea sons. The museum also runs the Trident House in Sebastian. The house is open to families of fallen SEALs for therapeutic stays, along with to members of the militarys various special operations who need some down time. Like any home, it ends up needing a lot of things. Plus the museum works with BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series, a touring In other words, folks around the museum put on a bunch of road miles. Now every one of them is a rolling advertisement. Everywhere we stop, were get ting a lot of questions, Delgado said. Giving USA recently reported that Americans are getting more generous again. The philanthrofolks gave charities about $335 billion in 2013, or about 3 per cent more than the year before The rises in donations hasnt been even across the board. Giving to education, arts and humanities organizations such as the museum is up. How ever, religious organizations are getting less in their collection plates than in previous years. Giving USA and the Indiana Uni versity Family School of Philan thropy report that if the upward trend continues, the nation should be back to pre-recession giving, about $348 billion annually, in two years. a really big donation, but many are being generous to the museum lately. said. Our donations are up. Its obviously a lot to do with the current visibility of the SEALS. People want to learn more. Schumacher urged others to support the museum and its projects. They put their selves on the line for us for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy, he said. The museum is at 3300 N. Highway A1A. The phone is (772) 595-5845. Its open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sundays from noon the 4 p.m. Its on the web at www.navyseal SEAL from page 9 employment rate was 6.3 per cent, up slightly from March, but down 1.2 percentage points from April 2013. The federal unemployment rate was the same for last April, 6.3 percent. The monthly jobs report doesnt ployment rates. In an emailed response to queries, Jessica Sims, press secre tary, said about 27,300 veterans found employment through the Department of Economic Opportunitys various services last year. From January to May this year, another 11,500 have. Thats a slight average daily increase from 74.85 to 76.15. Sims said that the current population survey 2013 annual average unemployment rate for Florida veterans was 6.1 per cent, verses 7.1 for others. Na tionally, the CPS 2013 average unemployment rate for veterans was 6.6 percent. For others it was 7.2. Tabar said he believes veterans employment initiatives played a large role in those numbers. He said many more employers are, are thinking about, or are open to, specif ically looking for veterans to hire. With me going out to talk to employers, its nice to have that word out there, he said. Oh, yeah, we heard about that on the radio. Watson said he appreciates the many large and small ef forts to hire veterans. The only downside to the groups is theyre somewhat splintered, he said. Each gets an idea of how they want to help and they strike out on their own and they duplicate efforts. He said Space Coast orga nizations and employers who want to help get veterans hired would do well to coordinate with the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Flor ida. The Melbourne Chamber of Commerce has the Veterans Resource Committee and they have two big job fairs every year, he said. At press time, one is sched uled for June 26. Sims said therell be an opportunity for Florida businesses to I also wanted to let you know that on July 16, Florida will host its second annual Paychecks for Patriots hiring event, she said in an email. During this day, 14 Career Source regions across the state will host recruitment events for veterans. This statewide effort is being coordinated with help from the (Florida) Department of Veterans Affairs, the Florida National Guard, CareerSource, and our corporate partner, Dollar General. Last years event was attended by more than 1,500 veterans and 200 employers, and this year we are hoping to beat those numbers. 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