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VOL.2/ISSUE 41 THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 201435 cents 1 Tony Santos of Vero Beach is an Army veteran of the Korean War. Facing losing a leg in the future due to health issues, he knows hes going to be limited in his activities in multiple ways. Enter Shadow, his 4-year-old black Labrador/ Walker hound mix. With the help of Dogs For Life, Shadow is being trained to help Santos get the newspaper, make an emergency phone call and go up and down stairs, among other tasks. On Aug. 5, Shelly Ferger, founder and CEO of Dogs For Life, and one of her trainers, former Army Sgt. Jason Jay Harris, visited Santos home to check on Shadows progress. Shadow is an exuberant dog Hes smart, but hes 100 percent stubborn, Santos said but he must learn to obey commands. Let me see you make him lie down, Ferger said to Santos, who complied. We need to get him to lie on his side, because otherwise hell break, Ferger said, referring to a dogs habit of jumping back up or walking away without permission. She took Santos and Shadow through a series of tasks from down to stay to helping Santos up from the couch and pronounced that I want to see more tug and release, but hes doing well. After the home visit, Ferger had Santos and Shadow visit the clubhouse, where Santos spends time each week helping out at bingo. The plan was to teach Shadow how to lie down quietly under the table. After two or three tries, Ferger succeeded but she made sure this task would be necessary. Im up and down a lot at this bingo, Santos said. He serves refreshments from the kitchen, for ex ample. But my wife and I go to high-stakes bingo sometimes, where Id just be sitting.Mans best friend brings hope to veterans, others in needFergers verdict: Its probably best to leave Shadow home on these occasions. Down the road, Shadow will receive training on how to use a special phone about the size of a small shoebox, Santos said equipped with a button Shadow can press, which will call 911 when programmed, if Santos wife, Debbie, is not home during an emergency. Shadow will then be trained to bark when the dis patcher answers. If Debbie is home, Shad ow will be trained to get her attention. Helping veterans like Santos and, currently, another veteran suffering from PTSD is a big part of Dogs For Lifes mission. Our goal is to expand our service-dog program, which is absolutely free to all veterans who need them, Ferger said. This is accomplished through generous donations, as the costs can be steep. It takes a full year to train these kinds of dogs, said Harris, who is the programs coordinator. Its very, very specialized. Dogs For Life also conducts regular obe dience classes, open to the public, which help offset costs as well. At the newly built administrative build a six-week course on Aug. 2. At least 20 people attended, some of whom were dis abled. Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com his buddy, Shadow, who will one day help be Santos eyes, ears and hands once service-dog training is comIt takes a full year to train these kinds of dogs. Its very, very specialized. Former Army Sgt. Jason Jay Harris veterans program coordinator at Dogs For LifeSee DOGS page 3

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2 AUGUST 14, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 2 The following is an interview with Middle East expert Rick Fran cona on opening borders to Christian refugees, World War III, ISIS, Israel and Gaza: As a retired U.S. Air Force in specialist, Lt. Col. Rick Franco na provides analysis and comtopics. He is an acknowledged Currently, he sits live on televi tary analyst. Lt. Col. Rick Francona is a re tired U.S. Air Force intelligence and Persian Gulf wars. His as signments included the National Security Agency, the Defense In telligence Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency, with tours of duty in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, and operational duties in virtually ev he served as the personal Arabic interpreter and advisor on Iraq to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and later co-authored the report to Congress on the conduct of the war. He wrote Ally to Adversary An Eyewitness Account of Iraqs Fall from Grace, about his experienc es in Iraq. In 1997 and 1998, Rick Fran cona served in the Department of Defense counter terrorism branch and led a special operations team dicted war criminals. That hunt is the topic of Ricks latest book, War Criminals in Bosnia. In all, Rick Francona has given the greater part of 40 years to the service of the United States. Francona shared his thoughts this week on the current situation Considering your experience in the Middle East, how do you see the ISIS situation in Iraq and across the Levant unfold ing? RF: ISIS, or as they now call themselves, The Islamic State, may eventually constitute a real threat to our interests in the re gion and the United States itself. If they are successful in retaining the territory that they have taken from Syria, Iraq and now Leba non, and create a de facto state, that might just provide the type of springboard for terrorism oper FOR VETERAN VOICEMiddle East expert shares his views on See EXPERT page 5 12932

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 14, 2014 3 3 She pointed out a number of facts about training dogs that even seasoned dog owners might not be aware of. How old is your dog? Small dogs arent fully mature until theyre 2 years old, and large dogs arent mature till 3 years old, she told the class. How many families has your dog been with before you? There might be any number of behaviors that got started beforehand. Look at the breed. Terriers are bred to kill vermin, while beagles are bred to chase rabbits. But even that may not be a complete picture a retriever may not like the water, for example. Ferger explained that many dog owners misuse their leashes, keeping it too tight. You want a slack leash most of seem to think keeping the leash tight is the same thing as control. Its not. If you need to correct a behav ior, give the leash a tug, and give the dog the proper command, she said. He will heel if you teach him how. As a model, Ferger introduced Darel, a former bomb-detection dog with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency. By law, former law enforcement K9s are not allowed to become service dogs, but Darel was there, herself as L.A., to help show Fergers students how a properly trained dog behaves in regular life. Treats are key to good training, Ferger said. After Darel correct ly heeled, sat and lay down, he received a treat after each com mand. There are treats, though, and there are treats, Ferger cau tioned. Dont give them those junky, fatty commercial ones, she said. There are a number of good, natural and tasty ones available. Personally, Ive found that dogs really love the dried beef lung treats I keep here (at the training center). Tone of voice is also key. Ferger demonstrated a cheery tone when praising Darel for a task well done, and a sharp tone to correct him. Communication is the most awesome tool you can use, she said. If I can communicate, I can have a dog eating out of my hand. Shadow certainly has Santos eating out of his hand, if not the other way around. Clearly, the two are buddies. I watched him being born, Santos said. He was the runt of the litter, and the only one that was all black. He loves people, loves kids, he said. He plays with a wild rabbit who comes into our yard, who we named Thumper. (Shadow) will go out and chase Thumper around this one bush, drop, and lie around together for a long time. One thing Shadow loves most is riding around with Santos in a golf cart. Its just about his favorite thing, he said. Santos said he was told by doctors that he has no circulation in one of his legs, and very little pulse. As a result, he expects eventually to lose the leg. The doctors said to stay with the pain as long as I can stand it, and then theyll conduct the operation, he said. ow will be trained and ready. Along with other tasks, Shadow is already learning how to brace Santos as he goes up and down stairs, and how to open a sliding door in Santos house. These are just a few of the tasks Dogs For Life trains dogs to do. In Santos case, theyre purely physical for those with PTSD, they are mostly psychological. DOGS from page 1 Paula Via, board member Toni Teresi Mary Kemper See DOGS page 7

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4 AUGUST 14, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 4 Publisher Partner Managing Editor Mary Kemper Graphic Designer 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: Send address changes to: e Voice of Experience It is well known that China is an economic power in our glob al world of trade. In our country alone whatever we buy or touch is made in China. This is reminis cent of the 1990s with the trade with Japan.The big difference is that our manufacturing corporations have been and are moving to China. The situation is so bad that the Senate voted to advance a bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations joined Democrats in voting to take up this bill. But GOP Sena nal passage of the bill. A growing number of bills have died in the Senate this year because Democrats and Republicans couldnt agree on amendments. Still our national debt owed to China is over $7 trillion and climbing. To relate the parallel of China to Japan China is slowly buying land, buildings and business in the U.S.A. An example that is very close to home is that there is a Chinese investor trying to negotiate a deal to buy property from the Port St. Lucie City Cen ter. This Chinese investor wants to build condominiums, a mega shopping market and a large parking area. At this point, I would like to tell you of a story which I experienced at the time when the Japanese dominated the world trade com munity. China is following this same trade philosophy. I had attended the 50th anniversary of the remembrance of Pearl Harbor. I arrived in Honolulu on Dec. 9, as Dec. 7 would have been impossible to board the Arizona dignitaries and the president of the United States. Visiting the U.S.S. Arizona memorial was the most emotional experience I believe I have had to date. All Americans, young and old, should visit this memorial. It would not only move their spirit to remember the servicemen who free but also to be on our guard against any foreign power, small or large. While sight-seeing on three Ha waiian Islands one could not help but notice that the Japanese, young and old, were receiving special treatment. In the restau rants I felt like a second-class citizen. I was not alone with this feeling. The menus were printed in Japanese and English. The street signs, maps, etc., were all bi-lingual. The native Hawaiians I met were totally upset with this catering to the Japanese. They were very adamant at our government allowing the Japanese to in vest into our economy and mostly to allow them to buy 30 percent of the Islands and have over 65 percent investments in business establishments. I would like to take a quote from the Honolulu Advertiser in which the mayor of Honolulu said, I am tired of the Japanese buying up Hawaii, and I fear that our paradise is becoming a suburb of Tokyo. Incidentally, the Japanese had purchased, among other things, the Rockefeller Center in New York. We heard many things about the Japanese taking over the U.S. and having us dependent upon them, but to personally witness some of these events is shocking and cause for much concern. At times I hought I was in Japan. President Bush Sr. went to Japan with 12 of our top businessmen and appeared, to many Americans, to be begging Japan for a handout. There were many Japanese and also Americans who said President Bush Sr. used this visit as a political move to insure his re-election. This may or may not be true, but one thing is sure: the Japanese will not lift their government restrictions and have an open, fair trade market as President Bush Sr. advocates. In 1989 there was a book Japanese economist, which spells out the economic plan to make the U.S. and the world dependent on the Japanese. Three years had passed and his predictions are almost true. His predictions to capture the manufacturing market, own foreign corporations, for eign banks, foreign land, etc., are proceeding exactly as planned. President Bush Sr.s statement for an open, fair trade market sounds good, but one must look at the ground rules. If we are to play ball with Japan or any other country, we must play with the same rules. If the Japanese wish to play ball with us, then the rules should be the same. If they cannot or will not have an open fair trade market policy, pay us for their defense and allow equal investment in their country, then we should adapt their rules and progress accordingly. As Lee Iacocca and some very prominent economists such as Lawence Summers have stated if Japan or any other country wishes to do battle economically or otherwise, then we should adopt the strategies accordingly. We should not allow the term economics to overshadow our nations security, as both are welded together. In 1990, Toshiba Corp. of Japan sold U.S. hightech infomation to the Russians, which helped then produce the Silent Submarine. In 1991 the Japanese acquired a contract to build the computer system for our F15 plane. The Japanese are paying Americans to be their lobbyist in Washing ton. This has helped the Japanese kill the sanctions that Congress had proposed against Toshiba. This high-pressure lobbying has helped the Japanese kill the tariff bill and to obtain contracts, which has and is jeop ardizing our nations economy have passed and global trade has grown. China has emerged a great giant industrial nation due to many factors, but one of the major factors is that the United States manufacturing and corporate companies have moved to China with their technology and shrewd business techniques. Among many factors that enhanced Chinas economy are Chinas cheap labor and our high corporate taxes in the United States. Americas dependence on Chinas business and loans will help China achieve their goal for world trade dominance. China is going one step further than Japan in that it is building aircraft carriers and a massive army. Why? China not only wants to be a world economic power, but a world superpower. The bottom line is our nations China is Japan today Domenick Scarlato YOURVIEWSee SCARLATO page 5

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 14, 2014 5 5 ations abroad. Think Afghanistan 1996 when the Taliban took over that country. What would you like to see happen in Iraq? RF: Hopefully, those Sunnis in the areas of Iraq and Syria that have rallied to the ISIS cause will at some point realize that the ideology espoused by ISIS is far too radical for them and they will rise up in a manner similar to the Anbar Awakening in 2007-2008 against al-Qaidah in Iraq/Islam ic State of Iraq. As I have said, perhaps the marriage of convenience of anti-Shia factions will result in a divorce. With Sharia law in effect, should the United States open under persecution in the Mid dle East, as France has? RF: Of course. If this does not tion of refugees who fear for their lives, what is? Wouldnt this Christian persecution be tantamount to how the Jews were trapped in Europe during World War II? RF: Very much. Anyone who has seen the photographs and ions and beheadings cannot draw any other conclusion. This is beyond persecution it borders on eradication. How does ISIS affect the Unit ed States? RF: Right now, the United States is only moderately affect ed, but that will change as they attempt to establish a true state in the areas over which they have seized. If they are able to retain that territory, they may be able to establish a training ground for any number of radical Isla mist jihadist groups including Americans who can easily return to the United States and mount attacks. This is not my idea. ISIS has already said that this is their plan. The problems between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Gaza have been ongoing re cently. What should the United States be doing? RF: I think we are playing the right role now, but I am a bit puzzled about Secretary of State John Kerrys earlier attempts to to the Egyptians and Israelis. His talks with Qatar and Turkey did not sit well with the Israelis, who view those two states as Hamas supporters. I see Egypt as the key here, and we should be supporting their mediation. How would you resolve the RF: Ideally, I would like to see the Palestinian Authority reassert control over the Gaza Strip. I am not sure that is going to happen, but that would probably be the best way forward. even temporarily? RF: Hopefully, there will be will work for about two years, and we will be having this conversa tion again. The problem with at need to get something for the loss of their strategic weapon the offensive tunnels and twothirds of their rocket inventory, with the loss of 1,900 Palestinian lives. They have very little to show remain relevant in the eyes of the Gaza population. What underlying problems are there which are not generally covered by the media? RF: The solution to the problem in Gaza is not just Gaza it has to be a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue. As long as the Israelis are not serious about a two-state solution and I do not believe that Benjamin Netanyahu is there will be no resolution to the problems either in Gaza or the West Bank. The Middle East has several hot spots, with small nations and rogue groups being propped up by larger wealthier nations. Are we essentially in a proxy World War III? RF: Short answer no. If we were to get involved in the Rus lead to a proxy war. Should our troops continue to be sent to the Middle East? RF: At some point, we may not have a choice. If ISIS is success ful in establishing a quasi-state in the Levant, it might pose such a threat to the U.S. homeland that we may have to act. Al though we may not want to get the bad guys, if you will get a vote as well. Find Rick Francona online at HAVE A HERO TIP? Send your Hometown Hero tip to Kelly Jadon: kfjadon@gmail.com. Kelly Jadon is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and holds a degree in English with a concen tration on poetry. She is a teach er, poet, and writer. Her book, To Taste the Oil: The Flavor of Life in is now available. Find her online at KellyJadon. com.EXPERT from page 2security and economic survival. We have to beat the enemy, whether it be business com is an economic war and as in any war, the government, business and the people must become equal partners. I realize the trade problems are very complex and we as individuals feel helpless. It has been suggested by some of our prominent economists that the who are not soft-liners on the Chinese issue. We should write letters to our let them know that we should adopt the same trade policies and practices the Chinese have, and we should work closely with business and industry to produce products made in the U.S.A. A last im portant point is to encourage, by whatever means necessary, big business not to be inter national in their thinking and give more consideration to our countrys needs. The textile industry, the auto industry and the oil industry are some ex amples of big-business greed. They are those businessmen who look abroad for cheap labor and/or sell raw materials to the highest bidder. We need to apply pressure by boycotting, pass laws, have government regulations or whatever will force big busi ness to be more responsible to our peoples needs and our nations survival. Our future and our childrens future depend upon us being militarily and economically No. 1. Pressure your elected representative before it is too late. DO IT NOW!!!! A quote from a patriot, Thomas Jefferson: Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories. 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 poli cies occurred over the last 50 years. He has been a St. Lucie West resident for 14 years. SCARLATO 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. 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6 AUGUST 14, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 6 Airshow staff came through on a promise in a big way. They had pledged to donate veterans groups and thus fattened the purse of the Indian River Veterans Council to the tune of $25,000. The staff presented an oversized check at the beginning of the council meeting Aug. 6 to the appreciative applause of about 30 people present. Our goal was $500,000, said Todd Howder, president of the Vero Beach Airshow. We brought in more than $600,000, so we are very pleased to be able to give a portion of it to the Veterans Council. We know youll use it to help a lot of veterans. This donation will go straight back to all the veterans we serve, said acting council president Tony Young. In addition to maintaining the Victory Center military store at runs transportation to West Palm erans 233 last month, it was announced as well as aiding homeless and other needy veterans with rent, utilities and many other services. One part of this assistance is what council members call homeless vet kits basic supplies like personal hygiene products and which cost $200 each. The council partners with the Treasure Coast Homeless Ini tiative to distribute the kits. Young said the donation would be spread around the councils various endeavors, rather than earmarked for only one. As always, the Indian River council had a packed agenda following the donation presentation. tory Center funded, as well as the services of a bagpipe player to her funeral. Next, a report was given on the councils participation in Op eration Homefront, a national program sponsored by the Dollar Tree Inc., which donates school supplies to the children of mili tary families. An Army recruiter donated 65 backpacks, and the Indian River supplies as well. Distribution of the school sup plies is planned at the Victory Center store Aug. 15. Joining the Veterans Council are members of the Education Foundation of Indian River County. The council also conducts in-school presentations, and a report was given on plans for the upcoming school year. The presentations, each 50 minutes long, involve area veterans giving talks to students on their experiences. Inspirational DVDs will be shown, along with ques tion-and-answer sessions. Next, an ambitious plan to host a softball tournament, the Veterans Annual Classic, was announced by Josh Chapple, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Chapple was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder until he was taken under the councils wing And I want to give back to not only (the coun cil), but all my brothers and sisters who wore the uniform, he said. To that end, he is seeking sponsors for the tournament, which already has 33 teams signed up. We expect at least 30 more in the future, Chapple said. Sponsorships for the tourney are $400, which is well below the average, Chapple said. Hope, an organization that gets help heal from PTSD or other disabilities. Chapple is organizing the tour nament on his own, and council members were quick to express admiration and support for the young mans efforts. We need to give him all the help we can on this, and we will, Young said. ple introduced Douglas Klock, a veteran of the Gulf War and Iraq and Afghanistan, who is seeking to establish an organization for the newest generation of veterans in Indian River County. These veterans very much need their own organization, where they can compare notes on their own experiences with each other, Klock said. Please contact me if you know someone who might like to join, or if youre interested in helping at all. Indian River County Commis sioner Joe Flescher, who attends every possible council meeting he can, reminded the assembly that Florida Gov. Rick Scott will award special service medals to all eli gible veterans in a ceremony at Road Aug. 14. Veterans, please, I urge you to go and accept your medal, Flescher said. You more than deserve it. Please accept it. At the end of the meeting, a motion was made and seconded to draft a statement to Florida legislators objecting to the recent and ongoing reductions in force. Young sounded a note of cau tion: We need to be sure we dont violate the terms of our 501 (c) (3) status, he said, referring to the But it was clear that most of the members agreed on making a statement, and Young said the matter will be explored before the next meeting. For more information on Opera tion Homefront, contact Kim Pilger at pilgerkim@aol.com For more information on establishing an organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, contact Douglas Klock at douglasklock@bellsouth. net.Huge donation highlight of agenda at veterans councilThis donation will go straight back to all the veterans we serve. Tony Young, Indian River Veterans Council acting president Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com nd

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE AUGUST 14, 2014 7 7 PTSD are fearful in new situ ations, for example. A service dog for this kind of veteran would be trained to secure a perimeter, for example, and comfort the veteran, some times by pressing against his or her back. Dogs For Life staff are fully with service dogs-to-be and all the complexities of their train ing, and Ferger said she and her staff keep constantly up to In September, Ferger and trainer Paula Via will attend the Assistance Dogs International conference in Colorado, where, in years past, such famous experts as Dr. Patricia Grandon have given talks. The wonderful thing is, were constantly learning, Ferger said. What we learn, we pass on to dog owners, especially veterans. We help them, and they help us. For more information on Dogs For Life and its mission to match veterans with service dogs, contact dogsforlifevb@ bellsouth.netDOGS from page 3St. Lucie County Sheriffs Depu morial Bike Ride Sept. 11 to hon or the Sept. 11, 2001, survivors and families, and raise money for year veteran of the Saint Lucie her name synonymous with riding for good causes since 2005. a fundraiser for those suffering from multiple sclerosis, and has logged thousands of miles on her bike for charity. will be the sixth consecu is participating in the Tour de cara said. Her tenacity and per severance in support of the 9/11 victims and their families sym -Deputy to ride for sixth time in 9/11 event FOR YOUR VOICE NEWS & VIEWS See RIDE page 8 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. 12917

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8 AUGUST 14, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE 8 Commemorative coins and $3,000 in cold cash bolizes what is best at the St. Lucie County The Tour de Force, a 280-mile bicycle ride that will take place on Sept. 11, continues to sense of belonging to something bigger than ones self, a sentiment she brought with her from her service to her country in the U.S. Army, and now shares with her brothers and sisters in the criminal justice profession at the St. Lucie County jail. On Sept. 11, 300 participants from across the United States, Canada, and Europe will and travel 280 miles on bicycles to Ground Zero, New York City. People can honor the memory of those lost mailing a check or money order payable to Tour de Force and writing Deputy Sooner dress is: Tour de Force, P.O. Box 395, Wash ingtonville, NY 10992. Contributions are charitable and tax-deduct ible under subsection 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code. Contributors can also donate over the Inter net by going to http://grouprev.com/sooner or http://www.tourdeforceny.com/donations. html and make sure to note that you are Each participant is required to raise $1,250 in sponsor funds, provide his or her own transportation, including shipping the riders bicycle to and from the event, and provide for his or her own meals. Tour de Force provides lodging during the actual ride. raises money year-round to assist families of morial page ( odmp.org) to help select families in need, and also considers families that are nominated by agencies and ride participants.RIDE from page 7The Tour de Force, a 280-mile bicycle ride that will take place on Sept. 11, belonging to something bigger than ones self, a sentiment she brought with her from her service to her country in the U.S. Army, and now shares with her brothers and sisters in the criminal justice profession at the Saint Lucie County jail.

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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. 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. 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