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VOL. 2/ISSUE 45 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 201435 cents It was Barrys idea in the beginning, said Bert Geisinger, an optometrist. Then Manny and I got involved. He was referring to Barry J. Higgins, owner of Higgins Brothers Construction, and Marine Corps veteran Manny Carcel, Port St. Lucie. Higgins, about nine months ago, did a home-im provement project with Geisinger, and told him if he could, he would do similar projects for free, especially for needy veterans. And Ive known Manny for many years, Geising er said at a recent brainstorming session at Ameri can Legion Post 318, Port St. Lucie. I said, Barry, how about we get together with Manny and see if we can help some vets? You pairing roofs, those kinds of projects. And Manny said, I like the idea. potential veterans who need help. The group doesnt have a name yet, but the men have high ambitions. Higgins task is to network with suppliers. Hes built up a good reputation in his business, and Ive never been one to call in favors, he said. But goal is to partner with suppliers. It wont be completely cost-free, Higgins said. The group will have to raise funds, and get creative with vendors for reduced costs or free services. Ill lean on anyone I can including people who can give free time and labor, he said. Wed love to have people help, Geisinger added. Group aims to take DIY projects to vets in need of help at homeAnd as far as the veterans in need go, were not going to show any favoritism. Thats not to say there might be someone looking to take advantage of the groups good nature, but thats what the vetting process is for, Carcel said. He plans to work with county veterans service orga nizations, as well as individual veterans posts, to identify someone who truly needs the jobs done. Doing the work is the easy part, Hig gins said. But we must all be on the same page. Heres how the process would basically unfold, according to the men: First, identify candidates, and prioritize the project. Is it a safety issue, or an aes stroke victim may need to get his wheel chair through a narrow doorway, so we We also have to factor in the time it would take and the ease of the project. a candidate is accepted, the project can begin. counties besides St. Lucie County, but small now, but we hope to get bigger. We hope to get a network of guys who are similarly motivated, Higgins added. Gathering at American Legion Post 318, Port St. Lucie, to brainstorm a new project to help veterans are, Ive never been one to call in favors. But for something like this, I fully expect help. Barry Higgins Higgins Brothers ConstructionSee HELPING page 2 STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com

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2 SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Were not in competition with Humanity, Geisinger said. We cant do this for everyone, so were concentrating on veterans. Were looking a quality-of-life and safety issues, Higgins said, noting that the projects will be relatively small ones. We cant replace a whole roof, but we can get someone to patch it properly at a greatly reduced cost. suppliers of various kinds. Ill be chipping in some mon ey, Geisinger said, and Higgins added, Well probably fund inhouse. Higgins noted that the veterans he and the group want to help may have been able before to do these things themselves, but cant, for whatever reason. veteran. What motivated the oth er two to get involved? My parents came from Ireland, Higgins said, and my dad always had great pride in our country. Ive always worked with guys in service, and I have a lot of pride in what theyve done. So I want to help people who deserve it the most. Higgins said he once worked on a housing initiative, on a program under which low-income home buyers had to pay back assistance once they sold their homes. The only people on the list were city and county employees, he said. I said, Take me out of it. It was not helping people who needed it. And to all three men, veterans were the natural choice. Geisinger summed it up: Its just such a good, good feeling to be able to help these people out, who have given so much themselves. To learn more, or if you know of a veteran in need, contact Higgins at hbconst@gmail.com, or Carcel at mc4436@bellsouth.net.HELPING from page 1 Wayne Teegardin, St. Lucie Countys veterans services manager, will head to Tallahassee on Wednesday, Sept. 17, for a meet ing that could hold a chest of gold for Tradition and the Treasure Coast. Were going to go to the Cabinet aides meeting, he said. After that, well know if were on the agenda for the (Sept. 23) Cabinet meeting. The Treasure Coast was poised in August to welcome news that the states eighth veterans home would be built in Tradi tion. Word was that the Florida Cabinet would hear and most likely approve the site-selection committees recommendation for Tradition to be awarded the Aug. 19 meeting. Then word hit that the item was pulled from the cabinets August agenda, because legislators from other parts of the state raised questions about the committees process in picking Tradition over eight other pro Veteran Voice reached out home was pulled from the agen da. Spokespersons said there was no record that it ever happened. Steve Murray, site selection committee member and commu nications director at the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, FDVA, said theres a reason the record of the veterans home being pulled from the August agenda. It was never formally placed on the Cabinet agenda, he said in a previous interview. In a recent emailed response to queries, Murray said the FDVAs gast, hasnt yet requested that the Cabinet consider the veterans nursing home site. Florida Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a thorough review of the individual site nom inations and the committees rec ommendation, Murray wrote. It is our desire to move forward with a presentation to the Governor and Cabinet in the near future. The site-selection committee members met by conference call on July 1 to discuss their thoughts after visiting prospective sites. That meeting was open to members of the public listening in. Murray said they used score sheets to grade the prospective locations. (Cabinet members) dont have to (follow the committees rec ommendation), but I can tell you with the previous seven homes the governor and cabinet have not gone against us, Murray said in a previous interview. During its 2013 session, the Florida Legislature approved about $100,000 for an indepen dent study to determine whether a new veteran nursing home was needed, and if so where it should go. Scott and the cabinet considered the study, which Health Strategies did, at a February meeting in Tampa. Scott and the Cabinet opted to send letters to the top 10 counties the study erans homes requesting letters of interest back from them. Eight of the 10 counties did send us letters of intent telling us they were interested in bidding, Murray said. Murray said that St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were in that list. Palm Beach didnt send a were Lee, Collier, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough, Marion, Putnam and Sumter. The closest veteran nursing home to the Treasure Coast is Veterans Nursing Home, 8401 W. Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines. Bennett State Veterans Nursing Home, 1920 Mason Ave., Dayto na Beach. Bennett was built in 1993. Nininger in 2001. Murray said the last home was built in 2010. That was the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine. That home cost about $30 million to build. The state paid about 35 percent of the costs. The VA paid about 65 percent. Lakes, Panama City and Port Charlotte. The assisted living facility is in Lake City. Murray said the FDVA has the needed money for its share to go forward with building a state vet erans nursing home, because of changes the legislature made to its trust funds last session. The trust has about $47 million. Teegardin said in a previous interview that there are numerous reasons Tradition and the TreaMr. Teegardin goes to Tallahassee St. Lucies veterans services manager aims to get proposed veterans nursing home on Florida Cabinets September agenda See HOME page 7 FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Rev. Roszon and Vivian Roberts son and daughter-in-lawWe got everything we needed to keep caring fo Dad at home. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 3 tors in Ferguson, Mo., were met with Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), aimed at with machine guns and incapacitated by tear gas follow ing mostly peaceful gatherings to demonstrate their anger over the death of Michael Brown, 18, who was unarmed and shot and killed Whether Browns death was and will likely be cause for de bate after investigations are done, but law enforcements response to the protests has led to people nationwide questioning the need for military equipment to be used domestically. Remove the residential backdrop, and it would reasonable for people watching the news to think they were looking at footage from an overseas war zone. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wrote a Time Magazine column, saying the federal government is mak ing it easy for police departments to become equipped like small armies. Law enforcement agen cies are able to obtain decommis sioned military equipment at a drastic discount because of the 1033 program, part of the 1997 National Defense Authorization Act. dont dispute the idea that its incentivized and say its mostly cost-related. None of the agencies had the type of money to go and purchase this type of equipment its concerned for the agency and the deputy. Last month, the sheriffs of havent been issued, yet, and are being inspected, Wilson said. Equipment like this certainly serves a purpose. We deal with custody of people who are breaking the law on a regular basis, Wilson said. Weve had a lot of instances where the people were coming up to were better equipped than we were. They would have AK-47s, and we had pistols. Port St. Lucie Police Chief John Bolduc said his department also which are semi-automatic AR15s. About one-third of Port St. Lucie the rest have shotguns in their vehicles, Bolduc said. The depart program. Many people have complained that more police departments have vehicles that they dont need because the 1033 program also makes it so agencies can purvehicles at cheaper price than what an average citizen would spend on a used sedan. The Port St. Lucie Police Depart ment has two MRAPs, which are 9-foot tall vehicles normally in tended for protection against land mines. They were each purchased for $2,000 a transfer fee from ago. Bolduc said they normally go for about $700,000. If I spend the police equivalent, we have military equipment and we need it STAFF WRITERbzerisr@YourVoiceWeekly.com See EQUIPMENT page 8 13475 Frannie 2014 VOTE For St. Lucie County Commissioner, District 4Hutchinson Political Advertisement Paid for and Approved by Frances Frannie Hutchinson, Rep., for St Lucie County Commissioner, District 4.

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4 SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Those of an earlier generation remember vividly where they were on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and most of us remember Sept. 11, 2001, in the same way. It is a date that will live in infa my. The echoes of President Franklin D. Roosevelts words are still being felt in todays world, which everyone hoped would be a better place after World War II. In many ways, it has been, thanks in no small part to our veterans. Were still the country everyone loves to hate, but were still the one everyone wants to move to. It took vision, on the part of our founders, and it took guts on the part of our veterans, to keep it going. In times like these, we must hold fast to our ideals as Americans as never before, because were being tested in new and scary ways. Well pull through these, as oth er, trying times. But its going to take a lot of work weve allowed ourselves to become shockingly lazy and complacent, not to men tion politically polarized but the lessons of 9/11 can teach us a lot of things. And the time to learn them is now. I was a copy editor at a daily newspaper in Pennsylvania on that fateful day. We always had two TV sets running continuously in the newsroom, one tuned to for political balance. hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. What a tragic acci dent, we said to each other. Then came the plane crashing into the South Tower. Terrorists, we all agreed, with heavy hearts. Henry, the marketing manager, called me with some routine question. I cant answer you now, Henry, I said. Two jets Publisher Partner Managing Editor Graphic Designer 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) e Voice of Experience have just crashed into the World Trade Center. (Months afterward, Henry told me that will always be his unique.) As a veteran and Army brat, knowing it was a terror attack, was Were going to war. was for my two daughters, my babies I was seized with an irrational urge to drive to their school and bring them home, and hug them endlessly. When they did come home that day, they didnt quite understand what had happened all they knew was that Mom was terribly upset, in a way theyd never seen. I know I wasnt alone in any of these reactions. Friend after friend, acquaintance after acquaintance, in conversations with strangers in the checkout line, I learned that others had felt, and done, many of the same things. We just werent prepared for it, like Pearl Harbor and it jolted us just as hard. country our Constitution is also one of its curses. The trouble is, our government has worked so well in creating such a good standard of living that we take it for granted, in the stretches of time between wars. And when wars come, it always takes time to climb out of complacency and That the United States is unique in history for successful govern ment should never be questioned. There are those who question we allow such debate should be a such debate unlike too many other nations we welcome it. It makes us stronger. But self-doubt can cripple a nation, just as it cripples an in must never, ever lose sight of the fact that something good must be defended. And hard. And throughout our history, at times we got so comfortable in our success, we forgot the lessons of the very beginning of our country: Freedom isnt free. We strove, strove, strove to im prove life for ourselves and our families, from the very beginning. Read the history of the earli est settlers carving out a living hunting, building crude homes, surviving, and moving on. No microwaves and cell phones there sweat, mostly. Was the treatment of native pop ulations unfair? In many ways, yes. Civilizations upward climb almost dictates that someone wins, and someone loses. The re cord of treaties done and undone during the Indian Wars paints an ugly picture. Recent archeological and anthropological studies, however, have shown the original native Amer icans were, themselves, either victims or oppressors of earlier populations, due to better tactics or better weapons, going back tens of thousands of years. done. Wrongs, sadly, will always be done. The trick is to stick to the founding ideals, as far as hu manly possible. We may not have a perfect government, but if we stick to our Constitutional princi ples, weve got the best there can be. After Sept. 11, 2001, we learned just how brutal a group of fanat ics can be. By Sept. 11, 2013, known as ISIS, we learned how much more brutal they can be. We went to war against the terrorists a decision a great deal of Americans opposed. We withdrew from the region a de cision a great deal of Americans opposed. The United States needs to get over this schizophrenic behavior, and fast. ISIS or whatever theyre calling themselves pose a very real threat, regardless of what some armchair optimists choose to believe. The FBI has at least conversations between cant be far behind. Sleeper cells, as al-Qaida showed us, remain an equally real threat. Fortunately, our law enforce ment, and international allies intelligence, are pretty good, especially Interpol and the Israeli Mossad. We may never know the Remembering 9/11 after 13 years what lies ahead?This goes beyond politics. Our lawmakers need to stop playing partisan games and get to work. See 9/11 page 5 YOURVIEW

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 5 terror attacks. But theyre only part of the equation. We need to do two things, right now: Secure our southern border, and somehow develop a national will on combating the ISIS threat. Not that there arent other urgent issues Vladimir Putin playing dangerous land-grabbing games in eastern Europe springs muscles in southeast Asia. lawmakers need to stop playing partisan games and get to work. The precious blood of our troops that was shed, and is still being shed, demands it. I pray nothing happens today but ordinary people going about their business. Protecting that is what life itself is all about. May today be blessedly ordinary. U.S. Army veteran Mary Kemper is a staff writer/marketing consul tant for Veteran Voice. 9/11 from page 4 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. 13385

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6 SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Editors note: This is the second of a fourpart series about the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team Outpatient Program. The program primari ly uses three evidence-based treatments for PTSD. Veteran Voice will look at each. This week, well look at Prolonged Exposure Thera py. Its hard to imagine easing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder by repeatedly meopathys underlying premise: giving a sick person medicines that would usually cause in order to alleviate them. But Jack Gamble, clinical coordinator at the Department of Vet erans Affairs St. Lucie County PTSD Clinical controversial medical practice, theres plenty works. The therapy, called PE, is one of three evi dence-based therapies the VA uses to help treat PTSD in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. At the St. Lucie program, about 10 percent of clients use PE to help alleviate PTSD symptoms. ans, theyre one of the highest risk groups to develop PTSD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people are wired to detect and respond to danger, the so-called ally serves us well. PTSD, essentially, is when a person remains in the alert state long after danger has passed to the point that its negatively affecting his or her daily life. The insti tute reports that about 7.7 million American adults have PTSD. Gamble said PE can begin only after a veteran with PTSD has developed a strong sense of trust with a therapist and learned self-comforting techniques. He said veterans in the therapy will record detailed accounts of events that triggered PTSD and repeatedly themselves to situations that are safe, but recall the trauma that induced the condition. Its all about the mind that gets stuck, Gamble said. The mind doesnt want to think about (past traumas), because its very dam aging to think about it, because of all these emotions. The mind looks for defense mecha nisms not to think about it. PE, he said, is essentially a conscious break ing of the negative defense mechanisms. What this therapy does, the person, by listening to (the self-narrated traumas) over and over, theyll just get tired (of the avoid ance) and their brain will be able to process heal. Additionally, Gamble said that deliberate ly recalling traumatic events in great detail allows one with PTSD to reshape his or her perspectives about what happened. That, he said, can greatly affect how the events are understood and responded to. Sometimes, too, by deliberately and intensely remember ing traumatic events, forgotten details can emerge that alleviate misplaced guilt, shame or remorse. Dr. Edna Foa, director of the Center for University of Pennsylvania, developed PE in the 1990s. Its used for treatment of various old equestrians advice: just get back in the saddle after falling off a horse. Theres a big rub PTSD isnt a bump on yourself therapy, Gamble said. Absolutely not, he said. Therere certain factors, lets say, that would direct the clinical decision (whether to use it). Gamble said that the VA PTSD clinic in St. Lucie West has two counselors, including himself, and two psychiatrists who prescribe and monitor medications when theyre needed. The center is in the process of hiring two hire a woman veteran. Some seeking counsel ing prefer same-gender therapists. He said about 65 percent of the patients are Vietnam-era veterans. Many of that genera tion, Gamble said, used demanding careers to mask PTSD symptoms for decades. Now that many are retiring, their PTSD symptoms are emerging, or re-emerging. About 25 to 30 per cent of the patients are younger; they most ly served in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Theres also a handful of World War II and Korean War veterans who are just now seeking help for symptoms that go back sometimes seven decades. Gamble said veterans cant just walk in and get services at the PTSD outpatient program. He said admission into the program starts with doctors checking for medical conditions with symptoms similar to PTSD, such as traumatic brain injury. He said combat veterans who suspect they Remembering trauma to ease post-traumatic stress syndrome FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee TRAUMA page 7

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 7 veterans home. Theyre supposed to hire around 190 people to run it, in addition to the construction jobs itll create, he said. The home would serve veterans for about a 75-mile radius. Teegardin said that makes Tradition an ideal location for a veterans home. (The local) 75-mile radius is estimated to have 211,647 those, 112,758 are over age 65, which is the target of the nursing home. Teegardin said in the most recent interview that it was important to get the Cabinet to consider the veterans home at If we dont get onto the Sept. November, he said. The cabinet is made up of the Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Chief The Tradition Land Company donated about 28 acres to St. Lucie County to bolster its Florida Department of Veter ans Affairs is not associated with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. HOME from page 2 have PTSD should report their symptoms to any symptoms, such as sudden relentless nightmares, should either immediately go to VA medical centers, or call the Veterans Crisis Line, (800) 273-8255, Friends and family members can call the Veterans Crisis Line if theyre concerned about a veteran. If there seems to be immediate danger, call 911. TRAUMA from page 6 Its not well known, but is likely Floridas veterans in Tallahassee. The Florida Veterans Council is made out of various veterans organizations, and together they have a strong reach to the Florida Capitol. Chairman Paul Martel said its important for the states veterans to keep strong lines of communication with the Legisla ture and state government. Its important that they under stand where were sitting, and its important that we know where theyre sitting, he said. The opening meeting of the 2014-2015 season will be on Thursday, Sept. 18. Martel said the council will start consider ing proposed legislative items. In coming months the council will narrow its legislative wish list to a few items and put the weight of the states largest and some of its smallest veterans organizations behind them. During the last legislative ses sion, many of the councils pro posals to the legislature were put into the Florida GI Bill. A major component of the bill was cre ation of Florida is for Veterans, vices organization thats operating in the Florida Department primary goals is to attract more veterans to the Sunshine State. The Florida Legislature appropriated about $425,000 to the state veterans department to start Florida is for Veterans. Florida is for Veterans is also getting $300,000 from Visit Florida for market research on the veteran and military community and advise Visit Florida in the devel opment and implementation of a marketing campaign encouraging veterans and service members to make Florida their permanent residence. And Visit Florida is directed to use $1 million annual ly to do that marketing campaign. Another Florida is for Veterans duty will be developing Veterans Employment and Training Support. That program is tasked to get veterans trained for, the civil ian job market. The Legislature left how thats to be done open to a variety of means. Martel said the other function of Florida Veterans Council resumes meetings FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee COUNCIL page 8 13397

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8 SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE the council is reaching out to veterans to let them know whats happening in state government. Were trying to get the information out to the best of our ability, he said. Additionally, Martel said the councils job is erans or veterans groups to the council have become legislative items it proposes. If an organization, or individual, wants to speak to the council, theyre always welcome, Martel said. Any information we can receive, theres a good possibility we can help that organization or individual. To listen to council meetings, and make com ments, visit anscouncil. The council usually meets at the Orlando. The meetings are on the third Thurs emails at pmartelco@bellsouth.net.COUNCIL from page 7 and have something not as good, not that Id ever need the anti-mine capability, Bolduc said. The department had them painted one is white with stripes and has rescue vehicle on the side. The other is black. Even thats a waste of money, Bolduc said. But, critics have said that leaving the MRAPs with their original tan paint can be more intimidating because thats how overseas. Bolduc said the department needs them for hostage-type situations or for when someone has barricaded his or herself in a building. The MRAPs allow police to get close because the vehicles are bullet-proof. If I was using Brinks trucks, nobody would say a word, Bolduc said. It really is more about the mission and not the equipment Its not for pa rades. We need the bullet-proof capability. Most of these things end peacefully because we can get close enough. Your average barricaded suspect is emotionally compromised. Its nice to be able to pull up in their front yard and talk to them with a megaphone. Bolduc said the department typically responds to three or more barricaded persons incidents a year. The equipment bought is all based on need, Bolduc said. Were not going to use it unless we need it. The image I certainly dont want is that were buying these things just to buy them, and any vehicles weve gotten are completely unarmed. What people should focus on is, peacekeeping, crime reduction and protecting peoples rights. two MRAPs, but Wilson said one was purchased to use for SWAT missions, and the other was purchased for parts. The MRAP had 1,600 original miles, and we got it for $2,000, Wilson said. Like the ones the Port St. Lucie Police Department has, the cost to buy it without the program would be more than $700,000. Humvees (one for parts), three helicopters it has had since the s and an armored personnel carrier, purchased, using the program after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne hit the area in 2004. Its essentially like a tank its a tracked vehicle, Wilson said about the armored personnel carrier. The main reason we got that vehicle is that its amphibious, and there were some places you couldnt get to with any vehicle. We saw this as a means, that, if we have to evacuate anyone, we could get there, Wilson said. used the armored personnel carrier a few times for search warrant-type missions, but Wil son said the SWAT team uses the MRAP for that now. The MRAP could take up a lot safe transport for our personnel, and we have used it appropriately. We havent had anything go wrong and the last time we used the MRAP, we had a barricaded suspect, and the guy displayed a gun and two deputies were trapped behind their car and we brought the MRAP were able to drive away because of it and then we pulled it closer to the suspect, Wilson said. Deputies most frequently use the Humvees they got from the program. Two are used at St. Lucie County Jail for perimeter patrol and the other two are used for off-road patrol near Midway Road, Wilson said. With all the equipment comes a lot of responsibility to not abuse power, and Bolduc said Port St. Lucie Police is and always will be community policing-oriented. Youre more than likely not ever going to see these things out there. We only use them when we need to. Thats been our ticket to success, he said. Wilson said much of the same, saying that the abundance of former military equipment isnt an issue around here. What we have was purchased use, and they are used appropriately, Wilson said. Weve seen airplanes and things like that that we could have gotten, but we didnt need any of that. Were not going out to buy stuff just to buy stuff.EQUIPMENT from page 3Warrior Grinds 2nd Annual Trident Fitness Warrior Grind There is an epidemic spreading across among our U.S. service members. This is a serious problem thats prevalent among ALL ranks in the military, from intelligence analysts to Spec chaplains to surgeons and evRestored Warrior does not throw drugs at veterans with PTSD and combat-related stress, like so many in the psychiatric profession. They dig deep into the souls and lives of our warriors same traumatic event happening rienced very differently by each person involved. Which, contrary to popular belief, has a lot to do with ones childhood and environmental factors while growDropzone Program has had 100 percent success in restoring and rebuilding the lives of U.S. veterEach rider will be responsible for raising money for his or her place in the Warrior Grind. This will make the rider get intimately involved with the cause and keep the challenge they are taking on. It is estimated that entering one veteran through the Drop Zone program costs roughly $2,000. So the entrance fees/goals are based on a tangible number that makes each rider personally responsible for participating in vice members lives are on the line. Fundraising requirement: $250 (In addition to the registration fee) Company sponsorship cost: $1,000 Donations and volunteers are welcome and appreciated. To make a donation directly please visit http://www.operationrestoredwarrior.org/ Date: Friday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Nov. 23 Starting location: Trident Fitness Training Center in Halfway point: Navy SEAL Museum 3300 N. Highway A1A, Fort Pierce Registration: Before Sept. 28 $150 Registration will close at cmidnight on Nov. 9 Included in registration package: Warrior Grind custom cycling jersey Warrior Grind T-shirt Warrior Grind water bottle Food Saturday night at the SEAL museum and at the after-party Lodging at the museum halfway point Spare cycling parts ( tire, tubes, butt butter, etc., in our follow vehicle) Medical support The ride will start at 6 a.m. sharp on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Trident Fitness Training be given the route directions and will make their way 125 miles south to the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. Here, riders can take a break, shower, eat, and get some sleep before riding back to the starting location on Sunday, Nov. 23 for a total of 250 miles. If you need help training for this event, please visit www.tri for a personalized training routine for cycling. It is ate an account at TriFitHealth. com Then click on exercise and program for cycling. Fill out your info and get started.Cycling 250 miles in 36 hours to raise money and awareness for Operation Restored Warrior FOR VETERAN VOICE

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