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VOL. 2/ISSUE 49 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 201435 cents American Legion Post 399 will conduct its annual Poppy Drive at both Publix stores in Palm City Nov. 7-9, during the following hours: Friday: 4-8 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The post is going to need lots of help, from Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the Auxiliary. Please contact the post at americanle this project as soon as possible so the post can set up shifts/locations for everyone; two-hour shifts is the suggested average length of time. Members are encouraged to bring their WWII Marine fought hither and yon American Legion 399 Poppy Drive needs helpEditors note: Originally from Port Huron, Mich., Marine Corps veteran James Bradley, Jensen Beach, wrote a memoir of his service in World War II. Here, he tells his own story, which Veteran Voice will publish in two parts. It has been edited only for length and grammar. Following is Part 1. It was the summer of 1943. I had joined the Marine Corps Reserves after talking to a few of my older high school fraternity brothers who were on leave from the Marines. on Guadalcanal just before this, the papers daily. I was about to join the Army Air Corps, as it was known back then. But I found that the Air Corps was not front-line military enough for me, so shortly afterward, I was off to boot camp in San Diego, Calif. As of Aug. 10, I had turned 18. When I went to Detroit for my physical, I was rejected, as I did not weigh 145 pounds. I came home sadly, and ate bananas for two days. When I went back, they passed me, skinny kid that I was. Well, it turned out Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton was tougher than anything I had been told. But I was probably the only one in my platoon who was used to being a dumb SOB and the scum of the earth. My moth er had been very abusive, and I ran away from her at age 10 and father in Detroit. So, I had to laugh at our drill instructor, who called us S**t Birds, among other not-so-re After my DI witnessed a little boxing on my part, it seem he was impressed, if only a half-hid den smile I detected when I whipped someone in another platoon. The DIs had money riding weekly event. range, I was quite the envy of my platoon. I believe I only had the NRA and had been given an Expert Sterling Silver Medal with my name engraved on it. Sunday nights were spent doing night-time maneuvers out on the boonies, looking for the red team, which took up a position to hide from the green team. From our camp, which was called Lit tle Tokyo, to the main gate was hitch a ride even if you had been given a 72-hour pass, as there were no buses to the main gate. So, you had to thumb it, but there were a lot of military trucks going everyone on the base, most driven by women Marines. Once you hit U.S.101, someone was sure to give you a ride. And, many times, they wanted to take you home to dinner, as everyone See MARINE page 2 FOR VETERAN VOICEWe hardly went south on liberNavy people. There were signs in some of the drinking establishments there that read No Dogs or Marines Allowed.

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2 OCTOBER 09, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE was very kind to us, I must say. We hardly went south on liberty, people. There were signs in some of the drinking establishments there that read No Dogs or Ma rines Allowed. This was to keep the peace between the Navy and Marines over inter-service rivalry. So, we normally went to Long Beach, Hollywood or Bell Flower, where there was a canteen and a free bed, along with a cup of joe in the morning. Next, I was sent to naval gun school in San Diego, where I learned all that had to be known ti-aircraft guns. I was then sent north to Bremer ton, Wash., Naval Yard to be assigned to some kind of ship. I learned later it was to be the USS North Carolina, a battleship. You had to be at least 6 feet tall to be a shipboard Marine, and so at about 175 pounds, my story of little Jimmy has now ended. Bremerton Navy Yard was a very GI place. By that, I mean it was all spit and polish, and it didnt take much for anyone to wake up in the slammer. One little shoelace not tied, a poor crease in your pants, the lack of a GI hair cut or not looking sharp enough for Saturdays troop inspection, and you were on your way to the Gray Bar Hotel. While waiting for my ship to come out of dry dock, I had the misfortune of being out at the ri North Carolina slipped moorings in the night (big ships always left Puget Sound at night). going aboard the USS Charleston. Little did I know it was a China river gunboat. Our duty aboard the Charleston was mostly running naval convoys, some as far north as Nome, Alaska. During these trips, we were with one or two old World War I destroyers we called four stackers, as they had four funnels. One was the Many times we were able to sink when there were reports of them, or when we came upon them, as they were scattered everywhere east of Attui. Mostly these sink so as not to expend 20-millimeter ammunition. These Japanese mines were almost 6 feet in diameter, and they packed a big punch. The seas we faced in the Bering Sea were very large groundswells and generally not heavy surf because of its shallowness. This rough seas, and the Bering Sea is always rough. There were many, many days it was so foggy we saw nothing but fog for days on end, and sometimes we were trapped in pack ice for hours. Several other times, we hunt ed down what we thought to be Japanese submarines, dropping charges and sitting on them for almost 24 hours in the bitter cold. We burned out a main propeller shaft bearing in rough seas, and pulled into Dutch Harbor (in Ko diak, Alaska). Kodiak had a town about 7 miles east, but there was nothing much there outside of a bar where every drink was a dol lar. Most of the people who lived there were Aleuts, who were en had been moved to the mainland when war broke out. The Charleston pulled out of Dutch Harbor without me, and even though it was bitter cold duty standing nightly gun watches in the rolling seas, I had become quite attached to her. I was told Id join up with her later at Kodiak, but I never saw her again. Next, myself and a Marine sergeant were handcuffed to a general court martial prisoner. He was a Navy boy from Wiscon sin I dont remember his name, but he was much older than the diak Island, which was headquarwhere the court martial would take place. I think that boy got off easy, as it seems he knew this girl quite well from back home, and mostly his court martial was over the fact that he had been caught out of bounds someplace just off the naval base where this MARINE from page 1 One little shoelace not tied, a poor crease in your pants, the lack of a GI haircut or not looking sharp enough for Saturdays troop inspection, and you were on your way to the Gray Bar Hotel.See MARINE page 6

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 09, 2014 3Veterans preference Last year it was called Veteran Connection. But things are look ing way up for veterans employ ment, so this year its the Martin County Career & Job Fair and its open to everybody. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041, Stuart, is taking a lead in organizing, running and promoting the employment event. The reason we got involved in unemployment rate for veterans locally and nationally, Frank Ti dikis, treasurer, said. The latest numbers I saw, from the (Bureau of Labor Statistics), is that vet erans unemployment is down to about 6 percent. We like to think we did our part. There are others across the country that are doing things. Its working. The bureau reports that in August, national unemployment was 5.6 percent among veterans, not seasonally adjusted. The overall unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. The unemployment rate among veterans who entered the service since 2001 was 8.1 per cent, not seasonally adjusted, in August. While the job fair doesnt aim exclusively at getting veterans hired, they will be given prefer ence, Tim Dougher, executive director of the Business Devel opment Board of Martin County, said. Obviously, the veterans in our community and surrounding communities are very important, he said. Theyve got great skills that are not being utilized. In addition to the Business Development Board and Vietnam Veterans of America, the city of Stuart, Martin County, United Way of Martin County, Indian River State College, CareerSource Research Coast and others are co-sponsoring the job fair. Were doing them twice a year, April and October, Tidikis said. He said about 30 employers are lined up for the upcoming fair, and therell be more. The maximum number of employers we can handle is 42, 43, Tidikis said. Weve been maxed out at every one of them. Were getting a great turnout from the business community. He said that the April job fair had 570 attendees. There were ans among them. Close to 30 attendees left the fair with new jobs, and an unknown number went on to get jobs with compa nies they met at the fair. Tidikis said many younger veterans got resume and interview guidance from the Palm City Presbyterian Churchs Palm City Action Team. We had one young man who turned around and said, I was infantry; Im not sure Im em ployable and have skills, Tidikis said. This is where (the Palm City Action Team) comes in. They sit down with them and really Dougher said veterans have the so-called soft skills that employ ers prize, for example, showing courtesy, following directions and recognizing a chain of command. He said many dont realize just how well the military trained them for careers. I feel they have an advantage than somebody who just got out of college with book learning, Dougher said. I dont think the (veteran) job seekers understand that completely. If youre a vet eran, you should go into those are educated, skilled and trained. You just have to show it and get in there. The fair will be on Friday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indi an River State Colleges Chastain Campus, 2400 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart. Advanced registration is at www.bdbmc.com/ events. More about VVA 1041 is at www.vva1041.org. FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com 13933 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 OCTOBER 09, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Managing Editor Graphic Designer (please note county in the subject line) e Voice of Experience In the 2008 elections when Democrats were picking up congressional seats like shells at a beach, William Bill Posey kept what was then Floridas 15th District solidly red. Since then, the Space Coast turned into the 8th District, and Posey has handily won two re-elections. While hes as staunch a Republican as any once dubbed Birther Bill for introducing legislation to require presidential candidates Congress when many in his party took glee in trouncing on him over systematic problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In a recent Veteran Voice interview, Posey ident Barack Obama appointee when other Republicans were making political points of him. That, Posey said, was what best served veterans in his district. (Constituents) expect me to take their com mon sense and common values to Washington, he said. Following weeks of national controversy over veterans getting inadequate medical care, Shinseki stepped down from his post as Secretary of the VA on May 30. The Senate CEO of Procter & Gamble, Robert McDonald, to lead the veterans department on July 29. Posey said during and after the VA scandal that the secretary, whoever that was, need ed a strong hand to rid the department of entrenched bureaucrats whod lost sight of serving veterans. Posey was a strong advocate for a bill that did that the Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. The Congressman didnt take a bow for its passage. He said it was common sentiment on The Hill to get it enact ed. Despite the low opinion of Washington on everyones mind right now, Congress did make progress on legislation related to veter ans, he said. In addition to making it easier for secretaries to reorganize the VA, The bill expanded veter ans opportunities to go outside the Veterans Health Administration for needed care, and budgeted additional dollars to open more facilities and hire more medical professionals, among other things. Posey takes more credit for his advocacy for righting historical wrongs against a group of soldiers. One law I passed and was there for the signing of it was the Borinqueneers Gold Medal Act, Posey said. The 65th Infantry Regiment, made up of Puerto Ricans, endured much mistreatment in the military. On June 10, the President signed the act bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal on the military unit. Posey said that if re-elected hell keep work ing on passing a bill he introduced to help service members: the Deployed Troops Support Act. Ive worked with the local (American Veter ans Empowerment Team) group in Brevard on that, the Representative said. Posey said that while the bill has passed the House, its always failed in the Senate. If passed and signed by the president, the bill Posey said some groups that send care packages to deployed military members can have up to half their resources consumed by shipping costs. And weve got (military) planes going over there half empty, he said. This is no cost to anybody. The Congressman, a member of the House Military Veterans Caucus, also backed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013 to grant presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to Navy veterans who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam during the war when they develop conditions linked to the herbicide. Posey said that active duty service members and concerned veterans should also know that hes reluctant to use the military on any mission that doesnt promise a return for sac campaign against the group calling itself the Islamic State, ISIS, is a good example. You need to know who your enemies are, which we dont, Posey said. We need to know who our friends are, which we dont. We need to know what victory is, which we dont. Above all, Posey said if re-elected, hell serve with people who can help them. They serve hundreds (of veterans) a year, he said. You dont know how many people need help with VA until youre serving in Congress. Democrate Gabrial Rothblatt is challenging Posey. Neither are U.S. military veterans. There are about 44,500 veterans living in the 8th District, which covers all of Indian River and Brevard counties, and a western portion of Orange. The general election will be on Nov. 4. Early voting will be from Oct. 20 to Nov. 1. For more about Posey, visit www.billposey. com. FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comBill Posey hopes to continue serving veterans in Congress The Jack Ivy 666 Detachment of the Marine Corps League Auxilia ry will attend a Flea Market to be held at Robert Minsky Gym, 750 S.W. Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, to raise funds to prepare care packages for troops serving overseas. All donations will be welcome. For more information, contact Georgia Leon at (772) 446-9998.Marine Corps auxiliary seeks FOR VETERAN VOICE

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 09, 2014 5 the Department of Veterans Af fairs announced Oct. 6 that it will join forces with retailer Walgreens to provide greater access to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccinations to veterans across the country. This partnership grew out of a successful pilot program that began in Florida to provide out the state. Based on those results, VA is expanding the pilot nationwide. Through its nearly 8,200 locations nationwide, Walgreens will vaccinations to veterans. Pharmacists can administer vaccina tions to veterans and will lever age eHealth Exchange, through its Walgreens Cloud Electronic Health Records platform, to securely share immunization records with VA to help ensure complete patient medical records. Vaccinations are available daily during all pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are subject to availability. VA is proud to partner with Walgreens to provide needed vaccines to our nations Veterans, said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. This partnership is a great ex ample of how government and the private sector can work together vide veterans the care and beneWalgreens is committed to supporting our veterans, and we are proud to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide convenient access to vaccines, said Walgreens president Wasson. This is an excellent opportunity for our pharmacists to help VA educate veterans about the importance of vaccinations, to improve immunization rates through greater access and to contribute to helping veterans get, stay and live well. The VA-Walgreens partnership gives veterans greater choice in time and location for getting complete any other VA forms, said interim under secretary for health, Dr. Carolyn Clancy. With this program, the veteran patients record is integrated, and VA maintains a complete immu nization record that allows us to more effectively provide pa tient-centered care. Vaccines are subject to availabil ity. Age, state and health related restrictions may apply. Many immunizations may be covered by commercial insurance plans, Medicare Part B or Medicare Part D. As part of this launch and under the agreement, VA funding can provide approximately 75,000 Patients are encouraged to check coverage details. veterans can call 1-800-WALGREENS or visit www.walgreens. com. For more information about VAs immunization program, visit http://www.ehealth.va.gov/Im munization.asp. In other VA news, in addition to the $300 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families pro gram grant awards announced on Aug. 11, serving 115,000 veterans and their families. McDonald announced the award of $207 million in SSVF grants that will help an additional 70,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be cies and include surge funding for 56 high-need communities. During the brief history of this program, VA has helped tens of thousands of veterans exit homelessness and prevented just as many from becoming homeless. The surge funding will enable VA to strategically target resourc es to high need communities bers of veterans who are home less or at-risk of homelessness. Under the SSVF program, the Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding grants to private sumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Vet eran families living in or transi tioning to permanent housing. The grants announced today will fund the fourth year of the SSVF program. Community-based groups can tance on behalf of veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving operations (through FY 2013), nearly 100,000 veterans and their family members received direct assistance to exit homelessness. including over 25,000 children.Pilot im munization program in Florida expands nationwide FOR VETERAN VOICE rf ntbttrfntbf fnrnnr Aegis USA Inc. is now Teleperformance Aegis USA Inc. is now TeleperformanceYour Career Begins with Us! 14053 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN IN

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6 OCTOBER 09, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE girl was housed. I spent a few months on Old Kody, as it was known, pulling guard duty and caring for several 40-millimeter anti-aircraft guns. Many of those who were in this defense unit on Kodiak were Marines who had fought in some of the early engagements in the Solo mon Islands, and had come down with ma laria or the dread philariasis disease, what Marines called Mo Mo. After several months, I and about 65 others returned to Bremerton Naval Yard. We soon learned we were on our way to Hawaii, with out even a 24-hour pass to get outside the Bremerton gate. In Hawaii, we joined with part of the 29th Marines (Regiment). With the 29th, we prac ticed several landings on Target Island near Maui, and we made another larger landing on Johnson Island. From Hawaii, I took a very long ride of over 100 days on an LST (landing ship tank), much of it at sea, but with a stay-over at American Samoa. Here, we picked up the 3rd Marine Defense Battalion, which had been on Samoa for two years. Most of them spoke Samoan quite well, as they had learned the language, and most were quite native by now. There was also such a unit as Samoan Marines, and while there, I got to know quite a few of them. They were what was known as Lava Lava Marines, as they still wore the traditional dress, but with a Marine khaki shirt, and The women wore no tops, even after the Navy issued them T-shirts. They were quite fun and happy people. It seemed their children lived with whatever family they wished to live longed to whom. After a month or so, we picked up a Marine unit of amtracs and amtanks (amphibious tractors and tanks). We were gathering up Marine units to form a new division. From there, we went to Wellington, New Zealand. Here, we joined up with two battalions, I think, of the 29th Marines, and perhaps 20 days later we arrived on Guam, along with about 7,000 other Marines, to form the new 6th Marine Division, which had been training on Guadalcanal. On Guam, we formed up with the new 4th Marines, who were mostly veterans from the Marine Raider battalions. They were a real tough bunch, having made several landings and raids on Japanese islands early in 1942, and others who had made landings on Bougainville, Saipan and the retaking of Guam. Some of the older members of the 4th, top sergeants and such, had fought on Guadalcanal, and what few of them were left were now on their way to another landing. Most all of them were hoping this would be their last, as there wasnt any magic number when you were sent home so it was one landing after another, for most. ber, I was suddenly sent to a tank unit, much leaders was a new Marine Corps concept every platoon, doubling the number of Brown magazine, and could penetrate 1 inch of armor plate at a hundred yards. A good BAR man could easily bring down targets a half a mile away. I was happy to get away, being that I was with a bunch of kids just out of boot camp one of my team was 16, and another was 17. So when I was sent to the tank battalion, it was a big relief to not have to lead a group like that, even if all of the sergeants were combatants. It was also a secure feeling in the fact that a tank is a much safer place to be than an infantry platoon. After training with the tanks, I went aboard an LST and landed on Okinawa on April Fools Day, April 1, as part of the 10th Army (Mountain) Division. In the history of the 6th Marine Division, it is stated that the 6th Marines took two thirds of Okinawa, while the 1st Marine Division and the Armys 96th and 7th Divisions and two other Army divisions took the remainder of the island. We landed with little opposition other than some kamikaze aircraft that hit several ships near shore. One of our tanks did run over a mine buried with a bomb that destroyed the tank and its crew. We soon learned that there were many hidden guns in caves in the mountains, and the island was covered with old burial vaults that now contained machine guns or mortars dotting much of the island. They also had quite a few 47-millimeter mountain guns that could pierce the sides of a Sherman tank, but not the breast plate, and we spent a lot of hours adding space ar mor and cement to the sides of our tanks. The Japanese also had some rockets of 16 inches that were hidden from view on reverse slopes, and in valleys and such. They tumbled through the air with a terrible sound, but had no accuracy and did little damage. We called them screaming me-mes. But the main defensive line was built across the southern half of the island to protect and men were placed on the perimeter, and we dug in with a 30-calibre machine gun, in an ticipation of a banzai attack that never hap pened. But I must confess, it was a very long night. This defensive line was called the Shuri Line, which was anchored to the ancient Shuri Castle and honeycombed with tunnels, a hos pital and hundreds of bunkers. On our perimeter, the 6th Marines were faced with a line of bunkers and mounds we called Sugar Loaf. These hills took more throwers, and the Japanese literally had to be dug out or burned out, as they were supported by a network of underground passages that ran from bunker to bunker. Editors note: In Part 2, Bradley will con tinue his story of wartime, and immediately post-wartime, experiences.MARINE from page 2The women wore no tops, even after the Navy issued them T-shirts. They were quite fun and happy people. Careersource Brevard seeking donations to help employ military spouses, older children CAREERSOURCE BREVARD, formerly Brevard Workforce, is asking for help in support ing our local soldiers. Military spouses and older children truly want to become employed and help their fam ilies, yet they face so many challenges. Your donation will help provide specialized help prepare them for work. In fact, military spouses experience a much higher unemployment rate than their civilian counterparts at 30 percent. Funds raised through JumpStart Military Families will allow Career Source Brevard to cover the costs of special short-term training in a demand skill. This will enable spouses to more quickly be come employed in each new location they may land. We will also be able to cover the cost of location.) Childcare costs can also be covered and special entrepreneur training will be offered to help those interested in starting a portable business of their own. JumpStart Military Families will help up to 30 older teen and young adult dependents with a weeklong camp to provide prepara tory services they often miss due to moving around from base to base. budgeting, personality assessments, life ap plication tools, dressing for success, how to make a good First Impression, networking, time management, resume development and gain experience interviewing through mock interviews with area business leaders. The take-away from this experience will pre pare them for the rest of their lives and make them an asset to any organization and community in which they live. Please consider a small donation and then share the information with others who care about military families. Thank you. Special note: When you donate with your name, you are automatically giving us per mission to recognize your gift on Facebook and Twitter without mention of the amount you gave. FOR VETERAN VOICE

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8 OCTOBER 09, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE For Dave Donan, owner of EcoL ube, Port St. Lucie, helping veter ans any way he can is a matter of personal pride. On Oct. 9, he presented a check for $500 to Disabled American Veterans Post 113, to help it in its mission to help veterans in need. One of those veterans, John Golden, who served in the Army in Afghanistan (1st of the 501st Paratrooper Infantry Regiment), was on hand at the auto center because of a van by DAV 113 that had been donated to Golden by inventor Donald Stone, and which was having service done. Also on hand were Dan DePagnier, chairman of the United Veterans of St. Lucie County, and DAV vice commander Art Edmonds and his wife, Cathy, who befriended Golden and are now helping him get back on his feet. Golden, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, suffers from PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury). He doesnt speak of his experiences except to say he saw heavy combat. Hes a respectful, and intense, young man whose goal is to get a degree from Keiser University in golf management. My parents live in Inverness, so before we came here I researched schools (in Florida), Golden said. Edmonds recounted how they met: John (and his wife, Jamie) had just gotten down here, and he was lost, so he found the DAV hall. After I learned about his situa tion, my wife and I got him a ho tel. Eventually, we found a condo, as well. We went to the VA, got all his records transferred, and set him up to receive his medical care. Hes been through a lot. Along with PTSD and TBI, his knees are bad from jumping. They dont tell (returning troops) everything they need to know when they get out. I really cant thank all you guys enough, Golden said. We just feel you deserve it, DePagnier said, and Edmonds concurred. Its young people like him who inspire me to help, Donan, whose son is serving in the Ma rines, said of his donation. As an experienced airline pilot, Donan just missed Vietnam because the war ended when he was ready to qualify. We are very much all about veterans here (at EcoLube), Donan said. I want every veteran to know he or she will have an automatic discount when they come here. In addition to performing oil and located at 2155 Sw Gatlin Blvd., also offers full service repairs, such as those being done on Goldens new van. DAV 113 is an active component of the United Veterans, and Gold en is just one of many returning veterans they seek to help on an ongoing basis, as more and more troops are returning in greater and greater numbers. The chapter can be contacted at http://www.davmembersportal. phone at 772-871-6667. United Veterans chairman DePagnier can be contacted at Veteran-friendly businessman helps DAV with large donation STAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comIts young people like him who inspire me to help. Dave Donan, owner, EcoLube, Port St. Lucie, about his donation to DAV 113, which is helping vet eran John Golden get re-established in civilian life

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 09, 2014 9Writer inspired to support troops with unique, decorated bra STAFF WRITERskoppel@YourVoiceWeekly.com Editors note: The Elliott Museum, Palm City, held a bra-decorating party Sept. 22 in preparation for Put it on the Line, a fund raising event and silent auction to raise money for Friends in Pink, an organization that helps women pay for breast cancer treatment. The decorated bras will be on display through Oct. 22 at Mimi McCallums Harbour Bay Plaza studio, and the public can bid on them at that held Oct. 22. Koppel is a staff writer for Your Voice News and Views. After hearing about this event, I was in spired. Im not a visual artist, but I suddenly found myself at the store, buying a bra large enough to hold the sequins, ribbons, glitter stars, fabric glue and other strange items that had found their way into my cart. I had an idea for a bra called Support The Troops, which could be interpreted several ways. Within an hour, my bedroom had red, white and blue everything draped all over the bra as I tried to decide the best placement. I tenta tively glued a few red, white and blue ribbons across the top and then, emboldened, started gluing glitter stars. I was having a ball. I am a 14 year breast cancer survivor, and I want to give thanks for the excellent medical care I had. I hope this event will help others get the quality of care every woman deserves. 13 th Annual Howl O Ween Dog Costume Pawrade & Pet Expo Assistance Dog Training & Administrative Center Open House 1230 16th Avenue Vero Beach FREE ADMISSION October 18, 2014 2 5 PM Pawrade 4:00 Over 100 Dogs in Costume! Please do not dress your dog in any way to cause harm. Bring your lawn chairs and prepare to have fun!!! Exhibitor and Sponsor Space Available starting at $100! Call 567 8969 Hearing and Service Dog Training Pet Assisted Therapy Dog Training Companion Dog Training and Off Leash Dog Park Dont miss the Secret Dog Park Announcement 14063 14173 HELP US CELEBRATE THE 239TH BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS PLEASE JOIN THE JACK IVY DETACHMENT AT OUR BIRTHDAY BALL SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014TO BE HELD AT: ELKS LODGE #2658 2290 SE LENNARD ROAD PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL. 34953 Cocktails and Hors Doeuvres starting at 5PM CASH BAR FROM 5PM 11PM Opening Ceremony 7PM Full Course Dinner Immediately Following FILET MIGNON, CHICKEN CORDON BLEU OR BAKED TILAPIA Music and Dancing Provided by SHOWTIME ENTERTAINMENT Professional Photographer taking personal photos for your keepsake Cake Cutting Ceremony Tickets are only $45/person. ADVANCE PURCHASES ONLY. Formal, Military or Business Attire is required. RSVP: Mike 772-204-9622 OR Joan 807-896-2405TICKETS MUST BE PRESENTED FOR ADMISSION.

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