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VOL. 2/ISSUE 51 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 201435 cents Theyre back those amazing military jets that shake the ground, roar with the Phoenix and mesmerize everyone. Last year we didnt have the military jets, so our crowds were down, Michael Roberts, vice presi dent of the Stuart Air Show said. We had about 35,000. We should top 40,000. Our ticket sales are already ahead of last year, with the military coming back. In other words, the Air Force F-22 Raptor and Ma rine Corps AV-8B Harrier are people magnets. The Stuart Air Show has never had these, Roberts said. The show will launch on Oct. 31, 5 to 10 p.m., with a special Halloween edition. Elisabeth Glynn is Stuart Air Shows new executive director. She said in addition to thrilling twilight shows by the likes of the Aeroshell Team and Mike Wiskus, sic by the Spaz Band. Weve incorporated even more family activities, Glynn said. Weve got trick or treating and a kids costume contest. The show will continue on Saturday, Nov. 1, with gates opening at 9 a.m. Roberts said folks shouldnt wait to arrive at noon when the aviation performances start. If they come out early, we do a World War II re-enactment complete with German and American re-enactors, he said. We get anywhere from 75 to 100 re-enactors from three states. They come down and set up World War II tents and cots. That grows every year. The battle re-enactment will start at 10 a.m. schedule will repeat on Sunday, Nov. 2. Oh, and days. Last year, the airshow decided to take off despite turbulent weather. Other shows canceled. Remember the federal budget sequestration that started last year? It grounded the Air Force Thunderbirds, Navy Blue Angels and other military jet displays at airshows for the entire season. The Stuart show did have the Air Force Command Center Alpha last year, and a Thunderbird jet on static display, but that was it. The mobile center is a multi-media promotion and recruitment tool that goes wherever receptive crowds will be the largest. But the military is back in a big way, despite new hostilities against the group in Syria and Iraq calling itself the Islamic State. We lost a display aircraft, because of the bombing of (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), Roberts said. This fall, Stuart wraps up the air-show circuit on Floridas eastern coastline. The Melbourne Air & Space Show and Wings and Waves Air Show, Daytona Beach, did their things earlier this month. The only other airshow in the Sunshine State in November is the NAS Pensacola Open House Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. Its probably the biggest event in Martin County, Roberts said. On the Treasure Coast, its the biggest (air show) in the area. The show raises funds for several area charities, including the Road to Victo ry Military Museum, Stuart, and Martin County Community foundation. Other supported charities include The ARC of Martin County and more. General admission tickets for Fridays Stuart Air Show back with the military big boys Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com File photo by Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer See SHOW page 2

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2 OCTOBER 23, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE events are adults $15 online or at the gate; children 5 and younger free; those ages 6 to 12 are $5; and members of the military and veterans are also $5. General admission tickets for those 13 and older Saturday or Sunday are $15 online or at outlets, such as Seacoast National Bank, and $20 at the gate. Those 55 and older get a $5 discount at the gate. Prices for youths ages 6 to 12 are the same as Friday. For an additional $8 a seat on Saturday and Sunday, folks can get spectator seating on the line seating specials are at www. stuartairshow.com For more, call Stuart Air Show at (772) 781-4882. Itll be at the Mar tin County Airport-Witham Field, 2011 Airport Road. SHOW from page 1 Carl Domino is a Navy veteran, and hes running for Congress. He was the only veteran in a mary candidates vying to take the 18th Congressional District seat until August. Now hes the only veteran in a two-man race against incumbent Patrick Murphy. I think we really need to work hard to make sure that any promises made to veterans are kept, Domino said. Domino is an investments man ager living in Jupiter with his wife, Sharon, and their 14-yearold twins, Reagan and Mason. Hes 70. Congress has shifted from being veteran dominated. About four decades ago, nearly 75 percent of congress members were mili tary veterans. Congress now has 89 representatives who served in the military, or about 20 percent. There are about 21.2 million veterans in the U.S., or about 7 percent of the population. As the population of veterans in Congress has fallen to a minority, many feel it has become increas ingly Balkanized. Domino said electing more veterans may be a start toward effective bipartisan ship. I think military people have greater tolerance for expressions by the other side, he said. In a previous interview, Domino said that the bonds of military service among Representatives wouldnt dull fervent debate, but would likely remove personal acrimony. (Veterans are) certainly more likely in their private moments to treat each other with cordiality, he said. In one of the most expensive campaigns in Congress history, Murphy pulled an upset win over an Army veteran, then-incumbent Republican Allen West. That was in the 2012 race for the newly minted 18th District, St. Lucie, Martin and the northern part of Palm Beach counties. Only about 2,000 votes separated the two in a battleground district. With such a narrow win, Murphy had a lot to prove to his new constituents whod done what he hadnt served in uniform. Domino entered the Navy in the late 1960s. He served three years, including a tour in Viet nam. After that, he transferred to the reserves. He served there until 1989, and retired as a com -Carl Domino hopes to take Navy experience to Congress Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Carl DominoSee DOMINO page 7 rf ntbttrfntbf fnrnnr Aegis USA Inc. is now Teleperformance Aegis USA Inc. is now TeleperformanceYour Career Begins with Us! 14426 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN IN

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 23, 2014 3 ST. LUCIE COUNTY A Fort Pierce native is one of 16 eligible veterans to have the state nursing home in Tradition named af are supporting the cause. The St. Lucie County Commi sion passed a resolution 5-0 to support naming the new nursing home after Army Sgt. Ardie Ray Copas, who died May 12, 1970 during the Vietnam War. Copas was just 19 when he was killed in battle in Cambodia. That morning, Copas company was tillery, rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons. Artillery ing him and four others. Copas got on the vehicles back with explosive rounds. his injured counterparts could evacuate. As he continued the when an artillery round hit his vehicle, according to his Medal of Honor citation. President Barack Obama awarded Copas and 23 others the Medal of Honor posthumously March 18 at the White House. Its important to have the nurs ing home named after a local hero, St. Lucie County Veterans Services manager Wayne Teegardin said. We would, of course, love to have the nursing home named after a local person, he said. Teegardin said anyone can nominate any one of the 16 eligible people. The criteria are that the person was a Florida resident, is deceased and is a Medal of Honor recipient We will be in competition once again with the entire state to have this named, Teegardin said. Commissioner Frannie Hutchin son said it would be an honor to have the nursing home named after a local hero. That to me would be just like the icing on the cake, or the candles in this case. But, I feel like we got the icing already, she said. St. Lucie County was awarded the site for the states seventh Veterans Nursing Home by Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet unanimously Sept. 23. The nursing home is planned to be built on a 28.5-acre parcel in Tradition. The 120-bed facility will employ roughly 190 people. Scott and his cabinet will choose whom the site is named after, but a date has not been set.Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient on short list for nursing home naming rights Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Copas is one of pas, a Fort Pierce of Honor recipi serving in the Photo courtesy of Wayne Teegardin President Barack Obama awarded Copas and 23 others the Medal of Honor posthumously March 18 at the White House. Its important to have the nursing home named after a local hero, St. Lucie County Veterans Services manager Wayne Teegardin said. We would, of course, love to have the nursing home named after a local person. 14390 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 23, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Graphic Designer Phil Galdys Donna Marinak 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) (772) 204-2409 e Voice of Experience Who let the dogs out? Pooches on pawrade at Dogs For Life eventIt was a day for dog owners far and wide to dress up their pets to Beach, Oct. 18. The event, billed as Howl-OWeen, had more than 60 dogs and their owners marching in the pawrade, in all their costumed tended. Aww, look at that cute one! was a phrase heard throughout the day. Costumes ranged from superheroes, ballerinas, butterwere even two dressed up as spiders, inspired by a video prank that recently went viral on the Internet (type dog spider prank in a search engine to view the hilarious stunt). There were even a bride and groom, who renewed their vows after two years together, accord Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee DOGS page 5

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 23, 2014 5 ing to their owners. Happily, though there were well over 100 dogs at Howl-O-Ween, no A demonstration was also given by veteran Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent L.A. and her retired bomb-detection dog, Daryl. Vero Beach band Rip Tide played standards from the 1950s to the 1980s. Vendors were on hand to tout veterinary care, pet cremation and other services, as well as food the For Life as well. items donated by various area businesses. A VFW Color Guard led the paw rade, after an invocation given by former Navy chaplain Dick Flick. Dogs For Life provides a full range of services, from conventional obe dience training to its newest, and most cherished, offering, according to CEO and founder Shelly Ferger: providing service dogs to returning veterans, at no cost. We could not put into words how much it means to us to be able to help our veterans, Ferger said in her address to the crowd. We want to thank our sponsors, and all of you, who have helped us and continue to help us help them. Whether a veteran suffers from PTSD or a physical disability, Dogs For Life trains dogs to help them in living a more normal life. For instance, someone suffering from PTSD can have his or her dog trained to secure a perimeter in times of acute anxiety, or calm the veteran by placing himor herself at his or her back. Dogs are also trained to dial 911 on special phones, as well as to alert other members of a household in a medical emergency. Assistance dogs for the hearing impaired is another service that has proven invaluable. Dogs For Life also provides pet-as sisted therapy, which sends dogs into places like assisted-living facili ties to help improve patients quality of life. While sponsors continue to be an enormous asset for Dogs For Life to continue its mission, smaller do nors continue to be a crucial factor, Ferger said. By attending our Howl-O-Ween, you all have stepped up for us, and I hope its been fun for everyone, she said. Dogs For Life has several opportu nities for volunteers, whether provid ing dogs as therapy pets or helping keep the Dog Park safe. To learn more about volunteering, or to offer a sponsorship or donation, visit dogsforlifevb.org; call (772) 567-8969; or email dogsforlifevb@bellsouth.net.DOGS from page 4 Democratic congressional candidate Gabriel Rothblatt said if voters elect him to the 8th Congressional District, hell aim to start improving veterans care by bringing back the draft. Sort of. This is a bit complicated. I believe in mandatory civil service, Rothblatt said. I believe every citizen should go through a term of civil Gabriel Rothblatt hopes to represent vets in Congress Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com See ROTHBLATT page 6 14419

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6 OCTOBER 23, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE service. Which would be a system of compulsory national or community service for, say, two years that would include the option of applying for military service er, Rothblatt said technology is reducing the number of soldiers, sailors and Marines needed to do the same jobs, and the military must be able to pick applicants emotional standards. Rothblatt never used the word AmeriCorps, but his descrip tions of the proposed mandatory civil service ring very much like version of it. He said youths on the precipice of adult life would select from a menu of civil-service options and matched to where they were needed. For example, a young man interested in learning civil engineering could be put in a pool to learn infrastructure repairs, then be sent to where he It drastically reduces the amount we have to pay out of the federal budget to get these jobs done, Rothblatt said. Just like the former military the mandatory service, theyre free to head into adult life with bigger appreciation for patriotism. You have more ownership of your community, what it means to be American, Rothblatt said. overlap with what military veter ans receive. One of the biggest veterans is sues is the (Department of Veter ans Affairs), he said. Weve got this separate (medical) system the minority of people use. For the majority, out of sight out of mind. Its separate but unequal. His idea follows these lines the veterans population is projected to decline from about 22 million today to fewer than 14 million in 2043. At the same time, the American population is growing. The Census Bureau projects that therell be about 400 million by 2050, up from about 320 million today. In other words, veterans are in the next 30 years going to drop from about 7 percent of the population to 3.5 percent. The Congressional candidate said that by introducing mandatory civil service and expanding veterans programs, such as health care, to participants vests more people into protecting those Rothblatt pointed out that strong democracies exist along side military drafts that dont discriminate, so mandatory civil service doesnt threaten individual freedom. Israel has mandatory military service, he said. Everyone in Israel is throughout their lives a member of the national guard. Which brings up part of what Rothblatt said mandatory civil service should do train all able young adults to be part of national defense. You should be able to know how to defend your city from an The Congressional candidate said more immediately, if elected, hell serve veterans interests by looking into mental-health ser vices at the VA. He said conver sations with veterans make him suspect that the Veterans Health Administration might be taking shortcuts in treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The VA, in many cases, poli cy-wise, theyre more interested in sedating veterans (with medi cations) than getting them help, he said. Thats a big concern for me. Theres not enough being done for mental treatment. Additionally, Rothblatt said that Brevard County needs more VA facilities, and hell push for them. Brevard County has the highest concentration of retired veterans in the country, he said. Rothblatt never served in the US military, but did participate in an Israeli Defense Forces volun teer program open to Americans and others for a short while. His father is Jewish, and his mother was a black woman who convert ed to Judaism. He said his family has a rich tradition of military service. For example, his brother He said that as a black man, he tary, because of its role in secur ing not just his individual liber ties, but also his civil rights. Had it not been for the military bringing more people into service and desegregating Rothblatt paused. They really led the country with that, he continued. It opened the door for opportunity to so many people. The military desegregated in 1948 after President Harry Truman ordered it. Rothblatt said many usually lesser-known civil-rights workers in the 1940s to 1960s were black veterans, many whod fought in World War II. 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. Representative Bill Posey is the incumbent, and is running for re-election. He, too, never served in uniform. The general election will be on Nov. 4. Early voting will be from Oct. 20 to Nov. 1. ROTHBLATT from page 5 Joe and Andy meet every Wednesday at the Elks Lodge in Port St. Lucie to reminisce, swap jokes and share fellowship over a cup of joe. To the outward eye, theyre just a couple of regular guys, getting on a bit in years, sharing obser vations and telling yarns. But like all other veterans, there is more to these two than meets the eye. Both Marines, Joseph Hiott and Andrew Brocata, were part of the Marine Corps Raiders in World War II and they were in the same detachment, but didnt know it until decades later, when each moved to Florida to make his home. Joe and Andy enjoy ribbing each other, and anyone else they they meet. So many of their comrades didnt make it, whether in com bat or later, when peacetime was a whole new battle to be faced. These two are clearly survivors, in more ways than one. The Marine Corps Raiders the brainchild of President Marine buddies make light of service but as Raiders, bore the brunt Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee BUDDIES page 7

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 23, 2014 7 mander. Domino said if elected, he would take to Congress the credibility of service veterans recognize. You went to serve your country and Im one Congressman wholl make certain your concerns are heard in Washington, he said. examples of legislation hed back or propose to help veterans. However, he said hell seek to join the 25-member House Committee on Veterans Affairs, which over sees the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was created in 1946. Florida congressmen Jeff Miller and Gus Bilirakis are the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the committee for the 113th Congress. Democrat Corrine Brown is also a member of the committee. Domino, a former Florida State Legislator, said hes open to more programs in which the federal VA helps states start or run veter ans programs. Domino pointed to the successes of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs; six nursing homes and one adult living facility. The homes were built using a mixture of state and federal dollars, mostly federal, but are run by the states veterans department. My dad was in one for years, Domino said. Theyre just great. It was much more than rehab. Dominos father, a 27-year Marine Corps veteran, was the second-oldest living Marine at age 101. Domino credits good care and fellowship he got at the state veteran nursing home as one reason for his fathers longevity. The Florida Cabinet recently voted to build the seventh state veterans nursing home in Tradition, which is in the 18th District. Construction will start next fall. Additionally, Domino said, if elected, hell likely back the Put ting Veterans Funding First Act. If the bill is passed by Congress and signed by the President, then all of the VA would be placed on advanced appropriations. That means Congress would budget year in advance. The VA healthcare system already receives advance appropriations from Congress. That was established in 2009 to shield veterans healthcare from federal budget battles, such as the partial shutdown last year. Weve made commitments to our veterans and we need to keep them, Domino said. There needs to be an advance appropriations process for a lot of things and There are about 60,100 veterans living in the district. The general election will be on Nov. 4. Early voting will be until Nov. 1. For more, visit www.domino forcongress.com.DOMINO from page 2 Roosevelt, Joe said were the formed in World War II, mod eled after the British commando teams operating in the European Theater. Originally, there were two bat talions: The 1st Marine Raiders, under the command of Maj. Gen. Merritt Red Mike Ed son, and the 2nd Marine Raiders under Brig. Gen. Evans Carlson. Both battalions became known as either Edsons or Carl sons Raiders Joe and Andy served in both. The Raiders fought in many key defense of Guadalcanal (where they returned later, to continue training, after each engage ment). major combat took place on the island of Bougainville, a part of the Solomon Islands. It took from November of 1943, when the Raiders, along with the I Marine Amphibious Corps, landed on the beachhead, un til April of 1944 to defeat the entrenched Japanese troops, who numbered from 30,000 to 60,000, according to varying estimates. through tangled jungles, repelling not only daily and nightly Japanese attacks, but also battling malaria and other tropical diseases. In the early months, constant shelling by the Japanese took many lives. The area we landed in was very swampy, Joe recalled. Youd take a step, and you were up to your knees in water. As a Raider, Joes job was demolition: mines, booby-traps, defusing explosives of all types. I sure wouldnt want to handle that now, he says, deadpan. Andy, on the other hand, was line infantry a grunt, he says working in a weapons platoon. In combat, you improvise. I could take one match, with rocks, and a half canteen of water, to boil enough water to make coffee, Joe said. People didnt believe me. Bougainville was to be the last campaign the Raiders fought in as a separate unit, which had begun action in 1942 in the Battle of Tulagi. The Raiders, as such, were disbanded in early 1944, amid resentment among Marines themselves. There was a lot of animosity from the old Marines (toward) the Raiders, Joe said. See, the Marines were already special forces. More than 8,000 men served in the Raiders during their brief existence, and the unit earned seven Medals of Honor and 136 Navy Crosses. After Bougainville, the former Raiders fought in Guam and Okinawa, and helped comprise to land in force in Japan itself. Most veterans even those who survived intense combat remember basic training, or boot camp, almost more vividly than combat itself. Joe and Andy are no exception. Parris Island was overrun with recruits, Joe recalled. They shortened boot camp by seven weeks, so I was lucky to get out of hell quicker. Sent to Naval Air Station Opalocka, Florida, for guard duty afterward, Joe found him self under the command of one Maj. Thing. That was his name! he insist ed. We called him the Wrong Thing. He had been recalled at and he was a stickler for clean laundry. Andy, who was originally from Chicago, joined up in 1942, be ing sent to San Diego. We were called the Hollywood Marines, the sissy boys, he said, laughing. So many guys were joining, we San Luis Obispo (a traditional Army outpost). We werent allowed to talk to the dog-faces (Marine slang for Army). If we were caught, we went on bad, bad duty. One time, we went on a run, in full gear, wearing rubber ponchos. We were sweating like anything. But we had to impress the soldiers. And, like most other veterans, the men remember much that happened during combat out ories. My best buddys parents were Welsh, Andy recalled (of Ed was something. When we were deciding which unit to apply to join, he said, I want to go to the Radar battalion. I said, OK. When we were heading to our unit, I saw a sign: nd Raider Battalion, with a skeleton on a blue background, with a Southern Cross. What is this? I said. No, its the Radar Battalion, he said. Oh, brother, I said. We got in by mistake. Andys non-combat memories Marine, drunk on apple jack, who could recite Casey at the Bat, a popular poem as well as another, who wrote a par -BUDDIES from page 6 See BUDDIES page 8 Peggy cared for our mom at home during a long illness so Mom could be with the family she loved. But in the nal months when Moms condition got worse, her doctor recommended Treasure Coast Hospice. 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8 OCTOBER 23, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE ody of White Christmas, exchanging the word Christ mas for mistress. Winking mischievously, Andy said, You should have heard the Limey Song the New Zealanders came up with. He went on to sing it verba tim. Astonishingly, he remem bered every word. It dealt with troops and women and in for family consumption. Joe and Andy were two of the lucky ones. The campaign to capture the the Raiders and other troops who had to hack the Japanese to death. It was either them, or us, as it has always been. Joe and Andy learned they were in the same unit decades after they served, which as tonishes them both. But like so many World War II veterans, they make light of it. They show up every Wednesday, to chat and catch up. Theyre Marines, and they live their lives. BUDDIES from page 7 The Valiant Air Command is pleased to announce that its Tico Belle, returned to the air Saturday, Oct. 18. The venerable World War II veteran had been grounded for several months for an engine replacement. The Valiant Air Command took advantage of the required maintenance to conduct a periodic inspection and to update several of the systems on the 71-year-old transport. With its new 1200 HP Pratt and Whitney powerplant, the Tico ed. Following a thorough checkher assigned pilots. She will then return to a regular routine of loances across Florida and the southeast. The Valiant Air Command had scheduled the Tico Belle would initially take off from the Space Coast Regional Airport late Saturday morning. FOR VETERAN VOICE WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, Nov. 3, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act). Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Prior to this expansion, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for We can never fully repay the debt we owe to these families who have lost a loved one, said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. The Fry Scholarship was created to honor Sergeant John David Fry, 28, of Lorena, Texas. Sergeant Fry had one week left in his tour in Iraq in 2006, when he volunteered to continue working for seven more hours disarming explosive devices, despite having already sustained an injury to his hand. March 8, 2006, in Anbar province, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated. He left behind a widow and three young children. The Fry Scholarship will entitle eligible spouses to up to 36 months of the full, 100-percent level of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which includes a tuition-and-fee payment, a monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies. Some spouses currently eligible under the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program may now be eligible for the Fry Scholarship. All surviving spouses eligible for DEA and the Fry Scholarship must make an irrevocable election for terms beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2015. VA will identify surviving spouses eligible for both programs and send them a letter with comparavailable and instructions on how make an election. For more information, visit the GI Bill website va.gov/gibill). The VA call center (888-GIBILL-1) also will be able to help individuals understand the differences between the two programs.VA expands Fry Scholarship to surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty 14444 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. 34952 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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