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VOL. 2/ISSUE 52 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 201435 cents ST. LUCIE COUNTY Gov. Rick Scott made a campaign stop by Port St. Lucie to thank veterans for their service and the community for working hard to get the next state veterans nursing home in Tradition. Before making a short campaign in 2011, Scott talked about his earliest tie to the military. My dad was 82nd Airborne, he told a crowd of local veterans and supporters at the Flamingo Hometown Caf on Thursday, Oct. 16. Veterans called back, Hooah! and Airborne! to the smiling governor, who is a Navy veteran. He said Marines used to beat up his shipmates and him. Then the next day they were asking us for a ride, he said. It didnt seem fair. Scott served aboard the USS Glover during his three years in the Navy, 1971 to 1974. He later attended college on the GI Bill. His adoptive father, Orba Scott Jr., was a World War II veteran. This veterans home wouldnt have happened ex cept for a lot of local support, he said. The governor and Florida Cabinet OKd a Florida Department of Veterans Affairs site-selection com mittee recommendation to build the seventh state veterans nursing home in St. Lucie at a Sept. 23 regular meeting. The vote came after an unexpect ed delay. Other contending communities includ ing Scotts home county, Collier raised questions The points spread between St. Lucie and Marion counties was paper thin. Construction is likely to start next fall, Steve Mur ray, communications director at the state veterans department, said in previous interviews. The last home, the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine, took about two years to complete. State veterans homes are named after Medal of Honor recipients who have ties to the ar eas theyre located. The St. Lucie County Commis sion unanimously voted on Oct. 7 to ask the state to name the Tradition facility in honor of Fort Pierce native Sgt. Ardie Ray Copas, Copas died in May 1970 in Vietnam. Copas was a gunner who stayed at his post despite injuries until four wounded soldiers could be evacuated to safety. He died from his wounds. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Copas the prestigious medal earlier this year. In a press gaggle after talking to veter ans and supporters, Scott talked about how his wife, Ann, patiently awaited his return from an 18-month duty cruise in less-than-ideal housing, and other rigors military families face. My wife put up with a lot, he said. Governor visits St. Lucie Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN See SCOTT page 3


2 OCTOBER 30, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE United States Marine Corps 2014 birthday ball is Nov. 8The public is invited in celebrat ing the 239th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. The event will be presented by the Indian River Detachment Ma rine Corps League Saturday, Nov. 8 at The Club at Point West, 7500 14th Lane, Vero Beach. The ball begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails; there will be a pre sentation of colors at 6:15, with dinner at 6:45 p.m., followed by traditional cake cutting ceremony and a toast To The Corps with Marine Corps punch, and music for dancing. Reservations required by Oct. 31. Cost is $40 per person; attire is semi-formal. Members of the public are welcome. Tickets available from Heath Harris, (772) 643-2554; John Matthews, (772) 234-1512 or Mike Bodnar, (772) 778-1472. FOR VETERAN VOICE This is the third in a series, Inside the VA, a closer look at the Department of Veterans Affairs three functions, the Veterans Health Administration, the Veter the National Cemetery Adminis tration. This week Veteran Voice looks into one of the lesser-known components of the VHA, medical research. Anyone who has an implantable pacemaker can thank the Department of Veterans Affairs. Or a liver transplant. Or a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder that led to evidence-based treat ment. The (Veterans Health Administration) has a long history of research and development, especially since World War II, said Dr. John R. Vara, associate chief of staff for education and research at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. The West Palm center, which serves about 60,000 veterans in six counties Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian Riv er counties opened in 1995 as the computer age was exploding. Its in the middle of expanding relationships with four medical schools interested in tapping the 19 years of electronic docu mentation for doing research on evidence-based medicine, taking a statistical look at what treat ments work best for conditions. This facility has a rich supply of electronic records, Vara said. This facility has never had paper records. Vara said when researchers use VA medical records, there are numerous privacy safeguards that keep veterans in control of their information. The Veterans Health AdminisDevelopment has a $585 million Vara said its involved in a lot of advance studies and implemeninto the broader population. For example, in September, two VA scientists were awarded the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Inside the VA: medical research Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee RESEARCH page 10 Available 14561


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 30, 2014 3 The governor said serving and discharging from the Navy during a time when America seemed ambivalent about the military signs at some businesses at the time were most unwelcoming. That, he said, was a motive be hind creating the Governors Veterans Service Award. The award features the Great Seal of the State of Florida on the front, the military Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard on the back, and the words, Honoring Those Who Served. I want to thank (veterans), Scott said. Colleen Krepstekies, public af fairs manager at the state veter ans department, said the governor has given veterans 5,409 medals in 30 ceremonies from Aug. 16, 2013, to Aug. 19 of this year. There have been ceremonies at the six state veterans homes, and one at the state adult living facility in Lake City. Recipients are vetted by county veterans serAt this point, the policy is, veterans need to attend ceremonies to receive the medals, Krepstekies said. Were looking into exceptions for that for home bound veterans. There are no additional presentation ceremonies scheduled at press time. A Port St. Lucie veteran went about 140 miles, round trip, to get one. I was in Melbourne when he gave the medals, Charlie Le Gall said. That was on Aug.14 at the Mel bourne National Guard Armory. Le Gall said hes backing Scotts re-election bid. I think hes been good for veterans, the Marine Corps veteran said. (Him) being in the Navy, that helps, too. Earlier this year Scott signed the Florida GI Bill, an omnibus bill with numerous components aimed at attracting veterans to stay or move to the Sunshine State. It passed the Florida House and Senate on unanimous votes. Im doing all I can to make this the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, Scott said to sup porters. He added, We want the veterans in our state. Florida has about 1.6 million veterans. A third are Vietnam-era vets. Its one of only three states with a million or more veterans. SCOTT from page 1The governor said serving and discharging from the Navy during a time with America seemed ambivalent about the military was emotionally dif businesses at the time were


4 OCTOBER 30, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Managing Editor Patrick McCallister Graphic Designer 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) (772) 204-2409 e Voice of Experience A three-man team from the St. a demonstration with two of their K-9 unit dogs, including a simu lated takedown of a suspect, at the Oct. 15 meeting of the Cascades Veterans Club of the Cascades of St. Lucie West. Sgt. Tony Cavallaro, assisted by Deputies Marc Geisler and Brandon Nuccio, showed how the highly trained dogs acted on command. The demonstration also included how, in addition to taking down criminal suspects, the dogs are trained to sniff out narcotics. To illustrate a search, Geisler led the K-9 Jax along a row of folded ta bles leaning against a wall of the Cascades ballroom and sure enough, Jax found real marijuana that had been hidden ahead of time. Cavallaro said the dogs also assist in establishing probable cause for searching vehicles for suspected narcotics. The dogs can smell narcotics in the outside air surrounding the vehicle, which keeps the legal process intact, he explained. Resource Division, the K-9s can also detect bombs or narcotics; and yet another mission is assist ing in jail shakedowns to search for contraband. The dogs also assist in some times lengthy searches for sus pects or suspected crime loca tions, which means the breed of dog has to be a special type. Typically, our dogs are shepherd types, in particular the Belgian Malinois, Cavallaro said. As he spoke, his K-9, RJ, strained at the leash. At one point, he was allowed to roam the audience, to the delight of the members, who petted the friendly dog. You can see how much energy he has, Cavallaro said. And in their job, they need it. They work very, very hard. All of the service dogs are pur chased overseas, from countries like the Czech Republic, Hun gary and the Netherlands, he said. Breeders there train them theyre more fully trained by the We have vendors that go over and ID the prospects, and then well send someone from (the select the likely candidates, Ca vallaro said. Theyre trained using classical conditioning techniques, if anyone remembers hearing of B.F. Skinner (pioneering psychologist famous for developing the tech nique), he said. Its positive reinforcement, or correction for negative, to get them to do the things you need them to do. Its command-task-reward. So specialized is the K-9 train Alzheimers patients who wander away from home. Under a bracelet program, (medical) staff can locate a pa tient through a radio signal, Cavallaro said. If someone cuts off his or her bracelet, our K-9s scent. It takes 400 hours, or 10 weeks, to train a K-9 after it has been given basic command training in Europe. Typically, the dogs begin work at 1 year old, and continue to work until theyre 8 to 10, Cavallaro St. Lucie Sheriffs K-9s impress at meeting of Cascades Veterans RJ, and other service dogs STAFF See DOGS page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 30, 2014 5 said. When a dog retires, the handler has the choice of keeping him or putting him in a family members care. They need constant, specialized attention, and the handler or his family is best equipped to take them in. Cavallaro said he and his team enjoy making presentations to schools and other groups like the Cascades Veterans probably most of all, as its clearly meant for education and enjoyment, rather than real danger out in the After a question-and-answer was thanked and bidden good bye. Then the veterans got down to club business. The main item was an update on the ongoing controversy over where to place a veterans memo rial display. (Editors note: The issue has been covered in previous issues of Veteran Voice.) First vice president John Pescino told club members he had met with Residents Association Presi dent Wayne Smith for two hours, just the two of us, he said. We decided it was best to let the community decide (where to place the display). A ballot is being drawn up now, and it will be pub lished in the next newsletter (the Cascadian ). Well present pictures of both locations (in question), and the community will decide by a 51-49 majority decision. Pescino said he was going to knock on doors to encourage people to vote on moving the dis play out of the ballroom to a more visible hallway location, and he urged his fellow members to do the same. It was also agreed to put an which should happen in any case, Pescino said.DOGS from page 4 The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is currently accepting proposals for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). The program had been slated to sunset this year, however the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) extends the program through Oct. 6, 2017. Due to the severity and com plexity of their injuries, veterans with TBI can require an extraor dinary level of care and other support services, said interim Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Carolyn Clancy. The ALTBI program provides special ized assisted living services to eligible veterans with traumatic brain injury to enhance their rehabilitation, quality of life and community integration. Under the AL-TBI program, veterans meeting the eligibility criteria are placed in private sector TBI residential care facilities specializing in neuro behavioral rehabilitation. The program offers team-based care and assistance in areas such as speech, memory and mobili ty. Approximately 187 veterans were enrolled into the AL-TBI Pilot Program in 46 different fa cilities located in 22 states. Cur rently, there are 94 veterans enrolled in the pilot. The extension of the program offers opportunities for provid ers wishing to participate in the program. The VA is accepting proposals through Nov. 20. To be eligible, contractor facilities must meet federal, state and local standards and be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Residential Rehabilitation/Brain Injury Pro gram. Contracts for the extend ed program are expected to be awarded in February 2015. For more information about the AL-TBI Request for Proposal, visit VA/VADDC791/VADDC791/ VA79114R0074/listing.html For more information about the AL-TBI program, visit www. Working with Congress, veter ans service organizations and other stakeholders, the VA has taken steps to implement the Choice Act legislation. In addi tion to the AL-TBI extension, VA is: Continuing work with its newly established Program planning and implementation of the Choice Act legislation across the Department; Putting in place the mecha nisms to provide the authori zation necessary to carry out major medical facility leases; Extending the pilot program called Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) through March 31, 2015, and exploring additional contracting options to execute the remaining 18 months of the pilot program; Seeking industrys input on addressing third-party administrator services through VA-sponsored events such as Industry Day held Sept. 17, 2014; Awarding a contract to the MITRE Corporation, Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, a pri to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes; Expanding the Fry Scholarship Program to include surviv ing spouses of service members killed on active duty.VA accepting provider applications to extend program for vets with traumatic brain injuryVeterans Choice Act extension offers opportunities for potential providers 14490 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.


6 OCTOBER 30, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Their combined age puts them at nearly two centuries, but noth ing seems to slow these women down. Vera Pochopin, 98, and Anna Annie Archibald, 88, both of Jensen Beach, remain active in several area veterans auxiliaries, and are constantly on the go. In fact, they have been named as Grand Marshals in Stuarts upcoming parade in honor of Veterans Day, in tribute to their long years of service. Veras husband was a World War II Navy veteran, and her brother served in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge. Annies hus band also served in World War II, and earned the French Croix de Guerre medal for his service in many European campaigns. (Both of the womens husbands are deceased.) Vera and Annie have been friends for at least 20 years, Vera said at a recent interview at AMVETS Post 92, Rio, of which she is a member of the auxiliary. Annies just a great person, she said, while Vera is a wonderful friend, Annie said in a phone in terview (she is currently in Ohio, having attended the funeral of a relative). In addition to belonging to AM VETS 92, Vera is either a current or former member of the auxilia ries of the VFW, Moose and Elks lodges, American Legion and the Military Order of the Cooties. Annie, as well, has belonged to the same organizations, though nowadays, she has narrowed her membership mostly to AMVETS 92, as membership in so many organizations became expensive. Annie, however, considers it a point of pride that her husband, Arthur Artie, was the driving post established on the Treasure Coast around 1950. Thereafter, veterans organizations mushroomed. Yes, Im proud of him, Annie ganizations he helped get started. He was a chaplain, which was what he really wanted to do. He could say all of the prayers by heart. Both women have been busy for decades dedicating their time and energy to auxiliary activities like fundraisers, knitting and crocheting lap robes for veterans and baby clothes for needy families, among many things almost too numerous to mention. Once a week, they go to an area nursing home to visit their friend Jo and play games with resi Vera said. Theyve also begun visiting Hughie, a former chaplain, whose wife was a member of a VFW auxiliary. This is a new thing weve started, Vera said. It makes one take a step back to realize that both of these women, who are still going around and getting around on their own, lived through a lot of history. I can remember vaudeville, Vera said, referring to the pre-movie popular live entertain ment of the day. You could get on a bus for 5 cents (in her native New Jersey), and kids would sneak into the pictures, she said, which, when she was a child, were silent mov ies. For her part, Annie remembers a hard, but solid, family life as a coal miners daughter Yes, the same as Loretta Lynn, she said. Annie and her family emigrated from the Czech Republic, then Czechoslovakia, when she was 3. Her father had gotten a job in Youngstown, Ohio, at a steel mill, and the rest of the family followed him to the United States as soon as they could. It was right before the Great Depression, in 1929. Thereafter, her father got a job as a miner in the West Virginia I remember him coming home black, covered with coal dust, she said. And there were no bathtubs. People didnt have a lot of mon ey, but they always ate the best food, Vera recalled. People with six kids could throw together the most delicious soup you ever ate. Veras father was an ice man. In the early part of the 20th century, people refrigerated their food by buying ice in blocks, which they stored in ice boxes, on a regular basis. Everything was delivered, in those days, she said. Milk, gro ceries, vegetables you name it. Youd go to the chicken store, and you could pick one out, and they would kill it and clean it for you. And the doctors were so good. They would come to your house, even though it did cost $5. One doctor saved my brother from dying of croup, she said, refer ring to pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. Well-off families had both black and white servants, and the best houses, mostly doctors and law yers, Vera recalled. But fast-forward to today, and its nothing short of astonishing Age-defying auxiliary ladies still on the go after eight, nine decades STAFF See WOMEN page 9 Subscribers can now read their weekly edition of Veteran Voice on their computer or mobile device. Go to VeteranVoiceWeekly.comClick on the menu link:E-EditionsOnce you select a publication date you will prompted for a password. OCTOBER PASSWORD:OCT37968NOVEMBER PASSWORD:NOV26853


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 30, 2014 7 WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its national telehealth programs served more than 690,000 represents approximately 12 percent of the overall veteran population enrolled for VA healthcare, and accounted for more than 2 mil lion telehealth visits. Of that number, approxi mately 55 percent were veterans living in rural areas with limited access to VA healthcare. With more veterans seeking health care, tele health is rapidly becoming an attractive option, especially for those veterans who dont have a VA health care facility close to home. We have to adapt to meet veterans wherever their needs are, said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. A brick-and-mortar facility is not the only option for health care. We are explor deliver health care services to better serve our veterans and improve their lives. Telehealth growth. Currently, there are more than 44 clinical specialties offered to veterans through VAs telehealth programs. One program at the Miami VA schedules close to 90 clinic connec tions every week for dermatology, eye exams, the women veterans program, podiatry, mental health and other clinical specialties. One tangible example of the success of VAs telehealth program is its burgeoning TeleAudi ology program, because of large population of veterans living with hearing loss. The TeleAu diology program has grown from 1,016 veter For more information about VAs telehealth program, visit VA Telehealth Services served more than 690,000 veterans More than 2 million virtual visits MONTGOMERY, Ala. The De partment of Veterans Affairs formally removed the director of the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System from federal service. This decision fol Accountability Review, in which allega tions of neglect of duty were substanti ated. This removal action underscores VAs commitment to hold leaders account able and get Veterans the care they need. OAR, which reports directly to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, assists VA facilities in accelerating leadership ac countability actions and ensuring that such actions are applied consistently across the Department. The Veterans Health Administration will begin recruiting a director for CAVHCS. To ensure continuity of care for Veterans and leadership for VA employees during the recruitment period, Dr. Robin Jackson, Deputy Network Director, VISN 7, has been designated acting CAVHCS director.Central Alabama VA Healthcare System director removed 14553


8 OCTOBER 30, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE INDIAN RIVER COUNTY The Veterans Council of Indian River serve community veterans at the monthly Veterans Council of Indi an River meeting Oct. 1. Indian River County Commis sioner Joe Flescher administered Anthony W. Young, treasurer Eric Menger, secretary Kim Pilger, second vice president Sam tis Paulison, judge advocate Ted Cooperstein, chaplain Dick Flick and past president John Michael Mathews. Commissioner Flescher support IRC veterans through the collective effort of veterans orga nizations, civic associations the local community who are raising awareness of veterans needs and of their contributions to society. Its important for an organi zation to remain dynamic, said President Young, We hold our elections annually for that pur post-Vietnam War era veterans. had two enlisted members on the board, Young said. have been involved for years, but tles within the organization: Eric Menger, Ted Cooperstein and Curtis Paulisin. The council also said farewell down from positions on the board. Vic Diaz served three years on the board, Scott Carson served served eight years on the board, including time as the Council President. The leaders rotating off were called front and center, recog nized, thanked and awarded for their outstanding efforts to make IRC a better place for veterans. remain valued members of the Council. Council swears FOR VETERAN VOICESee OFFICERS page 9 14557 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. CLUES ACROSS 1. Father 4. Greek gods physician 9. Emblem and/or insignia 14. Indicates near 15. Manila hemp 16. l836 Texas siege 17. Animal Planet 18. Shadow Spell author 20. Shaking 23. Hit on which the batter scores 24. Catastrophes 28. Extinct N.Z. ratite 29. Indicates position 30. Cracking sound 31. Medieval oboe 33. Zurvanic priest 37. Pas partner 38. Organization of Ameri can States 39. Pearly ear shaped shell 41. Inventor Franklin 42. Atomic #3 43. Large sea snail 44. Nostrils 46. Supplements with 49. Periodic symbol for silver 51. German superhighways 55. Bromeosin 58. White person, Hawaiian slang 59. Strong magnet alloy 60. Bloomberg interviewer 64. Womens ___ move ment 65. Cover with wood 66. Slats 67. Sick 68. Rewards (archaic) 69. Heels, pumps or loafers 70. Yes vote CLUES DOWN 1. Termination of life 2. Approval (Br. abbr.) 3. Befuddlements 4. Visual percepts 5. Town in Southeast Ghana 6. Auricle 7. Gum arabic genus 8. DEA agents (slang) 9. Naive persons 10. Signals 11. Make gloomy 12. Greenwich Mean Time 13. Winged goddess of the dawn 19. Talipot palm leaf strip 21. Cat cry 24. Kansas 67632 25. Roman citizen 26. Chinese silk plant 27. Bridge breadths 31. European sole genus 32. 3 line Japanese verse form 34. Sounding disks 35. United Nations (abbr.) 36. Unlogical 40. Exist 41. So. Am. capital est. 1960 45. 7th C. BC King of Judah 47. C2H6 fuel 48. Glided high 52. Cotton pods 53. Boxer Muhammad 54. Ends of a loaf of bread 56. Very coldly 57. Titled peer of the realm 59. Arthur __, Wimbledon champion 60. Cost per mile 61. Own (Scottish) 62. Cheer 63. Word element meaning ear CROSSWORD14452 SUDOKU


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE OCTOBER 30, 2014 9 how both women keep on, well, simply living their lives. Ive been active all my life, Vera said. Having been a nurses aide for 14 years at one point in her life, Im proud of me, she said, with a twinkle in her eye. Vera had been quite the dancer in earlier years, Annie recalled. But I always liked to polka, and still do, while Vera was more the jitterbug girl. Jitterbug was the extreme ly gymnastic style of dancing popular before, during and after World War II. Polka, on the other hand, was a more stylized dance popular with Eastern European immigrant families of the northeastern United States, and it continues to this day. Both women said they still love to dance. The two friends live within a mile and a half of each other in Jensen Beach. As for their big day as Grand Marshals? I am excited, yes, Annie said. Yes, it is an honor. What will they wear, these seasoned women of years, who have given most of their lives in service to auxiliary? Vera, who walked in the parade last year, said, Oh, Ill proba bly wear my VFW (polo) shirt, I guess, and Annie will wear something similar. WOMEN from page 6 The Veterans Council of Indian River County assists local veter ans and their families by provid ing transportation to VA medical ans with emergency basic living expenses, providing referrals to local organizations for assistance, and places special emphasis on supporting returning veterans as they transition to civilian life. For more information,contact Doy Demsick at doy.demsick@gmail. com or Lynn Marie Saint-Vincent at OFFICERS from page 8 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9AM TO 5PM Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780 Special Event Venues Available $1.00 OFF ADMISSION WITH THIS AD 3 Display Hangars Over 30 Aircraft Memorabilia Free Guided Tours Gift Shop C-47 Plane Rides Canteen $1.00 OFF Admission Cannot be combined with other offers. This coupon is not redeemable for cashWITH THIS AD14464 14453


10 OCTOBER 30, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Science and Environmental Medal called the Sammies for their research with veterans with spinal-cord injuries. Theyre Dr. William Bauman and Dr. Ann Spungen, director and associate director of the VAs Vas Rehabilitation Research and Development National Center for Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury. The two studied the effects of spinal-cord injuries on the body since 2001. Along with that, theyve been testing bi onic walking-assistance systems they have, especially for the slow ing of a common secondary result of paralysis, muscular atrophy. The VA is likely the leading organization, internationally, researching spinal-cord injury rehabilitation and treatment. Veterans are the reason for that. Before World War II, spinal-cord injuries resulting in paralysis were rarely survived past a few months. That was largely because of increased likelihood of infection and decreased ability to combat it. Penicillin changed that around the start of World War II. That war sent large numbers of service members home with spinal-cord injuries who were theoretically able to have full life expectancies. But doctors had never had never seen secondary conditions related to spinal-cord injuries, let alone grappled with it on such a large scale. The veter ans with those injuries were not inclined to accepting anything less than complete lives. They fa mously pushed the then-Veterans Administration for better medical and physical therapy regimens. There are other examples of veterans pushing VA research into better medicine and rehabil itation. The existence of post-traumatic stress disorder as a prima ry affective disorder was once controversial. Largely because of advocacy efforts by Vietnam veterans, in 1980 the condition was formally recognized as a primary affective disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manu al of Mental Disorders. Although PTSD as a primary disorder was controversial, its existence had long been noticed by those in the medical and psychological professions and given many names battle fatigue, shell shock, and even railway spine, a presumed neurological condition doctors noted among train wreck survi vors in the 1800s. Train wrecks were commonplace at the time, and survivors often complained about debilitating sleeplessness and agitation. Researchers drawing on abun dant data at the VA were able to conclusively show that PTSD was, in fact, a primary affective disor der. Work started to develop the best treatments. Today the VA, and uses three evidenced-based treatments for treating PTSD, and theyre gaining greater prominence in the broader mental-health community. West Palm is part of research to try another approach to treat ing veterans with mental-health issues such as PTSD through We have another project using tele-mental health at the home, Vara said. Vara said treatment teams are selecting mental-health clients they think are good candidates for the study. The VA is then asking them if theyd like to try attending therapy sessions at home through a closed Skype-like system. We just started it in August, Vara said. Were just starting to roll it out. Its a very small num ber (of research participants) at this point. Mary Ann Goodman, public VAMC, said the initial results are exciting. When we started doing tele-mental health, there were some concerns about how veterans would respond to it, she said. But they love it. Vara said veterans enjoying tele-mental health is one of many things being measured in the study. The biggest piece is seeing how its being accepted and whether its helpful or not, he said. If it proves to be helpful, thou sands of veterans in the future might be talking to therapists from their homes. After that, itll likely spread to others. of Research and Development at RESEARCH from page 2County Veterans Service OfficersSt. Lucie County, Wayne Teegardin Phone: (772) 337-5670 Fax: (772) 337-5678 veterans@stlucieco.orgDorothy J. Conrad Building(formerly the Walton Road Annex Bldg.) 1664 S.E. Walton Road, Suite 205 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 By appointmentMon., Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pmWed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Lucie County Community Services Bldg.(Corner of Avenue D and 7th Street) 437 N. Seventh St., Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Walk-ins Mon. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Brevard Veterans Services Office2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B, Suite 102, Viera, FL 32940 Office: (321) 633-2012 Fax: (321) 637-5432 Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed. and Fri, 8 a.m.-noon Manager: Glenn McGuffieIndian River CountyJoel Herman Vero Beach 2525 St. Lucie Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Ph: (772) 226-1499 Fax: (772) 770-5038Sebastian Square 11602 U.S. 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 Ph: (772) 589-6597 Fax: (772) 581-4988Martin CountyTony Reese, Veterans Service Office Super visor Nick Ciotti, Veterans Service Officer (772) 288-5448Veterans Services OfficeMartin County Community Services 435 S.E. Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994 Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.VA Life Insurance Ctr., Phil., PA 1-800669-8477 VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000 VA Medical Ctr, W. Palm Beach 1-800972-8262 Pharmacy, VA Medical Center 1-800317-8387 Military Retired Pay Activities, Cleveland, OH (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force ONLY) 1-800-321-1080 Military Retired Pay Activities, Topeka, KS (Coast Guard ONLY) 1-800-772-8724 Survivor Benefits (SBP), Denver, CO 1-800-435-3396 Stuart VA Clinic (772) 288-0304 Okeechobee CountyVeterans Services office (863) 763-6441, Ext 5. Fax: (863) 763-0118.Orlando VA Medical Cente5201 Raymond St., Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 629-1599 or (800) 922-7521Telephone Care(407) 599-1404 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (800) 645-6895 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon Fri (321) 637-3625 Viera patients8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (877) 741-3400 Weekends, holidays, evenings and nightsWest Palm Beach Department of Veter ans Affair s Medical Center7305 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 (561) 422-8262 or (800) 972-8262 Telephone Care(561) 422-6838 (866) 383-9036 Open 24 hours 7 daysViera VA Outpatient Clinic2900 Veterans Way, Viera, FL 32940 Phone: (321) 637-3788 1 (877) 878-8387 Mon. Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.St Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Outpatient Program 126 S.W. Chamber Court, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 878-7876Fort Pierce Community Based Outpatient Clinic1901 South 25th Street., Fort Pierce, FL 34947 Phone: (772) 595-5150 Fax: (772) 595-6560St Lucie Community Based Outpatient Clinic128 S.W. Chamber Court, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 344-9288Stuart Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34997 Phone: (772) 288-0304 Fax: (772) 288-1371Vero Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic372 17th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Phone: (772) 299-4623 Fax: (772) 299-4632IMPORTANT NUMBERS ... Veteran Voice is a weekly publication designed to provide information to and about veterans to veterans and to the broader community. Veterans are an integral part of their Florida communities, which currently have individual organizations of their own, such as the Veter ans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and many other groups with a nar row focus, but no convenient way to connect to a wider population of veterans and to the community in general within a limited geographic area, their community. The mission of Veteran Voice is to publish a weekly source of information that will provide, in one place, a listing of resources available to veterans, articles about changes in policies or organizations affecting veterans and events of interest to veterans as well as articles about veterans of interest to the general public. Veteran Voice LLC is organized as a partnership of experienced newspaper executives with an interest in veterans and in the communities of Florida veterans and friends. Veteran Voice is a start-up intended to ad dress a perceived lack of information readily available to veterans on programs and policies affecting them and objective reporting of veteran affairs to the public. To our knowledge, and based on comments from lead ers of local veterans organizations, there was no media or website currently meeting this need until the launch of Veteran Voice. We hope you agree, and will support this publica tion with your subscription. 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