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VOL. 3/ISSUE 1 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 201435 centsThis is the fourth in a series, Inside the VA, a closer look at the Department of Veterans Affairs three functions, the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Bene Cemetery Administration. This week Veteran Voice looks into one of the lesser known components of the VHA its role in medical education. If you get any medical care in the United States, chances are your doctors got training at the Depart ment of Veterans Affairs. Over 65 percent of physicians trained in the U.S. have done some training at the VA, Francine Frannie Giglio said. Shes the health systems specialist for education and research at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. She said that the VA is the largest provider of graduate medical education in the nation. One reason is that the VAs healthcare system is Americas largest. It has more than 1,700 sites, serving about 8.8 million veterans annually. Another reason is Gen. Omar Bradley. A couple years after World War II, President Harry Truman appointed him to head up the then Veterans Administration. Shortly after, Bradley led the creation of the Department of Medicine and Sur gery. Then he pushed for what became the VAs Policy Memorandum No. 2. That 1946 public policy threw open the VAs doors to educating Inside the VA: educating health care pros Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Outside our Florida community, autumn is acknowledged by apple picking, changing leaves and rotating the summer clothes for winter wear. Our version of autumn is vals, slightly cooler tem peratures and the engine sounds overhead from several days of practice and performances of the annual Stuart Air Show. Since 2003, I have been lucky enough to be made by the participating pilots during Media Day on the Thursday leading up to the weekend. The concept is simple. Print media, tele vision media and Internet media are invited to send their strongest-stomached on-air personalities, writers and photographers to capture some epic images to invite some hype to the show. In other words, this is like a Christmas present to me. and a small aircraft but once, back when I was a teenager. few recognizable spots such as bridges, beaches I spent time at and some golf courses. No big rush for me. Over the next few years I have had the oppor Geico SkyTypers, Patty Wagstaff, National Avi -Veteran Voice chief photographer Mitch Kloorfain takes a turn in the pilots seatMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer See PROS page 5 See FLY page 2

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2 NOVEMBER 6, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE ation Hall of Fame member since 2004, and many more. The Aeroshell and Geico teams rangement. These planes at times you were walking on a wing, you could just step over to the next plane. After assessing who their passengers are, they decide how much of their aerobatic maneuvers they will showcase. After my meeting with T-28 Trojan retired U.S. Navy pilot Mick Thorstenson, he seemed happy to have been given free speed his little pilot heart wanted. Thorstenson asked if I had sinner in a church confessional I blurted out that I was 10 for simulator I used to use. I crashed all 10 times. We started with what had become a very familiar lesson in safety precautions, with heavy emphasis on the word shouldnt when saying We shouldnt have to use these. Thorstenson helped strap me into the parachute harnesses. Thorstenson also shared the history of this Navy T-28, built in 1956, and how it is the absolute today. (This would play heavily on me in just a few short minutes). We take off from Witham Field heading west. I got so lost in looking for familiar landmarks, I forgot to take a few photos at I can hear the chatter between Thorstenson and the tower at the airport and then he turns his attention to me. I had mentioned earlier that one of the images I wanted to capture would be something where the plane is inverted and I would have the ground on top and the sky below. He was quick to accommodate and we cruised inverted for some time while I snapped a collection of images. Thorstenson righted the plane not soon forget. Would you like hit me. He said Would you like The control stick in front of you is all you need. The plane is yours, he said. With that, I slowly moved the stick to the left and went left. Same thing happened on the right side. That was great. Thanks for the opportunity, I said though our headphone comm device. You can roll it if you want, he said, probably sensing I would want just a bit more. He wasnt wrong. My next instructions were to bring us down to 3,500 feet and head toward the coast so we could come around and land. I looked at the display in front of me with 16 circular dials of instrumentation, only looking for the one they told Karen Blacks character in Airport 1975 to look for when she had to convert from to land a Boeing 747 after the pilot had been injured. I found the altimeter. I gently pushed the stick forward until we hit that mark and leveled off. During all that sensation over was taking some photos as well to document the experience. Thorstenson took the controls back for the landing, having recalled my perfect execution of crashing every time in an older simulator. Before leaving, I thanked my pilot, took a few photos on the ground and he asked what simulator I had used. I told him it was on Atari in 1984. I think he may have thought it was something less arcade-like. Mitch Kloorfain is the chief pho tographer for Veteran Voice and Your Voice News & Views. FLY from page 1 14718 14718 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN IN

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE NOVEMBER 6, 2014 3 Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comVeterans Day will be observed in many locations throughout the Veteran Voice readership on Thursday, Nov. 11, and thereafter. Here is a breakdown of the events, by county: Brevard County Thursday 8:15, 9:15 a.m.: Fifth-grade students will perform a concert of patriotic music for veterans and active service members at Atlan tis Elementary, 1330 S. Fiske Blvd., Port St. John. Theyll put on a salute to the Armed Forces and read essays about their mili tary heroes. Refreshments will be served after each performance. Open to the public. RSVP at (321) 633-6143. Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Melbourne Vet Center open house at 2098 Sarno Road. Formal ceremony starts at 1 p.m. Call (321) 254-3410. 10 a.m.: Merritt Island High will host a Veterans Day Ceremony in its commons area, including JROTC, band and chorus. Open to the public. Call (321) 454-1009 or email shiffrin. gary@brevardschools.org. Saturday 10 a.m.: Parade through downtown Melbourne, followed by a barbecue and music by Melbourne High at the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum, 1601 Oak St. Event is hosted by Honor America Inc. Call (321) 727-1776. 10 a.m.: The Veterans Memorial Center is hosting a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza, 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island. Guest speakers are Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of Patrick Air Force Base, and Capt. J.P. Heatherington, commander of Naval Ordinance Test Unit. Also featured will be color guard units from PAFB and NOTU, and performance by NOTU gun unit. Seating is available for 150, but visitors can bring a chair. Brevard Veterans Memorial Center and Museum will be open to the public for free from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (321) 453-1776. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Open house at Valiant Air Command, Warbird Museum, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville. Florida residents with proof of residency and people with mil ted free. Call (321) 268-1941 or visit vacwarbirds.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Central Brevard Humane Society will give 10 percent off all adoptions to re tired and active military person nel. Interested parties must meet is at 1020 Cox Road, Cocoa. Call (321) 636-3343. Sunday 10 a.m.: Veterans Day ceremo ny at Memorial Park near Broad Street and Indian River Lagoon in Titusville, hosted by Ameri can Legion Post 1. There will be a Vietnam POW guest speaker, a POW/MIA ceremony by the American Legion Auxiliary and Titusville High and a luncheon at noon. Call (321) 269-9959 or (321) 225-8142. 3 p.m.: The 30th annual massing of the colors at Brevard Com munity College, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa. A patriotic event to honor U.S. Armed Forces, in cluding unveiling of the names of local members of the military killed in action on the campus permanent memorial. Call (321) 433-7022. 5 to 8 p.m.: Veterans Day cel ebration at International Palms Resort, 1300 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach. Hosted by AVET Project Inc. Call (321) 373-7046. Indian River County A Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Island, Vero Beach, at 11 a.m., with speaker retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Ed gar Britt. For more information contact the Indian River Veterans Council at (772) 770-9404. A Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony will be held at River view Park, Sebastian, at 11 a.m. Call (772) 696-5182. A celebration and memorial service to honor all veterans will be held at Vero Beach Elks Lodge 1774, 1350 26th St., Vero Beach, 2-7 p.m. Civilians fee is $7; vet erans free. Call (772) 562-8450, or contact Elksevents@bellsouth. net. Applebees will offer a free meal to veterans as a thank-you to veterans and active duty military. Nov. 11. Provide proof of service, dine-in only; beverages, desserts, gratuity not included. For more information, visit www.applebees.com. Mulligans will offer Veterans Day specials at its Vero Beach, Stuart and Jensen Beach locations. Call (772) 600-7377, or vis it www.mulligansrestaurant.net St. Lucie County Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9, and Nov. 11 The National UDT-Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce will conduct its annual muster and music festival. Events include live demonstrations, a run-walk, and a dedication ceremony for its obstacle course, with a party af terward. Additionally, on Nov. 11, there will be free admission to the museum for all veterans, active duty military, and their families. See EVENTS page 8 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. NOVEMBER PASSWORD:NOV26853 Rev. Roszon and Vivian Roberts son and daughter-in-lawWe got everything we needed to keep caring fo Dad at home. TREASURING LIFE My dad had Alzheimers disease for years, and Vivian and I took care of him in our home. A friend told me how Treasure Coast Hospice can help. They provided Dads medications, a wheelchair, a shower chair and oxygen. The RN and hospice aide showed us their love and patience as they helped us give Dad all the care he needed. We suggest calling Treasure Coast Hospice as early as possible.Treasure Coast Hospice provides comfort and guidance for any life-limiting illness, including Alzheimers. To learn more, call us at ( 866 ) 999-4550 or visit tchospice.org. Serving all, regardless of ability to pay. Licensed since 1982. 2 Treasure Coast Hospice. TCFL-078 4.79x6.3.indd 2 10/9/13 10:02 AM 14681

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4 NOVEMBER 6, 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 Joseph Celli helped the Allied forces win World War II. He went on to lead a battle against holi day hunger by helping to found Big Heart Brigade of the Treasure Coast. The organization feeds serves more than 35,000 meals annually. Celli said volunteers are often moved to return numerous years after seeing the destitution and gratitude of others. These guys that deliver to homes are not allowed to have tears until they get back, Celli said. These guys were crying, crying like babies. In addition to helping to start the Big Heart Brigade, Celli also co-founded what became the United Way of Martin Countys White Doves Holiday Project, a He was also the chairman of the Board of Zoning Adjustment of Martin County. He has a big reason for all this community service. God, the 89-year-old said. He was good to me, so Im returning the favor. Use it or lose it. Why Heres the thing, Celli is legally blind due to blast injuries from the war. Charlie DiToro, vice president of the Big Hearts Brigade, said the whole thing started 22 years ago. I co-founded it in 1992, DiToro said. Myself and a guy named Tom DeRita, and we got Joe (Cel li) involved to help us grow the organization. He brought all the veterans into it. I always say we wouldnt be who we are without Joe. DiToro was managing radio sta tions for Commodore Media at the time, including WZZR, 94.3 FM, Real Radio, West Palm Beach. Two radio personalities, Rich Dickerson and Glenn Curtis, The Love Doctors, wanted to get the station more involved in helping the community. DiToro said he tapped Celli for help, because of his success with the White Doves Holiday Project. After a few years, the Big Heart Brigade got famous for an unusual addition to the team. We bought a 1961 LaFrance to take it around town to deliver toys and food on it. But Its 50 years old. We had to retire it. In 2008, the Big Heart Brigade was so large that it split in two: the Big Heart Brigade of the Palm Beaches and the Big Heart Bri gade of the Treasure Coast. Celli said that while veterans have been an important part of the Big Heart Brigade, in the end its been a community effort merging all kinds of folks. The driving force of the Big Heart Brigade is the average Joes Nevertheless, he said Celli is a rightfully storied man in charity circles. Joe is amazing, he said. Joes drive and caring for the veterans is amazing. Celli said that the organization has enough volunteers for now, but is always needing donations. One thing we dont want is food, Celli said. We go out and purchase all the food. We have some really good corporate part ners. Heart Brigade, visit www.big heartbrigade.org.Big Heart Brigade readies Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com

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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE NOVEMBER 6, 2014 5 medical professionals. Today thats called The reason they did it was because they wanted to improve the care to veterans, Giglio said. Dr. Paul Magnuson, the VAs chief medi cal director, aggressively opened relation ships with medical schools from 1948 to 1951, and made the program irreversible. Groundbreaking medical, nursing and prosthetics advances cranked up at an impressive rate. The West Palm center serves about 60,000 veterans in six counties Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Mar tin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. That gives it numerous opportunities to help train medical students, residents and fellows. For example, the University of Miami has 76 residents rotating at West Palm. have their MD degree, Giglio said. Theyre doctors, but they still cant prac tice. Unless theyre residents under experienced doctors eyes for a few years. Med ical schools need to have programs in place with medical institutions to provide residencies. The University of Miami also has 50 un dergraduate medical students in training rotations at the West Palm VAMC. Nova Southeastern University has eight medical residents, 12 students and four fellows at West Palm. Fellows are those who are training in medical specialties also has seven dental residents at the VA facility. Florida Atlantic University has 64 medi cal students doing rotations at West Palm. Larkin Community Hospital has 24. Along with all those, West Palm has 75 nursing and 41 pharmacy students from different schools. The Palm Beach Coun ty Health Department has two residents studying preventative care at the VAMC. Hospice of Palm Beach County has two fellows there. Giglio said the VA has an unusual offer ing in medical care that makes it attrac tive to educators and students. Veterans often receive all or most of their care at VA medical facilities. The VA, this is the only place, the only health care system, where we take care of the whole person, she said. You belong here. She said that gives students, residents and fellows an unusual opportunity to see a patients broader medical interactions The residents really do pick that up and they see a different way to practice med icine. They practice it in a group, Giglio said. To enhance that, Giglio said West Palm is in a pilot interprofessional education program. The Veterans Health Administration is funding four positions phar macist, psychologist and two social work ers to have them work as a team with clients and advise other medical staff. Up front we take advantage of every bodys experience, Giglio said.PROS from page 1 On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the Gold Star Mothers of the Treasure Coast will dedicate its American Gold Star Mothers Memorial Garden at Veterans Memorial Park, Stuart, during the annual Veterans Day Parade. The Gold Star Mothers, together with the city of Stuart, worked to make sure the Memorial Garden became a reality. Jo Ann Maitland, state president, said the garden will serve as a place of respite and a remembrance to a passerby that behind every fallen soldier there is a family. The city of Stuart contributed $3,000 toward the memorial, which must be paid back by contributions. Those wishing to help recoup the costs of the Memorial Garden may make payments directly to: City of Stuart RE: Gold Star Memorial 121 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL, 34994 Or call (772) 288-5300. The city will send donors a receipt for taxes. For more information, contact Mait1st@aol.com .Gold Star Mothers need help to fund memorial Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com 14704

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6 NOVEMBER 6, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Flu season is here. Sos Ebola. Unfortunately, the brains right amygdala isnt very good at telling the difference, or rationally priori tizing fears. With this Ebola business theyre very similar, said Mary Ann Goodman, public affairs Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Thats why its year. Check out Wikipedias description of Ebola: Symptoms usually za-like stage characterized by feeling tired, fever, pain in the muscles and joints, headache, and sore throat. Its easy to panicking a bit after watching an Ebola story on the evening news, going online and reading that description, then rushing to a hospital screaming, Ebola! Goodman said its already happened at some VA facilities. Jane Murphy, West Palms nurse manager for medical specialty clinics, said theres actually a lot more reason to be concerned theres a lot more that can be done about it. Every year in the United States, more than 36,000 die from in preventable, she said. There are also more than the U.S. every year, Murphy said. Again, most can be prevented by They typically inoculate against mutations of three strains that epidemiologists think are most poised for spreading, or the most hazardous if they do. This year theyre the H1N1, H3N2 and Mas sachusetts/Yamagata. Ebola has a lot of ground to at being the worst. The World Health Organization reports that so far the U.S. has had four cases and one death from Ebola during the latest outbreak. Two of the infections originated here; the other two originated in western Africa. Even in hard-hit Africa where theres comparatively little healthcare, Ebola has claimed about 5,000 lives. The disease has been around, in modern history, since 1976. In comparison, a particularly virulent mutation of H1N1 struck the world in 1918, infecting more than 500 million and killing about 50 million to 100 million. It was the largest death toll from a natural disaster ever. Its com monly called the Spanish Flu. another mutation of H1N1, had about 28,000 medically conwith slightly more than 3,000 hospitalizations and 127 deaths. Statistical modeling shows that probably about a million Amer from the CDCs U.S. Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network estimated that the vaccine cocktail admin istered in 2009 spared the nation about a million more infections and 300 deaths. Of course, not 2009. Murphy said even if the annual mutations, it generally boosts the parts of the immune system that ensure immunity to others. She year should take note. a year, she said. Veterans enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration can facilities, including Communi ty Based Outpatient Clinics, or CBOCs. If theyre enrolled in a partic ular CBOC, when theyre at an appointment, they can get one, Murphy said. She said if veterans call ahead ner of the VAs Retail Immuniza tion Care Coordination Program. Under the program, VHA-enrolled veterans without health insurWalgreens locations with no, or a small, co-pay. The VA has funded greens. Murphy said with or without a of rest to build up their immune systems, and wash their hands frequently. She also said that ize theres an overwhelming body of science theyre arguing against. shots) just because; its because theyre proven, she said. Flu season is here; coincides with Ebola fears A Thanksgiving Day dinner will be held at the Cascades of St. Lucie West, hosted by the Cas cades Veterans Club. All veterans, friends and family are invited to the dinner, to be held at the Cascades clubhouse. The menu will feature turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green beans amandine, coffee and cake. Diners may bring their own bottles of their beverage of choice. The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., and will also feature music. The cost is $12.50 per person. For more information, contact president John Pescino at japescino99@comcast.net. Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.com Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com 14708 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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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE NOVEMBER 6, 2014 7 Richard Lusignan is a very lowkey man. His voice is soft, and he is not one given to much talking. Like many veterans, youd almost never know he was one, but for his cap. A member of the Jack Ivy De tachment 666 of the Marine Corps League, Port St. Lucie, Lusignan served in the 9th Marines, 3rd from 1946 to 1949. In order to conquer the Japanese once and for all, it was nec essary to send the Marines into China, which was where Lusig nan was sent. There was still lots of Jap equipment lying around, he said. But not too many Japanese left only about 30 of them. The Marines had done their job well. Downtime in Guam was kind of boring, Lusignan said. There really wasnt much to do. There was an outside theater, and they showed movies, but that was about it. Then it was on to China. Our main job was to secure material that the Japs had left behind, Lusignan said. We did have to watch ourselves, as the Communists were encroaching. The Japanese had left behind everything from vehicles of all sizes to heavy artillery, that had to be disabled and disposed of. Immediately post-war, the situ ation in China was tense, due to the advancing Communists, but stable enough for Lusignan and his buddies to take in the sights and sounds around town. Like many another young Marine or, indeed, soldier, sailor or airman Lusignan sowed his share of wild oats. The Shore Patrol got called more than once on us, he recalled with a chuckle. Once, the Shore Patrol got called to arrest us, but some Navy guys talked them out of it. Oh, boy we were about three sheets to the wind. And, like so many others, Lusig nan got tattoos, of which he is still proud. He pulled up the sleeve of his left arm to show a tall ship, with the words Homeward Bound underneath. On his right arm, there is an eagle with the letters USMC, for United States Marine Corps. What was his best memory he said, deadpan, but with a twinkle in his eye. After the war, he went back to his native Massachusetts to work for 39 years in a plant that man ufactured parts for Pratt-Whitney aircraft, before eventually retiring to Port St. Lucie. Nowadays, he meets with his buddies at the Elks Lodge in Port St. Lucie every Wednesday to have a cup of joe and chats over old times and new. He downplayed his own service versus those who served in combat. I couldnt hold a candle to those guys, he said. But a friend quickly pointed out that all ser vice is necessary, and in Lusig nans case, it was only a matter of timing. So, yes, Im still a Marine, then, Lusignan said with a smile.Quiet Marine shares memories of World War II Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.com(There were) not too many Japanese left (on Guam) only about 30 of them. The Marines had done their job well. World War II Marine veteran Richard Lusignan 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 AD14609

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8 NOVEMBER 6, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE The museum is located at 3300 N. State Road A1A, and will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more in formation, contact the museum at (772) 595-5845. Thursday, Nov. 11 A Veterans Day Ceremony is slated at the Fort Pierce Commu nity Center at 11 a.m., featuring speakers, American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard, St. Anastasia Royal tion Unit. The Community Center is located at 600 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. The Golden Pond Community will honor veterans by placing stick of all veterans, both deceased and alive, or widows of veterans in Golden Ponds. Applebees will offer a free meal to veterans as a thank-you to veterans and active duty military. Nov. 11. Provide proof of service, dine-in only; beverages, desserts, gratuity not included. For more informa tion, visit www.applebees.com WadaWash Car Wash, 4400 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, will give free car washes to veterans from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Call (772) 4601010. Martin County Thursday, Nov. 11 The annual Stuart Veterans Day Parade will take place starting at 10 a.m. Representatives from all county veterans organizations, as well as school groups, Scout troops and many others will participate. The parade will begin at Hospital Avenue east of the Veterans Memorial. Participants are asked to gather by no later than 9:15 a.m. For more information, contact parade organizer Jim Riordan at (772) 220-4127. The Gold Star Mothers of the Treasure Coast will dedicate its American Gold Star Mothers Me morial Garden at Veterans Memo rial Park, Stuart, during the Stuart Veterans Day parade. Applebees will offer a free meal to veterans as a thank-you to veterans and active duty military. Nov. 11. Provide proof of service, dine-in only; beverages, desserts, gratuity not included. For more informa tion, visit www.applebees.com Mulligans will offer Veterans Day specials at its Vero Beach, Stuart and Jensen Beach locations. Call (772) 600-7377, or visit www.mul ligansrestaurant.net.EVENTS from page 3 Toys For Tots was initiated in 1947 by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The public was asked to bring new and used toys to the East Main Street Armory. New toys were put aside, and used toys were repaired, if possible. In later years, the request was for new, unwrapped toys only. My father was a World War I Marine, and served in the Ma rine Corps Reserve from 1924 to 1928. In 1947, I was a senior in high school. That October, I enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve and participated in repairing toys at the Armory, and again in 1948 and 1949. In August of 1950, our reserve unit was activated for duty during the Korean War, and I remained on duty until May of 1952. In 1986, I joined the Ma rine Corps League, and after retiring in 1991, I moved to Florida, where I transferred to the Jack Ivy Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Our unit was active in the Toys For Tots program, and I helped collect new toys here in St. Lucie County. I was a volunteer driver for the county, and one year, they were short on pickup vehicles for the toys. I asked the Direc tor of Volunteer Services for permission to use one of the vans for toy pickups. Permis sion was granted. In the early 2000s, I was di agnosed with macular degeneration, and I decided to stop driving for the county. In recent years, the Jack Ivy Detachment formed an auxiliary unit. The women now assist the men with the Toys For Tots program here in St. Lucie County. My wife, Lor raine, is one of the members and volunteers. I guess you could say the Sweeney family has been in volved with the program since its inception in 1947. FOR VETERAN VOICE County 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. 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