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area of the Church will be available for any veterans groups who would like to have a table to display information about their organizations. Tables will be available at no charge. We are bringing back the Vietnam traveling wall and Quilt of Tears display that we have had at past events we have hosted at Anastasia Baptist Church. We are expecting a Veterans Day program as we celebrate 100 years of honoring our veterans who have served our nation. Thank you for your service. Bill Dudley, Chairman Veterans Council of St. Johns County Fellow Veterans: I trust everyone had a nice Independence Day and cele b r a t e d i n s o m e f a s h i o n t o honor our great nation. We have several great events coming up in the next couple months that are described in more detail in I would like to highlight that we have a good turnout to support each of them. The first is the dedication of the POW MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field on Sept. 22, 2018. The dedication of the Chapel of the High Speed Pass which will serve as a gathering place for memorial services, ceremonies, and weddings. An enhancement of the existing Memorial Park and Amphitheater is planned for the future and will be renamed for Mary Hoff, the designer of our POW MIA flag. The program will begin at 0900 and will feature entertainment, several featured speakers including some of our respected elected officials, food vendors, a flyover, and other exciting activities during the day. I will be the Master of Ceremonies for the event. We would like to see a large turnout from our veteran community as we gather to honor our POW pecially those who trained at Cecil Field and never returned home. This year the Veterans Council in collaboration with the MOAA Ancient City Chapter will host a special Veterans Day program at Anastasia Baptist Church on November 12, the recognized holiday since Veterans Day this year falls on Sunday. The St. Augustine High School Chorale will provide the music entertainment singing many of patriotic songs from their repertoire. We will also have the massing of the colors organizations. The atrium Message from the Chairman Newsletter Date: August, 2018 Volume 7, Issue 8 Jax National Cemetery Support Committee St Johns County Veterans Day Event MACV SOG Green Beret Speaker Cecil Field Ceremony Volusia County now a Purple Heart County Veterans County June Minutes FL Defense Support Task Force Vets4Vets Quarterly Meeting St Augustine Ntl Cemetery Digital Mapping Lighthouse Coast Guard Barracks restored National Honor goes to Nease JROTC Jax VA Hospital, next one built? Purple Heart Day August 7 Seminole War Commemoration August 18 A Gathering in the Pines Veterans Council of Duval County Homeless Veterans Stand Down Castillo de San Marcos Family Caregivers Conference Gratitude America Upcoming Retreat The Ride Home 2018 How to Fly the American Flag Inside this Edition


2 Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home


3 Jacksonville National Cemetery Support Committee Meetings for 2018 At Community Hospice of NE FL. 4266 Sunbeam Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257 Hadlow Bldg Conference Room A 7:00pm DATES OF 2018 NEXT SCJNC MEETING Monday, Sept 17th Monday, Oct 15th Monday, Nov 5th Monday, Dec 3rd Saturday, Dec 15th Wreaths Across America (Details TBA) All are invited to attend our meetings and become a part of this Committee.




5 The Veterans Council is proud to announce that Tom Waskovich will Augustine Beach, was one of the founders of the Veterans Council and its first Chairman. Tom proudly served his country as a fabled Green Beret. His unit was MACV SOG, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group, was a highly classified, multi service United States special operations unit which conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War. COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRAL SOG was CCN CCC and CCS CCN ran missions in north Vietnam and central LAOS CCC ran missions in southern Laos and northern Cambodia. CCN ran missions in Cambodia CCC had about 300 Americans that ran cross border missions in their history .Of that small amount of men we had SIX Medal of Honor recipients (AN UNHEARD OF RATIO OF 50 TO 1). Our most recent recipient Gary Rose, was awarded the Medal a few months ago by President Trump. I will talk about those men including the 3 I knew personally


6 Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial Ceremony The Ceremony for the Chapel Aviator Wing Unveiling and POW/MIA Parkway Dedication was held on Tuesday, July 10, at Cecil Field. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter Presidents attended Anthony G D'Aleo Chapter 1046, David Treffinger 1059, John Leslie 1084, Roy Corky Rudd1088, Johnny Crews1134. Also in attendance was Aaron Gary Newman 2vp VVA FSC and Mary Anne Repole Newman AVVA FSC President. The five North Florida Chapters made a donation for a Chapel Pew. Several Chapter VVA Members were in attendance as was POW/MIA League Board Member, Pam Cain. The request for the name change was initiated earlier in the year by the Cecil Field POW MIA Memorial, Inc., a nonprofit which has recently taken on the task of renovating and expanding the memorial. The site is a national park located on 26 acres in Northeast Florida at the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field Master Jet Base and now known as Cecil Commerce Center. The shrine was dedicated in 1973 by the families of POW MIA pilots and servicemembers lost in the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts. For more information, please go to Please visit the Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial website: field national pow mia memorial park/


7 Volusia County will soon officially be one of over 900 locations part of the Purple Heart trail in the U.S. Ormond Beach Observer, by: Jarleene Almenas Staff Writer The date is July 19, 1968, and Rod Phillips is an 18 year old Army soldier in Vietnam. At that point, he'd been in combat for a little over seven months with the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He used to regularly walk point with a slack man to scout out the land ahead of the company. Ironically, he wasn't actively looking for the enemy when he earned his Purple Heart medal. He and the rest of his company walked into an ambush that day in Vietnam. Phillips was shot in the arm, and after recovering, he would remain in Vietnam until the end of the year. Now, Phillips is the committee chairman for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Volusia County Chapter 316, and he worked with Jeff Bumb, former Volusia County director of veteran services, to bring awareness to all Purple Heart recipients in the area by making Volusia a Purple Heart County. The county issued a proclamation for this effort and qualified it May 1, wrote Pat Kuehn, county community information specialist, in an email. All that's left to do is present the proclamation to the Volusia County Council, which will take place at the council meeting on Aug. 7 also known as Purple Heart Day in the U.S. Phillips is inviting every veteran service organization to send a delegate on their behalf, and he's also extending an invitation to all local veterans to attend the County Council meeting.


8 families as we possibly can," Phillips said. He will give a 15 minute presentation to the County Council explaining the Purple Heart Trail and the importance of raising awareness. The Council members will also receive a small token for their support. to show our support for all our Volusia County Veterans," wrote Dona Butler, interim director for veteran services, in a statement. The Purple Heart County designation does not cost the County anything. Phillips began thinking about the initiative since January of this year. As someone who spent 10 years in the military and whose grandfather and father were also in the Army, he continues to help local veterans. This is just another way to raise awareness in Volusia County. "The designation as a Purple Heart County is an opportunity for the citizens of Volusia County to show our gratitude and to honor the men and women who have given their lives or were wounded in defending our great country," wrote Butler in a statement.


9 Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc. Minutes of June 28, 2018 Officers present: Chairman Bill Dudley, Vice Chairman Ray Quinn, Secretary Michael Rothfeld, Treasurer John Mountcastle Chairman Dudley called the meeting to order at 1902 hours Chairman Dudley led the Pledge to the Flag, Vice Chairman Ray Quinn gave the Invocation Introduction of Guests : Charlie Tramazzo Jax USO, Michael Anthony Gratitude America, Carlos Aviles Fire Chief City of St. Augustine, Christopher Vedvick MOPH Speakers: Carlos Aviles, Fire Chief City of St Augustine. Presented Chairman Dudley with T shirts that Fire Dept will wear in November, sell and donate proceeds to a local charity. This project was started by money from the Council. Charlie Tramazzo, Greater Jax USO active duty on the home front. USO Jax is an independent non profit that relies 100% on donations. They distribute 12K care packages, phone cards, over 10K free event tickets and over 1 million $ in kind services. They have 3 locations, JIA, Mayport & NAS. Michael Anthony, Gratitude America Military Support Retreats are a No Cost 4 day immersive experience designed to help combat veterans and their supporters make peace with their past so they can begin planning for their new mission at home. This is open to all post 9/11 veterans who served in combat. Retreats provide nature based recreation, kayaking, yoga, & dolphin interactions. Gratitude America is a 501 C3 nonprofit. Committee Reports: Mac: Pending House Bill 4556 would provide dental care to all veterans. Also pending Blue Water Navy Bill has passed House, on the way to the Senate.


10 Steve: for Kathy, 21 veterans were interred in Cape Canaveral Ntl Cemetery last weekend. It was well attended, over 250+, with volunteers from all branches. Council of 5 County Presidents ALL Invited Saturday September 22 as part of National POW/MIA Day, a Ceremony in The Pines. John L: 26 in total have enrolled in county VTC. Next graduation July 19 all are invited. VVA State Council last weekend, John McGinty 2nd VP, Bob Dinkins Chaplain Bill: spoke about the county POW/MIA flag raising, and the county becoming a Purple Heart county. Well attended Memorial Day services at Jax. National Cemetery and St. Augustine National Cemetery Ray: Army Birthday attended by non Army VC members, Bill, John M., and John L. Hamblen House restaurant open and serving great food indoors and out. The last weekend in July the VC will be at AL 37 with a fund raising table. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm. The next meeting of the Veterans Council will be on Thursday, July 26, 7 pm in the Health & Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Future speakers: July 26, Bret Sovine, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 20 2 Scot A. French, Ph.D .Associate Professor of History | Director of Public History, Interim Co Director, Center for Humanities & Digital Research, University of Central Florida August 30, Jason Snodgrass Chief Operating Officer, K9s For Warriors September 27, Charles Tingley St. Augustine Historical Society, Senior Reference Librarian, 100 Years Ago: St. Johns County & WW I. October 25, Dr. Michael Butler November 29, Andrew Coughlan Wounded Warrior Project, Resource Development December 27, Margaret Kaplan, Administrator, Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home


11 The Military Museum of North Florida By Jerry Timoney On June 9, 2018 the last of the World War II German U Boat Aces, Reinhard Hardegan passed away at the age of 105. What makes Hardegan unique to the North Florida area is that he sank the Gulf America, an oil tanker, right off the shores of Jacksonville Beach. This event happened on the night of April 10, 1942 on her maiden voyage from Port Arthur, Texas to New York, carrying a cargo of 101,500 barrels of oil. On that Spring evening the Gulf America was illuminated by the lights of making it easy prey for the German U Boat 123 which Hardegan commanded. Shortly after 10PM the U 123 fired a torpedo, which hit the Gulf America stopping it instantly. She then surfaced to finish the Gulf America off with her deck gun. Knowing that civilians on the beach might be hit by the shells, Hardegan maneuvered his boat to ensure that the shells from the deck gun would not hit the shore where civilians watched the burning Gulf America. A total of 19 crew members died that April evening. The U 123 escaped the pursuit of the US Navy Although Hardegan had numerous kills, a total of 22 ships altogether, he is remembered in North Florida as an enemy who showed North Floridians the face of war. After Hardegan finished his command of U 123, he served as an instructor at the U Boat Training Flotilla in Gotenhafen, Germany, and then commanded the Torpedo School in Murwik, where he oversaw the testing and development of new


12 types of torpedoes. At the end of the war, as the British Army closed in on Bremen, Hardegan was made a battalion commander of naval infantry, where he led his sailors to fight as ground forces until he was hospitalized for diphtheria. He arrested by the British and accused of being an SS officer and had to prove that he was a naval officer. After the war, Hardegan built an oil trading company, which proved to be very successful. He While many saw the U Boat captains as an evil group of NAZIs, it must be remembered that US submarine commanders were sinking Japanese merchant shipping off the home islands throughout World War II. In a way, Hardegan can be seen as an honorable enemy. He followed the rules of war, and even delayed his departure after sinking the Gulf America in order to protect civilians on the shore from being hit by his shells. The Military Museum of North Florida will be establishing an exhibit on the sinking of the Gulf America to commemorate World War II in North Florida. References: Gannon, Michael. Operation Drumbeat, The Dramatic Story of Boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II. May 1, 1990. Goldstein, Richard. Reinhard Hardegen, Who Led U Dies at 105. New York Times, June 17, 2018. Veterans Council Chairman Bill Dudley honored a 100 year old Navy veteran at Ponte Vedra Nursing Home with a plaque from the Veterans Council. At our last Navy League meeting, we had a Navy vet join our council who is also 100 years old. He drove himself to the meeting. These veterans all have to be recognized and honored.


13 Veterans Council Chairman Bill Dudley is a member of the FL Defense Support Task Force which made the following Grant to six projects to protect military installations across the state TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that $1,469,000 has been awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to six projects to protect military installations across the state. This year, awards were given to the South Florida Progress Foundation, Polk County, Clay County Development Authority, Bay County, the Central Florida dustry contribute more than $84.9 billion in economic impact, and the industry supports more than 801,747 jobs in Florida, which is the second largest economic sector in the state. Florida troops and to see firsthand the important work they are doing to protect ans and I am proud to award these important grants to an industry that contributes nearly $85 billion to our economy. Through this more than $1.4 million investment, we are able to not only protect our military installations, but also create jobs and economic growth in these communities that do so much for our men and This grant funding will support community projects at Florida military installations that will diversify the local economy, provide support for local infrastrucDefense realignment or closure actions. For more information on the individual grant awards for projects throughout the state, see below:


14 Cecil Field POW/MIA National Memorial There are over 82,000 military personnel still missing in action dating back to the World War II. There is a move a foot to redevelop the current Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial which is located on the west side of Jacksonville and long forgotten into a National POW/MIA Memorial. It would be the first of its kind in the Nation. Missing in Action (MIAs) from all branches of the military. The project which will cost $25 Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson along with U.S. Senator John McCain, a former Vietnam POW from Arizona, U.S. Congressman John Rutherford (Florida 4th District) and the National League of POW. MIA Families. It is projected to five to six year endeavor with initial groundbreaking several years down the road. How did Cecil Field and Jacksonville become the projected site of the national memorial? For one there is no national POW/MIA Memorial in the nation. A non profit was formed because Michael Cassata, the son of a former Navy man who served at day site looked. organize a couple to teams to come out and clean the area up and worked with the City of Jacksonville. We worked with the City of Jacksonville to come with a plan for that property and we In addition, getting more involved with the POW/MIA issue Cassata quickly realized that there was not a national memorial in the country. It was the idea of Sam Houston, retired Navy Captain and former commanding officer at Cecil Field, who announced the closing of Cecil in 1993.


15 Cassata said. was originally dedicated in 1963 and was a part of NAS Cecil Field. The Chapel serves as a focal point in this effort, as we restore the current chapel building. While the chapel will serve as the centerpiece for honoring former POWs and past and present MIAs, this organization will be building a place of education, respite, and reflection of their sacrifices. Currently, there is an existing Memorial Park which is dedicated to those Naval Aviators stationed at NAS Cecil Field during the Vietnam and Desert Storm Wars. Cecil Field was decommissioned as an active naval installation on Sept. 30, 1999. The site currently consists of markers and associated planted trees for each of the 16 pilots play of aircraft, and a granite base seal of this former Master Jet Base. The City of Jacksonville approved a City ordinance to lease this 26 acre property to the organization at the former NAS Cecil Field Master Jet Base (now known as Cecil Commerce Center). the families and service members who wanted to ensure these brave men would never be forgotten. Trees were planted for each pilot and markers added with engravings. A driving force behind establishing the memorial was Mary Hoff, wife of MIA pilot LCDR Michael G. Hoff. Along with other spouses and family members, they assisted in making the memorial a reality. Mary Hoff was also instrumental in developing the universal symbol known as the POW/MIA flag. Besides the American flag, this is the only other flag authorized to fly over the White House and the only other flag that can fly on the same pole as the American flag. Undoubtedly, this flag has become a very important symbol for the POWs and MIAs, their families and friends, and the enduring cause that they will never be forgotten. The Cecil Field National POW/MIA Memorial Park, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization with a mission is to educate the public through awareness of the POW/MIA issues, exhibits, artifacts, videos and memorabilia. The importance of the POW/MIA symbol is to never forget these brave heroes who all have a story to tell and their families seeking their return.


16 Relatives of pilots lost in battle describe hope for Cecil Field Memorial First Coast News Author: Julia Jenae At Cecil Field's memorial to those missing in action and prisoners of war, 16 Cecil Field pilots who were marked as MIA are honored beside a chapel and under towering trees all with trunks painted yellow. For the families of service members that never made it home, every day brings the hope of answers. One family received word in May later explaining their loved ones remains were identified when a single tooth was found in Vietnam now 42 years later, according to a Florida Times Union report. The family still looking for answers after tooth of Cecil Field pilot found in Vietnam The tooth belonged to Cecil Field pilot Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick, missing in action during the Vietnam War. As of June, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports 82,334 military personnel unaccounted for from all past U.S. conflicts. From World War II, 72,906 people have not been located; 1,597 remain missing from the Vietnam War. At Cecil Field's memorial to those missing in action and prisoners of war, 16 Cecil Field pilots who were marked as MIA are honored beside a chapel and under towering trees all with trunks painted yellow. Cynde Covington of Jacksonville's father is one of the 16 named along the 'Hero's Walk of Freedom Trees.' She was 12 years old when Navy Commander Fred Wright deployed to Vietnam and never returned home to Cecil Field. It would be 20 years later in 1992 when she said U.S. officials confirmed the Vietnamese government was releasing her father's remains. we will do anything and everything to bring them home," Covington said. "If they are not alive, then to bring their remains and let their families know what happened to them."


17 Covington is a member of a board working to complete a National POW MIA Memorial and Museum on 26 acres leased from the City of Jacksonville. The memorial will display the over 82,000 names of POW/MIA from all branches of the military. Pam Cain of Sarasota who works with the League of Families looks forward to the future museum becoming a destination for families like hers across the country. "It will be a place of peace and to show hope and to show our country, should something happen to anyone in the armed forces, 'we're not going to forget them,'" Cain said. "It's our nation's promise to anyone who signs on that dotted line." Cain's father, Col. Oscar Mauterer, was listed as missing in action after reports his plane was shot down in 1966. She said his comrades saw him parachute away from the plane crash site, however his remains have not yet been located. "I have vivid memories of him, he was very involved in my life," Cain said. "To this day I work to bring him home." Cain said she doesn't use the word 'closure' for those whose loved ones are identified, but she said answers can help a family heal. "We are still grieving, part of our lives is still missing," Cain said. "You've got this ongoing hole in your heart because there is no resolution. You don't know what their fate was."




19 St Augustine Record Holding up a copy of the etching on one of the headstones, Scot French stood in the St. Augustine National Cemetery on Tuesday and had a student read aloud the description for one Lt. J.W.S. McNeil. He asked the group an assortment of home schooled students from Orlando what the words could tell us about the way McNeil, a U.S. Army veteran of the Second Seminole War, lived and died. French, an associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida, pointed out it was interesting the narrative specified that the 21 year old was killed by Uchee Billy, a Seminole chief, in 1837. He then had the group examine the text on another headstone, this one for Dr. Charles Noyes, a 27 year ones. eighth grader from Geneva. Through the work French, his colleagues, undergraduate and graduate students of UCF are doing, the aim is to use technology to help bring the stories of veterans from many chapters of American history to life. The Veterans Legacy Program, a joint project of the National Cemetery Administration and educational partners like the University of Central Florida, is in the process of digitally mapping and cataloguing all 1,227 grave sites at the St. Augustine National Cemebile application will allow smartphone users to hold their device up to a headstone which will then pull up the matching background information on that specific veteran.


20 The project at UCF is being led by associate professor Amelia Lyons. Since 2016, the group has used primary source based research to learn more about veterans buried in St. Augustine as well as the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, an offshoot of the same project. The goal of the student authored biographies is to frame those stories in greater historical context and with richer personal details. Eventually, they will all be compiled on this website: The group hopes to finish its work in time for Veterans Day, when the mobile app will also be available for visitors. The St. Augustine National Cemetery was established as a 1.5 acre burial place on the grounds of a military post, the St. Francis Barracks, with the first known plot in 1828. The cemetery is closed to new interments. Veterans from the following American wars are memorialized there: War of 1812, Second Seminole War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. The Dade Monument is made up three coquina pyramids erected in 1842 to mark the end of the Seminole Wars. The monuments pay homage to the 1,468 soldiers who died during the wars, some of whose remains are contained within. Another goal of the Veterans Legacy Program is to create a K 12 curriculum around the project which allows students to interact with the data at a grade appropriate level for use by teachers nationwide. UCF faculty led the home schooling group through what Said Glenn Powers, deputy under secretary for field programs with the National Cemesaid that no veteran ever dies, and with programs like this their lives live on, their stories


21 The Veterans Council would like to thank Rod Phillips for presenting the Veterans Council of St Johns County's 5 documentary series to the Veterans Museum and Education Center of Volusia County. The documentaries feature the stories of local FL veterans.




23 Coast Guard Barracks at St. Augustine Lighthouse Restored St Augustine Record By Colleen Jones Despite retraction of a state grant late last year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum in Florida has completed restoration of the original U.S. Coast Guard barracks built on the grounds during World War II. Constructed in 1941 in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the headquarters played a vital role in the defense of St. Augustine and the country, thwarting a potential attack by a German U boat spotted off the coast by guardsmen in April 1942. The barracks themselves housed as many as six men at a time and included bunk beds, a small kitchen and living space and a bathroom. It remained in service until sometime in the 1950s. In recent years, the little white building with the shingled roof had been used as research offices for the Lighthouse & Maritime Museum's archaeology division. Plans for its restoration go back several years. Earlier in 2017, lighthouse staff were informed they were approved for a grant application to move forward with the project. However, the state's Historical Commission later moved the barracks restoration down on its list of priority grants. Thanks to a $500,000 grant through the Florida Division of Historical Resources (which will go toward other projects at the museum as well) and private donations, renovation work began this year. In keeping with the military history of the lighthouse grounds, the effort to raise money for the project was called "Bonds for Barracks" -much like war bonds were sold to raise money for the war effort. The latest addition to the museum's displays was officially opened to visitors on May 31, complete with period swing music that streams from a Victrola, giving visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the Coast Guardsmen -or "Coasties," as they were called -who lived there. "We want to help tell the story of the Coast Guard's response to World War II in this area," said Brenda Swann, director of the museum's interpretive division. During World War II, the St. Augustine Lighthouse stood as a protective beacon against the


24 threat of enemies. The lighthouse was dimmed because its beam was being used by the German subs to spot allied ships making runs up and down the coast. The guardsmen lived there served as lookouts at the top of the lighthouse or conducting beach patrols on horseback or by Jeep, according to Swann. The Coast Guard used the Hotel Ponce de Leon in downtown St. Augustine as an additional training center and barracks, hosting recruits from across the country. The second phase of the barracks project is to it display the thousands of objects and photos the lighthouse has kept in its archives. Some of those artifacts include Coast Guard issued soap, uniforms, letters sent home to parents from guardsmen and oral histories from the people who lived in St. Augustine during World War II. In the meantime, a temporary exhibit showcases the art of civilian and U.S. Coast Guardsmen who depict the everyday life of a Coast Guard officer. Swann believes the permanent exhibit should be in place by spring 2020. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum also recently restored the green roofed building used by the Coast Guard as a Jeep repair facility and garage, adjacent to the barracks. It now houses a visitor cafe.


25 Nease NJROTC named 5th Most Outstanding Unit in the nation Photos courtesy of Scott LaRochelle By Samantha Logue ment to an already successful year when it was selected the fifth Most Outstanding NJROTC Unit in the country by Naval Service Training Command. standing Unit in Area 12, which encompasses 60 schools throughout North Florida and all of Georgia, for the sixth time in seven years. tigious recognition without the consistent efforts of every cadet, and especially without the i b l e a n d I a m s o t h r i l l e d t h a t o u r u n i t w a s r e w a r d e d f o r a n a m a z i n g y e a r s l o n g e f f o r t According to Capt. Scott LaRochelle, senior naval science instructor for Nease NJROTC, the the highest standards, then set about a course to meet those goals through hard work and dediThe selection process for the award, LaRochelle said, involves the compilation of data regarding makes sure the reports are accurate. He makes the choice and he chooses the No. 1 unit in Area tion are selected by Naval Service Training Command in Pensacola. For NJROTC Area 12 Manager and retired Cmdr. Rustie Hibbard, Nease NJROTC stood out from the pack for its persistent commitment to excellence.


26 sistency is a true tribute to the dedication of the instructor team and the commitment of the cadet corps as a whole. They are a nationally the No. 1 program in our area, and then from there, our goal is to be the No. 1 program in the Specifying marksmanship and orienteering as areas for improvement, LaRochelle said he is altraining.


27 The Drive for a veterans hospital, FL Times Union by Joe Daraskevich The nearest VA Hospital is in Gainesville, sparking complaints and maybe now some action of va hospital in jacksonville means long drives for certain types of care LAST 10 VA HOSPITALS TO OPEN New Orleans, opened 2017. Current veteran population in metro area: 63,145 Orlando, opened 2015. Current veteran population in metro area: 139,801 Las Vegas, opened 2012. Current veteran population in metro area: 141,476 Detroit, opened 1996. Current veteran population in metro area: 209,616 West Palm Beach, opened 1995. Current veteran population in Miami metro area: 204,522 Seattle, opened 1994. Current veteran population in metro area: 241,776 Houston, opened 1992. Current veteran population in metro area: 267,689 Baltimore, opened 1992. Current veteran population in metro area: 173,616 Portland, Ore., opened 1988. Current veteran population in metro area: 147,603 All veteran populations are according to 2016 American Community Survey Hello everyone, We are trying to get the band back together. August 9th is Military Appreciation night. It's a Thursday. We would like to rent out the lower deck Its $20 per person but includes a 90 minute buffet of Hamburgers/Hotdogs with sides. I think its water and tea but you can purchase soda/beer there if that's your preference. the buffet starts at 6pm and the game starts at 705pm. It would be a fun night for all of us to get to know each other and reach a big number of veterans in the community. What we need to do: Create a registration sign up for each organization and a cutoff date for people to register. It should be a fun family friendly event.


28 Seminole War Commemoration August 18 The 11th Annual Seminole War Commemoration will be held Saturday, August 18, at the St. Francis Barracks and National Cemetery on Marine Street, presented by The West Point Society of North Florida. The commemoration recognizes the procession and burial of officers and soldiers killed during the Seminole Indian Wars, also called the Florida War, the most costly and longest Indian war in US history and a war without surrender, simply ended by American officers. Reenactors will reprise the solemn procession of August 14, 1842, along Marine Street to the cemetery, with a wreath laying and comment, followed by lunch and reception in the Officers Club. The ceremonies are free with a $20 registration fee for the luncheon. For more information contact Mark Tolzmann at Mark3370@hotmail




30 Cecil Field road renamed for prisoners of war, missing in action Rendering showing new wings for the Chapel of the High Speed Pass, part of the POW MIA Memorial at Cecil Field. Jacksonville City Council took unanimous action May 22 to rename a local road the POW MIA Memorial Parkway in honor of former prisoners of war and the more than 82,000 servicemen and women still considered missing in action. New World Avenue, which runs from Cecil Field north to Normandy Boulevard, will soon see new signage, which will include something typically prohibited by the government a hyphen. City Council waived a 15 year old ordinance which requires street name changes not include hyphenation. Ordinance Code, The request for the name change was initiated earlier in the year by the Cecil Field POW MIA Memorial, Inc., a nonprofit which has recently taken on the task of renovating and expanding the memorial. The site is a national park located on 26 acres in Northeast Florida at the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field Master Jet Base and now known as Cecil Commerce Center. The shrine was dedicated in 1973 by the families of POW MIA pilots and servicemembers lost in the Vietnam and Desert Storm conflicts. Renovations include restoration of the Chapel of the High Speed Pass, a mid century modern building. A new roof was put on, interior electrical work completed, and painting is underway. Angel Corrales, manager of American Window Preservation LLC, was selected to refinish four doors on the chapel and reseal two of the 26 windows on the sides of the chapel. Corrales, who grew up in Riverside, has been active in window preservation projects for many historic properties in the Riverside Avondale area. tor. The nonprofit thought it would have to replace the windows and had received a bid of $50,000 just for the 40 plus 7 Corsair Association funded the Aviator Wings and the Viking Association funded the Naval Flight Officer Wings. Dedication of the wings and a road renaming ceremony will be held on the steps of the chapel Tuesday, July 10, at 9 a.m. The chapel at Cecil Commerce Center was originally dedicated in 1963, serving NAS Cecil Field, and serves as a focal In addition to donations, Cecil Field POW MIA Memorial, Inc. is offering opportunities to purchase pews for the chapel, as well as brick pavers for the Memorial Benefactor Plaza. Details can be found at By Kate A. Hallock, Resident Community News


31 From the front page of the FL Times Union: Military Museums backers face long road, big challenges museum backers face long road big challenges






34 From John Burgess, Veterans Council of Duval County The 2nd Gathering in the Pines Meeting yesterday July 15th, 2018 went well. It was great having so many representatives from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St Johns County present. pines was high. To gather all of us around the POW MIA Memorial/Museum 5 year project was well accepted. A gathering of Veterans around the universal cause POW MIA. In work: Music, Food, and an Honors Guard with a flag presentation. The old base theater will be showing 20 min repeatedly video about POW MIA "Solemn Promise"! Guess speakers are in work. Walk through the pines showing where the museum will be. Children activities and more. There is even talk about a flyover. If we can get through the red tape, a drone visual from above the event video capture. So much more. All this will be September 22, 2018, a day after the Official POWMIA Day. So at your organizations have your ceremonies of remembrance, then join Us! If you are interested we have a link on our website for renting a table. under This is our first event and we hope to do this annually. We can't do it without you. Help us and be part of the first event.


35 From Fred Dupont: The following is a reprint of the letter my grandparents received from the Secretary of the Navy concerning Uncle Ralph: THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, WASHINGTON, 19 November 1945 Mr. and Mrs. William Daniel DuPont 2812 LaViere Street Jacksonville, Florida My dear Mr. and Mrs. DuPont: Your son, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Ralph Cornelius DuPont, United States Naval Reserve, who was attached to Fighter Squadron EIGHTEEN, based aboard the USS INTREPID has been carried on the official records of the Navy Department as missing in action since 12 October 1944 when his plane was lost during an aerial engagement with enemy planes over Formosa. On the evening of 11 October 1944, the ships of Task Force THIRTY EIGHT of which the USS INTREPID was a member, headed for launching points from which attacks against the enemy were to be made. Flying conditions were plane took off from the USS INTREPID in a flight of sixteen planes on the first fighter sweep mission over Shinchiku and Matsuyama Airfields, Formosa. Over Shinchiku Airfield heavy anti aircraft fire was encountered but no enemy aircraft. Near Taien Airfield, several enemy bombers were attacked and destroyed. The formation was counter attacked by the enemy fighter planes in great numbers. In the ensuing melee, division formations were broken up and all pilots in the flight were fully occupied in combat. Several planes were seen to crash and one or two pilots were seen to bail out, but no pilots returning were able to identify either planes or pilots. Your son did not return. In view of the fact that the plane your son was piloting was lost during an aerial engagement, because his name does not appear on any captured and translated Japanese interrogation reports, because his name has not appeared on any lists of personnel liberated from Japanese prisoner of war camps, because there has been no official nor unconfirmed reports that he survived, and in view of the length of time that has elapsed since he was reported missing, I am reluctantly forced to conclude that your son is deceased. In compliance with Section 5 of Public Law 490, 77th Congress, as amended, the death of your son is, for the purpose of determination of pay and allowances, settlement of accounts, and payment of death gratuities, presumed to have occurred on 13 October 1945, which is the day following the expiration of twelve months in the missing status. Sincere sympathy is extended to you in your loss. It is hoped that you may find comfort in the thought that his sacrifice was made in order that the freedom of his country might be preserved. Sincerely yours, James Forrestal


36 Military order of the purple heart Volusia county chapter 316 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rod Phillips 386.690.9553 On Tuesday August 7, 2018, 10:00 am, National Purple Heart Day, at the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council Chambers, 123 W. Indiana Avenue, DeLand, members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Volusia County Chapter 316 (MOPH Chapter 316) will present the Volusia County Council with a Purple Heart County Plaque, the Council will issue a proclamation designating the county as a Purple Heart County. A Purple Heart County, part of the Military Order of the Purple Heart's National Purple Heart Trail Program designates Volusia County as one that recognizes those in our community who gave their lives or were wounded in combat defending our American freedoms. The public and all veterans are welcome to attend. Veterans Service Organizations are requested to send at least one delegate to this event. For more information please contact MOPH Chapter 316 Senior Vice Commander Rod Phillips at 386.690.9553 or Some Gave All, All Gave Some






39 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine FL 32084 (904) 679 5736 Stop by the Corazon Cinema and Caf located in the heart of St. Augustine to catch a great film or a bite to eat (free parking). Tell us you are a veteran and receive 10% off any food or drinks Beer and wine available. Castillo de San Marcos: The Creepy 17th century castle teeming with paranormal activity 17th century castle fl


40 An important message from Toula Wootan ence for families caring for a veteran or an active military person. We are honored to have received a $10,000 grant from The Elisabeth Dole Foundation for this conference. As you may remember, I worked to have Jacksonville declared a Hidden Heroes City in her program. We announced it at last years conference. Someone from The Elisabeth Dole Foundation will be there to speak on how they support veterans and military caregivers. My ask of you is that you send this flyer to all of your distribution lists. Please post it on social media, and on your orga niz ation website. I will have hard copies to give you at our meeting this coming Thursday the 26th at noon. The meeting will be held in Nevasier A. I will send a calendar invitation. Please plan to attend or send someone to this important meeting. Thank you, and as always, contact me if you have any questions. Toula F. Wootan, Director of Community Programs, Community Hospice and Palliative Care, Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida 904.407.6211, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32257






43 New tech increases ease of contacting Veterans Crisis Line VA is excited to announce that service members and Veterans can connect to the Veterans Crisis Line using these simple words. The Siri funcphones now automatically dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which also serves the Veterans Crisis Line, even if the number (1 800 273 8255) is not Callers will need to Press 1 in order to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. Android devices enables service members, Veterans, and their families to get quicker acResponders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans when mental health or related issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, and homelessness reach a crisis point. initiated the dispatch of emergency services to callers in imminent crisis nearly 93,000 2009 and text services in November 2011, the VCL has answered over 397,000 and nearbiggest benefit. words, and through a technology that so many people are familiar with already, is truly hours. The quicker we can get Veterans connected to care, the more likely they are to sur


44 While recognizing the need for crisis access and rapid care, VA continues to build and emphasize sustained access to care for Veterans to receive ongoing treatment as appropriate. based mental health care VA is leveraging a public health approach to suicide prevention that addresses multiple risk factors for suicide to stage interventions before suicidal thoughts and behaviors occur. While VA has made great strides in crisis intervention, the public health approach uses the best evidence available to guide the development of innovative new strategies to serve all Veterans. No one organization can tackle suicide prevention alone. To save lives, VA is using prevention strategies that reach beyond health care settings to involve peers, family members, and community members in order to reach Veterans where they are. an suicide, we need support across sectors, and this type of technology is another step in the right direction. The quicker we can get service members and Veterans connected to If you or someone you know is in crisis, support is available 24/7. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available to all at 1 800 273 8255. Veterans, service members, and their families and friends can call the Veterans and Military Crisis Line at 1 800 273 8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255. fice of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.


45 THE RIDE HOME 2018 This Year's Event: We will base the event out of Warner Robins Georgia this September 20, 21 & 22. We will be working with Robins AFB POW/MIA Committee, Andersonville Historical Site, home of the National Prisoner of War Museum, Houston County Sherriff Office, Central Georgia Technical College and many local veterans and Patriotic citizens in an effort to comply with the Presidential Proclamation for National POW/MIA Recognition Day. All services are open to the Public. The HERO's Banquet, which is scheduled on 21 September, 1700 hrs. at Central Georgia Technical College, Larry Walker Auditorium, does require pre registering and a minimum donation of $25 per person. Seating for the Banquet is limited to 500 total attendance (which includes Honored Guest), so if you wish to break bread with these true American Hero's register soon. For all requiring hotel accommodations, the following hotels are centrally located to where the Honored Guest will be staying. As always, it is 'first come, first served'. La Quinta POC Billy 478 333 6920 Country Inn POC David 478 971 1664 Comfort Inn POC Peggy 478 953 3000 Holiday Inn Express POC Sarita 478 333 2737 The majority of Honored Guest and Families will be housed at the Fairfield and the Wyndham. These hotel will be hosted by Monica & Billie, respectfully. They will be POC for their Hotels. Proposed Itinerary for the event; Thursday, 20 September; 1400 hrs. depart hotels to Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) 1500 hrs. Robins AFB POW/MIA Committee Recognition Service 1600 hrs. Meet & Greet 1630 hrs. Recording artist, RICKY LEE, preforms Friday, 21 September 0630 hrs. Law Enforcement escort to Andersonville 0830 hrs. POW/MIA Recognition Day Service 1130 hrs. Law Enforcement escort to Warner Robins. 1530 hrs. Law Enforcement escort to CGTC 1700 hrs. Hero's Banquet CGTC 1800 hrs. Keeping the Promise premiere of 'A SOLEMN PROMISE' 1930 hrs. Candlelight Service Saturday, 22 September 0900 hrs. Law Enforcement escort to CGTC 1000 hrs. Recognition Service (POW Story & Flag History Story) 1330 hrs. Ground pounder/Fly boy Lunch Join us in Georgia this September as we salute those who were held against their will by enemies of this Republic and remind those who still wait for their family member to come home; that We will NOT FORGET and that we will not give up Until They ALL Come Home!




47 Credit Card Processing Considerations for Your Veterans Organization thru the internet or in person). Most available options connect to Apple iPad or iPhone or other tablets and Android cell phones by bluetooth; the vendor provides the appropriate level of security. For those vendors who do not, the onus for comnearly full time job. Some vendors require contracts for specific terms (watch out for termination fees!), others do not. Before signing a contract remember to perform your due diligence, including a price comparison. Prices mentioned in this document are current as of June 1, 2018, and may be different if your organization is not recognized by the IRS under §501(c)(3) as a public charity (default is to be charged as a for incur higher fees than those recognized as public charities under §501(c)(3). data often governs the processing rate quoted. Are receipts regularly received in the same amount (e.g., subscriptions)? most are competitive and offer the advantage of integration with your existing banking relationships (i.e., no new bank account needed). This interview will raise more questions for you to answer. Hardware and software requirements should be determined Is the phone compatible with software requirements? If a physical connection to the phone is required, does the phone have a headset jack? If not, is an adapter provided? Are printed receipts required (most offer the opportunity to e mail receipts)? Does the card reader use an internet connection, or wireless (cell phone) data connection? Is software automatically updated? If subscriptions or other regularly recurring payments are received, can they be automatically processed? If so, how frequently? Can invoices (donor commitments) be sent through this system and payment processed directly by the donor? Is the rate the same, or higher? Is the organization billed for each invoice sent, or only for invoices paid thru the credit card processor? Is a Loyalty Program (providing discounts for repeat customers) appropriate? In addition to obtaining physical equipment (reader and power be downloaded. As most processing financial institutions use a reseller to market their products and services, the startup costs may vary significantly. While the monthly fees and per transaction fees are more competitive in nature, there is less


48 competition when buying readers. For example: Clover Go costs vary from $100.00 to free Square costs vary from $49.00 to free, depending upon reader (Contactless and Chip Reader is more expensive than Chip Reader while Magstripe Reader is free) When choosing a reader, please remember that the trend is towards chip cards and away from those having only a magnetic MasterCard and VISA, will hold the vendor liable for a fraudulent transaction when a credit card is swiped, unless the vendor has a chip reader! (expedited deposit may be available at an additional fee). You must settle the transaction by closing out the daily register in a timely manner (often daily) to avoid penalties. There is a glossary at the end of this document. Donors may be referred to as Customers; donations and other receipts may be referred to as Sales. Lastly, and most importantly, your organization SHOULD NOT retain unique and sensitive card holder data (name, card number, card expiration date, card CVV (three or four digit number in signature block) after it is no longer required. Failure of your organization (or your credit card processor) to comply with PCI DSS requirements can result in substantial liability! Processing on line transactions through the Internet Security is paramount too many sites have been compromised and customers (donors) credit card numbers and personal information have been leaked. All credit card issuers require that all card processing systems adhere to the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Commensurate with the dollar volume and number of transactions, some of these requirements can be quite intimidating, and best left to a professional In addition, each site should have a Privacy Statement which meets certain qualifications FEES: Often slightly higher than in person transactions this when you choose to remit membership dues online). Some processors (e.g., PayPal) prohibit surcharges when accepting credit card as a form of payment. Either the card is swiped (if card has a magnetic stripe) or the card is inserted into a reader (chip enabled card) or contactle ss (the card/cell phone is processed by placing it near the reader). FEES: Often, the processor will waive the per transaction fee and only charge a percentage of the transaction.


49 Manually keying the information is not only time consuming and subject to errors, but also has a higher transaction processing fee (usually a fixed amount plus a percentage of the transaction). FEES: Higher that in person transactions A good follow on article is available here. Description Your Quote Swiped Transaction (fixed fee) $0.00 $0.30 [$0.30] $0.00 Swiped Transaction (variable %) 2.75% 2.40% [1.60%] 2.70% Chip Transaction (fixed fee) 0.00 $0.30 [$0.30] 0.00 Chip Transaction (variable %) 2.75% 2.40% [1.60%] 2.70% Manual Transaction (fixed fee) 0.15 $0.30 [$0.30] 0.15 Manual Transaction (variable %) 3.50% 3.50% [3.30%] 3.50% On Line Transaction (fixed fee) 0.30 $0.30 [$0.30] 0.30 On Line Transaction (variable %) 2.90% 2.40% [1.60%] 2.90% Invoiced Transaction (fixed fee) 0.30 $0.30 [$0.30] 0.30 Invoiced Transaction (variable %) 2.90% $0.30 [$0.30] 2.90% Online Transaction fee 501(c)(3) N/A N/A 0.30 Online Transaction % 501(c)(3) N/A N/A 2.20% Checks by Phone/On Line? N/A 1.00 [1.00] N/A Is American Express different? No No Yes, 3.50% Pay for all invoices or only invoices paid through system? When paid When paid When paid Monthly Account Fee 0.00 0.00 [19.95] 0.00 PCI Compliance Included 9.95 [0.00] Included Chargeback fee (per event) 20.00 25.00 20.00 Start up Fees (excl. equipment) 0.00 0.00 Termination Fee None Possible None Other (hidden) fees? None Possible Unknown Notes: The above apply to domestic transactions; international transactions have higher percentage and fixed fees, and may al so have foreign exchange fees. Accepting charges using American Express family of cards often has a higher transaction rate (e.g., PayPal, above). To proper ly analyze the benefits of a card, the anticipated percentage of use by each card issuer should be taken into account. The follo win g is


50 a generalized example. In 2016, VISA held 50.65% of the total credit card transaction market (more, if debit cards are included). American Express a nd MasterCard were virtually tied, at 22.73% and 22.66%, with Discover a distant fourth at 3.96%. Using these percentages of market share for chip or swiped transactions for a total on line donation of $1,000, percentage fees (plus $0.30 per transaction s) could be: PayPal Square PayPal Charity Quickbooks (+$9.95 or more fixed fees/mo) VISA 2.9% $14.69 2.9% $14.69 2.2% $11.14 2.4% $12.16 AMEX 3.5% 7.95 2.9% 6.59 3.5% 7.95 2.4% 5.45 MCard 2.9% 6.57 2.9% 6.57 2.2% 4.99 2.4% 5.44 Discvr 2.9% 1.15 2.9% 1.15 2.2% 0.87 2.4% 0.95 Total 3.036% $30.36 2.90% $29.00 2.495% $24.95 2.4% $24.00 GLOSSARY AndroidPay Used by android cell phones to complete contactless transactions. ApplePay quires fingerprint recognition to complete transaction) Bluetooth A standard for the short range wireless interconnection of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices. Registered trademark of Clover Network, Inc. a division of First Data Corporation. Clover uses both internet and wireless cell phone connections to process transactions. Debit Card A bank card directly linked to a checking or savings account, from which funds are withdrawn immediately after the transaction is processed (there will be a delay until the vendor organization receives these funds). DSS Acronym for Data Security Standard EMV Registered trademark of EMVCo. LLC. Acronym for developers (EuroPay, MasterCard and Visa) Chip enabled credit card, which has generally replaced magnetic striped cards are the current de facto standard. Host A resource providing data processing services; any host should provide assurance that it is fully compliance with PCI NFC can be processed without inserting the card into a reader (generally, it must be within two inches or so of the reader). Most po pu l a r a r e A p p l e P a y A n d r o i d P a y a n d G o o g l e P a y N F C t r a n s a c t i o n s a r e o f t e n m u c h f a s t e r t h a n E M V t r a n s a c t i o n s ( w h e r e c a r d i s inserted or swiped). PayPal Created by Elon Musk (SpacEX), has many users; offers discount to 501(c)(3) public charities. PCI Acronym for Payment Card Industry PIN Acronym for Personal Identification Number; used to validate Debit Card transactions POS Point of Sale (where the payment is processed) SamsungPay Registered trademark of Samsung, used by Samsung android cell phones to complete contactless transactions. Square Founded by one of the founders of Twitter, competitor to PayPal.




52 The V.A. Community Resource and Referral Center is the regions VA system, for homeless veterans to have immediate access to such services as, Social Work, Die t i t i a n C o m m u n i t y E m p l o y m e n t C o o r d i n a t o r O c c upational Therapist, ARNP, and peer support specialists. This center is located across from the Clara White Mission in downtown Jax., is open M F 8:00 am 4:30 pm. (For housing assessments, it is asked that Veterans visit between 9:00 am 1:30 pm.) 904 798 2800.


53 The dos and don'ts when flying the American flag Did you know there's a code for when you should and shouldn't fly the American flag? Author: Catherine Park ATLANTA -Did you know there are rules for flying the American Flag? into the basics of what the flag means for our country. The 50 stars, of course, represent each state in the U.S. The stripes, 13 in total, pay homage to the original 13 colonies. The color red stands for valor or bravery, white stands for purity or innocence and blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. There are several ways to fly the American flag correctly. If it's on a pole with another flag, it should always be on top with the other flag flying as secondary. Flags that are flown at half staff often symbolize a death. Depending on what your position is in government, the length of time that flag will be flown at half staff varies. If an associate justice, military secretary, former vice president or a state governor dies, the flag is flown at half staff until the day of their burial. If a member of Congress dies, flags are flown at half staff for two days. A vice president, chief of justice, retired chief of justice or a house speaker gets 10 days. If a president or a former president dies, flags are flown at half staff for a full 30 days. March: Easter Sunday staff), Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day (again, flags should be flown at half staff on this day) July: Independence Day and Korean War Armistice Day


54 August: V J Day, Purple Heart Day and National Aviation Day September: Labor Day, Patriot Day (flag should be flown at half staff) and Constitution Day. The third Friday in September is the day to fly the POW (Prisoners of War) / MIA (Missing in Action) Recognition Day flag October: Columbus Day and Navy Day December: Pearl Harbor Day (flags flown at half staff) and Christmas Day And here are some ways you should NOT be using the flag: The flag shouldn't be used for marketing or printed on paper napkins, boxes, etc. that are meant for temporary use. Nothing that you plan on trashing after use. You should not alter the flag in any way with different prints. You should never wear the flag on any apparel, bedding or drapery. It should fall freely. The flag should never be left in darkness. The only way it is acceptable to have a flag flown 24 hours a day is if it is properly illuminated at night. You should never throw out the flag in the garbage. One fun fact: if the flag is used to advertise in Washington, D.C., you could get a $100 fine or a month in jail. July 4 is coming up and it is completely acceptable to fly the flag high and proud.






57 Welcome to the official 2018 NAS Jax Air Show event. The NAS Jax Air Show, Birthplace of the Blue Angels, will be October 27 28, 2018 aboard NAS Jacksonville. Admission, parking and the Kids Zone is FREE. At the NAS Jax Air Show you will witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian demonstrations. The grand finale will be While you are at the show, enjoy military and civilian aircraft displays, shop at novelty, food and beverage booths, or head to the free Kids Zone for games and activities for all ages. While there will be 2 ATMs onsite, it is highly recommended that you bring cash with you. Save the date! More details to come. Visit our website:










62 NEW INFO: Ride in comfort to your appointments at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. The van is provided by the Disabled Veterans Chapter 6, and leaves no later than 6AM from the new VA Clinic location at 195 Southpark Blvd. The corner of Southpark and Old Moultrie Road. To schedule your seat please contact the VA Clinic at 904 823 2954 and ask for Veteran Van Scheduling.


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