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have a meeting setup with the VA and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas McKenzie on Oct 2 to discuss details of the new facility. Obviously, our interest is finding out when we might see land being cleared and construction of the new facility underway. This is a build to suit plan and not a renovation of an existing facility so it will be a longer process but the sight location just off CR 207 is not a bad location. Although we would have preferred the selection had been adjacent to our Health and Human Services building on San Sebastian we have a permanent home location for our St. Johns County veterans for their health care needs and that is now a reality. Bill Dudley, Chairman, Veterans Council of St. Johns County Fellow Veterans: By any metric, the Gathering at Cecil Field was a huge success. There was a large turnout of veterans, elected officials, military and civilians to witness the POW / MIA Memorial ceremony. The program started at exactly 0900 on Saturday with the posting of the colors by the Young Marines. After the invocation and National Anthem, the crowd was treated to amazing flyover by the DreamLand Squadron performing the missing man salute to a fallen comrade as they passed directly over the crowds below. Retired Navy Commander Buddy Harris was the keynote speaker providing some insightful comments as to how and why the POW / MIA Memorial came to be a reality. The Veterans Councils of Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns have taken on the responsibility of meeting the ongoing needs of this project. There is still much work to be done and lots of money to be raised to meet the projects growth and development plans. The Veterans Council next major program is the Veterans Day event that will be held on 12 Nov. 2018 at Anastasia Baptist Church. The planning committee is working hard to make this a memorable event to honor this have the traveling Vietnam Wall and Agent Orange Quilt of Tears displays under contract and the Sheriffs Depts from St. Johns and Flagler Counties will provide a motorcycle escort for the entourage as they pass through the county. There are still a few table spaces left for a free display for your organization if you would like to inform the public about who you are and what you do for our veterans. If you are interested in having a table, please contact Michael Rothfeld at After many years of discussions and meetings with the VA, we now have a permanent sight location for our Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The Veterans Council was informed about a week ago that a permanent site has been selected. We Message from the Chairman Newsletter Date: October, 2018 Volume 7, Issue 10 Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home JNC Support Committee Veterans Day Events VC Jan. Speaker Tom Waskovich Homeless Veterans Stand Down VA Clinic finds New Home off SR 207 Exhibit of Veterans Art at UNF Amendment 10 VC August Minutes Upcoming Veterans Events VVA 1084 Celebrates 5 Years The Ride Home 2018 American Legion leaves Hamblen House COL Adelhelm on the Vets Memorial Wall Combat Veterans May be due Refunds MOAA Shootout Fundraiser Congratulations to Chris Vedrick, PH DAV Recognizes Van Drivers Veterans Crisis Line Inside this Edition


2 Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home Ice Cream Sundae Bar We Love our Sailor Visitors Football, Tailgating and Dip Contest


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, 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.


4 Group nixes plans for annual Veterans Day parade Financial, logistical challenges undermine plans By Colleen Michele Jones Those looking to wave flags along the parade route to honor local veterans will have to wait at least another year to do so. In its August newsletter, the Veterans Council of St. Johns County one of the major sponsors of the event announced there would be no parade Nov. 12. A memorial program is planned instead. In what would have been the third year the Veterans Council partnered with the local Military Officers Association of America to organize the parade in downtown St. Augustine, the organizations have decided to make other plans to honor those who served. Bill Dudley, chair of the Veterans Council, said one reason was that costs had become unsusprovide security and traffic control. Another challenge was rounding up enough members of the military to take part in the pasonville, Dudley said his organization would have to transport officers from as far away as Georgia and south Florida, which also cost money. parade in 2019.








8 Veterans Day in St. Augustine Monday November 12, 2018 Anastasia Baptist Church 1650 A1A S, St. Augustine Please join us as we honor our Veterans, Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families On display, The Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears Monday November 12, Hours: Atrium displays open at 9:30 am and Veterans Day Commemoration starts at 11:11 am with the St. Johns County Center for the Arts Chamber Singers along with Dr. Roger Geronimo perform patriotic songs and a rousing Service Anthems Salute.


9 The Traveling Vietnam Wall and Agent Orange Quilt of Tears Motorcycle Escort Our plan is to meet in St. Cloud, FL at the Home Depot at 7:00AM 11/11/2018 Leave there by 7:45 going by the Lakefront to Narcoossee Rd. north to the 417 417 to the I 4 in Sanford to The Harley dealership at Destination Daytona. From Destination Daytona, leave by 10:30 11:00 AM traveling route 1 north to St. Augustine. Please pass this on to interested parties.


10 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


11 The Veterans Council of St Johns County under the direction of Chairman Bill was proud to host the Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Under the leadership of Tammy Shirley, St Johns County VSO, this years event was a great success. The Veterans Council thanks Fred Dupont and Elks Lodge 829 for providing their Lodge for the Stand Down. Available this year were the VA/FDVA, Dental Clinic Food, Showers, Veterans Health System, Bikes, Boots, Clothes, Caps, Legal Council, Vocational Rehab, Tents, Lanterns, Red Cross and Haircuts.


12 VA Clinic Finds New Home Long awaited plans for a permanent facility were revealed this week. By Stuart Korfhage After several years of uncertainty, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided on a location for a permanent medical clinic. ed a contract to build a St. Augustine Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 207 Stratton Rd. in St. Augustine off of State Road 207. The clinic will offer primary care, mental health services and specialty care to the more than 9,000 veterans in St. Johns County who currently receive services at the interim clinic. The facility, which will be leased for 20 years at the outset, will be 16,595 square feet and is set to begin construction this winter with an estimated completion date of spring 2020. 1 South, but that property, which also housed the county health department, was purchased After that, the VA built a temporary clinic at Southpark Boulevard and Old Moultrie Road that opened in 2015. VA spokesman Daniel Henry said that clinic will remain open as long as needed to accommodate patients. to know they are going to have a place to go for care for years to come.


13 The location itself is not exactly what Dudley was pushing for when he met with VA representatives during the bidding process. He said he advocated for a site close to the relocated ministration offices, including the Veterans Services office. Dudley said that might have made things easier for veterans because so many services would have been clustered together. close to Flagler Hospital. about another year and a half. Henry said there are no definite plans yet. Dudley and others in the veteran community obviously would have preferred a permanent solution right after the previous location was sold. However, he said the temporary clinic was a much better option than having to travel out of town for care. The new clinic will be entirely a VA project. The county government has no financial obligation in the new clinic.




15 Fellow veterans, Please put this out to your veterans organizations. It is important that our constitutional officers remain as elected officials. This amendment assures these officers directly serve the people who elected them and not a charter government. As we get closer to election time in Nov, please plan to have Sheriff Shoar as your invited guest to speak to your veterans about this important amendment. William Dudley, Chairman Veterans Council of St. Johns County


16 Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc. Minutes of August 30, 2018 Officers present : Chairman Bill Dudley, Vice Chairman Ray Quinn, Secretary Michael Rothfeld, Treasurer John Mountcastle Chairman Dudley called the meeting to order at 1900 hours Chairman Dudley led the Pledge to the Flag Vice Chairman Ray Quinn gave the Invocation Minutes were approved as presented Introduction of Guests : None Speakers: Jason Snodgrass, COO, K9s For Warriors, K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11. The goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. We are the nation's largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans. Their new facility in Alachua will open soon and alleviate the waiting list. Chairman Dudley presented K9s For Warriors a donation of $ 250.00 Karen Miscovich, President, Program Our Future We are a 501 c3, that provides educational and health monitoring technology to PTSD vide free Fitbits, Spires, and QardioArm blood pressure monitoring devices. Committee Reports: Tammy, SJC VSO : volunteers still needed for Sept. 8th Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Volunteers needed Friday Sept. 7 for set up and for event on Sept. 8 by 8:30am.


17 John L.: VVA 1084 celebrated its 5th birthday party which was highlighted ment Court: 2 new participants, 8 graduates so far, 33 veterans in program so far. Bill : Instead of a costly parade, this year the Veterans Council and MOAA will be hosting a large Veterans Commemoration on Monday November 12 at Anastasia Baptist Church. Highlights include The Traveling Vietnam Wall, The Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, the St Augustine High School Chorale, Rolling Thunder, JROTCs, The N FL Military If your military organization would like a free display table please contact Michael Rothfeld, at Steve S: Please attend the Cecil Field POW/MIA Sept. 22 A Gathering in the Pines, 9am to 5 pm with a Missing Man Flyover. MIAP: Nov. 3 Saturday the 17th MIAP burial at Cape Canaveral Meeting adjourned at 8:09 pm. The next meeting of the Veterans Council will be on Thursday, October 25, 7 pm in the Health & Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Future speakers: September 27, Charles Tingley, St. Augustine Historical Society, Senior Reference Librarian, 100 Years Ago: St. Johns County & WW I. October 25, Dr. Michael Butler, Flagler College November 29, Andrew Coughlan, Wounded Warrior Project, Resource Development and Michele McManamon, Co founder/ Executive Director, Operation New Uniform December 27, Margaret Kaplan, Administrator, Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home January 31, Tom Waskovich, Green Beret, Vietnam Veteran, MACVSOG




19 Vietnam Veterans of America Leo C. Chase Jr. Chapter 1084 Celebrates Five Years of Supporting Local Veterans (St. Augustine, FL) On August 28, 2018, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 1084 of St Johns County, FL held a celebration at Treaty Park in recognition of their fifth birthday. They received their charter as Chapter 1084 on 22 August 2013 and renamed the chapter in 2015 honoring Leo C. Chase, Jr. Chase was the first resident of St. Johns County to be killed in the Vietnam War. He lost his life at Landing Zone X Ray, Ia Drang Valley, 15 November 1965. Pauline Chase, his brother William Jefferson, and distinguished guests from St Johns, Clay, and Duval counties. Pictured above from the Left: Gary Newman, 2nd Vice President of the Florida State Council, John McGinty 1st Vice President of the Florida State Council, John Leslie President Chapter 1084 St Johns County, Mrs. Pauline Chase, Bill Jefferson, Mary Ann Newman President of the AVVA Florida State State Council and the AVVA Representative for VVA Chapter 1059 of Clay County, and Judy Davis Chapter 1084 AVVA Delegate. Present but not shown is Eric Davidson, Vice President Chapter 1059. (photo by Michael Isam)


20 Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial In The Pines


21 The Ride Home 2018 The Ride Home began in 2002 as a retreat and rededication. Our founding members chose the National Historic Site at Andersonville, GA, home of the National Prisoners of War Museum. We took up the challenge of a Presidential Proclamation, "I call upon the people of the United States to join me in honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing in action who valiantly served our great country. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities." Our goal each year is to invite, as our guests, former POWs and MIA family members, offering a recognition commensurate with their extraordinary courage and valor; to increase the number of participants paying tribute; and to increase public awareness and commitment that we will never forget. For more information, contact: The RIDE HOME, Inc. a Florida not for operated for the purposes of the promotion of social welfare within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future tax code, for the purpose of honoring and remembering all former American prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA) who valiantly have served the United States of America. The Ride Home Flag Presentation: MIA events/Old Glory --The Ride Home/


22 By Colleen Michele Jones The American Legion has defaulted on loans and the financial terms of its lease with the historic Hamblen Club, terminating both use of the property by Post 37 as well as the closure of its on site public restaurant. The building, at 1 Anderson Circle, is located on the bayfront in downtown St. Augustine. According to an agreement reached last week with the Charles F. Hamblen Club Inc. the nonprofit that was deeded the property through the Hamblen family estate in 1933 American Legion Post 37 relinquished use of the building Monday. The veterans organization will hold its September meeting at the location but after that will be searching for a new home for the first time since the early 1940s. The American Legion had paid $1 in rent annually for its lease with the Hamblen Club, plus all building maintenance expenses and taxes. It also managed the Hamblen House restaurant. Pre existing contracts reserving the Hamblen House for future events will not be honored, according to Loretta Lombard, president of the Charles F. Hamblen Club. According to a statement included in the agreement between the Charles F. Hamblen Club and American sions, covenants and obligations of the lease, in a timely manner, or not at all ALP37 is unable to maintain T h e H a m b l e n H o u s e Restaurant and Bar opened in July 2017 after an extensive two year renovation that transformed what was previously a modest lounge and eatery into an updated restaurant space with an expanded menu. Recent reviews on several social media sites such as Yelp and Trip Advisor earned the restaurant high marks from customers. Speaking with The Record Monday, Ron Birchall, who spearheaded a fundraising campaign for renovation of restaurant to turn a profit. local post.


23 Monday. chef and an accountant. In 2013, Birchall and his wife, Nancy, launched Forward March Inc., a nonprofit, with the idea of making the restoration of the Hamblen Club a legacy ed refurbishment of the first, second and third floors of the building, as well as the creation of a military museum. The group was able to raise more than $750,000 one quarter of the cost of just the first phase of the reno v a t i o n s b y l a t e 2 0 1 6 a c c o r d i n g t o a p r e s s r e l e a s e i s s u e d M o n d a y b y A m e r i c a n L e g i o n l e a d e r s a n d t h e Charles F. Hamblen Club. It was then that Forward March began to distance itself from the project. tive board. According to the press release, the money raised by Forward March was used as collateral for a line of credit of almost $1.5 million used to complete the renovation of the restaurant as well as club meeting space. Nancy Birchall, the current president of the auxiliary, said she was sad for her local American Legion chapter. Birchall said. According to Lombard, the property will be rented out as a venue for community groups, weddings and othbills the American Legion defaulted on because the restaurant was in the red. The American Legion Post 37 in St. Augustine has closed after the organization terminated its lease with the owner of the historic building which had been its home since the early 1940s. [PETER WILLOTT/THE RECORD] The long term plan is to find a new tenant to take over management of the restaurant, said Lombard, who also sits on the executive board of Post 37. Calls made by The Record to current American Legion Post 37 Commander Jim C r u t c h f i e l d w e r e not returned before press time.


24 Why are Veterans excluded from the memorial named morial Wall? The current criteria as written actually precludes Veterans from being eligible and was recently made even more confusing by an ill advised mayoral executive order. The criteria stated home of record Jacksonville or attended HS in Jacksonville, served in time of war (last declared War was WWII) and killed or died on active duty. The criteria now has changed home of record to merely residing in Jacksonville. The criteria and the mayoral executive order still do not address the exclusion of Veterans. A Veteran is defined, under Title 38, US Code of Federal Regulations, as a person who served in the active military and who was discharged or released under conditions, other than dishonorable. Criteria that states: die or killed on active duty this automatically excludes Veteran. It excludes Veterans like Cpl Tyler Southern USMC and others warriors like him simply because they survived their wounds and were discharged under honorable conditions, yet allows decisions to be made to honor in perpetuity anyone on active duty who dies of anything and is from anywhere, it seems, on this hometown memorial. Veterans like Cpl Southern are currently ineligible from being recognized in his home town, his Home of Record, where he went to HS and volunteered to serve during a war. But the criteria and mayoral executive order allows and has opened the door for individuals to be accidents, domestic disputes, sport sky diving accidents, training for a marathon, suicide while under investigation and they or a family member who merely resided in Jacksonville like PFC Robert Jenkins USMC Medal of Honor recipient who jumped on a grenade to save the lives of his fellow comrades. It is hard to equate being recognized on the wall, for any of the aforementioned and compare it to jumping on a grenade to save lives, yet this is exactly what is happening here.


25 If the intent was to exclude Veterans, maybe it is time to change the name of this memorial Veterans to the memorial and start restoring the honor and integrity to process of recognizing those being added to this Veterans Memorial. The current selection process needs to change along with the criteria and there needs to be more Veteran involvement in the selection process. A council of Veterans should be allowed to review the criteria of both home of record and time of war. Initial criteria called are being added from other states, even though their home of record is not Florida. They did not go to HS here, enlist here nor are some even buried here; they are buried in their hometowns. The adding of those from outside of our community is confusing; the sole purly, Veterans like Cpl Southern need to be made eligible to be recognized on their hometown memorial for their service and sacrifice. An appropriate distinction needs to be made between merely serving and those who served and sacrificed and equally as important those who survived the wounds of war during the confusion currently surrounding why some have been placed on the wall from outerans know who should be honored and who should be recognized on a Veterans Memorial in perpetuity. In my humble opinion, Cpl Tyler Southern and warriors like him from this community should be eligible to be recognized. R Adelhelm LtCol USMC ret


26 From the IRS/VA Issue Number: Tax Tip 2018 146 Combat injured disabled veterans may be due a refund The IRS is alerting certain veterans that they may be due a credit or refund. This is a result of the Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act passed in 2016. It affects veterans who received disability severance payments after January 17, 1991, and included that payment as income. Here is what these veterans should know: Veterans who included their disability severance payments as income should file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The veterans will file Form 1040X to claim a credit or refund of the overpayment attributable to the disability severance payment. These veterans received a one time, lump sum disability severance payment when they separated from their military service. Most of these veterans will have recently received a letter from the Department of Defense with information explaining how they should claim the related tax refunds. Veterans can submit a claim based on the actual amount of their disability severance payment. However, there is a simplified method where veterans can instead choose to claim a standard refund amount. This amount is based on the calendar year in which they received the severance payment: $1,750 for tax years 1991 2005 $2,400 for tax years 2006 2010 $3,200 for tax years 2011 2016 Claiming the standard refund amount is the easiest way for veterans to claim a refund, because they do not need to access the original tax return from the year of their lump sum disability severance payment. The veteran must mail the claim generally by the later of these dates: One year from the date of the Department of Defense notice Three years after the due date for filing the original return for the year the disability severance payment was made Two years after tax was paid for the year the disability severance payment was made. Veterans eligible for a refund who did not get a letter from DoD should visit the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and injured disabled veterans page for more information on how to file a claim. More Information: FAQs: Filing Amended Returns for Combat Injured Disabled Veterans Form 1310, Statement of Person Claiming Refund Due a Deceased Taxpayer Information for Veterans Publication 525, Taxable and Non Taxable Income Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities IRS News Release: IR 2018 148, July 11, 2018 Share this tip on social media -#IRSTaxTip: Combat injured disabled veterans may be due a refund




28 The Veterans Council congratulates Council member Chris Vedvick on his appointment Region 4 again leads the nation as Region Commander Lenny Lazzara appoints Christopher Vedvick as the regions Public Relation Officer. Region 4 is now the first region to have a Public Relations Officer. We look forward to Chris assisting the Region, Departments and Chapters this year.


29 Heart Hero, Christopher Vedrick, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and National Publications Committeeman being Honored on the Jaguars Jumbotron.


30 Below is the flyer for the October 19th conference for Vietnam Veterans. The goal of this conference is to better understand the difficulties our Vietnam Veterans went through when they returned to the U.S, bring healing of some of the trauma, and discuss resources to assist them. We have many Vietnam Veterans in our area. Please share this widely to your distribution groups.






33 Veterans Council of St. Johns County Chairman Bill Dudley spoke to the Hastings Rotary and presented the Hastings Public Library Librarian with the Council's 5 dvd documentary collection of documentaries featuring the stories of local veterans from WW II through Afghanistan.


34 St. Augustine Chapter 6 Disabled American Veterans recognize Van drivers By Michael Isam St. Augustine, Fla, (September 18, 2018) Without support from volunteers a non profit organization is doomed to demise. This is particularly true for military organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. On weekday mornings about 5:45 a.m., a volunteer driver arrives at the St. Augustine Veteran Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for the pre trip inspection of the van used to transport veterans to their appointments at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. The riders for the day are usually already waiting for the 2 hour trip to begin. On the trip, riders are treated to a tour of Palatka as the van winds its way to a predetermined pick up point for veterans in the surrounding area. Next stop, Interlachen for a much needed break, then back on the road again to the final destination, the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center on Archer Road in Gainesville. The van begins the journey back to St. Augustine about 2:00 p.m. so as to arrive home by 4:00 p.m. All of this and their pay is lunch at the cafeteria. "We appreciate our drivers and their dedication to our veterans," said Chapter Adjutant Judy Davis. "I know those who ride the van truly appreciate them. The trip is hard enough for the non disabled." To schedule a ride on the van, veterans can call the CBOC at 904 823 2954 and ask for Veteran Van Scheduling. (l r) Lonnie Woodward, Bob Garlinger, Chapter Adjutant Judy Davis, and George Loomis. Photo by Michael Isam














41 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.




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.




46 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:








50 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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52 The Veterans Council of St. Johns County welcomes article submissions from all County Veterans & organizations. Articles should be of interest to all and veterans related. Submissions may be edited &/or shortened and used if space permits. Send to: Please send to: Veterans Council of St. Johns County,