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July 2018 Dear Alachua County Veteran Newsletter Readers, We are mid year and the heatwave is reminding us of the real tropical Florida: Hot and humid Enjoy the summer and keep that sun screen on. Happy Independence Day! I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration as we celebrate the United States of America. Kim E. Davis (USN,FLARNG) Director Alachua County Veteran Services From the Director 1 Welcome and So Long 2 Independence Day Celebrations 3 VA Commits $17 Million 4 Medicare Card Mailing Update 5 Veteran Fundraiser Success 6 Hidden Heroes 6 Outreach and Field Visits 7 Veteran Organizations 8 9 Upcoming Area Events and Items of Interest Inside this Issue


Welcome New Veteran Service Officer We would like to welcome a new member of the Alachua County Veteran Services Team. Mr. Keith Brandon is joining us from Duval County. Keith retired from U.S. Army in 2001 as a Sergeant First Class, Platoon Sergeant, where he served as an Infantryman. His Assignments included 2 nd Infantry Division (Korea) 25 th Infantry Division (Hawaii) 509 th Infantry (Airborne) Battalion and 3 rd Ranger (Airborne) Battalion Fort Benning Ga. Awards include: Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drill Instructor Badge and Recruiter Badge. positions. Just a few of those positions were Local Veterans Employment Representative, Transition Assistance Program Facilitator, Homeless Veterans Grant Manager, Incarcerated Veterans Outreach Coordinator, and now has been selected as the Senior Veteran Claims Counselor with Alachua County Veterans Services. So Long to our Veteran Service Officer Our Veteran Services family is changing again. Veteran Service Officer Gary Strickland has accepted a new Veteran position outside of Alachua County where he can serve the Veteran Community in a new capacity. We will miss him but are happy he has found a position closer to his home and where he can continue to serve the Veteran Community. So long to Gary and good luck in the new position!


The City of Alachua has a day of activities planned for the July 4th Celebration. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. Kidz Corner (Shuts down promptly at 7:00 p.m.) *27 ft. Blue Crush Water Slide*Twin Spin*30 ft. Hurricane Water Slide *Bounce Houses *Rock Climbing Wall *Power Jump *Basketball *Volleyball *Splashpark *Skatepark 1 p.m. 5 p.m. Indoor Activities *BINGO (11:00p.m. 4p.m.) *Wilma Rogers 4:00p.m. 7:00p.m. *Senior Cha Cha Chas 3 p.m. 10 p.m. Vendor Area Open 4 p.m. 9 p.m. Live Musical Entertainment 5:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Savants of Soul 6:30 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Aunt Jackie 8:00p.m. 9:10p.m. Friday Avenue 9:20 p.m. Patriotic Song performed by Antoinette Hunt 9:25 p.m. National Anthem performed by Colby Craig 9:30 p.m. Fireworks The University of Florida has a great celebration at Flavet Field, which is short for Florida Vet Field. Note with the retur n of World War II Veterans, the University of Florida struggled to provide housing the large number of new students planning to further their education under the then new G.I. Bill. To meet this need, the university purchased 100 military barracks from nearby Camp Bland and remodeled them as Flavets or Florida Veteran housing. This provided apartments for married students and barracks that served as residence halls for single students. The actual dwellings no longer exist, but the UF Band Shell now stands on this site. UF Fanfares and Fireworks* Flavet Field at the University of Florida 605 Woodlawn Drive Gainesville, FL July 3, 2018 6:00 p..m. Local and regional bands, music and more. 9:45 p.m. Fireworks FREE Micanopy July 4th Celebration Wednesday July 4th 2018 11:00 AM Parade at 11:00 am. Join us for ballpark fun from 5:30 7:30pm. Music, food, free Bounce House for the kids. Concession Stand will be open for Food and Drinks. Fireworks at Dusk Bring a Blanket and Chairs to Sit On. Don't forget the bug repellent. Website: Contact Name: Patty Polk Contact Phone: 352 466 3121 Contact Email: Category: Holiday Events Independence Day Celebrations Photographs by David Farmer (USAF Ret) A Simple Photography


Services address healing from physical, psychological and social effects of violence. WASHINGTON The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need. The funds will strengthen IPV Assistance Programs in VA facilities nationwide. into clinical care and workplace safety. Both are important to the safety of Veterans and VA employees who reIPV affects millions of Americans. The term "intimate partner violence" describes physical, sexual or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same sex couples. Awareness and identification of intimate partner violence among Veterans has increased. Research suggests Veterans may be at greater risk than their civilian counterparts, given the unique stressors posed by military life. tic approach involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. The ultimate goals are to end violence, prevent further violence and promote healthy relationships. The Veterans Health Administration launched the IPV Assistance Program in January 2014 and has since established IPV Assistance Program Coordinators at more than 115 VA facilities to offer assistance to Veterans, their partners and VA staff. Program Coordinators Veterans justice outreach and employee occupational health and assistance programs. The IPV program also offers intervention through VA and community partnerships that address housing, education and employment needs. This additional funding will allow VA to expand the program to all VA medical centers and build greater awareness of IPV as a serious health issue. Please share this information widely within your medical centers and also with your community partners. Sincerely, Laura Taylor, LSCSW National Director, Social Work Care Management, Chaplain, and Social Work (10P4C) Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20420 202 461 6083 email: VA Commits $17 Million to Expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program


New Medicare Card Mailing Update Wave 3 Begins, Wave 1 Ends Medicare Learning Network started mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 3 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. We continue to mail new cards to people who live in Wave 2 states and territories (Alaska, American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon), as well as nationwide to people who are new to Medicare. We finished mailing most cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 1 states: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. If someone with Medicare says they did not get a card: English or Spanish ). Or tell them to call 1 800 Medicare (1 800 633 4227). There might be something that needs to be corrected, such as updating their mailing address. All Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) secure portal Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) look up tools are ready for use. If you do not already have access, sign up the new Medicare card with the MBI to your patient, you can look up MBIs for your Medicare patients when they do not or cannot give them. If the tool indicates the card has not been mailed for your Medicare patient who lives in a geographic location where the card mailing is finished, tell your patient to call 1 800 Medicare (1 800 633 4227). To ensure people with Medicare continue to get health care services, continue to use the Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) through December 31, 2019 or until your patient brings in their new card with the new number. Check this website as the mailings progress. Continue to direct people with Medicare to for information about the mailings and to sign up to get email about the status of card mailings in their state. Information on the transition to the new Medicare Beneficiary identifier: New MBI Get It, Use It MLN Matters Article (Updated 6/25/18) Transition to New Medicare Numbers and Cards MLN Fact Sheet New Medicare Card information website


June 23rd, Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 hosted their annual Poker Run which involved more than 75 motorcycles who enjoyed a day of touring North Central Flori d a s t a r t i n g a t t h e G a i n e s v i l l e F l o r i d a H a r l e y D a v i d s o n T h i s g r o u p o f m o s t l y V e terans were accompanied by many other Veteran Riding groups and traveled to Putnam Hall, Keystone, Starke, Alachua and back to Gainesville. The event included food and prizes. Each post and business along the way welcomed the riders this awesome sight of Patriotic Americans bringing awareness to the POW MIA Mission to bring our heroes home. At each stop, the riders recorded each card they randomly drew and at the end of the ride, the best poker hand won the grand prize while others won raffled donated prizes. During this event, Veterans bonded with each other and enjoyed our beautiful area of the state that is greatly experienced while riding a m. This event was safe and successful. Alachua County is a Hidden Heroes County serving those who take care of our service members or veterans. Below is some information about the Hidden Heroes program. Alachua County Veteran Services provides resources to support and serve our Hidden Heroes who live among us. Hidden Heroes


In the Alachua County Veteran Service Office, Veteran Service Officers perform field visits to Veterans and their dependents in Alachua County. There are times when we are contacted by those who need us but who have limited mobility or the inability to come to our offices. We are happy to do what we can to provide assistance by going to them. When communicating with our office and you need us to come to you, make us aware of this need so we can schedule one of our staff to come and see you. Our Veteran Service Officers are also regularly outreaching to area Veteran Organizations and colleges to be available to Veterans in that area of the county. We can arrange to come to the High Springs Library and see veterans and their dependents. That location is an effort to be more accessible to rural locations. Feel free to contact us, we will do all we can to make arrangements to accommodate your needs. Phone: 352 264 6740 Or at our office at 218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641 Alachua County Veteran Services can come to you.


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