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VOL. 1/ISSUE 34 FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 35 cents PENDING PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID AT FT PIERCE, FL STUART For eight years, residents of Martin County have begun celebrating Independence Day on the last weekend in June. Thats when Ruby Lynn Baker has put on her tribute to the nation and those who serve it with a program called Celebration. This years event takes place June 28-30 at the Kane Center. Angel Broennimann is the producer of this years show and its a family affair as her mother, Ruby Lynn Baker, is in the direc tors chair. Broennimann talked about the show and why her family stages it each year. We call the weekend before July Fourth Celebration Weekend,she said. Celebration is a patriotic and military tribute. Its a tribute to our country, to veterans past. Its not only a tribute to our vets, but to those that keep us safe on the home front, including police, This is the second year the show is at the Kane Center. We wanted to have it here three years ago, but the theater wasnt ready yet, Broennimann said. Its a wonderful venue and the perfect place for us. The show is a two-hour event, with tributes in word and song. We play Americas favorite mu sic, like America the Beautiful and This Land is Your Land, the producer said. We have some scenes and skits and theres history. This year, the theme is We the People. There are a lot of historical quotes from people past and present. Theres a tribute to Harry Truman and a really cute scene between Harry and Bess history. Our second act is more of our military tribute. Its a tribute to our vets who fought to give us this great nation. The military tribute will include Ruby Lynn Baker (back to camera) leads a reto the United States and its service members. Kay Mazzella, Jan Loudy and the cast members who will perform at the Kane Center from June 28-30. Photo courtesy of Fourth of July starts early with Celebration Shelley KoppelSTAFF WRITERskoppel@YourVoiceW eekly.comSee CELEBRATION page 3 Providing weekly news, information and updates for veterans and their families. Call today to subscribe (772) 204-2409 or go to 4327


2 JUNE 28, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE County Veterans Service OfficersSt. Lucie County, Donna Carlsen Phone: (772) 337-5670 Fax: (772) 337-5678 veterans@stlucieco.orgDorothy J. Conrad Building(formerly the Walton Road Annex Bldg.) 1664 S.E. Walton Road, Suite 205 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 By appointmentMon., Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pmWed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Lucie County Community Services Bldg.(Corner of Avenue D and 7th Street) 437 N. Seventh St., Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Walk-ins Mon. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Brevard Veterans Services Office2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B, Suite 102, Viera, FL 32940 Office: (321) 633-2012 Fax: (321) 637-5432 Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed. and Fri, 8 a.m.-noon Manager: Glenn McGuffieIndian River CountyJoel Herman Vero Beach 2525 St. Lucie Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Ph: (772) 226-1499 Fax: (772) 770-5038Sebastian Square 11602 U.S. 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 Ph: (772) 589-6597 Fax: (772) 581-4988Martin CountyTony Reese, Veterans Service Office Supervisor Nick Ciotti, Veterans Service Officer (772) 288-5448Veterans Services OfficeMartin County Community Services 435 S.E. Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994 Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.VA Life Insurance Ctr., Phil., PA 1-800-669-8477 VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000 VA Medical Ctr, W. Palm Beach 1-800-972-8262 Pharmacy, VA Medical Center 1-800-317-8387 Military Retired Pay Activities, Cleveland, OH (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force ONLY) 1-800-321-1080 Military Retired Pay Activities, Topeka, KS (Coast Guard ONLY) 1-800-772-8724 Survivor Benefits (SBP), Denver, CO 1-800-435-3396 Stuart VA Clinic (772) 288-0304 Okeechobee CountyVeterans Services office (863) 763-6441, Ext 5. Fax: (863) 763-0118.Orlando VA Medical Cente5201 Raymond St., Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 629-1599 or (800) 922-7521Telephone Care(407) 599-1404 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (800) 645-6895 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon Fri (321) 637-3625 Viera patients8 a.m. 4 p.m. Mon. Fri. (877) 741-3400 Weekends, holidays, evenings and nightsWest Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affair s Medical Center7305 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 (561) 422-8262 or (800) 972-8262 Telephone Care(561) 422-6838 (866) 383-9036 Open 24 hours 7 daysViera VA Outpatient Clinic2900 Veterans Way, Viera, FL 32940 Phone: (321) 637-3788 1 (877) 878-8387 Mon. Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.St Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Outpatient Program 126 S.W. Chamber Court, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 878-7876Fort Pierce Community Based Outpatient Clinic727 North U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Phone: (772) 595-5150 Fax: (772) 595-6560St Lucie Community Based Outpatient Clinic128 S.W. Chamber Court, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986 Phone: (772) 344-9288Stuart Community Based Outpatient Clinic 3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34997 Phone: (772) 288-0304 Fax: (772) 288-1371Vero Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic372 17th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Phone: (772) 299-4623 Fax: (772) 299-4632IMPORTANT N UMBERS ... Veteran Voice is a weekly publication designed to provide information to and about veterans to veterans and to the broader community. Veterans are an integral part of their Florida communities, which currently have individual organizations of their own, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and many other groups with a narrow focus, but no convenient way to connect to a wider population of veterans and to the community in general within a limited geographic area, their community. The mission of Veteran Voice is to publish a weekly source of information that will provide, in one place, a listing of resources available to veterans, articles about changes in policies or organizations affecting veterans and events of interest to veterans as well as articles about veterans of interest to the general public. Veteran Voice LLC is organized as a partnership of experienced newspaper executives with an interest in veterans and in the communities of Florida veterans and friends. Veteran Voice is a start-up intended to address a perceived lack of information readily available to veterans on programs and policies affecting them and objective reporting of veteran affairs to the public. To our knowledge, and based on comments from lead ers of local veterans organizations, there was no media or website currently meeting this need until the launch of Veteran Voice. We hope you agree, and will support this publica tion with your subscription. Without subscriptions there will be a limited number of people we can help, without which this mission will not be realized. As part of our commitment to supporting local veteran communities, our readers and subscribers. Please let us know what you think by emailing or mailing your comments to us at 1919 S.W. South Macedo Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34984.OUR MISSION STATEMENTAND OUR OBJECTIVE4324 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 28, 2013 3 a USO-style show with a trio reminiscent of the Andrews Sis ters. There will also be a tribute to Martha Raye, who made many trips overseas to entertain the troops. Theres a military tribute to all branches and we bring in local veterans groups, Broennimann said. They participate on stage. We do our own renditions of the songs of the different services. The performances have attracted attention outside of Martin County. Dignitaries including the have sent letters of appreciation and been invited each year. Last year, the governor was close to coming, Broenniman said. It was exciting that he was thinking about it. his attendance. In addition to celebrating the country, the performances have another purpose. They help to raise money and awareness for Honor Flight, the organization that takes veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the WW II Me morial. A portion of the proceeds after we pay for expenses goes to Honor Flight, Broennimann said. Honor Flight will have a display and theres a video we play before the show. Its on my bucket list to be an escort. My grandfather went years ago and he said it was one of the best experiences of his life. Theres not a lot (of WWII vets) left and we dont have a lot of time to get them all there. In addition to Honor Flight, the Road to Victory Museum will be there. They will be accepting do nations and will have a display of military vehicles outside the Kane Center. Celebration is one of two shows put on by Ruby Lynn Produc tions. The other is a Christmas show. All of the proceeds of that show go to local childrens chari ties to buy Christmas presents. Everything is philanthropic, Broennimann said. Its not for us, but for others, the only way we know, through music. I know Im doing something worthwhile when I can look in the eyes of a grown man and see tears. Its amazing. Celebration 2013 will be present ed at the Kane Center, 900 S.E. Salerno Road, Stuart, June 28-30. Performances are June 28-29 at 8 p.m. and June 29-30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. They may be purchased online at www.ruby There is a link to purchase tickets by credit card. For more information, call (772) 834-0770 or (772) 223-7800. CELEBRATION from page 1 City to honor Independence Day with a bang PORT ST. LUCIE For more than 20 years, city residents have gathered to remember history, give thanks to todays Nicole RodriguezSTAFF WRITERnrodriguez@YourVoiceW eekly.comSee BANG page 7 Indian River Colony Club Indian River Colony Club Indian River Colony Club offers a unique and intimate setting for your event within our newly renovated Colony Hall. This venue features top quality dining, a chapel, a private bridal room, state of the art lighting and sound system, elaborate chandeliers, dance oor and much more! Call today for a tour! Robbie: 321-255-6050www.IndianRiverColonyClub.comI n dian Riv e r C o l ony Club 1936 F r eed o m D riv e V i e ra ( M e l bourn e), FL 32940(321) 255-6050Planning a Wedding, Bar Mitzvah or other large event? Bring your party or corporate meeting to Colony Hall! Seats up to 300 guests. Colony Hall 4341


4 JUNE 28, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Phil Galdys Tammy Raits Managing Editor Andrew McIntyre Debbi Denning Kelly Delprete Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Graphic Designer Donna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY $18 YEAR (52 weeks) (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, Veteran Voice, 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984 e Voice of Experience Area soldier dies in Operation Enduring Freedom Sgt. Justin R. Johnson Sr., Hobe Sound, died in a mortar attack on Bagram Air Base, Af ghanistan, on Tuesday, June 18. The 25-year-old graduated from Martin Countys South Fork High School in 2006. He was serving in the 359th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustaining Brigade, which deployed to Bagram in Sgt. Justin R. Johnson Sr., 25, of Hobe Sound, was a mission commander for the Night-Riders Convoy Escort Team in northern Afghanistan Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comJanuary. His entire career, besides ba sic, was at Fort Eustis, a JointBase Langley-Eustis spokeswoman said. There is going to be a memorial service. Thatll probably be in mid-July. She said Johnson was famed for his gregarious nature, and that he was very popular at the base. Johnsons Facebook page shows a man who was proud of his 4-year-old son, Justin Johnson Jr. He also enjoyed motorcy cles, comedy and music. His posts show a man who enjoyed lifes broad offerings, and had a profound depth of thought and feeling. On May 20, he wrote, Some times I sit back and I wonder. Am I where I should be in life? Have I lived up to my full poten tial up to this point? Am I the man and the father and son and companion I should be? But a wise man told me one day that Its not where you begin its were you end. End Gain. So all I can do is try to improve day by day End Gain!!! On May 14, he spoke about being a father. years ago 2day. I had a lot of different feelings going on, he wrote. Scared, happy, anxious, excited, relieved, I didnt want 2 fail. I didnt know what I had ahead of me. All I know is I was trying my hardest 2 make sure I was successful @ the task ahead. He went on to address his son. I want u 2 b proud 2 say Thats my Daddy. My right hand man Justin Rasard Johnson Jr (I call u June Bugg) my son. Hap py b-day my man. I wish could b there, but this is the hand we where dealt some we gonna play. Johnson joined the Army in July, shortly after graduating high school, in 2006. He complet ed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He did his advance individu al training at Eustis. Army records say Johnson was a Mission Commander for the Night-Riders Convoy Escort Team in northern Afghanistan. Johnson was also a combat veteran of operations Iraqi Freedom and United Front in Iraq, 20082010. He was awarded and decorat ed with: the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement medals with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal with one knot, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Ser vice Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Ribbon, the NATO ISAF Medal and the Drivers/Mechanics Badge. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Palm Beach Gardens, entered comments about Johnson into the See JOHNSON page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 28, 2013 5 Congressional Record on June 20, after the Department of De fense released its public death notice. As we remember Sgt. Johnson here today, let us also pay trib military families who support our brave men and women in uniform, all the while knowing that their loved ones may not return home. Sgt. Johnson leaves behind his mother, Sonia Randolph, and a four-year-old son, Justin Johnson, Jr. Even faced with the loss of her son, Ms. Randolph remarked that she is blessed that he was happy and willing to do what he needed to do for his country. This strength and dedication speaks volumes to the man that Sgt. Johnson was a true American hero. Andrew Connolly, assistant principal of South Fork, said the school was already planning to uments recognizing the military branches when Johnson was killed. Weve got some things in the works, he said. We have a very strong Army (Junior Reserve Of to recognize Sgt. Johnson while were at it. He said community suggestions were welcomed. Three other soldiers died along side Johnson in the attack. They were: Spc. Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C.; Spc. Rob ert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash.; and Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson, Texas. All were assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. The family was traveling to receive Johnsons body at press time and hadnt yet announced funeral arrangements. JOHNSON from page 4You Do Not Have To Be Alone! Sunshine State SENIOR SERVICES INC.Serving Palm Beach. Martin & St. Lucie Counties Since 1998 772-219-0192 4286 Licensed, Bonded & Insured FL State Lic.# HCS227642 FREE IN HOME CONSULTATION ASK ABOUT OUR! VETERANS DISCOUNTS! We treat you like family! Quality Home Care at an Affordable Rate Pharmacy Visiting Family and Friends Social outings and gatherings and moreOur Caregivers


6 JUNE 28, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Stuart getting star-spangled on ThursdaySTUART Theres plenty of patriotic fun to be had on Inde pendence Day at Star Spangled Stuart. Itll be Martin Countys Events kick off at 7 a.m. with a good, old-fashioned soapbox derby. Mark Brechbill, board member of Star Spangled Stuart, said the race is sanctioned by the All-American Soap Box Derby Association. The two winners from this event will go to Akron (Ohio) for the nationals, he said. The International Soap Box Der by will be July 21 to 27. Star Spangled Stuart will climax starting at 9 p.m. Brechbill said. Creative Fire works is doing the performance. Theyve been doing it since the 50s. Theyve been doing it here in Stuart for a long, long time. He said Creative Fireworks has 10and 12-inch shells in its in ventory, and its not afraid to use them. way down to the river, Brechbill said. a barge on the St. Lucie River. Folks gathered at Flagler Parks Riverwalk will get an impressive show complete with soundtrack over loudspeakers. But those gathered on boats to watch the show will be able to listen, too. WSTU 1450 AM will interrupt its regular broadcast to play the Between the soapbox derby and stages, the Riverwalk and Southern Eagle stages. Acts lined up at press time are Ben Prestage, Brooke Eden, the Stuart Community Band and Journey tribute band Never Stop Believing. Addi tional acts may show. Eden plays a fusion of country, rock and blues. The Stuart Community Band will play patriotic cult time describing the music of Ben Prestage. New Orleans-style bluegrass was what he came up with. Hes unique, Brechbill said. Hes local and has a following. Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee SPANGLED page 7 of Traditional Old Fashion Haircuts 772-600-5094 4277 1060 SW Martin Downs Blvd. Palm City $200OFFAny Service EXP 7/5/13 772-220-2487 7862 S.W. Ellipse Way Stuart, Florida 34997License# CAC1816853 www.sharkeyair.com4280 MaintenanceDiagnostic Fee $ 29 $ 49 $ 300 OFF Is your Air Conditioner Ready for the First Day of Summer?NEW UNITSExpires 7/31/13 New Residential CustomersMonday Friday Excludes service after 4:30 pmExpires 7/31/13New Residential CustomersMonday Friday Excludes service after 4:30 pmExpires 7/31/13 We support Mollys House


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 28, 2013 7 celebrate the nations independence, declared on July 4, 1776. In keeping with its patriotic customs, the city will host Free domfest on July 4 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The fami ly-friendly tradition is one of the citys biggest, one time attracting a whopping 10,000, city council members said. Freedomfest is the culmina tion of all of our best holidays and it is a community event, Councilwoman Michelle Berger said. There is no bigger event in Port St. Lucie, I dont think, than Freedomfest ... People are out in droves. The free event, which includes free parking, takes more than eight months to plan and costs less than $10,000 to pull off. Last year, a band provided the events live music. This year, its one big dance party from 7:30-10 p.m., a city representative said. New food eating contests have also been added for aspiring competitive eaters just waiting for his or her big break on Travel Channel. We do it every year and it gets bigger and better every year, Mayor JoAnn Faiella said. Were pretty excited to have it again this year. A staple of the event is the ends the night. The show is set to last 30 minutes long. none, Vice Mayor Linda Bartz said. It really is a great, great day. Fanfare aside, Bartz said the Americas independence, Constitution and troops who keep the nation free. We all have a chance on July 4 to go out there and say, We are free, We thank you because we know freedom is not free, Bartz said, referring to honoring our nations veterans. The Martin Health System Village Square and the Port St. Lucie Civic Center are on the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Walton Road. Call (772) 807-4499 for more information. Freedomfest begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. and an expanded food menu, the Freedomfest VIP party will feature a buffet (including pulled pork, chicken quarters or strips, hot at 6:30 p.m. on the back patio of the Civic Center. Tickets are on sale now for the VIP Party at a cost of $25 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 12 years old. Chil dren 2 and younger are admitted free.BANG from page 3around Flagler Park, 201 S.W. Flagler Ave., at 2 p.m. The Road to Victory Military Museum, 319 Stypmann Ave., Stuart, will be on hand with military vehicles of different eras. The family-friendly event also features pony rides, face painting and bounce hous es for the little ones, food and venders for everyone, and beer for adults. Theres no charge for admission. However, VIP ticket packages are available at the Lyric Theatre 7827. Additionally, Brechbill said donations will be requested at the gates. Bechbill said. Stuart Main Street was close to I asked the board if theyd allow me to try to spearhead the effort, Bechbill said. We formed Star corporation. Any contributions anyone makes at the gates or anywhere else is all tax-deduct ible. Star Spangled Stuart set out to who could afford to commit to $2,500-a-year donations. The Day events, which draw about 30,000, cost around $30,000 to $40,000 a year. Star Spangled Stuart has 18 and is seeking at least two more. For information, call (772) 2862848. SPANGLED from page 6 TRADITION GREEN MARKET AT THE L A NDING AT TRA DIT IONON SUND A Y S LIST ED 10 A .M. T O 3 P.M. MAY May 5 May 12 May 19 JUNE June 2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 AUGUST August 4 August 11 August 18 August 25 SEPTEMBER September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 OCTOBER October 6 October 13 October 20 October 27 NOVEMBER November 3 November 10 November 17 DECEMBER December 1 Event subject to change without notice.Property managed by Inland Diversied Real Estate Services LLCThe Inland name and logo are registered trademarks being used under license. 10824 SW Village Parkway Port St. Lucie, FL 34987WWW.S HOP ATT R A DIT IONS .COM 4332


8 JUNE 28, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Lt. Bobby Carbonell takes job as Florida Department of Veterans Affairs new legislative director Lt. Bobby Carbonell has report ed for duty. Hes the Florida De partment of Veterans Affairs new director of legislative and cabinet affairs. The 30-year-old member of the Florida Air National Guards 125th Fighter Wing is taking on the job after Jim Brodies retirement. I worked for the (Florida) De partment of Military Affairs, Car bonell said. Ive always worked closely with the FDVA. The state veterans department works with the federal Depart ment of Veterans Affairs, but is a separate organization. Carbonell was born in New Jer sey, and raised in Gulf Breeze. He joined the Florida Army National Guard in 2000. His unit headed to the Middle East in December, 2002, for Operation Iraqi Free dom. I was part of the initial invasion and stabilization force, he said. Carbonell was in Iraq for about two years. He returned stateside in February 2004, and headed to Florida State University to study international affairs. He got a degree in 2007, and went to work for the state as a clerk at the Florida Senate. By 2004, he took post as the deputy legislative director for the department of military affairs. In 2010, he was commissioned in the Air National Guard. Carbonell said that an important part of his new job will be public awareness. I just want to keep the focus, he said. As (Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan) winds down over the next few years, veterans stories wont be in the forefront. As the red, white and blue homecoming picnic banners are put away, he said many veterans will soon start realizing they need help. We need to take care of the re turning veterans now for the next 10, 15 years, Carbonell said. A lot of them dont know they need help yet. Some wont for years. Carbonell aims to keep the states veterans informed about the importance of enrolling in the VA medical system. Only 49 percent of veterans are in the system at all, Carbonell said. You may not need a disability rating, but may need some medical care. In a May interview, Steve Mur ray, communications director at the FDVA, said that there are about 1.6 million veterans in the state. is 2011 data, is that there were 669,205 veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system, he said. Surely therere more today. The state department has about 100 veterans claims examiners, cers, who help veterans navigate the federal VA when applying for ties around the state. The Florida Legislature just approved adding 13 new ones in its $74.5 billion 2013-2014 budget. Theres another important reason for veterans to enroll in the VA, even if theyre unlikely to use any of its services soon. The Veterans Health Administration is split among 23 Veterans Inte grated Service Network regions. Each gets a share of the federal funding based on several factors, including the populations of vet erans enrolled in their healthcare Carbonell Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee CARBONELL page 11 $25..Before Noon$20.....After Noon$15.......After 4 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax) JOIN US FOR FUNSUMMER LEAGU ESF riday morning, 7:30am Sunday Skins, 7am Call 465-8110 for Details1600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee TimeF rom US1, turn East on Ohio A ve., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES4340 772-465-8110 4349


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 28, 2013 9 Operation Care For Heroes will War Dogs Association the Square Grouper Tiki Bar and Castaways Marina at 1111 Love St., Tequesta on Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 11:30 a.m. Admission to the Dog Wash for Heroes event is $10 per dog and $10 per human. The Dog Wash for Heroes is the only day of the year dogs are wel come at Square Grouper, which offers a perfect tropical setting and beautiful views of the Intra coastal Waterway and Jupiter Lighthouse. Adventurous dogs can swim and fetch balls in the water at the Square Grouper beach with their owners at this truly unique ex perience! All dogs will be treated to a hand wash and towel dry off treat and a handmade bandana of their choice. The cost of admission includes the dog swim at the Square Grouper Beach, dog wash, bandana, and a drink coupon for the human, and lots of water bowls for the dogs. All guests are also asked to bring a sturdy dog toy, such as a Kong toy, as a donation. The event will raise funds in support of U.S. military canines and their handlers through Operation Care for Heroes association with U.S. War Dogs Association. Proceeds will purchase supplies and postage to send care package items to canines and the handlers currently serving in Afghanistan. For the safety of all participants at the Dog Wash for Heroes, par ticipants are required to have one dog per handler, sturdy leashes (no retractable leashes), and col lars with ID and tags are required for all dogs. Also, dogs must be at least 4 months old, no females in heat, and no aggressive dogs. All dogs must leave the Square Grouper by 11:30 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available and volunteers are needed. For additional information on this event, please email, call Lynne Gibbons, event coordinator at (561) 512-9874 or visit OperationCareForHeroes/Facebook. The Square Grouper Tiki Bar and Castaways Marina and owner Jim Burg are generously supporting this important event for our military canines. The Square Grouper and Castaways Marina hosts numerous fundraisers each tions and has helped raise more than $500,000 for charity. Operation Care For Heroes is a volunteer organization collecting donations and raising funds for postage to send care packages to our troops, including military canines and their handlers, stationed in Afghanistan. The group raises money for box postage by asking for donations for homemade cookies at the Soldiers Cookie Shack at various venues throughout Jupiter and Tequesta. Each box shipped to an APO in Afghanistan costs $14.85 the community. The group has shipped 1,375 boxes since 2008 through the support of the Jupiter/Tequesta community. 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10 JUNE 28, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE VA starts campaign to raise PTSD awarenessWASHINGTON In observance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD invites the public to participate in its Take the Step campaign. Every day of the year, we should focus on assisting those who have served our Nation, said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. In June, during PTSD awareness month, we take special care to help Veterans with PTSD. VA is a leader in provid ing state-of-the-art, high-quality mental health care that improves and saves veterans lives. PTSD treatment can help and there is hope for recovery for veterans who need mental health services. Throughout the month, online at the campaign has highlighted different topics so visitors can Take the Step to: know more about PTSD; challenge their beliefs; explore the treatment options available; and reach out to make a difference. VA provides effective PTSD treat ment for veterans and conducts extensive research on PTSD, including prevention of stress disorders. Veterans are encouraged to use VAs PTSD resources so they are able to recognize symptoms and seek help if the need arises. VA also encourages veterans to share what they learn with someone they know to build awareness and support systems. Following exposure to trauma, most people experience stress reactions but many do not develop PTSD. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others do not. However, if stress reactions do not improve over time and they disrupt everyday life, VA encourages veterans to seek help to de termine if PTSD may be a factor. Many barriers keep people with PTSD from seeking the help they need, said Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of VAs National Center for PTSD. Knowledge and awareness, however, are key to overcoming these barriers. For those living with PTSD, knowing there are treatments that work, for exam ple, can lead them to seek needed care. Greater public awareness of PTSD can help reduce the stigma of this mental health problem and overcome negative stereotypes that may keep many people from pursuing treatment. PTSD Awareness Month Highlights: The purpose of PTSD Awareness Month is to raise public awareness of PTSD and its effec tive treatments so that everyone can help people affected by PTSD. Throughout June explore weekly features at www.ptsd. Ten Steps to Raise PTSD Awareness provides links to materials that foster greater understanding of trauma, PTSD and treatment. It offers practical suggestions for the public to raise PTSD awareness in their own community. For continued involvement, please sign up for the PTSD Monthly Update. Stay up on new information about PTSD and trauma year round. On June 3, VA announced it had hired a total of 1,607 mental health clinical providers to meet the goal of 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in the Presidents Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order. Additionally, VA had hired 2,005 mental health vacancies, as well as 318 new peer specialists towards the spe by Dec. 31, 2013 as outlined in the Executive Order. Throughout the summer, VA will hold mental health summits at each of its 152 medical centers across the nation to establish and enhance positive working relationships with their community partners. The summits will help encourage community engagement in order to better address and understand the broad mental health care needs of veterans and FOR VETERAN VOICE See PTSD page 11 CLUES ACROSS 1. Minute amount (Scott) 5. Insolent talk 9. Unable to 11. Scoundrels 13. Wizard of __ 14. Murres 16. Malmsey wine 17. Sunday prior to Easter 20. Passage with only one access 21. Large woody perennial 22. Paddles 23. A small demon 24. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JUNE 28, 2013 11 systems. Florida has VISN 8, the Sunshine Healthcare Network, almost to itself. Its one of only four states with a million or more veterans. Additionally, VISN 16, the South Central VA Health Care Network, serves part of the Panhandle. Thats something else Carbonell said hed like to address, if possi ble, in his new position. Getting all of Floridas veterans into one VISN. It would make it easier for FDVA to interface with the feder al VA, he said. It would make it simpler for the veterans not to have to deal with two VA regions. However, he said if getting Flor ida into one VISN proves to be pushing a stone uphill, there are many other priorities to deal with, such as the increasing percentage of women veterans. We are going to have a lot more women combat veterans, he said. Carbonell said he welcomes ideas and suggestions from veterans as he starts his new job. To contact him, email carboneller@ Im here to help make sure the veterans are taken care of in this state and the state helps anyway it can, he said. Im here to be their voice to the state legislature and cabinet. His wife, Jaime, and he are ex ter, in September. CARBONELL from page 8 their families. For more information about PTSD, professionals and the public can go to The National Center for PTSD Web site at The site offers resources such as: PTSD Coach mobile app, this award-winning app provides symptom-management strategies and its always with you when you need it. Continuing education opportunities for providers, including PTSD 101 courses, on the best practices in PTSD treatment (CEs/CMEs offered). AboutFace: An online video gallery of Veterans talking about PTSD and how treatment can turn your life around.PTSD from page 10 4321 MISCELLANEOUS AT&T U-Verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (Select plans). 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