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VOL. 2/ISSUE 7 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013 35 cents The year is heading to the his tory books with a pocketful of developments for veterans. Some were good, others not. The Florida Veterans Hall of Fame Brevard Countys John Cleland was in good company on Nov. 12. Hes among six who were induct ed into the inaugural class of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame. Governor Rick Scott inducted the six at the Cabinet Room of the State Capitol. In addition to Cleland, inductees are Sam Gibbons, Tampa, John Haynes, Monticello, Robert Milligan, Tal lahassee, Jeanne Rubin, Sunrise, and Robert Silah, Tampa. The Veterans Hall of Fame 2013 had good and bad for veterans Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Living colorSee YEAR page 3 7705 in his disclosures?Send your thoughts


2 DECEMBER 20, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE County Veterans Service OfficersSt. Lucie County, Wayne Teegardin Phone: (772) 337-5670 Fax: (772) 337-5678 veterans@stlucieco.orgDorothy J. Conrad Building(formerly the Walton Road Annex Bldg.) 1664 S.E. Walton Road, Suite 205 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 By appointmentMon., Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pmWed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Lucie County Community Services Bldg.(Corner of Avenue D and 7th Street) 437 N. Seventh St., Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Walk-ins Mon. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Brevard Veterans Services Office2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B, Suite 102, Viera, FL 32940 Office: (321) 633-2012 Fax: (321) 637-5432 Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed. and Fri, 8 a.m.-noon Manager: Glenn McGuffieIndian River CountyJoel Herman Vero Beach 2525 St. Lucie Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 Ph: (772) 226-1499 Fax: (772) 770-5038Sebastian Square 11602 U.S. 1, Sebastian, FL 32958 Ph: (772) 589-6597 Fax: (772) 581-4988Martin CountyTony Reese, Veterans Service Office 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, 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 OBJECTIVE7706 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 20, 2013 3 December last year. Dr. James Harrell, who lives in Stuart, is among the councils seven members. His wife, Gayle Harrell, is the Florida Representative who introduced the legislation that created the hall. She represents parts of Martin and St. Lucie counties. Harrell was appointed to the council by Jeff Atwater, This is for people who were in the military who did something outstanding for the state of Flor ida, Harrell said in a Veteran Voice interview earlier this year. Its a way to honor people (for civilian accomplishments). There are an awful lot of people who come back and are very successful in medicine, or business, politics. Cleland moved to Melbourne back in 1982, and joined the which was later renamed Military MOAA. The 88-year-old is active helping the Florida Institute of Technologys Army ROTC program. He helped establish its Distinguished Lecturer Series. Every year up to 20 veterans will be inaugurated into the hall. Theyre names will be displayed at the State Capitol into perpe contribute to the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame through the Flori da Veterans Foundation, a notthrough the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more about the Hall of Fame, including nomination criteria, visit Community Blueprint Brevard County and its neighbor to the south, Indian River Coun ty, became Blueprint Communi ties. Earlier this year, the Military Cape Canaveral chapter, MOAA, started work to establish a countywide Community Blueprint to help returning service mem bers in Brevard re-enter civilian life. The Veterans Council of Indian River County started work on its Blueprint around the same time. The Cape Canaveral MOAA got help from an unexpected place: the Community Foundation for Brevard, a philanthropic facil dation and MOAA chapter hired Air Force veteran Carole Wil liams-Hayes to be the coordinator of Community Blueprint Brevard County. Williams-Hayes will soon be paid through a fellowship from The Mission Continues. That nacial fellowships to post-Sept. 11 veterans involved in community services. In Indian River, the countys veterans council opted to hire Bernadette Rednour to serve as its director of veterans outreach committee and facilitate the local Community Blueprint. Shes mar ried to combat-wounded veteran, James Rednour. He served in the Army from 2000 until medical retirement in 2007. He was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq that left him with the current wars brain injury. The council believed it gave Rednour unusual insights on the needs returning veterans have. Rednour started the job on June 1. Community Blueprint is a Points of Light Institute initiative start ed last year. Mike Monroe, vice president of military initiatives at the institute, said the Com munity Blueprint was born in launched on Nov. 9, last year. About three years ago, there was an off-site retreat (at the White Oak Plantation near Yulee) he said in a 2012 Veteran Voice together to discuss community needs and action plans. One of to help communities help veter ans would help the communities. To become a Blueprint commu have to complete a needs assessment and survey, then submit an agreement to implement solutions to at least two issues within a year. When done, the institute can provide volunteer help from the Veterans Leaders Corps, which operates through AmeriCorps. Nationally, the Military Of been one of the leading agencies for establishing Blueprint Com munities. For more national information about the Community Blueprint military-initiatives, or chapter is at about the Indian River Community nity-blueprint. Government shutdown Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veter ans Affairs, has a reputation for calling as he sees it. He softened no words to the House Commit tee on Veterans Affairs, which is chaired by Republican Jeff Miller, who represents Floridas 1st Dis trict, western Panhandle. The former Army general said D-Day was coming for a lot of vet erans and family members who depend on pensions, disability compensation and other benethe president sign a continuing resolution or budget to fully fund the federal government to end the partial federal government black out that started on Oct. 1. On 1 November, I will not be -YEAR from page 1 See YEAR page 6 7754


4 DECEMBER 20, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Kelly Delprete Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Phil Galdys Donna Marinak SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience Veterans, students, deputies assist with laying wreaths at cemeteries in White City, elsewhere Saturday Retired Air Force Staff Sergeant Diane Almodovar has put together the Wreaths Across America at the White City Cemetery for the past three years. Dave Deaf Dave Slaght has been the coordinator for the motorcycle escort for the truck carrying the wreaths. Thursday about 35 motorcycles escorted the truck from the Fly ing J truck stop to the cemetery. There were many groups represented including, The Marine Corps League, Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Jr. R.O.T.C. from Treasure Coast and Fort Pierce Westwood High Schools, Disabled American Veterans of Port St Lucie, AMVETS Riders Post 92, Jensen Beach; American Legion Riders Post 318 Port St Lucie and Post 399 Palm City; Blue Knights Motorcycle Club; Leathernecks Motorcycle Club; VFWs, American Legions, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Two American Gold Star Moth ers, Linda Shuman and Fran Afghanistan and Iraq were in attendance. PROGRAM Moment of Silence: Master Sgt. Roy Brewer, Vietnam veteran, USAF, Retired Opening Prayer: Chaplain Thompson, St. Lucie County Presentation of Colors: Treasure Coast High School AF Jr. ROTC Pledge of Allegiance: Master Sgt. Roy Brewer, Vietnam veteran, USAF Retired National Anthem: Alicia Almodovar and Michelle Lucey Opening remarks: Master Sgt. Roy Brewer, Vietnam veteran, USAF, Retired Laying of the Wreaths: U.S. Armed Forces representatives Armed Forces Hymns: Bill Kane Accordionist Intro of Guest Speakers: Rich Vassar, Vietnam veteran, U.S. Army, Special Forces guest speaker: Lt. Col. Scott Caldwell, U.S. Army retired Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN graves. Photo courtesy of Frank Maitlland Closing Remarks: SSgt. Diane Almodovar, USAF, retired Closing Prayer: Chaplain Thompson, St. Lucie County 21 Gun Salute: Marine Corps Taps: Jack McCarthy, American Legion Post 318 Honor Guard Nathaniel Jenkins, VFW Post 10554 I would like to thank Mike Gia rraffa for his hard work and ded ication all year long. Also I would like to thank Stephanie Giarraffa for her support all year long, Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Diane Almodovar. Thank you to Dave Slaght for making all the arrange ments for the wreath escort. Also I would like to thank everyone that took part in the escort and the unloading of the wreaths once we arrived at the cemetery. I would like to thank South eastern Military Academy and Boy Scout Troop 420 for all their help. If it were not for these peo ple this program would not be such a success today: Am Vets 92 AmVets Riders Post 26 American Legion Post 40 American Legion Post 355 Cora Stickney Harper Chapter DAR Knights of Columbus Council 13042 Our Lady of Fatima Assembly 3090 Buddys Holiday Mobility Southern Eagle Wal-Mart Transportation Also, thanks to all the individu als that have sponsored wreaths for their loved ones and the do Photo courtesy of Frank MaitlandSee WREATHS page 5


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 20, 2013 5 nations received so we were able to purchase all of the wreaths for the White City Cemetery. Thank you to Mr. Bill Kane, Accordionist, Michelle Lucey and Alicia Almodovar for providing the beautiful music that accompanied this ceremony. Finally, thank you to all men and women who are serving and have served. Guard. Photo courtesy of Frank Maitland Shuman. Photo courtesy of Frank MaitlandWREATHS from page 4 7736


6 DECEMBER 20, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE pecting these checks, Shinseki said at a hastily called committee meeting on Oct. 9. Shinseki told the committee the VBA, was quickly running out of money from its mandatory-spend ing accounts. He said nationally surviving spouse and children usually get more than $6 billion a month in pensions, disability the VBA. As that account has demands written against it, it is exhaust ed before the end of (October) at some point, he said. Shinseki added, Before the end of the month, the account will not sup port claims in November. The Florida Department of Veter ans Affairs reports that Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties have nearly 121,500 veterans among them collectively receiving about $431 million a year in pensions, doesnt include the federal dollars VA programs such as medical facilities. What was never at any risk for shutting down until next October was the Veterans Health Admin istration, VHA. Thats because the VA health care system receives advance appropriations from Congress. Thats because of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. It created advanced appropriations for the VHA. Ray Kelley, national legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said the VHAs advance appropriations is more than a big IOU. VA has money in the bank, Kelly said in a phone interview. That advance appropriation carved off some money and put it in the bank. But that money was only for veterans health care. There have been moves in Congress in recent years to create advance appropriations for the entire VA to protect it from temporary budget battles, such as the partial government shutdown. Airshows grounded After an airshow dearth the Blue Angels announce that theyre coming to town in 2014. Their schedule starts in January, Marty Zickert, president of the Veterans Council of Indian River County, said. Were on the list and unless something major comes up, theyll be here. Here being the second revived Vero Beach Air Show, May 10 vived Vero airshow was in early October. The veterans council is YEAR from page 3 See YEAR page 7 Gift ON SALE N O W Give the gift of Live Theatre this holiday season.Gift certificates can be used for shows at Riverside Theatre, Waxlax Stage including Comedy Zone, The Children's Theatre, and tuition for children's acting, singing and dance classes. Gift certificates may not be used for Distinguished Lecturer Series, Special Events, or at the Orchid Lobby Bar& Boutique.$100 GIVEAWAYWhen you purchase a gift certificate for $25 or more between November 17 and December 31, 2013, you will automatically be eligible to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Riverside Theatre. One winner will be drawn at random, notified and posted on our website the week of January 6th 2014. Official giveaway rules available online at: 7750 7751 492 NW Concourse Pl., St. Lucie West O N.W. Enterprised Dr. (In St. Lucie Shooting Center) 772-618-5177 Shooters Choice Guns Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from SALE Price$292.94While Supply last expires 1-3-14 KIMBER SOLOMOSSBER G 500 PERSUADER SHOTGUN $815 Regular Price UPC: 0669278390017 o YVN YVN SMITH & WESSONYVNBODYGUAR D .380$379SALE PRICE$419 Regular Price UPC: 022188093803 free Hour on range with every gun purchase MON-FRI 9AM-9PM $699SALE price $355 Regular PriceUPC: 015813505215


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 20, 2013 7 airshow that had laid dormant for almost 20 years. The Navy Flight Demonstra tion Squadron had to cancel its ground-rattling shows for the 2013 season, as did the Air Forces Thunderbirds. That left only the Royal Canadian Air Forces Snowbirds lending any of their American shows. None were in Florida. The federal bud get sequestration grounded the in April. The Thunderbirds and Blue An gels are the airshow rock stars. Without them, tickets just dont usually sell nearly as well, and that often costs veterans organi Lilley, B. Lilley Productions, said shows rather than go the 2013 teams to draw ticket buyers. For example, the Cocoa Beach Air & Space Show was canceled when it became increasingly clear Thunderbirds werent going to get back to the airshow circuit this year. The Thunderbirds was the headlining act for the Cocoa Beach show. It turned out that the teams last appearance of the season was the Warbird Museums Titusville show. The Pentagon estimates that various public functions of the military, such as bands and the events in 2013. The Thunderbirds are at Paychecks for Patriots On a positive note, Florida vet jobs. Workforce Solutions of the Trea sure Coast aimed to get at least 30 veterans employed in Novem ber. We had 108 veterans get employment in November, Jose Tabar, local veterans employment representative for Workforce, said. Or about 360 percent better than hoped for. Tabar said things ans seeking employment. Workforce Solutions is a that helps job seekers and employers in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. It is one of 24 Workforce Develop ment boards in the state. It has a veterans room at its Port St. Blvd., and other veterans pro grams. Tabar said the local employ ment picture has been getting brighter for veterans lately for several reasons. He said there have been several national and state initiatives in the public and private sectors that have raised awareness among large and small businesses about hiring veterans, such as the radio ad Johnson mentioned. Additionally, Tabar said Workforce has cultivated more relationships with local em ployers, and word is spreading. Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran, declared November as Hire a Veteran Month throughout the state to build on veterans-em ployment momentum. Jessica Sims, press secretary at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said at least about 25,000 veterans have found work through the departments efforts this year. The State Veterans Employment Program also assisted Regional Workforce Boards with the place ment of more than 600 veterans, on average, each week during 2013, totaling 25,459 employed veterans since January 1, 2013, she said in an email response to queries. One reason veterans employment is improving is because the job market is better. On Friday, Nov. 22, the Department of Eco nomic Opportunity released its state employment report for Octo ber. The department was unable to produce an employment report the previous month, because of the 16-day federal government shutdown. The states October (unemployment) rate was the lowest since August 2008 when it was also 6.7 percent, the report reads. And only one county had double digit unemployment: Hendry. The national unemployment rate in October was 7.3 percent, season ally adjusted. Florida has been below the national average for eight straight months. Theres wide disagreement about what the veterans unemployment rate is. Whats not disputed to be unemployed, or underemployed, than their non-veteran counterparts. Federal labor statisticians generally put veter ans unemployment at about 10 percent. However, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and some other veterans organipercent. So, why the high unemployment? Numerous reasons are cited for veterans unemployment. Whats generally at the center of those explanations are the all-import ant resume and interview. YEAR from page 6 See YEAR page 11 GUITAR CENTER PORT ST. LUCIE1707 NW St Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 (772) 344-2945 7323-gcs-voice-weekly-9.75x 6.3-v1.indd 1 11/19/13 11:20 AM 7775


8 DECEMBER 20, 2013 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Taps lives on in live playingVolunteer buglers and trumpeters sound taps at thousands of veterans funerals every year. My father was a World War II veteran, Edward Duke Scales said. At his funeral, we had a live taps player. It wasnt un important that was. Not too long later I saw a thing on TV about Bugles Across America. That was about two years ago. The Vero Beach man immediately volunteered his talent and trumpet to play taps at local funerals and memorials for the live-perfor Tom Day founded Bugles Across America back in 2000. It now has about 7,500 volunteer horn players throughout the nation, Day said. To give that veteran the best do it, the Illinois man said in a phone interview. And we dont charge. Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN See BUGLER page 9 Photo of Edward Duke Scales 7785 We are here for you.Coastal OBGYN Specialists...Now at Tradition Medical Center501 NW Lake Whitney Place, Suite 106 Port St. Lucie, FL 34986772-785-8000 Melissa Markham, PA Dr. Grace Yoo Dr. Gerald Ross Lisa Mallard, CNM


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE DECEMBER 20, 2013 9Tapping the truth behind those 24 notesTaps. Some also know the bugle Taps haunting beauty has a mystique that evokes melancholy images which easily spin them selves into fantastic tales. One of the most circulated tales about taps involves a Civil War Union captain, one Robert Ellicombe. battle, Captain Ellicombe heard a wounded soldier moaning alone in the blackness of night. The captain risked his life that inky evening to retrieve the injured man who was trapped on a narrow piece of torn land separating the battle-hardened Union and Confederate armies. When the dier who turned out to be his son. The lad had been studying music in the South when the Civil War broke out. Unbeknownst to the captain, the younger Ellicombe volunteered for the Confederate Army. Sadly, the young man died that night, but the heartbroken father found a short bit of music in his sons pocket. The captain had the uncompleted melody played at his sons burial the next day. Thus was taps born. Many count Jari Villanueva as the nations foremost expert on military bugle calls, particularly taps. Hes performed the call at thousands of funerals and memorial events at Arlington National Cemetery and others. Additional ly, he was the curator of the taps exhibit at Arlington Villanueva said Captain El licombe is a great story that captures the imagination, but it is bunk. To prove it, he offered something for anyone who produced evidence Captain Ellicombe and his son even existed. I was offering a $2,000, gold-plated bugle, he said. All I need is the unit the guy was in and where hes buried. At his website, com, Villanueva has the real story of taps originTurns out that like so many tunes, calls and songs of the Civil War, taps was a vari ation of an existing bugle call, which was itself a variation of another bugle call. In July 1862, General Daniel iver Norton crafted the new extin guish-lights bugle call bugle call, which was apparently a variation of a French bugle call, was too stiff and formal. While the two men later gave slightly different accounts of how taps was composed, the new endof-day bugle call caught on quickly with Union and Confederate buglers. Union and Confederate camps were often close enough could hear one another. Villanueva said that taps has military funerals since 1891, but likely came to be used for that purpose long before then. How the name taps came about is open to some conjecture. It could have been a reference to the bugle call requiring the clo sure of beer taps. More likely its a reference to the fact that after a bugler played the end-of-day call a drummer would sound a short series of taps. Oftentimes a bugler playing taps at a funeral or memorial actually isnt. Sometimes folks without musical skills use ceremonial device that has a digital recording of taps. Jari Villanueva played taps at thousands of Arlington National Cemetery funerals over almost 25 years. Hes widely con sidered one of the worlds fore most experts on taps and other military bugle calls. The digital bugle has a place in todays world, he said. When it is impossible to get a live bugler its better than having nothing. But live-play advocates such as Day and Scales said its rare that a skilled performer isnt available. They hope to make it even rarer by getting more volunteers, and get the word out to veterans and their families that theyre avail able. Scales, 61, has performed taps and memorials over the last cou ple years. Some performances are more memorable than others. The most recent local vet I played for was a former Navy SEAL that passed away, Scales said. That was Chief James Patches Watson, former curator of the Na tional Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. They had a celebration of his life at Little Jims Bait & Tackle, Scales said. Someone shouted Hooyah! and everyone jumped up and saluted, Scales said. Scales said it almost threw him. Almost. He has a bit of experience with veterans surprising him when hes performing taps. play taps at a funeral, I missed a note, he said. Id start play ing and all these World War II vets who use walkers would wasnt ready for it. Im ready for things like that now. Look at the horn bell and nothing else when playing taps. Scales said thats the secret. contact with anyone during those 24 notes, he said. Day said Bugles Across America volunteers have performed taps about 200,000 times at funerals and memorials. Villanueva said provide the same service are Op eration Taps, Taps for Vets, Hon or Call and Taps for Veterans. They all have a common goal: thats to make sure theres live performer at military funerals, he said. 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