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VOL. 2/ISSUE 10 FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 201435 cents Editors note: Veteran Voice has the privilege of meeting, interview ing and writing stories that in volve many area veteran leaders. Their names repeatedly appear in our stories, always followed by said. We launched an occasional series for 2014, Veteran Van guard, to introduce readers to the wonderful men and woman that contribute so much to veterans, communities and our stories. This week were featuring Frank and Jo Ann Maitland. Both of these wonderful people have had folks crying with their amazing anec dotes. There are veterans leaders, and theres Stuart couple Frank and Jo Ann Maitland. Theyre among a seemingly unusual sort. Theyre something of a veterans power couple. Jo Ann joined an unenviable sorority in 2002. Her son, Rich ard Buck Buckingham Hubbell III, went for a motorcycle ride to work off some post-mission adrenalin not long after calling his mother. The fatigued young man crashed and died. Jo Ann is now president of the Ameri can Gold Star Mothers Treasure Coast Chapter, which she helped to start. I pretty much started out with the (Veterans of Foreign Wars La -Veteran power couple Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Photo courtesy of Frank Maitland Frank and Jo Ann Maitland decked out in their bike-riding leathers. See COUPLE page 4 8146Is the recent budget agreement good for veterans?Send your thoughts


2 JANUARY 10, 2014 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 OBJECTIVE8147 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JANUARY 10, 2014 3Veteran new dealership owner FORT PIERCE Kevin Hester is an all-American success sto ry. The new managing partner of Fort Pierce Buick and GMC was born in Iowa and grew up in the Midwest. He joined the Navy at 17 and spent 21 years in the service. I was deployed on six different aircraft carriers in the Mediterra nean and Persian Gulf, he said. I was an enlisted man for 10 years and then commissioned. I retired as an 03e Mustang. (That grade designation translates to a lieutenant with enlisted experi ence.) Hester came to Florida for boot camp 35 years ago and was stationed in Jacksonville for his entire Navy career. I love it here, he said, Im tions on my phone to remind me of how good it is here. Hester got into the automobile business after he left the Navy. I started as a service writer and worked up to general manager and managing partner, he said. Ive worked in every single department and held every position. Hester worked for the Garber Management Group in Saginaw, Mich., and last year he spent part of the winter in that state, train ing with different stores. While he was there, he got a call that there was a dealership for sale in Florida. They asked if I were interested in buying and I said, Absolutely, he said. In July 2013, Hester became managing partner of the former Roger Dean Buick in Fort Pierce. He has big plans. Were going to tear down the building and build a state-ofthe-art Buick/GMC facility, he said. There will also be a used car facility. We want to become a leader in customer and employee satisfaction in the market area, one customer at time. Hester said that customers now are people who see the new sign and are curious or those who did business with the former owners for many years. In either case, he wants those customers to become Fort Pierce Buick/GMC custom ers. Fort Pierce is a small town, he said. People have lived here their whole lives. Were interested in getting involved in the community and doing the right things. The company has already contributed to the local public radio station, WQCS, and is planning to support the Police Athletic League. Well maybe sponsor a team or Ill coach, he said. It depends on construction demands. We have reached out to PAL. When hes not on the job, Hes ters passion is drag racing. Im an avid drag racer, he said. Ive competed in division and national events with the Na tional Hot Rod Association. I like bowl and play golf. And I can do it all here in Florida. Hester is proud that he has been able to travel the world, doing things he never expected to do when he was growing up in the Midwest. However, he is most proud of his family. He and dren, three of whom are in col lege. Raising kids was perhaps the greatest thing, he said. This was without any children (at home.) They all have girlfriends and fam ilies, all doing their own things. We thought it was pretty neat. Fort Pierce Buick GMC is located at 5255 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce. For more information, visit the website at www.fortpiercebuick or call Kevin Hester at (904) 254-3126. Kevin Hester Shelley KoppelSTAFF WRITERskoppel@YourVoiceW 8167


4 JANUARY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE dies Auxiliary) in Stuart, Jo Ann said. I started there to learn the basics of veterans organizations. Additionally, Jo Ann is the pres ident of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 399, Palm City. Frank is commander of that post. Jo Anns from a military family, the Churchills, so she always felt a deep connection with the armed forces. Her father was a major who served in the 4th Armored Di vision in World War II. Her broth ers, Thomas and Richard, served in the Navy and Army, respective ly. Richard also did some time in the Marine Corps Reserves. Indeed, family and the military runs so deep in their veins, Frank and Jo Ann married on Nov. 10th, 2001, just so it would be on the USMCs founding anniversary. They did this to honor Richards service. Jo Ann might have never worn a uniform, but she learned much about the power of camaraderie. I dont accomplish anything alone, she said in a post-inter view email. It takes the wonder ful group of women I work with to complete the goals and missions of both the American Legion Auxiliary, and American Gold Star Mothers. Frank was in the Navy from 1968 to 1972. He went on to be to 2000. His union met at an American Legion. As a show of solidarity and gratitude, he joined the veterans group. But, like most if not all submari a guy who can just sit back for the ride. On a submarine you have to know every system on that boat inside and out, Frank said. If something happens, you have sort of alpha personalities, if you know what I mean. We all wanted to know how everything worked. And, he said, on a sub or at a take command at any moment. So, Frank wasnt content with just going to veterans meetings. He had to lead. You cant be a leader in all of (the veterans organizations), he said. Your plate gets too full and youre diluted. I chose the Legion because I really like them. In addition to leading 399, Franks the commander of the legions District 11, which includes 22 posts in Okeechobee, Martin and Palm Beach counties. Hes also the vice chairman of Veter ans Council of Martin County. When 399 got going, I stepped into commander off the bat, Frank said. That young post has about 35 members now. Frank is aiming to grow it at record pace and move into its own place. Were looking at 300, 400 (members) he said. Therere a lot of vets in Palm City. We pull some from Port St. Lucie, Tradi tion, because its closer. Jo Ann said that although the organization has Mothers in its name, all whove lost family during their military service are welcomed to attend meetings of the Gold Star Mothers. The local group is on Facebook, American Gold Star Mothers, Treasure Coast Chapter. Meetings are at the AMVETS Post 92, 2230 N.E. Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach. Theyre on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. The American Legion 399 is meeting at the Stuart Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2464 S.E. Veterans Ave. The meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. It doesnt have a web site or Facebook page yet. If youre a veteran with an honorable discharge, come on in, Frank said. We want to talk to you. 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 $18 YEAR (52 weeks) (772) 204-2409 info@VeteranVoiceWeekly.comVeteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience Jo Ann and Frank Maitland at a during a fund raiser for Stand struggling with Photo courtesy of Frank MaitlandCOUPLE from page 1The year military sexual trauma came out of the shadowsEditors note: Military sexual trauma rate reports skyrocketed in 2013, as reported in the na tional news. Coupled with that, allegations against high-ranking or high-authority servicemen of the very crime theyre supposed to prevent have captured attention. Veteran Voice will examine this issue in three parts. Part I will be dedicated to an over view of the issue, to include how central Florida has been affected and will be expected to contrib ute to eradicating military sexual trauma. Part II will break down the anatomy of sexual assault crimes, especially by gender, and examine some of the many factors that complicate the issue even more for military victims. Part III will explore what prog ress has been made toward elim inating the crime throughout the Department of Defense and in central Florida. Outrageous. Appalling. These are some of the words heard from the nations lawmakers when news broke about the steep jump in reported numbers of military sexual trauma cases in 2013 as high as 50 percent more than the previous year, according to Associated Press reports. The outrage was compounded by reports of high-ranking being accused of sexual assault as well some of whom being the very members chosen to enforce the Department of Defense policy geared toward ending the crime in their respective units. Why is military sexual trauma different from other facts of life in the armed forces? For one thing, sexuality cuts deeper to the core of being human than almost any other issue. For an other, the armed forces havent had to confront it quite so di rectly before; now, there is more intense media scrutiny. For a third, the military culture itself may have a role to play, depend ing on prevailing opinion. For a fourth, while rare, the making of false allegations remains a factor. Clearly, military sexual trauma is not a black-and-white issue. Along with sexual violence in See TRAUMA page 5 Mary KemperFOR VETERAN


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JANUARY 10, 2014 5 general, military sexual trauma is not new. Now, however, victims are reporting in larger numbers. Commanders and others in authority are under a more aggres sive microscope. Advocates for change are pinning their hopes on the new climate to eradicate the crime once and for all. First, though, a great deal of work needs to be done, according to those knowledgeable in both mili tary and psychological issues. It will mean deep-level changes in how the DoD both views the problem and deals with it. Mili tary culture does not change for changes sake, unlike the civilian population at large. Tradition, and experience, have always been its guideposts. Military sexu al trauma tasks it to adapt to modern challenges in ways yet to be seen, and more rapidly than might be thought possible. And to make it all happen, the bur den will be on individual Florida units, along with thousands of others across the nation. attention in May, when reports of misconduct among military commanders prompted Congress to conduct hearings. Chief among the organizations appearing before lawmakers was the Service Womens Action Network, who told members that an estimated 19,300 sexual assaults occurred in the military in 2010, and yet only 13.5 percent of total survi vors reported assault. When the actual statistics broke in late December 2013, it jolted the nation. According to early data ob tained by AP, there were more than 5,000 reports of sexual that ended Sept. 30, compared to the 3,374 in 2012. Of those 2013 reports, about 10 percent involved incidents that occurred before the victim got into the mil itary, up from just 4 percent only a year ago, wrote AP reporter Lolita C. Baldor. creased reports of events, rather than an actual event increase, to explain the numbers. Given the multiple data points, we assess that this is more re porting, said Col. Alan R. Met zler, deputy director of the Pen tagons sexual assault prevention ed that more victims are agreeing Source: Wikimedia Commons See TRAUMA page 6 TRAUMA from page 4 8226


6 JANUARY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE er than simply seeking medical tions, Baldor reported. didnt tell the whole story. cials announced earlier this year that an anonymous survey had revealed that about 26,000 service members reported some type of unwanted sexual contact or sexual assault, Baldor reported. Twenty-six thousand anonymous versus 5,000 reported events just how many people are dealing with Military Sexual Trauma in real life? What does it all mean? It shows the complexity of the issue that only now are the numbers beginning to be looked at. Along the Treasure Coast, in 2011 there were 111,681 incidents of domestic violence report ed, of which 192 died, according to statistics provided by the Flor ida Department of Children and Families, in conjunction with the Florida Coalition Against Domes tic Violence via the Inner Truth Project, a Port St. Lucie-based advocacy organization for victims of sexual trauma. Of these, the numbers who are either active-duty military or former military are not yet broken down; however, since the Treasure Coast is home to a high number of military people, a percentage almost certainly exists. Donna Carlsen, an Army vet eran who served in the 1990s, served as the Veteran Services coordinator for St. Lucie Coun ty up until April of 2013. In her capacity, she processed several claims of service members for military sexual trauma. During her tenure, she said she processed claims for military sexu al trauma for at least six to 10 female service members, and at least two males. These were compensation cases, she said. There were a lot more. Carlsen said part of her job was to submit claims to the Depart ment of Veterans Affairs on sexu al abuse, which she did. ing out forms intended to induct people into the correct medical path, she said, which always involved the DD-214 as a starting point. The trouble was, if some one had gone through (sexual) trauma, it came back as a bad conduct discharge, often as a homosexual, she said. This went was dont ask, dont tell. Only one DD-214 came back as bad, she said conduct unbecoming a soldier and this was before dont ask, dont tell. To a nation already jaded by many stories about sexual assault over the past years, the nationally reported jump in num bers served as a kind of wakeup call. A natural question: Shouldnt our nations military be above this kind of crime? One theory as to why puts the onus on the so-called macho nature of military service. Many sexual assaults in the military seem to be a form of violent hazing or bullying, said Roger Canaff, a former New York State prosecutor who helped train prosecutors on the subject of military sexual assault for the Pentagon (as reported in a New York Times report dated June 23, 2013). The acts seemed less sexually motivated than humiliation or torture-motivated, he said. Sexual violence occurs within a social context, where individual behaviors are shaped by larger social norms. Social norms about women, power, violence, mas culinity, and privacy have been sexual violence, a resource paper developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center devoted to military sexual assault states. that oppress and objectify wom en, value the use of power over others, tolerate violence and vic tim-blaming, support traditional views of masculinity as dominant and controlling, and foster secre cy around individual or family matters, all contribute to an en vironment where sexual violence can occur. While these social norms exist in the larger society, they can be ment, the research paper states. What, exactly, do social norms turn many off to understanding an issue. To many average service members, it could simply mean learning the difference between respect for others or viewing oth ers as objects to be used. Either way, advocates for change see the need for a great deal more education on the issue; and it will fall on individual units, in the end, to identify the issues for their troops to make sure it happens to help troops on the ground understand how and why sexual assault is such a crime, and how to be a force for stop ping military sexual trauma in its tracks in their own individual lives. It is not hard to imagine how go sexual assault. Sometimes, people are beaten or abused so badly they lose their limbs, their looks, their self-esteem and, at times, their lives. The psychiat ric and psychological communities have been in agreement for decades that sexual abuse of any description leaves lasting, and lifelong, scars. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JANUARY 10, 2014 7 post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a research paper issued by the Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid organiza tion ( ). Someone who has been physically or sexually abused may have an STD or a worsened chronic condition, such as hypertension or diabetes, the research paper continues. Even worse: Abusive situations can leave a person without the family, possibly because she was cut off from marital funds by her husband, or she was not allowed to work. Many times, victims of ation with very limited funds and no job. All of this is discouraging enough for ordinary civilians. For someone in the armed forces, it demands especially if the prob lem is with someone in the chain of command. As has been reported, sometimes its the person in charge of ensuring compliance with sexual-assault directives who is the very person being accused of committing the act. A short list of reported inci dents: Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sin clair, 51, has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal charges includ ing forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and conduct a maximum sentence of life in prison at a court-martial sched uled to begin March 3, reported Michael Biesecker of the Associ ated Press on Saturday (Jan. 4). Believed to be the high with sexual assault, he denies the most serious allegation that he physically forced a female captain under his command to perform oral sex. The married father of two concedes he carried on a three-year extramarital affair with sion alone will almost certainly end his 28-year Army career, as adultery is a crime under military law. A 19-year-old soldier stationed at a U.S. Army base in Colora do accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet has been arrested amid an ongoing probe of sexual misconduct at the post, police said (as reported by Reuters, July 31, 2013). Mark Vincent Petrosky, a pri vate assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, was ar rested by Colorado Springs police on suspicion of sexual assault of a child, police said in a written statement. The Air Force commander who overturned a jurys guilty verdict in a sexual assault case en raging members of Congress and prompting talk of military justice reform explained his case in a cer and his wife more believable than the alleged victim. In a detailed six page letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Don ley, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin lays out why he decided to reverse the verdict. A woman accused Lt. Col. James Wilkerson of sexually assaulting her after a party at his house. A jury convicted Wilker son, a former inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy, Nov. 2, on charges of abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual assault and three instances of cer and a gentleman. Wilkerson was sentenced to a year in prison and dismissal from the service, but Franklin overturned the jurys verdict and dismissed the charges, a widely criticized move that led to the Defense Depart ment proposing that commanders be largely stripped of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members (as reported by MSN News, April 10, 2013). From Fort Hood, Texas: The Army is investigating Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, a sex ual abuse educator at Fort Hood in Texas, for allegedly running a small-time prostitution ring and for the sexual assault of another USA Today, May 16, 2013). And, in one of the most pub licized events, a former leader of a sexual abuse prevention team was accused but acquitted, in November of assault himself, as reported by CNN News: The former head of an Air Force sexual assault prevention program was acquitted of an assault charge stemming from an incident in Arlington, Virginia, to CNN. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 42, was arrested in May and accused of grabbing a womans buttocks and breasts in a parking lot in Arlington County, not far from the Pentagon. A police report said off her assailant, who appeared intoxicated. Krusinski was initially charged with sexual battery, but prosecu tors later changed that charge to assault and battery, according to To date, DoD has not released any statistics on how many of those in authority over other ser vice members may have abused their command responsibilities via sexual assault. As with so many other statistics associated with military sexual trauma, it remains for future study. 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8 JANUARY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE add to the sum of crimes. Re ports are not as well-documented numbers are not yet known. Even less known are the numbers of military children who may have been similarly traumatized. Until the true numbers are known, addressing the causes remains in the future. What about false allegations of sexual abuse? It is a real phe nomenon. Many people have a negative view against those who report sexual abuse because false allegations have proven damaging. The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence ( has issued a research paper on how many false allegations are typi cally made, and how to deal with them. The numbers are fairly small: A comprehensive analysis of the research studies on false allega tions of sexual assault conducted with adequate methodology indicates that the prevalence of false reporting is between 2 and 10 percent, the paper states. However small the rates, false reports add to the complexity that is military sexual trauma. Again, numbers are not yet available on the rates of false allegations of sexual assault in the military, but they will remain yet another factor. So, where does combating mili tary sexual trauma go from here? For the past three years, sexual trauma has been pushed under the window of regulations, Carlsen said. We have to oper ate by the PTSD (post-traumat ic stress disorder) regulations. Sexual trauma isnt the same. We have to go by what is reported the police blotter reports. It is very complicated. If it doesnt make the blotter, then it is dealt with internally. There is no paper trail. The DoD has stated its com mitment to eliminate sexual as sault from the Armed Forces in its reissuing of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strate gic Plan in May 2013, as a result of the hearings held in Congress. Key goals include (but are not limited to): Enhancing commander ac countability Service chiefs are to direct their subordinate com mands to develop plans to assess commanders progress in implementing directed initiatives. Assessing Military Justice Systems Service chiefs are directed to ensure a timely and independent assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses assessment of military justice systems.TRAUMA from page 7 See TRAUMA page 11 Nina K o t o v a B O X O F s M a c h i n e T h e Love 8242 $49..Before 11 AM$43.....After 11 AM$27.......After 2 PM(All Rates Include Cart and Tax) IN SEASON SPECIAL1600 SOUTH 3RD ST., FORT PIERCEFor More information or to Schedule Your Tee TimeFrom US1, turn East on Ohio Ave., Directly behind TD BankCURRENT RATES8248 772-465-811020 PLAY LOYALTY CARD SAVE OVER 15%


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