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VOL. 2/ISSUE 17 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 201435 cents In the department, theyre known either as SuperFin and SuperFly, or, simply, the combi nation Fin Anderson. Theyre Indian River County Sheriffs Department detectives Chris Anderson and John Finnegan. Theyre both veterans and theyre partners. For them, that makes for a unique bond that non-vets will never know. Det. Christopher Anderson, 32, and Det. John Finnegan, 29, have been deputies for six is in General Crimes running the gamut from domestic issues to drugs to homicide but their specialty is gangs, and all the challenging crime-combating that goes with it. Between them, its a safe bet to say theyve seen it all. They risk their lives every day, just as they did when they served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both, though, say their military training and service gave them an edge others dont have, in dealing with the worst of human behav ior. And each, in his own way, is as strongly committed to serving others now, in much the same way, as they did in the wars. Oh, we bash each other, Fin negan says, shooting a grin at his partner. But we have built camaraderie. Thats how it is, in the military, Anderson says. And thats how it is with us now. They give the impression they are two halves of the same coin, others sentences. They look at each other often, as if to make sure what theyre trying to get across is put in the right way. There is an easiness between them. Their differences add up to Detective vets have got each others backs Mary KemperSTAFF See DETECTIVES page 6 9237Should the Pentagon reduce troop levels?Send your thoughts to:


2 FEBRUARY 28, 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 Clinic1901 South 28th Street., Fort Pierce, FL 34947 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 NUMBERS ... 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 OBJECTIVE9238 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 28, 2014 3 It passed the House of Representatives 390-0. Now its navigating the Senate. Among those voting for the bill were Democrat Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and Republican Bill Posey (FL-8). The two con gressmen represent the Treasure and Space coasts, respectively. When (service members) come home, I believe its a minimum requirement for us to let them go to the state school of their choice, Murphy told Veteran Voice in a phone interview. Thats the aim behind H.R. 357, the GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act. Earlier this month the House passed the bill introduced by Republican Jeff Miller (FL-1). Hes the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Miller introduced the bill along with the committees ranking member, Democrat Mike Michaud of Maine. The bill is in the Senate veterans affairs committee. If its passed by the Senate and signed by the president, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs will have to disapprove courses of education provided by a public educational institution that does not charge tuition and fees for veterans at the same rate that is charged for in-state residents, regardless of the veterans state of residence. In other words, if a state wont give veterans us ing military-service educational residents, the Department of Vet erans Affairs wont pay up. This is likely to get more states scrambling to equalize resident and veteran tuition rates. Twenty already do. Floridas heading in that direction. The Florida Sen ates Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, chaired by Thad Altman (R-Melbourne), recently unanimously approved the Florida GI Bill, which would equalize rates in the Sunshine State. According to the Student Veterans of America, Florida is among 12 states that are considering giving all veterans using mili in-state tuition. Another eight have waivers for out-of-state vet erans to get in-state tuition. The organization is a chief proponent of the Tuition Fairness Act and state laws equalizing resident and veteran tuition rates. The Student Veterans of AmerGI Bill Tuition Fairness Act passes House, referred to Senate FOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee TUITION page 5 9298 Since 1977 FULL SERVICE AUTO REPAIR24 Hr Towing 626 3rd Place, Vero Beach* Excludes Tires Mon-Fri 7:30am 5:30pm 772-569-212010% OFF*To All Vets!PARTS & LABORVeteran Owned


4 FEBRUARY 28, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Publisher Partner Managing Editor Mary Kemper (772) 204-2409 Veteran Voice is a newspaper for veterans, POSTAL STATEMENT e Voice of Experience Dogs For Life is a labor of love for founder and CEO Shelly Ferg er with almost equal emphasis on the labor as on the love. thats for sure, Ferger said, sweeping an arm to encompass the sprawling Dog Park grounds in Vero Beach. Nearby, a construction crew worked on putting up a building that, one day, will be the main administration and training center for dogs and vets to get to know each other. Many returning vets suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury, hearing loss or blindness, with a dog, Ferger said. Its her aim to be able to help connect every veteran with his or her own dog to help them live happier lives. But it hasnt been easy for Ferg Its been one thing after another, she said. Originally, this was the town Dog Park, and Dogs For Life was a separate organization. Now, theyre merged but it took three years (of effort) to get to that point. Other problems included purchasing additional land, irriga tion issues, construction issues and, of course, funding. Surprisingly, though, in the case of funding, the necessary money has always seemed to show up at the very time its needed, Ferger boon for suffering vetsThat dog came over to him, and you could just see the change in him. His face, his body. It was incredible. Mary Mim Dunn past president Dogs for Life Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee DOGS page 10 said. When we were really struggling, one anonymous donor sent us $200,000 and within a week, another $100,000 came in, she said. We even have a lady who won the $25 million lotto who donated to us. There are four main Dogs For Life programs and services: assis tance dogs, for those with special needs 24 hours a day; pet-assisted therapy dogs; community outreach programs, including a dog-behavior hotline, dog placement referral program, work shops and obedience classes; and the service dogs for veterans training program. According to literature published by Dogs For Life, there are 231,000 Florida veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Three in 10 will have a service-related disability, and 30 percent will suffer from PTSD. Of that number, 50 per cent will not seek treatment. Its so important to reach these veterans, Ferger said. The range of ways dogs can help vets is astonishing. They include: Waking up the vet from a nightmare; Creating a barrier around the vet to allow distance from people in a crowd; Sitting back-to-back with the vet to alert of approaching people; Making a perimeter of the home before entering; Calling a suicide hotline on a special K-9 emergency phone; Providing a soothing touch when a vet feels emotional over load; Serving as a vets combat buddy to provide security and ease loneliness. One veteran whose life has changed for the better is former Army staff sergeant Jim Taylor, who lives in Vero Beach. His dog, a pug named Pia Pia (pronounced pay-pay), goes with him every -


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 28, 2014 5 ica reports that there are about 900,000 veterans enrolled in colleges. More than half, about 500,000, use the Post-911 GI Bill. George Cecala, spokesman, said Congressman Posey likes bills such as the Tuition Fairness Act. As Posey says often is what many people dont know and dont see is many of the bills in the House are passed with bipartisan support, he said. What people read about are major issues that come before the Congress that may see a lot of disagreement. But there are a number of pieces of legislation that come out of the house that have bipartisan support. He added, I think when it comes to veterans and men and women in uniform, theres a lot to agree on. Information for tracking federal bills and contacting senators is at Information tracking state bills and contacting the Florida senators is at www. VA announces rollout of secure veteran health cardsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2014 VA Announces Rollout of Secure Veteran Health TON The Department of Veter ans Affairs (VA) today announced the phased roll out of newly designed, more secure Veteran new cards are distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. In addition to being more secure, the card has been transformed cation Card (VHIC). Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the Veterans Member ID, a new unique identi ing the Veterans enrollment in VA health care. VA is committed to providing high quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans, said Sec retary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. tion cards are an important step forward in protecting our nations heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes. The VHIC is personalized to display the emblem of the Veterans branch of service. It also provides fea tures that make it easier to use, such as the addition of VA in Braille to help visually impaired Veterans, and the printing of VA phone numbers and emergency care instructions on the cards. The card replaces the Veteran was introduced in 2004. As part of a phased rollout, starting this month, the card will only be offered to newly enrolled and other Veterans who have not been issued a VIC. Then, in early April, VA will begin a three month effort to automatically issue the more secure VHIC to current VIC cardholders. VA recommends Veterans safeguard their VIC as they would a credit card, and cut up or shred the card once it is re placed. While not required to re ceive VA health care, all enrolled Veterans are encouraged to get a VHIC. Enrolled Veterans can get more information about the VHIC by visiting their VA medical facil ity enrollment coordinator or the website 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility. Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply for enroll ment at any time by visiting www. Calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility TUITION from page 3 Assisted Li v in g Come flourish! 772-463-7133 StuartLodgeLiving.com1301 SE Palm Beach Road Stuart, FL 34994 NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS! Visit our Information Center 1055 East Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL AL License Pending Mary Ann Come visit me to discover a new culture in Assisted Living Ill provide the love, if youll provide the treatswoof! First Resident of Stuart LodgeStuart Lodge is designed around an Atlantic in Assisted Living with the warmth and comfort of home. It is our goal to help you part of Elders changing the World! 9364


6 FEBRUARY 28, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE much less than their similarities. They make it clear that they know each other very, very well, and their partnership doesnt detease each other often what Finnegan calls bashing and its just one part of a strong rela tionship. Both men are tall over 6 feet. Anderson is African-American, while Finnegan is Irish-American. Anderson wears his hair closely cropped, almost shaven, while Finnegan has a thick head of nearly black hair, neatly combed. At one point, Finnegan mocks his partner, putting a hand on one side of his mouth and mim ing Andersons somewhat receding hairline. Anderson pretends he didnt see the gesture, but its clear he did its just one example of the two mens almost instinctive trust in each other. Theyre dressed in the relaxed, functional way professional police everywhere dress slacks, shirts and ties. Their easy demeanor and professional appearance seem to come naturally to them. But what they went through, to get to this point, is much more than the average person will ever experience, something every combat veteran can readily appreciate. And make no mistake they were both intensely tested in war. Anderson was an Army corporal, serving in the 3rd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment, Task Force 82, of the 82nd Airborne. Serving from 2001 to 2004, he was an ammunition specialist. His job was to keep forward operation bases, or FOBs, supplied, which included hot-fueling Apache helicopters ahead of the next mis sion. That meant quickly pumping fuel into the helicopters while the rotors kept turning. In Iraq, Anderson says, there are duty stations, and then there are worse duty stations. I was in basic training when 9/11 happened, he says. And I was sent to Afghanistan. Then I was transferred to Iraq, at Ba There was no driving allowed. emy) would leave these soda bot with (C-4) explosives and water, and when the water evaporated, theyd ignite, he says. I was in one helicopter, and we got hit, but the one behind us DETECTIVES from page 1 See DETECTIVES page 7 They used kids on purpose. (The enemy) knew Americans wouldnt shoot at kids. Detetive Christopher Anderson OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9AM TO 5PM Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, FL 32780 Special Event Venues Available $1.00 OFF ADMISSION WITH THIS AD 3 Display Hangars Over 30 Aircraft Memorabilia Free Guided Tours Gift Shop C-47 Plane Rides Canteen $1.00 OFF Admission Cannot be combined with other offers. This coupon is not redeemable for cashWITH THIS AD9239


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 28, 2014 7 went down. The funerals for the guys (who lost their lives) were surreal. It was a sobering reality. It could have been us, he says. That was my experience, but for the FOB guys, it was different. Finnegan steps in. Where Anderson was stationed in a desert area, Finnegan was in a city, equally as tough an environment I was in Ramadi (central Iraq). When I got there, they were losing people left and right. Finnegan served in the 1st Bat talion, 6th Marines, 4th Platoon (Weapons Platoon), C Company. He was also a corporal. He takes his own cell phone, and his partner Andersons, and places them side by side on a table to illustrate how tough it was to Youve got a building here and here and between them nothing but a wall, he said. We couldnt call in airstrikes because all the buildings were so close togeth er, and the risk was too big for civilians. Airstrikes were always either a salvation or a frustration, Finneg an says, noting that, many times, his unit would beg for them, only to have them refused a situa tion due to, many times, having to wait in line for support to other units. Sometimes, wed wait forever, he says. Mortars were huge a con stant problem. You never knew where they were coming from. Not like RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), because you could see their smoke trails. These guys were sneaky. Youd hear this pffft and then boom! Theyd land within 6 or 7 meters every time. Finnegan recalls how his unit knew trouble would come soon in Ramadi. Every evening, about 20 or 30 minutes before dark, every one would get off the streets, he says. And, sure enough theyd hit us. Back and forth, one after the other, Finnegan and Anderson relate their experiences, and its clear that the few events they re tell are just some of a great many. Area by area, building by building, the men fought for, and took, the places theyd been assigned. Anderson points out that the theaters each was assigned to were different his was mostly the desert and isolated terrain out in the middle of nowhere at one point, he was stationed at Organ-E, on the border of Pakistan, while Finnegan was in the city environment. Andersons unit would get air support, and Finnegans would not, for differ ent reasons. Both acknowledge that the Marines and Army had different circumstances. But both put up with the same hardships. Baby wipes! Finnegan says with a laugh. When you smell so bad, and theres no water, and then you get to smell better we loved (the care packages American civilians sent to the troops). Showers consisted of a black bag with a straw attached, he says, into which you put up to eight precious bottles of water to give yourself a quick bath. I joked that after a while, my camos were so stiff with salt (from sweat) they could stand up by themselves, he says. And disposing of personal waste wasnt much nicer, Anderson says. Where we were, wed turn over these [ammunition boxes] for privacy, you know, and we put in a lawn chair. Underneath it, wed have a Mike Mike [30-mm housing shell). Then afterwards, burn it up. In Finnegans case, the unit was issued wag bags, which were After doing their business, the men would throw the bags in the burn pit located all too near their sleeping quarters. Crap was everywhere the men lived. Part of war, it might be ar Finnegan says. how they came to terms with their mission eventually, it came down to the people. Indeed, both men remember viv idly the Afghan and Iraqi civilians they met. For Andersons part, it was an Iraqi boy who had lost a leg that made one of the biggest impres sions with him. He made friends with the boy, and helped him in any way he could. But who knew whether helping a child could lead to your own death? Finnegan recalls a time when he was confronted, and forced to make a decision whether to shoot a boy no older than 11. It was, he says, the hardest decision of my life. Luckily, as things turned out, he didnt have to shoot. But the use of children in war haunts both men. Oh, yeah, Anderson says. They used kids on purpose. (The enemy) knew Americans wouldnt shoot at kids. Theyd do anything they were told, Finnegan says, including DETECTIVES from page 6The funerals for the guys (who lost their lives) were surreal. It was a sobering reality. It could have been us. Detetive Christopher Anderson See DETECTIVES page 9 9256 Buddys Holiday Mobility772-465-9600 New & Used Vans Repair & Service Scooters & Lifts Wheelchairs Hand Controls Raised Roofs Drop Floors Tie Downs6144 S. US Hwy 1, Ft. Pierce FL 34982 2 Miles North of Prima VistaServing the Treasure Coast Since 1976State Certified


8 FEBRUARY 28, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE A few New York Fire Department on March 19. Theyll take off from the 9/11 Memorial and ride to the National Navy UDT-SEAL Mu seum, Fort Pierce. Thats about 1,400 miles. Oh, and theyll have with them a 14-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center. The whole affair is called Ride for The Trident House. Theyre supposed to arrive at the museum Saturday, April 5, David Staples, the museums social media marketing coordinator, said. Thats after the riders rest at the Museums Trident House in Sebastian. Normally the Trident House is reserved for SEALs and other members of the militarys various special operations. Staples said, Theres a rela tionship between the SEALs and steel to SEAL museum on bicycles FOR VETERAN See STEEL page 9 Indian River Colony Club Toll free: 877-484-6178 Place Patriots Call Home Maintenance Free Living in Single 2-4 BR Single Family Homes Take a tour! Call Today!Although we don't play golf or tennis, IRCC is the ideal place for us. Maintenance free living (someone else does it, not me) is a dream come true. Retired military with over 12 moves, we've nally found the place that we can call home. ~Karen & Robert WasReady to start your next adventure? Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve with the time to do everything you always wanted to do.Active, Friendly, Military Retirement Community 9280


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE FEBRUARY 28, 2014 9 placing IED bombs. They were bad, Anderson says. Flipping us off, everything. These, and other memories, will stay in both mens minds, they say. Eventually, service ends, and life back in the states has to begin. Every veteran has had to face going home. How did these men handle it? When I got back home, I stood by the kitchen sink for 20 min utes, just looking at it, Anderson says. My wife asked what I was doing. I just couldnt take my eyes off it. It had been many, many months since hed had access to much water at all, much less a modern convenience. Finnegan remembers being in a supermarket not long after returning to the U.S., and wit nessing a woman cursing out the manager because the store didnt have the item she wanted. Finally, I said, You can replace that item theres just no need nothing but MREs for months. How do they feel about the way the situation is going today in their former war zones? It was a fatal mistake to pull out of Iraq, Finnegan says. What does that say to the fam ilies who lost sons, brothers, fathers? He lost some really, really good friends, he says, in cluding three fellow Marines who were killed together in a Humvee. Most got killed in combat, but there were guys who came back and got into DUIs, things like that, he says. For Anderson, its a mixed reaction. I do think the Iraqi people should stand on their own, just like we did (after the American Revolution). But all conquerors, from Al exander the Great on up, went by the principle that you never remove government. And look whats happened, he says, referring to how unstable the country remains today. The Afghan people are really primitive, Finnegan says. Theyve got nothing. For both Finnegan and Ander son, coming home after war in volved a Red Cross intervention. Both men were recalled when family members had died. For both, it eventually led to becom ing deputies in the Indian River County Sheriffs Department. And then they became partners. Finnegan is a Sebastian native, and Anderson is from Vero Beach. Why do they do what they do? themselves on the line? The two detectives put it pretty clearly. try, and I can serve my county, Finnegan says. Anderson nods in agreement. We made the choice to do some thing bigger than us, he says. They are family men. They stick together. They love their community and their country. And their mission is to keep what is best in life going, as they see it. They stick together. It ex tends into their private lives. 13-year-old daughter, a 9-yearold son and a 5-year-old daughter. Anderson and his wife of 12 years have a 9-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old baby girl. Finnegan is godfather to one of Andersons children. Thus the two mens lives are intertwined, now, and forever. They are partners. They are friends. They were warriors, and they still are. These guys were sneaky. Youd hear this pffft and then boom! Theyd land within 6 or 7 meters every time. Detective John Finnegan The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist at tacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., tied the two groups together, Sta ples said. In addition to visiting the SEAL museum to deliver the steel beam, the riders from the Fire Department New Yorks Lad der 6 will visit the Pentagon and the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek to present a Halligan bar that was in rubble at the World Trade Center after the attacks. Were organizing a 35-mile ride with the guys, Staples said. from Sebastian to Fort Pierce. Staples said the best way for interested folks to keep abreast of developments is to regularly visit the museums web page, www., and to like the museums Facebook page. Thats one of the best places to look, actually, he said. Additionally, the riders have a Facebook page, FDNY Trident Ride. 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10 FEBRUARY 28, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE where he goes. He has agreed to assist Ferger in speaking at Dogs For Life fundraisers, and she said the Taylor-Pia Pia duo is very effective. You could literally see the change in him because of the dog, said Mary Mim Dunn, of Vero Beach. She is a past president of Dogs For Life, and remains active in the organiza tion. Dunn attended a fundraiser at her bridge club, and Taylor was the speaker. At one point, he broke down, and had to hand the microphone to his wife, Dawn, to continue where he left off. Mary Mim Dunn, Vero Beach resident and former president of Dogs For Life, on seeing how a service dog helped veteran Jim Taylor, who suffers from PTSD. That dog came over to him, and you could just see the change in him, Dunn said. His face, his body. It was incredible. If anyone didnt know just how much those dogs help someone whos suffering, that told you right there. It made my whole day. Dunn, herself, has hearing loss, and de pends on her assistance dog, Chance, a boxer, to help her get out and about. The Dog Park has separate enclosures for large and small dogs to run free, as well as one for agility and other training purposes. Theres even a Memorial Garden, where peo ple can either put up a memorial to a beloved pet or scatter a pets ashes. There are lots of trees and other plants throughout the grounds, as well as benches. To help keep the grounds clean, owners are required to dispose of their dogs waste as soon as the dogs have gone. While Ferger was talking, several dogs and their owners came in and turned their dogs loose. One, a black standard poodle, kept racing around the entire enclosure, stopping only to sniff the other dogs, while the owners conversed. This park brings people together, not just dogs, as you can see, Ferger said. Each enclosure has a water station. When the administrative and training building is date equipment. Along the fences in the training area are bone boards, which are square poster-sized boards containing dog bone-shaped plaques listing the names of donors. Ferger arranged them chronologically, from the earliest plan ning stages to the present. Theres always room for more, she said. Ferger stressed the need not only for donations, but in helping locate dogs to match with vets, and getting vets to become more involved. If a vet becomes a trainer, for example, hes not only helping himself but also his fellow vets, Ferger said. Were really trying to get the word out both for them and for dogs. Not every dog is suitable for training. Dogs For Life is one of only four organizations in Florida accredited by Assistance Dogs In ternational, and Ferger and her associates are familiar with various dog traits. Anyone wishing to have their dog participate should meet with Dogs For Life staff and learn the guidelines ahead of time. Looking ahead, Ferger isnt quite sure where the funding will come from to keep operating regularly, but, somehow, it just keeps com ing, and Im so grateful. We really need it, she said. Donations not only help with the building and grounds, but enable Dogs For Life to offer their services to veterans free of charge. Our vets are so important to us, Ferger said. Lets give them a way to start living a happier life. dogsforlifevb@ bellsouth.netDOGS from page 4 9236 All furnishings were designed for this home and are negotiableFor more information and pictures go to: Coley Real Estate GroupJason Coley/Realtor/CDPE 772-201-5229 Beautiful, custom designed 5 bd. 3.5 bth home, with library lo and oversized game room. Brazilian cherry wood, tile and carpet ooring, custom window treatments, granite, wrought iron railing, crown molding throughout. One of the most beautiful homes on the market and it comes with its own botanical garden-like landscaping Your Own Botanical Paradise and pool home in Vero Beach A $1,000,000 Home For Only $499,000


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