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VOL. 2/ISSUE 25 THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 201435 cents Editors note: Veteran Voice has the privilege of meeting, interviewing and writing stories that involve many area veteran leaders. Their names repeatedly appear in our stories, always fol lowed by said. We launched an occasional series for 2014, Veteran Vanguard to introduce readers to the wonderful men and woman that contribute so much to veter ans, communities and our stories. This week were featuring Garren Cone, co-founder of the American Veterans Empowerment Team (AVET) Project. Cones passion and enthusiasm are infectious. Hes left Veteran Voice writers and editors scratching our heads in confusing after realizing hed talked us into doing things never giving us chances to say, No. Garren Cones one of those guys who joined the military and never left. The Space Coast resident is co-founder and president of the American Veterans Empowerment Team (AVET) Project, and co-host of American Warrior Radio, a vet erans-interest show on 1300 AM, WMEL. I have a heart to serve my brothers and sisters, Cone said. The 51-year-old is a relative ly new Floridian. His wife, Kim, and he were living in Oregon. They up and traveled around the U.S. for a three years, putting about 42,000 miles behind them. Empowering vets Photo courtesy of Garren Cone Air Force veteran Garren Cone is co-founder and president of the American Veter ans Empowerment Team (AVET) Project, and co-host of American Warrior Radio, a veterans-interest show on 1300 AM, WMEL. Brevard group hosting Military Appreciation Day On May 17, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. we will be holding the First Annu al Space Coast Military Appreciation Day event at Searstown Mall in Titusville. The event will kick off with a 5k run/walk race staging out of the mall. The purpose of the event is to say thank you to military members and their families on the Space Coast and to military retirees, veterans and their family members. There is no admission to the event and proceeds from contributions from vendors and sponsors will be donated to the Junior ROTC units on the Space Coast. There will be music groups, food door prize drawings, marching unit demonstrations and many other fun events, exhibits and activities. There is still time to become a sponsor of the event and to get a booth as a vendor at the event. For this and other information, visit the website and Facebook page: spacecoastmilitaryappreciation. com or For further information, call J. FOR VETERAN VOICESee DAY page 3 See CONE page 6 Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Look, I cant tell you how angry this makes me and the other vets. After everything theyve done. Look at this guy here, he said, pointing to his friend at the kitchen table. Hes a combat-wounded veteran. He won two Bronze Stars and two Legion of Honor from France. Memorial display move draws ire of veterans, Page 7


2 APRIL 24, 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 OBJECTIVE10538 SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!! 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 24, 2014 3 B. Kump, organizing committee chairman at (321) 543-1608 or (321) 543-1608 or email jb.kump@ Online registration for the race is available at There are multiple awards and categories; entry fee is as low as $`5. For more information, call Marty Winkel at (321) 537-3526 or email to Sponsors are Searstown Mall, VITAS Hospice, Fidelity Bank, Edward Jones, Telfer and Faherty, Anderson & Hawkins, Hospice of St. Francis, East Florida State College, Mayor Jim Tulley, city of Titusville, Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, State Farm, the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerces Veterans Resource Council, Franklin Special Event Production, Park Avenue Christian Academy and Brevard Nature Alliance. DAY from page 1ting smoking turns out that growing a post might be one. We went non-smoking, Daryl Bowie, commander of the American Legion Post 318, said. Non-smoking has really, really made a difference toward membership growth. He later added, Were at 2,000 members now. Last year, about this time, Bowie whos a non-smoker, but uses tobacco put membership at around 900. Both numbers are for legionnaires, and dont include the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members. Were up 130 percent over last year for our legionnaires, Bowie said. The post recently moved into a new building it constructed. There will be a grand opening foot building on Sunday, April 27. The post is now at 1000 Savanah Club Blvd., Port St. Lucie. The ceremonies will start at 11 a.m. Members of 318 can attend for free. Other legionnaires and guests will be $6. Lunch will follow the ceremonies, then therell be live music. Bowie said a few months ago, folks brought up the idea of making the new building smoke free. Others proposed allowing smoking only at the posts bar. Bowie said that about 120 voted for smoke-free, and 30 for alternatives that allowed indoor smoking. Therere still some people who are not happy with that outcome, Bowie said. However, he said theres been a dramatic increase in the number of folks attending events and spending time at the post. Bowie said many attribute it to the smoke-free atmosphere. Smokers are allowed to light up on a patio. Bowie said the post is adding more roof over it to accommodate them. Tom Tom Tom Belford, the posts historian, said many of the folks who are joining, or attending post events, are younger, We have a lot of people who are veterans and came in and couldnt take the smoke in the old building, He is a lifelong non-smoker. Belford said he tried smoking once when he was doing a tour in Vietnam. He described it as disgusting. does bother me, he said. It According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, www., those receiving health Smoke em if you got em outsideAmerican Legion Post 318 puffs up membership by banning indoor smokingSee 318 page 5 Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN 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! 10494


4 APRIL 24, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Publisher Steve Erlanger Partner Tammy Raits Managing Editor Debbi Denning Ashley McBride Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Nicole Rodriguez Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Graphic Designer Phil Galdys Donna Marinak LEGAL NOTICE ADVERTISING 407-286-0807 (please note county in the subject line) SUBSCRIBE TODAY (772) 204-2409 POSTAL STATEMENT POSTMASTER: e Voice of Experience No leg? No problem future It was on Mothers Day May 8, 2011 that Tommy Counihan IV was on IED clearance patrol and got hit by one of the very devices his unit was charged with de stroying. My foot felt hot and wet, he said. When I cleared off the de bris, I could see my toes coming out of my boot. I thought, Holy crap. Formerly of Fort Pierce, the 23-year-old served as an Army corporal in the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Polk, La., from 2009 to 2012. others in his unit, was to clear IEDs from roadways used by troop and supply vehicles. Unfor tunately for him, but fortunately for the others, he was the only one seriously injured. After making the decision him self to have his leg amputated They could have saved a sliver of my foot, but it would have taken too many surgeries, too much time he returned to the U.S. and to family, remaining at loose ends for a long time before decid ing where to go from there. But whether Counihan found has a very bright future ahead. Thanks to his new position with Renegade Light Sport, DeLand, end there. Hes going to be the coordinator of Renegades Broken Wing Project, which seeks to teach other wounded warriors to become pilots or mechanics, or both. but with a ready sense of humor. He walks easily on his prosthet ic leg. If he gives the impression that hes an athletic guy, its be cause he always has been and still is. Theres nothing I cant do, he someone says I cant do something, Ill do it just to prove them wrong. At the hangar in DeLand, where Counihan is currently working on light-sport plane engines and gear for amputees, among other training, he is followed every where by his best buddy, Mary Jane, a French bulldog, who bosses everyone around. Its clear Counihan has found his niche at last, an inseparable member of a small and tightknit team at Renegade (headed by Christopher Doc Bailey, the subject of a previous article in Veteran Voice). But it was a lengthy road to get there. Theres nothing I cant do. someone says I cant do something, Ill do it just to prove them wrong. Tommy Counihan IV, amputee training When Counihan was discharged in June 2012, he initially worked for his dad, Tommy Counihan III, who owns and operates Crazy Couns Construction Corp., specializing in custom-designed stairways throughout south Florida. But he was restless. He moved to Fort Myers with his girlfriend and enrolled in Edison State College, but I pretty much saw it wasnt for me, he said. Counihan said hed always had soon learned how frustrating it could be for someone in his situ ation. Then Doc came into the picture. I met Doc through a neighbor, Jim Napier, he said. Hes a Desert Storm vet who lost his left arm and leg. He had found out about Doc (and the Broken Wing Mary KemperSTAFF See WINGS page 9


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 24, 2014 5 care through its medical centers have an above-average rate of smoking. However, Veteran Voice information at press time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 42 million adults in the United States are regular smokers. The majority are men. The centers also report that from 2005 to 2012, the adult smoking rate declined from about 21 to just over 18 percent. Some of that can be attributed to death rates. About 440,000 to 480,000 cigarette smokers die prematurely due to smoking-related health issues a day. Young people are increasingly abstaining from starting tobacco use, although theres evidence some may be opting instead for electronic, or e- cigarettes. E-cigarettes have nicotine, which is addictive in all forms, but not tobacco. The nicotine is delivered at an ever-increasing pace, too, although some may instead be opting for e-cigarettes, which dont have the unpleasant smell of traditional tobacco. The centers report that for more than a decade there have been more former than current smokers in the nation. Smoking, however, remains the leading cause of preventable premature death. The VA reports that about 70 percent of smokers The VA has many helps available to smoking veterans who wish to Bowie said that others are watching whats happening in Port St. Lucie. Were now the eighth-largest American Legion post in Florida, rapidly. He added, I think there are a lot of posts looking at this. A lot are looking at us now and seeing how its going. In addition to celebrating the opening of the posts new facility, 318 is also celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information about it is Photo courtesy of Tom Belford, Post 318 historian 318 from page 3 Indian River Colony Club Call:877-484-6178 The Place Patriots Call Home Active Retirement Community I n dian River Col ony C lub 1 936 Freedom D r ive Vi era (Mel b ourne), F L 3 2 940Ready to start the next adventure? So many choices, with the time to use them. Golf, tennis, dance, craft, ne dining and over 40 clubs & activities of all kinds! Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve. Single family homes on 453 lush acres in Viera. Initially home to Military Officers, IRCC continues to take pride in accommodating those who served, devoted to the traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. 10569


6 APRIL 24, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Thats New York to Los Angeles 15 times, by the way. They noticed a pattern developing. The couple kept returning to Patrick Air Force Base to stay at a camp ground there. They decided to put roots down on the Space Coast in 2007. Honest to God, it was the weather, Cone said. It just agrees with my body. Cone was in the Air Force from 1980 to 1987. I was a buck sergeant, he said. I got medically discharged, be cause of my injury. Cone was hurt while preparing aircraft for 1983s Operation Ur gent Fury, Grenada. After getting discharged, Cone took his persuasive personality into corporate marketing for a while. But that just wasnt doing it for him. I went to work being a veterans advocate, Cone said. Cone was a national service Veterans representing folks to the Board of Veterans Appeals. In addition to that advocacy work, Cone co-founded a local veterans organization in San Diego. After moving to the Space Coast, the Cones decided to revitalize their dream for the AVET Proj ect, which theyd been starting in Oregon back in 2000. Like many organizations, AVET Project sends care packages to service members overseas, among other things. The boxes have many of the usual offerings care-package groups include, such as toilet ries, socks, snacks. However, the AVET Project boxes head out with some things most dont include: relaxation and meditation in structional CDs, for example. Additionally, remember that cer? Those care packages also include instructions on how to keep good journal notes that could come in handy someday. We teach (service members) how to journal, which will ground their claims with the (Department of Veterans Affairs) if an injury becomes a disability, Cone said in a previous interview. When the VA says, Wheres the information?, they can go to their journals. Cones infectious enthusiasm for the AVET Project took some time to catch on, despite his gregari ousness. The organizations around here, particularly in the veterans community, are very territorial, he said. Theyre not receptive to new groups. The Cones started helping exist ing groups, so folks got to know them. You develop relationships, Cone said. (Were) getting in volved in as many groups as we can to help foster good relation ships to ease any fears that we were there to take over. Its been a long journey. The reputation that AVET has earned a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Nobody is getting a paycheck. ing resources where others often dont think to look. Its amazing what we can do with what little we get, he said. Its corporate support (grants). About four years ago, Cone approached WMEL with the idea of doing American Warrior Radio. Hed done some radio hosting before. I went to the (owners), and they said, Yeah, that sounds great. Brevard Countys veterans service ican Warrior Radio is on 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Episodes are archived on YouTube at the avetproject channel. To learn more about the AVET Project, visit More about American Warrior Ra dio is at CONE from page 1Treasure hunt car rally Dogs For Life is sponsoring its Treasure Hunt Car Rally on Sat urday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A mandatory driver and navigator meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the start line located at the DFL Dog Training Campus at 1230 16th Ave., Vero Beach. Participants will be given a treasure map that they will follow throughout Indian River County. tage Center at 2130 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach, where prizes and lunch catered by Osceola Bistro. First prize is $5,000, second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,500. There will also be a entertainment and demonstrations by DFL Assistance Dogs and the Indian River County Sheriffs K-9 units. 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VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 24, 2014 7 The Cascades of St. Lucie West has about 1,100 residents, hundreds of whom are veterans. When a veteran-themed memorial display was recently moved, it sparked anger, and a series of exchanges between veteran residents and members of the Residential Association staff, with no resolution in sight. John Pescino, a resident formerly of Long Island, N.Y., and a Navy veteran of the Korean War, was outspoken on the issue. In the kitchen of his home, he was joined by a fellow veteran, who did not wish his identity published, but who contributed to recounting the events. (the display) was taken down due to renovations that were being done, Pescino said. They moved everything to a corner in the library, where hardly anyone can see it. This was upsetting to me, and a lot of other veterans. Previously, the display had been located in a hallway that Pesci no said received a great deal of Peoples grandkids would come over and see it, and get excited: Oh, theres grandpa! Pescino which he called monuments, list ed each resident veterans name, living or deceased. Weve had prospective residents see it, and they were impressed, he said. And weve had guys say, How can I get on? Wayne Smith, president of the Residential Association, is also a veteran, having spent 11 years in the Army and Florida Army National Guard as an infantry captain. In 2013, the board of direc tors voted to, after 11 years of use, wear and tear, upgrade and restore our clubhouse to a more up to date look, Smith said in a written response. Our community has 1,158 clubhouse and many other amenities. These amenities and the clubhouse are considered com mon area. Per our governing documents, the seated board of directors is responsible for the affairs of the association, which includes providing for the operation, care, upkeep, and maintenance of all of the common areas. We began restoration with the corridors, hired a designer to provide several alternatives, pre sented these to the residents who voted on their choice. The corri dors were completed in late 2013, and the lobby was completed in January 2014. Additional areas are in different stages of planning and execution, he stated, which includes the ongoing issue of where to place the memorial. Smith stated that a total of four possible locations two different corridors, its current location in the library and the ballroom rejected. Pescino said the display, which was paid for out of a former res idents own pocket, stood in its original location for nine years; it was put up on Veterans Day, Memorial display move draws ire of veterans Mary KemperSTAFF Peoples grandkids would come over and see it, and get excited: Oh, theres grandpa! John Pescino, Navy veteran of the Korean War, on a memorial display that is the subject of controversy at the Cascades of St. Lucie West with Kathi G. Schumann, annual membership to the DFL Off-Leash Dog Park, and a Florida Cracker Airboat ride and tour for two. The entrance fee is $250 per car for up to four people, and includes lunch. Other participating agencies include the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, the Veterans Council of Indian River County, and the Indian River Prevention unit and the K-9 unit. For more information or to register, please contact Dogs for Life at (772) 567-8969, via email at dogsforlifevb@bell, or register online at RALLY from page 6Allen West holding book signing The Lipstick Republicans of the Treasure Coast (men welcome too) invite the pub lic to join them on Wednes day, May 14 at 6 p.m. and welcome back St. Lucie Countys very good friend, former congressman Lt. Col. Allen B. West. West will be signing individualized copies of the Republic for attend ees. Books are only $19 and will be available at the event. All are invited to this annu al dinner meeting event. The cost of the buffet dinner is $20 per person. You (Republican men and women) are also welcome to join the club, but it is not necessary. Applications will be available that evening. We suggest you respond ASAP as space is limited. The event will be held at Temple Beth El Israel, 551 S.W. Bethany Drive, St. Luc ie West. Book signing and cocktail hour 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. and dinner/meeting at 7. Reservations ARE required. Please call Mary Ann Russell at (954) 830-8368 or (772) 621-7836 (home), or email her at Marussell434@gmail. FOR VETERAN VOICESee DISPLAY page 8


8 APRIL 24, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Nov. 5, 2005, he said. He said he approached several board members and asked why the display was moved, and was never given a satisfactory an swer, he said. One of them said it didnt go with the new dcor, but when I pressed him on it, he wouldnt answer. Pescino said he signaled his dis pleasure to the governing board by letter, voice, you name it, and said he was told no way are we going to move it. Pescino said three board members spoke to several residents and asked them to come to a meeting on April 3 to discuss the issue. We were sitting there waiting (at while, he said. Finally, (an) as sistant property manager told us it was canceled. He said he later found out the meeting was held, but at a board members home, which he said Ive never heard of happening. Smiths response included a statement on the incident from one of the board members: Three board members met and discussed options, which a majority agreed on. Those options were presented to (the Residential Association presi dent) for his consideration. Because of the gravity of the situation, I communicated with the president of the (Cascades of St. Lucie West) Mens Club to see if they could talk to, or arrange a meeting with three or four of the veterans involved in the issue to exchange some dialogue. This outreach try was not successful. Further attempts to meet were offered. A meeting was planned for April 3 to take place at the clubhouse with four veterans (two of whom were among the group threatening, and two veterans willing to help with this issue); however, prior to this meeting (it was) tried to arrange for a room, but they were all reserved. During that same time period (it was) discovered that the veterans group planned to attend this meeting in force (eight to 15 men), which was not what was planned. The four men were contacted (one was left a voicemail message) and told of the change of location for the meeting and explained why. The three men change in location. At 10:40 p.m., (I) was told that one of the veterans group members had called (and said) they will not meet unless it is in the clubhouse. A second meeting was held April 7, attended by residents and board members alike. Smith stated that it wasnt until this meeting that he was aware of Pescino being part of the group taking action on the issue of the memorials removal. Pescino said he feels marginal ized. Look, I cant tell you how angry this makes me and the other vets. After everything theyve done. Look at this guy here, he said, pointing to his friend at the kitch en table. Hes a combat-wounded veteran. He won two Bronze Stars and two Purple Heart (medals). received the Legion of Honor from France. Theres another one, a Korean War veteran, who got the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Hes 100 percent dis abled. You know what? Someone wrote to him and said, Why are you causing all this trouble? Trouble? How much trouble can it be to recognize and honor for their country? Smith said that, to the contrary, I and our board are very sensitive to such issues, and do take these issues seriously. However, we, the board, also believe in coming to a table to discuss the issues. This was not the case with this issue. Smith said the ballroom is an ideal location for the memori al, because it is used on a dai ly basis for such functions as: Annual Mens Club Veterans Dinner; Monthly, Bocce Club/ Tennis Club/Social Committee Dinner Dances; Monthly Mens Club/Womens Club/Tennis Club Meetings; bi-weekly Computer Club classes; monthly Board of Directors Workshops and board meetings; monthly resident advi sory committee meetings; weekly fessionally produced stage shows DISPLAY from page 7 See DISPLAY page 9 I and our board are very sensitive to such issues, and do take these issues seriously. However, we, the board, also believe in coming to a table to discuss the issues. Wayne Smith, Army veteran and president of the Residential Association of Cascades of St. Lucie West 10572 Protect Your Family and Your Legacy Now!Practice Devoted to Estate and Medicaid PlanningOur Attorneys Help Families with:Living Trusts Wills and Probate Living Wills and Health Care Long Term Care Planning Trust Administration Special Needs Trusts Powers of AttorneyFREE INITIAL CONSULTATIONHelping Families Preserve Their Wealth During & After Their LifetimeEast Lake Professional Center 2100 SE Hillmoor Dr., Suite 105 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 (772) 398-0720 2770 Indian River Blvd., Suite 321 Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 778-8481e hiring of a lawyer is an important decision which should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free, written information regarding our qualications and experience.Member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Member of the National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysAndreas A. Kulas Robert J. Kulas


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE APRIL 24, 2014 9 I was just jumping through hoops trying to get a physical, get a [pilots] license I had just about given up. But Jim said, why not give it a try? At the time, Renegade Light Sport was located in Fort Pierce. Jim and I drove there, and thats where I met Doc, Counihan said. He told me all I needed to get my pilots license was a drivers license. It blew my mind. At the time, Counihan had applied to Florida Atlantic Uni versity, and was waiting to hear whether hed been accepted. He discovered that the Broken Wing Project was due to get un der way in October 2013. And he wanted in. I began hounding Doc, just kind of calling him, Hey, hows it going, when can I start. It took a while, because Doc was busy, but I kept checking in. I got through to him in January, while he was at the Sebring Air Expo, and he said, Come on up and hang out. So I called in sick I was deliv ering pizzas at the time. I went up there, and Doc and I talked a lot. Eventually he said, How at tached are you to delivering pizzas? He made me the offer of working with him and eventually structor. I put in my two weeks no tice, and I havent looked back, Counihan said. trained, Counihan is wearing a number of hats for the company. Im the director of veterans affairs for Broken Wing, and Im also marketing for sponsors, he said. Its Doc Baileys hope to en courage enough corporate spon sors so that any wounded warrior, anywhere, can get housed, fed and trained for free, he said. Right now, Im the liaison with the VA, Wounded Warriors, anything veteran-involved, Couni han said, which includes giving presentations to various agencies on the Broken Wing Project. Ive got a lot of money hoops to jump through, but Im going to keep going, he said. Mary Jane and the gang at Renegade help keep Counihan focused and happy, but he also credited his close family. I never liked the war thing, confessed Counihans dad, regarding his sons decision to serve in the Army. I was in a coma myself after a motorcycle what could happen. Even now Im concerned (about he goes up, Ill worry. But we embrace and support him 100 percent. It brings up his whole spirit, Counihan III said. Im very grate ful he came back with his wits coherent. Hes open, hes honest hes just a good kid. This good kid is going to be, in his own words, the poster child for amputee and paraplegic vets dence-booster for these veterans, but also a potential job avenue in maintenance careers. an understatement. It was a life-changer for me, Counihan said. Once you get up in the air, its amazing. Bailey said he expects to have four future Broken Wing pilots in training by the end of the year Winger, will be right there ready to help guide them into their own life-changer.WINGS from page 4 which average over 400 residents and guests attending; and (we) will be hosting the St. Lucie West Presidents Council monthly meet ing (which several Port St. Lucie council members are planning to attend). Thus, as you can see, this is the most heavily used clubhouse room and the most visual area in this room is the front wall, which would hold the Wall of Honor, all and our Stars and Stripes along with them, and have room to grow. Prior to each function, our res idents are asked to stand for the Pledge (of Allegiance). If this were the location, all those memorial ized would also be saluted. Pescino disagrees, and the issue remains at an impasse. This type of dispute is perhaps experienced by many communities that have veterans as res idents. Memorials are a highly emotionally charged issue, as was seen in last weeks Veteran Voice coverage of the dispute between a veteran and Patrick Air Force Base (see Vol. 2, Issue 24). on both sides to reach a compromise between veterans who feel disrespected and a residential governing board that must take many variables into consideration its not an easy task. Continu ing to communicate, however, would seem to be the best way forward. Editors note: Veteran Voice will continue to monitor the progress of both the Cascades of St. Lucie West memorial and Patrick AFB POW/MIA table issues.DISPLAY from page 8 CLUES ACROSS 1. Comic actor Wilson 5. Dermatitis 11. Agriculture 14. Flyer 15. Assent 18. S S S 19. Capital of Zimbabwe 21. Gas usage measure ment 23. False god 24. About some Norse poems 28. Am. steam engineer James 29. If singers initials 30. Sound unit 32. Envisage 33. Help 35. Payment (abbr.) 36. Abbr. for British postal 39. Ring 41. NCIS stars intials 42. Unstressed-stressed 44. A supporting stalk 46. Indigo plant 47. Not or 49. Genus syringa shrubs 52. 14th C. 78 card game 56. Classical music form 58. Language of Andorra 60. Seasonal planting changes 62. Hatched insect form 63. Sound unit CLUES DOWN 1. Federal home mort gage dept. 2. Have great affection for 3. Goddess of the rainbow 4. Pesetas (abbr.) 5. Species of interbreeding ecotypes 6. A base person 7. Polish monetary unit (abbr.) 8. 7th Greek letter 9. A lot 10. Blood clam genus 12. A single article 13. Suggests the supernatural 16. Male parents 17. Fall into ruin 20. Other 22. Beetle Juice actress initials 25. Female NASCAR drivers initials 26. Indicated horsepower (abbr.) 27. Describe a sporting event 29. Semi-liquid infant food series 34. Former Cowboy __ Nguyen 36. Iranian monetary unit 37. A genus of edentates 38. Perennial mountain rice 40. Atomic #3 43. White (French) 45. Daddy 48. Organized information 50. Astronomer Sagan 51. Greek portico 53. Rodents 54. Beastie Boys EP Aglio e __ 55. K particle 57. 4th calendar month (abbr.) 58. Postal moving form (abbr.) 59. North northeast 61. Camper CROSSWORD10530 SUDOKU




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