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VOL. 2/ISSUE 36 THURSDAY, JULY 10, 201435 cents Tradition has taken an early top spot in the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs hunt for a place to put its next veterans nursing home. St. Lucie (County) had more points than anyone else, followed by Marion County, Steve Murray, site selection committee member and communications director at the FDVA, said. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs is not associated with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. The state veterans department now operates six nursing homes with 120 beds each, and an assisted living facility with 150. The nursing homes are, by far, the FDVAs largest function. The 10 site-selection committee members met by conference call on Tuesday, July 1, to discuss their thoughts after visiting nine perspective sites in six counties. Murray said they used score sheets to grade the perspective locations. He was unsure how strong Traditions lead was. The committee members are going to mail their score sheets for review. After verifying the perspective sites initial placements A recommendation will be made to (Mike Prendergast) our executive director of the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, Murray said. Prendergast will give the committees recommendation to Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet at an Aug. 19 meeting. The governor and cabinet will decide where the next veterans nursing home will be. They dont have to (follow the committees recommendation), but I can tell you with the previous seven homes the governor and cabinet have not gone against us, Murray said in a previous interview. The cabinet is made up of the Attorney General Pam Bondi, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Chief Financial Wayne Teegardin, St. Lucies veterans services manager, is leading efforts to get the veterans nursing home on the Treasure Coast. We are absolutely ecstatic, he said. We top two. We knew who our main competitor would be, and we were right. Ben Humphries, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council, responded to the announcement that the Treasure Coast is likely to get the next home with two words. About time, the Vero Beach resident said. The population we have in this area Treasure Coast takes early lead in veteran nursing home search Swimmers make their way to the shoreline to begin the Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman 5k Swim Saturday, July 28 at Jensen Beach. The event is named in honor of Aaron Vaughn, a Navy SEAL team member that was shot down in August 2011 in Afghanistan. com. Mitch Kloorfain chief photographerFrogman frolic Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comSee HOME page 5


2 JULY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE World War II Navy veteran Dick Ramsey said going on a recent Honor Flight for D-Day veterans was better than coming home from the war. The Port St. Lucie resident, 90, and Washington, D.C., from June 5 to 7, along with his guardian, David Traill, a high school history teacher at Suncoast Community High School, Stuart. Both men said the trip, made possible by Honor Flight of Southeast Florida, changed their lives. It was like a kaleidoscope to me, of the colors of humanity. I just couldnt believe the thousands of people who came out to welcome us everywhere we went, but espe Beach Airport). It was overwhelm ing. Traill agreed. There were huge throngs, everywhere we went, he said. It made the guys feel like a million bucks. Roanoke, Va., and took buses to Bedford. That town lost more troops, per capita, during the Normandy invasion than any other in the U.S. On the next day, memorial cere monies were conducted, attended by yet again thousands upon thousands of people, Traill said. On Thursday, we were given a private tour of the D-Day Memo rial, and there werent any people in the gift shop, just as an ex ample, he said. The next day? Forget it. There was no way we could even get in. On Saturday, the veterans and then were bused to Washington, D.C. There, they toured Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, along with the national World War II Veterans Memorial. That evening, memorable welcome home. You should have seen it, Ramsey said. The Knights of Colum bus in their full regalia Im a knight, too. I was surprised by the makeup of the group. Every ethnic group imaginable, every age group. At every step on the trip, ordi nary people stopped what they were doing to cheer the veterans. Roanoke has never had an Honor Flight arrive there before, Traill said. You cant imagine how many people showed up to welcome (the veterans). People were driving in from two hours away to make the trip to thank them. On the road, random people were waiting in their driveways them. There were six or seven Honor Flights that had converged at the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington, Traill said. Loads of people had brought their children and grandkids to surprise the veterans, he said. Such a once-in-a-lifetime expe rience would not have happened without Honor Flight of South east Florida, nor without Traill himself. Ive always had an interest in World War II, he said. My dad was career Air Force. I wanted a way to help my students relate to the past. He devised a novel way to get the students involved in helping to raise funds: an ice cream party was promised to the class that raised the most funds. World War II veterans attended the party Like a kaleidoscope multitudes honor WWII vets on Honor Flight Mary KemperSTAFF Photo courtesy of Dick Traill at the airport en route to a D-Day tribute at Bedford, Va., as part of a Southeast Florida Honor Flight trip June 5-7. Photo courtesy of Dick Traill World War II Navy D-Day veteran Dick Ramsey, right, and his guardian, David Traill, stand in front of a monument in Bedford, Va., recognizing the USS Nevada, on which Ramsey served.See FLIGHT page 3


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JULY 10, 2014 3 Photo courtesy of Dick Traill and enjoyed interacting with the students, he said. Additionally, Traill invites veter ans to come speak to the students periodically. Its so important to honor these veterans, and for the students to get to know their history, he said. Their numbers are dwin dling. Four Honor Flights are conducted each year, with the D-Day scheduled for mid-September. Being south Florida, we have a higher concentration of World War II veterans than anywhere else, Traill said. So we want to get as many on an Honor Flight as we can. Down the road, Traill said he wants to see the same experi ence be given to Korean War and Vietnam veterans, especially the latter. Its overdue, but something they Ramsey agreed. I talked with one Vietnam vet, after seeing so many people cheering us and his eyes, he said. Those guys didnt get the welcome we did, thats for sure. Ramsey served on the USS Neva da, which brought troops to Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion. Editors note: Ramseys experi ences were shared in a previous story in Veteran Voice. After the war, we were assigned to bring the troops home, he said. We made two or three trips. By the time I got back, the celebrations were over. So for me, this trip was the most wonderful thing. Ramsey noted that when he got back to Florida after the trip, he was approached by Port St. Lucie Dr. Shamsher Singh, who wanted to buy him a drink. That led to a dinner invitation, which included St. Lucie Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. Dr. Singh was such an enthusiastic man, Ramsey said. It rubs off on you. Ramsey had equally kind words for his guardian, and friend, Traill. What a great, great guy, he said. I enjoyed him so much. We had so many good conversations. Ill never forget it. Just a great guy. For his part, Traill said, We talked about war, life in general you didnt even want to go to bed. This man had beaten the odds on D-Day, and hes beaten the odds in living so long. And hes such a humble man. So down to earth. Honor Flights are free for the veterans, but guardians must each pay up to $400 each. Raising funds is ongoing, but Traill said hes noticed an uptick in the three years hes been participating. To date, his and the schools We talked about war, life in general you didnt even want to go to bed. David Traill, history teacher at Suncoast Community High School, Stuart, on his experience serving as guardian to World War II and D-Day Navy veteran Richard RamseyFLIGHT from page 2 See FLIGHT page 7 Indian River Colony Club Call:877-484-6178 The Place Patriots Call Home 55 + 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 now takes pride in accommodating all those who served, devoted to the traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. 12098


4 JULY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Theodore Wilson Steve Erlanger Tammy Raits Debbi Denning Mary Kemper Patrick McCallister Shelley Koppel Mitch Kloorfain Eric Macon Phil Galdys Donna Marinak 407-286-0807 county (772) 204-2409 or contact us by email at: Veteran Voice LLC, 1919 SW South Macedo Blvd, Port St Lucie, Send address changes to: e Voice of Experience Don Santos, owner of Santos Construction Company in St. Lucie West, watched his beloved housing industry crash a few years ago, leaving thousands of local folks unemployed. The Viet nam veteran started working with anyone and everyone he could to He said that was a natural out growth of serving in the military. Something I think the military gives everyone is the skill of lead ership, he said. I dont mean management. I mean leadership. Youre responsible for (subordinates) and responsible for getting the job done, and leading your men to get the job done. CareerSource Research Coast recently announced that Santos will be the vice chairman of the board for the next two years. His torically that means hes likely to become the chairman thereafter. During the depression we had on the Treasure Coast in 2008, 2009, many of the guys who worked for me lost their jobs, Santos said. They had an opening on the board of directors at CareerSource. I wanted to partic ipate, because I wanted to make sure guys in (home building) That was in 2010. Things were tougher than ever for the Sunshine State, especially in St. Lucie County. In June, 2009, at the end of the international recession, Floridas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 10.6 percent. That was higher than any other month going back to October 1975 when the state was at 11 percent. The nation had an adjusted unemployment rate of 9.5 that month. While some of the nation seemed to start making tiny bits of economic progress right around the second half of Floridas unemployment had more to show. The states unemployment didnt peak until about January 2010. There was a statewide 11.9 percent seasonally adjusted unemployment rate that month. St. Lucie County checked in with a 14.9 percent not adjusted unemployment rate. out we were having an effective unemployment rate at 30 percent, Santos said. If you count the underemployed, those who couldnt pay their bills, it was probably higher than that. Back at Santos Construction, things had gone from building six to eight $400,000 to $500,000 houses a year to one or two. San tos saw one of St. Lucies prob lems right away. economy, Santos said. We cannot rely on residential construc tion to be the engine of the train. He added, Homes are where jobs go at night. Bring a job that pays $40,000, $50,000 a year, dont worry; well be building that guy a house. Santos said he hopes to spend his time as vice chairman con tinuing to raise awareness about and helping to solve two issues. One those whove worked in cant easily transition to others. Two while progress has hap pened for veterans employment, its not enough until every vet eran who wants to work has the chance. The military life is different than the civilian life, he said. If youve been in military life for a long time, getting back into civil ian life is scary. In an emailed response to queries for a previous Veteran Voice story, Jessica Sims, press secre tary, said about 27,300 veterans found employment through the Department of Economic Oppor tunitys various services last year. From January to May this year, another 11,500 have. Thats a slight average daily increase from 74.85 to 76.15. Sims said that the current population survey 2013 annual average unemployment rate for Florida veterans was 6.1 percent, verses 7.1 for others. Nationally, the CPS 2013 average unemployment rate for veterans was 6.6 percent. For others it was 7.2. Back in the mid-60s, Santos, a Boston native, was graduat ing from the Cradle of Libertys Northeastern University. He entered the Army and got a gig in the Corps of Engineers as a ju in the early s, Santos got a business degree from Louisiana State, then headed to Fort Lauderdale to work with his fatherin-law. Santos eventually started a building company in Coral Springs. Then he got an offer from Paul Pete Hegener, president of Core Communities. Hegener, who died in 2012, played key roles in developing St. Lucie West and Tradition. Pete was a true visionary, San tos said. At that time St. Lucie West was almost in bankruptcy. He came down to Broward Coun ty and talked with my partners and me and asked us if wed come up and build. Santos loved the area. I built my own home and live here in Heatherwood (St. Lucie West), he said. Im one of the rare builders who actually lives in a community he built. Santos is married to Katherine. The couple has four sons between them. The state has 24 regional workforce-development organizations Veteran becomes vice chairman at CareerSource Research Coast Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN Don Santos Blood Drive July 26, 2014 from noon to 6 p.m. The Big Red Bus will be taking donations of your blood to help replenish needed blood supplies. At the same time and with your help, Wreaths Across America and Big Apple Pizza will be taking donations. Dine in, out or delivery. Mention Wreaths Across America when you place your order (772) 8716627 and a percentage of your bill will be donated to Wreaths Across America to purchase wreaths to put on our veterans graves this Dec. 13, at the White City Cemetery wreaths ceremony.Wreaths Across America and Big Apple Pizza (Bayshore location) co-sponsoring a visit from The Big Red Bus FOR VETERAN VOICESee SANTOS page 8


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JULY 10, 2014 5 weve been needing one for quite some time, Humphries said. Weve been harping on this for the longest time to get one built. The Tradition Land Company donated about 28 acres to St. Lucie County to bolster its bid to get the next home. During its 2013 session, the Florida Legislature approved about $100,000 for an independent study to determine whether a new veteran nursing home was needed, and if so where it should go. Scott and the cabinet considered the study, which Health Strategies did, at a February meeting in Tampa. The governor and cabinet opted to send letters to the top 10 good places for veterans homes requesting letters of interest back from them. Eight of the 10 counties did send us letters of intent telling us they were interested in bidding, Murray said in a previous interview. Murray said that St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were in that list. Palm Beach didnt send a letter of intent. Others on the list were Lee, Collier, Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough, Marion, Putnam and Sumter. The closest veteran nursing home to the Treasure Coast is the Alexander Sandy Nininger Veterans Nursing Home, 8401 W. Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines. The next closest is the Emory L. Bennett State Veterans Nursing Home, 1920 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach. Bennett was built in 1993. Nininger in 2001. Murray said the last home was built in 2010. That was the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine. That home cost about $30 million to build. The state paid about 35 percent of the costs. The VA paid about 65 percent. Other homes are in Land O Lakes, Panama City and Port Charlotte. The assisted living facility is in Lake City. Murray said the FDVA has the needed money for its share to go forward with building a state veterans nursing home, because of changes the legislature made to its trust funds last session. The trust has about $47 million. Teegardin said in a previous interview that there are numerous reasons Tradition and the Treaveterans home. Theyre supposed to hire around 190 people to run it, in addition to the construction jobs itll create, he said. The home would serve veterans for about a 75-mile radius. Teegardin said that makes Tradition an ideal location for a veterans home. (The local) 75-mile radius is estimated to have 211,647 veterans in it, he said Of those, 112,758 are over age 65, which is the target of the nursing home.HOME from page 1 During a recent meeting at Indian River Colony Club on Friday, June writer of many articles and the auica: A Cultural Enigma, spoke to the Blue Badgers and their guests about the seismic changes which have occurred within American society during the past 50 years. Gilleland spoke from the vantage point of 30 years in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force plus post-retirement work as director of public relations for AM General Corporation and General Dynamics. He supported his talk with myriad statistics and identitural, political, economic and social mores and where we stand as a people and a nation. Prior to Gillelands presentation, the group witnessed the investiture of The Order of St. Maurice to Sgt. Scott Fennell, U.S. Army, and Jerry Nelms, Blue Badge Society president. Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Juan Santiago, member of The Order and of the Blue Badge Society, made the presentations on behalf the U.S. Armys Chief of Infantry and the National Infantry Association. St. Maurice is the Patron Saint of American Infantry. In addition to the investiture ceremony, Jerry Nelms presented Staff Sgt. (P) Joseph Bagnall a plaque from The Blue Badge Society recognizing his achievement as an Outstanding Army Recruiter. The Military Society of the Blue Badge hear author speak FOR VETERAN VOICE 12119 Peggy cared for our mom at home during a long illness so Mom could be with the family she loved. But in the nal months when Moms condition got worse, her doctor recommended Treasure Coast Hospice. They provided expert care for Mom, supported our caregiving and guided the whole family. This was the relief we needed to enjoy time with Mom.With our support, families can be more condent caregivers and spend more quality time together. To learn more, call us at ( 866 ) 999-4550 or visit Serving all, regardless of ability to pay. Ellen and Peggy Margarets daughtersLicensed since 1982. 2 Treasure Coast Hospice.Teasue Coast Hospice lifted a weight off ou shoulders. TREASURING LIFE TCFL-078 4.79x6.3.indd 1 10/9/13 10:02 AM 12242


6 JULY 10, 2014 VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE To care for him who shall have borne the battleSometimes the seriously wounded dont walk with canes or per manent limps. Sometimes they dont have scars to show, or hide. Sometimes their scars are mani fested as self-destructive behav iors, memory problems, frequent nightmares, repeated arrests, or inability to stay married, or keep a job. The wound is called post-traumatic stress disorder. And like other wounds, it requires profes sional treatment. This is basically brain surgery through words, Jack Gamble, clinical coordinator at the De partment of Veterans Affairs St. Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team Outpatient Program, said. The center in St. Lucie West serves clients throughout the West Palm Beach VA Medical Centers area: St. Lucie, Mar tin, Indian River, Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry and Okeechobee counties. Last year, it had almost 500 patients in individual and group therapy sessions. This isnt the run-of-the-mill mental health service. It special izes in PTSD induced by military combat and sexual trauma. Gamble was in the military po lice in the early 1980s. That was when the Red Brigades in Italy kidnapped Brig. Gen. James Doz ier, NATOs deputy chief of staff. Marxist terrorist groups were op erating throughout Europe at the time, including Germany. Thats where Gamble was stationed. Red Army Faction, he said. Gamble picked the military po lice for a reason. My father was in law enforce ment, Gamble said. When I was born, he knew what I was going to do. After getting out of the Army, Gamble went to work for the Florida Department of Law En forcement. He wanted to make a different contribution to society. I decided I wanted to help peo ple stay out of jail rather than put them into jail, he said. So, Gamble took his interest in psychology and headed to school for working in counseling rooms. He got the classes and parchments he needed between Florida and New York schools, then took an unlikely job for a guy whod grown up in Gainesville. In 2006, the Indian Health Service pro viding mental health services to Alaskan natives. His challenge in remote villag es was high suicide rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this year that the suicide rate for Native Americans and Alaskans is almost 50 percent higher than for non-Hispanic whites. Additional ly, among the native populations there are much higher-than-average incidents of behavioral diseases, such as smoking-induced lung cancer. Destructive behaviors, such as smoking, are often rooted in or reinforced by traumas. (Native Alaskans) culture has been taken away, Gamble said. Theyre left with the Internet and theyre exposed to Western culture. Theyre exposed to Western culture, but they dont trust it. Largely because of a history Gamble said of people whod gone to help the Alaska Natives misguidedly abusing them. For example, many report that mis sionary schoolteachers sometimes hit children for speaking in their native languages. Gamble said over time hed got ten through engrained mistrust and cultivated relationships with Patrick McCallisterFOR VETERAN VOICEpatrick.mccallister@yahoo.comMitch Kloorfain/chief photographer This is basically brain surgery through words, Jack Gamble, clinical coordinator at Program, said. Survey on VA legislation seeks Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, requested feedback from veterans and family members on whether a bipartisan legislative package they helped put together is an effective way to combat problems with VA medical care. From their website: The package includes provisions to expand access to non-VA facilities if veterans experience long wait times or live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA fa lish an independent commission to examine scheduling practices at the VA, and allow for the construction of new VA medical facilities as well as the hiring of additional medical staff to better serve our veterans. In a report dated June 11, the Associated Press stated: United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legisla tion Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors. The 421-0 vote was Congress strongest response yet to the data at the beleaguered agency. Senate leaders plan debate soon on a similar, broader package that has also drawn bipartisan support, underscoring how politically toxic it could be for law makers to be seen as ignoring the problem. (House Veterans Affairs Com mittee Chairman) U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, said the VA would save $400 million annually by eliminating bonuses, money the agency could use for expanded care at its centers. On June 11, the Senate voted 93-3 on its own version of the bill, which mirrored the House version. Before the legislation becomes law, however, both chambers appropriations committees need to secure funding, reach $50 billion. With strong bipartisan support, the bill is on its way to President Barack Obama for signature. To date, more than 400 people have participated in Murphys survey on the issue, according to Erin Moffet Hale, who is Murphys communications director. The results, which have not yet Mary KemperSTAFF WRITERmkemper@veteranvoiceweekly.comSee SURVEY page 8 See PTSD page 7


VETERAN VOICE THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE JULY 10, 2014 7 efforts have raised $25,000. In the near future, two pho tographs of the Honor Flight veterans will be auctioned, con taining the signatures of many of the veterans around the photo mattes. One of the photos will come with a container of sand from Omaha Beach, Traill said. Prints of the photos will also be made, as most of the veterans requested copies. For now, though, the memories are nearly as vivid as any picture. I just wish everyone could go on an Honor Flight. It really teaches you whats right and whats important, Traill said. I just couldnt feel any nega tivity for a whole week after we got back. We were received by a won derful cross section of Amer icans at every stop, Ramsey said. The best was saved for last West Palm Beach what a reception. Flag-waving, handshakes, back-slapping, cheering, some singing. Ill never forget it. For information on how to apply for a seat for a veteran, or how to make a donation, visit Honor Flight of Southeast Flor idas website at www.honor FLIGHT from page 3the Inupiat. That experience has helped Gamble cultivate relation ships with another group that has tribe-like behaviors, such distinct phraseology and symbols: combat veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam. Theyve learned how to cope (with PTSD) in their own ways, healthy and unhealthy, for 40 years, he said. Gamble later add ed, Trust is everything, because (combat veterans) have so much distrust. Gamble said that the center has two counselors, including him self, and two psychiatrists who prescribe and monitor medications when theyre needed. The center is in the process of hiring two more counselors, and is spe veteran. Some seeking counseling prefer same-gender therapists. He said about 65 percent of the patients are Vietnam-era veter ans. Many of that generation, Gamble said, used demanding careers to mask PTSD symptoms for decades. Now that many are retiring, their PTSD symptoms are emerging, or re-emerging. About 25 to 30 percent of the patients are younger; they mostly served in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Theres also a handful of World War II and Korean War veterans who are just now seeking help for symptoms that go back sometimes seven decades. Gamble said veterans cant just walk in and get services at the PTSD Outpatient Program. He said admission into the program starts with doctors checking for medical conditions with symp toms similar to PTSD, such as traumatic brain injury. He said combat veterans who suspect they have PTSD should report their symptoms to any VA medical professional. Those ex periencing acute symptoms, such as sudden relentless nightmares, should either immediately go to VA medical centers, or call the Veterans Crisis Line, (800) 2738255, Ext. 1. Veterans can also contact the Crisis Line by texting 838255. Friends and family members can call the Veterans Crisis Line if theyre concerned about a veteran. Life does not have to be the way its been, Gamble said. (PTSD veterans) deserve better. Gamble said anyone, especially a combat veteran, whos feeling suicidal should immediately call 911. PTSD from page 6 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 Super visor 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 1-800669-8477 VA Regional Office 1-800-827-1000 VA Medical Ctr, W. Palm Beach 1-800972-8262 Pharmacy, VA Medical Center 1-800317-8387 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 Veter ans 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 Veter ans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America and many other groups with a nar row 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 ad dress 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. 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