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President’s golf game grounds flight portion of veterans event By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice Hard to tell how things could have gone. Folks at the Italian American Civic Association, Vero Beach, are certain that the weather was great for its premier Valentine Salute to Our Vets, but it still got rained out — so to speak. The rain came in the form of a Federal Aviation Administration temporary flight restriction. Much of the Treasure Coast became a no-fly zone for a couple days when President Barack Obama spent last weekend in Palm City. “The president decided to play golf,” event organizer Ray Giustizia said. “No comment.” The show must go on — but this one had to without one of its big events. Members of the Special Forces Association Parachute Team were slated to do some demonstration jumps to wow the crowds. That didn’t happen. Planes couldn’t take flight from the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, where the event was held, while the president was in the area. Additionally, Merritt Island’s Florida Biplanes and Helicopters was unable to give rides in a 1940 Waco UPF-7 and 1953 Hiller UH-12B helicopter. Stanley “Bo” Kinnison, leader of the demonstration parachute team, said the no-fly area during the president’s visit seemed absurdly large. “When we’re doing something for our veterans, I’m sorry the president’s golf game does not take precedence,” Kinnison said. “Why did he need so much airspace restricted when he was down there?” Martin “Marty” Zickert, president of the Veterans Council of Indian River County, is not so sure that flight restrictions caused by Obama’s visit affected the fundraiser. He said the civic association was late to the game for planning and promoting the event.

Service to those who served By Joyce Wilden For Veteran Voice

Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice for the upcoming temporary flight restrictions. That was at 8:13 p.m. It’s the sort of thing that pilots usually don’t notice until

Richard Agnew was born in the Lone Star state, the son of an Air Force officer. The athletic youth attended the University of Iowa on a basketball scholRichard Agnew arship, entering the Air Force as a second lieutenant after ROTC training and graduation in 1968. The next 20 years meant duty posts around the world for the administrative officer focused on Morale, Welfare and Recreation; “People Programs” for service members and their families. With lovely French-born Nicole at his side, Richard retired in 1988. The couple headed to Florida and Richard found a perfect fit as the residential manager for the fledgling community of 50 or so homes in Indian River Colony Club, Viera. Twenty-three years later, the full-service community includes 771 homes. Richard’s 49-member maintenance staff oversees residential maintenance, pest control, irrigation, landscaping and housekeeping/pools services. He instructs new staffers that their job is like “taking care of your parents.” Reciprocally, that same friendly familiarity often sees staff members treated like sons and

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Staff photo by Tammy Raits Ray Giustizia, who organized the Valentine Salute to Our Vets, talks with Rodger Pridgeon, owner of Corporate Air, which provided the hangar where the Feb. 16 event was held. Guistizia said he got the word late Friday afternoon about the restricted air space, and spent until early morning hours on Saturday trying to get a waiver through the governor’s office, but didn’t get a phone call back. “I really don’t think it made that much difference to be truthful with you,” Zickert said. “I’d like to think it did.” Back at the Italian American Civic Association, no one knew that a storm was brewing that might kill ticket sales to the Salute to Our Veterans. On


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Tico Warbird Airshow to recognize 70th anniversary of the ‘Memphis Belle’ B-17 flying 25 missions By Col. Terry Yon, retired For Veteran Voice The B-17 Flying Fortress “Memphis Belle” was one of 12,750 B-17’s built by the Boeing Aircraft Co. The Belle was

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State vets budget gets slight increase By Patrick McCallister For Veteran Voice A little more for Florida’s veterans, but not quite as much as the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs requested and the Florida Cabinet approved. “The governor’s recommended budget is about $88.8 million,” said Steve Murray, communications director of the department. “It is an increase of $4.4 million over this year, which ends on June 30.” Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Scott, a Navy veteran, rolled out his $74.2 billion

proposed budget, named Florida’s Families First. In an age when state governments are generally reducing their workforces, Scott’s proposed budget would add three positions to the state veterans department. “These are going to be veterans’ claims examiners,” Murray said. “Which is a good thing, obviously.” The state employs about 100 service officers, or claims examiners, to help veterans filing for federal Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. The state’s

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MEMPHIS from page 2 with that crew. The “Memphis Belle” and her crew represent all the planes and crews of the 8th Army Air Force. The bombers of the USAAF took on the challenge of daylight precision bombing and succeeded in the face of dramatic losses. “The Belle” flew for 10 months from Nov. 7, 1942 to May 17, 1943. The command had set 25 missions as an incentive for aircrews to go home. Morale was extremely low because 80 percent of the bombers were shot down during the first three months of America’s combat flights over Europe. Early experience showed that the average life expectancy of a bomber crew in late 1942 was 8-12 missions. A bomber crewman at that time only had a 30-50 percent chance of completing his tour of duty. The Belle shot down eight enemy fighters, probably destroyed five others, and damaged at least a dozen more. She dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany, France and Belgium. During her 25 missions she flew 148 hours, 50 minutes, and covered more than 20,000 combat miles. This gallant lady was bullet-ridden and flak damaged; on five separate occasions had engines shot out and once came back with her tail nearly shot off. However, there was not one major injury to the crew members.

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Staff photo by Tammy Raits Even though President Barack Obama’s golf weekend caused the cancellation of the flying attractions scheduled for the event, the show went on anyway. Heidi Shafer, Erinn Diaz and Serah Haley comprise ‘Letters from Home,’ an Andrews Sisters tribute troupe from North Carolina. They sang World War II-era songs and danced for the crowd at the ‘Valentine’s Day Salute to Our Veterans’ sponsored by the Italian American Club of Vero Beach Saturday, Feb. 16.

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GROUNDED from page 1 they’re making flight plans. On Valentine’s Day, Josh Earnest, Obama’s principal deputy press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One that the president was heading to Florida the next day. “And then after that event, he’s traveling to Florida where he’s going to spend Presidents’ Day weekend relaxing with some friends,” Earnest said at a press gaggle. On the 15th, Earnest was a bit more detailed. “But, as I mentioned yesterday, the president is looking forward to spending Presidents’ Day weekend with some friends in Florida, and I’m sure they’ll take advantage of the opportunity to play some golf,” he said at another gaggle. Golf with Jupiter Island resident Eldrick Tont Woods, better known as Tiger. Corporate Air, 3100 Airport Drive West, hosted the Valen-

tine’s Salute. Owner Rodger Pridgeon said temporary flight restrictions are a routine part of any pilot’s life. He said they’re generated by a number of things besides presidential travels, including large sporting events. “There’s one at (Disney World) that’s been there forever,” Pridgeon said. “Ever since 9/11, they don’t want aircraft flying over Disney. I don’t know why they call it temporary.” Giustizia said that a few hundred showed for the charitable event aimed at raising money for the American Civic Association Charities of Vero Beach. The civic association was hoping for a couple thousand attendees. “We probably lost about $4,000,” Giustizia said. “That’s with a lot of people helping us.” Military jets diverted at least three planes from the flight-restricted area when the president was in Palm City. The White House referred all questions to the Secret Service, which had not returned calls by press time for this story.


VETERAN VOICE • THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE • FEBRUARY 22, 2013 • 5 Dennis ‘Chick’ Caffrey of Marine Corps League, Detachment 58 of Vero Beach is serenaded by crooner Heidi Shafer of ‘Letters from Home,’ a North Carolina-based Andrews Sisters tribute group who performed for the audience at the Feb. 16 ‘Valentines for Our Veterans’ event in Vero Beach.

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Air Show returns to Vero Beach after 16 years For Veteran Voice

Vero Beach Air Show Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the three Exchange Clubs in the Vero Beach area are extremely proud and excited to announce the resurrection of the Vero Beach Air Show, at the city of Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach, Florida, after a 16-year hiatus. The excitement begins with back-to-back shows scheduled for Oct. 5-6 and then again on May 10-11, 2014. Located on the grounds that were once used by our brave men and women during WWII, when it was known as the Naval Air Station Vero Beach, the first show, Oct. 5-6, will feature the United States Navy F/A-18 Tactical Demonstration Team, the Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team, and a full weekend of military and civilian air demonstrations, as well as ground static aircraft. The United States Navy F/A-18 Tactical Demonstration or “TAC Demo” is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility, and power of the F/A-18 Hornet

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BUDGET from page 3 veterans department is separate from the federal government’s. The cabinet gave the first nod to the state’s veterans department’s 2013-2014 budget requests in December. Budget recommendations move to the Florida Legislature during its 60-day session, March 5 to May 3. Scott abstained from voting for budget recommendations made to the cabinet, because he’s responsible for crafting and submitting an independent budget request to the Legislature. Murray said the department’s proposed 2013-2014 budget made to the cabinet was about $90.2 million, about $1.4 million more than the governor’s recommendations. This fiscal year, the state agency is operating on an $83.7 million budget with 1,088 fulltime positions. The state veterans department’s primary operations are the State Veterans Homes Program and Agency for Benefits and Assistance. The department operates six nursing homes with 120 beds each, and an assisted living facility with 150. In a previous interview, Murray said the nursing homes program is the largest budget item. “It is more than 90 percent of our budget and 90 percent of our personnel,” he said. “All of that runs from trust funds. No general revenue goes to the homes.” The homes program is financed through a mixture of federal VA, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance and private dollars.

For example, when Floridians purchase military-related specialty plates for their automobiles, they help fund the homes. How implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could affect funding for the veterans homes is unclear. “We’re monitoring it, of course,” Murray said. “The details of how it will affect Florida and Florida’s Veterans Homes is unclear to everyone. We’re monitoring it as the situation matures.” Murray said the benefits-and-assistance agency’s budget is from the state’s general revenue, which is raised through sales taxes and services fees. This year, the department is getting about $7.3 million from the general revenue. The three new positions will come from the state’s general fund. It’s impossible to calculate how many dollars the state’s services officers have helped veterans collect, but Florida’s estimated 1.6 million veterans give the state a substantial economic boost. “During the last federal fiscal year, (veterans) brought in about $13.7 billion federal dollars into Florida’s economy,” Murray said in the previous interview. That’s just in retirement, pensions, healthcare and educational benefits. It doesn’t include ancillary dollars, such as construction of the new Orlando VA hospital, slated to be substantially completed sometime after July and completed by early 2014. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility will cost the federal VA at least $612 million. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t involved in the hospital construction or operation.

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