Saturday, March 5, 2016

Central Florida Upcoming Veterans Events

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Orlando Rocks Benefit – Sat. March 5 – VFW Post 4287 and Semper Fidelis America sponsor this fundraising benefit for Air Force MSGT Joseph Deslauriers.  He lost both legs, and his left arm at the elbow in an IED explosion in 2011.  Destin, FL is now the home to him, his wife and son.  Proceeds will assist with various family expenses.  Meal and entertainment show are $20/pp available at the door; Arrive early as the National Anthem starts at 3pm, with an escorted limousine transporting MSGT and his family arrives before.   VFW Post 4287, 3500 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, 32822.  Can’t attend? Donations still welcomed by mailing to Post or by PayPal at semperfidelisamerica.org for MSGT Deslauriers.  Info: Navy Mom Mary  orlandorocks@ semperfidelisamerica .org   407-273-6581.


Col. Jim Slife, commander 1st Special Operations Wing, pins a Silver Star on Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joseph Deslauriers, an explosive ordnance disposal technician from the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov. 14, 2012. Deslauriers earned the medal for gallantry in action while serving in Afghanistan. HAYDEN HYATT/U.S. AIR FORCE
Published on Nov 16, 2012 A Hurlburt Field airman is being awarded the silver star for his act of bravery during his last deployment. TSgt Joseph Deslauriers was able to stand and receive his award amongst his peers in the Hall of Heroes. Available in High Definition.



March list of Central FL veteran, military and patriotic events
From Cathy Haynes

*This is a list of unique events in Central Florida – events that have been shared with me. 
*Send me your events – people cannot attend an event if they don’t know about it!
*Please share this information and events with your friends and interested others and attend.  Post where appropriate.

Marine Corps PFT (Physical Fitness Test) Challenge - Sat Mar 5 - in Orlando has been postponed until October 1 – bigger and better!  You now have more time to form a team and challenge other teams in competition, or to establish your individual record to break!  Benefiting the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation but open to all interested persons.  To sponsor contact Sean   sean.c.osmond @gmail .com
The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution – Sat. Mar 5 – Join veteran and historical groups as they commemorate the last naval battle of the American Revolution – just off of Cape Canaveral in 1783.  Color Guard begins at 10am, parade of organizations, and ceremony follows that commemorates a ship loaded with silver heading to the Continental Army in Philadelphia and escaping British ships trying to capture it.  Veteran's Memorial Center, 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island, 32952.
TinCan Jamboree – Sat. Mar 5 – Live Americana and Alt-Country music at the Orlando Eye. Benefiting Camaraderie Foundation, which supports veterans, military and their families with various counseling needs.  Lives, marriages and families have been saved!  5pm – 9pm at 8371 International Drive, Orlando.
Firearms Fun Night - Sun. Mar 6 – 2pm shooting competition, $50.  Presented by AVET Project in Melbourne, assisting veteran and military families.  FrogBones Family Shooting Center, 404 S Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, 32901.  Raffle for Kel-Tec PMR30 handgun 22 mag, $10/ticket, 3 for $20.  kim@ avetproject .org  321-373-7046
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Sun. Mar 6 – 2pm start time in downtown Winter Park, at the Country Club and proceed south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. More than 75 units will participate.  Irish dancers, first responders’ bagpipes and the local Korean War Veterans Chapter 173 will also have a float!  (KWVA - Thank you for the parade info!)  407-222-0648.
Veteran Infused Employment Workshop (VIEW) – Tues, Wed, Thurs March 8,9,10 – Workshops to provide veterans with updated job skills and information to obtain gainful employment.  Lake Nona VA Medical Center, 13800 Veterans Way, Rm 4F106 A/B, Orlando, 32827.  Shuttles are available from the Lake Baldwin facility and run every hour on the hour for those veterans with some transportation issues.
Tues. Mar 8:  10am – 2pm “Creating your Job Search Tactics and Network”;
Wed. Mar 9:  10am – 2pm “Goals, Resumes, and Interviewing”;
Thurs. Mar 10:  9am – 4pm “Performance Excellence, Mock Interviews and Graduation”.
(Lunch is NOT provided).  Info:  Ellamay “Annie” Artis, Veteran Community Employment Coordinator,
Phone:  407-646-5500 x28846,  Mobile:  517-862-1434, ellamay.artis@ va .gov
Navy League Social – Tues. Mar 8 - Join the Central Florida Navy League for food, wine, networking and a great time on at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Waterford Lakes.   Cash bar and appetizers, 5pm at 529 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 32828.  This month’s social is being sponsored by SIMETRI.  The Navy League is composed of citizens in support of the United States sea services – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines, but we welcome Army and Air Force too!.  Many members are military veterans but military service is NOT required.  www. cfnavyleague .org 
Central Florida Navy League mtg – Wed. Mar 9 - Guest speaker this month is Dr. David Painter, Rollins College Professor of Communications to give a presentation about the History of the Navy at Rollins College and in Winter Park, FL.  Over 600,000 lives were changed due to presence of the Navy in Central Florida, and that doesn’t count the impact on the civilian community.  The Navy League is composed of citizens in support of the United States sea services – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.  Many members are military veterans but military service is NOT required.  The local CFNL is one of the largest in Florida with fun and educational monthly meetings with a very diverse membership.  Lunch meeting at Holiday Inn, UCF, 1724 Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 32826, at 11:30 and luncheon ends promptly at 13:00.  Luncheons are $20 prepaid by 10am Mon. Mar 7; or $25 at the door for space available attendance. Prepay by credit card online at  www. cfnavyleague .org    Membership inquiries: Bob Karas  navleaguecenfl @juno .com    407-977-7575
FAVOB After Hours – Wed. Mar 9 - Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB) sponsors this After Hours "FREE"event!!! Come join us for drinks, fellowship and networking at Blu on the Avenue, 326 S Park Ave, Winter Park, 32789.  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  Open to all civilians and veterans alike....You don't have to be a vet to support the veteran business community!  Special reduced pricing on drinks and appetizers has been arranged.  Info:  jrice @ supportingstrategies. com
Tico Warbird Airshow – Fri, Sat, Sun March 11, 12, 13 – Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. Fri. night has a twilight show ending with fireworks and music.  Sat. and Sun gates open at 8:30am with the airshow beginning 1pm – 5pm.  Advance tickets $20 adults, $5 children.  Gate Tickets $25 and $10 for children.  busy and fast paced flying program with a mix of historic warbirds, modern jets and aerobatic teams, and also “Fifi”, the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress . Ground events include military camps, car displays, a kid's carnival, gift shop and autograph tent, multiple food and souvenir venders, and pyrotechnics. www. valiantaircommand .com   Ron Davis, Public Relations Officer of Valiant Air Command  321.268.1941  publicrelations@ valiantaircommand .com
Seminole County Homeless Veterans Stand Down - Sat March 12 – Volunteers and Vendor opportunities (requires registration now) 9am – 1pm at Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, 400 W. Airport Blvd., Sanford, 32773.  7:30 - 8am - Volunteers and vendors, Battle Buddies touring facility.  “The term Stand Down was first used during the Viet Nam War; we would come out of the jungle after searching for the enemy for weeks, we would lick our wounds, clean our weapons and get ready to go back. Today the term Stand Down is used when we bring our homeless (and precociously housed) veterans to a central location to reconnect them with the VA and other homeless service providers. Not only providers, but we will provide showers, clothing, hot meals, legal assistance, medical, dental screening, etc .  It is manned and serviced by volunteers. Last year, contrary to news reports, we had a 50% increase from the year before. Feel free to contact us directly at Seminolestanddown @gmail .com.”  (Thank you, Ed Burford!)
Sun. March 13 – Daylight Savings time begins.  Did you move your clock ahead one hour? 
March 13 is K-9 Veterans Day.  Many four-legged canine warriors and canine first responders have saved lives, sometimes sacrificing their own.  Some came home and retired to become family pets. Others could not because of parasites and disease exposure, especially in Vietnam.  Commemorate and memorialize these devoted veterans by sending your stories and pictures of them for a Museum of Military History special collection.  Send to:  museumofmilitaryhistory2 @gmail .com   The Museum in Kissimmee already has a special display for these working dogs.  5210 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee, 34796.  Open 10am – 6pm Tues – Sun.  www  museumofmilitaryhistory .com 
Remembering and Honoring Vietnam Veterans in Osceola County – Mon March 14 – Special presentation of a Proclamation by Osceola County at the Board of County Commissioners meeting, 1:30pm.  Commission Chambers (4th Floor), 1 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, 34741.  All VVA Chapter 755 members, any Vietnam or any other veterans and veteran supporters are encouraged to attend the ceremony.  It also shows the community leaders that their recognition is appreciated.  The City of Kissimmee presented a Proclamation on March 1 at their Council meeting. (Thank you VVA member Vinnie M! SECVVA755 @aol .com)
Orlando Marine Corps League mtg – Mon. Mar 14 - Cpl. Larry E. Smedley, Detachment 064 monthly meeting, 7pm – 8pm at the Orange County Library, 4324 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, 32803 -- Herndon Meeting Room 1.  Next mtg on Tues., April 12, same time, same place.  Info:  John Gionet  sgtmajgna@ earthlink .net    407-963-9388 (USMC Corporal Larry E. Smedley was an Orlando resident who posthumously received the United States' highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor — for his actions in December 1967 in Quảng Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam.  The actual Medal of Honor hangs in the Orange County Courthouse as a community gift from his mother.)
Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses mtg (FAVOB) – Tues March 15 – meeting at 10am, a “Chamber of Commerce” of sorts open to all veteran owned businesses, at American Legion Florida Department bldg., 1912A Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810.  19 states offer contract preferences to veteran owned businesses.  Florida is NOT one of them.  Our goal is to change that in big business, our cities, and counties too.  See FAVOB Facebook site.  Info:  Chairman Michael Waldrop  mwaldrop @blue-cord .com
“Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots” – Tues March 15 – This Emmy nominated documentary will be screened at Rollins College, free and open to the public and is in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Hosted by Bill Suchy M.Ed., General Manager of Orange TV & Vision TV, who was the writer, producer and director.  These were the first female pilots of American military aircraft and helped win the war by ferrying aircraft, flying as test pilots and towing targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice.  Reception begins at 3:30 and will include WASP Kathleen Hilbrandt.  The film starts at 4:15 pm followed by a Q&A session. Bush Auditorium on Rollins College Campus, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park32789. Free parking   Email: jnorburn@ rollins .edu or call 407.691-1251 to reserve your seat.
Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach mtg – Wed. March 16 - Chapter 1048 of VVA meet at 6:30pm, at VFW 3282, 5810 S Williamson Bvd, Port Orange, 32128.  All Veterans welcome, join now , bring your DD214.  Contact Rod Phillips at cobra101st@ gmail .com 386.690.9553
Solar Bears Military Appreciation Weekend – Sat. and Sun March 19, 20 – Tickets to the Solar Bears Hockey games as low as $13.  Solar Bears vs. Adirondack Thunder – Saturday start at 7pm, Sunday start at 6pm. Special giveaways.  See Solar Bears website for details.
Vietnam Veterans Tribute– Sat. March 19 – This special Museum of Military History “Commanders Call” gathering is dedicated to Vietnam veterans.  Special displays, info and events will start at 11am. Honored Guest Speakers are Gary Baura, Command Sergeant Major, US Army Special Forces (Ret.) and Vinh Dao, Colonel, Vietnam Air Force, who served as a pilot from 1964 up until the fall of Saigon in April, 1975. Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 755 will have a special display and there is free museum admission to ‘Nam vets, discounted admission for all others.  50th Anniversary Commemorative pins will be issued.  Any veteran or other organization can reserve space by calling the Museum at 407-507-3894.  5210 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee, 34796.  Open 10am – 6pm Tues – Sun.  www  museumofmilitaryhistory .com 
Greeters needed!  Honor Flights Resume their Spring 2016 trips!  Come Welcome them Home! –Sat. Mar 19 – Orlando Int’l Airport –After a day spent in Washington DC, veterans of WWII and Korean War veterans return home thru Orlando Int’l Airport.  The nation-wide organization has three local hubs that take veterans on a single day trip to our nation’s capital where they visit the WWII, Korea, and Vietnam War Memorials, Marine Corps Iwo Jima and the Air Force Monuments, and witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.  This group will return at about 9:30 pm and enter the terminal area at about 10:30pm.  Come welcome these former warriors home!  “Welcome Home” receptions at the airports makes a difference!  Bring your flags, banners and signs! –Dates are: 
·         Sat. March 19 – 25 veterans, plus their guardians and staff.
·         Wed. March 30 – 35 veterans, plus their guardians and staff.
·         Sat. April 9 – 50 veterans, plus their guardians and staff.
Contact Cathy Haynes for those details -  chaynes11629@ yahoo .com   407-239-8468.
For the Early Birds - you can wave these veterans off in the morning no later than 5am.   They process thru Security early and quickly.
Women in Defense (WID) Central Florida – Sun. March 20 - Pre-Easter/Women's History Month special event at the Blanchard Park YMCA. The agenda includes presentations from two exceptional women in the defense and security industries, a private facility tour and the option to engage in a healthy workout compliments of the YMCA-ensuring all guests an afternoon of mental and physical enrichment.
12-4pm, Blanchard Park YMCA, 10501 Jay Blanchard Trail, Orlando, 32817.  $20 for WID Members, $25 for Non-Members.  Attire: Spring Casual, but after the tour, guests are encouraged to utilize the YMCA amenities. Please bring a change of clothing.  Registration: www.  wid-cfl.org /programs    RSVP to: Daila "Dee" Espeut-Jones at programs@ wid-cfl .org
Golf Tribute to LCol Earle Denton – Sun. Mar 20 - 1pm Shotgun Start at Rio Pinar Country Club, 8600 El Prado Avenue, Orlando, 32825.  Sponsored by Sunshine Chapter of AUSA and Memorial Park Foundation to commemorate Army LCol Earle Denton, an avid supporter of veterans and military and local historical figure in Central Florida (d. 2015).  Rio Pinar Member contribution: $25, Non-member contribution: $60 Sign up/Contact Proshop at (407) 277-5520
Remembering and Honoring Vietnam Veterans in St. Cloud – Thurs. March 24 – Special presentation of a Proclamation by the City of St. Cloud at the City Council Meeting, 6:30pm.  1300 Ninth Street, Building A, 3rd Floor, Council Chambers, St. Cloud, 34769.  All VVA Chapter 755 members, any Vietnam or any other veterans and veteran supporters are encouraged to attend the ceremony.  It also shows the community leaders that their recognition is appreciated.  (Thank you VVA member Vinnie M! SECVVA755 @aol .com)
American Legion Post #55 Golf Tournament – Sat. March 26 – Swiss Fairways Golf Club, 13114 Skiing Paradise Blvd, Clermont, 34711. Registration will begin at 7:00 am with an 8:00 am Shotgun start. Entry fee is $50, includes golf, and award lunch, raffles.  Teams being formed now, singles welcome.
Sponsorships welcomed; Donations, and Registration contact:  Don at {352}874-2623; Jazmin at (352) 277-9379  LeqionPost55@ embarq mail .com  Jazminidalis @smail .com
Scholarship Banquet Fund Raising Dinner – Sat. March 26 – This 21st Annual Valencia College & RAFMAN CLUB Foundation event rewards good scholars and encourages community leadership. 6:30pm registration, 7-9:45 PM Program & Dinner at First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young PKWY, Orlando, 32805.  $40/pp donation;  Semi – Formal attire.  Door Prizes:   10” Tablet or 7” Tablet or $100 VISA Gift Card! (need not be present to win one.)  RAFMAN Club Foundation (RetiredAir Force, Marines, Army, Navy) is a 501(c)3 Non-profit.   (407) 734-5794  RAFMANclub@ bellsouth .net   www. rafmanclubfoundation .org/
Remembering and Honoring Vietnam Veterans in Orlando– Mon. March 28 – Special presentation of a Proclamation by the City of Orlando at the City Council Meeting, 1:30pm. Orlando City Hall,  400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, 32801  All VVA Chapter 755 members, any Vietnam or any other veterans and veteran supporters are encouraged to attend the ceremony.  It also shows the community leaders that their recognition is appreciated.  Parking will be validated ONLY if you park in the adjoining City Commons Garage.  (Thank you VVA member Vinnie M! SECVVA755 @aol .com)
Central Florida Navy Leagues 5K & 10K Run/Walk/Roll – Sat. Apr 2 – This 7th annual event begins with Colors and National Anthem at 7:30am; Racing begins 8am at the Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave, Orlando, 32814.  Join us for a run around the former grounds of Naval Training Center Orlando to honor the city's rich military heritage and support our wounded service men and women. Proceeds benefit the Lone Sailor Monument and Camaraderie Foundation (providing counseling for military and veterans and their families experiencing various life challenges.) Discounts for groups and military before race day.  Visit cfnl5k. org for details and to register online.  Sponsorships welcomed. Info:  info@ cfnl5k .org  
Militia Encampment – Sat and Sun April 2, 3 – Military history buffs will enjoy this event of soldiers in 1840 period uniforms, camp and programs in the Fort Christmas, east of Orlando on S.R. 50.  10am – 4pm in Christmas 1300 N Fort Christmas Rd, Christmas, FL 32709.  Fort Christmas was built in present day Christmas, Florida during the Second Seminole War. Construction began on December 25, 1837, with the arrival of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama volunteers.   Musket and cannon firing demonstrations, along with a traditional Florida "Cracker" house and eight pioneer homes.
Sun. Apr 2 – Kids on the Water – free day of activities for kids at Wickham Park, per AVET Project. See their website for up to date info and places.  www. avetproject .org 
28th Annual Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation Golf Tournament - Fri, April 8 - The annual golf tournament, CFMCF’s only fund-raising activity, is an opportunity to support our organization’s projects through golf.  8am Shotgun Start at Timacuan Golf Club, 550 Timacuan Boulevard, Lake Mary, 32746. Register at www. CentralFloridaMarines .org   To sponsor or for info: Vince Dees at (407) 456-3314, julian.dees@ gmail .com, or Jan Baka at (407) 758-0968, jan.baka @ecs-federal .com
Minority Veterans Town Hall Meeting and Veterans Information Seminar – Sat. April 9 - 10am till complete.  Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, 32805.  Come with your questions about your VA Benefits.  Department of Veterans Affairs Representatives will be on site to provide information on programs and services available in the VA.  Spouses, families and loved ones of Veterans are encouraged to attend!  Sponsored by RAFMAN Club of Orlando – Retired Air Force,Marines, Army and Navy. 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Sat. Apr 16 – Hiring Our Heroes – Job Fair for veterans, transitioning military and spouses.
Sun. Apr 17 – Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrives for a week at the Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion.  Large motorcycle and first responder vehicle escort leaving Eastern Florida State College, Clearlake Rd, Cocoa at 10am.
Thurs – Sun. Apr 21 – 24 - Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion – 29th Annual nation’s largest gathering in Melbourne.
Fri Apr 22 – USMC Correspondents Foundation Golf Tournament
Thurs. June 9. This is the tentative date for the Ribbon Cutting of our USO Welcome Center at the Orlando International Airport! 5:30 PM (Thank you for the info, Tweet Coleman!)
The Invictus Games - May 8-12 – Orlando and Central Florida will be in a spotlight for thisinternational adaptive-sporting event for injured military members, held at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.  More than 500 wounded or sick, with visible and non-visible wounds, actively serving or ex-military athletes from 15 nations will gather.  10 competitive events including archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
GENERAL INFO, PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Greeters needed to Welcome Home military – Sometimes VERY, VERY short term notice is received about local troops coming home thru the airport.  Recently, there was less than 24 hours in advance notice.  Ideally there would be more time but we never know, and with security operations being what it is, we have to go with the flow.  If you and your organization(s) are able to respond with such short notice, PLEASE let me know!  Our returning warriors would welcome a cheering group of persons with flags and banners.  Let’s form a responding list NOW!       chaynes11629 @yahoo .com
Florida East Coast Air Force personnel deploying in April – You can sponsor or assist with a special, secure send-off luncheon.  Show you caring and appreciation for our deploying military.  Contact Kim Cone, kim@ avetproject .org   www. avetproject .org   321-373-7046.
Military Bases No Longer Accepting IDs from Five States, U.S. military installations are no longer allowing visitors to gain base access using official ID cards from five states -- and other installations may soon follow.  State-issued driver's licenses and identification cards from Illinois, New Mexico, Missouri, Washington and Minnesota can no longer be used to obtain a visitor's pass because those cards don't comply with federal standards, officials said. DoD officials did not say whether or not enhanced driver's licenses (EDL) from Minnesota or Washington would still be accepted.  (Consider if you need to access the Exchanges on Patrick AFB or McDill AFB…. Thank you, Ed Burford, Seminole County Veterans Service Officer; Military.com, Jan 13, 2016,)
Veterans should remain on high alert for IRS impersonators As tax-filing season begins, Veterans should be aware of people contacting them who claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury. These IRS tax impersonators have been using phone calls and emails to take millions of dollars from taxpayers in every state in the country. The callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card, money order or a wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with being charged for a criminal violation, a grand jury indictment, immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license.  To prevent taxpayers from falling victim to these scams, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has expanded their outreach efforts to make sure people remain on high alert. (Thank you, Ed Burford, Seminole County Veterans Service Officer; VA Blog, January 26, 2016)
Veterans should avoid some VA benefits filers - Persons/businesses are in Central Florida who claim that they can file for your belated benefits and medical claims.  Some even “guarantee” the acceptance if you visit their special physicians – of which 2 are on the east coast of Central Florida.  The written statements from those physicians are worthless and you have to pay for the office appointments.  These filers may require upfront monies, up to and exceeding 40% of your benefit monies.  There are Veterans Service Organization volunteers (ie: American Legion, VFW, DAV, AVET Project, etc.) who will assist you AT NO COST.  Each county in Florida has a Veterans Service Office with professionals who will assist you AT NO COST – and Central Florida is especially fortunate to have some excellent personnel in those offices.  Don’t fall prey and lose your hard earned monies and time.  There may be instances where legal assistance could be an option.  The good resources listed above can guide you in that situation…don’t waste your money in the meantime.  The county Veterans Service Offices can assist in filing consumer complaints against the vultures.
Lake Nona VA Domiciliary – Residents undergoing various medical and counseling issues need bicycles, bicycle repair equipment, inner tubes, bicycle pumps and tools.  Also needed are craft supplies, games and sports equipment.  Idle hands need/want to be occupied in constructive ways!  Contact:  Jenny Danieli at 407-631-7110 jenny.danieli @va. Gov
EXTRA
  • American Warrior Radio Show  from 11am-noon EDT on Saturdays, radio station WMEL - AM 1300    Nationwide broadcast:  www. 1300wmel .com
·         The Navy Exchange (NEX) –NEX in Orlando is for all branches of active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, retirees, 100% service-connected disabled veterans and their dependents. It is located west of Orlando Int’l Airport, about 1 mile south of the Beachline Expy/528 on Tradeport Dr.  Competitive pricing and programs. The big white building on the west side of Tradeport -  7151 Earhart Dr., Orlando, 32827.    www. mynavyexchange .com  407-857-3550
·         MWR / ITT Ticket Office – Offers discounted attraction tickets to active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, retirees, 100% service-connected disabled veterans and their dependents. It is locate adjacent to the Navy Exchange (NEX) listed above.  Phone: 407-855-0116 or 407-851-4396 for details,   email: mwrorl@ gmail .com  or Text MWROrlando to 30364 for MWR Specials.
INFO to keep and share - because we care
Veterans in crisis – For you or someone you know - Confidential Hotline:  1-800-273-8255, #1. 
Or:  Website at  veteranscrisisline   provides 24/7 confidential chat online assistance;
Or:  text 838255  for  24/7 confidential assistance.  They are there because they care….
Camaraderie Foundation in Central Florida provides resources for private and confidential Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) counseling for warriors and their families.   It works.  It has saved lives, marriages and families.  Contact 407-841-0071
Caring and sharing,
Cathy Haynes
Member/supporter of numerous veteran and military organizations in Central FL
407-239-8468
chaynes11629@ yahoo .com