Showing posts with label 9-11. Show all posts
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Friday, September 10, 2021

Responders to Twin Towers still paying the price

2/3 of FDNY firefighters, EMTs who worked at WTC site have long-term illness: Report

ABC 7 News
By Eyewitness News
September 7, 2021
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Twenty years after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, more than two-thirds of New York City firefighters and EMTs who responded to the World Trade Center that day or worked on the pile of toxic wreckage have some kind of long-term illness, according to the latest snapshot of FDNY health released Wednesday.

Nearly 16,000 FDNY members were exposed to dust, particulates, noxious gases, chemicals, and fibers while working for more than 10 months in the rescue and recovery effort.

More than 11,300 of them have been diagnosed and certified with at least one WTC-covered condition for physical or mental health, from asthma and reflux to PTSD and cancer, the report from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program said.

"This intense environmental exposure is directly related to many of the symptoms and illnesses," the report said.
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'Eyewitness to 9/11: Behind the Lens' reveals untold stories, rare video of America's darkest day

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we hear from the Eyewitness News journalists who were there, in the streets, in the air, and in the newsroom, reporting on the events as the tragedy unfolded, capturing the unforgettable video of that day, and risking their lives to tell the world what was happening.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Firefighter was told after 9-11 stop watching videos of it

Nearly 2 decades after 9/11, a former firefighter sees the NYC memorial for the first time
Pennsylvania State Capital Bureau
Candy Woodall
September 7, 2021
He told a fire department counselor he was having trouble sleeping. When he did, he had nightmares about anger and fighting. He complained of irritability, of an inability to calm down or take pleasure in anything. He couldn't remember certain things he witnessed at Ground Zero.

Her advice, according to court records: Stop watching 9/11 videos. She did not refer him for further treatment; she also said that, after 9/11, the fire department counseling staff was overwhelmed with work and seeing hundreds of employees.

Michael Silvestri dipped his fingers into the flowing water and made the sign of the cross, from his forehead to his broken heart.

The waters here, in the South Pool of New York City's 9/11 Memorial, are like holy water, he said.

"It's sacred. It's their graves," Silvestri said.

His cross was also a silent prayer for the strength he needed to stand at this memorial for the first time.

Faith had helped Silvestri, now 59, get this far.

The former firefighter survived 9/11 two decades ago, but he's been fighting for his life ever since.

Silvestri moved to Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, more than a decade ago to get away from all the reminders on Staten Island. He was haunted by painful memories, undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and the survivor's guilt that devoured him alive. It culminated in 10 seconds of rage 16 months after 9/11 that nearly cost him everything, followed by years of the slow path toward healing, the hard work of turning survival to rebirth.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What was God doing on 9 11?

Where was God before the Towers fell?

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
September 11, 2019

After reading about a firefighter being identified all these years later,  I was thinking about how God was in so many places on 9 11 before the Twin Towers fell.

He was there when the firefighters rushed into the buildings so they could save lives after the Towers were hit. He was there when workers were helping each other find their way out of danger. He was there when total strangers helped the wounded make their way to getting medical care, and be there to just offer a shoulder.

He was there before the South Tower fell at 9:59 and still there as people in the North Tower were trying to save lives before it fell at 10:28 am.

God was there before the passengers decided to fight the hijackers on Flight 93 causing it to crash at 10:03 am.

Thirty-seven phone calls were made by 13 persons on board the plane between the time of the hijacking at 9:28 am and the time of the crash at 10:03 am.
He was there all along. Whenever we witness someone doing anything for the sake of others, He is there.

I was going to write a long piece until I came upon something I had already written.

Looking for God in the wrong places 
by Chaplain Kathie
Wounded Times Blog
September 12, 2012

Last night I was watching The Four Crosses at Ground Zero.
"As rescue and recovery began, fireman, police, and rescue workers would be forced to endure the nightmare of working and living inside Ground Zero. Minutes turned into hours, hours turned into hopelessness as the reality of what had happened sunk in. While working in Building 6 in the World Trade Center complex, workers discovered a cavernous type hole in the debris."

As I listened to some of the people there, while I thought it was a beautiful story, I kept thinking of what was missing from the program.

It is easy to wonder where God was on that horrible day as other people decided such evil acts were justified when they used everything in their power to kill. Where was He? Why didn't He stop it? How could a loving God allow it to happen?

We ask those questions all the time. We suffer in our lives, then try to figure out why God thought we deserved it. What did we do to make Him turn away from us?

If we search for Him in the dirt and debris we are looking for Him in the wrong place.

God was on those planes that hit the Twin Towers and the Pentagon as much as he was on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. He was not the pilot but He was the comforter. When one hand reached out to comfort someone else, He was right there. Whenever people push past thoughts for themselves to think of someone else, He is there.

Many wonder why He didn't just cause the hijackers to suffer a heart attack an spare so many innocent lives. Others wonder why He just didn't stop them from doing it. The truth is in the Bible that God does not interfere with freewill so He would not have just snatched the hijackers out of their seats. Still how do we know He didn't try to get them to change their hearts?

It is natural for us to ask what caused other humans to do such horrible things but we miss the other question about what causes so many to do compassionate things afterwards.

What caused the police and firefighters to rush into the buildings after pure evil struck them? What caused them to climb the stairs over and over again trying to save as many lives as possible after others tried to kill as many as possible?

While the evil that man does is apparent, the good they do is inherent. It was not just public employees risking their lives that day, there were average citizens in the Towers thinking of others instead of their own lives. Some of them could have survived had they used the time they had to think of their own lives, but they had the lives of others in their thoughts and actions. It was God driving them to do for others and they had the freewill choice to allow His voice to guide them or not.

But then there were smaller miracles. Survivors reached out to help others. Strangers took the hands of other strangers, put their arms around people they would have normally just walked past under normal circumstances. Then people rushed to the area to give whatever help they could.

Days passed while more and more people showed up to help find survivors and recover bodies. God was still there hearing the prayers of the nation and comforting the weary as they refused to leave.

Families of the missing were comforted by others while the time of hope faded into thinking of funerals for when the remains were found.

Every street across the country became decorated with flags and so did our cars. We were all thinking of others glued to our TV sets and reminded to be kinder to other people.

Even members of Congress joined together on the steps side by side. And we know it took a miracle to do that.

Whenever we look for God in what has been lost, we miss where He was all along.

This is the story that caused this post
A firefighter killed on September 11 is identified 18 years later

By Faith Karimi
September 11, 2019

(CNN)A firefighter who died on September 11 was laid to rest Tuesday after his remains were identified 18 years later.
Michael Haub comforts his mother, Erika Starke, as they attend a funeral service for his father, firefighter Michael Haub.

Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn Michael Haub after his remains were conclusively identified, the Uniformed Firefighters Association said in a statement. It said the service was to provide his family with closure and a peace of mind after the medical examiner last week identified more of his remains that were recovered at Ground Zero.

As of July this year, the remains of only about 60% of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center that day have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner's office.

Haub was a 13-year veteran of Ladder Company 4, according to the association.

"We remember him and the 342 other firefighters who perished that fateful day, and will be forever grateful for the courage they show," it said in a statement Tuesday.

In addition to the firefighters killed that day, hundreds more have died in the following years. New York officials say an additional 200 firefighters have lost their lives from illnesses linked to their time working at the World Trade Center after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Senate passed 9 11 responders fund forever

'Put down your swords': Senate passes bill ensuring 9/11 victims fund will never run out of money

NBC News
By Dareh Gregorian and Frank Thorp V
July 23, 2019

"I'm going to ask my team now to put down your swords and pick up your rakes and go home, and hopefully, we don't have to come back," victims' advocate John Feal told his fellow first responders at a news conference later. "What I'm going to miss the most about D.C. is — nothing."

Jon Stewart embraces a crying John Feal, the Sept. 11, 2001, first responder who led the organization pushing for the full extension of the victim compensation fund, just after the bill passed in the Senate on July 23, 2019.Frank Thorp V / NBC News

The Senate passed a bill Tuesday to ensure a fund to compensate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks never runs out of money — and that first responders won't have to return to Congress to plead for more funding.

The vote came after intense lobbying from ailing 9/11 first responders — including one who died shortly after testifying before Congress last month.

The bill, which was passed by a vote of 97-2, would authorize money for the fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent.

Before the bill's final passage, the chamber defeated two proposed amendments: One, from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would have restricted the authorization to 10 years; the other, from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, would have required offsets for the money spent on the fund.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Roxbury Social Services got Vietnam Veteran out of needs help

Helping a Homeless Vet Drains Roxbury Social Services Account

Tap Into Roxbury
October 30, 2018
Roxbury Social Services can be reached at (973) 448-2026. Wald can be emailed at Donations can also be made through Friends of Roxbury Social Services.
ROXBURY, NJ – When Roxbury Social Services Director Janet Wald learned about the Vietnam veteran living in his car, Wald did what she usually does: Everything she could to help.

Her efforts aided the fellow, at least temporarily, but they also pretty much wiped out the money Social Services sets aside for temporary housing of the homeless.

The matter was raised by Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo at a recent meeting of the Roxbury Mayor and Council. He asked Roxbury residents to donate some money to help replenish Wald’s temporary housing account.

“Social Services could really use some help, so I’m giving a shout-out to the community,” Defillippo said. “Janet could use some donations … to replenish that housing budget.”

Wald said she expended about $1,200 helping the man.

“This gentleman, a veteran, was also a New York City policeman and a 9/11 responder,” Wald said. “He ended up homeless. He was living out of his car.”

On top of that, the 69-year-old was suffering from a “pretty big hole” in his foot caused by an ulcer and was “going back and forth to a doctor,” according to Wald.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mission BBQ Oviedo 9-11 Remembrance

Our Story
MISSION BBQ opened its doors for business on September 11, 2011.

Ten years after our world changed forever, in some small way we wanted to change it back.

As the founders of MISSION BBQ, we strive every day to remind everyone what makes Our Country great—its heroes.

Who are we? Two friends passionate about BBQ, patriotic for Our Country, and who believe in running a business with meaning and purpose.

We believe there is nothing more American than BBQ. And nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve Our Communities and Our Country. We do what we do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders—all our loved ones in service.

We set across this great land from Texas to Kansas City, the Carolinas to St. discover the secrets of great BBQ.

Every day we strive to serve you authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to those who’ve made Our Country great, given to us by the people who earned them. Stop by at lunchtime, and you might catch us during our daily salute to the Stars and Stripes.

We don't do any of this because we have to. It's because we want to.

At MISSION BBQ, we are Proudly Serving Those Who Serve. Come help us complete Our Mission.

Vietnam Veterans honored in Longwood

Today at the VFW Post 8207 in Longwood, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy presented Vietnam veterans and their families with pins and challenge coins.

It was a day to remember them and all they did for this country so that no generation would ever be betrayed like they were.

On a personal note, it is why I am heartsick that they are once again, forgotten by the generations who came after them.

Veterans over the age of 50 are the majority of the known veterans committing suicide, but none of the new groups want to help them.

They waited longer for compensation and to have their caregivers helped out along the way, and are still waiting for someone to even notice we are here.

So yes, the Vietnam Veterans deserve much more than this day but it was nice to hear the kind words.

Sgt. Dave interviewed people for his radio show Remember The Fallen
Listen to the compelling story of the First Vietnamese Congresswoman Murphy's families survival of fleeing Communist Vietnam and being saved while drifting in the China Sea without any gas by the US Navy Vietnam Veterans. Most of all, how she and her staff with the assistance of VFW Post 8207, raised the bar, by honoring our Vietnam Veterans with passion and dignity with the pinning of The VNW50th Lapel Pin. God Bless Our Vietnam Veterans
Listen to "1ST Vietnamese Congress Woman Murphy Honors VNW 50th Veterans" on Speaker.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FDNY Battalion Chief cannot forget brother lost on 9-11

1st FDNY battalion chief to enter the north tower on 9/11 is retiring
ABC News
Jul 11, 2018
"We looked at each other, wondering if we were both going to be OK. And then I gave him the same orders as the other officers," he said. "That was the last time I saw my brother Kevin."
Joe Pfeifer, right, is retiring from the New York Fire Department after 37 years of service.
After nearly 37 years on the job, Joe Pfeifer, the first battalion fire chief to enter the north tower on Sept. 11, 2001, will be retiring.

He told ABC News on Wednesday that Sept. 11, 2001, had started as a beautiful summer day. He was answering routine calls as a documentary crew followed along. He said they heard a plane noisily fly overhead. They then watched as it hit the World Trade Center.

"In that moment, I knew I was going to the largest incident of my life, the largest fire I've ever seen. And, I also knew that thousands of people were in need," Pfeifer told ABC News.

That summer day with its bright, blue skies quickly turned to darkness.

"Matter of fact, after the collapse, you couldn't even see a hand in front of your face," he said.

He was the first battalion fire chief to arrive and enter the north tower on Sept. 11. When he got there, he said, he heard there was a fire above the 78th floor so he ordered teams to go in and evacuate. One of those firefighters was his brother Lt. Kevin Pfeifer.

"We looked at each other, wondering if we were both going to be OK. And then I gave him the same orders as the other officers," he said. "That was the last time I saw my brother Kevin."

He said his brother's memory motivated him to continue.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Con-Man claimed to be Firefighter on 9-11

Con Man Outed after Claiming to be Ground Zero FF
Palm Beach Post
MAY 4, 2018

Fairfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Kyran Dunn told The Palm Beach Post this week the agency has no record of Shapiro working there. A photo provided to The Post shows Shapiro wearing a yellow helmet that says "Fairfield Fire Department" with a 4-digit number, his name and "lieutenant." Shapiro's Facebook page has a close-up of the helmet.
May 04--WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- When Don Prince saw a news story about Steven Shapiro being arrested on charges of credit-card theft, he recognized him right away. Prince co-founded a substance-abuse treatment center for first responders. Shapiro, he said, worked there for a while. And told people he was a fire lieutenant in Connecticut and had been at ground zero on Sept. 11. 2001.

By all accounts, he wasn't. And he hadn't.

Such hoaxes are rare, but Prince says he and his colleagues have no patience for them.

"There were 343 firefighters who died that day," he said. "And it hits every one of us directly in the heart."

Shapiro, 56, had been booked April 16 on charges he used credit cards he found in the Delray Beach home of a woman from whom he rented a room to buy $1,823 worth of items, including a television.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dan Johnson's claim of PTSD Challenged

It appears that Rep. Dan Johnson's claim of PTSD was based on an event he was not part of. Did he use it as a symbol of honor or of suffering?

When fake veterans claim to have PTSD when they were not involved in any service, we call that "Stolen Valor and it is illegal when they use it for financial gain." 

When people claim PTSD, and tie it to something that did not happen to them, shouldn't there be a label for that one too?

In this case, Johnson claimed to be in New York and working as a Chaplain. He also collected Worker's Comp. Strange considering that we have so many police officers down here in Florida unable to collect, as well as firefighters, even though, there is plenty of evidence there were in fact there an on their jobs when the had to respond to the worst a human could do. 

This story is offensive on so many levels, it hits a huge population. Anyone with PTSD, for real, is offended. Anyone actually working in New York on 9-11 is offended. Any female is offended with the rest of the story.

As a Chaplain, the entire thing is offensive, but it does raise the question of what the legal remedy should be when someone uses the system falsely, while those with real injuries caused on the job, receive nothing.

Kentucky lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide 
Denver Post
Adam Beam
December 14, 2017

Timothy D. Easley, The Associated Press
Kentucky State Rep., Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, regarding allegations that he sexually abused a teenager after a New Year’s party in 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Johnson says a woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2013 has no merit and he will not resign.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky lawmaker’s resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9/11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero.

But Republican Dan Johnson’s carefully crafted history crumbled this week following an extensively reported story from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. The story tore down his claims and portrayed him as a con man whose deceptions propped up his ministry of a church of outcasts in Louisville and hid a sinister secret: a sexual assault allegation from a 17-year-old girl.
On his financial disclosure forms, Johnson listed his only source of income as workers compensation from the state of New York. He said that money was from injuries he sustained while working as a chaplain immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City. But the reporting center, after a seven-month effort, could find no evidence that Johnson was in New York that day. 
In a Facebook message posted hours before his death, Johnson hinted that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder relating to what he witnessed in New York, details that he shared with friends through the years, including Republican state Sen. Dan Seum.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 11th Events for Central Florida

Cathy Haynes

SEPTEMBER 2016 – veterans, military and patriotic events in Central Florida  

*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.
*Event information is concentrated mostly on the Central Florida counties served by the new VA Hospital at Lake Nona – Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Lake and Volusia.  Other events elsewhere are considered based upon uniqueness and groups best served.

September is Suicide Prevention Month.   Keep the following information handy…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…. It Takes the Strength of a Warrior to Ask for Help… The journey after military service can be a difficult one.
If you are Veteran in crisis or know of one who is, please call the VA’s 24/7 Suicide Prevention Line at 1–800–273–TALK (8255) to speak with a trained counselor, or find a Crisis Center near you.
There were two recent lose incidents with Central Florida connections.  IT MUST STOP……….  

September 2, 1945 – V-J Day.  Thank a Pacific Theater veteran for his/her service!  And ask a senior if he/she celebrated the day, and how it was celebrated.  

Paralymics in Rio – Wed. Sept 7 – 18 - Opening ceremony in Rio on Wed. at 5:30pm  The Paralympic US team includes 30 military veterans and active duty personnel.  Some of them did not compete in the Invictus Games held in Orlando in May.  The Summer US Olympic team had 17 military members who competed in shooting events, pole vaulting, and track and field.  We are rooting for them all!  

Greeters needed!  Honor Flight Welcome Home – WED. Sept 7 -  Orlando Int’l Airport –After a day spent in Washington DC, 35 veterans of WWII and the Korean War return home thru Orlando Int’l Airport.  This Honor Flight hub is a part of the nation-wide organization that takes 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 particular group will return just about 8:30pm and enter the terminal area at (+/-) 9:00pm. Come welcome these former warriors home!  “Welcome Home” receptions at the airports makes a difference!  Bring your flags, banners and signs! –Southwest Airlines # 1232 from Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Terminal A, Airside 2 (hotel area in front of Starbucks.) Before leaving home, check online to see if the flight is on time because there may be delays due to weather, mechanical or medical issues.  Free parking has been arranged at an off airport property – FastPark and Relax – who has been very generous to Honor Flights with free parking and shuttles to the airport (tips welcomed by drivers!) - 7870 N Frontage Rd, Orlando, 32812.  Contact Cathy Haynes for those details NLT 7pm   407-239-8468  chaynes11629 @yahoo .com
New:  Vouchers are available for airport garage parking from a GOAA rep. in the terminal for this event – maximum of 3 hours – BUT you have to take a paper ticket upon entering the airport garage.  The vouchers will NOT work if you use the SunPass transponders – we cannot credit the charge back. For the Early Birds - you can wave these veterans off in the morning no later than 5am – same location.  They process thru Security early and quickly.  Wave them off for a wonderful day! (NOTE: The next Honor Flights will be, Sept 10, Oct 15, Nov 2. Then nor more before next year!  Don’t miss them!) (Honor Flight Central Florida has a mission with 50 veterans on October 22 but has not shared information.)   

Every Day is Veterans Day event – Fri Sept 9 - Information on resources to the Veteran’s community. 10am – 1pm at One Senior Place, 715 Douglas Avenue Altamonte Springs, 32714.  Special guest speaker is Army Col. Danny McKnight, (ret.) of “Black Hawk Down” recognition and author of “Streets of Mogadishu.”  Vietnam War pin presentations will be made.  Vendors, door prizes and lunch will be served.  Organized by VITAS Healthcare and One Senior Place.  ***Does your organization want to have a table to reach others?   For more information,  please call 407.949.6733  

Joggin for Frogmen - Sat Sept 10 – A fitness event to benefit Navy Seals Foundation. A bit away from Central Florida in Fernandina Beach, FL (just north of Jacksonville) begins at 8am.  http:// ameliaislandfl  

Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk – Sat. Sept 10 – Hosted by Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation at Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, 32701. This 5K (3.1 miles) starts at 6:30am – 12noon. Register online preferred; $10 add’l day of event.  Info:  www. tunnel2towers .org  and  t2torlando. eventbrite .com  (Thank you, Dave Matthews of Never Forgotten Memorial Events!)
Numerous events across the country  in this series created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.  Also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.   

12th Annual Jason Burnett Memorial USO Benefit Ride – Sat. Sept. 10 - Orlando Harley Davidson South, 7786 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy (aka US 192), Kissimmee, 34747 (abt 3 miles west of I-4)  Central Florida's largest motorcycle fundraising event in support of our military personnel and the USO Care Package Program in association with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO.  70 Mile police escorted ride. Registration 8:30 am to 10am/ Ride departs 1030am.  Motorcycles NOT required.  After party 12 - 3 pm.  Silent auction, raffles, lives music, continental breakfast, delicious lunch, vendors. $25 per person - each registration covers the cost of a USO Care Package to be sent to a deployed member of the US Military. 
Marine LCP Jason Burnett, of St. Cloud in Osceola County, died in service while in Iraq, 2006.  He served in the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, NC;  son of Shelley and Ron Burnett, a Major with the Osceola County Sheriff Dept.  For more information on these events and early registrations see www.  

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) – Sat. Sept 10 –Central Florida Chapter meeting of one of the patriotic groups that honors the first veterans of our country.  Its members are lineal descendants of people who served in the Revolutionary War, or who contributed to establishing the independence of the United States.   SAR is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to assisting members, schools, teachers and the general public in efforts to sustain and preserve our history and constitutional principles.  Events include Color Guards, assistance to veterans, recognizing community citizens and services, and more.  Central Florida Chapter meets in Orange Co. –  contact Don at donaldg100@ aol. com for info.  (Members can assist you with tracing your family tree back to an American Revolutionary Patriot – if they don’t, contact me and I’ll help! (Other SAR chapters in the Central FL area include Brevard (meeting in Cocoa Beach); Daytona Beach (meeting in Volusia Co.); and Lake-Sumpter (meeting in Leesburg).   

Rebuilding for Veterans – Sat. Sept 10 – Homebuyer Education Workshop provides information about your military benefits regarding purchasing a home, mortgage assistance, down payments, eligibility, etc.  9am-4pm at 1001 Armstrong Dr., Kissimmee.  Sponsored by Rebuilding Together Orlando.  Registration required at 407-599-0057.   

Home Made Italian Dinner – Sat. Sept 10 -  FY17 Chief Petty Officer Selects from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Orlando are hosting an Italian Dinner at Mokanna Masonic Lodge, 4925 Clarcona Ocoee Rd, Orlando 32810.  $10 for Homemade sauces for spaghetti and lasagna, salad, garlic bread, coffee, tea and lemonade, served by the newest CPO’s in a great atmosphere of Navy Pride, music and friends!  (4:00 Early Bird) 5pm - 7pm or until the last person is served.   RSVP’s kindly requested for headcount by Fri. Sept 9, whether staying for dinner or carry-out (to-go boxes available!) to or text the number of dinners to (352)223-8718.  YUM!  

American Patriot Gala – Sat, Sept 10 - 3rd Annual Lockheed Martin American Patriot Gala - Camaraderie Foundation’s premier black-tie event.  The one-of-a-kind evening will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and entertainment.  The keynote speaker is the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army of the United States Raymond Chandler, III.  The evening includes tribute to military service members since 9/11.  Table Sponsorships and Tickets are available for purchase. Seating is limited.  See the Camaraderie Foundation event website at  camaraderiefoundation AmericanPatriotGala2016  or call 407-841-0071.   

Dancing for Heroes – Sat. Sept 10 – Villagers for Veterans holds this free fun event at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages.  Come dance and see a showcase by Champion Dancers.  Music provided by “Sounds by Bubba” , bring your own drinks and snacks.  50/50 raffle.  Contact Marie Bogdonoff at 516-220-5068, www. villagersforveterans .org   This active group has provided monies for Villages Honor Flights, mobilized recreation wheelchairs for wounded warriors, sponsoring service dogs, and much more.  

Greeters needed!  Honor Flight Welcome Home –Sat. Sept. 10 -  Orlando Int’l Airport –After a day spent in Washington DC, 25 veterans (8 beginning their service in WWII, 16 in Korean War, and 1 in Vietnam) return home thru Orlando Int’l Airport.  This Honor Flight hub is a part of the nation-wide organization that takes 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 particular group will return just about 9:30pm and enter the terminal area at (+/-) 10:00pm. Come welcome these former warriors home!  “Welcome Home” receptions at the airports makes a difference!  Bring your flags, banners and signs! –Southwest Airlines # 3575 from Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Terminal A, Airside 2 (hotel area in front of Starbucks.) Before leaving home, check online to see if the flight is on time because there may be delays due to weather, mechanical or medical issues.  Free parking has been arranged at an off airport property – FastPark and Relax – who has been very generous to Honor Flights with free parking and shuttles to the airport (tips welcomed by drivers!) - 7870 N Frontage Rd, Orlando, FL 32812.  Contact Cathy Haynes for those details NLT 7pm   407-239-8468  chaynes11629 @yahoo .com
New:  Vouchers are available for airport garage parking from a GOAA rep. in the terminal for this event – maximum of 3 hours – BUT you have to take a paper ticket upon entering the airport garage.  The vouchers will NOT work if you use the SunPass transponders – we cannot credit the charge back. For the Early Birds - you can wave these veterans off in the morning no later than 5am – same location.  They process thru Security early and quickly.  Wave them off for a wonderful day! (NOTE: The next Honor Flights will be Oct 15, Nov 2. Then no more until next year!  Don’t miss them!) (Honor Flight Central Florida has a mission with 50 veterans on October 22 but has not shared information.)   

(There may be other 9/11 events than those listed here...But I'm not telepathic!  Just ask my husband - I can't read his mind either!)

9/11 Commemorative Flag Planting & Ceremony – Sun. Sept 11 - Join Camaraderie Foundation in partnership with the OFD and OPD as we honor Military Service Members, Veterans, Firefighters and Law Enforcement at 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Events.  Beginning at 6am, 25,000 American flags will be placed in the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in downtown Orlando.  Parking on the street - it’s Sunday.  Ceremonies to be held Sunday at 8:30am by the Fire Department,  and at 9am on MONDAY at this site.  *Persons are welcome to return to the site on Tuesday morning at 6am to gather the flags until next year!  Remember those who served and continue to serve…  

Apopka City Hall  – Sun. Sept 11 - 9/11 Memorial ceremony by Eagle Scout candidate Christian Lamphere and Boy Scout Troop 211 in Apopka.  The new monument, an Eagle Scout project, will be unveiled that incorporates an actual piece of one of the towers in the north lawn of City Hall.  8am at 120 E Main St, Apopka, 32703.     

Never Forget Patriot Day Brunch – Sun. Sept 11 – Fundraiser hosted by AVET Project at Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd, Cocoa Beach, 32931.  All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch from 10am – 1pm with a program from 12n-1pm of guest speakers, music and door prizes.  Adults - $20pp, 13-17yrs $10, 5-12 yrs $5pp, Kids 4 and under FREE.  Opportunity to sponsor a military family (2 adults & 2kids) for $70; or sponsor a table of 10 for $300 with your Logo.  AVET Project is a strong veterans’ advocate and trouble-shooting/empowerment organization based on the Central East coast.  Contact: kim@ avetproject .org  321-373-7046  www .avetproject .org  

9/11 Tribute – Sun.  Sept 11 - Game Plan Media Events coordinates this 5th Annual event in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on America.  This year we will be honoring the victims, and first responders of the attacks in Orlando at PULSE as “We Stand With Orlando.”  1pm – 5pm at Avalon Park at Town Park, 3680 Avalon Park E Blvd #300, Orlando, 32828.  Sponsors and vendors are still welcomed to sign up!  Contact Trish at  trish@ gameplanmediaevents .com  863-899-3703; or Laura at  Laura@ Gameplanmediaevents .com  808-725-7749.  

Remember Our Fallen – Sun. Sept 11 - The Never Forgotten Memorials Organization and Rock and Brews, Oviedo combine with local businesses to show support while raising public awareness for our local First Responders. Unveiling of the memorial to the Seminole County Sheriff Deputies and Seminole County Firefighters who died in the line of duty. This Memorial is at the front entrance of Rock & Brews, Oviedo. Our "Can-Do" attitude and service to the community will inspire Americans to come together to meet the historic challenges of our era. 3:30 – 4pm at 7131 Red Bug Lake Rd, Oviedo, 32765.  Info:  407-535-1728   www. neverforgottenmemorials .com  (Thank you, Dave Matthews!)  

Candlelight  Remembrance - Sun. Sept 11 – Join Orlando Fire Department in a candlelight vigil at 7pm.  

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony –Mon. Sept 12 - Join Camaraderie Foundation and others at 9am at Dr Philips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.  About 85,000 military personnel deployed out of Central Florida since September 11, 2001.  About 17,000 return with various wounds, including invisible wounds of war and approx. 20% need assistance when returning home.  First Responders also experience PTS from exposures during their service.    Help raise this awareness in our community.  Persons are welcome to return to the site on Tuesday morning at 6am to gather the flags until next year!   Remember those who served and continue to serve…  

Veterans Business Initiative Kick Off –Mon Sept 12 – Program series of veteran job matching, entrepreneurship education and training, federal employment navigation and financial training FREE for all military veterans and/or their spouses.  Many large local employers are participating to provide a one-to-one, face-to-face effort that gets the best potential employees into great jobs.  Dates are:  Fri Sept 9; Mon Sept    12 – Kick Off; Tues Sept 20 – Session #1; Thurs Sept 29 – Session #2; Mon Oct 3 – Session #3;  Tues Oct 18 – Session #4;  Mon Oct 24 – Session #5; Mon Oct 31 – Session #6; Tues Nov 8 – Graduation.  Veterans need to register: https:// forms/ vbi_fall_2016 Sponsored by Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce (CFDCC),  National Entrepreneur Center, 3201 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 32803.  Info:  Rogue Gallart 407-420-4875  rogue @nationalec .org   

HBI (Home Builders Institute) – Mon Sep 12 – Three Certifications in 4 Weeks and Job Placement with classes beginning Sept 12 – Oct 7.   HBI will also be hosting an OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR/AED, Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training, and Job Placement Promotion Class.  No cost to military members – past or present.  Classes:  9am – 2:30pm on Mondays thru Thursdays.  9200 Southpark Center Loop, Orlando 32819 (Inside Everest University off John Young Parkway).  Info:  Jamacan Penney-Vassey  407- 259-5069  

Veteran Infused Employment Workshop (VIEW) –Mon – Thurs Sept 12 – 15 – 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.
Mon Sept 12:  10am – 2pm “Creating your Job Search Plan”;         
Tues Sept 13:  10am – 2pm “Creating a Marketabe Resume”;
Wed Sept 14:  10am – 2pm “Define Your Veteran Resources”;
Thurs Sept 15: 10am - 2pm “Mock Interviews”.
(Lunch is NOT provided).  Info:  Ellamay “Annie” Artis, Veteran Community Employment Coordinator, Phone:  407-646-5500 x28846,  ellamay.artis@ va .gov  

Marine Corps League (MCL) mtg – Tues. Sept 13 – The Cpl. Larry Smedley Detachment #64 meets at 7pm -8:30pm at The American Legion Department of Florida bldg., 1912 Lee Rd, Orlando, 32810.  This Detachment meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  All interested persons are welcomed.  Contact  mclcfl@ gmail .com  or Sam McCloud  407-595-9508
(Cpl. Larry Smedley was an Orange County resident and enlisted in the Marine Corps.  He was killed in Vietnam on December 21, 1967 after heroic actions were seen in battle.  He earned the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously; he was 18 yrs old.)  

Central Florida Navy League mtg – Wed. Sept 14 - Guest speaker this month is Dr. Adam Ware of the Orange County Regional History Center  and Historian for the Historical Society of Central Florida.  He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and his current interests involve Orlando’s Naval Training Center / Recruit Training Command and the memorials associated with the recovery of the USS R-12, which sank off Key West in June 1943.  The local CFNL is one of the largest in Florida with fun and educational monthly meetings with a very diverse membership of civilians, military and veterans supporting the sea services.  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. Sept 12; 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  

POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony – Fri. Sept 16 - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council will host a POW-MIA ceremony to honor United States Military prisoners of war and those still missing in action.  11am at Orlando City Hall Rotunda, 400 South Orange Ave, Orlando, 32801.  Cadets from University of Central Florida AFROTC Detachment 159 will perform the “Missing Man” table ceremony.  Captain Steve Nakagawa , USN (ret.) will be the featured guest speaker.  His father was a POW in Vietnam.  Event has sponsorship from VITAS Healthcare.  Parking will be available in the City Commons parking garage at 460 Boone Ave. Handicapped parking is available on every level of the garage. Bring your parking ticket for validation after the event.  Info:  407.246.3104.  

Constitution Day– Fri September 16  - In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution.  Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Sept. 17 – 23 is recognized as Constitution Week, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) frequently known as “America’s Cheerleaders,” call for ringing of church bells, handbells, etc. at 4pm on Saturday across the nation to commemorate the occasion.  

Happy Hour After Hours – Fri. Sept 16 - Enjoy some good times with the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation at the Miller's Oveido Ale House, 312 W Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, 32765.  4:30pm starts your weekend with some friends, networking, and learning how you can serve in the community to make Central Florida a better place! USMC membership not required.  Happy Hour Info: sean.c.osmond @ gmail. com    

Front Line Golf Tournament – Sat. Sept 17 – Proceeds from this tournament will benefit J.O.S.H. – Just Our Soldiers Helpers – to provide care packages to deployed US troops.  4-person scramble with prizes, Italian buffet lunch, and more.  $80/pp or $300/4.  Starts at 7:30am at Stoneybrook East Golf Club, 2900 Northampton Ave, Orlando.  Info:  407-314-1607.  

Military History Books Signing – Sat. Sept 17 - The Museum of Military History will be hosting several local military themed authors.  Beginning at 10am until 2pm. The authors committed to the event so far include David Iamiceli Sr., Syd Jones, Irene Dumas, Bob Grenier, and Frank Laumer. More authors are scheduled and will be added at a later date. All authors will be signing books as well as discussing their experiences while writing them. Several books focus on Florida’s rich military history and one, “Before and Beyond the Niihau Zero,” details a little known event that unfolded the first day of America’s war with Imperial Japan. Tours will be available for visitors throughout the day with admission only $5. Museum:  5210 West Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee, 34746.  Office: 407-507-3894  militarymuseum2@ gmail .com  

Rockin’ For Awareness II in Daytona Beach – Sat. Sept 17 - Not all wounds of war are visible and is experienced not only by warriors but also ER doctors and medical staff, First Responders, and victims of rape and bullying.  One Team One Fight for PTSD sponsors this event.  A full day of events to bring awareness that help is available.  The day starts 12:30 at The Bank & Blues, 701 Main St, Daytona Beach, 32118.  Enjoy a full day of live music starting at 1pm to 10pm with 7 bands playing thru the day.  Bike Show from 1-6pm.  There will be a bike auction, raffles, BBQ and various guest speakers. The organizer lost his veteran best friend to suicide and this is a way to fight back and help others.  info@  352-409-7428  See website at www.   

Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses mtg (FAVOB) – Tues Sept 20 - 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, and with our state, our cities, and counties too.  See FAVOB Facebook site.  Info:  Chairman Michael Waldrop  mwaldrop @blue-cord .com  

Agent Orange Town Hall mtg - Tues. Sept 20 – Vietnam Veterans of America Florida State Council and Daytona Beach Chapter #1048 host this educational event.  All veterans and public are invited.  The topic is “The Legacy of Exposure to Agent Orange and Other Toxic Substances on Veterans and Their Offspring.”  6pm at the Willie Miller Educational Center located at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 South Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, 32114. Info:  Rod Phillips 386.690.9553 2vp @vvafsc .org  

Orange County Mayors’ Veterans Advisory Council –Wed.Sept 21 – 1:30pm monthly meeting of numerous organizations and individuals for the benefit of Central FL veterans and active duty personnel.  Planning of events and awareness is shared.  Designated representatives allow groups to coordinate efforts and unite for the common cause.  If your Orange County /Central FL vet/military associated group isn’t attending, it should plan to get involved.  Mayor Teresa Jacobs is very supportive of a veteran-friendly community.  Contact Chairman Col. Edwin Marrero for attendance and location information.  emarrero81 @cfl.rr .com   

Greeters needed!  FLIGHTLESS Honor Flight Welcome Home – Sat. Sept 24 – Flightless Honor Flight by the Villages hub.  If you cannot attend the evening “Welcome Home” events at OIA, come to this event!  There are 20 veterans (8  WW2, 10 Korean War, and 2 Vietnam War vets)  who, for various reasons, cannot make the flight trip to Washington DC to see their memorial - (hence the term “Kiwi” – a flightless bird).  They will receive a virtual trip in 5 hours – everything except for leaving the ground.  You can participate in the “Welcome Home” at 2:30pm at the American Legion Post Post #347 (Rolling Acres), 699 W Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake, 32159.  An Honor Flight with everything except leaving the ground.  Villages Honor Flight was recognized by the national Honor Flight Network for this unique concept!  Info: Village Honor Flight website or Liza at  860-235-7718   lizadiana@  

Gold Star Mothers and Families Event - Sun. Sept 25 –  Are you a family who lost a loved one while in military service or know someone else who did?  Please share this information with them and contact Jean Balderson at 407-691-4548 before Sept. 15.  This day was originally established in 1936 as Gold Star Mother’s Day and many communities have included all family members.  A remembrance ceremony will be held from 3pm – 5pm in the Orlando City Hall Rotunda, 400 S. Orange Ave., Downtown Orlando, 32802.  Bring a photo of your loved one.  Caring public is invited.  Event coordination is being done by VITAS.   Info: Eva at 407-691-4579  eva.paganhill@   

Gold Star Families Monument dedication – Sun. Sept 25 – A formal dedication ceremony at 3pm with US Marine Hershel "Woody" Williams, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle for Iwo Jima in WW2.  Veterans Memorial Park, in Port Saint Lucie, 2100 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Port St Lucie, FL 34952.  This is the result of the ‘Hershel Woody Williams Medal Of Honor Foundation’ to honor and recognize the families of fallen warriors.   

Veterans of Influence Awards Luncheon –Fri. Sept 30 – 2016 Recognition for 25 military veterans who have made a significant achievement in their careers in the past year, have a strong record of innovation or outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in our community.  Orlando Business Journal took nominations and will honor these men and women.  Open to the public at Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, 32819 (located southeast of the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive.) Networking: 11am – 12noon, Awards Luncheon: 12noon - 1:30pm.  Corporate table sponsorships available, and individual tickets - $65.   www. 407.241.2914 fbernstein@   


PFT Challenge – Sat. Oct 1 - Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation hosts this inaugural PFT Challenge! Crunches, pull-ups, and a three mile run.  See how you compete against the Marine Corps physical fitness standard!  7am – 10am at Blanchard Park, 2451 N Dean Rd, Orlando, 32817.  Three ways to participate:  
1. Traditional Participant - Come out and join the rest of the crew to take on the challenge in person.  $40, includes custom race t-shirt. 
2. Virtual Participant - In any climb and place, use your favorite mobile device to track your run and tag us with #CFMCF and #PFTChallenge. Watch your mailbox and soon your medal and race shirt will arrive!  $40. 
3. Snooze Button - The ultimate option for those that want to help but feel like the whole working out thing is not on par with another hour in bed. Register for this and receive an official "Snooze Button Certificate" for your support!  $20. 
Info:  Sean at pftchallenge@ gmail. com  

City of Orlando Mayors’ Veterans Advisory Council – Thurs. Oct 6  – 1:30pm monthly meeting of numerous organizations and individuals for the benefit of local veterans and active duty personnel.  Planning of functions (ie:  Veterans Day parade) and awareness of events is shared.  Designated representatives allow groups to coordinate efforts.  If your Orlando area vet/military associated group isn’t attending, it should plan to get involved.  Networking before and after the meeting.  See website at, Office of the Mayor, Mayor’s Committees, Veterans.   Contact Chairman Michael Waldrop for attendance and location information.  mwaldrop@ blue-cord. com  

The U.S. Marine Corps Band in Central FL – Wed. Oct 12 – This unique band tour hits Florida once every four or five years and known as “The President’s Own”, the 2016 Tour brings it to Winter Park for one show.  Winter Park High School, (Ann Derflinger/Performing Arts Auditorium) 2100 Summerfield Rd, Winter Park, 32792.  7:30-9pm.  The concert is FREE but Tickets are required due to limited space after Sept 12 at   https:// /usmbtourwinterpark /     
Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams and their show is certainly worth seeing.  The Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.  In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs, from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos. Other Florida sites are Jacksonville, Palm Coast, West Palm Beach, Davie, Miami, Punta Gorda, Tampa, and Panama City.   www. /Calendar /  

Orlando Navy Recruit Training Center Reunion – Wed –Sun Oct 12-16 – Former Orlando Navy boot-camp recruits and personnel are invited to come back to Orlando.  Reunite with other former recruits, celebrate your service, recognize the company commanders who shaped recruits into Navy sailors.  Tour the city park named after the former training ship.  Yearbooks no longer wanted are welcomed.   Over 600,000 lives were changed on this site.  From 1968 until October 1994, NTC Orlando was also the sole location for providing recruit training for female enlisted personnel.   Info: Tracey Tillman or Renata Cannon at rtcorlandoreunion@ gmail. com    Check info online.  

October 13 – Happy Birthday, United States Navy!   Established in 1775.  

Veterans Benefits Information – Thurs. Oct 13 - Retired military and their loved ones can receive information about existing and new benefits. 11am – 1 pm. Hosted at One Senior Place, 715 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs, 32714.  Guest speaker: Ed Burford, Seminole County Veterans Service Officer. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by October 10 to One Senior Place at 407-949-6733  

Second Infantry Division (Indianhead) Association Reunion – Fri – Sun Oct 14-16– Florida Branch gathering at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn, 3455 Cheney Hwy, Titusville, 32780.  Special room rates.  Hospitality room, meetings and fun!  Info:  (919) 356-5692 or  

Central Florida Navy Birthday Ball – Sat. Oct 15 – Join past and present Navy personnel and Navy supporters when we celebrate 241 years of USN service to our country!  Guest speaker is MCPON James Herdt, (ret.) the ninth such person sworn in of this unique rank in US Navy history. Event sponsorships are available. Reception, ceremony, dinner and dancing at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando (near I-Drive.)  Tickets are available from Central FL Navy League at www. cfnavyleague .org   

“Run, Forrest, Run!” 5k Run/Walk/Roll – Sat. Oct 22 – This Villagers for Veterans fundraiser is a benefit for the Gary Sinise Foundation that assists wounded warriors.  Gary Sinise is the actor who portrayed Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump” and he has continued selfless service for others with his real “Lt. Dan Band” and the Foundation.  Register to participate in this fundraiser and gain some cardio-exercise at The Villages Polo Field, 703 N. Buena Vista Blvd., The Villages, 32162.  Contact Marie Bogdonoff at 516-220-5068, www. villagersforveterans .org   This active group has provided monies for Villages Honor Flights, mobilized recreation wheelchairs for wounded warriors, sponsoring service dogs, and much more.  

“An Evening with Forrest” – Sat. Oct 22 – Villagers for Veterans sponsors this event where you can dress in 60’s styles for this fundraiser Southern sit-down dinner and entertainment.  Benefitting the Gary Sinise Foundation.  Gary Sinise is the actor who portrayed Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump” and he has continued selfless service for wounded warriors with his real “Lt. Dan Band” and the Foundation.  $75/pp at the Eisenhower Recreation Center in The Villages.  Contact Marie Bogdonoff at 516-220-5068, www. villagersforveterans .org   This active group has provided monies for Villages Honor Flights, mobilized recreation wheelchairs for wounded warriors, sponsoring service dogs, and much more.  

5th Annual Ruck Sack March – Sat. Oct 29 – You are challenged to “Walk a Mile in their Boots.”  Participants can choose from three different participation levels AND three different course lengths. You can walk for fun or compete as a Runner or Warrior. Warriors must carry at least 35 lbs. in a ruck sack or backpack.  Then select a 5k, 10k or 12-mile course length so you can participate or compete at the level you want.  First place finishers and top fundraisers receive great prizes. Families are welcome!  Lake Nona will be the site and Registration is open;  Sponsorship opportunities are available at http:// rucksackmarch2016.kintera .org or call us at (407) 841-0071.
Participation in this Camaraderie Foundation event provides counseling resources for private and confidential Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) counseling for military, former warriors and their families seeking assistance.     It works.  It HAS saved lives, marriages and families.  Contact 407-841-0071  

MISCELLANEOUS with Deadlines  

Veterans’ Day Parade in Orlando – Sat. Nov 12 – Beginning at 11am, units will march in one of the largest parades in the southeastern United States.  Applications/requirements for units is available at  http:// /   Deadline is Oct 3 for participating units. 
Supportive advertising by businesses is very welcomed and will appear in the parade program reaching thousands along the parade route.  Advertising forms (at above website) with a deadline of Oct.1
Volunteers for the parade are very welcomed!  Contact De at  daila.espeut-jones@ zeltech .com  for volunteering opportunities.  

“All Hands on Deck!” – Sept 16 - Oct 9 – Performance based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour to the troops, this All Singing, All Dancing musical delivers an electrifying evening of classic songs, dances and laughs. From Road Show to Radio Broadcast, the timeless hits with tight harmonies, on air antics and rousing comedy will delight audiences of all ages! $40 regular evening tickets and $30 matinees.   Winter Park Playhouse, 711 Orange Avenue Suite C, Winter Park, 32789.  Info:  407-645-0145  lisa@ winterparkplayhouse .org   

JOB EVENTS   Career Source Hiring Events in Osceola Co. on Sept 13 & 29 for positions at IHOP; Sept 27 & 28 for positions at UHG/Optum Rx.  Veterans can contact Annie Artis, Veteran Community Employment Coordinator, 5201 Raymond Street, Bldg 503, Room C127, Orlando, 32803.  407-646-5500 x28846  


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;  

Veterans should remain on high alert for IRS impersonators  - After tax-filing season, 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. DON’T FALL PREY!   (Thank you, Ed Burford, Seminole County Veterans Service Officer)  

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 and Lake Baldwin Domiciliary’s – 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  

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  

  September #2 list of veterans, military and patriotic events in Central Florida
September #2 – Additional veterans, military, and patriotic events in Central FLorida  
The original list of events went out on Tues. night Sept 6.  If you did not receive it, let me know and I will re-send.  These are events that were received after that list was sent.  

1st Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb – Fri. Sept 10 - Cocoa Firefighters will join police officers and citizens to pay tribute to the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 by climbing the full length of stairs at the Cocoa High School Stadium 11 times. This equals the 110 floors of the World Trade Center.  6pm at 2000 Tiger Trl, Cocoa, 32926 (Brevard County).  The public can do the full climb or just part of it.  Free and open to the public. Firefighters ask anyone interested to register in advance in order to get a proper estimate of participation at  http:// cocoa911climb.weebly .com/  

Sept. 11 Memorial - Sun Sept. 11 - The City of Indian Harbor Beach will hold a memorial ceremony to honor the victims of the 2001 attacks.  8:30 am at Firefighter Memorial Park, Indian Harbour Beach in Brevard County.  (Thank you MyNews13 – Bright House!)  

9/11 Memorial Service and Benefit – Sun. Sept 11 – The Fire and Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club with others invite all interested to this 8th Annual event.  11am at Seminole Harley Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford, 32771.  11:45 Helicopter fly-over by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Dept.  Concert and food at 12pm.  The department will also have Special Operations vehicle there.  50/50 raffle, Red Wagon raffle, and more.  Big Red Bus will be available to take blood donations.  Proceeds of funds raised will benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation of Florida.  Info:  Cap’t Ron at fandi10pres@ gmail .com  407 402-1281  

9/11 Never Forget Ceremony – Sun. Sept 11 - American flags will be on display to honor the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 attacks.  5pm – 6pm at Daytona Memorial Park, Daytona Beach (Volusia County) 1425 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114.  (Thank you MyNews13 – Bright House!)  

9/11 Candlelight Vigil Update – Sun. Sept 11 - The Orlando Fire Department will hold it’s 9/11 remembrance and candlelight ceremony at 7pm on Sun. Sept 11 at Station 1, 78 West Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801.  

9/11 Candlelight Service  - Sun. Sep 11 – Mayor Gary Bruhn of Windermere invites all interested person to this event at 7pm at the Windermere 9/11 Memorial,  530 Main St, Windermere, 34786 (West Orlando area.)   The memorial features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center that fell to the ground among the rubble and debris. The memorial was the idea of Boy Scout Jeff Cox as part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project with Boy Scout Troop 6.  

Free Haircuts – Sept 12 – 17 - In honor of the 15th anniversary of September 11, and to say Thank You for protecting and serving our country, Paul Mitchell The School Orlando offers COMPLIMENTARY HAIRCUTS for all rescue workers, firefighters, police, veterans, and military personnel on Sept 12 – 17.  To schedule your Complimentary service, call 407-677-7695.  All services are performed by students under the direct supervision of an instructor.  1285 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo, 32765.   

Community Health Fair & Veteran Town Hall Meeting – Sat. Sept 17 – Several community partners come together with the Orlando VA Medical Center to host this event.  10am – 2pm at Hal P. Marston Community Center and Northwest Community Center, 3933 W.D. Judge Dr., Orlando, 32808. Food, fun and activites for the whole family, health screenings, door prizes and gift cards.  Also, Mr. Liezert, Director of the Orlando VA Med Center, will be there to talk and answer questions about veterans’ healthcare and the services at the Orlando VA Medical Center..  Persons will be available to ask questions and talk to Veteran Service Officer about service connected disabilities, vocational rehabilitation and non-service connected disability.  Burial service info available but too frequently overlooked and ignored.  Info:  Michael Jackson at mljackson1971@ hotmail .com  407-668-1489.  

Welcome Home Celebration – Sat. Sept 24 – Join Building Homes for Heroes as the keys to a new home are given to USMC Sgt. Fernando Cabrero and his family.  10am ceremony start time at 2802 Sweet Plum Ct., Kissimmee 34747.  Sgt. Cabrero and his wife have a 2yr old son and another child in-utero boot-camp with several more months until that graduation! He was injured in 2011 in Afghanistan from an IED that caused severe injuries to his head and face, right leg and arm. A Welcome to the community lunch from Tijuana Flats will be served at 11am.  Info:  Lindsay at 407-637-0011  Lindsay.Morris @buildinghomesforheroes .org  

Central Florida Commanders Club BBQ  - Sat. Sept 24 - Osceola Memory Gardens invites all of our local Central Florida military and veteran organizations to this first event. The event is not just open to Commanders. We would like to such as yours who do so much for us and the community.  SGM Harold G. Overstreet, 12th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps (ret) is guest speaker for this event. Dinner will be catered by Jimmy Bears BBQ and steaks will be provided by and grilled onsite by the Osceola County Cattlemen's Association.  3-6pm at the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Pavilion at Osceola Heritage Park, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Ln., Kissimmee, 34744.  FREE but RSVP is requested for headcount.  Contact:  Vanessa.Roman@ OsceolaMemGds .com  407-892-2155  

Gold Star Family Recognition – Sat. Sept 24 - The VFWA District #18 (Orange & Seminole Counties) will host a Gold Star Families Day at the Winter Springs VFW #5405, 420 N Edgemon Ave, Winter Springs) starting at 1PM with a luncheon and entertainment for all Gold Star Families.  Info:   ashley.stephens83 @yahoo .com  

Donor Thank-a-thon – Tues. Sept 27 - The Central Florida Memorial Park Foundation (CFMPF) is pleased to announce a special event to express our appreciation and to honor the many Donors that made the Memorial at Lake Nona a reality through their generous contributions.  10:30am at Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, 3278. RSVP requested by Sept. 19 to: CFVMPF.RSVP@  

Central Florida’s 1st Military site – Thurs. Oct 13 – Event honors Central Florida's first military installation: FORT GATLIN.  6pm at the FOP Lodge #25, 5505 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, 32809.  Local artist Claudia Thomas will be on hand to unveil her original artwork depicting the Seminole War era fort.  The image will grace the cover of the next edition of Pioneer Days Magazine.  The original will be auctioned after the unveiling, with proceeds going to underwrite the 2017 Pioneer Days festival.  Live "pioneer" music, complimentary appetizers, and cash bar.  Info: Billy Morgan, 407-427-9692, or pinecastlepioneerdays@ hotmail .com.  

Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) Golf Tournament - Fri Oct 21 – The Central Florida Chapter of MOAA sponsors this 11th Annual Golf Tournament for the JROTC Scholarship Fund.  Stoneybrook East Golf Club, $80/pp.  Includes: Breakfast, Greens Fee, Cart, Driving Range Balls, Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and Lunch.  Option: Donate $80 and you sponsor a soldier from local Reserve or National Guard unit to play in tournament!  Corporate sponsorships welcomed!  Info: Dick Aldinger (407) 859-7436  famdinger @aol .com or Mike Patterson (407) 240-7609  dmphome @earthlink .net  

Annual Chili Cook-Off – Sat. Oct 22 - 1PM at the Winter Springs VFW #5405, 420 N Edgemon, Winter Springs (407-327-3151) is the annual chili Cook-off Cancer benefit and Veterans and Family Support program.  Chili buy in is $10 a pot (crock) prizes for the top three chilies.   Auction and entertainment also. Info:  President Carol McLaughlin, carol-greene123 @earthlink .net   

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