Veterans Notes for the week of Aug. 5

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Due to space considerations, the Veterans Notes sometimes contain only basic information regarding each post. For more information about scheduled activities, meals and more for a specific post, call or email that post at the contact listed.

+ Crystal River Woman’s Club’s Appreciation Luncheon for Military Women will take place at noon Monday, Nov. 12, at the Crystal River Woman’s Clubhouse, 320 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River.
Those who have never received an invitation in the past may call Leslie Martineau  at 352-746-2396 to be added to the mailing list.

+ West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 will host a buffet breakfast and program at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Purple Heart and honoring all Purple Heart recipients.
The families of those who fell in combat and all combat-wounded veterans and their guests are invited. Attendees are requested to register for the free breakfast by emailing carriejenetteclemons@yahoo.com, or calling Carrie at 352-628-1633. Indicate the number in your party.
General George Washington established the Purple Heart, originally known as the Badge of Military Merit, on Aug. 7, 1782.

+ Warrior Bridge, a program developed by nonprofit agency ServiceSource, to meet the needs of wounded veterans. Through the Warrior Bridge program, ServiceSource provides employment services and supports to enhance independence and improve quality of life for wounded veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life. Call employment specialist Charles Lawrence at 352-
527-3722, ext. 102, or email charles.lawrence@servicesource.org. Visit the website at www.servicesource.org.
The local Service Source office is at 2071 N. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

+ Space is still available for the annual trip to Hawaii for veterans, their families and friends scheduled for Feb. 21 through March 9, 2013. The trip, organized and led annually by U.S. Navy veteran Don McLean, includes tours, events and memorial services. Islands to be visited include Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii and Maui.
For information or to sign up, call McLean at 352-637-5131 or email dmclean8@tampabay.rr.com.

+ The Old Homosassa Veterans’ Memorial opened with great fanfare Oct. 21, 2011, and is gearing up for Phase III. Purple Heart recipients are sought to be honored with centerpieces with their names on them. Call Shona Cook at 352-422-8092. Phase III is open to all veterans and consists of a marker that has 64 spaces for $100, plus $2 for additional letters. Many families are putting multiple family members on a marker.
Volunteers are needed to ensure the memorial grounds look presentable at all times. To help, call Shona at 352-
422-8092 or scook94@tampabay.rr.com.

+ Ex-military and retired military personnel are needed to assist the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to help the Coast Guard with non-military and non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection. Wear the Auxiliary uniform with pride and your military ribbons. Criminal background check and membership are required. Email Vince Maida at vsm440@aol.com, or call 917-597 6961.

+ HPH Hospice, as a partnering agency with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides tailored care for veterans and their families. The program is provided in private homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and staff is trained to provide Hospice care specific to illnesses and conditions unique to each military era or war. It also provides caregiver education and a recognition program to honor veterans’ services and sacrifices. HPH Hospice care and programs do not affect veterans’ benefits. Call the Citrus Team Office at 352-527-4600.

+ The U.S. Air Force is looking for prior enlisted men and women from all services interested in both direct duty assignments in previously obtained career fields or retraining into select career fields. Some of the careers include aircraft electronics/mechanical areas, cyber operation fields, and various other specialties. Enlisted career openings that include the opportunities to retrain consist of special operations positions and unmanned aerial vehicle.
Assignment locations are based on Air Force needs. Call 352-476-4915.

+ Yoga teacher Ann Sandstrom has announced her association with the national service organization, Yoga For Vets. Sandstrom will offer four free classes to combat veterans at several locations:
Pure Elements Yoga and Wellness, 1925 S.E. U.S. 19, Crystal River. All levels of yoga from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Gentle yoga from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1070 N. Suncoast Highway, Crystal River. Chair yoga from noon to 12:45 p.m. Mondays.
Yoga and More, 5494 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. Meditation group from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
West Citrus Community Center, 894O W. Veterans Way, Homosassa. Gentle (senior) yoga from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Sporting Health Club, 3808 S.E. U.S. 19, Crystal River. All levels of yoga from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays.
Inverness Yoga, 118 N. Pine Ave., Inverness. Yoga classes or private instruction; times/dates to be determined.
Call Sandstrom at 352- 382-7397.

+ Red Tail Memorial Chapter 136 of the Air Force Association meets at Ocala Regional Airport Administration Building, 750 S.W. 60th Ave., Ocala. All are welcome. Call Mike Emig at 352-854-8328 for more information.

+ Citrus County Veterans Coalition has a new building holding freezers, refrigerators and all necessary requirements to provide food to veterans in need. Food donations and volunteers are always welcomed and needed.
The CCVC is on the DAV property in Inverness at the corner of Paul and Independence, off U.S. 41 north. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments are encouraged by calling 352-400-8952.
CCVC general meetings are at 10 a.m. the fourth Thursday monthly at the DAV building in Inverness. All active duty and honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers, along with other veterans’ organizations and current coalition members are welcome. Members are encouraged to attend general meetings.
Annual membership donation is $10 for a calendar year or $25 for three years. The CCVC is a nonprofit corporation, and your donations are tax deductible. Current members should check their membership card for expiration dates, and renew with Gary Williamson at 352-527-4537, or at the meeting. Visit www.ccvcfl.org.

+ AMVETS William Crow Post 447, Inglis, is on State Road 40 East. For more information about the post and its activities, call 352-447-1816; email Amvet447@comcast.net.

+ Blanton–Thompson American Legion Post 155, is at 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River.  Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner available; entertainment at 7 p.m.
Dinners are Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The post is sponsoring a bus trip to Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a baseball game featuring the Tampa Bay Rays vs. the New York Yankees.
A chartered bus will leave the post at 4 p.m. with an approximate return at midnight. The cost includes bus fare, game ticket and refreshments. This event is open to the public, including children accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Legion, 6585 Gulf-to-Lake Highway, in Crystal River. Call the post at 352-795-6526 for ticket price and information.
For more information about the post and its activities, call Cmdr. Michael Klyap Jr. at 352-302-6096, or email him at mklyap@gmail.com. Call the post at 352-795-6526.

+ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the post. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization with nearly 1 million members in 10,100 communities. The principles of the American Legion Auxiliary are to serve veterans, their families and the
Eligibility in the Auxiliary is open to mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters or grandmothers of members of the American Legion and of deceased veterans who served during war time (also stepchildren); stepchildren; and female veterans who served during war time. Call Unit President Sandy White at 352-249-7663, or membership chairman
Barbara Logan, 352-795-4233.

+ H.F. Nesbitt VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, offers meals, bingo, golf, karaoke and pool. Review the monthly newsletter for activities and updates, and call the post at 352-746-0440. The VFW Post 10087 is off County Road 491, directly behind Superior Bank.

+ Edward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, 352-465-4864. WiFi is now available at the post; bring your laptop or any other item that will access the Internet and enjoy the free service.
Join the post for pork and sauerkraut dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; cost is $8 and children younger than 6 eat for $4.
Sundays have been designated as “Sports Days” with canteen specials and hot dogs.
The post is planning a bus trip to the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Cost is $30. We will leave the post at 8 a.m. Call the post for more information.
The post is now a nonsmoking facility; smoking is allowed on the porch. WiFi is now available.
Information regarding any post events is available at the post or call 352-465-4864.

+ Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 70 meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly at the chapter hall, 1039 N. Paul Drive, Inverness, at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41. The chapter hall is on the corner of Independence Highway and Paul Drive.
We thank veterans for their service and welcome any disabled veteran to join us from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. any Tuesday or Thursday at the chapter hall. This is also the time that we accept donated nonperishable foods for our continuing food drive.
Our main function is to assist disabled veterans and their families when we are able. Anyone who knows a disabled veteran or their family who requires assistance is asked to call Commander Richard Floyd 727-492-0290, Ken Stewart
at 352-419-0207, or 352-344-3464.
Service Officer Joe McClister is available to assist any veteran or dependents with their disability claim by appointment. Call 352-344-3464 and leave a message.
Ambulatory veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville should call the veterans’ service office at 352-527-5915. Mobility challenged veterans who wish to schedule an appointment for transportation to the VA medical center in Gainesville may call the Citrus County Transit office for wheelchair transportation; call 352-527-7630.
For more information about chapter activities, veterans’ benefits or membership, call Ken Stewart at 352-419-0207; leave a message, if desired, should the machine answer.

+ Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit No. 70 will not have its regular monthly meeting during the months of July and August, but will resume meeting in September. There will be luncheons during the summer months. Phone Commander Linda Brice at 352-560-3867 or Adjutant Lynn Armitage at 352-341-5334.The DAV Auxiliary continues ongoing projects to help needy veterans. We still need clean cotton materials, yarn, lap robes, etc., as well as toiletry articles.
Membership has expanded to include more families and members. For information or to donate items, call Brice at
352-560-3867 or Armitage at 352-341-5334.

+ Eugene Quinn VFW Post 4337 and Auxiliaries are at 906 Highway 44 East, Inverness.  Call the post at 352-344-3495, or visit www.vfw4337.org for information about all weekly post activities.

+ The American Legion Wall-Rives Post 58 and Auxiliary, 10730 U.S. 41, Dunnellon. Post and auxiliary meet the first Wednesday of the month.
The public is welcome at bingo at 6 p.m. Thursdays.
Dunnellon Young Marines meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast will Sept. 15.
For information about activities and the post, call Carl Boos at 352-489-3544.

+ Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 7 meets the second Saturday monthly at the DAV building at 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness.
This is an advocacy group for current and future veterans, as well as for POWs and MIAs. Florida Chapter 7 welcomes new members to help promote public awareness of the POW/MIA issue and help veterans in need of help. More than 88,000 combat veterans are still unaccounted for from all wars.
Rolling Thunder is not a veterans group or a motorcycle club. Full membership is open to all individuals 18 years or older who wish to dedicate time to the cause.
Visit the website at www.rollingthunderfl7.com for more information about the group, as well as information about past and future events.
Rolling Thunder would be happy to provide a speaker for your next meeting or event. Call club President Ray Thompson at 813-230-9750 (cell), or by email him at ultraray1997@yahoo.com.

+ A Marine Corps League Ladies Auxiliary Citrus Unit meets at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly at the VFW in Beverly Hills. New members are welcome. Membership fee is $30 a year. Female relatives ages 16 or older who are a wife, widow, mother, stepmother, sister, daughter, stepdaughter, grandmother, granddaughter, aunt or daughter-in-law of honorably discharged Marines and FMF Corpsmen are eligible to belong to the Marine Corps League. Female Marines (former, active and reserves) and associate members are eligible for MCLA membership. Call President Elaine Spikes at 352-860-2400 or Secretary/Treasurer Joan Cecil at 352-726-0834 for information.

+ Hunger and Homeless Coalition — Anyone who knows of a homeless veteran in need of food, haircut, voter ID, food stamps, medical assistance or more blankets is asked to call Ed Murphy at the Hunger and Homeless Coalition at 352-382-0876, or pass along this phone number to the veteran.

+ Leroy Rooks Jr. VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary 3190 N. Carl G. Rose Highway, State Road 200,
Hernando; 352-726-3339. Send emails to vfw4252@tampabay.rr.com.
Everyone is welcome. Post and auxiliary meet at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday.
Post honor guard is available for funerals, flag raisings and nursing home visits.
The public is welcome to the Friday night dinner and dance at 5 p.m.
Google us as VFW 4252, Hernando.

+ Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 is on West Veterans Drive, west of U.S. 19 between Crystal River and Homosassa. Call 352-795-5012 for information.
VFW membership is open to men and women veterans who have participated in an overseas campaign, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Korean Campaign medal remains open, as well. Call the post at the phone number above for information.

+ Joe Nic Barco Memorial VFW Post 7122, 8191 S. Florida Ave., Floral City. For information about the post and its activities, call 352-637-0100.
Friday is AUCE fish or three-piece chicken for $7.

+ American Legion, Beverly Hills Memorial Post 237, 4077 N. Lecanto Highway, in the Beverly Plaza, invites all eligible veterans and their families to visit our post and consider joining our Legion family: American Legion, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), or American Legion Auxiliary (ALA). Color Guard/Honor Guard accepting volunteers.
Visit the post for printed schedule or visit the website at www.post237.org. Call the post at 352-746-5018.

+ The Korean War Veterans Association, Citrus Chapter 192 meets at the VFW Post 10087, Beverly Hills, at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly. Any veteran who has seen honorable service in any of the Armed Forces of the U.S. is eligible for membership if said service was within Korea, including territorial waters and airspace, at any time from Sept. 3, 1945, to the present or if said service was outside of Korea from June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Call Hank Butler at 352-563-2496, Neville Anderson at 352-344-2529, or Bob
Hermanson at 352-489-0728.

+ Allen-Rawls American Legion Post 77 and Auxiliary Unit 77 meet the first Thursday monthly at the Inverness Highlands Civic Center at 4375 Little Al Point Road, Inverness.
Call Post Cmdr. Norman Brumett at 352-860-2981 or Auxiliary president Marie Cain at 352-637-5915 for information about the post and auxiliary.

+ U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI)-Sturgeon Base meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday monthly at the American Legion Post 155, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. Visitors and interested parties are always welcome. Call Base Cmdr. Billy Wein at 352-726-5926.

+ American Legion Post 166 meets 1:30 p.m., first Saturday monthly at the Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 Ladies Auxiliary facility on Veterans Drive, Homosassa, on the west side of U.S. 19 at Dixon’s Auto Sales across from Harley-Davidson. We meet in the small building to the left of the main building. All former and current post members, as well as all interested veterans, are cordially invited to be a part of American Legion Post 166.
For information about the post or the American Legion, call and leave a message for the post commander at 352-697-1749. Your call will be returned within 24 to 48 hours.

+ Seabee Veterans of America (SVA) Island X-23 welcomes all Seabees and Honeybees to its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly at Citrus Hills Country Club, Rose and Crown restaurant, Citrus Hills. Call John Lowe at 352-344-4702.

+ Citrus 40/8 Voiture 1219 and Cabane 1219 conducts its meetings at 7 p.m. the second Thursday monthly at the American Legion Post 155 on State Road 44 in Crystal River (6585 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway). For more information about the 40/8, call the Chef De Gare Tom Smith at 352-601-3612; for the Cabane, call La Presidente Carol Kaiserian at 352-746-1959; or visit us on the Web at www.Post155.org.

+ Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) meets at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. All combat-wounded veterans, lineal descendants, next of kin, spouses and siblings of Purple Heart recipients are cordially invited to attend and to join the ranks of Chapter 776. To learn more about Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, visit the chapter’s website at www.citruspurpleheart.org or call 352-382-3847.

+ Marine Corps League, Samuel R. Wall Detachment 1139 will conduct its regular meeting at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at DAV Post 70 in Inverness at the intersection of Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North. All Marines are welcome. Call Jerry Cecil at 352-726-0834 or Wayne Howard at 352-634-5254.

+ Marine Corps League Citrus Detachment 819 meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday monthly at VFW Post 10087 on Vet Lane in Beverly Hills, behind Superior Bank. Social hour follows. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome. Meet new friends and discuss past glories. Call Morgan Patterson at 352-746-1135, Ted Archambault at 352-382-0462 or Bion St. Bernard at 352-697-2389.

+ Gilley-Long-Osteen VFW Post 8698 is at 520 State Road 40 E., Inglis, one mile east of U.S. 19. The Men’s Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday. LAVFW meets at 5 p.m. and the membership meeting is at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday at the post.
Call the post at 352-447-3495 for information about the post and its activities.

+ Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 186 will meet at 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the DAV Building, Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Call Bob Huscher, secretary, at 352-344-0727.

+ American Legion Herbert Surber Post 225 meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the New Testament Baptist Church of Floral City, 9850 S. Parkside Ave. adjoining Floral Park, southeast side. All eligible veterans are welcome to join.

+ Landing Ship Dock (LSD) sailors meet at Denny’s in Crystal River at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. Call Jimmie at 352-621-0617.

+ Suncoast U.S. Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II meetings for 2012 will be at 11:30 a.m. at Kally K’s restaurant in Spring Hill on the following dates: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

+ The USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association Inc. 2012 reunion will be Sept. 8-16 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1445 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Ill. Group reservation code is CGN. Call 847-945-4500 for reservations. Ask for the USS Long Beach reunion rate of $99.68, which includes all taxes on rooms. Cutoff date is Aug. 13.
Contact Don Shade, 299 Kiantone Road Lot 92, Jamestown, NY 14701-9370, or email lbcgn9@aol.com or visit www.usslongbeach-assoc.org.