District 3 Digest November 2017
Veteran saluting

Veterans Day

Back in 1982 I made the choice to serve my country by going into the United States Air Force. My family had a history of service in the military with my father serving in both the Army and the Air Force. This was not a choice I made lightly. I spoke with a recruiter, took the ASVAB, and waited for my enlistment date.

I was making my way through boot camp when, on the 25th day of a 30-day course, I stepped in a pothole and severely twisted my left ankle. That was the beginning of the end of my military career. I developed stress fractures in my right knee, ankle and heel and was honorably discharged after 3 months and 15 days.

This was a very traumatic period in my life with a lot of physical and emotional pain to get over. I had gone into the service with thoughts of making it a career. What was I going to do now?

I tried to get back into the Air Force after healing for a year or so, but stress fractures are a permanent injury and they kept me out of the service permanently. I have never been vocal about my short stint in the service and I have never wanted to be or asked to be recognized as a veteran until I moved to Tamarac and the City started working on gathering names for the first of the honor walls.

My good friend Herbert Daley asked me when I was going to put my name in for the wall. I think I might have been one of the first people he asked. At the time, my thoughts were that I didn’t qualify, and I didn’t deserve to be on a wall with others who had actually put their lives on the line.

I spoke to several friends who are veterans and asked for their opinion; was I a veteran? Each one answered the same way: I had taken the oath, I was honorably discharged, I was a veteran.

Having confirmation of this from people I trusted has made a big difference and has helped heal a wound I have carried with me for many years.  I am now proud to say, I am a veteran.

I am also proud to serve as Commissioner in a City that does all it can to honor and recognize veterans. From our recognition as a Purple Heart City, our Veteran’s Affairs Committee, our Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies and most recently our Veterans Honor Wall, Tamarac recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of our Veterans and their families.

I hope to see you at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th where we will be unveiling another panel of our Honor Wall. It's at 10:30 am at Veterans’ Memorial Park.

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Here is some very useful information from Seniors vs. Crime on identity theft.


Every two seconds an American becomes the victim of identity fraud, which impacts 10 million people a year. Most get their first notice from a financial institution. These nine signs can alert you that your credit information is compromised.

1. Unexplained charges or withdrawals. Monitor your credit card and bank statements very carefully and call immediately if you have any unexplained charges or withdrawals.

2. Medical bills from doctors you have not visited and having claims refused may indicate your insurance was maxed out by someone using your information. Call your carrier.

3. Receiving an unsolicited credit card or a statement. If this happens, contact the company immediately.

4. Inaccurate information on your credit report. You can  view your report  at www.AnnualCreditReport.com. Look at the credit accounts that are listed to make sure they are all yours.

5.  Receiving collection notices or calls concerning unknown debt. If this happens, send a letter by certified mail requesting proof of debt and the name of the creditor within 30 days.

6.  An application for a credit card or credit is turned down, and you know of no reason for this denial. Ask for an explanation -- it could be someone opened an account in your name and failed to make payments.

7.  You haven't received a statement from your credit card company by mail or email. This could be the result of someone changing your address, and your mail being forwarded without your knowledge.

8.  The IRS notified you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have additional income from an unknown employer. Check your earnings on your social security statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

9.  Having a warrant issued for your arrest could indicate someone impersonated you in a crime.
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