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VOL. 36 NO. 8                                                                             AUGUST 2023

      Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Leads Statewide Effort To

      Provide Dental Care To Veterans In Florida

        Driven by their mission to                                                                           WVRF Executive Director and Army Veteran Michael
      improve veteran dental care                                                                          Durkee said the low VA dental care statistic is a critical
      throughout the state of Florida,                                                                     concern, as poor oral health can lead to a range of serious
      the Wounded Veterans Relief                                                                          health and mental issues, placing more burdens on our
      Fund (WVRF) is the  first                                                                            military members who already  face  challenges  when
      nonprofit in the state to lead                                                                       transitioning back to civilian life.
      the  statewide  effort  to  offer                                                                      The connection between poor dental hygiene and
      free critical dental care to                                                                         mental health issues is evident. According to the
      veterans who are unable to afford dental care and do not                                             American Academy of Family Physicians, 60 percent of
      have access to care through the United States Department                                             veterans with mental health conditions have fair to poor
      of Veterans Affairs (VA) or private insurance.                                                       oral health, with 33 percent finding it difficult to eat
        According to the VA, only 15 percent of veterans   Before                After                     due to dental issues. Poor oral health affects veterans’
      receive  VA dental care, which places veterans into                                                  overall health, including their mental health. According
      benefits classes based on military service history and   receive comprehensive dental care. Only veterans who   to the VA, up to 50 percent of veterans returning from
      current health and living situations. Specific benefits   are 100 percent disabled or sustained an oral injury while
      are assigned to each class, meaning not all veterans may   serving are given dental care at the VA.   Wounded Veterans Relief Fund on page 3
      KOOL 105.5 Radio Hosts Mo And Sally

      Attend Wine Tasting At Doris Italian Market & Bakery

        Morning drive hosts Sally Sevareid and Mo Foster of
      KOOL 105.5’s “The Mo & Sally Morning Show” were
      among the guests that attended Wine Night at Doris Italian
      Market & Bakery in North Palm Beach.
        Guests had the opportunity to taste more than 100
      wines from around the world during the after-hours
      in-store event. Representatives from wine distribution
      companies were at tables throughout the Italian market
      and bakery to pour samples and educate guests about
      different wine regions, flavor profiles, food pairings and
      more. Attendees also enjoyed samples of artisan cheeses
      and a  full  gourmet  buffet  of  authentic  Italian cuisine,
      followed by cannoli cake for dessert.                                      Keith  Rivero  of  Breakthru
                                                         Carlos  Avila of Luneau  Beverage Group, left, with   Erin Correa,  Lindsay
      KOOL 105.5 Radio on page 4                         USA, John Alfano        John Alfano               Floresta                Sumer and Dan Shaw
       FPL’s Manatee Lagoon Invites Families

       To Explore, Learn And Enjoy Fun Summer Programming

      Free Activities And Experiences                    celebrate Florida’s favorite marine mammal and encourage   are either brand-new
      Inspire Visitors To Discover And                   fun family time. This summer, visitors can enjoy educational   or back by popular
                                                         programming, arts and crafts, interactive simulations, outdoor
                                                                                                           demand, including:
      Learn About Florida Manatees                       games and new exhibits.                             •  Play,  stretch
                                                           “At Manatee Lagoon, our goal is to create an interactive,   and enjoy the fresh
        Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center  is now   entertaining and educational environment to inspire   air:  Upon  arrival  at
      offering a mix of indoor and outdoor summer activities that   people to preserve and protect Florida’s ecosystems,” said   Manatee Lagoon,
                                                                                 Zack Greenberg, leader at   visitors will discover
                                                                                 Manatee Lagoon. “There’s   new outdoor games
                                                                                 something for everyone,   like cornhole, tic-tac-
                                                                                 and rain or shine, visitors   toe and Connect 4 for the entire family. Adults can work
                                                                                 can expect to have fun while   on the mind, body and spirit every Tuesday and Thursday
                                                                                 learning about manatees in   at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. with yoga classes led
                                                                                 the wild and what they can   by certified instructors, taking place outside against the
                                                                                 do to help protect them.”   calming backdrop of Lake Worth Lagoon for a low cost
                                                                                   This summer, the facility   of $5 per person, per class.
                                                                                 offers visitors a variety of
                                                                                 exhibits and programs that   FPL’s Manatee Lagoon on page 2
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