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VOL. 25  NO. 8                                                                            AUGUST 2023

       Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Leads Statewide Effort To

       Provide Dental Care To Veterans In Florida

        Driven by their mission to improve veteran dental care throughout the state of Florida,
      the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (WVRF) is the first nonprofit in the state to lead the
      statewide effort to offer free critical dental care to veterans who are unable to afford
      dental care and do not have access to care through the United States Department of
      Veterans Affairs (VA) or private insurance.
        According to the VA, only 15 percent of veterans receive VA dental care, which places
      veterans into benefits classes based on military service history and current health and
      living situations. Specific benefits are assigned to each class, meaning not all veterans
      may receive comprehensive dental care. Only veterans who are 100 percent disabled
      or sustained an oral injury while serving are given dental care at the VA.
        WVRF Executive Director and Army Veteran Michael Durkee said the low VA dental   Wounded Veterans Relief
      care statistic is a critical concern, as poor oral health can lead to a range of serious   Fund on page 3  Before            After
       Helping People Succeed’s

       Annual Meeting Celebrates Successful Year

      By Jackie Holfelder                                                           A new Governing Board
        The annual meeting of Helping People Succeed is                           of Directors was approved.
      always filled with business, good news and recognition of                   • Chair – Heidi Bosley
      key people who have continued to make the nonprofit the                     •  Vice  chair  –  Michael
      vital organization it has been for more than half a century.                Borlaug
        This  year’s  June  28  version  was  no  exception.                      • Secretary – Rosie Portera
      Suzy Hutcheson, president/CEO, provided details                             • Treasurer – Tom Campenni
      of a successful year and the accomplishments of the                         •  Members  –  Candie
      Baby Steps, Behavioral Health Services, Community                           Abbott, David Dees, Allen
      Connections and Employment Options, Healthy Families                        Herskowitz, Leah Suarez
      programs as well as the administrative, fiscal and
      technology departments and the work of the Helping  Suzy Hutcheson and Mary   Helping People Succeed’s   Suzy Hutcheson, Claire Nash, Mary Rose Bressman and
      People Succeed Foundation.                        Kay Buckridge             Annual Meeting on page 4  Glenna Parris
      The Children’s Museum Of The Treasure Coast

      Welcomes George Sanders

        The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is proud to                   and assistant den leader; and the vice president of the
      announce that George Sanders has joined the Board of Directors.             Homeowners Association of Hammock Creek.
        Sanders, a Virginia Tech and Nova Southeastern University                   Sanders joins The Children’s Museum with guidance
      graduate, joins the Board of Directors after retiring from a                and expertise as the museum launches a new vision:
      finance and accounting career where a majority of his skills were           completing the Explorer’s Gallery with a new Flight
      based on investigations, leadership and financial responsibility.           Simulator exhibit and Submarine exhibit, and building a
      Sanders is also a long-term resident of Martin County with his              new Science Center and Planetarium.
      wife, Deborah Sanders, and three children, Zack, Lexi, and Josh.              “The Children’s Museum is thrilled to welcome George
        Sanders’ resume also includes his service on other                        Sanders to the leadership team and Board of Directors.
      community boards such as the PTA of Palm City                               George’s experience, talents and forward thinking will help
      Elementary, serving  as president and  treasurer; Boy                       launch the museum into its next chapter, ” said Tammy
      Scouts of America Troop 822, serving as scoutmaster                         Calabria, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast’s
                                                                                  executive director.
                                                                                  About The Children’s Museum Of The Treasure Coast
                                                                                    The mission of The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast is to offer children and families
                                                                                  a place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural
                                                                                  experiences. The museum opened in 2008 and serves almost 50,000 visitors each year at its
                                                                                  Indian Riverside Park location. The Children’s Museum is an inspiring physical space and
                                                                                  dynamic mobile outreach delivering exceptional educational and experiential opportunities
                                                                                  for all children and adults; captivating imaginations and developing real-world skills through
                                                                                  playful learning experiences. If you would like to get involved or learn more about the museum,
                                                                                  including special events, please visit
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