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VOL. 31 NO. 8                                                                              AUGUST 2023

                                                                  Charity newS

          Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Leads Statewide Effort

                    To Provide Dental Care To Veterans In Florida

        Driven by their mission to improve veteran dental care     WVRF Executive                          health conditions have fair to poor oral health, with 33 percent
      throughout the state of Florida, the Wounded Veterans Relief   Director and Army Veteran             finding it difficult to eat due to dental issues. Poor oral health
      Fund (WVRF) is the first nonprofit in the state to lead the   Michael Durkee said the low            affects veterans’ overall health, including their mental health.
      statewide effort to offer free critical dental care to veterans   VA dental care statistic is a      According to the VA, up to 50 percent of veterans returning
      who are unable to afford dental care and do not have access   critical concern, as poor oral         from Afghanistan and Iraq have been diagnosed with a mental
      to care through the United States Department of Veterans   health can lead to a range of             health disorder associated with substance use disorders (SUDS),
      Affairs (VA) or private insurance.                serious health and mental                          and 63 percent with SUDS also met the criteria for post-
        According to the VA, only 15 percent of veterans receive   issues, placing more burdens            traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With the increasing number of
      VA dental care, which places veterans into benefits classes   on  our military  members              veterans suffering from mental health disorders, the VA reports
      based on military service history and current health and   who already face challenges when transitioning back to   approximately 17 veterans die by suicide every day.
      living situations. Specific benefits are assigned to each class,   civilian life.
      meaning not all veterans may receive comprehensive dental     The connection between poor dental hygiene and mental   Charity News on page 3
      care. Only veterans who are 100 percent disabled or sustained   health issues is evident. According to the American Academy
      an oral injury while serving are given dental care at the VA.   of Family Physicians, 60 percent of veterans with mental
                                                                                                               Southern profile

                                  Southern Spotlight
                                                                                                                   KOOL 105.5

        FPL’s Manatee Lagoon Invites Families                                                                  Radio Hosts Mo

              To Explore, Learn And Enjoy Fun                                                                 And Sally Attend

                           Summer Programming                                                                      Wine Tasting

         Free Activities And Experiences Inspire Visitors To Discover

                            And Learn About Florida Manatees                                                    At Doris Italian

        Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center    exhibits and programs                                Market & Bakery
      is now  offering a mix  of indoor and outdoor summer   that are either brand-
      activities that celebrate Florida’s favorite marine mammal   new or back by popular
      and encourage fun family time. This summer, visitors can   demand, including:                            Morning drive hosts Sally Sevareid and Mo Foster
      enjoy educational programming, arts and crafts, interactive     • Play, stretch and                    of KOOL 105.5’s “The Mo & Sally Morning Show”
      simulations, outdoor games and new exhibits.      enjoy the fresh air:                                 were among the guests that attended Wine Night at
        “At Manatee Lagoon, our goal is to create an interactive,   Upon arrival at Manatee
      entertaining and educational environment to inspire people   Lagoon, visitors will
      to preserve and protect Florida’s ecosystems,” said Zack   discover new outdoor
      Greenberg, leader at Manatee Lagoon. “There’s something   games like cornhole,
      for everyone, and rain or shine, visitors can expect to have   tic-tac-toe and Connect
      fun while learning about manatees in the wild and what they   4 for the entire family.
      can do to help protect them.”                     Adults can work on the
        This summer, the facility offers visitors a variety of   mind, body and spirit
                                                                                 every Tuesday and Thursday
                                                                                 at 5:45 p.m. and Saturday
                                                                                 at 8 a.m. with yoga classes
                                                                                 led by certified instructors,
                                                                                 taking place outside against
                                                                                 the calming backdrop of     Mo Foster and Sally Sevareid, from The Mo & Sally
                                                                                 Lake Worth Lagoon for a     Morning Show on KOOL 105.5, with Nick Alfano and
                                                                                 low cost of $5 per person,   John Alfano
                                                                                 per class.
                                                                                                             Southern Profile on page 4
                                                                                 Southern Spotlight on page 2
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