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        VOL. 26 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                         based on military service history and current health and   health conditions have fair to poor oral health, with 33 percent
      to improve veteran dental                         living situations. Specific benefits are assigned to each class,   finding it difficult to eat due to dental issues. Poor oral health
      care throughout the state                         meaning not all veterans may receive comprehensive dental   affects veterans’ overall health, including their mental health.
      of Florida, the  Wounded                          care. Only veterans who are 100 percent disabled or sustained   According to the VA, up to 50 percent of veterans returning
      Veterans Relief Fund                              an oral injury while serving are given dental care at the VA.   from Afghanistan and Iraq have been diagnosed with a mental
      (WVRF) is the first nonprofit                       WVRF Executive Director and Army Veteran Michael   health disorder associated with substance use disorders (SUDS),
      in the state to lead the                          Durkee said the low VA dental care statistic is a critical   and 63 percent with SUDS also met the criteria for post-
      statewide effort to offer                         concern, as poor oral health can lead to a range of serious   traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With the increasing number of
      free critical dental care to                      health and mental issues, placing more burdens on our   veterans suffering from mental health disorders, the VA reports
      veterans who are unable to afford dental care and do not   military members who already face challenges when   approximately 17 veterans die by suicide every day.
      have access to care through the United States Department   transitioning back to civilian life.
      of Veterans Affairs (VA) or private insurance.      The connection between poor dental hygiene and mental   Charity News on page 3
        According to the VA, only 15 percent of veterans receive   health issues is evident. According to the American Academy
      VA dental care, which places veterans into benefits classes   of Family Physicians, 60 percent of veterans with mental
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        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 –                                                                                     Market & Bakery
      An FPL Eco-Discovery
      Center  is now offering
      a mix of indoor and                                                                                     Morning drive hosts Sally Sevareid and Mo Foster
      outdoor summer activities                                                                             of KOOL 105.5’s “The Mo & Sally Morning Show”
      that celebrate Florida’s                                                                              were among the guests that attended Wine Night at
      favorite marine mammal
      and encourage fun family
      time. This summer, visitors
      can enjoy educational
      programming,  arts  and crafts,  interactive simulations,   to preserve and protect Florida’s ecosystems,” said Zack
      outdoor games and new exhibits.                   Greenberg, leader at Manatee Lagoon. “There’s something
        “At Manatee Lagoon, our goal is to create an interactive,   for everyone, and rain or shine, visitors can expect to have
      entertaining and educational environment to inspire people   fun while learning about manatees in the wild and what they
                                                                                 can do to help protect them.”
                                                                                   This summer, the facility
                                                                                 offers visitors a variety of
                                                                                 exhibits and programs that are
                                                                                 either brand-new or back by
                                                                                 popular demand, including:  Mo Foster and Sally Sevareid, from The Mo & Sally
                                                                                   • Play, stretch and enjoy   Morning Show on KOOL 105.5, with Nick Alfano and
                                                                                 the fresh air: Upon arrival at   John Alfano
                                                                                 Manatee Lagoon, visitors will
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