Women edge forward into combat arms

Photo by Army Sgt. Paul Sale Soldiers participate in combative training at the U.S. Army Ranger Training Course, Fort Benning, Ga., April 20. Two women -- 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (shown, center, dark hair, protective glasses), 25, an Apache helicopter pilot, and Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, a military police platoon leader --are the only two women in history to finish the grueling course.

Photo by Army Sgt. Paul Sale
Soldiers participate in combative training at the U.S. Army Ranger Training Course, Fort Benning, Ga., April 20. Two women — 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (shown, center, dark hair, protective glasses), 25, an Apache helicopter pilot, and Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, a military police platoon leader –are the only two women in history to finish the grueling course.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
This past week saw two historic firsts: two women successfully graduated from Ranger school, and the SEALs are going to allow women to take its training.
Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, both West Point graduates, graduated Aug. 21 in a ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga. Out of a beginning class April 20 of 19 women and 381 men, 94 men and the two lieutenants successfully finished the course.
The SEALs are going to allow women to pursue their training as well, as was announced Aug. 17, but the Department of the Navy has not announced any specific dates as to when it will begin.
Depending on your point of view, your reaction has either been “Wow” or “no way this should happen.”
I’m in the first category.

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New nursing home making progress

Image courtesy of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs  The Ardie R. Copas State Veteran Home will have a groundbreaking sometime in 2016. It’ll likely open sometime in 2018. The nursing home will generate about $7 million a year in wages. Additionally, it’ll spend about another $5 million a year locally for supplies and services.

Image courtesy of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
The Ardie R. Copas State Veteran Home will have a groundbreaking sometime in 2016. It’ll likely open sometime in 2018. The nursing home will generate about $7 million a year in wages. Additionally, it’ll spend about another $5 million a year locally for supplies and services.

Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
Work on the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home is progressing, but it’s not the kind folks see when they’re driving by its Tradition Parkway address in Port St. Lucie.
The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs is in the early stages of building its seventh veterans nursing home after getting a nod from the Florida Cabinet and funding from the State Legislature. Steve Murray, communications director, said more than one state agency is involved.
“We have been working with the Florida Department of Management Services, which oversees the architectural design and construction, “Murray said.
Wayne Teegardin, St. Lucie County’s veterans services manager, said that his office is getting a lot of queries about the home.
“We do have people coming into our office all the time inquiring about it and wanting to know when they can sign up (to become residents),” he said. “We have (adult) children coming in to ask about their parents.”
And—
“We’re getting calls about jobs, of course,” Teegardin said. “‘When are they hiring?’”
Teegardin said his answer is the same to everyone.
“We’re telling them there’ll be public notices about the groundbreaking,” he said.
So, when’s the groundbreaking going to be?
“I see the groundbreaking with the shovels and everything sometime in 2016,” Murray said.

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