It’s a go for St. Lucie County veterans’ home

Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
TREASURE COAST — The Florida Cabinet gave its nod to St. Lucie County getting the next state veterans’ nursing home at its Tuesday, Sept. 23, regular meeting. The vote puts to rest a controversy that arose after the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, FDVA, delayed its recommendation to the Cabinet.
“I’m feeling great. We’re very happy for the whole Treasure Coast,” Wayne Teegardin, St. Lucie County veterans service officer, said.
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Vanishing breed: Vet’s career spans 4 wars

Staff photo by Mary Kemper Army and Air Force veteran of four wars Frank E. Antonucci, seen here at his home in St. Lucie West, holds a pistol he took from a German soldier whom he killed in World War II.

Staff photo by Mary Kemper
Army and Air Force veteran of four wars Frank E. Antonucci, seen here at his home in St. Lucie West, holds a pistol he took from a German soldier whom he killed in World War II.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
He’s soft-spoken, kind and friendly, and always appears to have a slight smile on his face. At 91, he’s slowed down a bit. But make no mistake — retired Air Force Master Sgt. Frank E. Antonucci, St. Lucie West, is a warrior, as his long, rich service shows.
How long? Four conflicts, spanning decades — World War II, Korea, the Berlin Crisis and Vietnam — with plenty of action in between.
Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in November of 1942, Antonucci, originally from Niagara Falls, New York, had wanted to be a pilot, but fate had other plans.
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