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26 FEATURES


FEATURES Sun Lakes resident Cindy Pottgen


celebrated her 65th birthday by running in the More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 15, 2012, in New York City’s Central Park. The women-only event had over 8,000 entrants, and Cindy fi nished 16th in her age group. It was her fi rst attempt at a competitive race of more than 10K, and she made it running the entire course with a smile on her face. Her husband Bill and two daughters were there to cheer her on. Cross another one off the bucket list!


Way to go, Cindy!


editorial@robson.com — June 2012


Art Sloane A new VA Southeast Clinic will be built


on the corner of Val Vista and Market Streets just off the Highway 202 exit. This clinic will be 60,000 square feet, double the present structure, and include services not readably available without driving to the VA Hospital


in Phoenix. Opening is


scheduled for spring 2014. This will benefi t many in south Chandler and Sun Lakes, SunBird, Springfi eld and Solera adult communities where many veterans live. There are also many veterans donating time as volunteers at


the present facility,


and more will be needed when the new clinic opens. Disabled veterans: You may take a


vacation in Minnesota at a Veterans Campground that has a website that is very informative. This group has been awarded Yellow Ribbon Status. They have cabins, tents and RV sites. Boating, fi shing, and lots more is available.


It is open to


all veterans and active duty troops. Go to www.DisabledVeteranscamp.com. Two new veteran-friendly bills have


been signed into law by the Governor. The fi rst is an Arizona Women Veteran Special License Plate that is available now at all MVD offi ces and authorized third party providers; $17 of the $25 fee for the plate will be earmarked for assistance to homeless women Arizona Veterans. The second bill enacted will take place in 90 days when the designation Veterans will be added to a driver’s license. As I see it, this will benefi t veterans in two ways. Those that do not qualify for VA benefi ts and have no photo ID may then use this photo ID to obtain discounts at places such as


Lowe’s and Home Depot and many other places. I see a bigger benefi t for veterans stopped or arrested for any infraction and the police offi cer knowing this and maybe helping those that are suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder and helping the veteran into a diversion program. Now that we have Veteran Courts in the state, this is the next step in helping. The Million veterans Program at Carl T. Hayden VA Hospital


is accepting


enrollments from Veterans who want to participate in groundbreaking research. This is a national research program conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Offi ce of Research and Development. Go to their website to learn more: www.research.va.gov/mvp or call toll


free 1-866-441-6075. This will in no


way affect your present participation in your service in the VA. On this website you may fi nd pictures


of the past and stories that bring all Vietnam veterans together. You will fi nd old friends and make some new ones. It is probably the best search list ever compiled about the Vietnam War. This simply has to be shared with anyone who ever served in Vietnam or knew someone who served in Vietnam. It would take months to look at everything this site offers. http://www- static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/ Vietnam.html. Bottled water is needed desperately at


trailer 14 at the VA Hospital at 7th St. and Indian School Road. There is a homeless veteran program there, and they give them a lunch but need water already for the summer. For information, contact Dennis at 602-653-0726. 


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