A new flag

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In late December Dale Fearney discovered his American and Wounded Warrior flags stolen.

“Hard it’s still a deep wound it’s hard for me to talk about,” said Fearney.

That Wounded Warrior flag means a lot to Fearney, his son Dale Daniel was a soldier in Afghanistan.
Fearney said, “He came back, but didn’t make it.”

Suffering from severe PTSD, Dale Daniel took his own life in 2014. So when the two flags were returned.
“I was overjoyed, I was blown away,” said Fearney.

You see it’s was because Dale’s wife posted the story of the stolen flags on their neighborhood Nextdoor social media site, where Air Force veteran and victim advocate Cynthia Holden read the story.

“I reached out to them and asked them if I could replace them for them,” said Holden.

Fearney said, “I just felt, you know, give it time and maybe someone will return them and it happened.”
A police officer brought one of the flags to Fearney.

“A lady came over and said this is your flag and gave it to me and said I have a teenage son and I said don’t say no more,” Fearney said.

Even though the flags were back where they belong, Holden still wanted to do something.

“This is a POW flag,” Holden said as she displayed the flag.

Today Holden delivered a special flag from her group Rolling Thunder.

“I wanted them to know that there are good people in Citrus County too and there are an awful lot of them,” said Holden.

“It means a lot it means that people do care. It made me feel good it made my wife feel good, too,” Fearney said.

Now, Fearney flies all three flags to honor his wounded warrior son Dale Daniel and to remember all of our country’s veterans.

“I’m happy again, Fearney said.American and Wounded Warrior

Win a 2017 Harley

Rolling Thunder Fl Ch 7 Fundraiser

A 2017 Harley Davidson FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited will be raffled on May 30, 2017 at Harley Davidson in Washington, DC.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling RT member Vicki at
1-352-464-0304.  Deadline is April 1, 2017.
Need not be present to win.  Odds are 1/15,000.
The fundraiser benefits Pow/MIA issues, American Veterans, our troops and their families.

Military Women Across the Nation College Scholarship

eager to serveMilitary Women Across the Nation College Scholarship Rules & Application

This $1,000 scholarship is available to a relative – male or female – of a military woman. The 2017 essay topic is “Military Women Around the World”. Applicants shall select a U.S. military service or branch such as aviation, medical, supply, etc. and compare the service of U.S. military women to the similar service of military women in at least one other country’s military. A few Ideas include, but are not limited to: Women on submarines – U.S. & Norway; Women fighter pilots – U.S. & United Arab Emirates; Universal Conscription/Draft – U.S. & Israel; Women on Surface Ships – U.S. & Japan, etc.

For information click here.

For application click here.

Attention Female Veterans and Supporters

All female veterans and supporters are invited to an informal get together

Jan 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

at the County Veterans Service Office

2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct. Lecanto, Fl. 34461

The agenda will include but not be limited to how to

support female veterans and address their needs in Citrus County.

Guest speaker Jan 12th

Jouay Koppari, FL State Director-Region VI Representative

Please contact Cynthia with input and /or RSVP at

cyn2719@yahoo.com or 352-628-6481.

The Consignment Place

The Consignment Place and The Center for Victim Rights Joins Forces. 
The Center for Victim Rights is a female veteran owned and operated non profit organization that assists victims of crime, nationwide, and free of charge.  Check out our web page at www.advocate4victims.org/wp, call us at 352-628-6481 or Email us at Cynthia@advocate4victims.org with questions, comments, donations, or to volunteer.
 
We are located in Citrus County, Florida (32 years) and will be working with The Consignment Place 644 N. Suncoast Blvd Crystal River FL 34429 who will accept tax deductible donations of unwanted cars, boats, trucks, campers, motorcycles, trailers, RV’s, golf carts, and boats.  Items can be picked up if necessary.
 
Call 352-461-4518 to donate, buy or rent a vehicle from The Consignment Place 644 N. Suncoast Blvd Crystal River FL 34429 and a cash donation will be made to The Center to help victims of crimes, veterans, and the elderly,  from Frank Romanelli Owner.
 
We truly thank you for your needed support, Cynthia Holden, Veteran helping Veterans   and others in need.

Help Support Old Homosassa Veterans Memorial

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Yard sale for the Troops at Howard’s Flea Market, main aisle, space 178 has made in USA , embroidered stars, all weather flags available.  We are supporting the Old Homosassa Veteran’s Memorial. They make a great gift and we would love to see one in every home and business yard!  If you need other pick up places contract Cynthia at The Center for Victim Rights at 352-628-6481. A POW flag is only $5 more.

R.L. Lewis Highwaymen Artist.

RL Lewis, HighwaymenThank you to all that came to support Advocates4Victims today. R.L. Lewis, one of the Highwaymen artists, came to show us his painting technic and create one of his original works of art as we all watched.

It was a great day for all that attended. We had a chance to view his work from all around Florida and purchase some fine paintings. He also had copies of his latest book available for signing.

R.L. Lewis is one of the original Highwaymen Hall of Fame Artist. You can see his works along with other Highwaymen’s works at his gallery.

His book is available from Amazon and thru Advocate4victims.org. It tells the story of the Highwaymen artist and where they come from.

 

Caught…. Hit and Run suspect after 15 years

donovan-oldIN CUSTODY! A fugitive that was wanted for nearly 13 years, Patrick John Donovan, was taken into custody on Monday, May 9 in Detroit, Michigan. Donovan had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear on a vehicle homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and evidence tampering from 2001. Donovan was located in England and was escorted back to U.S. soil (Detroit) where he was arrested on the Citrus County warrant. He is currently being held at the Wayne County Jail in Detroit on no bond.
This was a joint effort involving the Florida Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals with the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force – including the international investigative branch, special agents with the Department of Homeland Security and the 5th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. (attached below is the write up from the Florida Highway Patrol’s Most Wanted list)

Donovan was driving a red F-150 Ford Pickup truck on SR 55 in Citrus County Florida. He was driving the vehicle faster than other traffic and weaving from one lane to the other. This Ford Pickup Truck ran into the rear of a 1998 CMC Motorcycle that was blue in color. The driver of the motorcycle was killed on impact and the passenger was ejected losing her left leg and arm. The pickup fled the scene southbound on SR 55. Investigation led to the residence of Donovan and evidence was discovered showing that he had repaired the vehicle and destroyed evidence. He was arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide, Leaving the scene of crash with injuries and death. This subject bonded out of jail and fled the area. Investigators have been searching for him since 2001.

Brian’s Dad died in April 2016 waiting justice for his son. I sincerely hope Beverly gets the resolution she so deserves. It’s been a long, rough, 15 years but we will see it thru to the end. Beverly and Brian’s family hAve many questions and deserve answers. Would love to hear from all their supporters. they shouldn’t go thru this alone. Bev isn’t on facebook or even email but you can send well wishes to cyn2719@yahoo.com. I’m in constant touch with her. Brian’s family can be reached at frankstowing@msn.com (Frank and Lisa).

CW3 RONELL LEFFEW RETIRES AND THEN WILL RIDE 1000 MILES

CW3 RONELL LEFFEW RETIRES AND THEN WILL RIDE 1000 MILES

The Turning Point: A Never Quit Ride For Veterans

Trophy Club, Texas – CW3 Ronel Leffew retired on Friday, May 6, and sets out on a nine day 1000-mile bike ride down the east coast on Tuesday, May 10, in honor of Veterans everywhere and to highlight the journey home Veterans face when they transition from active military service to civilian life. CW3 Ronel Leffew is riding home to Sanford, Florida.

Leffew begins his ride in Springfield, Virginia. He sets out in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 10, and plans to ride 109 miles in his first day. Along Leffew’s nine day ride he intends to highlight the various stages, as recognized by GallantFew, of Veteran wellness.

“The journey/ride home will speak to many aspects a soldier faces transitioning from the military from emotional, spiritual, physical, professional and social. I hope to bring light to the struggles Veterans face and let them know there are avenues for help if needed,” says CW3 Leffew.

CW3 Leffew’s ride takes him through various stops to include: Mechanicsville, VA; Halifax, NC; Fort Bragg, NC; Tuberville, SC; Waltersboro, SC; Savannah, GA; St. Mary’s, GA; Jacksonville, FL and will end in Sanford, FL. His ride timeline is posted at https://gallantfew.org/the-turning-point/.

Karl Monger, Executive Director of GallantFew says, “For real, lasting change in the challenges facing veterans, local communities have to take responsibility for reintegrating veterans to the community.  The more our communities understand about the five points of Veteran wellness the better they will be able to assist along the Veteran’s transition home. Volunteers like Ronel are critical to educating and motivating people in their communities.”

It is 37 percent more likely for Global War on Terror Veterans to be unemployed than a person who never served and 22 Veterans take their lives every day. By providing peer support and access to health services GallantFew is doing its part to assist our veterans/address the unmet needs and lower these statistics facing our Veterans.

To support Ronel on his ride you can go to, https://gallantfew.org/the-turning-point/ or contact GallantFew’s Candyss Bryant at cbryant@gallantfew.org to link up and ride with Ronel along his route.