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By Howard Altman
About 100 veterans were forced to reschedule appointments at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy building thanks to a power outage caused by a transformer explosion, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The power outage began Tuesday night and lasted through about 11 a.m. at the building, located at 12210 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., about a block away from the main hospital, according to Karen Collins, a hospital spokeswoman.
Collins said that with power back on, patients who had afternoon appointments are being seen.
As someone who covers special operations and a guy who once created an urban design column when I was editor of the Philadelphia City Paper, I find The Heights redevelopment project fascinating on several levels.
In Monday’s column, I wrote about a concept being created by U.S. Special Operations Command and the local academic/industrial infrastructure called “Thunderdome,” which is essentially a plan to increase the development velocity of SOF-specific products. It would be good news for commandos in the field and a potential economic boon because it would boost the region as a leader in the high-tech accelerator movement, proponents say.
The Thunderdome concept is being shepherded by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., which is putting together a business plan with the understanding that it will take regional buy-in to make it work.
The St. Petersburg Veterans Administration Regional Office will hold a claims clinic Saturday “specifically designed to make the claims process more visible to veterans,” according to VA officials.
“Veterans and survivors will be able to file a claim for compensation, submit evidence, and speak to a VA claims processor at the event,” according to a media release. “Additionally, they will be able to check the status of an existing claim or appeal.”
Veterans interested in filing a new compensation claim or checking the status of an existing claim or appeal are encouraged to attend the claims clinic, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon.
Matt Bunch was a Tampa firefighter who died this morning after battling liver cancer, but a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser in his honor will go on as planned.
The Bad Monkey, an Ybor City bar co-owned by retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dave Scott, says the event, to raise money for Bunch’s family is still on, starting at 6 p.m.
There will be drink bands, silent auction items, raffle items and cash donations accepted, according to the bar.
By Howard Altman
A high-seas drama is unfolding near the Strait of Hormuz as Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps navy (IRGCN) vessels have seized a cargo ship.
While no Americans are onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged ship, the U.S. Navy is keeping an eye on the situation.
“At approximately 0905 Zulu, April 28, M/V Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, was approached by several Iranian IRGCN patrol vessels while in Iranian territorial waters transiting inbound in the Strait of Hormuz,” according to Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
By Howard Altman
Because the Department of Veterans Affairs only issues ID cards to those who served at least 20 years or receive medical care for service-connected injuries, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has introduced legislation that would enable all veterans to get ID cards at no cost to taxpayers.
The Veteran’s ID Card Act (H.R. 91) has bipartisan support, according to Buchanan’s office, and won support from AMVETS and Veterans for Common Sense immediately.
“Over the years I have heard from countless veterans who have expressed frustration over their inability to prove their military service in our Armed Forces,” said Buchanan, who represents a congressional district home to more than 70,000 veterans, in a media release. “A simple, affordable, standardized ID card will make life a little bit easier for our veterans and serve as a reminder to folks that these brave men and women deserve all the care and respect a grateful nation can offer.”