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Command Post

A military blog by Howard Altman

From Afghanistan to the Alafia, Command Post Tampa is your local military news source.

Helping those in need is vital part of military DNA

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If it weren’t for Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lewis Collins, Walter Padron might not have been able to go on a family cruise to the Caribbean for his granddaughter’s 15th birthday.

Around 4 p.m. July 10, Collins, the working-dog kennel master with the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, was returning from a doctor’s appointment when he saw a man on a bicycle hit by a 1995 green Toyota sedan at Spruce Street and MacDill Avenue.

Collins stopped his car and jumped out. Trained in first aid, he was prepared to help.

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Lawyers needed to help veterans cut red tape

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2014 at 05:27 AM
By Howard Altman

St. Petersburg-based lawyer Matt Weidner devotes a good deal of time helping veterans navigate the legal system.

He says his motivation is simple.

“I feel guilty about not being a veteran,” Weidner says. “I was not man enough to serve, and so while I have regrets, I realize I have other skills. I just started trying to find other ways to help.”

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