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April 2023

Welcome to the Veterans' View

National Former Prisoner of War

On April 9th, Americans across the United States pause to remember the sacrifice and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.

All military installations fly the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, which symbolizes the nation’s remembrance of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts and those who remain missing.

Veteran rallies occur in many states on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. United States flags and POW/MIA flags are flown on this day and joint prayers are made for POWs and those missing in action.

This Recognition Day is not to be confused with POW/MIA Remembrance Day, which is the third Friday of September.

POW/MIA Monument Proposed for Veterans Memorial Park

The City was approached several weeks ago by Rolling Thunder, a local motorcycle chapter that proposed erecting a monument for those military members still missing or held captive as prisoners of war. 

This is a monument that the City could use to shed light on those who are still unaccounted for. A follow-up meeting was set with Parks and Recreation, which controls where monuments are placed within Veterans Memorial Park. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director, along with Assistant City Manager David Graham, suggested several preliminary sites. After hearing the site proposal, Councilman Pickett stated, “POW/MIA memorial needs to be set in a prominent position within the park.”

Pickett continued, “This monument needs to be seen by all who visit the park. This way, we can continue to shine a light on the number of POW/MIA soldiers and Airmen that are still unaccounted for.” 

Rolling Thunder Chapter President Robert Staneruck stated, "The monument has already been ordered by his chapter, with delivery set to the city within the next six months. It is our hope that we can dedicate this POW/MIA monument on POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is the third Friday of September, or on Veterans Day if the monument is not delivered in time.”

While most POW/MIA chairs are stadium-type chairs, the proposed POW/MIA monument chair that will be erected in Veterans Memorial Park will be constructed from granite. The chair will have the POW/MIA emblem etched onto it, resting on a pad with staunches and chains surrounding the memorial to keep people from sitting in the chair. Below is a stock photo to help an approximate idea of what was proposed by Rolling Thunder for placement into Veterans Memorial Park.


It is my hope that each of you reading this support this much-needed monument, and as Veterans, be that combat veterans or veterans who simply joined and did their tour and left the service, will attend the dedication ceremony. We owe it to our comrades who were not as fortunate as us to be able to return home and raise a family.


The proposed POW/MIA chair will need to be approved by City Council at a future meeting to be placed in Veterans Memorial Park. More information will be provided in future newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Everclear Concert with

special guest, David Cook

Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.


9221 SE Event Center Place

Veterans Wellness Event Scheduled for April 5 at

IRSC Pruitt Campus

Wednesday, April 5 from

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Veterans Center of Excellence

IRSC Pruitt Campus

500 NW California Blvd

Port St. Lucie, FL

Services offered:

  • VA whole health coaches
  • Mental wellness treatment and retreats
  • Elder care, advance directives, etc.
  • Canine and equine therapy
  • Sign-up for fishing, yoga, golf, etc.
  • Parks and Recreation Resource

The event is free to veterans and active-duty military members residing in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.

Healthy U: Resilience Building

Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.


9221 SE Event Center Place


Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 a.m.

Whispering Pines Park

800 SW Darwin Blvd.

Caring Community Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 a.m.


9221 SE Event Center Place

Tax Day

Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Remember taxes are due.

Healthy U:

Tobacco/Vaping Cessation

Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Minsky Gym

750 SW Darwin Blvd.

Visit our events calendar
Military Support

Local Veterans Organizations

To learn more about resources for veterans, please visit any of the following links.

Mailing Address: 5914 N.W. Bayou Court. Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34986

Burn Pit Registry

VA established this registry in 2014 to put data to work for Veterans and help us better understand the potential health effects of exposure to airborne hazards during military service. By joining the registry, you can provide information that will help VA provide better care to all Veterans. To learn more, click the button below.

Learn more

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Health Issues

File a claim in any of these ways:

File a claim online at

Get help from an accredited representative, like a Veterans service officer (VSO)

Get help at a VA regional office

Operation Sacred Legacy

Indian River State College and the Office of U.S. Congressman Brian Mast announced Operation Sacred Legacy, an effort to provide as many local veteran interviews as possible for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. 

To learn more, click the button below.

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David Pickett,

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