Rep. Allen West’s Weekly Wrap Up and District Highlights of the Week

Dear Patriots,

Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans. I pray you had a wonderful weekend and are getting a great start to your Monday.

I pray that my fellow Americans in the Jewish community in South Florida, and all across the world, enjoyed very blessed High Holy Days concluding with Yom Kippur. May your name be written in the Book of Life.

This segues into the topic of the United Nations General Assembly speeches of this week. It can be no more evident that we must identify and confront the clear and present danger and evil of our time. We cannot retract from this challenge and believe that rhetoric without resolve and vigilance is the answer.

If we go down the path of Sir Neville Chamberlain and accept the premise that dictators, despots, autocrats, and theocrats can be handled with a policy of appeasement then we threaten the future security for our children and grandchildren. Furthermore, if we fail to recognize the terror and the attacks perpetrated by radical, barbarian  Islamists, we embolden our enemy.

We can no longer refer to terrorist attacks as “man-caused disasters.” We cannot refer to this current global conflagration as an “overseas contingency operation.” We can no longer believe that you simply end a war by leaving and declaring that you have “kept a promise.”

As a former Combat Commander, I can attest to the fact that no warrior seeks to promote war, but all warriors answer the call of their country.

We no longer speak in terms of victory and certain defeat of our enemy. We seek to placate and even use taxpayer funds to issue apologies. It is simple: weakness is provocative in every way.

A week ago this past Friday, I addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County Round table and carefully laid out the situation in the Middle East and the Maghreb (North Africa). Our disengagement has left our best ally, Israel, isolated in the dark sea of terror at a critical time for her existence.

The Taliban has a saying, “Americans have watches, but we have the time.”

There must be a credible military threat that is viable and poses a serious concern to the Ahmadinejads, Morsis, and Zawahiris of the world. Unfortunately, with sequestration looming, we are telegraphing our recalcitrance to honor Ronald Reagan’s principle of “peace through strength.”

The story behind the terrorist attacks on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 in Libya just keeps getting worse. It comes down to purposeful deceit or unmitigated incompetence — either is unacceptable.

In closing, the downward revision of the Second Quarter Gross Domestic Produce growth number to 1.3 percent reiterates the horrible position in which we find the economic security of America.

Americans must ask themselves: What is more important? Like ability or leadership?

Steadfast and Loyal,

Highlights of the Week:

–  Sunday, 23 Sept; addressed the Sunday morning service at the Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Pierce, special thanks to Reverends Hart and Bullington for their kindness and invite and special thanks to the congregation, especially for the after church pot luck meal.

–  Monday, 24 Sept; keynote speaker at the Christian Family Coalition Pastor’s Appreciation breakfast; visited the Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart and discussed services and coming effects from Affordable Care Act cuts to hospice; visited the Treasure Coast Urgent and Family Care in Stuart to address concerns about Affordable Care Act and effects upon small business growth; visited the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Ft. Pierce for a tour and spoke to hospital staff and medical professionals- pictures here.

– Tuesday, 25 Sept; kicked off the “Hiring our Heroes” veterans job fair held at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. The event was an incredible success- pictures here– with many receiving on-the-spot hiring; visited the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center with House Veterans’ Committee Chairman Jeff Miller to discuss services, policies, procedures, and vision for the VA Hospital, hat tip to Director Charlene Szabo; visited local adventure clothing manufacturer Native Outfitters, highly recommend the active wear apparel from this local small business- pictures here ; visited the Louis Dreyfus Citrus Plant in Indiantown hosting United States House of Representatives Agriculture Appropriations Chairman, Representative Jack Kingston. The discussion focused on funding for citrus greening research, regulatory constraints, welfare reform as part of immigration reform, H2A Visas, and production costs in the juice industry which is reflected in a rise in commodity price and drop in consumption.

Wednesday, 26 Sept; took the morning to enjoy a couple of nice dives with the Jupiter Dive center. Saw lots of Goliath Groupers and enjoyed our beautiful reef diving experience while cleaning up some fishing line.

Thursday, 27 Sept; met with US Army JROTC C/LTC Logan Gallo and his Dad, Ron, to discuss charting a successful career in the US military. It seems not too long ago I was wearing the same uniform as a Cadet at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta GA. Please support our High School JROTC programs; visited the South Florida Wildlife Center in Ft. Lauderdale which is the nation’s largest trauma treatment center for wildlife. Was able to witness x-ray procedure on a falcon that had been recovered from a rooftop, as well as a checkup on an osprey and owl- great pictures here; visited Capitol Supply Company in Sunrise who provide unaccompanied housing furnishings for our military installations. We have assisted them in resolving a contract issue which allowed them to stay in business-  more info here and pictures here ; addressed the 52d Annual South Florida Manufacturers Association trade meeting, spoke on tax, regulatory, and monetary policy that works adversely to restoring our economy and support to private sector production and manufacturing growth.

– Friday, 28 Sept; addressed the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach Leadership Round table.

Saturday, 29 September; welcomed everyone at the Opening Ceremony of the Third Annual Palm Beach Touch Rugby Tournament benefiting our Wounded Warriors; addressed the Community Outreach Youth Program Leadership Seminar in Ft. Pierce sponsored by the Miracle Life Temple Church.

Allen West for Congress SITREP – September 17

Dear Friends,

The more I listen to President Obama, the more I realize he is completely out of touch with the economic challenges facing Americans and the foreign threats to our nation.

Does he really believe Americans are buying his excuses and distortions? We found out that August unemployment once again remained over 8%, where we’ve been stuck for the last 43 months. It was Barack Obama himself who promised unemployment would never be higher than 8% when the almost trillion-dollar stimulus was shoved down our throats.

We have the lowest workforce participation rate in 31 years. President Obama tries to say a decrease in unemployment from 8.3% to 8.1% is positive, but that is a scam. We have 368,000 people who have been dropped from the labor accountability rolls. We only added 96,000 jobs to our economy in August.

Despite the claims of President Obama and the media, Americans are definitely worse off than 4 years ago. And despite the utterly shameful attempts by the media to cover for the President, the weak response to the attacks on our embassies in the Middle East show that President Obama is the weakest President since Jimmy Carter.  His policy in the Middle East has emboldened the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic terrorists while endangering Israel.  The President’s sequestration will truly hollow out our military and leave us vulnerable to enemies around the world.  Last week the House passed my legislation, the National Security and Jobs Protection Act, to stave off the devastating threat posed to our military and national security by sequestration.  I am hopeful the Senate will act and the President will sign my bill.

What part of “debate” does he not understand?

In August we challenged Patrick Murphy to four public debates – including one in each county, so voters across the district would be able to hear our solutions straight from the horse’s mouth.

So far, we’ve accepted debate invitations from WPTV, the Northern Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.  Murphy has refused these invitations from the latter two respected groups.  He did finally agree to a late October debate with WPTV that will be broadcast but closed to the public.  Apparently he doesn’t think he needs to be asked tough questions.  Murphy’s preferences seem be joint press conferences behind closed doors with left-leaning newspaper editorial boards. Yep, that serves the voters’ interests all right.

Less than 60 days to Election Day

Fear not, the cavalry is on the way! In less than 50 days we can take that giant step to turn our nation around. Make sure you’re ready!

Register to vote!

If you or someone you know is not yet registered, you have until October 9, 2012 to do so. Register online for Palm BeachMartin or St. Lucie counties online.

Can’t vote in person? Vote by mail.

You have until 6 days before the election to request a vote by mail or absentee ballot. Request online from Palm BeachMartin or St. Lucie counties.

Get Yard Signs and Bumper Stickers

Come in and pick up bumper stickers and a yard sign to show your support.

If you have a pickup truck and would like to deliver large signs, we can use your assistance on our sign distribution team.  Email us and we will get you involved.

Volunteer at an Office Near You

We can use your help in various ways in the office – even if it’s just an hour a week. We’ve always got something going on, and you never know who might pop in for a visit. Main headquarters is in Stuart, but we also have offices in West Palm Beach, Pt. St Lucie and Jupiter.

The horizon is in sight and victory is written in big bold letters across it. But we will all need to work together to ensure it also has our names on it. Lock shields with me as we continue our conservative advance and restore our nation’s greatness!

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen West

Rep. Allen West Statement and Media Advisory “Let’s Hire Our Heroes!”


West Announces Hiring our Heroes” Job Fair in South Florida

Chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to Attend in Support of Veterans seeking Employment

Congressman Allen West (R-FL) in conjunction with the United States Chamber of Commerce will bring the “Hiring our Heroes” Job Fair to South Florida.

Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Congressman Jeff Miller, will join Congressman West in the kick-off.

More than 30 local employers (see below) will be on hand with open positions, seeking to hire our nation’s veterans.

WHAT:    Hiring Our Heroes — West Palm Beach

WHEN:    Wednesday, September 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

                           *West and Chairman Miller on hand from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

WHERE:   Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401

RSVP:    Interested employers and job seekers should register for free at www. Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide military ID).

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend.  Please email or call 202-463-5961.

Confirmed employers:

AlliedBarton Security Services
Armellini Express Lines
Comcast Cable
CVS Caremark
Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Express Employment Professionals
Florida Army National Guard
FMC Technologies
Greenwise Landscape Management
Helmets to Techhats
Holy Cross Hospital

LifeWaveFL, Inc
Lucas Group
National Training Truck and Heavy Equipment Jobs
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Olk Consulting

Republic Services
Rybovich Boat Company
SMA Communications LLC
Small Business Development Center @PBSC
Southern Waste Systems LLC
Southwest Airlines
TBC Retail Group (Tire Kingdom, NTB, Merchants Tire & Auto, Big O Tires, Midas, Speedee Oil)
The Hertz Corporation
Toys R Us, Inc
Troops to Teachers
Turbo Combustor Technology Inc.
VA Medical Center
Venergy Group, LLC
Verizon Commuications
Waste Management
Western & Southern Life Insurance
Workforce Alliance
Xerox Services (Formerly ACS, A Xerox Company)

FRIDAY EVENT: Official Statement by Congressman Allen West

FRIDAY EVENT: Local Veterans Receive Whopping $960,000 Federal Grant

Funding will have major impact on struggling veterans as they reintegrate back into Palm Beach County 

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL)— Join members of the veterans community, Representative Allen West (R-FL), Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL), Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, and other distinguished guests as the Faith*Hope*Love*Charity receives a nearly $1 Million federal grant to assist Palm Beach County Veterans. More than 20,000 veterans in Palm Beach County live below the poverty level.  Faith*Hope*Love*Charity serves more than 600 cases a year. The grant, which came as a surprise to this tiny charity, will have a major impact on establishing temporary housing and providing resources to get veterans back to work.

Press Conference


Friday, August 24th

11:00 am

3175 South Congress Avenue

Suite 310

Palm Springs, Fl 33461

*Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will be at Friday’s event to talk with reporters and share their experiences of struggling to integrate back into Palm Beach County after serving their country.

“Our veterans in Palm Beach County now have hope, and not just a temporary band-aid solution, but the resources to provide, real, permanent solutions,”  West said.  “As a 22- year Army Veteran, I am thrilled to know my brothers and sisters in arms will receive the resources they deserve for putting their lives on the line for their country.”

“This money will give us what we need to expand our services.  Not only will we be able to provide more permanent housing and rehabilitation, but we will be able to open offices and provide support to our veterans in Belle Glade, and through Jupiter,” said Faith  Hope Love Charity Director Roy Foster.  “We thank Congressman West and the rest of the community for their continued support of our veterans.”

BACKGROUND:  Faith*Hope*Love*Charity’s (FHLC) mission is to reintegrate veterans and their families back into the community so they are able to sustain independent living.  FHLC works in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs to serve veterans with PTSD, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injury.  FHLC focuses on finding veterans permanent housing and employment.

FHLC Palm Beach County facilities:

Stand Down House– serves homeless male veterans, many struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

First Stop Housing Program provides short-term housing and supportive services to reintegrate female veterans and their families back into the community.

First Stop Veterans Resource Center-  provides services to at-risk veterans, including assistance in navigating VA system, medical benefits, employment, counseling, support groups, permanent housing and educational benefits.


The Need for Boots on the Ground for Rep Allen West is NOW! We Need You TODAY!

Dear Friend,

We are in need of more and more volunteers to make phone calls and walk door to door.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday we are looking to have shifts covered by volunteers from 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm and 5pm-9pm.  This will include volunteers to make calls from the West Palm Beach Victory Office as well as walk door to door.  For door to door efforts, we are asking volunteers to meet at the West Palm Beach Victory Office to pick up walk books.

We are looking to continue this work on Sunday during 1PM-5PM

Monday we will again need volunteers 9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm and 5pm-9pm.

This will be one big push to increase the turnout in the primary election.  We need as many volunteers as we can possibly get.  My days will be filled with volunteer recruitment calls and it would be a tremendous help if you can contact the people you know as well.

If you are able to, please encourage people to help out with these efforts.  I will be at the West Palm Beach Office on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to help with these efforts.

We also want to have 4 yard signs at every single voting location in the district to be put out the night before the election.  If we can get people to help drive around and place them at polling locations in their area, I will deliver the signs to them as well as a list of polling places in their community.  The more the better.  I will be putting signs at every polling location the night before that we can not get covered by a volunteer, so the more help we can get the better.

Thank you for all of your help.

Cory Hebert
Field Director
Allen West for Congress
Office: 772–600-7123
Cell: 954-684-2723

Rep Allen West Statement – “Mandatory Pool Lift requirement is insidious regulatory policy”

(WASHINGTON)— Congressman Allen West (R-FL)  is concerned the recent clarification rule of the Americans with Disabilities Act requiring all public pools, hot tubs and spas to be handicap accessible will have an enormous, negative impact on the South Florida hotel industry.  The regulation (RIN 1190-AA44) is set to go into effect in May 2012.  The standards require hotels, state and local governments, resorts, swim clubs and other sites to install costly, fixed lifts, disregarding the financial impact the requirement would have to those entities during an already volatile time in the nation’s economy.

“This is another example of the bureaucratic nanny-state not considering the economic ramifications of its insidious regulatory policies,” West said.  “I have talked with and received letters from several South Florida hotels saying this is a wasteful exercise that will cost Florida businesses a lot of money and accomplish nothing.”

West believes an alternative to the regulation would be to allow governments and businesses to install a lesser expensive, ‘portable’ lift, that would be ready for specific use.  A mechanical lift including installation could cost an estimated $10,000 each.

With only a few months to implement the requirement or face fines of $55,000 from the federal government, many South Florida hotel chains are scrambling to meet the deadline.

“This position makes no common sense and will be an economic disaster to hotels in Florida,” said Michael Walsh, President of Ocean Properties in West Palm Beach, a company that operates 46 hotels around the Sunshine State. “This is the federal government making a bad policy with complete disregard to reality.”

Walsh said his hotels have not had a single request for a lift.  Further, he has concerns a permanent lift will result in injuries from children playing on it and getting hurt.

West is supporting a letter circulating around the House of Representatives asking for an extension of the regulation deadline, to further investigate the requirement.

“With such a short amount of time given to implement the new regulations, many hotels will be forced to shut down their pools,” West said.  “This could be devastating to the Florida tourism season.”

Sen Marco Rubio endorses Adam Hasner for Florida District 22 – US House of Representatives

Adam Hasner’s campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Florida District 22 today announced the endorsement of United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Senator Marco Rubio said, “As my Majority Leader in the Florida House, Adam Hasner and I worked side-by-side taking on the status quo in Tallahassee and together we can do the same thing in Washington. He is a passionate advocate for American values and will fight tirelessly for the needs of Floridians. Adam’s proven record of cutting red tape and wasteful spending is well known and his leadership on energy policy and critical national security issues will make him immediately effective in Congress. I am proud to endorse and stand with Adam every step of the way in his bid for the United States House. His conservative, common-sense approach is sure to help us restore our nation’s prosperity.”

Adam Hasner said, “I am honored to have the support and endorsement from my friend, and my Speaker, Senator Marco Rubio. Serving as his Majority Leader in the Florida House, I was proud to work alongside him to tackle tough issues and advance a conservative reform agenda. Senator Rubio has demonstrated why he is recognized as an inspiring leader for Florida and our nation. His message of opportunity, and his belief in America’s greatness, transcends party labels and is embraced by all who dream of brighter futures for our children and grandchildren. I am thankful for his support and look forward to working with him in Washington on behalf of the residents of the coastal communities in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.”

Florida Congressional District 22 is a newly drawn district in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Adam Hasner’s campaign has been endorsed by former Governor Jeb Bush, Congressman Allen West, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, NRCC Chairman Congressman Pete Sessions, State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, State Representative Bill Hager, State Representative George Moraitis, and local elected officials including Palm Beach County CommissionerSteven Abrams, Palm Beach Town Council Member Bill Diamond, Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie, Ocean Ridge Mayor Kenneth Kaleel, Mayor of Village of Golf and former Chair of the Palm Beach County School Board Tom Lynch, Lake Worth City Commissioner Scott Maxwell, West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, Manalapan Town Commissioner Bill Quigley, Palm Beach Town Council President David Rosow, Highland Beach Town Commissioner Dennis Sheridan and Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel.


Congressman Allen West invites you to attend one of his February Town Hall events:

Wednesday, February 22nd

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Deerfield Beach City Hall

150 NE 2nd Ave

Deerfield Beach

*A Vietnam Veteran who suddenly lost his life this past month at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport, before ever receiving his proper medals, will be honored at Wednesday’s town hall. The widow of Louis Grabiec, Jr., Martha Grabiec, will receive the medals for her husband. Grabiec will receive posthumously: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Star Attachment (quadruple), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar. 

Friday, February 24th

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

First Baptist Church

1101 South Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach

*No RSVP necessary for either event, just come on out if you can attend.

Congressman Allen West’s Veterans Day Events – Attending and/or Speaking

Veteran’s Day Events

Congressman West will be speaking and or attending the following Veteran’s Day events:

Friday, November 11th:

8:45 am to 10:00 am: Wellington Christian School, 1000 Wellington Trace, Wellington

11:00 am to 12:30 pm:  Palm Beach County Veteran’s Day Parade, Clematis & Tamarind, Downtown West Palm Beach   *Congressman West will be riding his motorcycle in the parade

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm:  The Benjamin School, 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm:  Wounded Warriors Second Chance Fundraiser, Lankler Property, 102 and 106 Riverside Dr., Jupiter

Saturday, November 12th

9:00 am to 10:00 am: Rebuilding Together Veteran’s Event, Repairing various homes of veterans, 919 N.E. 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale

10:00 am to 12:00 pm:  Speaking to VFW Post 10556, Veteran’s Park, Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton

Florida’s Palm Beach County Veterans Day Parade – Open Invitation to ALL Veterans Groups

Friday, November 11 · 11:00am – 4:30pm

Centennial Square Fountain, 100 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL

Join us as we salute our veterans in the time honored tradition of a parade. Veterans groups, military vehicles, floats, marching bands, JROTC, Boy Scouts & more…


Lou Galterio “The Golden Voice” Singing – The National Anthem and God Bless the USA!

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Karina Brez: Miss Florida USA 2012 – and Shannon Ford, Mrs United States 2011 making a Special guest Parade Appearance!
The Monique McCall Band – Rockin Country Entertainment After the Parade!
We would also like to extend an invitation to all of the veteran groups to set up a table and/or booth in the Waterfront Commons area to help promote yourself. Any veteran group that wants to do this to and out informaiton, solicit new members and talk to the public is invited to do so free of charge.

If you are a company looking to sell items there will be a $100 fee.

Staging for the parade will start at 10:00am at the intersection of Clematis Street & Sapodilla Ave.   The route will be down Clematis to the Centennial Fountains.   While there is no charge to participate, your donations are greatly appreciated. TO SEE THE 2011 PARADE LINE UP AND ENTERTAINMENT, CLICK HERE

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