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6 x December 7 - 20, 2017 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 cadet with us who is highly trained in communications. “We were also supplemented on the island by members of Puerto Rico’s Wing. I need to give special props to them. Over the 10 days we were there, they worked handin-hand with us and were phenomenal. Virtually all of them, whether senior members or cadets, were still dealing with very challenging situations at home — no electricity, fresh Happy Holidays!! $ 50 OFF * NEW customer landscape service of $500+. Offer code: NCM 50 Landscape Design & Installation Landscape Maintenance Residential & Commercial Irrigation Design & Installation Irrigation Repair & Maintenance 407-217-4062 13506 Summerport Village Pkwy., #274 Windermere, FL 34786 water [or] plumbing; food shortages, etc. But they showed up every day, working hard and not complaining. It was really inspirational to see them doing that. “Obviously, we all heard of the devastation down there prior to being deployed, but until you actually see it for yourself, it’s tough to fathom the scope. As an aerial photographer, I had the chance to see pretty much the entire island from the air, and it was pretty sobering flying over village after village and just looking down into people’s houses because the roofs had been blown off, if their house even survived the hurricane.” Collins described his time in Puerto Rico as “along the lines of a true, albeit short-term, military deployment.” He and his team were housed on a merchant marine ship. They rose early in the morning to catch a van to their mission base, which was set up in a large public health clinic. They had only sporadic electricity, which was supplied by a generator, and most of the plumbing was nonfunctional. Then came the challenging flights around the island to photograph their specified targets. “Because the terrain in Puerto Rico is very mountainous, there were a lot of updrafts and down drafts that created for some bumpy flying,” he said. “I don’t think anyone actually got sick, but we pretty much all felt queasy by the end of the day. As an aerial photographer, Civil Air Patrol 1st Lt. Brian Collins photographs the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico. “Another challenge was the fact that there were so many other military and relief aircraft and helicopters flying about the island. It was pretty cool seeing lots of Blackhawks and Osprey aircraft, among other things, but you always had to be very diligent and aware when you were flying. “Time will have to tell whether the relief effort is a ‘success’ — because call today for a free estimate Residential interior & exterior painting Licensed & Insured Michael Nevius / owner/operator See more of Dr. Phillips Painting by logging onto facebook! 407-235-5388 • 12/31/17

it is far from over and is going to be going on for a long, long time. You hear a lot on the news about the good and the bad that is occurring, but in my opinion, I think the territory and those responding are doing the best that they can. This is a disaster of unprecedented scale in many ways. “Being on the island definitely gave me a different perspective of what was going on with the relief effort and the challenges of executing such a massive undertaking. I met people from FEMA, the U.S. Public Health Service, NASA, botanists, the New York Department of Sanitation, Boston and New York police officers, and even the IRS. Even with all of these people responding, the challenges are immense: having a structure for all of these agencies and individuals to work within, building communication channels, establishing relationships with the people and agencies in Puerto Rico, and so forth. Making things even more complicated is the fact that the island has its own culture and political framework, requiring both sides to adapt to this new reality. “Perhaps the most difficult part, though, was the fact that so many Puerto Ricans were still trying to cope with the destruction and effects of the hurricane. Many live in very remote areas that are incredibly challenging to get to because of the rugged terrain, not to mention the washed-out bridges, roadways and levies. “The entire trip was filled with incredible moments for all of us. Many of my fellow team members have similar stories about being approached by locals who were extremely grateful that we were there to help them; that happened to me more than once. That always made me feel good, because one thing I tried very hard to do was to show respect to the people who were down there and dealing with so much suffering. “I’m very proud of the response that our community alone has contributed — I know a lot of people CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 x December 7 - 20, 2017 x 7 Legal Areas of Practice By our Team of Attorneys Administrative Advance Directives Bankruptcy Business Buy / Sell Contracts Commercial Contracts Corporation Criminal Employment Estate Planning Family Law Guardianship Litigation Last Wills Medicaid Powers Of Attorney Pre-Nuptials Probate Real Estate Special Needs Title & Closings Trusts Trademark Wills & Trusts Q: Upon my death, won’t my children automatically inherit my estate and if I have no children don’t my assets pass to my closest living relatives making a Last Will and Testament or other forms of estate planning unnecessary? A: With or without a Last Will, in order for your assets to reach your heirs or other beneficiaries, a probate court proceeding is generally required to transfer your assets. An attorney must be hired to petition the court to supervise disbursement of your assets as directed by your Will or state law. To avoid probate you should consider preparing a Revocable Living Trust to transfer assets at your death. (407)363-9020 Offices: Orlando Credit Cards Accepted Kristen Jackson Attorney At Law