Veterans Newsletter

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Veterans Newsletter
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Alachua County Office of Veteran Services
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September 2018 Dear Veteran Newsletter Readers, September is here and fall is right around the corner. We have several hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic, so please ensure you are prepared if any of the storms come our way. For those of us who went through last flooding or long term power outages. Planning ahead makes things go much smoother. Stay safe. With fall coming, there are several patriotic events coming to include the Never Forget Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on September 22nd and the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on November 11th. Each of these events are very worth while to attend and all are welcome. Accompanying this newsletter is the Area Events Items of Interest section sent via email that includes the events of many Veteran organizations. Our Veteran Community is very active and events vary all over this part of the state. It is a great day to serve American Veterans! Kim Davis (USN,FLARNG) Director Alachua County Veteran Services From the Director 1 Gold Star Monument Ground breaking 2 VA code updates 3 Military Base chemical exposure 3 Never Forget Ceremony 4 Job Resources 5 Hidden Heroes 5 Outreach and Field Visits 6 Veteran Organizations 7 8 Upcoming Area Events and Items of Interest Inside this Issue


Gold Star Monument Ground Breaking On Saturday, August 25th several hundred people gathered at the Alachua County Veterans Memorial Park to honor our Gold Star Families and learn about the future Gold Star Families Memorial Monument to be placed at the park. Project Chairman and Gold Star Father James Islam welcomed all the guests and told us about the future monument that will honor the families of American service personnel who died while serving our nation. Alachua County has many Gold Star Families and this monument will give them a place to come and think of their loved one and know that they are not forgotten. It can be a place for healing and remembering for many. We were honored to meet Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Woody Williams who is the leader of the Medal of Honor Foundation which is the not for profit organization that the donations will be running through to fund this project. It was an emotional ceremony as the meaning behind this monument was clearly taught to those in attendance. Our nation is filled with Veterans and thousands have sacrificed their lives in the name of our freedom. Their families remember their loved one and this monument will help them know that their loved one is not forgotten.


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NEVER FORGET CEREMONY Never Forget CEREMONY Saturday September 22, 2018 POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony and Commemorative Ride Veterans Memorial Park 7430 SW 41st Place, Gainesville FL 32606 All are welcome to attend the Never Forget Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at 10 A. M. on Saturday September 22nd. This ceremony is in honor of our service members who became Prisoners of War or Missing in Action while in service to our great nation. Their sacrifice has not been forgotten nor is their memory Until there is full accountability for the Prisoners of War/ Missing In Action ( POW/MIA) we will never forget them. For more information about this ceremony, contact Alachua County Veteran Services at 352 264 6740. After the ceremony there will be a motorcycle ride to the American Legion Post 16 followed by a luncheon.

PAGE 5 the State of Florida Website that helps to connect job seekers to hiring employers has a number of exciting new jobs. The Workforce services are delivered through a network of Career Centers located throughout Florida. Our local Career Center is located at the intersection of University Avenue and 6th Street. They are staffed with workforce professionals whose job it is to help job seekers find and effectively apply for jobs. The Veteran Representatives are trained to assist with transferring your military occupation to civilian occupations based on your skill set. If you are seeking a new or better job visit. and register. Alachua County is a Hidden Heroes County serving those who take care of our service members or veterans. Below is some information about the Hidden Heroes program. Alachua County Veteran Services provides resources to support and serve our Hidden Heroes who live among us. Thank you for your dedication. Hidden Heroes


In the Alachua County Veteran Service Office, Veteran Service Officers perform field visits to Veterans and their dependents in Alachua County. There are times when we are contacted by those who need us but who have limited mobility or the inability to come to our offices. We are happy to do what we can to provide assistance by going to them. When communicating with our office and you need us to come to you, make us aware of this need so we can schedule one of our staff to come and see you. Our Veteran Service Officers are regularly outreaching to area Veteran Organizations and colleges to be available to Veterans in that area of the county. We can arrange to come to the High Springs Library and see veterans and their dependents. That location is an effort to be more accessible to rural locations. Feel free to contact us, we will do all we can to make arrangements to accommodate your needs. Phone: 352 264 6740 Or at our office at 218 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641 Alachua County Veteran Services can come to you.


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