Veterans

Aug. 7 set as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to right, Ralph McClure, "Bud" Allen Commander, not visible in photo Chuck Kanehl Sr. Vice Commander, Curt Ebitz Adjutant, Mike Schlaudraff, Ray Michael past Commander, Richard Hunt Dept FL Commander, Rick Allen Sergeant At Arms, Joe McClister Finance Officer. (July 25, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on July 25 proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County. 

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 235 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

Veterans Service Officer post likely to remain as-is

Despite all the recent talk about the Citrus County Veterans Officer's position in the county government hierarchy, it appeared on Tuesday that county commissioners have decided the position should not be elevated from where it is in the organizational structure.

Certainly, commissioners said, not to the level of a directorship.

VSO hours change

The hours of the Citrus County Veterans Service Office have changed.

Effective April 17, scheduled appointments and walk-in clients will be seen from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Anyone wishing to meet with a Service Officer between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday should call to make an appointment, because walk-ins will not be accepted during these hours.

For more information or questions, call the Veterans Service Office directly at 352-527-5915.

Veterans Services Office hours changing

The hours of the Citrus County Veterans Service Office are changing. Effective April 17, 2017, the Veterans Service Office will be CLOSED for lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, and will accept clients on a BY-APPOINTMENT ONLY basis from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Should anyone have questions, they can contact the Veterans Service Office directly at: 352-527-5915.

Women veterans honored March 12-18

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of local Women Veterans Organizations.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Feb. 28, 2017 proclaiming the week of March 12 through 18, 2017 as Women Veterans Recognition Week.

Florida has the third largest population of women veterans in the United States, being home to 154,000 women veterans making up more than 9 percent of the veteran population in Florida, and Citrus County is home to over 1,500 women veterans.

Congressman Webster visits Citrus veterans center

FROM LEFT: Ken Wells, Veterans Services Officer; Joanne Granger, Director of Support Services; Ellen Davis, Veterans Services Officer; U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster; Janet Gramann, Veterans Services Secretary and Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer.

U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster on Tuesday paid Citrus County Veterans Services and Veteran Outpatient Clinic in Lecanto.

FROM LEFT: Ken Wells, Veterans Services Officer; Joanne Granger, Director of Support Services; Ellen Davis, Veterans Services Officer; U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster; Janet Gramann, Veterans Services Secretary and Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer.

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