Veterans

Marion County loses bid for veterans nursing home

Florida’s seventh nursing home for military veterans will be built in western Port St. Lucie.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve $17 million in funding for the 120-bed facility, which will cost an additional $27 to $37 million in federal funds to construct, according to the St. Lucie County government website.

The 28.5-acre site was donated by the Tradition Land Company, and is expected to employ about 190 people.

Marion County scored second in the selection process, falling short by 21 points out of the total 1,600.

County to study feasibility of veterans assisted-living facility

The Citrus County Commission is looking into an idea from the Economic Development Council of an assisted-living facility for veterans.

CCSO becomes first Purple Heart law enforcement agency

Citrus County Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Kanehl, left, and "Bud" Allen, Commander, Aaron Weaver Unit 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, ready the Purple Heart Flag for hoisting .

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today became the first law enforcement in the state and nation to become an official Purple Heart Law Enforcement Agency.

Fogarty graduated with honors from Navy basic training

FHTNC -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Christian M. Fogarty, son of Bryan K. and Brandy L. Fluegel of Inverness, was recently promoted to his current rank and graduated with honors from U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Fogarty received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle.

Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Vietnam veterans: America's missing parade

Chief Master Sgt. John Stewart (USAF-Retired)

There were no ticker-tape parades. There was no nationally famous photo taken of the Vietnam-era sailor on the dock kissing his girl when his war ended and he came home. There would be little recognition at all for the veterans of this era's war.

But now, there's a plan to host a parade to officially welcome Vietnam Veterans home.

On May 2, 2015, there will be a parade for Vietnam veterans in Inverness, Florida, to honor those veterans, and the traveling Vietnam wall will also be nearby. And nationwide, observances will also honor that war's veterans from 2015 to 2017.

Navy Seaman Miller completes basic training

April 9, 2014 (FHTNC) -- Navy Seaman Eric S. Miller, son of Bradley S. and Rose A. Miller of Inverness, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Miller completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

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