Veterans

Lecanto veterans clinic to remain open under lease

There has been a rumor in the community about a perceived plan by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to consolidate services provided by the VA in Gainesville, the VA facility in The Villages and the Lecanto VA clinic, which some have feared could possibly result in the closure of the Lecanto clinc.

American Legion post donates to CCSO training effort

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

Homosassa American Legion Arnold Vern Post 166 Commander Clay Scott, far right, accompanied by other American Legion members, stopped by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Operations Center to give Sheriff Jeff Dawsy a $1,000 check for the CCSO’s training division.

In prepared remarks, Commander Scott said it’s not easy today being a police officer or sheriff’s deputy or even a member of the military.

County won't move Inverness veterans memorials

War memorials in Inverness Florida

If the unanimous vote today of the Citrus County Commission is any indicator, plans to move veterans memorials from the front of the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness aren't going anywhere.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to not go ahead with moving the memorials to the back of the courthouse, where some groups had lobbied for the landmarks to be relocated to.

Surprisingly, some representatives from the county's veterans groups said at the commission meeting that they hadn't even been invited to discussions that eventually led to calls to move the monuments.

Citrus Chapter of Rolling Thunder, Fla. presents POW/MIA chair

Members of Chapter 7, Rollng Thunder Florida (Citrus County) present the National Chair of Honor to the Citrus County Commission in honor of POW's and MIA's.

The local chapter of Rolling Thunder, Inc., Florida on Tuesday presented a POW/MIA remembrance chair to the Citrus County Commission.

The chair, also known as the "National Chair of Honor" is now displayed in front of the elevated dais on which commissioners conduct commission business.

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.

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