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.

County offers veterans bus rides to Gainesville VA

Citrus County Transit (CCT) provides transportation for Citrus County veterans to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Gainesville.

This service is offered on the first Wednesday - and the third Thursday - of each month.

There is no passenger count requirement for veterans.

Services are primarily funded by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, and are provided free, unless otherwise stipulated.

VFW donates American flag

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue would like to thank District 7 VFW for their generous donation of an American Flag. The flag will be displayed from fire rescue’s Tower 1 engine during events for the community to enjoy. The flag is 29 x 40 feet, and usually costs anywhere from $800 to $1,000. The last time fire rescue received a donation of a flag like this was five years ago, also from District 7 VFW.  (March 2014)

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue would like to thank District 7 VFW for their generous donation of an American Flag.

The flag will be displayed from fire rescue’s Tower 1 engine during events for the community to enjoy.

The flag is 29-by-40 feet, and usually costs anywhere from $800 to $1,000. The last time fire rescue received a donation of a flag like this was five years ago, also from District 7 VFW. (March 2014)

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