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Hillsborough County’s ‘Operation Reveille’ to provide housing to 25 homeless veterans

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At the third “Operation: Reveille” event held at Port Tampa Bay on Friday, officials with the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) and a variety of other partners announced that they would connect 25 homeless veterans to housing and other services. “I want to go ahead and let the veterans know, you can get out of homelessness, but you have to work hard. You have to be the one. The services are here. Grasp them,” said Navy veteran Joanne Jones, 54, the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.31.16 – Bernie Sanders calls Warriors comeback a “very good omen for our campaign”

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Good morning, people, and welcome to the Summer of 2016. For some of us, it’s already off to a rollicking start, what the Golden State Warriors becoming the first team in 34 years to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Conference Finals in defeating Oklahoma City in Oakland last night. Among the fans enjoying it live last night was one Bernie Sanders, campaigning in the Golden State a week before the big primary there. According to the…

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VA admits to David Jolly they’ve mistakenly labeled over 4,200 people dead in last 5 years

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In an embarrassing admission, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is acknowledging in a letter to Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly that it falsely declared 4,201 people dead between 2011 and 2015, disrupting the distribution of benefits to those veterans and their dependents. Last year alone, the VA says it erroneously terminated benefits to 1,025 individuals. “These numbers confirm our suspicion, that mistaken deaths by the VA have been a widespread problem impacting thousands of veterans across the country,” Jolly said in a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.24.16 – Hillary nixes a last Dem debate in California

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Last night in Santa Monica, Bernie Sanders called Hillary Clinton‘s decision not to debate him in California “insulting” to the voters in the Golden State. “A number of months ago our campaign and her campaign reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California,” Sanders told the crowd, according to a release issued by the Sanders campaign overnight. He added that it was “insulting to the people of California — our largest state — that she is not prepared…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.8.16 – Obama still isn’t going to take your guns away from you

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The popular perception is that the Democratic Party as a whole stopped debating gun control after Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee and Bill Clinton‘s Arkansas in the 2000 election. Looking back on that perspective 16 years later, it’s evident that yes, they did stop debating the issue nationally, but that it doesn’t like those two states are likely to show up in the Blue column on election night anytime soon. There’s no doubt, however, that President Obama,…

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Kathy Castor tells VA Secretary that latest reported problems are “unacceptable”

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Tampa/St. Pete Congresswoman Kathy Castor has become just the latest member of Congress to blast the persistent problems with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Listing three major problems that have surfaced in the news recently, the lawmaker has penned a letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald, where she states that, “the VA has not met its responsibility to our veterans on a number of fronts. Veterans’ personal information has not been safeguarded with requisite care, our veterans have been forced into…

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David Jolly bashes Hillary Clinton again on VA, tries to draw in Alan Grayson

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David Jolly once again is criticizing Hillary Clinton for her previous remarks about problems with the Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s also trying to draw in Alan Grayson — his potential opponent in the 2016 U.S.  Senate race — into answering Clinton’s comments as well. The Pinellas County Republican congressman appeared on Boston Herald radio Thursday morning for the second time in recent weeks to again tout his proposed “Freedom Card” medical plan for veterans. It would allow them to receive hospital care…

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