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Daniel Webster helps secure $1M in back pay for CD 11 veterans

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Daniel Webster is making significant headway in the effort to repay debts owed to Florida veterans.

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Marco Rubio rolls out veterans commercial in U.S. Senate race

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is coming out with a new television commercial highlighting his bill to provide accountability to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The 30-second spot, “Served,” features several veterans praising Rubio for writing and passing a bill for accountability at that department in 2014. “Politicians always talk about how broken the VA is,” says Army veteran Myke Landers. “But Marco Rubio actually did something about it,” adds Marine Corps veteran Steve Emerson. “Marco has always been there for…

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Ending homelessness among veterans by the end of the year: Difficult but not impossible

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The Obama administration’s goal to eliminate homelessness among military veterans by the end of the year could be a difficult mission as tens of thousands of vets remain on the streets, including perhaps 3,000 in Florida. A point-in-time count in February around the Tampa Bay area counted nearly 400 veterans living on the streets of Pinellas County. In Hillsborough County, 181 vets were without homes. That number represents a 42 percent drop from the previous year, but was more than…

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Mike Mikurak kicks off program linking Lealman manufacturers to job hunters

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A group including representatives of public service agencies, activists and representatives from Lealman area manufacturers sat down Tuesday morning to discuss ways to get those companies what they need: employees. The discussion was the first step in a program that Mike Mikurak and Dick Peck are bringing to Lealman. Mikurak is a founder of Accenture, a global professional services company. Mikurak is also running against incumbent Charlie Justice for the Pinellas County Commission. He and Peck, of QTM Inc. in…

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22 pushups each day for 22 days raise awareness for #22Kill

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A dozen tiny ballet dancers are down on the floor at the Seminole Recreation Center doing pushups. It’s not just an exercise to build muscle or endurance for dance. The pushups are part of a larger project designed to call attention to a nationwide problem — the high rate of suicide among military veterans. A 2012 report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs noted that, on average, 22 veterans kill themselves every day. “It was something we saw through…

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Official: VA changes policy on declaring veterans dead

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A congressman says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is changing its procedures to avoid wrongly declaring veterans deceased and cutting off their benefits. U.S. Rep. David Jolly told The Associated Press on Tuesday that in response to a letter he sent in November, the VA said it erroneously stopped benefits to 115 people between July 7, 2014, and April 1, 2015, because the department had wrongly declared them dead. In a letter dated Dec. 10, the VA told Jolly’s…

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