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Veterans group releases priorities ahead of 2017 Legislative Session

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Veterans advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America announced its priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session, including support for bills that would help veterans by giving them tax breaks and helping them hold down jobs after leaving the military. “Florida should welcome veterans and military families, instead of pushing them away with burdensome taxes and regulations that put special interests first,” CVA Director Diego Echeverri said in a statement. “When veterans or service members hang up their uniforms, our state government…

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Gus Bilirakis: Keeping our nation’s promise to Veterans

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Each time I have the privilege of meeting the heroes who wore our nation’s uniform, I am reminded they represent the very best of America. From World War II and Korea, to Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan, we would not be the nation we are today without those who served. Veterans Day is an important time to pause and give thanks to the men and women, most of whom we will never personally know, who sacrificed on our behalf. However,…

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Gus Bilirakis: Ready to get to work on ‘unfinished business’

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Like many who run for re-election, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis says he has unfinished business. But unlike many who say that, Bilirakis has specific goals in mind. High on that list of goals is health care for veterans. “Veterans are top on my list,” Bilirakis said Thursday. “These are our heroes.” Bilirakis has already helped usher through the Cover and Promise acts. Both laws are designed to open up alternative and complementary therapies, such as service dogs, to veterans who…

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Expand Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, Charlie Crist says

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist spent part of Tuesday morning visiting a housing development in the unincorporated Lealman area that was designed mostly for veterans and disabled veterans. Crist went to Duval Park to see for himself one solution to some of the obstacles veterans face when trying to return to private life. Those obstacles were at the forefront of a roundtable discussion he held Friday with a group of veterans. What he found was a place one vet likened to…

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Matt Gaetz releases latest TV ad

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Matt Gaetz released his latest ad, called “Veterans,” on Monday. He’s aiming to win Florida’s conservative-leaning 1st Congressional District in the Panhandle, home to Hurlburt Field, Eglin AFB and the Pensacola Naval Air Station, home of the Blue Angels. The district “is home to some of our nation’s most important military installations and thousands of brave men and women who serve and who have served in uniform,” Gaetz said in a statement. The Republican state Representative from Fort Walton Beach, and Greg Evers, a GOP state Senator…

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Charlie Crist says veterans’ services need more funding

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist sat down with a group of veterans Friday to listen first-hand to their experiences and thoughts on how best to serve those who fought for the U.S. “Some of the things we’ve touched on today are new to me,” Crist said. Among those new issues are a lack of services geared to women veterans. Among the new insights Crist said he gained was the disconnect that exists between the diagnosis of medical issues and the time…

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Florida union members, unsurprisingly, down on Donald Trump

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A press call set up by the Florida AFL-CIO before Donald Trump‘s Wednesday campaign rally in Jacksonville allowed two union member veterans to rip on the GOP presidential nominee. “I am so puzzled by the insults coming from presidential candidate Donald Trump,” said Matty Rose, an Army vet and 50-year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in New Smyrna Beach. He served in both South Korea and Vietnam and said he still suffers health effects from Agent Orange, a toxic stew of chemicals…

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