Last minute additions for Friday, Nov 9:
8th Annual Golf Tournament – Fri. Nov 9 – Fairways for Warriors sponsors this annual Veterans Day tournament at Eagle Creek Golf Club, 10350 Emerson Lake Blvd., Orlando 32832. 7:30am registration, 8:30 shotgun start. $150 pp includes lunch, prizes and usual amenities for a great cause. Info: Chris Baeten at 407-456-0200 cbaeten@ knightfederal .com
Correction Officers VA info fair – Fri. Nov 9 – VA Benefits & Resource Fair for Correction Officers who are veterans will be held from 10am- 2pm at the 33rd Street Jail, 2480 33rd Street, Orlando, 32839. The event will include VA resources, Enrollment or Transition Program, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Suicide Prevention and more! Info: 407-836-3400.
VVA Ceremony in Daytona Beach – Fri. Nov 9 – Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 will have a ceremony at 10am. It will honor the Volusia County Fallen Vietnam warriors. (There were 45 according to the Wall of Faces information.) VA Clinic, 551 National Health Care Dr., Daytona Beach, 32114. Info: Rod at 386.690.9553 cobra101st@ gmail .com
U.S. Marine Corp 243rd Birthday – Fri. Nov 9 – Join others to celebrate at 12noon by the Veterans Canteen at the Orlando VA Medical Center, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, 32827. Please join us in honoring and celebrating all U.S. Marine Corps with cake and fun!
CVMA Weekend State Rally – Fri. Nov 9 – Sun Nov 11 – Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) FL Chapter 20-4 is composed of veterans helping veterans. Seminole Harley Davidson, 620 Hickman Circle, Sanford, 32771 is the site for events thru the weekend. Friday Night Bike Night Meet & Greet & a FREE Concert Featuring ThunderJack AC/DC ROCKS from 6pm – 9pm; Saturday: Ride at 9am with Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett, FREE Concerts Featuring Hayfire at 2pm, & JessLee at 6pm; Bike Gamesat 5pm, Low-Boil Lunch at 3pm & More… Sunday: Wreath Laying Memorial Ride at 9am, Lunch at 2pm, Miss Combat Bikini Contest at 3pm, and 6pm is a FREE Concert featuring International Rock Star Jeff Blando & Blandini! Chapter and Detachment meeting will be held at the rally… Info: Bo “Bocephus” Passen at 352-530-7361 bopassen@ yahoo .com www. cvmaflorida204 .org
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum Fundraiser – Fri. Nov 9 – 27th Annual Big Band Dance Across The Decades with Live Music by L.C. Swing Band. $25 pp. 7pm – 10:30pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Bosco Center, 359 West New York Ave., DeLand, 32724. Info: 386-717-1492, lcswing .com and www. delandnavalairmuseum .org
Code of Honor Concert tickets – Fri. Nov 9 – A limited number of free tickets are available to veterans for the Concert Event with country music radio station K92.3 Featuring Granger Smith at Cowboys Orlando,1108 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 32805. Doors open at 7:30pm. Vets will need to show their valid, retired or veteran military ID for a free pair of tickets to the show. General public admission is $10 each (plus nominal processing fee) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local Veteran Fund chosen by K92.3. Contact Mike McConnell, 407.342.2292 a.mcconnell7@ gmail .com
SATURDAY, NOV 10
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Wed. Nov 7 – Sun. Nov 11 – see email from Tues. Nov 6
CVMA Weekend State Rally – Fri. Nov 9 – Sun Nov 11 – see above info on Friday.
Free Dental work – Sat. Nov 10 – Smiles From The Heart will offer dental care at no cost from 9am to 3pm in Winter Springs. Dr. F.H. Collins III and his team at Collins Dental offer this sixth free dentistry event to the community (not just veterans) who are unable to afford dental services. Line up early for an opportunity to receive dental services: X-rays and Exams, Cleanings, Fillings, Extractions. 5744 Canton Cove, Winter Springs. Services limited to the first 100 patients. Info: 407-699-9831 or go to Collinsdentalcare .com/smiles.
Veterans Day Open House at Warbird Air Museum – Sat. Nov 10 – Sun. Nov 11 – Hosted by Valiant Air Command, the Warbird Air Museum also includes Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Free for all Active and retired military and Florida residents – although please bring a non-perishable food donation per person. Flybys, displays, model trains, classic autos and radio-controlled airplanes; Food & drink available for purchase. 9am – 5pm, 6600 Tico Rd, Titusville, 32780. Info: 321-268-1941 www. valiantaircommand .com
Home Key Ceremony for injured Marine in Citrus County – Sat. Nov 10 – Marine Cpl Josh Langston-White and his wife with receive the keys from Homes for our Troops to his new specially adapted custom home in Crystal River, FL. 10am ceremony begins. All attendees will have the opportunity to tour the completed home after the flag is raised over his home and the ribbon is cut. 8:30am shuttles begin from Shuttle Location: First Baptist Church of Crystal River, 700 N Citrus Ave, Crystal River, 34428. On Aug. 10, 2012, Marine Cpl Langston-White was on his first deployment serving with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. He was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The blast resulted in the loss of both his legs above the knee. After undergoing 13 surgeries and a year and a half of recovery, Joshua is now back in his home state of Florida where he works for Citrus United Way running the Veteran service program Mission United. He enjoys playing golf and any activity involving water – fishing, swimming, and tubing. And taking care of his son who was born in Dec. 2017. Info: Alicia at awlodynski@ hftousa .org.
Veterans Day Parade in Osceola County – Sat. Nov 10 – “Honoring All Who Served” parade starts at 10am in St. Cloud. The parade forms on Lakeshore Blvd. Children’s Parade starts at Pennsylvania and 9th St. Info: Pierre at 321-443-3419 or Rick at 407-922-1476.
Windermere Veterans Day event – Sat. Nov 10 – Guest speaker Lt. General Jay Garner. A family friendly event from 11am-4pm. Food Trucks, bounce house. Located at Windermere Town Hall and the Windermere Veterans Memorial – 620 Main Street. Info: Gary at 407-876-1732 or windermeremayor@ yahoo .com
City of Orlando’s Veterans Day Parade – Sat. Nov 10 – Annual event hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and his Veterans Advisory Council, one of the largest Veteran’s Day Parades in the southeast U.S. The Parade includes 100 units consisting of local veterans’ organizations, members of the active military, bands, floats, JROTC units, first responders, community groups and military vehicles, and more all coming together to pay tribute to those who have fought for our freedoms. This year’s theme is Honoring Purple Heart Recipients and their families. Please join us in honoring these brave men and women who have served our country. Parade start time:11am – 1pm, begins at Robinson St., south on Orange Ave., east on Central, the north on Rosalind Ave. Info: cityoforlando.net/ veteransparade 407-246-3104.
Veteran’s Day Street Party – Sat. Nov 10 – After the Orlando Veteran’s Day Parade, continue to honor those who have served our country at the official after parade party. Hosted by Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB) at Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W Livingston St, Orlando, 32801. Live music, car show, military vehicles, games for the kids, bounce houses, food & drinks available. This event is free and open to the general public. All proceeds will go to benefit FAVOB and Semper Fi Fund.
Sanford Celebrates Veterans Day – Sat. Nov 10 – City of Sanford Parks and Recreation Department presents this ceremony at Sanford Veterans Memorial Park begins at 11am, 110 W Seminole Blvd, 32771. Honoring all who served and the 100th Anniversary of WWI. Info: 407.688.5120 opt 6 or visit www. sanfordfl .gov
UCF Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen football – 12noon game start at Spectrum Stadium. This is the U.S. Navy Academy’s first trip to UCF. Homecoming game is also being televised on ESPN2.
Veterans Weekend USO Show – Sat. Nov 10 – American Legion Post 242 will host live entertainment, karaoke and dinner ($7) starting at 5pm. 17142 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 32820 (East of Chuluota Road, west of Bithlo.) Info: 407-568-3416.
243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball – Sat. Nov 10 – Celebrating the 243rd birthday of the U. S. Marine Corps with our traditional birthday ceremony, dinner, music, dancing, and camaraderie. Hosted by Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation, at Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, 32819. Unique collectors challenge coins (containing actual sand from Iwo Jima) are only available for those who register, and in limited number! Info: cfmcf1775@ gmail .com
Marine Corps Birthday Commemoration – Sat. Nov 10 -All persons who love and respect the USMC are invited to VFW Post 3282, 5810 S. Williamson Ave, Port Orange, 32128, to celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. 6pm starts the live entertainment, reading of the national message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps, recognition of the oldest and youngest Marine in attendance, and cutting a uniquely decorated cake. Free, but food and beverage must be purchased at the VFW. All Marines are asked (not ordered) to dress formally, MCL members, dress blues, undress blues or red shirt and cover. Marine Corps League. Capt “Tiger” Mayberry Detachment 658 of Port Orange. Ask for David at the door. Info: David at 386-453-3948 buzzsaw4@ gmail .com
SUNDAY, NOV 11
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – Wed. Nov 7 – Sun. Nov 11 – see email from Tues. Nov 6
CVMA Weekend State Rally – Fri. Nov 9 – Sun Nov 11 – see above info from Friday.
Veterans Day Open House at Warbird Air Museum – Sat. Nov 10 – Sun. Nov 11 – see above info from Sat.
Veterans Day is Sunday 11/11/18 – ”Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance” encourages citizens and organizations across the nation to toll bells in their communities 21 times on November 11th, 2018 at 11:00 am local time. The War ended by an armistice agreement at 11:00 am on November 11th, 1918.
VA Veteran’s Day Memorial – Sun. Nov 11 – Help UCF’s Pre-Med AMSA set up the Veteran’s Day Memorial at the Lake Nona VA Living Community’s Chapel. 10am -12noon at Orlando VA Medical Center, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, 32827. Info: email volunteering@ premedamsa .com
VVA and Ponce Inlet Ceremony – Sun. Nov 11 – Join Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 and the Ponce Inlet Veterans Memorial Association at 10am for the Veterans Day Ceremony. Davies Lighthouse Park at 4931 Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet, 32127. Info: Rod at 386-690-9553 cobra101st@ gmail .com
Coffee with a Vet – Sun. Nov 11 – All vets, active military and families can join together for free coffee and snacks. Hosted by WalMart #613 from 11am to 3pm at 1512 West Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, 32174. Purple Heart Chapter 316 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1048 are co-hosting this event with guest speakers, camaraderie, and grins. Info: Rolf at 407-310-6674 or Rod at 386-690-9553.
American Legion ceremony – Sun. Nov 11 – American Legion Post 242 will hold a traditional ceremony at 11am: 11-11-11 at 17142 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, 32820 (East of Chuluota Road, west of Bithlo.) Free and open to the public. Info: 407-568-3416.
American Legion Flag Placing – Sun. Nov 11 – The public is welcome to join American Legion Post 331 in placing flags on veterans graves at the Eatonville Memorial cemetery, 11am.
AMVETS Post 2006 Leesburg Veterans Day – Sun. Nov 11 – Veteran’s Day Celebration 11:11:11
Special guest speaker is Gold Star Mom Kate Pearson. 501 N Canal St, Leesburg, 34748. Free lunch till gone; pulled pork, if you can, share a side. Followed by Karaoke and Wings. Info: Peggy at 407-484-2159.
Celebration of Veteran’s Day – Sun Nov 11 – Luncheon of chicken breast, pork chops, baked potato, roll & butter and choice of dessert offered for $10 – But Post 2093 veteran members eat for free! VFW Post 2093 (large hall), 4444 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, 32804. The VFW Band will be playing from 12:30 – 2:30; the back bar in the large will be open for cash sales. Info: (407) 296-2553
Free tickets to Women’s Basketball game – Sun. Nov 11 – Free tickets to all veterans at Embry-Riddle vs. West Alabama Women’s Basketball. 12noon at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach, 32114. Veterans will be recognized! Info: Shayne at whites33@ erau .edu (386) 226-2971.
Veterans Day Dance Marathon – Sun. Nov 11 – Celebrate Veterans Day by dancing all day at La Imperial Dance Lake Mary hosted by international Dance Champion Vard Margaryan. $15 per person, each class with $5.00 per person, per class donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. All Military are FREE (please show your ID at the door). Group classes every 45 minutes with 15 minute break every hour. You can stay for one or stay for up to 7 classes. Beverages and Snacks available. 1pm – 8pm at La Imperial Dance Lake Mary, 242 Wheelhouse Ln Suit #1240, Lake Mary 32746.
American Muscle Car Museum Open House – Sun Nov 11 – Free admission for active duty military, veterans, and their families from 1pm to 5pm at 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne, 32934. Complimentary snacks and beverages. Prizes for all mil. start at 3pm, but a Grand Prize for Active Duty only: A paid 2-year lease of a Mercedes-Benz CLA 250; and $10,000 donated by Muscle Car Museum. Info: americanmusclecarmuseum .com
Veteran’s Day World War 1 Centennial Event – Sun. Nov 11 – Professor Carl E. Creasman Jr. of Valencia College will discuss the Great War, including key events. These led to the Armistice and the Russian Revolution and the entrance of the U.S.A. onto the world stage. 1:30p – 3:30p in the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Info: 407-623-3300.
Remembering the Red Tails – Sun. Nov 11 – Orlando Science Center in partnership with Vision of Flight will be hosting wreath ceremony at 2pm at the Red Tails Monument located just outside the science center in Loch Haven Park, 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, 32803. All veterans and their families are invited. Red Tails was a name commonly referring to the Tuskegee Airmen who were America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. The airplanes had the tails painted red and are best known for the extraordinary efforts in the air war of World War II. In addition, Orlando Science Center is offering veterans and active military free admission and 50% off for each accompanying family member when they visit from now until Nov. 21. Provide valid military ID upon arrival at the admissions desk to receive the discounts. This special offer is made possible thanks to Lockheed Martin. Info: Jeff at JStanford@ osc .org 407-514-2145 or 407-421-8988.
Basketball Fundraiser – Sun. Nov 11 – Heroes Real Estate Group and Orlando Future Starz host this fun event at 3pm, 2000 N. Goldenrod, Orlando, 32807. Admission is $5 or two unwrapped toys. Donations will be given to Marine Corps Toys for Tots and Fisher House. Info: Armando at 407-947-6420 or Anthony at 407-575-3745. brokerarmandoperez@ gmail .com
Honoring Veterans on WUCF – Sun. Nov 11 – The local PBS TV station offers special programs. Veterans Day allows Americans to honor military veterans across the country. Originally celebrated as “Armistice Day” to mark the end of battles during WWI, the celebration has now extended to honor the more than 23 million veterans in the United States. Check your local TV service provider for channel number and tune in for this great programming: Sun., Nov. 11 at 5pm: USS Indianapolis
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Lower School Veterans Day Celebration – Mon. Nov 12 – Parents, grandparents, family, friends and United States Veterans, please join for this annual Veterans Day celebration at 8:15 – 9:30am the Lower School and 2:05 p.m. at the Upper School. Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Dr, Melbourne, 32940. Guest speaker is Andrew Allen, Vice Pres. and Gen. Mgr. of Jacobs Space Operations Group at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He is a veteran of three space flights – logging more than 900 hours in space as the pilot on STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, and as mission commander on STS-75 in 1996. A retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), and U.S. Navy Test Pilot School. Guests, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to obtain your visitor badge. Info: Academy at 321-723-8323
Veterans Ceremony at Veterans Nursing Home – Mon. Nov 12 – Join Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Daytona Beach Chapter 1048, the Veterans Council of Volusia County and other Veteran Service organizations. 10am at the Emory L. Bennett Veterans Nursing Home, 1920 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach, 32117. FYI – There are 120 residents there! Info: Rod at 386-690-9553 cobra101st@ gmail .com
City of Ocoee’s Veterans Day Ceremony – Mon. Nov 12 – The 11am Ceremony at the Woman’s Club of Ocoee, 4 North Lakewood Ave., will include a keynote speaker, music and flag presentations. Steve Shuga, Past State Commander of American Legion Department of Florida, is the keynote speaker. Mr. Shuga currently serves as the Executive Director of the National American Legion Press Association. As the Past State Commander, he had the distinction of serving as the 100th State Commander during 2017 – 2018. He completed 20 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, between 1975 to 1995, and has been a member of the American Legion for 16 years. Mr. Shuga is a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marine Corps League. Ocoee Middle School band students will perform a melody of music and present handwritten thank you cards to the veterans in attendance. Additionally, the Ocoee Police Department Honor Guard will present the flags. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Info: 407-905-3100.
Commemoration in St. Augustine – Mon. Nov 12 – Commemoration at Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A S in St Augustine to Remember the 100th Anniversary of the “War to End All Wars”. Also on display will be the Traveling Vietnam Wall, The Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, a WW I Museum exhibit of weapons, uniforms, & supplies of WW I, the St Augustine Lighthouse with its 100 Year Old Time Capsule with the names of 1200 Floridians killed in WW I and the St Johns County Chamber Ensemble performing a medley of Patriotic Songs. Displays open for viewing at 9:30 am, the Commemoration starts at 11:11 am. This is a free event with free onsite parking.
Seminole State College becomes Purple Heart campus – Mon. Nov 12 – The public is invited for this declaration ceremony by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. This effort states an awareness and friendly atmosphere towards the goals and efforts of MOPH and combat veterans. 2pm at 100 Weldon Blvd W200, Sanford, 32773. Info: Ernie Rivera at 321-276-7609 erivera.vmsd@ gmail .com
TUESDAY, NOV 13
Education Event at Orlando VA – Tues. – Fri Nov 13 – 16 – The Orlando VA Medical Center offers education services to highlight different departments within the VA that offer great programs for Veterans and employees. 12noon – 2pm will have tables each day on the 1st Floor, East Corridor, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, 32827. Info: 407-631-0141.
Space Coast Veteran Owned Businesses – Tues. Nov 13 – Join the Space Coast FAVOB for some fun and networking at Hell’n Blazes from 5pm – 7pm. Free at 1002 E New Haven Ave. in downtown Melbourne, 32901. Info: www. spacecoastfavob .org or marketing.scfavob@ gmail .com
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) – Every Tuesday evening – Central Florida Composite Squadron (SER-FL-259) meets every Tuesday from 6:30-9pm at Orlando Executive Airport, 321 N Crystal Lake Dr., Suite #203, Orlando, 32803. (Sheltair Building 2nd Floor) CAP supports communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. Youth and adults can participate in numerous ways. POC: 1st Lt. Alexander English, CAP Squadron Commander at 407.446.0504 U.S. Air Force Auxiliary GoCivilAirPatrol.com www. flwg.us
Marine Corps League Orlando – Tues, Nov 13 – Cpl. Larry E. Smedley, Detachment 064 Monthly Meeting, 7pm – 8pm at the at American Legion Florida Department bldg., 1912A Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810. Info: mclcfl @gmail. com or 407-963-9388.
(Cpl. Larry Smedley was an Orange County resident and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was killed in Vietnam on December 21, 1967 after heroic actions were seen in battle. He earned the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously; he was 18 yrs old.)
Honoring Veterans on WUCF – Tues Nov 13 – The local PBS TV station offers special programs to honor Central Florida Veterans. 8pm: We’ll Meet Again: Saved in Vietnam. Check your local TV service provider for channel number and tune in for this great programming.
WEDNESDAY, NOV 14
Central Florida Navy League luncheon and meeting – Wed. Nov 14 – All persons who support the sea services, whether civilian or military, are welcomed to attend this gathering on the 2nd Wed. of each month. 11:30 – 1pm at the Holiday Inn – UCF, 1724 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 32826. Interesting speakers and networking potential includes the simulation technology businesses. $22 advance online registration (cfnavyleague .org) or $27 at the door. Guest speaker at this mtg is new NAWCTSD Commanding officer Capt. Timothy “Octa” Hill. 3rd largest Navy League in FL with diverse membership including nearby technology industries. Info: See website, FB, or call 407-288-8028
(NEW! The Navy League offers national E-Membership for only $25 per year! Prior military service is NOT required. Support the sea services – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines – with membership.)
Golf Channel’s Veteran Salute: Red, White and You!! – Wed. Nov 14 – Connecting veterans with Golf Channel/GolfNow key leaders; Get a look inside Golf Channel’s production studios! At the same time, if you are looking for employment, you can learn about career opportunities as well. In addition, with the ever influencing world of technology, a LinkedIn workshop and resume workshop will be offered to all attending veterans. 1:1 interaction with Golf/GolfNow employees. 5pm – 7pm at 7580 Golf Channel Dr., Orlando, 32819. RSVP requested due to limited space. Edwin.Asuncion@ Golfchannel .com to register.
THURSDAY, NOV 15
The Great American SmokeOut – Thurs. Nov 15 – The Orlando VA Medical Center encourages the Great American SmokeOut to quit the tobacco habit. Not only is various tobacco use harmful, it is also expensive to your pocket, to your health and those around you. Join the Great American SmokeOut and make the decision to quit. 11am – 1pm on the 1st Floor, East Corridor, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, 32827. All Orlando VA sites of care will also be hosting an outreach event in the lobby. Staff will be available to discuss the resources available to support you on your journey to becoming tobacco free. Learn the different ways you can start living a tobacco-free life: www. mentalhealth. va.gov/quit-tobacco/how-to-quit.asp #BetterStartsToday
Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 mtg – Thurs. Nov 15 – Come out and socialize with an active VVA chapter. Meeting starts 6:30pm at VFW Post 3282 in Port Orange. 5810 S Williamson Blvd, Port Orange, 32128. Social hour starts at 5pm. Learn about new legislation and changes to VA benefits. Join, bring your DD214. Contact Rod at cobra101st@ gmail .com or 386.690.9553 or www. vva1048 .com
Sgt. Mecot Camara Tribute – Thurs. Nov 15 – Mission BBQ in Oviedo is the location of a remembrance for Marine Sgt. Mecot Camara at 7pm. 968 W. Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, 32765. His sister, Elisa Camara, will be presenting a photograph of her brother who was killed in the Beirut Bombing that occurred 35 years ago on October 23, 1983. He was one of 305 others, including 220 Marines, who died that day. The photo will be hung on the wall. “Sweets” are given routinely to active military, first responders and veterans after their meals. Info: 407.587.9875
FRIDAY, NOV 16
Veteran Mobile Food Distribution – Fri. Nov 16 – Soldiers’ Angels hosts a monthly Veteran Mobile Food Distribution on the 3rd Friday of each month. These events are held outside, regardless of weather, 11am to 1pm at Orlando VA – Lake Baldwin Outpatient Clinic, Parking Area D, 5201 Raymond St., Orlando, 32803. Low-income, at-risk, and homeless veterans will be provided with approx. 50 pounds of food assistance at no cost to the veteran. Vets interested in receiving support from this event MUST sign up ahead of time via the link and bring proof of veteran status to the event. soldiersangels. formstack. com/forms/ orlandomfd_1018 If you are interested in volunteering, please register here: soldiersangels. formstack. com/forms/ orlandomfdvol (This volunteer opportunity requires standing, lifting and bending. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather.) (FYI – There were abt 200 veterans and their families assisted in October – The need IS here!) Info: FL Dir. Simone at shoover@ soldiersangels .org 561-257-4441
AUSA & USMCF Social / Networking – Fri. Nov 16 – Association of United State Army (AUSA) Sunshine Chapter and the local Marine Corps Foundation join forces for an all military branches social and networking. 4:30pm – 7:30 at Bubbaloo’s BBQ near UCF, 12100 Challenger Pkwy, Orlando, 32826.
Veterans Needed for Dissertation Study – A Doctoral Student at the University of Central Florida, is doing research on how sounds and smells alter brain activity. PTSD stressors can be triggered by these. Any Post 9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, active duty regulars, reservists and national guard service personnel are needed to assist in this study. If you don’t have PTSD, your results can be compared as a baseline to others who do have reactions. Total time involved is 3 hours, and is flexible to your schedule. You can help future veterans and military with your participation. In return you will receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card. Keep and use the gift card for Christmas or donate it to your favorite local charity. Info: Michael Gramlich, M.S., Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate, UCF RESTORES at 407-823-3910.
Coordinated Homeless Services Network – For chronically homeless persons and/or homeless families living in their car or on the street. These are “Hubs” to assess the needs. Documents to bring, if available: Valid ID (Drivers License, State ID, Passport, etc.) for all adults, Social Security Card for adults, birth certificates for children.
Veterans only: First & Third Friday’s of the month, 9am – 2pm, Orlando Veteran Affairs at Lake Baldwin Outpatient Clinic, Bldg. 507, 5201 Raymond St. Orlando, 32803. Vets can also go to any of the below HUB assessments:
Orange County: Fridays, 9am – 12noon at Health Care Center for the Homeless, 816 West Central Blvd., Orlando, 32805; OR Fridays, 1:30pm – 4pm at United Against Poverty, 150 W. Michigan St., Suite A, Orlando, 32806.
Seminole County: Mondays, 1:30pm -4pm at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Rd., Longwood, 32751.
Osceola County: Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm at Kissimmee Job Connection Center
1356 E. Vine St., Kissimmee, 34744.
If you cannot make it to a HUB location, you can call 2-1-1 for a phone assessment. HUBs closed on holidays. Other persons/groups “community partners” wishing to coordinate with this service network can contact Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, Inc., (407) 893-0133
Veterans in crisis – For you or someone you know. Suicide is a medical emergency. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone and care should be sought immediately by calling 911. Free, confidential resources are instantly available through the Military Crisis Line to aid you if you are in crisis.
Call 800-273-8255 and press 1,
OR chat online now for 24/7 access to trained counselors who understand what service members and military families are coping with. Website at veteranscrisisline
OR: text 838255 for 24/7 confidential assistance. They are there because they care….
Camaraderie Foundation in Central Florida provides resources for private and confidential Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) counseling for Post 9/11 veterans/warriors and their families. They also have connections in other areas, other states. It works. It HAS saved lives, saved marriages and saved families. camaraderiefoundation .org Contact 407-841-0071