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Veterans in Hillsborough County get Christmas treats from area charities listen

12/20/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hillsborough County Veterans were given gifts and lunch in recognition of their service Friday at The Veteran

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Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise kicks off 2013 wounded vet project in Tampa listen

02/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Actor Gary Sinise – better known as Lieutenant Dan to Forrest Gump fans -- is heading up an effort to build twelve severely wounded soldiers specially-equipped homes. Sinise, along with other charity leaders and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced the 2013 Building for America’s Bravest program during a ceremony in downtown Tampa Wednesday morning. Sinise said he enjoys giving injured soldiers some of their normal life back.

“They’re going to have life challenges for a long time – for th...

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Lunch for veterans without homes opens job opportunities too listen

12/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Veterans who don’t have homes this holiday season got a warm meal this afternoon in Tampa. The Hillsborough County Veteran’s Affairs department doled out turkey dinners to about 40 vets, but also took the opportunity to help them get and keep jobs.

Veterans dined ten at a time, starting with this group. Kelly Beaver, a retired sailor in the Navy used to live on the streets. He’s still getting help from the county’s veteran's affairs department, but he said he’s on the road to recovery. ...

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New homes for injured veterans part of community redevelopment in St. Pete listen

12/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A wounded military veteran broke ground on what will be his new home today in St. Petersburg. The house is being paid for through a collaborative of charities, but is part of a greater effort to rehabilitate the city’s troubled Midtown area. Brian Lamb, president of the non-profit Community Partners in Revitalization said the project will help drive property values up in the neighborhood.

“Within that, there’s a huge economic advantage to coming into neighborhoods, recognizing – or bett...

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Some military veterans oppose Mitt Romney's plan for benefits listen

08/15/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A group of Veterans from across the state and country spoke out for the first time against the presumptive Republican nominee at the Bay Pines Veteran’s Administration building in St. Petersburg this morning. About a dozen people waved flags and signs to let passing motorists know that Mitt Romney wants to change the way past and current service members get care. Ken Woods, president of the Tampa Bay area Teamsters union said the plan to make veterans use vouchers to get medical care will m...

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MacDill AFB expo supports service-disabled veteran business-owners. listen

12/07/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today more than 600 veterans and small businesses met at Tampa’s Convention Center, looking for ways to connect veteran business owners who have been disabled in combat with military contracts. MacDill Air Force Base organized the expo.

The Association for Service Disabled Veterans estimates that out of more than 26 million veterans, 2 million are service disabled. Eugene Toni works out...

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New Port Richey job fair draws 300 residents looking for work listen

12/06/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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More than 300 job seekers and dozens of employers converged on a job fair in New Port Richey, where many residents say they are finding it difficult to find work outside of the service industry. Employers ranging from home based businesses to federal agencies were accepting applications.

It seems that Floridians need all the help they can get when it comes...

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Occupy Tampa rally: "Vets are the 99 percent!" listen

11/14/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Saturday afternoon about 30 members of Occupy Tampa rallied in support of Veterans. They marched from their sidewalk encampment by Curtis Hixon Park to Joe Chillura Courthouse Square Park, which is home to a memorial that honors fallen soldiers who were connected to Hillsborough County and killed in [Operation Iraqi...

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Veterans for Peace and Occupy Tampa remember Armistice Day listen

11/11/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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It’s Veterans Day in the US and Europe celebrates Armistice Day marking the official end of hostilities in World War I. Veterans for Peace gathered at the Iraq and Afghanistan war memorials in downtown Tampa this morning at 11:11 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

A small group of about a dozen people marked the historic time in silenc...

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Tampa demonstrators support Obama's jobs bill for veterans benefits listen

10/20/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Advocates for President Barack Obama’s jobs bill told veterans to tell their representatives to pass provisions that would benefit America’s military at a Rally in front of the VA hospital in Tampa Wednesday. The group handed out literature outlining parts of the bill that would give tax credits and job preference to some military people.

President Obama’s Jobs bill contains $447 million worth of incentives to get people back to work and repair the cou...

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