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VA head Shinseki resigns while veterans' health care issues simmer listen

05/30/14 AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: VA, Veterans Administration, veterans, health care, Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Eric Shinseki

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

President Barack Obama said he accepted the resignation during a meeting Friday morning in the Oval Office.

Shinseki had faced mounting calls to step down from lawmakers in both major parties. In this audio provided by his office, Democratic Florida Senator Bill Nelson applauds Shinseki for resigning.

“He did the right thing, and he’s putting his country first. This is a stro...

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Veterans get hiring boost from national group listen

05/13/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: veterans, military, Hiring our Heroes, Chamber of Commerce, jobs

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Military veterans and their spouses looking for a job had a chance to get face to face with Tampa Bay area employers Tuesday at a job fair in Temple Terrace.

“Their agreement basically reads that they’re expected to bring 3-4 jobs per employer.”

That’s Ernie Lombardi, Southeast regional associate for the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that hosts Hiring our Heroes job fairs in cities across the U.S.

“Nationally, we’re seeing anywhere from 12-15% of some type of hires ...

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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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Tags: homeless, Hillsborough County, veterans

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Hillsborough County Veterans were given gifts and lunch in recognition of their service Friday at The Veteran’s Memorial Park in East Tampa. Some of the vets are homeless with no families to spend time with during the holidays, while others have successfully transitioned from military service to civilian life.

The Hillsborough Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program planned on feeding and pampering as many as 50 vets during its Veteran’s holiday lunch.

“This is the only Christmas that ...

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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 ...

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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 r...

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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 –...

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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...

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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 o...

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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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