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Old 04-20-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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My husband is interviewing for a job in the area next week. The job is to provide outreach to vets (he is an OEF/OIF vet himself). Are there a lot of vets in the PC/NP/Fort Myers area? Are there any vets on this board? Any tips on providing outreach in that area would be appreciated. He wants to have a lot of ideas on how to get in contact with vets so I thought I would do a little market research for him.

Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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The VA Nursing home is around the corner from us in Port Charlotte. There are American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Lodges where he can contact vets. My father is a Vet and is a member of the Elks in Punta Gorda. Our Corvette Club members ride in the Veteran's Day parade downtown Punta Gorda every year. There is a Charlotte County Veteran's Service in Port Charlotte.

Links that may be of interest:
State Veterans Nursing Homes: Florida Department of Veterans Affairs - Your First Step in Accessing Information & Benefits Available to Veterans (http://www.floridavets.org/nursing/nursing.asp - broken link)
Charlotte County Veterans Services: Human Services Department
Veteran Owned Businesses: Charlotte County, Florida | Veteran Owned Business Directory
Military Heritage Museum: Welcome
Charlotte County Veterans Council: http://freedomisntfree.org/index.php...pages&Itemid=7
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Thank you, TamRE. You are very knowledgeable on the area. I appreciate it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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I am a vet. The Veterans Administration has very short arms when comes to reaching out to vets. The veteran has to do the reaching out, if they want to know about benefits. I have been a vet for over 40 years. I had no idea I was entitled to free health care until last year, when I went to the VA to ask a few questions. Don't get me wrong, I am not trashing the VA, I'm just saying, there are alot of vets out there who don't know they are entitled to alot of benefits because no one ever told them.

What is OEF/OIF ????

I'm sure there are plenty of vets out there. Every male in retirement age was subject to the draft.......well, except the rich ones
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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Hi oldfart1947, thanks for the reply. I agree with you 100%. When my husband left the Army we were lost and had some hard times that could have been easier if we knew what he was entitled to. He is an Operation Enduring and Operation Iraqi Freedom vet. He did a lot of research, learned about the system, and has been working in veterans outreach for a few years. He has helped vets receive money for disabilities linked to their time in service even if it was many years ago. The VA will even provide a lump sum distribution in some cases. Thanks again for the reply.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: North Port
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Vet here also. Desert Shield/Storm. SW Florida is full of vets in my experience. How you make contact well thats another question. Thank you husband for his service and you too. Military wives are much under apprecieated.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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Just to let you all know...............HOME DEPOT will not be giving veterans a 10% discount anymore, unless you have a purple heart or service connected disability.

For those of use who are lucky enough to come away unscathed, Home Depot has found it in their infinite wisdom, to discontinue our discount.

I'll bet the *******s who made that decision never served our country !!!!

PS...........LOWES still gives 10% to vets.........Guess where I'll be shopping from now on.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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oldfart, we always go to Lowes because of the discount! I didn't even know Home Depot gave one and I think that is pretty bad they are getting rid of it. My husband and I try to go to veteran owned businesses if possible. There is a website that lists them (vetbiz.org I think). There are not as many as I would have thought in the Port Charlotte area.

Tallen, I loved to travel so the Army gave us that opportunity. Sometimes I miss the lifestyle. We always had a purpose. Some days (especially before we had a baby) I felt like we no longer had any real connections to anything.

And thanks to you both for serving
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: englewood
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Just to let you all know...............HOME DEPOT will not be giving veterans a 10% discount anymore, unless you have a purple heart or service connected disability.

For those of use who are lucky enough to come away unscathed, Home Depot has found it in their infinite wisdom, to discontinue our discount.

I'll bet the *******s who made that decision never served our country !!!!

PS...........LOWES still gives 10% to vets.........Guess where I'll be shopping from now on.
i stopped at home depot last veterans day for the discount since what i wanted was not available at lowes. you would have thought that i was looking to get the item for free. i ended up leaving and buying the item on line from another vendor. lowes always is willing to give a military discount. if you want to know where home depots head is at google "home depot and gays". that oughta have you reading for a while. they are not a real john wayne kind of management.

and for the thread. this area is loaded with veterans. go to any car show and at least 1/4 of the guys there will have some type of hat or shirt depicting service.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: englewood
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