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Gulf Breeze, FL
To establish the Only Monument to honor 25 %of Military plus 2.3 Million Women Veterans who have been in combat since 1948 Our roles as women has changed. The Monument recognized that change and is Empowering Women and there future generations of Women in the Military.
Vero Beach, Florida
The Veterans Council of Indian River County was established in 1987 with an initial focus on two activities: 1) Providing transportation for veterans to the West Palm Beach VA Hospital; 2) Hosting Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies honoring veterans.
Transportation needs were initially addressed with assistance from one of the Council member agencies that purchased two vehicles. In 2010, replacement buses for the two very high mileage vehicles were purchased with the assistance of a Council Auxiliary Member organization and the generosity of multiple major and individual donors.
Since 1964, Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies have been held at Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary. As the demand for recognition of veterans has grown, Veterans’ Council representatives now participate in many events held throughout Indian River County. Another community initiative implemented through Council member efforts is the Veterans in the Classroom program.
In 2011 a unique and innovative Council initiative established a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Victory Center at Indian River Mall. Military-themed items are sold by a volunteer Council-member staff. Profits from the Center stay in the county; they are donated to veterans’ organizations and the Veterans’ Council. The Victory Center has drawn nationwide attention from veterans’ organizations hoping to emulate this success.
In 2012 the Upward American Veterans Program (UAV) was formed to address a previously unrecognized situation within the Indian River County’s veteran population: the existence of needy veterans and their families unable to sustain even a basic standard of living. Since 2012, the UAV has spent over $132K assisting 207 veterans and their families.
In 2013 the Veterans Outreach (VO) program was initiated by the Council with the goal of assisting Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans to make a successful transition from military to civilian life and others who want to enhance life skills. Primary program elements are to identify these young veterans and gather commitments for assistance from community organizations, businesses, and educational institutions. The program includes budgeting workshops, job searching, training/skills classes internships, general education and family support.
The objective of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Florida is to be of assistance to all veterans who have served in any of the military branches of service of the United States of America.This website is designed to serve our veterans and shall act as a communications center for this Council. The Council is proud of our past successes and we look forward to many more in the months and years to come
Each year in Dec the Veterans Council sponsors the annual Wreaths Across America program at our St. Augustine National Cemetery. This is a public event with our local citizens purchasing wreaths and placing them on a headstone of their choice. This year, due to the Covid-19 virus, the National Cemetery Administration has restricted the number of people we can have in the cemetery. In keeping with their current policy, we will have 50 volunteers on Friday, 18 Dec. 2020 to unload the truck and place the wreaths directly onto each gravesite. Then on Sat. 19 Dec, we will have a small ceremony of 10 people to conduct a small ceremony and place the ceremonial wreath representing each branch of service followed by a playing of Taps. Please send out the attached press release and sponsorship form to our distribution list as well as our FB and Web Site