Veteran Voices

  • Veterans Day Parade in Chiefland

    The 2015 Levy County Veteran's Day parade will be in Chiefland on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m.

    The parade will roll from Chiefland Middle High School south on U.S. Highway 19/Main Street to the Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert L. Douglas, who organized the first countywide veterans parade, said the celebration is taking place one day after the official holiday because most of the units for the Chiefland parade will be participating in the Cross City Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11.

  • Space shortage plagues VA health system

    GAINESVILLE — The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, which includes the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville is the VA’s largest health care system.

    It is experiencing steady growth but does not have enough space for its current volume of patients.

    In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the system served more than 133,000 veterans for primary care, mental health and specialty care services.

  • Out of a wish, a dream comes true

    A new nonprofit organization is beginning to change people’s lives for the better.  A Vet’s Last Wish Inc. (AVLW) has granted its first wish.

    AVLW, created out of the hopes and dreams of the president and founder, Steven J. Rhonomus, a disabled Veteran himself, with the help of his wife, Venus Rhonomus, was established in May of 2012. 

     Since then, Rhonomus has spoken with countless veteran supporters, consistently asking for help, but could not overcome AVLW’s lack of nonprofit tax status. 

  • Haven honors veterans

    Five veterans were honored for their service to the nation by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers who thanked them and presented with certificates, pins and lap quilts.

    They are Joseph Holubek of Chiefland, Max Mundell of Morriston, Ray Helping of Archer, Wilbur McCallister of Williston and Lawrence Green of Old Town.

    During World War II, Holubek served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Green served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Mundell and McCallister both served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Helping served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

  • Fundraiser to help vets

    On Jan. 30, the members of AMVETS Post 88 stepped up and put their money where their mouths are. AMVETS is all about taking care of our community and our veterans.

    Once they learned about “A VET’S LAST WISH” (a non-profit organization in Williston) they knew they had to help the founder, Steve Rhonomus, raise some more funds. They had a fundraiser and among the four groups (AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, Ladies Auxiliary and Riders) they were able to get $2,180 raised to help veterans who are close to the end of their lives have a “Wish” come true.

  • Levy County goes purple

    Levy County has joined a growing number of cities and counties that have declared themselves appreciative of its veterans who have been injured or killed in combat and awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the oldest American military decoration.

    County Veterans Service Office Director Robert Lowyns presented the Levy County Commission with a proclamation honoring the Purple Heart recipients for dying or being wounded while engaged in combat with enemy forces and the commissioners approved it unanimously.

  • A vet's last wish

    Everything about Steven Rhonomus shouts military.

    From his close-cut hairstyle to the way he carries himself, there's no doubt this man served his country and was proud to do it.

    And if a medical discharge hadn't forced him out of his 11 years of service, he'd most likely still be active duty.

    Rhonomus, 43, now wants to make sure that the men and women who swore to protect their country are given something back for their service.

  • Wreaths to be laid on vets' graves

    The AMVETS Post No. 88 and the American Legion Post 236 will join together on Saturday, Dec. 13, to place holiday wreaths on the graves of veterans buried at Jim Melton Cemetery in Bronson.

    The wreath-laying will be done after a ceremony at 11 a.m. that will include the raising of the American flag, Pledge of Allegiance, prayer and speakers.

    The event is open to the public.  

  • Event honors veterans

    More than 100 veterans and their family members attended Friday's veteran's resource fair and luncheon at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
    State representatives  Charlie Stone (R-district 22), Keith Perry (R- district 21) and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, along with Haven, helped organize the event as a way to honor veterans and help them learn about eligibility for a range of benefits and resources. More than a dozen organizations had booths at the event.

  • Veterans Day parade Saturday in Inglis

    The Levy County celebration of Veterans Day moves to Inglis this year and the Veterans Parade will be Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 11 a.m. at Yankeetown School and proceeding along County bRoad 40 east to the Inglis Community Center.

    There will be a decorate your tailgate contest and a post parade ceremony in honor of all veterans that will include music and a free lunch.

    The event is being hosted by the Town of Inglis. For more information r to register for the parade email dslatteryngliswaterclerk@gmail.com or Ruth at 352-447-0236.