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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.

  • WWII Veteran recognized by Haven Hospice

    Chiefland resident Harold Koss was recently recognized for his military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers.

    A junior in high school at the time, Koss was drafted into the United States (U.S.) Army in 1943 at age 18. He served until 1946 and was discharged as a corporal.

    During his time in the U.S. Army, Koss served in the 252nd Port Company from its arrival in Calcutta until its departure after V-J Day in 1945. The mission of the 252nd Port Company was to help provide supplies to American and Chinese forces in the China Burma India Theater.

  • Levy gathers to honor veterans

    Levy County residents came out to show their support for veterans, lining the sidewalks for a parade on Thursday afternoon and then coming together at the Trailhead Park for a flag-raising ceremony and more.

       Chiefland Police Department's own Officer of the Year, James Yanok, was the speaker for the event.

       Yanok enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and worked to achieve his current rank of staff sergeant in February.

  • 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.