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Veteran Voices

  • Celebrating our veterans

    More than 80 veterans and veteran spouses showed up at the Tommy Usher Pineland Center Friday, Nov. 9, for a luncheon in their honor hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Homes.

  • Veterans honored at luncheon

    Veterans in the Tri-County Area will be honored for their service at a free luncheon at Usher Community Center on Friday, Nov. 9, that will be hosted by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. 

    The annual event is free to veterans. The guest speaker is retired Lt. Cmdr Elden H. Luffman, a former military chaplain and World War II veteran. He also is the author of “Bringing God To War.”

    Seating is limited so veterans are asked to RSVP by Monday, Nov. 5 to Pam Leaptrot at 352-493-0050.

  • County to dedicate CR326 to Vietnam vet

    Army Spec 4 Michael S. Osteen of Gulf Hammock went to Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1967. On May 5, 1968, at the age of 22 he was killed by hostile artillery fire in Pleiku Province in South Vietnam. He was one of eight — and some accounts say as many as 19 — U.S. soldiers who died that day when they were ambushed on Highway 14 about 8 miles from Kontum City while escorting a convoy. He was a member of the 4th Military Police Company, 4th Infantry Division.

  • Chiefland soldier glad to be home

    Troy Chancey knows there's no place like home.
    After a year of being shot at and interrogating enemy combatants in Afghanistan, the 22-year-old Army specialist admits being back in the relatively slow pace of Chiefland is a little strange. But life in the states is something he looks forward to getting used to again.
    "I wanna' do a lot of the things I missed out on," Chancey said Friday from the home of his grandparents Janice and Buster.

  • Compassionate allowances mean faster action for thousands of disabled Amerticans

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    In April, Social Security announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions to the growing list of severe medical conditions that qualify for expedited medical decisions. The new conditions include many neurological disorders, cancers, and rare diseases.

  • Caldwell ‘top of the list’ for disabled veterans

    William Ferguson Caldwell died 19 years ago. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran who fought at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a father, and the husband of Dorothy Caldwell.
    More than a decade before his death, according to his wife, he did a stint at Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, in Gainesville.
    “He was there for a while,” Caldwell said. “I said (to him), ‘When you get out of here, we’re gonna’ volunteer.”
    That was 29 years ago, and Caldwell, 91, of Cross City, hasn’t stopped volunteering yet.

  • VFW political rally July 20

    Candidates have ample time to get ready for the big political rally July 20 sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 and its Ladies Auxiliary in Chiefland.  The event is open to the public.
    Everyone should bring an appetite as there is a dinner beforehand and a dessert auction following the forum.
    The rally at 7 p.m., in the Post's smoke-free meeting room, will allow each candidate three minutes to speak to the public.
    Before the jawboning starts, the post will host a country fried dinner with sides from 5 to 7 p.m. for a donation.

  • Red, white and blue community service

  • Crowd turns out for Memorial Day despite rain

       A crowd of about 40 people, most huddled under canopies or umbrellas, turned out on Memorial Day at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in defense of the United States of America.
       As Tropical Depression Beryl sent winds and a steady drizzle, Ivan Chubb, Florida state veterans representative, shepherded the crowd and offered prayers.

  • Rubio's staff coming to help

    If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of Senator Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Senator Rubio’s Office offers his constituents. Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.