Event honors veterans

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

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.
Terri Finger, a constituent services representative with Rubio's office, said most of the veterans at the day's event were curious about healthcare and benefits claims.
"They seem pretty appreciative," Finger said of the response from attendees. "We're trying to assist them as best we can ...."
The celebratory lunch also included a a check passing for $525 to Haven from AMVETS Post No. 42, a flag ceremony from the Marine Cops League, the vocal stylings of Johnnie Phillips, a flag folding ceremony, a poetry reading and a prayer from Haven Chaplain Janice Kirk.