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Christmas in July with Wreaths Across America

The men, women, and spouses who have served our country lie in rest at National Cemeteries around the world. At the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, thousands upon thousands of graves are lined in delicate, manicured rows, surrounded by miraculous nature, each marked by pristine headstones. Others are laid

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The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program

The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program is an innovative initiative designed to facilitate the transition of military veterans into the agricultural sector. This program, a collaborative effort between Veterans Florida and various agricultural institutions and businesses, aims to provide veterans with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to pursue careers in

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Walk For Vets: PTSD Warrior’s Walk

Cross Country Walk: Key West, Florida to San Diego, California Have you ever had a crazy idea and go for it? Well, on September 4, 2019, John Ring had an idea. It was a bit crazy, but that never stopped the Infantry before. “I’m going to walk across the country

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You Will Not Go Alone

It was October of 2023, and a crew had been dispatched to a home by the title-owning bank to clear it out and get it ready for sale. The house’s owner had passed away, and the property had returned to the bank. As the crew toiled through the home, they

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If It Wasn’t For Them: An Interview With Mark Van Trees

Introduction to Mark Van Trees: Seemingly everybody in the veteran charity or philanthropy space knows Mark Van Trees. If your work connects to military, veterans, or Gold Star families, chances are you’ve crossed paths. Despite knowing him for 11 years, I endeavored to learn more about Mark, his work with

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Stupid Here! The Flags of Honor Escorts Have Arrived

Every April, Flags of Honor Escorts and its founder, David “Stupid” McElroy, travel the state of Florida to visit Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments (GSFMM). Medal of Honor recipient and American hero Hershel “Woody” Williams inspired the monuments. Affectionately known as Woody, this World War II veteran made it his

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VAN Year in Review

2023 was a year of discovery for VAN. The organization unveiled the all-new and improved Veterans Adventure Network (VAN) as a non-profit subsidiary of The Lone Magnolia Foundation, Inc. in October of this year. Formerly known as the Veteran Approved Network, the rebrand reflects the organization’s unwavering commitment to elevate

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My Warrior’s Place

Giving the Gift of Hope and Healing Nestled off the Little Manatee River between Snake Island and the mainland of Ruskin, Florida, sits My Warrior’s Place, a place of tranquility and peace founded by Kelly Kowell, mom to Corey, who gave his life in service to our country in Afghanistan,

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Suicide Prevention Training Institute

Educating to Save Lives Dr. Derrick Copper, a counseling psychologist, and Navy Veteran provided behavioral health services to the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, and Army Substance Abuse Program for 35 years. He trained as a LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer in 2008 while serving at the

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Cryo-Eeze 22

Together, We Can Change 22+ Per Day There has to be a better way than hospitals and prescription pills to help ease the suffering of veterans, service members, and first responders. Ryder Gaston, Founder of Cryo-Eeze 22, knew this and was determined to change the playing field. With a singular

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