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Your Veterans Services Officers: At Your Service

“As advocates for veterans, the Division’s team of state-accredited service officers know the extent, meaning, and application of the laws passed by the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature regarding veteran’s benefits. The team provides direct assistance when claims for benefits earned by military service need to be completed and

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Concurrent Care

It’s called the terrible choice. Medicare patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness are faced with a difficult decision: either continue treating their disease or enter hospice care and shift focus to relieving pain and improving quality of life. They can’t have both. Military veterans with VA Healthcare benefits no longer

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Lost in the Sauce – Benefits You May Have Missed

The Temporary Disability Rating Increase Did you know that if you are hospitalized for at least 21 days or are immobilized following surgery for at least one month due to a service-connected disability, you can apply for a temporary 100% disability rating? Even if you didn’t have surgery but had

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The PACT Act

How You Likely Qualify Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Estimates show that more than three million have served since September 11, 2001. Those who join must ultimately exit military service. More than 300,000 service members are currently processing out each year. That puts a huge

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Ben Bowman: For The Veteran

Ben Bowman is no stranger to the importance of disability benefits. He learned in the most personal way, with three of his four immediate family members permanently disabled. His older brother had leukemia as a child, his older sister had a brain tumor as a teenager, and his dad was

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Carol West an Answered Prayer

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs advocates for the more than 1.5 million veterans in Florida. This is accomplished by dispatching Veterans Services Officers to every county in the State. Veterans Services Officers (VSOs) work to ensure veterans have access to the benefits they have earned. Since One-third of Florida Veterans

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Ingrained in Life, and Honored in Death

There is something in the blood of a military child. Growing up in a patriotic home enormously impacts a child’s world perception. For children of the Vietnam era, there is a protective pride for the grand ole’ flag. Vietnam veterans and their supporters didn’t have community support. Still, they had

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Buying a Home with Your VA Eligibility: Part One

Are you Eligible? Being in the military does not guarantee a person qualifies for a VA Home loan. Criteria are primarily based on time in service or discharge for a service-connected disability. The service requirement timeframes are relatively short, ranging from 90 total days, 181 continuous days, or 24 continuous

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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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