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Where To Begin… Again

Johnny Farris had spent twenty years in the Air Force. The time had come to leave military service and venture into the civilian world, which he believed was brimming with jobs. At least, that was the rumor. It wasn’t long before he realized he was lumped into a group of

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Honor Your Past, But Live In The Present

The celebration of America’s independence is a day for family, fireworks, hot dogs, everything red, white, and blue, and remembering history. This once-a-year celebration is a reminder of how the United States of America came to exist. As a veteran, perhaps this history, or a family legacy of service, was

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The Struggle Is Real, But Help Is Out There

When someone tells a veteran, “Thank you for your service,” it is meant to be a gesture of goodwill and acknowledgment. For a veteran on the receiving end, it can bring up a bucket load of feelings, some good, some not so good. It can even bring up feelings of

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Day Tripping Florida – Bok Tower Gardens

With one-and-a-half miles of Florida preserve, beautiful native gardens, and an old-world singing tower, Florida has no place quite like Bok Tower Gardens. Tucked away in Lake Wales, it is just 78 minutes from Tampa, making it easily accessible for a weekend trip. The gardens were built by Edward William

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The Journey of 1,000 Miles

“The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” You knew what I would say as soon as you read the subject line. This ancient Chinese saying has been used so much that it is cliche. Here’s the origin of the quote: It comes from Chapter 64 of the Dao

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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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Start Em’ Young Within JROTC

The JROTC (Junior Officer Training Course) was established via the National Defense Act of 1916, and by 1946, all branches of service were represented in the program. JROTC is offered to qualifying students in high schools throughout the country. However, not all schools have the program due to limited availability.

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Tapas & Tattoos

Tattoos and the military go back to 4000 BC, but let’s take a more recent look. Tattoos became more popular among American servicemembers during and after WWII as a way to tell the story of their travels and experiences—or as a way to rebel. But what about today? What do

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Chris & Ted’s ‘Guns & Gear’

Do I need a concealed carry? The need for a concealed carry license is a question we receive almost daily in our store. It is a new question in Florida due to Governor DeSantis passing the Permit-less Carry Law on July 1, 2023. Since then, most people have incorrect information

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ZAP your Back!

When your back hurts you will try anything, short of surgery, to get relief! As I mentioned last month, I have tried acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga, TENS, and of course many doctors’ go-to response of prescribing pills! Last night I was thinking about how doctors always ask you, “On a scale

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