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Work Commences on Gainesville Fisher House   
Gainesville (FL) Sun | September 25, 2012

Since the first Fisher House opened in 1990, they have provided nearly 160,000 families with more than four million days of lodging, saving those families an estimated $192 million.

After Five Years and One Million Dollars, Fisher House Ready to Break Ground 
Gainesville (FL) WCJB-TV 20 ABC | September 25, 2012

Tuesday, community and Rotary Club members showed their appreciation for Veterans with a $1 million dollar check, used to build a Fisher House at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center.

VA Foster Program Gives First Coast Veterans Options   
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | August 16, 2012

The Medical Foster Home Program pairs Veterans with caregivers who help care for them around the clock.  The program began in Arkansas in 1999 and reached Jacksonville four years ago.

Homeless Jacksonville Veteran Tells his Story After Officials Speak on the Subject   
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | August 15, 2012

Ronnie Hellum’s eight years in the Army were the best days of his life.  Two years ago he became homeless, sleeping under bridges, in bushes off the side of the road.  About one in every four homeless people in Jacksonville are Veterans.

$1 Million Grant Awarded to Jax for Homeless Vets   
Jacksonville (FL) WOKV.COM | August 15, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1 million dollar grant to Jacksonville to help about 430 homeless and at-risk Veteran families.  The grant will provide housing vouchers for more than 200 Veterans in the area.

When Meds Go Unused, Patients Suffer and Costs Spiral   
Gainesville (FL) Sun | August 5, 2012

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center has a pharmacy on-site to make it convenient for patients being discharged to get their meds. The VA also has a program that mails medication to patients.

Jacksonville Gives Hand Up to Homeless Veterans   
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | August 5, 2012

A Homeless Veterans Resource Fair was held in Jacksonville on Saturday, August 4. The annual homeless stand-down included a number of official service providers, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Health Department, both of which offered health screenings and other services. The resource fair was preceded by a job fair the day before which focused on vets who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The city is planning a broader veterans-focused job fair for November.

VA Appoints New Position to Focus on Duval Veterans in Trouble    
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | July 23, 2012

The Veterans Affairs new Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Charlotte Matthews, was introduced Monday by Public Defender Matt Shirk, who is credited with creating the local Veterans Court.  The new position reflects a growing national trend of court systems enacting similar Veterans programs focused on better rehabilitation instead of punishment.

Businesses Bid for Contract to Build New VA Outpatient Clinic  
Tallahassee (FL) WCTV-TV | July 20, 2012

The city of Tallahassee hosted a pre-bid conference for the construction of a proposed Veterans outpatient clinic.  More than 200 people showed up looking to find out how they can pitch their business.

Jacksonville Homeless Coalition Gets $1M Grant  
Jacksonville (FL) Business Journal | July 19, 2012

The Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville Inc. received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Local Contractors Can Bid on National VA Clinic Project 
WTXL-TV 27 ABC | July 18, 2012

The City's Economic & Community Development Department is partnering with the VA as part of its continued efforts to connect qualified local contractors, including minority-owned businesses, to major construction projects on the horizon in Tallahassee.

VA Announces Grants in Florida to Help End Veterans Homelessness
WTXL-TV 27 ABC | July 17, 2012

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today the award of $1 million dollars in homeless prevention grants to the City of Jacksonville, Fl.

Veterans to Receive More Care
WCJB-TV 20 ABC | June 18, 2012

The department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that the department would add approximately sixteen hundred mental health clinicians and nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

VOW to Hire Heroes Act Could Help Local Vets Find Work
Gainesville (FL) Sun | December 7, 2011

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act signed by President Obama on November 21, 2011 aims to give those who served their country a leg up in competing for jobs by offering tax credits for companies that hire veterans, providing funding for training and other benefits.

Area Hospitals Trend Toward Private Rooms
Gainesville (FL) Sun | December 5, 2011

Following the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center's new construction and conversion to all-private rooms earlier this fall, North Florida Regional Medical Center has begun preliminary work on a 92-bed tower with only private rooms.

'100 Homes' Volunteers try to Help the Sickest Homeless: 'It's Life or Death'
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | November 15, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs is putting forward 50 housing vouchers for ill veterans as part of 100 Homes Jacksonville, the VA is also looking for the community to pitch in with another 50 homes for non-veterans.  It’s all part of a national effort called the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

A New Health Home for Veterans
University of Florida POST | October 11, 2011

In addition to enhancing health care for veterans directly, the new space also provides a modern space to train the next generation of physicians and health care professionals.

Defibrillators in Public Places are Saving Lives
Gainesville (FL) Sun | August 16, 2011

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center staff aims to train every person who comes into contact with patients on how to revive a heart attack victim.

Federal, Local Officials Hail Construction of New VA Clinic in Jacksonville
Jacksonville (FL) Florida Times Union | August 12, 2011

Secretary Eric Shinseki presided over the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic, a $35 million, 133,500-square-foot facility that will serve up to 35,000 veterans a year.

Transitional Veterans Housing Facility Goes before County Commissioners
Gainesville (FL) Sun | June 14, 2011

An application to convert a closed-down hotel near Interstate 75 and Newberry Road into a transitional housing facility for veterans is scheduled to go before county commissioners this evening.

VFW Home Hosts Dancing Doctor and VA Nurses
Ocala (FL) Star Banner | June 14, 2011

The Dancing With the Vets event on Saturday drew smiles and cheers from veterans and spouses, and turned the home’s main lobby into a festive dance party.

Hospital Officials Are Trained and Ready 
Gainesville (FL) Sun | May 27, 2011

Gainesville's hospitals have plans in place for hurricanes, go through annual training with their staff, and coordinate with county officials to make sure they can fully function in the event of a hurricane's direct hit or glancing blow.

HONOR Center Provides Safety Net for Homeless Vets 
Gainesville (FL) Guardian | March 24, 2011

The HONOR Center in Southeast Gainesville is breathing a new life into a place where Alachua County residents once had to stand in long lines every month to receive food stamps.

Eating and Living Healthy
Lake City (FL) Reporter| March 17, 2011 

Lake City VA staff celebrate Women's History Month with program on eating and living healthy.

Veterans Helping Veterans
Ocala (FL) Star Banner | March 3, 2011

Veterans from the North Central Florida All Airborne Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association, provide coffee and donuts to Veterans at The Villages Outpatient Clinic.

VA to Host Enrollment Open House
The Gainesville (FL) Sun | February 23, 2011

The Palatka Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic will host an enrollment open house on Saturday, February 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Veterans who haven't yet enrolled for VA health care can do so at the event. The clinic is located at 400 North Highway 19 in Palatka. For more information, contact Kim Doyle at 386-329-8800.

The Villages Outpatient Clinic Exemplifies Intent of National Event
The Villages (FL) Daily Sun | February 14, 2011

The purpose of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is to: pay tribute and expresses appreciation to Veterans, increase community awareness of the role of VA health care facilities, and encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.

Hospitals Help Drive the Area's Economy
The Gainesville (FL) Sun | February 3, 2011 

VA and other area hospitals help drive the economy in Gainesville, Lake City, and the surrounding rural counties.

A Salute to Veteran Patients Week at VA
The Gainesville (FL) Sun | February 8, 2011 

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville welcomes citizens young and old to join us in honoring Veterans and to learn more about VA's volunteer program during National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, February 13-19.

Gainesville Woman Honored for Work with Veterans
The Gainesville (FL) Sun | January 23, 2011 

Vianne Marchese, Chief of Community Care Services at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, received a Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary's Award for Excellence for her leadership to help end homelessness among Veterans.

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