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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans

In our community, there is no lack of military appreciation. You see it everywhere. We are a community filled with veterans, retirees, active-duty and reservists. At night we are often lulled to sleep by the sounds of freedom; a C-130 circling overhead, CV-22s flying low and even the sound of gunship fire in the distance. […]

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

Navarre gives Gaetz warm welcome

U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz was received positively by the packed porch of Dewey Destin’s in Navarre Saturday during his “Won’t Back Down Tour” through northwest Florida. The staunch conservative addressed a variety of topics during his Q and A with the public including increasing benefits to partially disabled veterans and limiting aid to foreign nations. […]

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Eglin Federal Credit Union in Navarre created a display to honor those that serve. The project was coordinated by head teller Debbie Spohn.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Shelter launches Operation Furever Freedom

Santa Rosa County Animal Services announced a new program this month to allow those who serve to adopt a “furever” friend free of charge. Operation Furever Freedom is designed to provide veterans, active-duty military personnel, reservists and National Guards members with up to two pets, all fees waived. Military dependents are eligible for reduced rates. […]

Navarre American Legion celebrates organization’s centennial

Navarre American Legion celebrates organization’s centennial

Navarre’s American Legion Post 382 celebrated its organization’s centennial anniversary Saturday during a day of barbeque and live music. The American Legion Post 382 at 1850 Luneta Street has become the center for Navarre’s veterans to convene. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

Healing Paws for Warriors gives veterans hope

Healing Paws for Warriors gives veterans hope

Mike Arena did not smile. When the 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran returned to the states, he was medically retired. He had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in combat and his trauma manifested in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans not immune to scams

Older veterans are more likely to be a scam victim than the average older American, according to a study conducted by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Their willingness to help others is often used against them, according to Joe Solosna, who works with the National Association of Veterans and Families (NAVF). Read the full article […]

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

Disabled veterans lose ‘fire tax’ exemption

While veterans with 100 percent disability are exempt from property taxes under Florida law, those living along Navarre Beach will no longer get a free pass when it comes to fire protection. The change could cost these veterans $500 a year under the recently approved increase in the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) for Navarre […]

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle honors veterans

Holley Navarre Middle School celebrated Veterans Day with a breakfast and ceremony Friday morning in the cafeteria. Veterans from throughout the community were invited to join students at the school. Among those honored was World War II veteran Theodore LeMaire. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Veterans honored in ceremony

Veterans honored in ceremony

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord addressed the crowd Sunday during the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Navarre Park. Secord told those gathered that they are fortunate to have a unique mix of military missions going on in the area. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Williamson selected for Veterans and Military Services Committee

Williamson selected for Veterans and Military Services Committee

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson, District 4, has been selected to serve on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee. “Our men and women in uniform are that special one percent of Americans – those heroes among us who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice every day to keep us […]

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Food for Vets settles in new home in Navarre

Navarre’s struggling military and veteran families have access to a new resource for food free of charge every third Friday and Saturday of the month in addition to the programs offered by local military bases. Food for Vets is a local nonprofit that provides free food to veterans, active duty and surviving spouses in need. […]

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Don’t fall victim to a scam during the holiday season

Look the map on AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and the state of Florida is stacked with triangles that serve as symbols of potential scams. No one should be surprised because, as AARP Communication Manager Dave Bruns points out, “Florida is the epicenter for scams targeting people 50 and over.” And with the Christmas season in […]

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

Red tape commandos fight for vets’ benefits

The daunting hodgepodge of forms and documents required to obtain some financial and medical benefits for military veterans has driven up requests for help in Santa Rosa by double digits in the past five years. But even if they lack the precious scraps of evidence to qualify for pensions, insurance and medical care, Karen Haworth […]

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Wounded vets find purpose in preparing for competition

Scars on the arms and legs of Brian Williams make you want to cringe at first glance, the injuries telling a story no words ever will. Williams is a single amputee who is at Eglin this week training for the Warrior Games and he can still recall the moment he was injured. A K-9 handler […]

Women veterans get a helping hand

Women veterans get a helping hand

When Nancy Bullock-Prevot retired from the military in 2015, she was appalled to see the challenges female veterans faced. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

Santa Rosa County has a homeless problem. They may not be asking for change on every street corner or sleeping on benches in every public park, but there is a problem. The problem is they are invisible. That is how Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless marketing director Serene Keiek describes it. The coalition provides support […]

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

Buster Hartford, the nephew of Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester, spoke  during a remembrance ceremony on Wreaths Across America Day Saturday morning at Barrancas National Ceremony in Pensacola. Read the full article in the Dec. 22 of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

Emerald Coast Women’s Club presents check to Heroes on the Water

On behalf of the Emerald Coast Women’s Club, Linda Maksymuk (left) past president and Aimee Royster (right) past director of charities present a $4,784.99 check to Kelly Smith for Heroes on the Water.  The Emerald Coast Women’s Club held fundraising events throughout the year.  Each year they vote to select the charity the funds will […]

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Santa Rosa gives back during Day of Service

Despite 90 degree heat, more than 700 volunteers of all ages stepped up to help their community Saturday, July 23, for the first Santa Rosa County Day of Service. More than 20 projects were submitted for the event serving animal shelters, parks, the disabled, the homeless and others. County Administrator Tony Gomillion helped organize the […]

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

In a world captivated by technology, kayak fishing offers an opportunity to get away from it all. Frank Dailey, the Emerald Coast Chapter Team Leader and Director of Coordinated Therapeutic Programs for Heroes on the Water, can’t emphasize that enough. “The peaceful element of kayak fishing is absolutely amazing,” Dailey said. “You take away the […]

Matt Gaetz coming to Navarre Saturday

Matt Gaetz coming to Navarre Saturday

Matt Gaetz’s announcement bus tour arrives in Navarre Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. as the bus rolls into Helen Back Again, located at 8651 Navarre Parkway. Gaetz is calling his effort the Fight Washington Bus Tour whereby he aims to talk to voters and share his plan to restore America with bold conservative reforms, […]

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

The 22 veteran suicides per day epidemic is more realistically 25 says Fort Walton Beach physician Dr. Eddie Zant Jr., who treats many TBI-injured soldiers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal their concussed brains. Despite studies showing the efficacy of this treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs  does not use HBOT therapy.  On Oct. […]

Navarre Beach Pub Crawl raises money for Fisher House

Navarre Beach Pub Crawl raises money for Fisher House

The Navarre Beach Pub Crawlers participated in their sixth-annual event Saturday night.  The group started at O’Connor’s Pub and Grill, walked to East River Smoke House and then over the bridge to Juana’s.  They finished the evening at Lagerhead’s at the Navarre Beach Pier. Read the full article in the April 14 issue of Navarre […]

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing can be done for the migraines, brain fog, depression, vertigo, fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms after a TBI injury.  Armed with facts, you or a loved one who has been injured can bust through the naysayers and obstructive agencies who tell you just to live with it or not […]

Students’ essays on freedom win VFW awards

Students’ essays on freedom win VFW awards

What Freedom Means To Me By Genna Hoitt A tall, worn flag stands proud against the nearby men, fighting for their country, their freedom, and their lives. Freedom is not just found in the agonized hearts of America’s soldiers as they pray to come home alive; honoring our country with the ultimate gift, but is […]

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

The word “team” perfectly describes the essence of retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Dailey II’s being. That team concept was ingrained in Dailey throughout his relentless military training and deployments from his first combat support mission in Panama in 1989, through Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Africa (Liberia/Sierra Leone/ Gabon Central Africa), Afghanistan and […]

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Investigator James O’Keefe’s video on veteran suicides for Project Veritas asks why an increasing number of military graveyards are being filled with people who died at their own hands rather than in combat. He asserts that VA is unable to treat the underlying causes of veterans’ emotional problems, depending on drug therapies which can mask the problems or […]

Community support earns national recognition

Community support earns national recognition

The National Association of Defense Communities has selected 10 communities across the nation as the inaugural class of “Great American Defense Communities” for providing unwavering support to service members and military families. Santa Rosa County is one of those communities. Read the full article in the Mar. 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

22 veterans committing suicide every day

22 veterans committing suicide every day

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 released a study addressing suicides from 1999-2010 which reflected that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Thirty-one percent of these suicides were by veterans 49 and younger while 69 percent were by veterans age 50 and older. Read the […]