VA Video Connect helps protect veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier to get virtual care online through myhealth.va.gov and VA Video Connect App! My HealtheVet allows veterans to manage their care with online prescription refills, VA appointments, labs and test results, radiology reports and images and secure messaging. Secure Messaging allows veterans to send private messages […]

Veterans to utilize GI Benefits for online education

TALLAHASSEE — On March 21, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess and Florida College System presidents applauded President Trump and Congress for ensuring thousands of Florida veterans are able to utilize their GI benefits through remote or virtual instruction, after campus […]

County to continue transportation to VA

OKEECHOBEE — At their March 18 meeting, the Okeechobee County commissioners unanimously agreed to continue county van transportation of veterans to the VA hospital. Denise Whitehead, of the county’s community services department, said most of the surrounding counties have discontinued this service due to COVID-19 virus concerns. She said Okeechobee County transports four to seven […]

VA to Build Medical Shelter in Response to COVID 19

West Palm Beach, Fla. — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is taking extra precautions in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health of Veterans, employees, volunteers and contractors. The medical center is deploying part of its emergency response assets as a proactive response to COVID-19.  One such asset is an external medical shelter […]

Unique fishing tournament comes to Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — An unusual fishing tournament wound up in Okeechobee on Monday, March 9, with Australian fisherman facing off against Americans. The whole thing was the brainchild of Australian bus driver Matt Price, who not only conceived of the plan but also funded the trip. Mr. Price originally planned to bring three Australian veterans to […]

Veteran Nichols was trained to do whatever he had to do

MOORE HAVEN — WWII veteran Leonard Nichols was born and raised in Arkansas. He joined the Navy when he was 17. There were six boys in the family, and all of them were in the service, three in the Navy and three in the Army. Five of them saw action, and all of them made […]

VA to host Veterans Creative Arts Festival March 2 and March 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will showcase the artistic talents of local Veterans during its annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival on March 2 to 3. This two-day event provides a means for veterans’ to display their artistic expressions in more than 100 categories to include creative writing, dance, drama, […]

Air Force Veteran Way was a radar operator

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Nedra Whitten Way was born in Princeton, Ind. She joined the service in 1957, when she was 18 years old. Her plan was to join the Navy, because that was the branch in which her dad, uncle and all of her family had served, but when she went to the nearest recruiting […]

The Air Force is a family thing for the Radford men

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Wayne Radford joined the Air Force and went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was trained to be a part of the military police. “Back then it was called security police,” he said. “But, in 1995 or so, they changed it to security forces.” He was sent to Plattsburgh Air […]

Shelter dog is trained to help veteran

OKEECHOBEE — Last year, a dog named Nova was surrendered to Trail of Hope Animal Rescue because her family was evicted and ultimately became homeless. They felt the best thing for Nova was to turn her in to Trail of Hope, where she would have a chance for a better life, and things did turn […]