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New DAV group to meet
Service-connected disabled veterans are sought to become members of a newly forming Disabled American Veterans chapter in Crystal River. The chapter needs 50 new members to get a charter.
The group will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the old Sears building at Crystal River Mall. For information, call Duane Godfrey at 352-794-3104, or email email@example.com.
Heroes’ names to be read
A special event, an Iraq/Afghanistan Fallen Hero Name Reading, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness.
The Vietnam Veterans Gathering seeks community volunteers to read the names of fallen heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers are asked to read 30 names. A recording of all names will be played at local and nationwide memorials and veterans events.
Call Jim Stepanek at 352-489-1644 or email IMcrazyjim@aol.com.
Committee to meet Aug. 21
The Veterans Appreciation Week Ad Hoc Coordinating Committee will have its monthly coordination meeting for Citrus County’s 21st annual Veterans Appreciation Week at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, in the Conference Room of the Citrus County Chronicle building, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River.
All veterans’ service organizations are encouraged to send representatives to participate in the planning process. Individual veterans are also welcome. For more information, call Chris Gregoriou at 352-795-7000.
Turkey on menu at VFW
VFW Edward W. Penno Post 4864 Men’s Auxiliary invites the public to its turkey dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the post, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Boulevard, Citrus Springs.
Cost is $8; children younger than 6 eat for $4. Karaoke with Mike follows.
For more information, call 352-465-4864. The post is a nonsmoking facility; smoking is allowed on the porch.
Baked ziti, sausage on menu
Blanton-Thompson American Legion Auxiliary Unit 155 will serve a baked ziti and sausage dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the post, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River.
Everyone is welcome; donation is $7. All profits support the many programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. For more information, call Unit President Barbara Logan at 352-795-4233.
Post plans Labor Day picnic
VFW Edward W. Penno Post 4864 invites the public to a Labor Day picnic starting at noon Monday, Sept. 2, at the post, 10199 N. Citrus Springs Boulevard, Citrus Springs.
Donation is $6. On the menu are hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta salad, baked beans and soda.
For more information, call 352-465-4864.
Annual veterans tourney
The ninth annual Citrus County Veterans Golf Tournament will be Sept. 7 at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club to benefit the Citrus County Veterans Foundation Inc.
Registration form and $55 per person must be received no later than Aug. 31. Make check or money order payable to Citrus County Veterans Foundation and send it with the registration form to: Citrus County Veterans Foundation, Attn: Samuel Dininno, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Key No. 13, Lecanto, FL 34461-7718 no later than Aug. 29.
For more information or a registration form, visit www.citrusvf.org or contact Samuel Dininno at 352-527-5915.
DAV needs volunteer drivers
The DAV transportation network needs volunteer drivers for the two vans assigned to the Lecanto clinic — one going from Lecanto to Gainesville, the other from Lecanto to The Villages.
While the Gainesville van goes each weekday, there are not enough drivers for The Villages run. While The Villages trip is not an everyday run (just when someone needs to go there), more drivers are needed.
Volunteers must have a Florida driver’s license and up-to-date car insurance. No CDL is required.
Stop by the Veterans Service Office in Lecanto for an application. Call Joe Stephens at 352-489-5245.
Transitioning veterans can get help
The Citrus County Veterans Services Department is looking for veterans who have recently transitioned from the military (or returning reservist from tours of active duty) to Citrus County within the past two years.
Veterans Services requests that veterans and their spouses call to be placed on a list for an upcoming seminar, which will discuss what benefits or services they need to help ease their transition.
The office will schedule a seminar to discuss benefits and solicit ideas. Call 352-527-5915 to reserve a seat. For more information about the Citrus County Veterans Office, log on to www.bocc.citrus. fl.us/commserv/vets.
Reserve now for vets' trip to Hawaii
Don McLean, U.S. Navy, retired, will lead the 2014 trip to Hawaii for veterans and their families and friends from Feb. 25 to March 14. Signups are being taken for the annual trek, which includes visits to several islands, some golfing and a special visit to the USS Arizona Memorial and The National Cemetery of the Pacific.
Although the 2013 September trip is full, those interested may register now for 2014, which will be the eighth such trip from Citrus County.
For more information, call McLean at 352-637-5131 or email dmclean8 @tampabay.rr.com.
Hospice services help veterans
HPH Hospice, as a partnering agency with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides tailored care for veterans and their families.
The program is provided in private homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and staff is trained to provide Hospice care specific to illnesses and conditions unique to each military era or war. It also provides caregiver education and a recognition program to honor veterans’ services and sacrifices.
HPH Hospice care and programs do not affect veterans’ benefits. Call the Citrus team office at 352-527-4600.
Free yoga classes for vets
Yoga teacher Ann Sandstrom is associated with the national service organization, Yoga For Vets. She teaches free classes to combat veterans at several locations and times.
Call her at 352-382-7397.
USS Chilton APA 38 will have a reunion Oct. 10, 11 and 12 in New London, Conn. Contact Joe Doherty at 352-341-5959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USS Mount McKinley Association will have its 25th annual reunion Sept. 18 to 22 in Portland, Ore. Contact Dwight L. Janzen at email@example.com or 509-534-3649 for more information.