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Vietnam Veterans Honored as Part of Memorial Day Events Across Central Florida


A ceremony honoring the men and women who served during the Vietnam War is one of several events taking place across central Florida this Memorial Day. VITAS Healthcare and Dignity Memorial are choosing to honor Vietnam veterans in particular. They say those men and women who served in the largely unpopular war did not receive adequate resources and support when they returned to the United States. Florida’s Department of Veteran Affairs estimates nearly 500,000 Vietnam veterans are across the state, a large portion in central Florida alongside the Vietnamese who fought with them and later fled the island.
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Program Helps Central Florida Veterans Land Jobs


Nearly 50 veterans will meet with employers Tuesday as part of a program to get more veterans into the workplace. The eight-week program helps veterans with computer training, financial training, resume writing and connects them with job openings.
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Intersection: Helping Veteran Entrepreneurs


When Ricardo Garcia was in the US Air Force he started a business selling radio controlled toy helicopters. Now he’s working at the University of Central Florida’s business incubator, and helping other veteran entrepreneurs.
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FL Rep. Jeff Miller Outlines Failures Of Veterans Choice Program


Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Jeff Miller led the push to create the Veterans Choice program, and cooperated with his ideological opposite, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to get it passed. The Florida Republican has been among the VA’s leading critics, especially for what he considers mismanagement of the choice program and a reluctance to fire bad VA staff.
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