Local Sea Cadet graduates recruit training with honors

Local Sea Cadet graduates recruit training with honors

Ocala, Florida — Seaman Apprentice Christopher Kimball, 14, a Marion County resident and member of the Manatee Division of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, recently graduated from recruit training. The two week exercise was held at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Cadets participated in physical training, drills, inspections, and course work. “The recruits got […]

Governor Rick Scott takes immediate action to secure Florida Guardsmen

Governor Rick Scott takes immediate action to secure Florida Guardsmen

Tallahassee, Florida – In light of the cowardly attack that was perpetrated against U.S. military personnel, which was carried out by a Muslim terrorist on U.S. soil, Governor Rick Scott has taken action. Governor Scott today released an executive order instructing the Florida Adjunct General to take immediate actions to secure Florida Guardsmen who work in […]

Military occupy Ocala by the hundreds

Military occupy Ocala by the hundreds

[Last updated on June 23, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — On Monday, Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) spokeswoman Janie Gunnell said that Marion County citizens should not worry about the 600 to 700 military personal that have recently occupied Ocala. The military has taken over the Westport High School parking lot and […]

OPD officer to military veteran; “I am a cop, you understand you stupid mother f***er.”

OPD officer to military veteran; “I am a cop, you understand you stupid mother f***er.”

Orlando, Florida — The integrity of the Orlando Police Department is being questioned after the agency purposely withheld evidence from the State Attorney’s Office against one of their officers. The agency withheld body cam video that showed Orlando Police Officer, William Escobar, punching and kicking a military police officer while he was already handcuffed and […]

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

  Ocala, Florida — Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can be very debilitating and even result in the death of the individual afflicted. This condition not only disproportionally affects soldiers, but also firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and law enforcement officers. Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who currently serves the citizens of Marion County as a […]

Ocala native could be named U.S. Army Europe’s Best Warrior

Ocala native could be named U.S. Army Europe’s Best Warrior

  Wiesbaden, Germany – An Ocala native will compete to be named U.S. Army Europe’s Best Warrior for 2014. Pvt. Benjamin Ranew, a rifleman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, is among 29 top U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Soldiers, Noncommissioned Officers (NCO), and officers who will compete in the USAREUR Best Warrior Competition […]

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo: Saluting sunshine state heroes with free admission

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo: Saluting sunshine state heroes with free admission

Tampa, Florida — Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is offering FREE weekday admission to members of the U.S. military (active duty, retirees and veterans) and Florida-based first responders* during the month of August. The military member or first responder will need to register online, print a voucher and present with valid identification at the Zoo’s ticket […]

Military, meets Iron Man, meets Robocop

Military, meets Iron Man, meets Robocop

The U.S. Military has been designing an Iron Man-like suit for a few years now. Navy SEAL and Commander of SOCOM, Admiral William McRaven, first announced the Tactical Assault Light Operation Suit (TALOS) at a conference in May 2013. The goal of TALOS is to provide ballistic protection to Special Operations Forces, along with fire-retardant […]

Suspicious Death Of Veterans Now Under Investigation

Suspicious Death Of Veterans Now Under Investigation

  Tallahassee, Florida — In light of recent reports of injuries and deaths to veterans at federal Veterans Affairs hospitals, earlier this week Governor Rick Scott called for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to take immediate action to shine a light on the processes of federal Veterans Affairs hospitals in Florida. The investigation […]

GI Bill Passes House Unanimously

GI Bill Passes House Unanimously

  Tallahassee, FL. – Today, Florida’s Senators met to honor the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. During the 2014 Florida National Guard Day at the Capitol, the Senate unanimously passed the Florida GI Bill, House Bill 7015, which is aimed to establish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” […]

The GI Bill And Making Florida Military Friendly

The GI Bill And Making Florida Military Friendly

  Tallahassee, Florida – Today, the Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart), passed Senate Bill 860, known as the Florida GI Bill, and CS/SB 248, regarding Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs). Both pieces of legislation will now head to the Senate Floor. “This session, the Florida Senate will honor the dedication, valor […]

Ocala couple arrested for Navy Seal Foundation scam

Ocala couple arrested for Navy Seal Foundation scam

  Ocala, Florida — Two people were arrested after they claimed they were part of an organization called the Navy Seal Foundation. Ocala Police Officer Diesso, was dispatched to Big Lots located on East SR 40 in reference to solicitors suspected of illegally accepting nonprofit military contributions. When Officer Diesso arrived on the scene he […]