The Villages Voice - August 2010

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Veterans Corner

by Sterling A. Wood

Veterans Corner - VSO & Gettysburg


We are losing the Veterans Service Officer from the Annex on CR 466.  The Office is moving to the new Villages Sumter County Service Center at 7375 CR 139 (Southwest of the intersection of 466A and CR 139). VA Services personnel and office hours will still be the same. They will still give you their knowledge and expertise to help as before. It is best to call and make an appointment. When the new VA Clinic opens in August, there will be a Veterans Service Office that will be manned 5 days a week.  Two days by Sumter Country and 3 days by the Florida Department

MORE: The first floor of the new Villages Sumter County Service Center will house the Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, an office for the Sheriff, Building and Planning/GIS Services, Fire & Rescue Services Administration, Community Service Administration, Veterans Services, Library Services and Transit Departments. The remaining square will include The Villages Public Library. The second floor will include the County Commissioners, County Administration, Budget & Purchasing, Human Resources, and Risk Management Departments.

MORE: A great battle was fought at Gettysburg, Pa for three days in July 1863, when the Union Army of the Potomac collided with the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, resulted in more than fifty-one thousand casualties. In November of that year, President Abraham Lincoln was on his way to deliver a speech at the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Some people swore that Lincoln wrote his speech on a scrap of paper while riding on the train to Gettysburg. Others say that he wrote the Address at the Wills home where he stayed the night before he gave the speech.  I was reading the speech and it came to mind that the last part of the  Gettysburg Address could have be written for the great task that faces our country today - what has been facing our military in the past and what is facing them today.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

MORE: Attention In-Country Vietnam veterans: Are you aware that you are entitled to enroll in the VA healthcare system solely based on your in-country service? This is a limited time offer. This is offered, not based on your total income, as most VA health care services are.  For information, contact Sumter Country Veterans Service Office at 352-753-2686.

For additional Veterans information, visit the Veterans Corner on the VHA site at  Hope to see at our next VHA meeting.

Sterling A. Wood U.S.Army Ret

Chairman VHA Military Affairs Committee


Dates to remember


Sept 11                                    Remembrance Day           Veterans’ Memorial Park

Nov 11                                                 Veterans’ Day                Veterans Memorial Park