The Manatee County Veterans Council stood up in 1985 and a couple of the charter members are still actively available as continuity advisors. We are a not-for-profit 501 c (19) Veteran Organization made up of all volunteers advocating for and serving our estimated 40,000 Veteran community. While not all inclusive, our membership includes the local American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS), Military Officers of World Wars (MOWW), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Desoto Marine Corps League Det 588, Goodwill Manasota, Turning Points, Merchant Marines, Unit Auxiliaries, Unit Sons, USF Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida Student Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Manasota Elks, Lakewood Ranch Elks, Jewish Families & Children's Service (JFCS), Sarasota County Veterans Commission (SCVC) and the list goes on...
We help articulate and champion our Veterans and Veteran Organizational requirements with our government officials at ALL levels, Veteran friendly businesses, support to include a more direct benefit referral process. We've discovered that many public-school students, business and non-veteran 501c3 organizations are not aware of the leadership, management and organizational skillsets Veterans carry forward after they no longer wear our nation's uniform. We are not just advocating for Veterans; we advocate for their families and all youth--Veteran related or not. We have identified over 1,000 Veterans attending our local colleges and universities and each have already developed a student Veteran organization or are in the process of doing so. Some of the local colleges we are bringing into the fold are; USF Sarasota-Manatee, SCF, MTC and Everglades University.
Bottom line: We connect local Veteran support organizations and the Manatee County community with each other through a spoke and hub operation. Much more can be done as a team than can be done singularly--working together is the key to success.
We DO NOT conduct fundraisers and we rely only on community donations to help cover our operating cost and projected services with zero salaries taken. Imagine that; donating time, experience and the passion to help others for a simple thank you. For many of us, the oath taken to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and all it stands for is an oath for LIFE.
Come join our team--YOUR TEAM. ~~ Carl Hunsinger, CMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
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