The Manatee County Veterans Council stood up in 1985 and a couple of the charter members are still available as continuity advisors. We are a not-for-profit 501 c (19) Veteran Organization made up of all volunteers serving our 40,000 plus Veteran community as their advocate. While not all inclusive, our membership includes the local American Legion posts, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), KWVA, DAV, Desoto Marine Corps League, Goodwill Manasota, Turning Points, Merchant Marines, Ladies Auxiliary, Riders, Sons, USFSM, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Manasota Elks, Sarasota County Veterans Commission and the list goes on...
We help articulate and champion our Veterans' needs with our government officials at all levels, Veteran friendly businesses, support to include a more direct benefits referral process. In many cases, we discovered that many public school students, business and non-veteran 501c3 organizations are not aware of what we do and can do as Veterans once we no longer wear the uniform. We are not just advocates for Veterans; we advocate for their families and all youth, Veteran related or not.
Bottom line; we connect local Veteran support organizations 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 key.
We DO NOT conduct fundraisers and we rely on community donations to help cover our operating cost with zero salaries taken. Imagine that; donating time, experience and the passion to help others for simple gratification. For many, the oath taken to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States is an oath for LIFE.
Come join our team--YOUR TEAM.
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