Vet Center Program

The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. Vet Center Programs are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In April 1991, in response to the Persian Gulf War, Congress extended the eligibility to veterans who served during other periods of armed hostilities after the Vietnam era. Those other periods are identified as Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, and Kosovo/Bosnia.
In October 1996, Congress extended the eligibility to include WWII and Korean Combat Veterans. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. On April 1, 2003 the Secretary of Veterans Affairs extended eligibility for Vet Center Program services to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and on June 25, 2003 Vet Center eligibility was extended to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and subsequent operations within the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).
The family members of all veterans listed above are eligible for Vet Center services as well. On August 5, 2003 VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi authorized Vet Centers to furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.


Any Veterans and active duty Service members, to include members of the National Guard and Reserve components, who:

Have served on active military duty in any combat theater or area of hostility*
Experienced a military sexual trauma;
Provided direct emergent medical care or mortuary services, while serving on active military duty, to the casualties of war, or;
Served as a member of an unmanned aerial vehicle crew that provided direct support to operations in a combat zone or area of hostility.
Vietnam Era veterans who have accessed care at a Vet Center prior to January 1, 2004

Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military related issues when it is found aid in the readjustment of those that have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

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Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through critical financial assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 10 consecutive years for superior service and accountability.
At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.

By connecting the American donor community to our military families through a robust array of valued and life-changing programs that address the specific short-term and critical assistance, long-term stability and recurring support needs they experience, Operation Homefront is able to help military families overcome many of the challenges inherent in military life. The result: stronger, more stable, and more secure military families. Our programs include:

Financial assistance* for food, utilities, home repairs, rent/mortgage payments, etc.

Rent-free transitional housing for wounded service members


Mortgage-free homes awarded across the U.S.


Hearts of Valor caregiver support program

Baby showers to help new military moms welcome the newest member of the family

Homefront Celebrations to recognize military spouses

Holiday programs to provide meals and toys

Backpacks filled with school supplies for military kids

*Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, and other providers.

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Feed Our Vets

Since 2008, Feed Our Vets has provided free food assistance to more than 20,000 Veterans and their family members, distributing 445,000 lbs. of food.

Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger. We do this through:
– Community food pantries that provide regular, free food distributions to veterans and their families
– Distribution of related goods and services.
– Public education and outreach,

More than 130,000 Veterans are homeless and hungry on any given night in America. One in three homeless people in America is a U.S. Military Veteran. And nearly four million Veterans and their families don’t have enough to eat during the year. We provide food for veterans throughout the US.

Feed Our Vets local solution is to establish Feed Our Vets Food Pantries in cities and towns across the United States.
Some of the food and groceries are purchased by Feed Our Vets, but most of the food for veterans is donated by local food manufacturers and grocery stores. Feed Our Vets pantries distribute free food and groceries at regular, scheduled times to U.S. Military Veterans in need and their families.
We strive to provide healthy food for veterans in need.
We need your support because our nation’s military Veterans have served and sacrificed for our freedom. Many are returning from war to a weak economy, and struggling with injuries, both physical and mental. Too many Veterans are ending up jobless and homeless. Too many are going hungry. We believe it is our duty to give back to these men and women who have given so much for our country.
Feed Our Veterans (DBA Feed Our Vets) is a registered 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, Tax ID 26-3108361.

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Military Order Of The Purple Heart

The organization now known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration.
Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

Funds for welfare, rehabilitation and/or service work carried on by the organization are derived through the collection of used household items, the operation of thrift stores, through the donation of automobiles and, at the community level,from the annual distribution of its official flower, the Purple Heart Viola. Violas are assembled by disabled and needy veterans, many of whom receive little or no compensation from other sources. Thus, your contribution to our programs serve are two-fold. First, they help the veterans who participate in these endeavors and, secondly, they enable the organization to do many things on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

Wives, mothers, daughters and adopted daughters of Purple Heart recipients are eligible to belong to the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which also does important work nationally and locally in veterans’ hospitals.

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Patriot Guard Riders: Gary Zazitski

The Family of Sp/4 Gary Zazitski DOB 7/7/50, has graciously invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand a flag line as they lay their loved one to rest. Gary served in the United States Army from 9/11/67 to 9/10/70 in the 503rd MP Battalion in the 82nd Airborne. Upon completion of service he received an Honorable Discharge. Gary also did a tour in Viet Nam. Awards and Medals include six Army Commendation Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Jump Wings Medal. He is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and his former wife. Sp/4 Gary Zazitski passed away at Bay Pines Hospital on 7/6/17.

This hero served our Great Nation and us. This is our turn to stand for this hero, as he laid to rest and given Military Honors. Please bring your 3×5 American flags and stand in silent respect for this hero.


Primary Staging Time: 1:45 P.M.
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708

Ride Captain:
Bill Franklin

Special Instructions:
Stage: 1345
Brief: 1400
Service: 1415
Flag Line as Determined by R/C

Flags & Water:
Flags Will NOT Be Provided, Please Bring Your Own.
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Henry Hyde
Position: Assistant State Captain

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