Veterans feel comfortable calling Brevard home


Brevard County remains among the best places for a veteran to live. I say it is the best place because of what I know about how Brevard treats its veterans. And veterans know it.

Florida’s veteran population size is behind only California and Texas. Brevard is among the largest in the state and among the largest in its ratio of veterans to the general population.

About 1 out of 7 persons older than the age of 18 living in Brevard County served or is serving in the armed forces.

Brevard County’s population is estimated at about 577,500. The veteran population is projected to be 67,000.

By comparison, Orange County, with twice the population of Brevard, has an equal number of veterans as Brevard. Broward has a population of more than 1.8 million and 78,000 veterans.

But it is no wonder that veterans chose Brevard. We have the VA Viera Outpatient Clinic. Many veterans have told me through the years that they are satisfied with the service they receive there.

Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, one of the best in the state, is run by fellow veterans and offers a lot for their comrades. The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 123 is there to help veterans file claims through their Department of Veterans Affairs.

If a veteran needs help because of homelessness or other needs, the National Veterans Homeless Support is here to offer support. Need clothes and household items? Down the Road Thrift is there to assist.

Veterans organizations, individuals and businesses joined forces to offer the homeless a place to wash their clothes at coin laundries in Palm Bay, Melbourne and Titusville.

Support for those veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is available.

If one veteran has a need, people in Brevard will quickly pitch in to offer the needed assistance. I have seen it time after time. And these are just a few examples of how the residents of Brevard help veterans.

I’ve only mentioned a few of the organizations that look out for veterans, but I could go on naming many individuals that go above and beyond to be of help to veterans in Brevard County.

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