Vietnam War Commemoration March 29 at the Sarasota National Cemetary

"About 1,400 Vietnam veterans received a Vietnam War Veterans pin during the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program Tuesday at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Officially known as “The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration,” 50-year observances have been underway since 2012, and nearly 10,000 “Commemorative Partners,” from chain stores to civic groups and clubs, have sponsored more than 5,000 related events. Engraved on the back of each medallion featuring an eagle's head framed by stars and stripes is a simple message: “A Grateful Nation Honors You.”

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Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Sarasota April 16, 2016

Stand Downs
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

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Homeless Veterans Invited to 2016 ‘Stand Down’ Event

Sarasota, Florida –– Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc. (JFCS) along with Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota and other partner organizations are pleased to invite local homeless veterans to the 2016 “Stand Down” to be held 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The “Stand Down” will be held in Sarasota at the William L. Little Health and Human Services Center (Health Department), 2200 Ringling Blvd. and at the Payne Park Auditorium, a short walk away.

 The event is free and veterans will be able to ride free on Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) and Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) busses by identifying themselves as veterans.

The “Stand Down” event helps homeless veterans who are not already receiving services to access U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and other services in a one-stop setting. They can also speak with representatives of local organizations providing mental health and substance-abuse treatment, and legal and employment services for information and referrals. Housing assistance will also be available for homeless veterans.

A team of barbers, hair stylists and nail technicians from Manatee Technical Institute will be on hand to offer haircuts and manicures. Nonperishable food items, personal-care items and other items also will be provided. The Salvation Army will provide food and refreshments.

Partner organizations for this event include Community Foundation of Sarasota County, JFCS of the Suncoast, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Department of Veterans Affairs/Bay Pines Healthcare Services, The Salvation Army (Manatee, Sarasota, Venice), All Faiths Food Bank, Manatee Technical Institute, the City of Sarasota, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, and Sarasota County Government.

Additional partners include Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Goodwill Manasota, United Way 2-1-1 Manasota, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Legal Aid of Manasota, 12th Circuit Public Defender, National Veterans Homeless Support Inc., Harvest House, Mental Health Community Centers, Throne of Grace Life Center, First Step of Sarasota, Yale Club of the Suncoast, Temple Sinai, Centerstone of Florida, Turning Points, and Resurrection House. Funding for this event is provided in part by the U.S. Department of Labor, and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

About JFCS
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast, Inc. (JFCS) is a fully accredited, community-based social service organization that delivers counseling, prevention, intervention, outreach and education programs on a secular, non-denominational basis. JFCS serves children, adults, families, seniors, and veterans living in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties of Florida. To learn more, visit

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Calendar and the Breeze Mar-Apr-May 2016

Dear Member:

Click the links above to view the March 2016 issue of the MOAS monthly newsletter, The Sarasota Breeze, as well as a separate Program/Menu/Reservation Form for you to use when making your reservation for the March Luncheon on March 18th at Michael’s on East.

The Luncheon program will feature Steven Garcia, a Veterans Services Officer in Sarasota County who will provide us with an update on available VA services. Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!!

The next YAHOO event is the March 17th St Paddy’s Day party (see page 8 of the Breeze).

Membership renewal notices were sent to all members. If you have not yet submitted your membership renewal with your dues (and hopefully a scholarship donation).

As usual, we hope you enjoy this issue—and ask that you let us know if you have any suggestions for future issues.

Thank you
Len Friedlander
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Happy Hour / Meet and Greet - Friday March 11, 2016

Happy Hour / Meet and Greet
Friday March 11, 2016
At The O Club of the Day

Sarasota Vineyard

1528 Main Street
Sarasota Florida

We have recreated the camaraderie of the O' Club that we enjoyed in our younger days. Please join us at the Club. 

No cost except for what you eat or drink - No Reservations. 

New Parking Deck 93 paces from rear entrance of the O'Club. Go through the parking lot and alley. Or you can go via State Street to Lemon Ave to Main St.

It is our understanding that Government built this amenity to support Sarasota MOAA Happy Hours.  Thank you, Government.
Marines and Soldiers can low crawl out the back door of the O'Club through the parking lot to the garage. Air Force Officers can levitate / aviate over the buildings. The Navy and Coast Guard are seeking a Federal Grant to buy a ship and construct a waterway, quay, and harbor. Troy Scott is planning a zip line so that Airborne Rangers can repel from the top floor of the garage directly to the bar where they will shout AIRBORNE!! ALL THE WAY!! if they survive.

Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend.

Hope you can join us at the Happy Hour.

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Military Officers Association Promotes Vietnam War 50th Commemoration – “America Thanks You”

Military Officers Association Promotes Vietnam War 50th Commemoration – “America Thanks You”


Vietnam Veterans copySouthwest FL – A commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be held at Patriot Plaza located at the Sarasota National Cemetery at 5:00 PM on March 29, 2016. 

This commemoration event is sponsored by the Sarasota National Cemetery and the Sarasota County Veterans Commission and will recognize all who served in the uniformed services from November 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975 irrespective of the fact that they may not have physically served in Vietnam.

The Vietnam 50th Commemoration is designed to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.” Sarasota County has been recognized as a “Commemorative Partner” and this ceremony is part of the nationwide commemorative program.

During the March 29th Commemoration program, all Vietnam era veterans who have not previously been presented with a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin, will be so recognized as part of the ceremonies. All Vietnam era veterans, their families, and all who wish to thank those who served during that period are invited to attend. The Sarasota National Cemetery is located at 9810 State Rd 72, Florida 34241, (Clark Road, approximately 4 miles East of I-75.

MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit,  Are you a former military officer from anywhere in the world? Please come and join us at our monthly luncheon.