Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Okaloosa Vet Center celebrates anniversary
On June 25, the Okaloosa County Vet Center celebrated the 40th Anniversary of VA Vet Centers. A total of 13 exhibitors from across the region staffed tables during the Information Fair; these organizations provided education about everything from Veteran Services, treatment facilities, educational opportunities, and opportunities for employment. Additionally, the Mobile Vet Center from the Pensacola Vet Center was present.
Veterans and partners gathered together under canopies to participate in the 40th Anniversary Ceremony. After the Posting of the Colors was performed by the Eglin AFB Honor Guard, the Honor Guard also performed the POW/MIA ritual. Retired Brigadier General and Judge T. Patterson Maney, who was instrumental in the establishment of Vet Center’s in Okaloosa and Bay Counties, spoke on the history and accomplishments of the Okaloosa County Vet Center. The Mayor from the City of Crestview J.B. Whitten was in attendance along with members of the original Okaloosa County Vet Center Staff Cliff Harris, Jim Flowers, and Antika Darko. To end the ceremony, Air Force Veteran Ash Ancog sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow, while playing the ukulele.