Dragon's Eye

Four years ago, Army veteran Tabitha Nichols stood on stage at the University of West Florida and talked openly about her military experience as part of “Telling: Pensacola.” It was a changing experience, she said.

“It’s scary. It feels like you’re undressing — exposing yourself, sharing your trauma. But it was so healing. I’m grateful for it.”

Derek Pruitt / The Post Star

In collaboration with WUWF Public Media, StoryCorps is returning to Pensacola next week, April 8-19, to record the stories of Northwest Florida’s military community.

The Military Voices Initiative originally launched in 2012. The project provides a platform for veterans, service members and their families to share their experiences.

Dave Dunwoody

Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills ceremoniously in Pensacola Thursday, aimed at making Florida even more military and veteran friendly.

House Bill 7023 qualifies additional service members for an ad valorem tax exemption while deployed overseas. Both that, and Senate Bill 222, were sponsored by Niceville state Sen. Don Gaetz.

Pensacola State College

 The Veterans Upward Bound program, at Pensacola State College is helping area veterans go back to school. The mission of the VUB program is to provide eligible veterans with remedial coursework to prepare them to enroll in college. During a recent visit Project Director Rob Gregg provided a tour of their offices.

 In the computer lab where, we met Jarrell Diggs.  Diggs, an engineman, in the Navy, where he served for nine and a half years.

"Smart Homes" Help Wounded Veterans Be Independent

Jan 22, 2016
Gary Sinise Foundation


  A new “smart home” is being built for a wounded veteran and his family in Okaloosa County courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s, R.I.S.E. Program. The innovative home will provide a renewed sense of independence for the Airman and his family. 

The Telling Project is coming to Pensacola in November. For the project, the Florida Humanities Council is seeking active duty military, veterans, and their family members who would like to share their stories. The deadline to apply is this Friday, July 10.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Governor Rick Scott was in town Thursday morning to award 227 local veterans a special medal...and talk just a little politics. 

Saying the Supreme Court "upheld our freedom of religion again this week", Scott made it clear how he stood on the recent Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case.

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Once President Obama announced VA Secretary Shinseki's resignation Friday morning, Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, chair of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs issued a statement through a press release.  Here is the text of the statement:

Office of Don Gaetz

Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida GI Bill into law during a ceremony this Monday (March 31) morning in Panama City. Florida Senate President and House Speaker Will Weatherford were on hand for the bill signing, which kicked off week five of the 2014 legislative session.

President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford put the Florida GI Bill atop their “Work Plan Florida 2014” legislative priority list and ensured that it passed on the House of Representatives on the first day of the session and by the Senate soon after.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget is aimed at reshaping the military post-Afghanistan. Many are taking a wait and see approach, while some lawmakers are gearing up to fight it.

This is the first such spending plan to fully reflect the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the transition from the last 13 years of war – the longest conflict in U.S. history.