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2000 75th Street West, Bradenton, FL

Kirby Stewart Post 24




                   KIRBY STEWART POST 24


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                      VETERAN Public service announcements


In need of assistance for VETERAN ISSUES...???

Edward Padilla
Second Vice Commander and
Veteran Service Officer
American Legion Post 24 Kirby Stewart
Ph: (941) 962-3345
Available to the membership and community Vets on Thursday by appointment please.



The following information is for the benefit of all VETERANS.  POST 24 would appreciate any feedback you may have on your experience with any of the personnel and organizations.   We expect only the best for those who have given so very much.


Carl Hunsinger, our MCVC representative, has been very instrumental in spearheading several objectives of interest to the VETERANS.  One of which is the cost and availability of city bus transportation.  

Thank you very much, Carl, for being in OUR corner.

TRYIN' TO GET FROM HERE TO THERE?...well, begin HERE to get THERE....

Veteran's Transportation   

MCAT registered Veterans can be scheduled for transit Monday - Friday to VA facilities such as CW Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and James Haley Center. Certain restrictions apply. Contact MCAT for more information. MCAT website for Handy Bus support is at

Note: Veterans will get a 50% discount with proper Veteran I.D. but you should contact MCAT to verify any restrictions.


 Local Fixed Route


Bus Fare


Seniors, 60 - 79 years of age


Seniors, 80 years & older


Disabled (must present Mobility Card)


Medicare Card Holders


Active Duty and All Military Veterans


Children 5 years old and younger


M Card 1 Day Regular (Click for more information)


M Card 1 Day Discount


M Card 7 Day Regular (Click for more information)


M Card 7 Day Discount


M Card 31 Day Regular (Click for more information)


M Card 31 Day Discount


R Card 30 Day Regular (Click for more information)


R Card 30 Day Discount


Anna Maria Island Trolley


Longboat Key Trolley

Beach Express - Sundays and Holidays



(Exact Fare; U.S. coins/currency/M Cards/R Cards only or you will receive a change card.) 

 Fare Policies and Sales Information

 Discount Cards and Fare Eligibility 

 Conditions for M Card and R Card Use

 Sales and Information Offices & Card Outlets

In addition; I have added an attachment that is in PDF format that provides information of what VA offers as well.

Both MCAT and SCAT offer regular fixed route transit service to the respective VA Clinics on SR64 and Bee Ridge Rd.

More MCAT information can be found at

Forever serving.



Carl Hunsinger, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)


Manatee County Veterans' Council






Goodwill launches veterans emergency assistance fund


SERV initiative will provide veterans with immediate assistance for housing, education and food


SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL - In response to a growing need for emergency assistance for veterans and their families for housing, education and food, Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program has recently launched the SERV initiative, which will provide Special Emergency Resources for Veterans (SERV). 


When a veteran is in need, the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services team assigns each individual a case manager who works with the veteran and his or her family to create an individual plan, assessing need and identifying community resources to meet those needs. If the veteran and his or her family have emergency needs, the Goodwill team attempts to identify community resources through community partners and collaborative organizations that can assist. If no other avenues to help are available, SERV can be utilized to assist the veteran and the family with the problem. The case managers also help in other areas that enhance integration into the community or the civilian workforce, while addressing these emergency needs. 


The criteria for a veteran to receive assistance through SERV are defined on a case-by-case basis and include issues relating to housing, education, medicine and hunger. 


"The brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families make enormous sacrifices, both during and after their service to our nation. As large numbers of veterans are discharged from the military, the demand for services designed to facilitate their reintegration into their communities, families and jobs is immense," said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. "We want to teach people to be self-sufficient, and help them get back on their feet. Under our Veterans Services Program, through collaboration with community leaders, we decided to develop the SERV Initiative to help veterans in their time of great need. This is an initiative that we are proud to offer to the veterans in our community who need it most. This is just another way that we are working to change lives, and we thank the local community and like-minded businesses for their support." 


The SERV initiative began through the generous participation and contributions of attorney Bill Robertson, CEO of Kirk-Pinkerton, PA, and Steve Hall, market president of Alltrust Insurance. Community support is helping to ensure that veterans are properly equipped to reintegrate back into civilian life. 


"We recognized the need to move quickly and establish an emergency fund for veterans in need in our community. Through constant collaboration with Goodwill Manasota, we have worked to raise awareness and funds, and that's how the SERV initiative was founded," said Robertson. "SERV is a natural extension of efforts we have spearheaded including the Kirk-Pinkerton Scholarship Fund and the 'Helping our Heroes' segment of my 'Let's Talk Law' radio show on WSRQ, through which we aim to employ veterans and assist with financial needs. We are proud to be involved in this worthy initiative."


"There are so many veterans and their families in need in this community and we are thrilled to assist in the formation of the SERV Initiative with Goodwill Manasota," said Hall. "This new initiative will be essential in helping veterans and their families facing tragic situations and trauma. We have already received a tremendous outpouring of community support, which will help increase the success and reach of this new venture." 


To support Goodwill's SERV initiative through a financial contribution, please visit or send a check to Goodwill Manasota, ATTN: Foundation at 2705 51st Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34203. Funds received through SERV are tax-deductible and go directly to help the families receiving assistance. To learn about additional ways you can help, please contact C.J. Bannister, director of the Veterans Services Program, at (941) 355-2721, ext. 451




About Goodwill Manasota

Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2014, Goodwill Manasota served more than 16,000 people, placed 680 people in jobs and assisted 520 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota's economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 39 million pounds out of the landfill. We accomplish our mission through a network of Good Neighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America. Goodwill Manasota is accountable to a local Board of Directors. Goodwill Manasota in essence belongs to this community, and is not owned by any individual or company. For more information, visit



Veronica Brandon Miller

Vice President, Foundation

Goodwill Manasota

2705 51st Ave East

Bradenton, FL 34203

Work: 941.355.2721

Cell: 941.807.7321



Changing Lives Through the Power of Work

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Best wishes,

Zane Schwarzlose

Community Outreach Liaison, Protect America 



VETERANS POST newspaper Camouflage 

A newspaper devoted to the VETERAN.  Very informative.  All who work for the newspaper are VETERANS and volunteers.                                  Published in St. Petersburg.


To subscribe:  (727) 822-8387



                  Groundhog ATTENTION VETERANS!!!






Do you have a question about the military and what they are doing on your behalf?   Feel like you may have been left behind?
Check out a website called    Just about any question can be found and answered by checking this site.   There are also loads of other interesting bits of information along with the latest news throughout all the branches of the military.

My name is Colin Hare and I'm the Veteran Liason for the Mesothelioma Center (; an organization devoted to assisting veterans through their application processes for VA benefits, and helping them obtain the maximum benefits for which they are entitled.   While I was browsing through a number of Veterans sites I came across your website and was very impressed by the information you have listed.

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.

The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases. In addition, we have thousands of articles regarding asbestos and mesothelioma and we've even created a veterans-specific section on our website in order to help inform about the dangers of asbestos exposure. 

Because so many veterans visit your site, I thought that you may be interested in posting our link to help educate veterans on the dangers of asbestos exposure by linking to our website from your page at Please let me know. You can reach me at chare(@) or at 407-965-5755. Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Colin Hare
Mesothelioma Center


    My name is Jon Goldman, and I am a former US Marine and veteran of the Iraq War.  I am writing because I would like to introduce some helpful online to your post. And if they are available, I would also like to learn more about potential paid advertising opportunities.

Since my discharge, I have been working for Sokolove Law, a company that serves clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Nearly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma yearly and, of that number, over 1/3 are veterans of the US military who served between 1940 and 1980.  Approximately 40% of our clients are veterans and, to better serve them and other veterans, I have worked hard to develop important content for Sokolove's websites, which outline when, where, and how veterans were exposed to asbestos in the military .  

As an invested members of both the veterans and mesothelioma communities, I am pleased to offer our websites as resources to help your members learn more about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure in the military. Please feel free to take a look at our sites below and add our links to your post's website if you think they might be helpful to your members:


In addition, Sokolove is interested in any advertising space you may have to offer in your post's newsletters or other publications.  We are happy to contribute via direct advertising fees or sponsorship, depending on what you may offer.  We feel advertising is a great avenue to help educate veterans on their options and/or best course of action if they are victim to this deadly disease.

At your convenience, might we be able to have a quick conversation about how we can collaborate? Asbestos exposure among veterans is a very important issue, and Sokolove Law has helped many people with their cases.  Please look over our websites and content for yourself, and I hope to hear from you soon.  Have a good day

Semper Fidelis,
Jon Goldman

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