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VETERAN Public service announcements


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

Edward Padilla
Veteran Service Officer
American Legion Post 24 Kirby Stewart
Ph: (941) 962-3345
Email: guest4tea@msn.com
Available to the membership and community Vets on Monday's and Friday's 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.



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 https://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-works/transit-paratransit/handy-bus/handy-bus-system.html

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


Local Fixed Route $
Regular Bus Fare 1.50
Seniors, 60 – 79 years of age .75
Seniors, 80 years & older Free
Disabled (must present Mobility Card) .75
Medicare Card Holders .75
Active Duty and All Military Veterans .75
Children 5 years old and younger Free
Skyway ConneXion – One Way Fare 5.00
Skyway ConneXion – Express Fare 3.00
Skyway ConneXion One-Day Unlimited 10.00
Summer ConneXion Pass 25.00
M Card 1 Day Regular 4.00
M Card 1 Day Discount 2.00
M Card 7 Day Regular 12.00
M Card 7 Day Discount 6.00
M Card 31 Day Regular 40.00
M Card 31 Day Discount 20.00
R Card 30 Day Regular 60.00
R Card 30 Day Discount 30.00
Anna Maria Island Trolley Free
Longboat Key Shuttle 1.50
Beach Express – Sundays and Holidays Free


Exact Fare; U.S. coins/currency/M Cards/R Cards only or you will receive a change card. Our operators cannot make change.

M Cards and R Cards are good for unlimited rides during the time period imprinted on the back of the card. Transfers are not required when using an M Card or R Card. Swipe your card every time you board an MCAT bus. M Cards and R Cards are the property of MCAT and are non-refundable, non-transferable and/or non-replaceable if lost, stolen, altered, rendered inoperable or destroyed and are for transportation on MCAT fixed-route buses only. Unauthorized use, reproduction or sales of cards are subject to deactivation, confiscation and/or legal prosecution.

Discount Cards and Fare Eligibility

Discount cards can be purchased when certain documentation is provided at time of sale. Examples of this documentation can be as follows:

  • Senior (ages 60-79): Current valid photo ID with age
  • Medicare: Current valid photo ID with Medicare card
  • Disability: Letter from physician identifying medical condition falls under Part 37 of Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA)
  • Active Duty and All Military Veterans: Valid photo ID
  • Student: Currently enrolled with valid student ID.







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 experiencegoodwill.org 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 www.experiencegoodwill.org.



Veronica Brandon Miller

Vice President, Foundation

Goodwill Manasota

2705 51st Ave East

Bradenton, FL 34203

Work: 941.355.2721

Cell: 941.807.7321




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