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Veterans Services

New Hours: MON-FRI, 8:00am-12:00pm


Being in the military is demanding and sometimes dangerous. Being a veteran is often lonely. Very little was available to the veteran in the way of information relating to benefits for the veteran and his/her family. Not until the enactment of the Florida Statute 292.11 of 1945, was the way cleared to have a trained proficient County Service Officer in each of Florida's 67 counties.

They know the extent, the meaning and the application of the laws that have been passed by the U.S. Congress and State Legislature, in the interest of the veterans and their dependents. They also have knowledge of the rules and regulations adopted by the VA to clarify and implement the Laws.

The service office staff will apply specialized knowledge in the best way suited to the need of every individual veteran or beneficiary who comes to them. All information conveyed to the staff is privileged and will be held in strict confidence.

View the Florida Veteran's Benefits Guide


New flagpole area at Veterans Memorial Park in Arcadia, FL--- See the map

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Steve Rickard
Veterans Service Officer
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Ph:   (863) 993-4860
Fax:  (863) 993-4857

Administration Building
Mon-Fri 8AM-12PM
201 E. Oak Street | Suite 202
Arcadia | Florida | 34266
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Department News

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Coming to DeSoto County
DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. - Veterans groups in DeSoto County are bringing a Traveling Vietnam Memorial...  read more

Veterans Memorial At Veterans Park
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Veterans set flag pole at Veterans Memorial Park
On Saturday May 25th veterans of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets and...  read more

SSG Christopher Ward Proclamation
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Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
The Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed March 30, 2013 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans...  read more

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