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collapse Date: 2/6/2024

02-26-24 Lee Health Military Support Program - edit
We, the community members, proudly acknowledge the unwavering dedication and sacrifices of our local service members and their families, as well as our esteemed veterans; and

Whereas, a team of over 15 volunteers, with heartfelt commitment, stands united to support and uplift our military community during deployments and beyond; and

Whereas, these dedicated volunteers actively engage in supporting veterans by offering referrals, assistance with various organizations such as Lee County Human & Veteran Services, United Way MISSION UNITED™, Red Cross, American Legion posts, VFW posts, Home Base Veteran Family Care, and more; and

Whereas, the volunteer team diligently works to ensure that vulnerable veterans and their widows receive the benefits and resources they need, leaving no room for them to fall between the cracks; and

Whereas, for the past two decades, this remarkable team has sent 125,000 pounds of care boxes to our local service members deployed overseas, supporting over 2,300 local men and women in the military; and

Whereas, the team actively participates in the VA Food Pantry, extending their outreach by attending twice a month to provide essential items needed by the clients of the VA Clinic; and

Whereas, the collaborative efforts of Lee Health, the American Red Cross, the United Way’s MISSION UNITED™, and Home Base Veteran Family Care have resulted in the creation of the Veteran Visitation Program at Cape Coral Hospital, setting an inspiring example as the first program of its kind in a civilian hospital; and

Whereas, the team's commitment extends beyond hospital visits, encompassing activities such as organizing Suite Support for the Military with the Florida Everblades, promoting the Collier-Lee Honor Flight, assisting returning home veterans and their families with community resources through United Way and MISSION UNITED™, and actively participating in fundraisers for the Military Support Program during holidays;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida expresses our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the selfless efforts of these dedicated volunteers. Their commitment to supporting our military and veteran community is a testament to the strength and compassion that binds us together. We acknowledge and commend their outstanding contributions, fostering a community where service members, veterans, and their families are valued, supported, and never forgotten.