To all veterans – past and present, and their families – Thank You

Florida Guard Team,

I want to start off this weekend with a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you who currently serves, those who previously served and those service members who have passed before us.

Veterans Day was officially recognized as a holiday following World War One.  Known as the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars,” it shook the world for four years, and claimed 20 million lives.  The Armistice that finally brought peace was signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.   Since then, nations commemorate that momentous event and focus their attention on the heroism and sacrifice of all who have served.

Veterans represent the very best of America.  This includes our brave men and women serving in the Florida National Guard.  You are fathers, wives, sons, grandfathers……teachers, engineers, doctors, truck drivers construction workers, IT specialists……living in, and contributing to our communities and representing every culture and occupation of our state.  You are a remarkably diverse group of citizens- unified by a common commitment to the safety and security of our nation and state – and our American way of life.

Throughout the next few days, many of you have volunteered your time to support our local communities at luncheons, parades and various Veterans Day events.  I thank you for your commitment of your personal time to participate in these activities that honor all veterans.

I’m hopeful that most are able to relax with families and reflect upon the greatness of our nation – and those patriots who made it possible.  There are a number of planned activities to recognize our veterans, and many businesses that are supporting veterans through discounted programs and services.  I’ve attached (below) a newsletter from our Transition Assistance Office that identifies some of these Veterans Day “specials,” plus many other services for our uniformed men and women.  In addition to these, there are 2 other events that I want to bring to your attention:

–   Doolittle Raiders Final Toast:  3 of the 4 surviving members of this significant historical event have permitted this typically secretive and solemn event to be broadcast live on Saturday, 9 November at 1800 EST.  You can find information at

–  Florida Guard Foundation Concert:  The Foundation will host Montgomery Gentry at a concert on November 9th at the Keystone Heights Airport near Camp Blanding.  We encourage your support, as all proceeds will help the Foundation assist Florida Guard members and families.  You can find more information at

Finally, to all veterans — past and present, and their families — there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice.   I thank you for all you do for our state, our nation and our citizens.  I could not be any prouder to serve with you.

Have a safe Veterans Day.

Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr.
Major General
The Adjutant General of Florida


Keeping you informed……….


2013 Veterans Day Discounts, Sales, Deals and Free Meals

Daily Discounts: (sites may have duplications)

Veterans Day Discounts:

Florida State Parks:

Florida state parks have a fee-free day Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in honor of Veterans Day. National parks are free for the whole three-day weekend, Nov. 9-11, 2013




Name Change: 

TRICARE Management Activity (TMA)  has a new name, it is now called Defense Health Agency (DHA)


Self-Service Option:  

TRICARE has a new self-service option, effective November 1, 2013 at

TRICARE Young Adult Monthly Premiums for 2014:                    

Prime Option: $176 per month                                  Prime Option: $180 per month

Standard Option: $152 per month                            Standard Option: $156 per month

To participate, you must pay monthly premiums. TRICARE Young Adult  (TYA) premium rates are adjusted annually on a calendar year basis. **For current info:


City of Jacksonville to host ‘Week of Valor’


The City of Jacksonville honors area veterans at this annual breakfast and luncheon.

City of Jacksonville Military Appreciation Luncheon

November 08, 2013

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hemming Plaza
117 West Duval Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Jacksonville Veterans Recognition Breakfast

November 11, 2013

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Outside of Metropolitan Park
1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32202,-veterans-and-disabled-services/events/all-events/jacksonville-veterans-recognition-breakfast.a


This is a great newsletter for all Service Members, Veterans, Retirees, and Families.   Army Echoes’ Sep-Dec 2013 edition:

Veterans Crisis Line

Are You a Veteran or Concerned About One?  Confidential Veterans Chat:  DIAL

1-800-273-8255 Press 1

Text to:  838255 – The Veterans Crisis Line text-messaging service does not charge for texting to 838255.   If you’re a Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, responders at the Veterans Crisis Line text-messaging service (text to 838255) offer help that can make a difference.


Vet TO CEO for veteran entrepreneurs:   Eight week group based online program by veteran entrepreneurs. Visit:


Audi training and career opportunity for Veterans and Service Members.  Members can apply online for openings under the “Veterans” tab at:  For more information send email to:

Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans  Training is Free, Parking is Free, Lunch is Free.  December 04, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., UNF Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224 … (904) 620-5131 … Have you always dreamed of owning your own small business? Don’t know where to start?  Join the University of North Florida Hebert University Center on Dec. 4 to take part in the Entrepreneurship Training for Veterans.,-veterans-and-disabled-services/events/all-events/entrepreneurship-training-for-veterans.aspx

Opportunities For Individuals With Disabilities – Agency:  NASA – Agency Wide, Orlando, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Waste Management – Requisition Number 189001 – Okeechobee, FL (Port St. Lucie) or Monarch Hills, FL (Cape Coral) –  Career opportunities: – Fortune 200 Waste Management has a one of a kind leadership program. We have 16 locations in 10 states available right now.

JP Morgan Chase Southeast Region – Separated, Transitioning, Retiring, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve service persons and their Spouses who are interested in applying to the positions on the list must do so online through one of two different channels, either or

Contact:  Sean Gillispie – 7301 Bay Meadows Way, Jacksonville, FL 32256 | P: 904.462.1260

Xerox Jobs                                           GlobalCareers@xerox.comor (877) 747-3625.


Northrop Grumman:


Go to these sites to find job openings in Florida:

  – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services                                  

              – Florida Guard Family Career Connection

      – Indeed has jobs in Florida


       – USA has jobs in Florida


       – People First has Jobs in Florida




              – Federal Government Jobs in Florida


Jacksonville  – Recruit Military – Career Fair for Veterans

November 7, 2013

11:00a.m. – 3:00pm

One EverBank Field Drive

Jacksonville, FL  32202


Job Fair of Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
10:00AM – 1:00PM
Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale
1100 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


Job Fair of Miami

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

10:00 AM

Embassy Suites Miami

Miami International

Jacksonville  – Recruit Military – Career Fair for Veterans

November 7, 2013

11:00a.m. – 3:00pm

One EverBank Field Drive

Jacksonville, FL  32202

Orlando Career Fair

Monday, December 9, 2013 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal

7800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819


Hiring Our Heroes

November 20, 2013
Hiring fair: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tides Collocated Club
1001 S Hwy A1A
Patrick Air Force Base, FL 32925


Job Fair of Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale
1100 SE 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


Job Fair of Miami

Tuesday, November 19, 2013,- 10:AM to 1:00PM

Embassy Suites Miami

International Airport

397 NW South River Drive

Miami, FL 33142

Job Fair of Orlando

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Embassy Suites of Orlando

225 Shorecrest

Altamonte Spring, FL  32701


Job Fair Palm Beach

Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens

4350 PGA Blvd.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410


Job Fair of Tampa

Thursday, December 12, 2013 –  10:00AM – 1:00PM

Embassy Suites Tampa

10220 Palm River

Tampa, FL  33619


Veteran Recruiting – Virtual Career Fair

Veterans Day Virtual Career Fair

Active Duty, Guard/Reservists, Veterans, Military Spouses

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Linda L. Cononie, FL

Transition Assistance Advisor (Ctr)
Florida National Guard

310 Charlotte Street, Annex

St. Augustine, FL  32084