Volume VIII May 2019

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Camaraderie Foundation


Saving Lives – Saving Families

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May is National Military Appreciation Month

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Thank you to all the Military Service Members, Veterans and their families who proudly serve this country.

There are 6 National Observances during National Military Appreciation Month:

Loyalty Day, Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.  It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States, and to reflect on the proud heritage of our American freedom.

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), Sunday, May 5th – Saturday, May 11th, 2019. A time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world.

Victory in Europe Day AKA V-E Day, Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. May 8th, 1945 is the day when Germans throughout Europe unconditionally surrendered to the Allies. This day marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday, May 10th, 2019. A day to honor military spouses with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Recognizes the important role our military families play in keeping our Armed Forces strong and our country safe.

Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 18th, 2019. A single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

Memorial Day Monday,Monday, May 27th, 2019. A remembrance of our veterans who gave all while serving their Country. Commemorates the men and women who died while in military service.

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Upcoming Events

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”55px”][vc_column_text]May 31, 2019 Pars and Stripes Forever Golf Tournament

Please join us for a great day of golf at Reunion Resort Golf Course in Kissimmee.

We would like to thank our Lunch sponsor Price Waterhouse Coopers (additional sponsorship opportunities are available).

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We invite you and your family to join Camaraderie Foundation and Wounded Warrior Program on Saturday, June 8, 2019 for a Family Fun Day at Lake Butler!

Come out and bond with other Military families while enjoying swimming, corn hole and fun activities for the kids and adults.

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Applications for 2019/2020 Mentor Leadership Class in Tampa closes on June 7. (the Orlando Class is closed). Camaraderie Foundation partners with local business members to provide a leadership program to assist transitioning service members and their spouses in preparing for a career in the local community. In 2019/2020 we are opening the class up to spouses.

Click here for more information and to apply.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”5px”][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apYFbh11q5o” el_width=”80″ css=”.vc_custom_1557760713019{padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][trx_line color=”#000000″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][trx_image url=”6841″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1557760846335{padding-left: 25px !important;}”]Meet Ruben Gonzalez – Case Manager

Ruben joined Camaraderie Foundation in March 2016. He has over 20 years of experience in the human resources and administration field.

Ruben retired from the U.S. Army after proudly serving over 21 years of Active and Reserve Military service as a Senior Personnel Services Non-Commissioned Officer. In 2004 Ruben graduated from U.S. Sergeant Major’s Academy, First Sergeant Course, Fort Bliss, Texas.

He has his Master’s in Counseling from the Ana G. Mendez, University Systems, Universidad del Turabo, Metro Orlando Campus of Florida. Ruben enjoys spending time with his family, friends, sports, and religious activities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][trx_line color=”#000000″][vc_empty_space height=”35px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][trx_image url=”8313″ width=”300px” height=”600px” left=”75px”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Pictures from our Family Fun Day at Lake Claire

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Other Ways You Can Help

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  1. From Monday, May 6th through Monday, May 13th, check their Facebook page and follow the link to Survey Monkey.
  2. Select your location and vote for us.
  3. Share with your friends on Facebook.

Once we are selected every time you bring a reusable bag to Lucky’s Market, you will receive a wooden dime for each one used. You then have the opportunity to donate that dime to your choice of a local nonprofit organization. At the end of the quarter, Lucky’s will double the amount raised.[/vc_column_text][trx_line color=”#000000″][/vc_column][/vc_row]