Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Help for Military

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOUR CHEERS; Help for Military

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The Florida BrAIve Fund is one of the state's newest foundations. It also is one of the most important.

That's because the fund - established in 2008 at the Community Foundation in Jacksonville and at two other Florida locations - helps members of the military and their families deal with stress from making the transition from war zone duty to civilian life.

The need is great. And it's being met. The group's Northeast Florida advisory board recently awarded grants totaling more than $917,000, a news release says.

Grants included:

- $130,000 to a group called Zero to Three, to develop training models to help professionals care for children stressed by a family member's deployment.

- $75,000 to Jewish Family and Community Services, to provide counseling to veterans and their families.

- $75,000 for the Greater Jacksonville Area USO, to provide referrals to clinical mental health services.

- $72,420, Life Management Center of Panama City for behavioral health and employment services in that area.

- $50,000, Vets4Vets service in Northeast Florida, particularly in the Daytona area.

- $31,000, Marion County Veterans Helping Veterans in Ocala, to help those in Marion and Levy counties.

- $217,046, University of North Florida, for a Veterans Resource Center.

- $79,623, Florida State College at Jacksonville, for its AI Veterans-2 students project.

- $75,000, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, for its Current War Student Veteran Leadership Initiative.

- $5,000, Elks Lodge of Milton, to support its Operation Connect-Vet program.

- $107,000 to the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network.

PRE-K MATTERS

If there were any questions about the effectiveness of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs in Jacksonville, they were put to rest with the release of a report from the Early Learning Coalition of Duval.

The report, according to a news release, found that 92 percent of VPK providers here exceeded the minimum performance rates in preparing 4-year-olds for kindergarten. …

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