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PVR Bulletin – February 2022


One of PROJECT: VetRelief’s goals is to help End Veteran Suicides. The Suicide Prevention Initiative focuses on working with our verified Strategic Partners by training or mentoring veterans through their existing mental health treatments, programs, or processes to avoid suicide. Whether it’s a ruck walk, educational seminar, or speaking engagement, there’s no shortage of opportunities to alert our communities through our PVR/SPI Challenge 22 events on this serious issue our veterans are facing.

These events are designed to encompass fundraising, creating awareness, educating our communities on the importance of mental health within our veteran communities, and understanding the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


American Legion Post 69 in Avon Park hosted their Veterans Expo in early January. Not only were they able to raise funds for our SPI program, but they engaged their local community to give veterans the opportunity to see all resources within their area. 


Ocean Beaches Post 129 is hosting a PVR Challenge 22 Walk & Event in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, March 26th. Registration is open for attendees to join for $22/walker, or add on the official event shirt for $35/walker. For more details, visit:

The Florida Legion Riders are gearing up to Ride for the 22 during their Round Robin and In-State Unity Ride events. Chapters are encouraged to put together a Unity Ride during the month of April for the cause. Then, from April 24-30, Riders will join forces as a State on two routes raising funds and awareness to End Veteran Suicide. For more information:


Sentry Management, Inc. hosted their annual golf event last November, and PROJECT VetRelief was honored to be their charity of choice. They hosted their tournament at Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary.

The morning started off with local artist, Rexine, singing the National Anthem and the Nation’s colors parachuted in from the skies above. Through their efforts, they brought in over $50,000 for Florida’s veterans and their families!

Last month, Board President, Bob James, and Seamus Devlin from RL James General Contractors, Inc. provided lunch to recognize them and announce Sentry’s GOLD LEVEL SPONSORSHIP! We also awarded Patriot Awards to their CEO Bradley Pomp, Mary King, Matt Walker, Deanna Sims, and Pam Flack. Please help us show our appreciation for their support!!

PVR Bulletin – October 2021


The 8th Annual PROJECT: VetRelief Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 27th at the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Course in Monteverde, FL. At approximately 8:30 AM, after attendees stood at attention for the national anthem, roughly 124 golfers were on their way as they listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.

PVR Board President, Bob James, hosted corporate partners, vendors, and friends to a fun-filled day of golf. Participants were able to compete in the Wheatley Realty fastest hole contest and had an opportunity to take away $10,000 cash for the hole-in-one prize. But, the most amazing part was that everyone came together for one sole purpose… to support Florida’s veterans and their families.

Mr. James was able to meet his fundraising goal, and revealed the ‘BIG CHECK’ written for $65,000 to PROJECT: VetRelief during the awards banquet! This is a record-setting donation and is ALL net proceeds that directly benefit our mission.

We are grateful to Mr. James and his wife, Rita, and the entire RL James, Inc. team for their continued support of our organization, as they have been a tremendous part of our program’s overall success! Additionally, we are thankful to all the sponsors and players for their contributions to our mission. From the amazing volunteers who pitched into the awesome Bella Collina staff, it sure was one successful event!!


Please help us welcome Lenora James to the PVR Team! She started mid-September as our Veterans Case Worker and has already made an impact on our veteran community.

Lenora has always loved working with people and helping others in her daily and professional life. When the opportunity came for Lenora to consider our program, it felt like a natural fit. As a Navy wife and Coast Guard mother, Lenora recognizes the importance of support programs for military servicemembers as they make lifestyle transitions throughout their life. Her family has had to experience many transitions and had to move several times.




Fall Conference is coming up, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to join us to learn about the program or introduce yourself to our newest Team Member, Lenora!

There will be two Introductory Advocate Trainings this year. We are so excited that we have the opportunity to hold a special class for Auxiliary members on Friday afternoon. Details on both classes will be shared through the Legion and Auxiliary agendas.

For the first time ever, we will be presenting during all Legion Family General Sessions. Be sure to attend those meetings to hear our successes and goals for the year! Please stop by our table in the vendor area to say hello and pick up materials to take back with you to the Post.

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you there!

PVR Bulletin – October 2020


The 7th Annual PROJECT: VetRelief Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 21st at the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Course in Monteverde, FL. At approximately 8:30AM, after attendees stood at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance, the shotgun went off sending approximately 120 golfers on their way.

PVR Board President, Bob James, hosted corporate partners, vendors and friends to a fun filled day of golf.

At the end of the day, we were short approximately $5,000. Mr. James met with his RL James, Inc. partners and they all quickly decided they would kick in the extra funds in order to achieve their goal. Their total contribution to this event is over $25,000!!

He was able to meet his goal, and provide a total donation of $60,000 to PROJECT: VetRelief! This is a record setting donation, and is ALL net proceeds that directly benefits our mission.

We are so grateful for this group of people who are dedicated to impacting the veteran community. They truly are a blessing to our organization!

Our appreciation goes out to all of the sponsors, players, and volunteers for their continued support of Florida’s veterans!











The PROJECT: VetRelief Advocate Training classes are normally held during the American Legion, Department of Florida’s Convention or Fall Conference. Since both events have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a full year that we have not held a training course.

Would you be interested in attending a virtual training class if the PROJECT: VetRelief Team held one on Zoom? 

We are still providing assistance to our veteran community at a higher rate than we ever have before. Additionally, our caseworkers, Michael Beaven and Cristina Rosario, are processing all of these cases on their own. 

As the state of Florida opens back up, we will need to have our Advocates informed on our new COVID-19 application form for veterans who have experienced a loss of income due to the virus. 

If you would like to be a part of a virtual class, please send an email to If there are enough people interested, we will hold a training class in mid-October.


On November 14, 2020, American Legion Post 63 is hosting the 4th Annual Challenge 22 Event to raise money and identify solutions to help end Veteran Suicide from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). This year’s event will take place at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Winter Garden, Florida. 

The Challenge 22 event is just one of the vehicles used for this important cause through the new Suicide Prevention Initiative (SPI). 

We need you! Everyone can help make the Central Florida Challenge 22 Event and Ruck Walk a success and help us beat last year’s total donation and work towards eliminating veteran suicide. 

We invite you to get involved and support this very important cause and save lives by registering to join the Ruck Walk, becoming a sponsor, donating, being a community partner, or volunteering.

 For more information or to become a sponsor:

 To register to walk: