PVR Bulletin – June 2019

PVR IN ACTION – Your Help is Needed!

An 82-year-old Coast Guard veteran from DeLand, FL has been scammed of over $50,000; his entire life savings. Once the news broke national headlines, The American Legion, Department of Florida and Project VetRelief knew we had to take action!

Since the veteran chose to remain anonymous, the team reached out to the DeLand Police Department to see how we could get in touch with him to pay his monthly rent. Additionally, we arranged for a VetRelief Advocate to go to the veteran’s home with an entrusted detective to provide support during this difficult time.

Chris Graham with the DeLand Police Department also expressed that they had a lot of people within the community, near and far, who wanted to donate to help rebuild this veteran’s life savings, but did not have the means to do so. Project VetRelief stepped forward and set up a restricted account. As the news continued to spread around the country, people started sending in their contributions.

As of May 28th, $6,150 has been collected through our efforts. Other organizations have made pledges to pitch in, but so far, we have not received anything.

We are asking the Florida Legion Family to join in trying to get him his money back. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to this veteran.

You can donate now by using the restricted link below:


If you would rather mail in your donation, you can send to the below address. Checks need to be made payable to PROJECT: VetRelief and “DeLand Veteran” should be listed in the memo line.

PROJECT: VetRelief
Attn: Jennifer Cooper
1912A Lee Road
Orlando, FL 32810
Original News Source: https://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20190521/elderly-deland-veteran-police-say-was-bilked-by-couple-gets-help-from-veterans

2019 CONVENTION – Sign up NOW!

LAST CHANCE – Reserve your seat during our next training at the Department Convention on June 26th – 29th in Orlando! Space is limited and will be based off a first come first serve basis.


Friday, June 28th

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Room: Canary 3-4 (View Convention Map)

 Registration Link:


 The PVR Team will also be at the vendor booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Be sure to stop by to grab any materials or just to say hi! 

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

*Class day, time and location are subject to change.

STILL SERVING – 5th Year Almost Over

Now in our 5th year of serving veterans and their families, look at how much PVR has grown:

We want to keep providing our services to veterans, active duty military and their families for years to come. In order to do that, we need everyone’s continued support. Please remember we are veterans serving veterans, every day.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: – Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org. 

ALR 372 Ride for the 22 – June 9, 2019
Jacksonville, FL
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 23, 2019
Bella Collina, FL
Coral Head Blues Fest– Oct 19, 2019
Marathon, FL
Coral Head Music Fest– Nov 2-3, 2019
Pinellas Park, FL
Post 35 Golf Tournament– Nov 16, 2019
Mt. Dora, FL
Details coming soon!