Flagler County searches for its ‘Veteran of the Year,’ here’s how to nominate

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Flagler County’s Veteran Services is looking for someone to receive the “Colonel Gary E. DeKay” Veteran of the Year Award.

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The organization said the nominated person must have honorably served the United States and used those leadership skills to help the community.

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The veteran should meet the following criteria:

-A Flagler County resident.

-A living veteran of the six Armed Forces of the United States.

-Demonstrated patriotism, leadership and selfless service as a volunteer.

-For a single act or continuous service.

-Not a previous recipient.

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Citizens should send a typed maximum two-page letter, the veteran’s contact information, military awards/recognitons and proof of military service, along with a 250-word statement that explains why they should be chosen.

Nominations must be postmarked by Sep. 30 using this address: Flagler County Veteran’s Service Office, Attn: Veteran of the Year, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Bunnell, FL 32110.

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The award will be presented on Veterans Day.

“We have more than 13,000 veterans in Flagler County and they have done so much for all of us,” said Veterans Services Officer David Lydon. “This award gives us an opportunity to say thank you as a community.”

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