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Veterans in Florida, call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1.


State Seeks Name for New Veterans’ Home in St. Lucie County

October 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is accepting nominations for the name of the newest State Veterans’ Nursing Home to be built in St. Lucie County.  To be considered, a nominee must be:

  • One of 16 deceased Medal of Honor recipients accredited to the State of Florida by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
  • Preference will be given to any eligible nominee with ties to the greater St. Lucie County area.
  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

All correspondence for consideration should be postmarked by Nov. 1, 2014 and mailed to:

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Attn: Communications Director
The Capitol, Suite 2105
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

The proposed 120-bed skilled nursing facility will be located in Port St. Lucie, with groundbreaking set for late 2015.

The Department of Defense accredits Medal of Honor recipients and traditionally selects the city and state where the servicemember entered the service.

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs operates six veterans’ nursing homes in Daytona Beach, Land O’ Lakes, Pembroke Pines, Panama City, Port Charlotte and St. Augustine and one veterans’ assisted living facility in Lake City.


The 16 eligible Medal of Honor recipients are:

Captain Charles Albert Varnum
U.S. Army, Indian Wars

Sergeant Clarence M. Condon
U.S. Army, Philippine War

Chief Machinist’s Mate Francis Edward Ormsbee Jr.
U.S. Navy, World War I

Lieutenant Commander William Merrill Corry Jr.
U.S. Navy, World War I

Private James Henry Mills
U.S. Army, World War II

Commander David McCampbell
U.S. Navy, World War II

Second Lieutenant Robert Edward Femoyer
U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II

Major Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr.
U.S. Army Air Corps, World War II

Private Robert Miller McTureous Jr.
U.S. Marine Corps, World War II

Corporal Larry Eugene Smedley
U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War

Specialist Fourth Class Nicholas J. Cutinha
U.S. Army, Vietnam War

Staff Sergeant Hammett L. Bowen Jr.
U.S. Army, Vietnam War

Private First Class Bruce Wayne Carter
U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam War

Sergeant Ardie R. Copas
U.S. Army, Vietnam War

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith
U.S. Army, Iraq

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller
U.S. Army, Afghanistan


Visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Web site at for information on all recipients.

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, serving the nation’s third largest veterans’ population, celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2014.

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