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  • STCOC Military Affairs Update - July 2021

    As a reminder, we will NOT be holding a MAC meeting this month. We are excited to resume in-person meetings following the summer break!
    Upcoming Committee Meetings – Always Second Tuesday @ 3:00pm

    • August 10 – In person followed by happy hour | Speaker CMSgt Shae Gee, 6ARW | RSVP HERE
    • August 24 –Transitioning Military Event | Location TBA – Sponsorships available
    • September 14 – In person | Speaker TBA
    • October 12 - In person | Speaker TBA
    • November 9 - In person followed by happy hour | Speaker TBA
    • November 19 - MacDill Base Tour (Tentative)
    • December – No meetings in December  

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    Member & Community Announcements

    Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Military Families of Color Survey
    The South Tampa Chamber supports Blue Star Families mission to build strong communities of support for military families. Please consider joining us by participating in their latest survey aimed at better understanding the diverse experiences of military families of color. Your feedback will help inform changes so we can work together to create positive experiences for all military families. Take the survey today and share your story. | Click here to take or share the survey.

    Make-a-Difference Day 2021
    The Center for Development & Civic Engagement (formerly Voluntary Service) at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVH) is facilitating the annual “Homeward Bound for Those Who Served’ on Make A Difference Day”, Saturday, October 23, 2021.  This program will look different than years past, as we are continuing to protect our most vulnerable patients from the outside world—gift cards will be mailed.   
    We hope that each of you will join us again this year to support the “Homeward Bound for those Who Served” project. The Medical Foster Home program provides placement for approximately 60 non-service connected Veterans who are dependent, chronically or terminally ill with limited family and financial support.  | Click here for for details and pledge information.

    On July 15, 2021, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will launch a pilot toll savings program for MacDill Air Force Base employees who travel the full length of the Selmon Expressway.  For drivers who use the Selmon Expressway every day for their commute, the savings will be as much as 40% each month.   To enroll in the program, you must be employed at the MacDill Air Force Base and have a SunPass account in good standing.  The website for this pilot program is www.SelmonDiscount.com.

    MOSI to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer
    MOSI announced it will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
    Hillsborough County Fair Heroes Day
    From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels the 2021 Hillsborough County Fair will be held Sept 23-Oct 3, including Heroes Day on September 26, 2021 at 1:00. All Military, First Responders and Healthcare will be admitted free with a valid ID. Info @ http://hillsboroughcountyfair.com/
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