Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program

Dear Veteran,

In 2015 and 2016, the City of Inverness and the Veterans Coalition are providing an opportunity to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families with a parade and more events. It is important for students to understand the sacrifices Vietnam Veterans and all the veterans have made and the hardships endured.  The Vietnam Veterans deserve a proper homecoming and deep appreciation for their very important service. 

Your service to our country stands as an example that we must take responsibility for our rights seriously and that we must be willing to fight to defend them.  Across the nation statistics show voter participation by young people has declined over the past few decades.  Our hope is that this program can help to reverse the trend.

The goal of this program is to encourage voter participation among our high school voting age population, as well as teach them about the sacrifices our veterans made so that we may live in a democratic society.  To assist us in driving home this message, we would like to present the “Vote in Honor of a Vet” program.  This program highlights the importance of registering and voting by providing first-hand accounts as to the responsibilities of preserving our democracy.  By exercising our right to vote, we show veterans the respect they deserve for protecting our democracy. 

The plan is simple: Fill out the Veteran Biography Form.  Family and friends of deceased/MIA veterans may fill out the Deceased/MIA Biography Form.  Send the completed form to:

Susan Gill
Supervisor of Elections
120 N. Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34450

Our office will deliver your biography to a high school student, who is eligible to vote, along with a voter registration application so they may register and vote in your honor, or in honor of a deceased/MIA veteran.  This program will tie in with our current voter education and registration program in the school system.  The more completed biographies we can acquire, the more interesting the project becomes for our students.  

Your participation will make registering and voting a more personal experience for the students.  Moreover, you will be helping them understand the important correlation between our veterans’ sacrifices and their right to register and vote.

Our young people are the leaders of tomorrow.  Therefore, it is essential that we do all we can to teach them about the importance of having their voices heard through the election process.  With your participation, we can achieve this by reaching out in a more personal way to our youth.  If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact Patrick Thomas at 341-6742. 

Sincerely,
Susan Gill
Supervisor of Elections 

Instructions for Vote in Honor of a Vet.pdf
Veteran Biography Form
Deceased/MIA Biography Form