Florida launches effort to lure veterans from other states

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By Christal Hayes

The 20-year Army veteran’s injuries from a rough ride in a helicopter in Iraq left him with a bad back, hip and shoulder along with hearing loss in his right ear. The pain from the ailments would worsen as the temperature fell when he lived in Connecticut. Moving to the Sunshine State as his retirement neared was an easy decision.

The Ocoee resident is among more than 1.58 million veterans who call Florida home. Hoping to get more veterans to follow Kalagian’s lead, the state has launched a new marketing effort aimed at attracting ex-military members nationwide.

The effort is geared toward younger veterans as they prepare to leave the military and comes as Florida’s retired hire vetsmilitary population continues to grow older, which has sparked the need for more Veterans Affairs clinics, including the recent opening of an outpatient clinic in Tavares.

Kalagian had heard that treatment was better in the South, but that wasn’t the only consideration.

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