Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

Korean War spy shares wartime experiences

For nearly 50 years, Eddie Ko didn’t tell a soul about the integral role he played during the Korean War. “Not even my wife or my children,” the now 80-year-old said. But for the past 15 years, the Tampa resident has gladly shared the experiences he had as a 14-year-old spy, helping the United Nations throughout the “Forgotten War.” He began sharing his story in 2002, after he began … [Read more...]

Van delivers services to veterans

The Pasco Mobile Vet Center rolled into the parking lot at the neighborhood shopping center in Zephyrhills, ready for a day of outreach to military veterans. By 10 a.m., five veterans had stopped by to check out the mobile van and learn about resources they could tap into as they transition to civilian life, seek help with employment or find a place to live. It was a typical day of … [Read more...]

Troop 12 needs growing room

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 is known in Lutz for its many good deeds. Every year, troop members are highly visible at the Fourth of July parade in Lutz, an event that draws thousands of spectators. But well before the parade begins, troop members are doing work behind the scenes. They stay overnight on the eve of the parade, near the Lutz Branch Library, so they can keep an eye … [Read more...]

Homeless veterans given chance at Stand Down event

Pasco County Stand Down is set for Oct. 24-26 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. The grassroots, community-based intervention program helps the nation's estimated 67,000 homeless veterans manage life on the streets. The national program began in San Diego in 1988, and has since spread to include more than 200 similar events nationwide. The local Stand Down supports homeless and at-risk … [Read more...]