USFSP Veterans Receive Proclamation from County Commissioners

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners present the Memorial Day proclamation to local veterans representatives from around Pinellas County. Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Marketing and Communications.

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners presented the Memorial Day proclamation to local veterans representatives from around the county. Photo courtesy of Pinellas County Marketing and Communications.

In honor of Memorial Day, representatives of the USF St. Petersburg Military and Veterans Success Center and Student Veterans Organization (SVO) were recognized by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on May 24.

Charlie Justice, chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and a USFSP alumnus, read the proclamation. Milton White, assistant director of Veterans Services and coordinator of the Military and Veterans Success Center at USFSP, and Kaitlyn Mollo, SVO president, were among the three groups that were presented copies of the Memorial Day proclamation. Others included Jeff Cavanagh, director of Veterans Services at St. Petersburg College, and Ron Mills, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for District 9.

A photo of the Memorial Day proclamation from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners

The Memorial Day proclamation was read by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners chairman Charlie Justice on May 24.

“For me, it was a privilege to serve,” said White, who retired as a Master Sergeant after serving 25 years in the U.S. Marines. “When you go beyond that, it’s a privilege to continue giving back—not just to vets at USFSP, but to all vets in the community who need help, and to support the communities to which we belong.”

This was the first time USFSP veterans representatives have been invited to attend the Proclamation Ceremony since the Military and Veterans Success Center was established at USFSP in November 2015.

“I think it is a wonderful thing they do, recognizing people who have served with the proclamation of Memorial Day,” said Mollo, 25, a junior Interdisciplinary Social Sciences major who served six years active duty as a Fireman in the Coast Guard. “I was honored to have been invited to attend and represent USFSP and the Student Veterans Organization as well.”

The Military and Veterans Success Center has partnered with the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance to celebrate the grand opening of the Clearwater Veterans Memorial Plaza on Sunday, May 29. The event will be held at Crest Lake Park in Clearwater.

“We’ve partnered to help make the grand opening come to fruition,” said White, who serves with Mollo on the board for TBVA board.