Florida boasts 21 different military bases, from the Panhandle to the Keys, reflecting all branches of service. As the son of a Navy veteran whose last station was in Jacksonville, I can attest to the influence that active-duty military and veterans have on Florida’s culture in virtually every corner of the state. Amongst the veterans who create positive change in their community is AARP Florida State President, Ken Thomas. Thomas is a U.S. Air Force veteran whose military service launched him into a career of giving back to others around him. He is a third-generation U.S. veteran, with his father and grandfather having served in different branches of the military. Thomas started his service at 20 years old in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for four years as an Air Traffic Controller. Following his military service, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an instructor, turning his attention to community volunteerism after his retirement. During his time as an AARP volunteer, he has coordinated Salute to Veterans events to honor others who have served our country.
AARP Florida State President Ken Thomas has always found purpose in serving others. Hailing from Williamsburg, Virginia, an area renowned for its strong military presence, Ken's journey was deeply influenced by the active-duty service members and veterans surrounding the area from a young
Nurse and non-nurse staffing in Florida nursing homes “appears to be on a downward trajectory,” pointing to an “urgent need” to understand staffing patterns and how to increase time devoted to resident care, says an AARP Florida study.
AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Florida for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!
Black Friday is right around the corner, marking the official start of the holiday shopping season! While we all love buying the perfect gifts for our loved ones online at reduced rates, scammers are Scrooges and find sneaky ways to rob you of your holiday cheer. So, how can you ensure that all your stocking stuffers are under the tree this year? Follow our tips on how to keep you and your wallet safe while shopping online.
Americans honor military veterans for their service, sacrifice, and commitment. I am truly honored that I had the opportunity to speak with Bob Busch, who served as an Air Force pilot for 26 years retiring as a full colonel. Bob highlighted three reasons why he enjoyed his military career: it provided him with the opportunity to serve his country, further his education and travel the world.
Thayra Hausheer ha sido seleccionada por AARP, para recibir el Premio AARP Florida Andrus 2023 por Servicio Comunitario, el premio estatal de voluntariado por servicio comunitario más prestigioso y visible de la Asociación.
Thayra Hausheer has been selected by AARP Florida to receive the 2023 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.
Veterans Day is a time to celebrate those who have fought for our country, and now AARP Florida is fighting for you. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers stole $414 million from veterans, active duty service members and their families in 2022. Since you have sacrificed so much for our freedom, your money shouldn’t be sacrificed as well. Take a look at some common scams targeting military service members and veterans, and some best practices on how to defend yourself:
As we celebrate Veterans Day, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable journey of this retired U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, whose path to service was paved with familial influence, a sense of pride and a desire to create opportunities for leadership.
Orlando is a city full of diversity, and AARP Florida strives to create an environment where Central Florida volunteers can express themselves and their heritage through our events. Take a look at how we celebrate our community:
While we await the November 20 opening of the new Senior Planet center in Miami, take a sneak peek inside! Virtually join Senior Planet Executive Director Tom Kamber in a ‘hard hat’ walk through the new center, which is currently under construction.