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Governor honors veterans at St. Augustine nursing home

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Updated: 8/15/2013 8:37 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott honored dozens of local veterans during a ceremony at Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home.

A World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, Arthur Kolke, was one of the recipients of the Governor's Veterans Service Award.

"I was amazed today at the ceremony they put on. It was much more than what I thought it was going to be," said Kolke.

Kolke said he won't forget the moment when Scott put the medal around his neck.

Scott said honoring our state's veterans is an issue that is personal to him.

"I think about my dad. He's an individual who never made a lot of money, never got a lot of recognition and there is probably a lot of people like that here," said Scott.

But Scott wants to give veterans more than just recognition. He says providing them with jobs is a goal his administration takes seriously.

"We put a lot of effort into it. We have 24 workforce boards in the state. But anybody who is out of work, you worry about them," said Scott.

Kolke tells Action News he's lived at the veterans' home for the past two years and is thankful for all the help he's received along the way, but most of all he's thankful to have served this country.

A total of 154 Florida veterans received the Governor's Veterans Service Award.
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