JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city of Jacksonville has been named National City of the Year.
The honor comes from the Forty & Eight, a veterans organization with origins dating back to World War I, dedicated to promoting the welfare of veterans, widows and orphans.
The city earned the recognition for its efforts to help the military and veterans in Jacksonville.
"This award is indicative of the City of Jacksonville's total commitment to support military veterans. From enhancing the sustainability of our local military installations, to providing job and educational opportunities for military veterans, our community continually seeks new and innovative programs that positively impact our military," said Brigadier General (Ret.) Michael Fleming, managing director of Deutsche Bank, and chairman of the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition in a statement.
The group highlighted Jacksonville's Jobs for Veterans program and the city's Homeless Reintegration Program.