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Last week felt like a marathon each day for our team. While emotionally tough, we continue to work on reaching out to voters, fundraising, helping other candidates in the state get on the ballot, and getting us into Congress.
Your weekly summary of our major happenings are below!
It started with a funeral. Ms. Nancy Bullock-Prevot, who founded the HER Foundation, passed away. Her service at Pace Assembly Ministries served as a reminder of all the good she did for women veterans in our area -- a legacy that I will continue to support going into the future.
That night I had to pleasure of meeting some amazing people behind Northwest Florida's Autism Awareness group, who provide much needed support to families with special needs children. I even got to see the new police car a few days later! Learn more about their organization here.
On Tuesday, Jake, Evi and I attended the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Commemoration event at Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola. Before things kicked off, I spoke with Chaplain Chris Lambert, who also served as the keynote speaker for the event, about my father-in-law, who served in Vietnam as a marine and died 40 years later from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma caused by Agent Orange exposure. Lambert said he served in Vietnam the same time as my father-in-law, and wrote down his name (I assumed he was going home to look up if they ever crossed paths).
Instead, Chris called out Jake's dad's name, service, year, rank... all during the height of his passionate and stirring speech. No one has ever recognized Jake's dad in that way before. There is no wall with names of those who have died from Agent Orange. This moment brought Jake and I both to tears.
The site of a proposed sewage treatment plant in Santa Rosa took me out to the Blackwater River Wednesday to check out possible Native American sites and a historic cemetery that could be at risk if the plan continues. We first went out on foot before switching to kayaks to get to some of the areas not accessible by road.
An alternative location was offered for the sewage facility - and the land even offered for free. We will have to wait and see if the county protects these sites and the Blackwater River, or if they continue with back-room deals to benefit those who line their pockets.
I also stumbled across four previously unmapped Native American sites (two habitation, two burial) that I registered with the state later that week.
Our team spent the next two days planning for the month of April. We will be hosting a meet and greet in Navarre (Juana's) at 6:00 PM on Monday, April 11, 2022. All are welcome to come. We're also title sponsors for the Milton Crawfish Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2022, and Pensacola Earth Day on Saturday, April 23.
After spending the morning canvassing, I volunteered the rest of my day with the search party for Cassie Williams, a Navarre woman and mother who went missing the previous Tuesday. Her ex has now been arrested and hopefully he will provide information that can help locate her and bring closure to her family.