Open Letter from Joe West, President of V.E.T. Inc
To All of You Who Honor Our Veterans:
After serving as the President of VET, Inc. since 2010, Joe West has decided to take a well deserved retirement. Under his leadership the parade has grown to over 140 parade entries, 30,000+ spectators and includes a 1-mile Fun Run, 5K race, food and craft vendors, entertainment and a poker run. I am honored and humbled to have been elected to take over his role and try to fill his very big shoes.
There are approximately 27,000 Veterans in the four county area of the Big Bend (Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla Counties)! Through the efforts of our volunteer members of Vet Events Tallahassee and the generosity of the business community and individual donors, we are able to provide multiple activities for these Veterans and the community each year. Our goal is for it to continue to grow so that EVERY Veteran in the Big Bend area receives the honor and recognition due them for their service to our country.
I pledge to give 100% toward the success of this organization and the support of the Veterans in our community.