SCF to Honor Veterans November 9

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 30, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will salute veterans Nov. 9 during community events designed to recognize all branches of the military at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice.

SCF alumnus Travis Pendergrass will highlight an important issue for military personnel and veterans as he discusses his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what helped him transition from combat to civilian life at 11 a.m. in Building 60, Room 101, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.  Pendergrass, who earned a degree in photography from SCF, uses his photography skills to help him overcome PTSD and to integrate himself into the community after he left the military.

The Venice Young Marines from Venice Middle School will present a color guard at 11 a.m. at the Performance Pavilion, SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail.  C.J. Bannister, chief development officer for Sarasota Military Academy Foundation Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the event. Bannister is an Air Force veteran who has worked through various agencies to help veterans transition to civilian life through employment and training opportunities.

The SCF Collegiate School and SCF’s Campus Ministry will offer free coffee and donuts to student veterans before the programs in Bradenton and Venice.

For more information, contact Lisa Goss, SCF Bradenton veterans advisor, at or 941-752-5075 or William Graydon, SCF Venice veterans advisor, at or 941-408-1446.

Travis Pendergrass

Travis Pendergrass

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