Mission Statement

Friends of Veterans, Inc. in an integral partnership with the Palm Beach county community has a mission to provide all United States military veterans with effective and efficient events & programs developed, organized and coordinated to honor, glorify and express gratitude for their sacrifices to the United States of America.

Palm Beach Country Veterans Committee

The Friends of Veterans are very active in veteran affairs in Palm Beach County. Besides the various charities and organizations that we support, we play a very active role in the Palm Beach County Veterans Committee. Working together, we plan, fund and execute the annual Veterans Day Parade in down town West Palm Beach to honor all that have served this great nation. Together, we also work on the annual Memorial Day activities that are conducted at the South Florida National Cemetery. Please click here to download a copy of our donation letter.

Palm Beach County Veterans Court

Palm Beach County Veterans Court is built upon a unique partnership between the Judiciary, Veterans Administration, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, State Attorney, Public Defender, Probation (Felony and Misdemeanor), Clerk and Comptroller, Administrative Office of the Court, Sheriff, and other community partners from the criminal justice and treatment communities. It is a program that structures the treatment of veterans around the authority and personal involvement of a single Veterans Treatment Court Judge. Veterans Treatment Court is also dependent upon the creation of a non-adversarial courtroom atmosphere where a single judge, dedicated court staff, the treatment team and the Mentors work together toward the common goals of breaking the cycle of substance abuse and criminal behavior, and addressing mental and physical health issues. An environment with clear and certain rules is created, and each participant's compliance is within his or her own control.


The term "Gold Star" describes a family member who has lost a loved one in military service. The Gold Star first made an appearance during World War I after being placed over a service flag's blue star when a service member was killed in combat. The Gold Star signified the family's pride in the loved one's sacrifice rather than the mourning of their personal loss. Many Gold Star families wear the Gold Star lapel pin to signify their pride. The lapel pin displays a Gold Star with a purple background surrounded by a gold wreath and first made its appearance during World War I.
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