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Veterans group's float no longer funded by city

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Updated: 11/04/2013 11:59 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A local veterans organization had to find another source of funding to make sure its float could be in the city parade.

Private 1st Class Timothy Seamans was killed in Iraq in 2005. His memory still lives on through his father. Dave Seamans started the Florida Fallen Heros after his son's death to make sure veterans were not forgotten.

He ran into a problem this year while trying to make sure local veterans would be represented in the city's Veterans Day parade. "The city funds were not available to have a fallen hero float," said Seamans.

In year's past, the city of Jacksonville paid for his organization's float. A spokesperson told us, "The city had an extra float the past few years, and it was provided to the Florida Fallen Heroes. This year, there was no spare float."

City budget cuts also forced the parade to take a $5,000 hit this year. "I understand budgets and the crunch the city is in," said Seamans. "When you decide you going to cut them, basically you're saying their sacrifice was worthless. Families are worthless, a measly $2,000 float," said Seamans.

It's a $2,000 hole that Seamans called shameful and a knock to local veterans.

"If we go on the front lines in battle, we're going in the front of the parade," said Seamans.

The Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters has stepped up to help with the float. They will start building it on Saturday.

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