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Joyce Morgan; veterans benefits; Jacksonville Emancipation Celebration; Mental Health Awareness Month

Joyce Morgan.
Joyce Morgan.

Joyce Morgan joined us after her election Tuesday as Duval County property appraiser.

Morgan, a city councilwoman, defeated former state Rep. Jason Fisher by 51% to 49% in the runoff election. She will take over for Jerry Holland in a role that's responsible for producing the value of your properties each year.

Morgan is no newcomer to Jacksonville. She has previously served two terms as the City Council member in Arlington plus three years on the Value Adjustment Board. She also serves as a representative for the Jacksonville City Council on the Florida Association of Counties board of directors.

Veterans benefits

Last summer, President Biden signed the PACT Act into law, authorizing one of the largest expansions of VA health care and benefits in U.S. history.

This act expands and extends eligibility for VA health care and benefits for certain veterans, including those affected by burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances. The PACT Act aims to provide generations of Veterans and their families with the care and benefits they’ve earned and quite frankly deserve.

We spoke with Jacksonville native Terrence Hayes, press secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jacksonville Emancipation Celebration

Come Downtown this weekend for the third annual Jacksonville Emancipation Celebration. The festival educates the community about the historical significance of Florida’s observed Emancipation Day.

Jacksonville City Council member Ju'Coby Pittman joined us alongside Liz McCoy, executive director of James Weldon Johnson Park.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you can celebrate with a concert and conversation Sunday at Blue Jay Listening Room in Jacksonville Beach. Local nonprofit Stronger than Stigma is sponsoring the event.

Founder and CEO Gabrielle Magid joined us along with Catalina Selvagn, a WJCT contributor and board member for Stronger than Sigma.

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Cortnye Jackson is a senior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in multimedia journalism. Outside of class, she has her own business where she customizes pens for any occasion. After graduation, Cortnye hopes to work in the radio side of journalism or become a news anchor.