Veteran is a friendly Village located on Highway 12 within the Special Areas. It is one of a series of communities along Highway 12 with names reminiscent of royalty.
Incorporated in June of 1914, Veteran’s population is 238. The surrounding area is a thriving agricultural community with considerable activity in the oil and gas industry. Veteran is also a popular locale for hunters, with deer, ducks and geese in abundance. We are very proud of our community and we welcome visitors.
It is the people who live here that make Veteran such a special place. Our seniors provide the history while our youth provide our future – both are an important part of our community.
Veteran is a small community minded Village that boasts friendly residents, volunteerism, activities for the young and old, active service groups, affordable living, a safe environment which includes an active Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, paved streets, and a place where everyone knows your name.
Recreational activities include playgrounds, skate board park, campground, arena, indoor discing at the community hall, ball diamonds, batting cage, soccer field, outside basketball court and community park.
As Council and Administration would like to see our Village thrive and grow, Council will also consider offering potential tax incentives for “New” Businesses to Veteran.
What We Have to Offer
Veteran School is committed to providing a high quality education to all of our students from kindergarten to grade 9. Our school goal is to engage students in meaningful relevant ways to promote healthy, successful life-long learners and citizens.
Parental and community involvement is encouraged and the school receives tremendous support from the community in terms of volunteers, a sponsored hot lunch program, reading buddies, fundraising and participation in events and programs.
Veteran also has the Cattlemen’s Cookhouse Restaurant which is open 6 days a week and is located inside Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. (Auction Mart, 128 Wheatbelt Road)
Edwards Agency is open 3 days per week and offers banking and registries service.
CANADA POST OFFICE – open 5 days per week.
CAR WASH & LAUNDROMAT – open 7 days per week
There are many active service groups in Veteran such as the Lions Club, Minor Sports, United and Full Gospel Churches, Communities in Bloom and the Veteran Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department.
The Veteran Lions Club are very predominate in our community. The 19 and strong members, put on almost monthly community potluck suppers & movie nights at our community hall which are enjoyed by the youth and even the young at heart.
They also organize a very successful annual Florida Fruit Campaign every January receiving approximatley 7 tons of juicy navel oranges, tangelos and grapefruits servicing customers from Oyen to Alliance.
Then there is Christmas Capers. This annual event is held on the last Saturday in Veteran at the hall. There is a pancake breakfast, farmers market with businesses coming from all over, afternoon movie and we can’t forget Santa comes to Veteran.
Veteran Minor Sports hosts the annual Sports Day on the second Sunday in June. The soccer field and ball diamonds are full with energenic girls and boys of all ages. They also organize a winter skating program at the arena and spring minor ball and soccer.
The Full Gospel Church is another very active group in our community for our youth. The church hosts Youth Group on Fridays(in the Spring and the Fall).
They also host the Veteran Family Camp for a week in July. Children, teen and adult camps are run simultaneously.
The Full Gospel Church ladies put on an annual banquet held on the 3rd Saturday in November at the Veteran Hall. It is a free supper prepared by the ladies, BUT the men serve them and CLEAN up.
The Communities in Bloom group received 5 blooms in 2014!!. They help make our small community colorful and beautiful for all to enjoy.
The United Church ladies organize the annual fall supper in late October at the community hall.
Veteran Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
The department has 12 volunteer members. They operate 5 units:
Veteran Engine 1 – Special Areas Fire Truck
Veteran Engine 2 – Village Fire Truck
Truck 3 – Village Pumper
Tender 5 – Special Areas Tank Truck
Veteran Rescue Unit