David Jolly a no-show at Bill Young ceremony despite being listed as main speaker
UPDATE: 1:15 P.M.: Rep. Jolly said in an interview that he was asked to attend a service for former Navy Seal Gary "Doc" Welt of Seminole,and chose to honor that request. Jolly, a former aide to Young, said "Obviously, I would like to have been in both places." As to attending the service for Welt, Jolly said, "In many ways it's what I think Mr. Young would have done." Young was well-known for visiting wounded veterans and their families, along with his wife Beverly.
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, was a no-show at the C.W. Bill Young renaming ceremony Friday at Bay Pines, yet he was listed as a main speaker on the program.
Suzanne M. Klinker, director of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, announced: "David Jolly is attending a memorial service for a veteran and sends his regrets."
Beverly Young, widow of Rep. Young, sat in the front row and was hugged by friends and family.
Jolly's office released a statement from the congressman: "It's a fitting honor for a man who during his lifetime of public service was a devoted advocate and supporter of our country's servicemen and women. He led by example in providing for their safety and security while in uniform, and by ensuring each had the benefits and health care they deserved; upon leaving active duty service. For Mr. Young, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen always came first. Today we honor that legacy with this renaming."