Originally inhabited by the indigenous, hunter-gatherer Ais tribe, St. Lucie County is situated along what is known as the “Treasure Coast of Florida.” The coastal area was given this nickname as a result of the Spanish treasure fleet sinking in 1715 in the area. The county was initially settled by Europeans and Americans who took advantage of the Spanish Government issuing land grants that encouraged inhabitation of the county. The area was virtually uninhabited by the mid-nineteenth century, which brought about a wave of Seminoles and runaway slaves seeking refuge. Around this same time the United States Government began giving out land grants, bringing about conflict between Americans and Seminole Nation, with The Third Seminole War largely taking place within the modern boundaries of the county.
The county was officially formed in May of 1905, with the land area taken from Southern Brevard County. Port St. Lucie is the largest city in St. Lucie, and Fort Pierce is the county seat. Several points of interest are found throughout the county. Among these amenities is the St. Lucie Regional History Center, the St. Lucie County Aquarium, the Heathcote Botanical Gardens and the Navy UDT-Seal Museum. Interestingly, Fort Pierce was the original base and birthplace of the Naby Seals.
Veterans in St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County has a veteran population of roughly 23,000. The Veteran Services Division of the Community Services Department serves the local community. Veterans, dependents of a veteran, a surviving spouse or child of a veteran, an active member of the Reserves or National Guard, and Active Duty Service Members are all eligible to take advantage of the VSD. The Division has a mission to “provide services with the highest level of sensitivity, compassion and understanding of veterans and their families. The Veterans Services Division offers aid in the following areas:
- Compensation connected to service
- Pension plans that are non-service connected
- Health care referrals
- Educational benefits
- Burial benefits
- Dependent/survivors benefits
- DD214 requests and lost recovery of lost military records
- Property Tax Exemptions
- Transportation to the nearest VA Medical Center
Port St. Lucie is home to the St. Lucie Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is the parent facility of the clinic. The clinic offers health and wellness care as well as referrals to the West Palm Beach facility, in the event that a patient has specialty needs that the clinic is unequipped for.
The St. Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team Outpatient Program operates out of Port St. Lucie as well. The specialized treatment program provides therapeutic services, including group therapy, individual therapy, medication and medication management, family education and counseling. The program works to enhance the coping skills and emotional development among veterans who have experienced either sexual or combat trauma while in service. The program operates Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on Wednesday’s when it remains open until 8:00 p.m. The VA Medical Center Mental Health Crisis Team in West Palm Beach functions to help vets in the midst of a mental health emergency.
The county built Veterans Memorial Park in 1984 to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans and active personnel. The park is located in Port. St. Lucie and has a 12 bench Ceremonial Pentagon. Memorials at the park are dedicated to multiple branches of the military. Monuments at the park include the Vietnam Veterans wall, World War Two Memorial, Korean Memorial and the Purple Heart Memorial.
Disabled veterans who own property in St. Lucie County are entitled to a $5,000 property tax exemption, contingent on a disability rating of 10 percent or higher. Veterans with a 100 percent disability qualify for a total exemption.
Post 8058 Ft. Pierce Westside Post
PO Box 1765
Fort Pierce, FL 34954-1765
Phone: (772) 464-1675
Meeting Location & Time
3475 Douglas Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-6002
1:00 PM 2nd Saturday
Quartermaster: William Wilson
Commander: William Lambie
Maximum VA Appraisal Fees Allowable In St. Lucie County:
- Single Family: $425
- Condominium: $425
- Manufactured Housing: $425
- Duplex $500
- Triplex: $550
- Fourplex: $600
- Repair Certification: $100
St. Lucie County Property Search
Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie Village, Tradition, Ankona, Eden, Eldred, Fort Pierce North, Fort Pierce South, Hutchinson Island South, Indian River Estates, Lakewood Park, North Hutchinson Island, River Park, St. Lucie West, Walton, White City
Call 888-573-4496 to speak with a VAHLC representative for a complete listing of all VA approved homes for sale.
St. Lucie County VA Approved Condos
Currently, there are no VA approved condos in St. Lucie County.
VA Home Loan Centers can help with a condo approval project; contact us at 888-573-4496 for more information
- Florida VA Loan Information: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/florida-va-home-loan-limits/
- VA Loan Information by State: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/va-loan-limit-maximum-va-loan-amount/