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    Feature a Veteran in an Upcoming PBS Film This once in a lifetime opportunity will honor a Veteran’s legacy in the new documentary A State at War: Florida During WWII, which will be cherished forever. 3 Donation Levels – your Veteran’s name in the film credits – your Veteran’s name in the film credits with rank, and branch of service or more – your Veteran’s name and photo in the film credits with their name, rank, branch, and years of service Donate Today, and we will include your Veteran’s Legacy in this historical and memorable film, and on the Florida Veterans Foundation Memorial webpage. Millions of people around the world will view the program on PBS stations and other venues in the years to come. Memorial recognition in the film is limited. Honor your Veteran’s legacy through Your donation and help to support Veterans in need through a variety of programs and services provided by the Florida Veterans Foundation. ​ The film is scheduled to be released on Veterans Day 2023 on PBS. $500 $1000 $2000 Preserve Your Veteran’s Legacy In This Historical Film Today 3 Donation Levels – your Veteran’s name in the film credits – your Veteran’s name in the film credits with rank, and branch of service or more – your Veteran’s name and photo in the film credits with their name, rank, branch, and years of service Note: Only a $2000 or more donation is granted a photo submission $500 $1000 $2000 Memorial Day Video Donation Form First name Last name Email Rank Service Organization Enter the amount you wish to pay: $ Donate Thank you for helping us make a difference! Memorial Video Photo Upload If you are donating a total of $2000 or more please upload your photo submission here:


    Veteran Assistance Contacts Listed below are the main point of contact for vital veteran crisis and support hotlines. Florida Veteran Get Help Now Crisis Hotline If you or a loved one need support or connections to community resources as a veteran, call the Florida Veterans Support Line. 1-844-693-5838 National VA Homeless Hotline Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can call in where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-877-424-3838 National Veteran Crisis Hotline Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? You're not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or healthcare to call. 1-800-273-8255 VA Caregiver Support Line VA's National Caregiver Support Line is a toll-free number for caregivers, family members, friends, Veterans, and community partners to contact for information related to caregiving and available supports and services. 1-855-260-3274 VA Health Care Hotline If you have questions regarding VA Health Care you can call in to the national hotlines to receive answers. 1-877-222-8387 VA Benefits Hotline For information regarding your federal VA Benefits, contact the VA Benefits Hotline below. 1-800-827-1000 MyVA411 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—simplifies and improves customer access to VA through a single, easy-to-remember phone number. 1-800-698-2411 VA Benefits for Women Veterans Hotline The Women Veterans Call Center will help you navigate VA, point you in the right direction, and connect you with the Women Veterans Program Manager at your local VA medical center. 1-855-829- 6636 GI Bill Hotline Students and School Certifying Officials can contact the VA by phone for questions and answers regarding the GI Bill. 1-888-442- 4551 National VA Homeless Hotline Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can call in where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-877-424-3 838 Florida Homeless Veterans Coordinator Florida’s Homeless Veterans Coordinator can be reached by calling the phone number below. 727-575-8136 Florida Veterans Support Line 1-844-MyFLVet is a toll free number that veterans and their loved one’s can call 24/7 for emotional support and information pertaining to community resources. 1-844-693-5838 To access the online Ask VA (AVA) go to:

  • Spencer Roach | FVF

    Representative Spencer Roach United States Coast Guard Retired Commissioned Officer Rep. Spencer Roach is a retired Coast Guard Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer who spent his first ten years in service as an enlisted man, serving as a search and rescue coxswain and counter-narcotics officer before earning an officer’s commission. ​ He grew up in a proud blue-collar household, working with his father and uncles in a 4th-generation family-owned plumbing company. From an early age, he gained an appreciation for the trades and an unwavering belief that a superior personal work ethic is the great equalizer in pursuit of upward mobility. Rep. Roach enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996. During his two decades of service, Spencer’s assignments included tours of duty in Alaska, a six-month combat deployment to the Middle East enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq, and service in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. He was selected for the prestigious Judge Advocate General Program and attended the University of Miami School of Law on a military scholarship. His most recent assignment as a JAG was representing returning soldiers and sailors injured in the line of duty to ensure they received the medical care they deserved. ​ He retired from the Coast Guard in 2016. His actions earned him the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, all with Operational Distinguishing Device. ​ While serving on active duty, Rep. Roach attended Edison Community College and Florida Gulf Coast University, earning a degree in Political Science and graduating summa cum laude from FGCU. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Texas. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he returned to Lee County, where he had been a resident since his assignment to Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach in 2000. ​ The Representative has always had a passion for public service and served as the District Director for Congressman Francis Rooney. He is a certified ESL teacher and has been active in various volunteer work for well over a decade, although his passion is helping children in foster care. While in law school, Spencer managed a program that provided Financial Literacy classes to children aging out of foster care, and currently, he serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in the 20th Judicial Circuit. Representative Roach said: “My career in the Coast Guard, first as an enlisted man, then as a junior officer, and finally, as a JAG shaped my character and developed my work ethic. I traveled the world & experienced different cultures. It paid for both my undergraduate degree & a law degree at a private, tier-one law school. I made lifelong friends who endured emotional and traumatic experiences alongside me. The Coast Guard gave me a commitment to public service and the leadership skills to be an effective advocate for our community…Semper Paratus.” << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Thomas Patt Maney | FVF

    Representative Thomas Patterson Maney United States Aermy Brigadier General R epresentative Patt Maney is a veteran, a father, a respected retired judge, and a longtime resident of Okaloosa County. After being commissioned in the United States Army Reserve in 1970, Rep Maney served his country for over 36 years, retiring as a brigadier general in 2007. He served as an Okaloosa County Judge for almost 29 years. During that time, he fought for justice in our community and was influential in bringing more quality healthcare to our veterans. ​ Commissioned as an Army Infantry Second Lieutenant upon graduating from college, he saw service in Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. A defining moment in Patt Maney’s military career came in 2005. While deployed to Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device detonated, throwing his vehicle into the air and causing significant injuries. Although he would survive this attack, he was wounded and would spend almost 20 months recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. ​ After regaining his health, Rep. Maney returned to the bench with a renewed passion for helping veterans and their families. In 2008, he led local efforts to establish a community-based Homeless Veterans “Stand Down” and a Veterans Treatment Court. In 2012, the Florida Legislature passed the “T. Patt Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act.” ​ The Representative was honored as the national 2019 DAV Outstanding Disabled American Veteran and named Military Order of the Purple Heart National Patriot of the Year in 2010. He was also given the United States Army War College Outstanding Alumni Award (2019) for his community service after military retirement. Rep. Maney was inducted into the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame (2018) and appointed to serve on the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame Council (2019) for making significant contributions to the State of Florida after military service. ​ Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Patt Maney grew up with a strong work ethic. His first jobs were cutting grass and delivering newspapers. He worked his way through college and law school. By 18, his devotion to service saw him earn the Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scout God and Country Award, and the British Duke of Edinburgh Award. ​ After marrying his college sweetheart, Caroline, he set off for law school, at times working two part-time jobs. The Maneys are married for over 48 years and are blessed with two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. They attend Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin and have been Okaloosa County residents for 44 years. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Tommy Gregory | FVF

    Representative Tommy Gregory United States Air Force Retired Lieutenant Colonel Representative Tommy Gregory is a native Floridian who served in the Air Force for 20 years and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 2014. He began his military career by earning a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated with Military Distinction. He also deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Rep. Gregory received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law and served as a prosecutor for 14 in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His career included: Serving as staff judge advocate for the 48th Fighter Wing in England. He supervised a 35-person legal office; oversaw the provision of legal services to 15,000 personnel, the drafting of 6,000 estate planning documents, and prepared 3,500 tax returns; and managed the pre-trial advice, prosecution, and appellate review of 50 felony and 270 misdemeanor cases. Serving as a Senior Counsel for the Air Force Space Command legal office in Colorado, where he managed the daily operations of a 15-person office and oversaw the delivery of 4,200 legal opinions to a four-star commander and headquarters staff, as well as the review of all administrative law issues for ten legal offices around the country. ​ After retiring from the military, Rep. Gregory spent ten months doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic as his house was built in Sarasota. He then established a successful private law practice in Sarasota. He is currently with the Williams Parker Law Firm, where he focuses on litigation and advising clients, commanders, and senior leaders in high-profile, high-pressure situations. ​ The Representative has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, St. Martha Catholic School, and the Sarasota Republican Club. His wife, Erica, is also an Air Force retired Lieutenant Colonel and a small business owner. They are raising three sons. ​ Rep. Gregory states, “I consider it a great honor to have served our country in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.” He goes on how his military career helps him in the Florida House, “During my career in the Air Force, I was taught and used a decision-making process called the OODA loop — OODA being an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. This four-step approach to decision-making focuses on rapidly gathering information, putting it in the historical and current context, deciding appropriate actions, and then executing. It is a powerful tool for quickly zeroing in on the best answer to complicated questions and then repeating the steps as the situation changes. OODA can be applied outside the military.” Florida lawmakers are fortunate to have this military experience help shape policymaking in Tallahassee. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Bryan Avila | FVF

    Representative Bryan Avila Florida Army National Guard, Currently Serving First Lieutenant Representative Bryan Avila was born andraised in Hialeah, Florida. Bryan’s parents, Bryan and Rosa Maria came to the United States seeking freedom from Cuba’s communist regime. His parents instilled in him the same principles that allowed them to become proud homeowners and successful citizens in the U.S. ​ In April of 2016, Rep. Avila joined the Florida Army National Guard and is currently serving as a First Lieutenant. He distinguished himself by completing the Adjutant General Basic Officer Leader Course as an Honor Graduate and serving as a Human Resources Officer. He has earned a place on the Commandant’s List and is a Leadership Award Recipient. Additionally, he has, over his four years, earned the Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Florida Commendation Medal, Florida State Active Duty Ribbon, Florida Retention Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. ​ Rep. Avila graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School in 2002. He has since earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami Dade College, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Miami, and two Masters Degrees from Florida International University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College from 2009 until 2014. Since then, he has taught at Broward College. ​ First elected in 2014 to represent the district that includes Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Springs, and Virginia Gardens, Rep. Avila has been a champion for veterans’ issues. He most recently sponsored a bill making it unlawful to use uniforms, medals, or insignia to misrepresent military service. During the 2019-2020 Legislative sessions, he chaired the powerful Ways & Means Committee and served on the Appropriations Committee and Gaming Control Subcommittee. In November, he was sworn in as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. An editorial in the Miami Herald noted: “Bryan Avila is probably the only South Florida legislator who was unable to campaign, not because of COVID-19, but because he was deployed by the Florida National Guard to take part in the pandemic response effort.” << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Mail-Out | FVF

    Joining Forces to Prevent Veteran Suicide in Rural Florida Counties The Florida Veterans Foundation is taking a crucial step forward in raising awareness for Veteran Suicide Prevention in five rural counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Walton, and Okaloosa. As part of the Governor's Challenge Suicide Prevention Campaign, the foundation has initiated a targeted mail-out to spread vital information and resources to veterans residing in these areas. By reaching out directly to these communities, the mail-out aims to raise awareness, provide support, and ultimately save lives. Together, let's join forces to combat veteran suicide and ensure that no hero is left behind. ​ The mail-out is designed to reach veterans residing in these rural communities, ensuring they have access to the necessary information, tools, and assistance they need. By delivering comprehensive resources, including helpline numbers, counseling services, and local support groups, the Florida Veterans Foundation aims to create a safety net of support for those facing mental health challenges. ​ The significance of targeting rural areas should not be understated. Often, these communities face unique barriers, such as limited access to healthcare services and fewer available mental health resources. By directly engaging veterans in these counties, the foundation hopes to bridge these gaps and ensure that no veteran is left without the help they deserve. ​ The mail-out campaign is an opportunity to highlight the importance of early intervention, de-stigmatize seeking help, and promote support within the veteran community. By raising awareness and encouraging open conversations about mental health, the Florida Veterans Foundation hopes to foster an environment where veterans feel comfortable seeking assistance when needed. This initiative is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the Florida Veterans Foundation to protect and support those who have bravely served our country. By amplifying the Governor's Challenge Suicide Prevention Campaign, the foundation is actively working towards reducing veteran suicide rates and improving the overall well-being of veterans in these rural Florida counties. ​ The Florida Veterans Foundation's mail-out campaign serves as a beacon of hope, reaching out to veterans in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay, Walton, and Okaloosa counties to let them know they are not alone. It is a powerful reminder that as a community, we stand together, ready to provide the support, resources, and understanding needed to prevent veteran suicide. Let's come together and ensure that every veteran in these rural counties receives the care and assistance they deserve.

  • Michelle Salzman | FVF

    Representative Michelle Salzman United States Army Vetera n Specialist Representative Michelle Salzman is a Wounded Warrior and full-time community volunteer who began her philanthropy journey while attending the University of Western Florida over a decade ago. She served in the U.S. Army for five years and transitioned into the civilian community by completing a degree in Computer Analytics and a degree in Business Administration. She served on the March of Dimes Committee for two years and moved on to help her fellow veterans as a volunteer with the V.A.’s local Vocational Rehabilitation office. She was elected to the Florida House of Representatives after defeating the incumbent representative on her first run for office. Her parents settled into her family home in Pensacola when she was in elementary school. In 1995, she graduated from High School and joined the U.S. Army at age seventeen. She entered basic training as the youngest in her class and then attended advanced individual training. After graduation, she left for Hanau, Germany, joining a unit already preparing for deployment. Four weeks later, she shared a former SCUD missile barracks in Kaposvar, Hungary, with the other soldiers in her battalion. U.S. Army supply clerk, Pvt. Michelle Hisle (her maiden name) spent her first journey away from home in a six-person advance party rolling into Tuzla Valley, Bosnia. The trip by convoy to Tuzla took two days. Pvt. Hisle drove the whole way, intrigued by the war’s impact on the region. She was tasked with helping set up a forward operating base (FOB), Comanche Base, for other American soldiers serving as part of the NATO Force. For three weeks, she shared a four-person tent with five other soldiers at a site that lacked latrines and only getting an occasional cold shower. Her duties included stringing concertina wire around the camp’s perimeter and distributing the contents of crates five times her size. The FOB was in a combat zone, so she could not safely leave the flight line because of snipers in the surrounding area and landmines that saturated the area. She was awarded numerous commendations for developing and implementing inventory control systems that saved the 1st Armored Division millions of dollars. Commendations included: an ARCOM (Army Commendation Medal), several AAMs (Army Achievement Medal), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, among others. After serving her country, Rep. Salzman came back to Pensacola, where she used her leadership experiences and her Army College Fund to gain education and excel as a leader for her business and a leader in service to the Pensacola community. She has served on boards for various local PTAs, county-level PTA President, as well as the State of Florida PTA Board of Directors. She has been a full-time volunteer for several years now and received many awards and recognitions for her community service. The Representative has followed her heart and passion for helping those who cannot help themselves. This passion led her to focus on children, families in poverty, and her fellow wounded veterans. When she is not serving her community, she manages her photography business, Salz Studio, serving the gulf coast community for over ten years. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Jarrid Collins | FVF

    Senator Jarrid "Jay" Collins Army Special Forces Combat Veteran Special Forces Jarrid “Jay” Collins is a highly-decorated Army Special Forces combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient with over two decades of service following in the footsteps of his WWII veteran adoptive father. Adopted and raised by his grandparents, Rep. Collins spent his early years on his family’s farm in Montana where he later started college before enlisting in the Army. Senator Collins attended American Military University earning a B.S. in Health Sciences, and later a graduate degree from Norwhich University in 2012. While attending Airborne School, our nation was attacked on 9/11. This harsh reality, coupled with hearing stories about Special Forces soldiers who were on the forward edge of the War on Terror, Rep. Collins was inspired to attend Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS). He was selected to become a Special Force Medic, rescuing a hypothermic classmate in the middle of an ice storm, and earned the leadership award at his Special Forces Graduation. As a Green Beret, Rep. Collins deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and twice to South America. In his 2007 Afghanistan deployment, he was hit in the arm, continued fighting, and later helped perform surgery on himself in the field of battle. Staying in country, he returned to full combat operations after just thirty days of recovery. Rep. Collins would overcome his chronic injuries to be selected for US Army Special Operations Command, but ultimately had to have his leg amputated due to the severity of his condition. Following his amputation, he requalified as a fully deployable Green Beret and served over five more years on active duty. Following twenty-three years of service, Rep. Collins took a position with a nonprofit, overseeing the distribution of millions of meals to veterans, first responders, and those in need. As a committed family man, Rep. Collins is married to his wife of twenty-one years Layla, a retired veteran with twenty years of service herself, and a father to two young sons, Gabe and Colt. Having chosen Tampa as the place to raise their family, proud Floridians Jay and Layla are dedicated to serving their community. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Jeff Holcomb | FVF

    Representative Jeff Holcomb United States Navy Reserve, 2006-Present Lieutenant Representative Holcomb is originally from Maryland where he attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County earning a BA in Economics, later continuing his education at American Military University with a MA in Intelligence Studies. After moving to Florida in 2002, Rep. Holcomb and his wife, Stacey have two daughters and have resided in Hernando County for over twenty years. Rep. Holcomb, in addition to being a realtor, serves as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserve since 2006. In 2016 LT Holcomb was called to active duty to fight ISIS in support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria and Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. He served on the Master Air Attack Plan team in the Combat Plans Division of the Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia. During his service, he earned a Navy Commendation Medal and a Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. Prior to his election into the Florida House of Representatives, Rep. Holcomb was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in November 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. In 2019, he served as Chairman of the Commission, and he also served as Chairman of the Hernando County Republican Executive Committee from 2018-2020. Rep. Holcomb has many years of community involvement that includes his work with the Hernando County Veterans Council, Hernando County Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Medical Examiner Board, Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, along with his support and participation in sixteen different local charities, and his efforts for the improvement of twelve County Parks. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Christopher Benjamin | FVF

    Representative Christopher Benjamin United States Army Reserve D-Miami Gardens State Representative Christopher Benjamin was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. As a young teenager, Representative Benjamin began his working experience as a door-to-door salesman for the Miami Herald. In 1991, as a Senior in high school, he watched the Desert Storm War unfold and made the decision to join the United States Army. He served honorably as an enlisted soldier for three years. His service included, being selected for his command’s Soldier of the Month while a Private First Class. He returned home and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Florida Memorial University in 1998 and a Juris Doctor from the St. Thomas University School of Law in 2001. After graduating from law school, Representative Benjamin worked as an attorney in the Case Management Division (Family Division) of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County. In 2002, he opened his law practice, now known as the Barrister Firm where he has provided affordable legal services to clients in the areas of Business Formation, Business Litigation, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Child Support, Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Guardianship, Probate, Real Estate and Real Estate Closings w/Title Insurance (Residential and Commercial). ​ In 2007, Representative Benjamin obtained his first certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation and Arbitration) and for over a decade he has actively practiced with the prestigious mediation firm of Salmon and Dulberg and has also been an independent contractor with the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County and the FL Department of Financial Services. In 2011, he was appointed as a Traffic Hearing Officer with the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County; he as also been appointed Special Magistrate for municipalities throughout South Florida. ​ In his community, Benjamin has served on several committees and boards such as: Florida’s Local Advocacy Council, Miami Garden’s Nuisance Abatement Board, Miami-Dade County’s Citizen’s Independent Transportation Trust, Parks and Recreation, Small Business/Minority Certification and the Human Rights Commission, Dade Public School’s Small Business/Minority Certifications, Attendance & Boundary Committee and the Save Our Future Advisory Committee. ​ Of his military service, Representative Benjamine states, “The skills and experience I gained during this short time remain with me to this day. It was then that I learned the meaning of service. I have done my best to continue to make my life one of service. << Back to Veteran Legislators


    I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy. Partnerships & Collaborations Veteran and Community Services Five Star Veterans Center- Veteran Support, Transition, Training Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the center offers a wide range of services aimed at helping veterans transition successfully into civilian life. These services often include housing, job placement assistance, mental health counseling, and various educational and training programs. The Five Star Veterans Center plays a vital role in ensuring that veterans receive the care and resources they deserve after serving their country, helping them regain their independence and lead fulfilling lives as they reintegrate into civilian society. ​ ​ Florida Association of Counties- Veteran Resources The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) plays a vital role in supporting and advocating for the veteran community within the state. Through various programs and initiatives, FAC collaborates with local governments to ensure veterans receive the services and assistance they deserve, ranging from healthcare access to employment opportunities, thus contributing to the well-being and integration of veterans in Florida's communities. ​ ​ United Way- Community Services United Way is a valuable resource that connects individuals and communities in the United States to essential social services and support. This non-profit organization operates a 24/7 helpline (211) and an online database, enabling people to easily access information and assistance in times of crisis or when facing various challenges. Whether it's finding food assistance, shelter, mental health services, or information on financial aid programs, United Way acts as a lifeline, helping people navigate complex social service systems and connecting them to the appropriate resources. ​ Florida Department of Veterans Affairs- Veteran Services, Claims, Advisors, Referrals, Resources The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA) is dedicated to serving veterans by providing essential benefits, assistance, and support. Their network of County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) across the state plays a pivotal role in ensuring veterans receive personalized guidance and access to benefits at the local level, helping veterans navigate the complexities of the system and ensuring they receive the recognition and assistance they deserve for their service and sacrifice. ​ Florida Veterans Council- Veteran Services, Legislative, VSO The Florida Veterans Council is a coalition of various veteran service organizations and advocates dedicated to advancing the interests and welfare of veterans in the state of Florida. They play a crucial role in advocating for veterans' rights, collaborating with policymakers, and promoting initiatives that improve veterans' access to healthcare, education, employment opportunities, and benefits. Through their collective efforts, the Florida Veterans Council seeks to ensure that veterans receive the support and recognition they deserve for their service to the nation. ​ Goodwill- Veteran Services Goodwill provides valuable support to veterans through its various programs and services. They offer job training, placement, and career development assistance, helping veterans transition into civilian employment successfully. Additionally, Goodwill often collaborates with veteran-focused organizations to provide tailored support and resources for veterans as they reintegrate into the workforce and community. ​ Heroes Mile- Veteran Rehabilitation Program Heroes Mile is a veteran rehabilitation program dedicated to providing comprehensive support to veterans recovering from physical and psychological challenges resulting from their military service. Through a holistic approach, Heroes Mile offers a range of services, including therapy, counseling, vocational training, and community reintegration, helping veterans regain their independence, improve their overall well-being, and successfully transition into civilian life. ​ Project Vet Relief- Emergency Financial Assistance The Project Vet Relief Emergency Financial Assistance program provides vital financial support to veterans facing unexpected and urgent financial crises. Through this program, eligible veterans receive assistance with critical expenses such as housing, utilities, medical bills, and other immediate needs, helping them regain stability and peace of mind during challenging times. It serves as a lifeline for veterans in crisis, ensuring they can overcome financial hardships and continue on their path to self-sufficiency. ​ Veterans Florida- Education, Training, Career Veterans Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in Florida transition to civilian life successfully. They provide veterans with valuable resources and support, including career development programs, job placement assistance, and educational opportunities, helping veterans secure meaningful employment and build fulfilling post-military careers in the state of Florida. ​ Legal B ay Area Legal Services- Legal Helpline Bay Area Legal Services is an organization dedicated to providing essential legal assistance and support to veterans in the Bay Area region. They offer legal representation and guidance to help veterans navigate a variety of legal issues, including those related to veterans' benefits, housing, employment, and other areas of civil law. By offering their expertise, Bay Area Legal Services plays a crucial role in ensuring veterans have access to the legal resources they need to protect their rights and secure the benefits they have earned through their military service. ​ Veterans Treatment Courts- Treatment Court Florida Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) are specialized court programs designed to address the unique needs of veterans who have become involved with the criminal justice system. These courts aim to divert veterans away from incarceration and instead provide them with access to rehabilitation, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment. By offering a supportive and structured environment, Florida VTCs help veterans rebuild their lives, reduce recidivism, and reintegrate into society as productive and law-abiding citizens while also acknowledging their military service. ​ ​ Suicide Prevention America's Warrior Project- Suicide Prevention America's Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting veterans by offering a variety of programs and resources aimed at enhancing their well-being and overall quality of life. They provide veterans with opportunities for camaraderie, physical fitness, and mental health support through initiatives such as recreational activities, peer-to-peer support networks, and wellness programs. America's Warrior Project strives to empower veterans, fostering a sense of community and resilience as they transition to civilian life. ​ FireWatch- Suicide Prevention Training FireWatch is a nonprofit organization that provides critical mental health support and suicide prevention services to veterans and their families. They offer a lifeline to veterans in crisis, connecting them with trained responders who understand the unique challenges veterans face and are ready to provide immediate assistance and resources to help them through difficult times. FireWatch's mission is to ensure that no veteran feels alone or without support in their battle against mental health issues and suicide. ​ Florida Governors Challenge- Suicide Prevention The Florida Governor's Challenge brings together military and civilian organizations, along with community leaders, to collaborate on initiatives aimed at improving the overall well-being of Florida's veterans and their families. This initiative focuses on addressing various challenges faced by veterans, such as healthcare access, employment opportunities, mental health support, and housing. Through partnerships and collaborative efforts, the Florida Governor's Challenge seeks to enhance the quality of life for veterans and ensure they receive the comprehensive support they deserve. ​ ​ Resource Locators and Referrals Crisis Center of Tampa Bay- Mental Crisis The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay plays a vital role in supporting veterans by providing a range of crisis intervention and mental health services. They offer specialized programs and resources aimed at addressing the unique challenges veterans may face, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and readjustment difficulties, helping veterans regain stability and improve their overall well-being. The center's dedicated staff and programs contribute to ensuring that veterans in the Tampa Bay area receive the essential assistance and support they need during challenging times. ​ By County Community Services- Florida Non-Profits GreatNonprofits is a platform that allows individuals to share and read reviews about nonprofit organizations, including those serving veterans. For veterans and their families, GreatNonprofits provides valuable insights and information on various nonprofits specializing in veteran support, allowing them to make informed decisions when seeking assistance, services, or charitable organizations to support. These reviews offer a firsthand perspective on the effectiveness and impact of different nonprofits, helping veterans connect with organizations that can best meet their specific needs and preferences. ​ FDVA Patriot Navigators- Referrals and Resources FDVA Patriot Navigators is a specialized program within the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs dedicated to offering targeted support to the community including veterans facing complex challenges, such as homelessness or mental health issues. Patriot Navigators provide personalized case management and assistance, helping veterans navigate the intricate web of services, benefits, and resources available to them. Through this program, veterans receive the guidance and support needed to regain stability in their lives and access the care and assistance they deserve. ​ Resources by Topic/Need is a valuable online resource that connects veterans with a comprehensive directory of organizations and services tailored to their unique needs. It helps veterans locate assistance related to healthcare, housing, employment, counseling, and other essential support, making it easier for them to access the resources they require to thrive and reintegrate into civilian life effectively. ​ Florida League of Cities- Resources by Town/City The Florida League of Cities, while primarily focused on promoting the interests of local municipalities in Florida, also recognizes the importance of supporting veterans within their communities. They often collaborate with local governments to advocate for policies and initiatives that benefit veterans, such as affordable housing options, job opportunities, and access to healthcare services. Additionally, the League may participate in community events and programs designed to honor and assist veterans, contributing to their overall well-being and integration into the community. ​ ​ Veterans Health Coordinated Assistance Networks- Mental Health Coordinated Assistance Networks (CAN) play a vital role in assisting veterans by providing a centralized platform for accessing various support services. CAN connects veterans with resources related to healthcare, housing, employment, and social services, streamlining the process and ensuring veterans receive comprehensive assistance tailored to their needs. This network serves as a valuable tool for veterans to navigate the complex landscape of available benefits and support programs, ultimately enhancing their well-being and quality of life. ​ Department of Children's and Families- Veteran and Families Health The Department of Children and Families typically has a primary focus is on child welfare, foster care, adoption, and family support services. However, in some cases, the department may collaborate with other state agencies, such as the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, to ensure that veterans and their families receive comprehensive support and services, particularly when veterans are also parents or caregivers involved in the child welfare system. ​ Department of Health- Veteran and Families Health The Department of Health plays a critical role in supporting veterans' healthcare needs by collaborating with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure veterans have access to medical services, treatment, and specialized care. It also promotes public health initiatives to address the unique health challenges faced by veterans, including mental health and well-being, while working to improve the overall health and quality of life for veterans across the nation. ​ Florida Association of Managing En tities- Mental Health The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) plays a critical role in supporting veterans by advocating for and coordinating mental health and substance abuse services throughout the state. FAME collaborates with various service providers and agencies to ensure that veterans have access to quality behavioral health care and support, addressing their unique mental health needs as they transition to civilian life and beyond. ​ Northwest Florida Health Networks- Mental Health Northwest Florida Health Networks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in the northwestern region of Florida. They provide valuable support by connecting veterans with resources, services, and opportunities tailored to their needs, helping them access benefits, employment assistance, housing, and healthcare. Through their efforts, Northwest Florida Connects plays a pivotal role in improving the quality of life for veterans in the region, ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve for their service to our nation. ​ Oglethorpe Clinics- Mental Health Oglethorpe Clinics is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services to veterans, ensuring they receive the highest quality medical care and support. Their specialized clinics offer a range of medical and mental health services, tailored to address the unique needs of veterans, helping them achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. ​ Shield of Faith Missions- Veteran Total Health, PTSD Shield of Faith Missions is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting veterans by providing them with housing and rehabilitation services. They offer safe and stable housing options for homeless or at-risk veterans while also offering programs aimed at addressing mental health, addiction, and job training to help veterans regain their independence and rebuild their lives. Through their holistic approach, Shield of Faith Missions aims to empower veterans to overcome challenges and successfully reintegrate into society. ​ Soldiers Freedom Outdoors- Veteran Alternative Health Programs Soldiers Freedom Outdoors is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of veterans through outdoor recreational activities. They provide veterans with opportunities to engage in outdoor adventures such as hunting, fishing, camping, and other recreational activities. These experiences not only offer veterans a chance to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of nature but also foster camaraderie, support, and a sense of community among those who have served in the military. Soldiers Freedom Outdoors aims to improve the physical and mental health of veterans while promoting their overall quality of life. ​ Steven A. Cohen Clinic- Mental Health The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic is a vital resource for veterans and their families, providing accessible and comprehensive mental health services. The clinic offers high-quality, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of mental health issues, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more, with a focus on reducing barriers to care and improving the overall well-being of veterans and their loved ones. ​ Veteran Health Hospitals and Clinics- Veteran Health Veteran Health Hospitals and Clinics, operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provide comprehensive healthcare services exclusively for veterans. These facilities offer a wide range of medical services, including primary care, specialized medical treatments, mental health care, rehabilitation, and preventive services, ensuring veterans receive high-quality healthcare tailored to their unique needs. Veteran Health Hospitals and Clinics are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of veterans, addressing both service-related and general medical concerns, with a commitment to delivering accessible and veteran-centric care. ​ Transportation Disabled American Veterans (DAV)- Veterans Transportation The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and advocacy for disabled veterans. DAV assists veterans by helping them navigate the complex process of securing disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Additionally, DAV offers a range of programs and services to improve the lives of disabled veterans, including transportation to medical appointments, employment support, and access to resources for veterans and their families. ​ FDVA Transportation- Veterans Transportation FDVA Transportation is a vital component of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, dedicated to ensuring veterans have access to reliable transportation services. They provide transportation solutions for veterans who may face challenges in getting to medical appointments, veterans' homes, or other essential destinations, thereby ensuring that veterans can access the healthcare and services they require conveniently and safely. ​ ​ Special Populations National Association of Veterans and Families- Aging Veterans Benefit The National Association of Veterans' Families (NAVF) is dedicated to assisting veterans and their families, particularly in the context of the Aid and Attendance benefit provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NAVF offers aid and attendance consultations to help veterans and their loved ones understand and access this crucial benefit, which provides additional financial assistance to veterans who require help with daily activities due to illness, disability, or aging. Through these consultations, NAVF aims to ensure that veterans receive the support they need to maintain their quality of life and access essential care services. ​ Ashley's Cottage- Women Veteran's Support, Transition, Training Ashley's Cottage is dedicated to providing a haven for women veterans in need. This organization offers a welcoming and supportive community for veterans, offering shelter, companionship, and essential resources to help them rebuild their lives after military service. Ashley's Cottage aims to create a safe and nurturing environment where veterans can find the camaraderie and assistance they need on their journey to recovery and reintegration into civilian life. ​ Asset Limited Income Constrained Employment- Low Income Veterans Asset Limited Income Constrained Employment (ALICE) is a program that provides critical support to veterans who are facing financial hardship. ALICE assists veterans in accessing resources and services aimed at improving their financial stability, such as job training, employment placement, and access to affordable housing. By addressing the unique challenges veterans may encounter in the job market, ALICE helps them secure stable employment and achieve greater financial independence. ​ Wounded Veteran Relief Fund- Wounded Veteran Dental + Well-Being The Wounded Veteran Relief Fund (WVRF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing crucial assistance to wounded veterans in need. WVRF offers financial aid and support services to help veterans with disabilities overcome the challenges they face, including medical expenses, housing, transportation, and other essential needs. Through its efforts, WVRF aims to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of wounded veterans, ensuring they receive the assistance and care they deserve after their service to the nation. ​ Northeast Florida Women- Women Veterans Support, Transition, Training Northeast Florida Women (NEFL Women) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women veterans in the Northeast Florida region. They offer a range of services and programs designed to empower and assist women who have served in the military. NEFL Women provides a supportive community, resources, and advocacy to help women veterans successfully transition into civilian life, access healthcare and benefits, and pursue their personal and professional goals. ​ Post 9/11 Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project- Post 9/11 Wounded Veterans The Post 9/11 Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering veterans who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001. WWP provides a variety of programs and services aimed at enhancing the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of these veterans. This includes initiatives such as mental health counseling, adaptive sports programs, educational and employment assistance, and community engagement activities, all designed to help post-9/11 veterans successfully transition to civilian life and overcome the challenges they may face due to their service-related injuries or experiences.

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