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  • 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.

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  • Victor Torres | FVF

    Senator Victor Torres United States Marine Corps FVF Current Board Member, Sergeant Senator Victor “Vic” M. Torres, Jr., is of Puerto Rican descent and was born and raised in New York City. His lifetime of service began when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Harren High School in 1966. He joined as the Vietnam War was raging. During his four-year enlistment, Senator Torres was stationed in Okinawa Japan, rose to Sergeant, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. ​ In 2019 Senator Torres wrote: “It was not until I served in the Marine Corps, though, that I fully understood what makes America truly great.” He went on, “The Marine Corps taught me, and exemplified, that America stands up for the oppressed. We are the guiding light for freedom lovers across the globe to look toward in times of despair. Above all, we defend the defenseless. I carried these values with me as I continued my career of service as a member of law enforcement. It was in this job that I kept my neighbors safe, protecting back at home all we hold dear. I carried with me to the Florida House and subsequently to the Senate these same sacred values.” ​ Once completing his service in the Marine Corps, he ensured safety and order in his community as a police officer for the New York City Transit Police. After twenty years, Senator Torres retired from the New York City Transit Police as 2nd Grade Detective. ​ In 1993, Senator Torres relocated his family to Florida and continued his community service as a volunteer and leader for several community organizations, the labor movement, and grassroots efforts. He has established a strong reputation as a committed political activist and an effective leader. ​ In 2012, Vic Torres was elected as a State Representative for Florida House District 48 in Orange County; and for the 2014-2016 legislative cycle, he was tapped to be the Democratic Deputy Whip. He has served on numerous Senate committees, including the Military and Veterans Affairs and Space Committee. ​ Senator Torres has been married to Carmen L. Torres for over twenty-five years. Carmen is also a committed community leader and volunteer. She is a past member of the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Past Vice-Chair of the DNC Southern Caucus, and past Florida Elector for President Barack Obama. Vic and Carmen are the proud parents of five children and eleven grandchildren. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • GET INVOLVED | FVF

    Shop To Donate Click on the below websites to shop and they will donate a percentage to the foundation. Ambassadors for Veterans Council Continuing the March for Veterans in Need Other Donations Council of individuals and organizations who are resolute in helping veterans and titled as our forward march support advocates for the advancement and sustainability of the Florida Veterans Foundation and its mission. BE AN AMBASSADOR Mail in Donations Gifts, Wills, Trusts Corporatie Giving Grants Event Fundraising In-Kind Donations For more information contact: fvf@fdva.fl.gov 850-488-4181 Volunteer Special Thanks American Legion of Florida National Association of Veterans & Families Walmarts of Florida ​ WALMART STORE #1081, GAINESVILLE WALMART SUPERCENTE R #1224, PENSACOLA WALMART SUPERCENTER #3307, CRAWFORDVILLE WALMART SUPERCENTER #4520, TALLAHASSEE WALMART STORE #4427, TALLAHASSEE WALMART MARKET STORE #6531, PENSACOLA ​ Tallahassee Dodge Claude Pepper Foundation MoPar Muscle Freedom Car Show Hamptons Gold & Country Club Elks Club of Florida National League of Cities American Patriot Service Corp UBER Technologies, Inc. Your outreach helps prevent Veterans from falling into crises and give them hope for a better future. Types of Volunteers Outreach Fundraising Events Ways To Give Please use our print-friendly form and mail your donation to: Florida Veterans Foundation The Capitol, 400 S Monroe St UNIT 2107, Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee, FL 32399 Gifts – Wills, Trusts & Life Insurance Bequests are donations that are made through a will or a living trust. You can name the Florida Veterans Foundation as a beneficiary in your will/estate for a specific amount or a percentage (see form below) or designate the foundation as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. The Florida Veterans Foundation suggests consulting a legal professional before drafting a will. ​ The Florida Veterans Foundation must be named as the owner and beneficiary of the insurance policy for it to be tax-deductible. Download the Gift Form Corporate Giving We welcome inquiries from companies that support our mission. Contact us at: fvf@fdva.fl.gov to learn more or call the Florida Vet erans Foundation offices at (850) 488-4181 ; ext : 1. In-Kind Donations In-kind donations are very important to the Florida Veterans Foundation’s outreach. Individuals and companies provide valuable resources. If you are interested in making an in-kind donation, please contact us at (850) 488-4181; ext: 1. Grant Donations Public and private charity foundations are encouraged to participate with the Florida Veterans Foundation’s outreach to serve Pre- and Post-911 Florida veterans. Opportunities to help educate and public awareness outreach are the key elements of our desire to seek grants, as well as our stated initiatives. If you are interested in sharing grant opportunities, Please contact our President at us fvf@fdva.fl.gov or contact our Foundation offices at (850) 488-4181 ; ext: 1. Event Fundraising We encourage you to support the Florida Veterans Foundation by engaging your community through individual efforts. Previous examples include runs, golf tournaments and faith-based group events. For questions and more information, please contact our Development Office at fvf@fdva.fl.gov or (850) 488-418 1 ; ext: 1 between 9am and 4pm EST. Volunteers For those who are interested in volunteering for the mission of the Florida Veterans Organization, please visit our Volunteer page, or as a District or Deputy Chairperson, please contact our offices at 850-488-4181 ; ext: 1 for more information. REMEMBER: When donating to a charitable organization, refrain from providing or verifying personal information via e-mail, text message or social media. Do not post, direct message, email, or provide over the phone any sensitive information to any organization or individual unless you have initiated the interaction via the contact information provided on the organization’s website. ​ Be wary of individuals representing themselves as members of any charitable organization asking for donations via social networking sites or personal email addresses. Malicious individuals can mislead victims using copycat names that are similar to but not exactly the same as individuals and charitable organizations. If you are unsure as to whether or not a communication is legitimate, contact the organization directly.

  • Lisa Dunkley | FVF

    Representative Lisa Dunkley United States Army Veteran Representative Dunkley was born and raised in Jamaica, moving to Florida in 1995 with her daughter. She has resided in Broward County for over twenty-five years, where she now represents District 97. Rep. Dunkley earned a BBA from Florida Atlantic University, is currently a consultant and has a diverse background including her work at the Florida Department of Transpiration, a former youth director and Middle School PTA president. Additionally, Rep. Dunkley is an Army Veteran having served in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq. She works tirelessly to meet and connect Veterans to the resources and information available to them, strongly believing that no one who has made the incredible sacrifice to serve his or her country should be without the resources they need to live and survive when they return home. As a Board member of the City of Sunrise veterans Advisory Board, a member of American Legion post # 365 and now a Florida Representative she will continue to ensure that the veterans in District 97 are getting the information they need to help them use and apply for their benefits. Rep. Dunkley has been active in part of her community for many years including service as the Vice President of Dunoon Technical High School NE Chapter Alumni Association, a Board Member of the City of Sunrise Veterans Advisory Board, a Consulting Member on the Lights on Girls, Inc. (Non-Profit), a Board Chair for the Caribbean American Veterans Association, a Member of American Legion Post #365, the Chair of the Saints Netball & Cultural Club, Youth Director at New Life Fellowship Center, Board Member at the New Life Child Care & Educational Center and Executive Council Member & Administrator at the New Life Fellowship Center. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • DONATE | FVF

    Thank you for supporting us! The Florida Veterans Foundati on’s mission is to serve, support, and advocate for veterans in need.​ Donate Help us make a difference. First Name Last Name Email Street Address City Region/State/Province Postal / Zip Code & Country Donate in the name of: Enter the amount you wish to donate: $ Donate Thank you for your donation to help our veterans in need! Make checks payable to: Florida Veterans Foundation, The Capitol, 400 S Monroe St UNIT 2107, Tallahassee, FL 32399 Honor A Veteran Become An Ambassador

  • Legislative Reception 2023 | FVF

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  • OUR PARTNERS | FVF

    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. https://www.5starveteranscenter.org/ ​ ​ 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. https://www.fl-counties.com/ ​ ​ United Way- Community Services United Way 211.org 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 211.org acts as a lifeline, helping people navigate complex social service systems and connecting them to the appropriate resources. https://www.211.org/ https://www.unitedwaybroward.org/ ​ 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. https://www.floridavets.org/ ​ 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. https://floridalegion.org/ ​ 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. https://www.goodwillcfl.org/ ​ 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. https://www.heroesmile.com/ ​ Valor at Riverside Recovery- Veteran Rehabilitation Program "Our VALOR program specializes in substance abuse and helping military, both active duty and veterans, combat PTSD and other trauma-related issues that contribute to substance abuse. Participants will take part in at least 1 hour of weekly psychotherapy with a Licensed Therapist in order to address the following: triggers for use, family dynamics that may or may not contribute to maladaptive pattern of substance use, setting boundaries that lead to long term recovery and healthy relationships going forward, and how to manage emotional dysregulation. The individual therapist will aid the participant in the development of distress tolerance skills to use in place of mind and mood-altering substances, while helping the client connect to the powerlessness and unmanageability of disease." https://rrtampa.com/valor/ ​ 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. https://projectvetrelief.org/what-we-do/emergency-assistance/ ​ 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. https://www.veteransflorida.org/ ​ 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. https://bals.org/ ​ 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. https://www.flcourts.gov/Resources-Services/Office-of-Problem-Solving-Courts/Veterans-Courts ​ ​ 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. https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/ ​ 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. https://www.thefirewatch.org/ ​ 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. https://floridavets.org/governors-challenge/ ​ ​ 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. https://www.crisiscenter.com/ ​ 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. https://greatnonprofits.org/ ​ 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. https://www.floridavets.org/ ​ FindHelp.org- Resources by Topic/Need FindHelp.org 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. https://www.findhelp.org/ ​ 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. https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/ ​ ​ 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. https://canportal.org/ ​ 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. https://www.myflfamilies.com/ ​ 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. https://www.floridahealth.gov/ ​ 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. https://flmanagingentities.com/ ​ 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. https://nwfhealth.org/ ​ 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. https://www.oglethorpeinc.com/ ​ 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. https://sofmissions.org/ ​ 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. https://www.soldiersfreedomoutdoors.org/ ​ 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. https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/ ​ 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. https://www.va.gov/bay-pines-health-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. https://www.dav.org/get-help-now/medical-transportation/ ​ 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. https://www.va.gov/north-florida-health-care/dav-vans-transportation-for-veterans/#about-dav-services ​ ​ 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. https://www.navf.org/ ​ 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. https://www.villagersforveterans.org/ ​ 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. https://unitedforalice.org/ ​ 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. https://wvrf.org/ ​ 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. https://forwomenvets.org/ ​ 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. https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

  • RESOURCES | FVF

    Florida Veteran Resources Get My Military Records/DD214 Use this service if you want to request: DD 214/Separation Documents Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) Replacement Medals Medical Records Burial and Emergency Requests ​ Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Pe rsonnel File (OMPF) , and Medical Records . Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. ​ Please note: that NPRC holds historical Military Personnel Records of nearly 100 million veterans. The vast majority of these records are paper-based and not available online. ​ ​ ​ MilConnect: VA Benef it and Record Management Porta l DoD affiliates including: Active Military, Reserves, National Guard, Veterans and beneficiaries can manage their benefits and records through milConnect, a convenient self-service portal. Integrated applications provide secure access to many of their personal and personnel records held in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). The milConnect FAQ provides the most up-to-date policies, procedures, and resources for making the most of their entitlements and benefits. FLHSMV Veterans who have reported using this website said they have received requested documents within hours of submitting the request! ​ T he Military Caregiver Resource Direc tory Includes the most commonly referenced resources, organizations, agencies, and programs that provide support to the caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured Service members. The concept of the Caregiver Resource Directory is to connect communities with caregivers, building public awareness and support for caregivers. The resources, organizations, agencies, and programs included in the Caregiver Resource Directory have been reviewed and vetted in accordance with the National Resource Directory’s participation policy, which can be found at www.nrd.gov . No product endorsements or preferential treatment is given to any organization, agency, or program that is listed in the Caregiver Resource Directory. This Caregiver Resource Directory is a dynamic directory that will be refined on a regular basis. We encourage you to access the digital version of the Caregiver Resource Directory at https://nrd.gov/misc/crdDownload ​ ​ C ounty Veteran Service Officers Use this link to find a local Veteran Service Officer near you. ​ ​ ​ ​ Florida Veterans Benefits Guide Use this link to read the latest edition of the Florida Veterans Benefits Guide. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ VA Survivo rs and Burial Benefits Kit Use this link for VA survivors and burial benefits kit. ​ ​ ​ ​ Aging Wartime Veterans & Survivors Seminars Long Term Care – Aid & Attendance Benefits (Sponsored by Nat’l Assoc. of Veterans & Families – FVF Ambassador) ​ ​ ​ ​ Get There – Florida’s Workforce Education Initiative Connecting Veterans with College Education Benefits ​ ​ L o c ating Veterans for VA Benefits Getting Veterans Signed Up for Benefits ​ ​ ​ ​ VA Benefits Update Statewide campaign to share important upda tes about VA Benefits on Social Media and on the FVF Website ​ Get My Military Records/DD214 Enter milConnect Portal Military Caregiver Directory County Veteran Service Officers Florida Veterans Benefit Guide VA Survivors and Burial Benefits Kit VA Pension Aid & Attendance VA Pension Aid & Attendance Get There- Florida's Workforce Education Initiative Locating Veterans for VA Benefits

  • Fiona McFarland | FVF

    Representative Fiona McFarland United States Navy Reserve Lieutenant, Drilling Reservist Like her Grandfather did in 1938, Representative Fiona McFarland graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008, where she majored in Political Science, was captain of the crew team, and First Lieutenant of the Brigade of Midshipmen. She was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy and spent eight years on active duty. She served as a Surface Warfare Officer, completing tours of duty as an engineering officer on board the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), as an inaugural crewmember on Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4), as well as in the Navy Office of Information in the Pentagon. While on active duty, she also completed her Master of Business Administration from the University of Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler business school in 2013. ​ In 2016, Fiona transitioned to the US Navy Reserves and married a Naval Academy classmate and native Floridian, Matthew Melton. In the Reserves, she participated in multinational antisubmarine warfare exercises above the Arctic circle with the US European Command and the US Africa Command to promote cooperation and understanding among regional African allies and partner nations. Fiona has received two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals and three Navy Achievement Medals. ​ In her civilian capacity, Fiona worked as a consultant with the global business management consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where she served clients across media, consumer goods, manufacturing, and advanced technology industry, among others, consulting directly with senior executives of Fortune 500 to help them solve business and operations challenges. ​ During the campaign, she told a reporter, Andrew Meacham, the following story: In 2008 at Naval Base San Diego, Ensign Fiona McFarland took the longest walk of her life across the 500-foot steel alloy deck of the USS Preble, a guided-missile destroyer. She would be responsible for the “main propulsion division,” the gas turbine engines that powered the four-year-old ship to its destinations, which had already included supporting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. A group of sailors waited for McFarland to deliver her first orders as a commissioned officer. “I look at this group of 30 sailors who all have more experience in the Navy and on the equipment end that we were responsible for,” McFarland said. “And they’re standing in formation, and the noncommissioned officer, the chief, looks at me and says, ‘OK, ma’am, what should we do today?’ ​ “Not that was my first difficult decision,” she said. “But it really was my first moment of being faced with responsibility that I maybe didn’t necessarily feel ready for.” ​ Rep. McFarland will draw on that same Navy training when she walks across the Capitol Rotunda into the House Chamber on March 4. << Back to Veteran Legislators

  • Sam Killebrew | FVF

    Representative Sam Killebrew United States Navy FVF Current Board Member, Elected 2016 Rep. Killebrew entered the Navy after graduating from Auburndale High School in 1963. He served three years, much of it attached to Naval Aviation, at overseas duty stations included Okinawa. “I was always attached to aviation, so I was never on a ship,” Rep Killebrew said. “I enjoyed my tour — glad I went. After serving in the U.S. Navy, a lifelong Florida and Polk County resident, Rep. Killebrew owned and operated multiple construction and manufacturing companies, including; Killebrew Manufacturing Company, Imperial Trailer Service, Killebrew Inc., and Rotational Molding Company. He is also a former partner of the Florida Strategic Group, LLC. Sam is actively involved in the progress and expansion of New Beginnings High School, aiming to help students who have dropped out to earn a high school diploma. Rep. Killebrew was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2016 and was just elected to a third term. He served as Vice-Chair for the House PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee and a member of the Florida Veterans and Military Families Caucus. The Representative also sits on numerous boards and civic organizations throughout the state. He regularly sponsors legislation to protect Veterans, animals, and children and families. He has played an influential role in bringing over $10 million to Polk County for various road/highway projects, water quality preservation and restoration, educational programs, and other projects around the district. Notable Veteran legislation that Rep. Killebrew has sponsored or co-sponsored include: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities: Will allow the surviving spouse of a combat-wounded veteran to keep their ad valorem tax discount after the veteran dies; and Enrollment of Dependent Children of Active Duty Military Personnel in the Florida Virtual School: Allows students of active-duty military personnel stationed abroad but claim Florida has their resident state to attend Florida virtual school. He is married to Eileen Killebrew of Lake Wales, and they have five children, seven grandchildren, five dogs, and an avid supporter of Hope Equine Rescue. << Back to Veteran Legislators

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