For more information contact:
Mark Fetterman, Program Director
mfetterman@uwsuncoast.org or (813) 274-0933.

Veterans can face challenges transitioning out of uniform with too many struggling to find their place in our community.

When service ends veterans don’t come home to federal agencies, they come home to communities. Together we can say, “Welcome home,” and make these men and women a part of our community.

MISSION UNITED is a network-based program that connects veterans, service members and their families to the resources and services they need to successfully acclimate back to civilian life. MISSION UNITED is developing a comprehensive network of collaborative social supports that produce a collective impact, adding lasting value to our military and veteran community.

There are a number of high-quality nonprofit organizations providing services exclusively to the veteran community. MISSION UNITED will make these services easier to navigate by providing a coordinated care network with a simple entry point to help the veteran community access the resources available to them.

On August 15, 2017 we came together to help our community better serve those who have served. We discussed military and veteran community needs, resources available, gaps and how to best fill them, together.
130+ participants 80+ Organizations 3 Flag Officers


Consider that there are over 40,000 nonprofit organizations providing services exclusively to veterans, service members and their families. With such an overwhelming and fragmented space, where to start is a daunting task. Navigation of benefits is the #1 cited transition challenge according to a study completed by the IVMF. We are at an inflection point.

Through collaboration and collective impact,  MISSION UNITED can increase organizations’ ability to address the complex task of ensuring the success of our veterans in their next role.

At least five conditions drive success in collective impact initiatives:

  1. Common Agenda – Multiple organizations have a common agenda for change including a shared understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions.
  2. Shared Measurement – Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all the participants ensures shared measurement for alignment and accountability.
  3. Shared Plan – A plan of action that outlines and coordinates mutually reinforcing activities for each participant.
  4. Communication – Open and continuous communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation.
  5. Management – A backbone organization(s) with staff and specific set of skills to serve the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies.

By creating a network that leverages resources focused on each organization’s strengths as a part of the solution, rather than the answer we collectively impact the lives of our military, veterans and their families.