More than 95,000 veterans call Hillsborough County home. Whether they left the service years ago or are currently transitioning to civilian life, many struggle with the challenges of navigating a complex system of services and finding their place in community.
A BETTER WAY FOR OUR VETERANS
More than 40,000 nonprofit organizations provide services exclusively to veterans, service members and their families. With such an overwhelming and fragmented space, knowing where to start can be a daunting task. MISSION UNITED makes these services easier to navigate by providing a coordinated care network with a simple entry point through 2-1-1.
MISSION UNITED, through 2-1-1, connects veterans to resources to help with:
- Getting Connected
- Legal Assistance
- Family and Caregivers
Working Together for our Military and Veteran Community
In addition to ensuring our military and veteran community can easily access the services and benefits they have earned, MISSION UNITED partners work together to advocate and organize around 5 key areas:
- Transition to Civilian Live – It is a process, not an event.
- Employment – Veterans fulfilling a new role, outside of their uniform.
- Benefits – Veteran benefits are earned.
- Family & Caregivers – Our military strength starts at home.
- Changing the Narrative for our military and veteran community
MISSION UNITED Advisory Board Members:
George Howell – Partner, Holland & Knight (Chair)
Jeff Cathey – Director & Senior Vice President, Military Bank Overseas/Military Affairs; Vice Chair, Bank of America
Charlene Austin – Military Family Advocate
Joe Battle – Medical Center Director, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Mike Bedke – Partner, DLA Piper; Chair Elect, Bay Area Legal Services
Julianna Boor – Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration
Dr. Larry Braue – Director, Office of Veterans Success, University of South Florida
Dave Braun – Director, Veterans Resource; Co-Chair, Veterans Memorial Park; Financial Director, Haley House Fund
Gary Clark – Colonel, USAF (Ret) Chairman, Polk County Veterans Council
Colonel Troy Panonon – Vice Commander, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base
Major General Richard “Beef” Haddad – Retired Air Force
Suzanne McCormick – President and CEO, United Way Suncoast
Clara Reynolds – President & CEO, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Bob Rohrlack – President and CEO, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Kurt Rotar – Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Association
Jim Sampey – Chairman, Veterans Florida
Kay Schwartz – Executive Director, Human Resources Operations, USAA
Frank Strom – Director, Consumer & Veteran Services at Hillsborough County
Dick Woltmann – President & CEO, Bay Area Legal Services
Tina Fischer – Member, Fletcher & Fischer