Florida is only one of three states that have over 1 million veterans. With 1.5 million veterans calling Florida home, it is no wonder that there are so many organizations, communities, and service providers dedicated to helping veterans find the support and resources that they need.
Here is a brief overview of resources available to Tampa veterans.
For veterans looking for support local to the Tampa area, a great place to begin is at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Located at 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans interested in receiving care from the hospital can find a number of services, including:
Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program
Access to the Haley’s Cover Community Living Center
Home and Community Care
Mental Health Support
Primary Care Services
The US. Department of Veterans Affairs also has the Tampa Vet Center that can assist veterans and their family members find additional support and care. The Tampa Vet Center can connect veterans with other organizations and communities that provide the services they are looking for or can help them apply for benefits they are entitled to.
The Florida Veterans Foundation, or FVF, assists veterans residing in Florida in finding the benefits and support that they need. One of their main programs is to provide emergency financial assistance to veterans and their families when they are in need and unable to find care elsewhere.
The FVF also guides veterans through the process of finding and applying for Florida Veterans Benefits and Federal Veterans Benefits. The Florida Veterans Foundation can be reached at (850) 488-4181.
The city of Tampa is home to four Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, including VFW Post 10140, VFW Post 1339, VFW Post 424, and VFW Post 4321. Any of these VFW posts can provide veterans and their families with a community to rely on and introduce them to other veterans in the area.
Veterans in Tampa may also benefit from connecting with the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Hillsborough. As many as 1 in 4 veterans will suffer from a mental health condition, most commonly including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, or Traumatic Brain Injury. Each of these conditions should be taken seriously and will need expert care and attention. For Tampa area veterans, NAMI Hillsborough can provide support for them and their families.
The state of Florida is proud to be home to so many veterans and the city of Tampa is no exclusion. To recognize the brave local men and women who have served in the military, Tampa holds a Veterans Day Parade ever November. Local ROTCs and VA hospitals also perform their own Veterans Day ceremonies to honor the many veterans living in the Tampa area.
Tampa Bay sports leagues also recognize their veterans with “Seats for Service” program, allowing vets to purchase discounted or special tickets to a game.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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