The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.
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|Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to Veterans and their families.|
Bunker Labs helps veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses find the quickest route to a successful business.
CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board of business and government leaders charged with guiding workforce development for the state of Florida. CareerSource Florida provides oversight and policy direction for talent development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity.
We Connect Businesses with Skilled Talent and Training Solutions
CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Our partners include the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida. Together, we help connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow.
Our Professional Team
The CareerSource Florida professional team is here to help Floridians, businesses, our board members and our partners reach goals and achieve successful outcomes.
Policies and Initiatives
The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors advances policies and initiatives to increase the prosperity of workers and employers, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, and enhance worker productivity and business competitiveness.
Contracting and Grants
CareerSource Florida contracts with companies, organizations and local boards to optimize our services to Florida businesses and Floridians. Funding opportunities through requests for proposals (RFPs), invitations to negotiate (ITNs) and grant solicitations are available here.
Reports and Publications
CareerSource Florida offers results-driven solutions to drive economic growth for Florida businesses, jobs seekers and workers. Find state, federal and other relevant reports and publications here.
Employment and Internships
Interested in helping shape Florida’s economic future? Employment and internships with CareerSource Florida are often available. See our current available positions and learn how to apply here.
The Employ Florida web site is a powerful online tool designed to assist job seekers and students of all ages in search for the right job, and to help employers identify the best job candidates. The site serves as a hub for the state’s workforce services while focusing on job openings and job candidates. The site is also a valuable resource for policy makers, researchers, and others seeking to explore and analyze local labor markets in Florida.
With thousands of job listings extracted from nearly every employer in Florida, finding job opportunities that fit an individual’s needs and skills is achievable with a few mouse clicks. Employers searching for suitable candidates will benefit from the convenience of one web site for potential candidate searches and for review of job market trends. This dynamic information is contained in a statewide database to expand the job selection and recruitment process for every individual and employer.
Current data available on Employ Florida includes a strategic mix of job openings, career exploration, employer information, education and labor market research information. Job seekers, students and employers may click on the site whenever they need accurate data to make informed decisions on careers, training, wages, occupation searches and resource recruitment.
Take the time to discover new career opportunities and job candidates using the Employ Florida site. There are twenty-four workforce regions in Florida. Each of these regions is accessible on the site. Updated information for the geographic area will display, whether your search ranges from a city in the Panhandle to a county in Central Florida; from the I-4 High Tech Corridor to Naples; or from Jacksonville to the Keys. Additionally, services offered on the Employ Florida site are free of charge (https://www.employflorida.com/).
To provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people, to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Florida is home to approximately 187,000 veteran-owned businesses (VOBs) generating over $57 billion in
annual revenue. FAVOB is the only Florida business organization singularly focused on advocating for and supporting VOBs to do business with each other, while creating opportunities for VOBs to do business with local government agencies and for-profit supplier diversity programs.
Our 350+ statewide members represent a wide variety of businesses and industries. FAVOB member’s businesses include B2G, B2B, and B2C business models. Many FAVOB members are minority-and supplier-diversity certified. Members are listed with NAICS codes and can be searched by certifications, industry, and branch of service.
DO BUSINESS WITH AMERICA’S BEST, DO BUSINESS WITH A VET
support around our vision to be the recognized voice and leading state-wide organization for Veteran-Owned businesses that positions Florida as the “Veteran State of Choice” to own and operate a business
and educate members about FAVOB’s products and services and the value of membership. Provide professional development opportunities so our members can run and grow a successful veteran owned business
our members to each other and to supplier diversity and commercial business opportunities that increases revenue and profitability, so our member businesses thrive in their professional and personal life. Connect our members to partners and collaborators who provide the support and services needed to start and grow a business
for FAVOB and veteran owned businesses. Communicate to community and business leaders, legislators, and the public about FAVOB’s Vision, Mission, and Value Proposition and the “value of the veteran owned business.” Influences pro-business policy change and increases veteran owned business ownership in Florida
with like-minded VOBs and work together for our mutual benefit. Create networking opportunities and professional development events for our members to do business with each other and to access each other’s network
Inspiring success by transforming one life at a time.
Provide a continuum of services to meet the needs of those entrusted to our care, creating a safe and professional environment with the outcome of reduced victimization, safer communities and an emphasis on the premium of life.
We treat people as they should be treated, without demeaning, degrading, or devaluing any individual or group.
We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct in all our actions.
We face fear, danger and adversity, both physical and moral, to accomplish our mission, demonstrating commitment to do what is right, based on our shared values and moral reasoning, despite the potential of adverse consequences.
We put the welfare of the Nation, our state and others, both staff and inmates/offenders, before our own.
We practice empathy and recognize the challenges endured by inmates, offenders and their families and take actions to alleviate it, while supporting each other on and off duty as an FDC family.
Talent Development: We will invest in our members for their professional development, growth and success.
Inmate/Offender Programs: We will implement rehabilitative programs that support a continuum of services for inmates and offenders, resulting in a successful transition into the community.
Communications: We intend to promote a collaborative and transparent communications framework that engages all members and stakeholders.
Environment: We intend to provide healthy, sustainable and compassionate environments that are the foundation of our values.
View the Department’s Code of Conduct and Oath of Allegiance.
CareerSource Florida Network Directory
72 Full Services , 34 Satellite career centers and 1 Business centers
Access a complete listing of all career centers: https://lcd.floridajobs.org/CareerSource/CareerCenterList
Our Vision and Mission
In collaboration with our partners, DEO assists the Governor in advancing Florida’s economy by championing the state’s economic development vision and by administering state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities.
Find information about Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administrative offices such as the Office for Civil Rights and the Office of the General Counsel.
Department Privacy Statement
The department’s privacy statement regarding personal information.
Requests for Public Records
Request public records by completing the Public Records Request online form, call 850-245-7140 or write the Public Records Coordinator.
Reports and Presentations
View Annual Regulatory Plans, department reports and legislative presentations.
The FVDA publishes an annual guide to help connect Florida’s veterans and their families with earned federal and state benefits, services and support. It also contains useful phone numbers and website addresses for additional information.
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Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Our Vision and Mission
Helping to connect the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans and their families with earned services, benefits and support are the more than 1,100 men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. They play a major role in the direct infusion of more than $18.4 billion annually for veterans into Florida’s economy through federal compensation, education and pension benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical services and military retired pay.
Florida offers unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations. We also offer high quality care at our network of seven state veterans’ homes, with two additional homes in development in Port St. Lucie and Orlando.
In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.
Florida’s Veteran Service Organizations
The Sunshine State plays host to many congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organizations. These organizations have departments, posts and chapters in Florida, and serve our state’s veterans and their families in a variety of ways. Among the more active organizations in Florida include the following.
American Gold Star Mothers
Disabled American Veterans
County Veterans Services Officers Association of Florida
Military Officers Association of America
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Benefits & Services:
State Approving Agency
Veteran Certified Businesses
The following sites provide additional resources for veterans and their families.
Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
National VA Homeless Hotline – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-877-424-3838
Veterans Crisis Line – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Change Direction: Give An Hour Campaign – Know the Five Signs!
Florida Veterans Support Line
1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1
The Recovery Village
VA Caregiver Support Line
White House VA Hotline – non-emergency, VA inquiries
COVID 19 Vaccine Questions
Ask A VA Doc About The Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccination
Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
GI Bill – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
VA Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Corrections
Florida DEO Covid-19 Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide
Florida Department of Health
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Recovery Bureau FAQ Website
The Florida League of Cities
SOF Missions – COVID-19 Care Kits
If you have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 or visit their website https://www.va.gov/debtman/ to request assistance.
New VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
A web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.
Employment & Business Services
Employ Florida Vets
Florida State Veterans’ Homes Recruitment
Florida Veterans’ Business Assistance
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
Veterans Florida Career Services
Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide
Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veteran Education Benefits
Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Guide
VA Claims Information
Florida Military-Friendly Guide
VA Website for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
Social Security Benefits for Veterans
VA MISSION Act
VA Video Connect
VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP)
Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
Financial Frontlines Program
Small Business Program
Locate Military Records
National Resource Directory
Veterans Health Matters Magazine, Publications and Products
Serve Save Succeed Program
SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Military One Source
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Visit Florida Travel Information for Veterans
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Veterans webpage
VA Debt Management Center
Veterans’ Legal Resources
Military Pro Bono Project
Bay Area Legal Services
American Bar Association
Homeless Women Veterans
VA Center for Women Veterans
VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer
VA Hotline on Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
Women Veterans Health Care
Other Departments and Agencies
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Servicemembers Affairs
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employment Opportunities
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Operation Outdoor Freedom
Florida Defense Alliance
Florida Defense Support Task Force
Florida Department of Military Affairs
Florida Veterans Foundation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
Returning Service Members
Returning Service Members Mental Health Support
Veterans & Mesothelioma
Hope for Healing Florida, mental health and substance abuse campaign
Florida Military License Plates
A TRIBUTE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Florida Department of Health is committed to serving members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families. It is important that we recognize and honor their service to our nation. The Department is proud that over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, and our continued goal is to make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
Military veterans and their families face many challenges. The Department is committed to supporting our military veterans by offering several licensure support services to qualified military families. One service the Department offers is the Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) process, which provides expedited licensing for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses seeking licensure in all health care professions. Veterans and spouses who apply through the VALOR process receive a waiver of most licensing fees.
The Department offers additional armed forces licensure support, including opportunities for physicians to receive a temporary certificate to practice in areas of critical need, renewal exemptions for active duty service members holding a health care license in Florida, and temporary licensure for spouses of active duty service members who possess a valid license in another state, the District of Columbia, or any possession or territory of the United States. Through these programs, we are creating a veteran-friendly regulatory environment that encourages veterans and their spouses to choose Florida for their health care practice after their discharge from active duty.
We are thankful for all who serve the people of Florida and the United States.
Florida Veteran Health Heroes
The Florida Department of Health honors veterans, active duty service members and their families by recognizing the 2018 Florida Veteran Health Heroes and highlighting the department’s veterans support services. Over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home and our continued goal is to help make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
The 2018 Florida Veteran Health Heroes publication highlights health care practitioners who have served in the United States Armed Forces and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. This year, we recognize John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS; Paul B. Arthur, PhD, OTR/L, OTA; Paula Clark, MSW, LCSW, USAF (Retired); Derrick C. Glymph, DNAP, CRNA, AN, USAR; Stuart I. Kaplan, O.D.; Cathlene “Cathy” McGinnis, CLS(ASCP); and Carl H. Spear, O.D.
For more information about these exceptional individuals, please visit Florida Veteran Health Heroes.
The department also offers several licensure support services to qualified military families. The Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) System expedites licensing for military veterans who apply six months before or after honorable discharge from active duty, as well as fee waiver eligibility for military veterans and their spouses for health care practitioner licenses up to 60 months after honorable discharge. The department also offers additional armed forces licensure support including an opportunity to receive a temporary certificate to practice in areas of critical need, renewal exemptions and professional examination fee reimbursements.
To serve, support, and advocate for Florida veterans to improve their quality of Life!
The Florida Veterans Foundation serves as the statewide lead organization for Florida veterans and their families by providing direct services and partnering with state and local governments, veteran service organizations, and educational institutions to improve their physical, financial, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
Supports the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission of advocacy; and,
Advocates for Florida veterans through local and statewide outreach to educate the public and governmental entities, increasing awareness on veteran-related issues.
The Florida Veterans Foundation team is one of the hardest working veteran advocate teams in the state of Florida. We are composed of a volunteer Chairman and Board of Directors.
The majority of the Foundation Directors are retired, military disabled veterans who donate over 40 hours per week of their time to assist and help guide Florida’s veterans through a myriad of issues veterans face today. Whether it’s access to healthcare, education, jobs, VA benefits or the like, our Directors are here to help.
Several Directors are trained Veteran Service Officers who know the extent, the meaning and the application of laws that have been passed by Congress in the interests of veterans and their dependents. Our Directors know the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to clarify and implement those laws.
President – Lew Wilson
The Florida Veterans Foundation was founded in 2008 by the Florida Legislature and is supported by individual and corporate donations, grants, fundraisers and direct public support to help us faithfully execute our mission of providing emergency and support services and programs for Veterans and their families across the state of Florida.
Re-imagining career readiness for a new generation of veterans. We go beyond traditional transition programs and support veterans in discovering their new calling.
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The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats.
FY21 Areas of Focus
With our opportunities to engage in person limited for FY2021 due to the Coronavirus, we are doubling our efforts on digital engagement and educating policymakers on SOF issues.
We’ve released our Areas of Focus to keep our Network active, strong, and connected!
Plus, don’t miss our “home” video where the whole staff shares each Area of Focus:
FOCUS #1 – EDUCATE STAKEHOLDERS
We will continue to educate policymakers on the SOF issues highlighted in our annual SOF Imperatives document
We will move forward with the planning impactful events for our Members, Partners, and Advisors–whether virtually or in-person
FOCUS #2 – SHARE SOF STORIES
We will continue to publish episodes of our SOFspot Podcast
We have launched “SOF Stories from Quarantine”–video interviews about SOF events in history
FOCUS #3 – ENGAGE VIRTUALLY
We will execute Virtual Learning Opportunities & Capabilities Demonstrations for our Corporate Partners & Members
We will host Virtual Huddles for our Partners and Members to network in a time of social distancing
FOCUS #4 – SUPPORT SOF TRANSITION
We are supporting The Honor Foundation’s Virtual Transition Course and working to plan more SOF for Life Seminars virtually
We have relaunched the SOF for Life Job Board with civilian careers well-suited for military Veterans
FOCUS #5 – STRENGTHEN THE NETWORK
We will participate in at-home fitness events and challenges, inviting our network to join in and compete
We will continue to build our community by adding new individual Members and Corporate Partners
Why is the Global SOF Foundation necessary?
The world is growing more volatile, unpredictable, and threatening. The conduct of war continues to shift: from large-scale clashes between nations to those characterized by unconventional methods, as well as long-term engagements with and against non-state transnational groups. Countering these globally networked threats requires a global “good-guy” network that can innovate and operate at speeds that traditional governments cannot. The Global SOF Foundation (GSF), a non-profi t organization, is forging this “good-guy” network among the world’s special operations forces (SOF). It brings together military, government, industry, and intellectual leaders from around the world for the purpose of advancing the capability and efficacy of SOF.
What does the Global SOF Foundation do?
The GSF fills a critical gap in the national security discourse: leading an effort to link like-minded public and private entities and to increase understanding of the role that Special Operations can play in addressing global security challenges, especially those emanating from unconventional and transnational sources. The GSF is not a traditional charity but a professional association for SOF dedicated to advocating for SOF globally.
Specifically, the GSF:
Convenes a diverse set of stakeholders interested in the future of global SOF and security through unique networking opportunities and strategic, thought-provoking forums as well distributed media:
Regular networking events in the U.S. and overseas
Annual Global SOF Forums and Symposia held in the U.S. and overseas
Regular newsletters, unique website content, and other distributed media
Educates global policymakers in order to ensure SOF maintain a comparative advantage and are resourced for success
Serves as the “go to” SOF organization outside of military and government, with a plan to establish a “think team” (as opposed to a think tank) in Washington, D.C. focused on the study of SOF and asymmetric warfare
Works to identify cutting-edge technologies; future concepts; and innovations in training and education in order to advance the current and future force, and support international SOF partners
Gratitude America’s mission is to provide critical support for service members, veterans, and their families by conducting meaningful restorative retreats to assist participants affected by deployment exposures such as combat related stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. was established for the charitable purpose of: 1) rescuing, raising, and training the highest caliber medical service/assistance dogs, 2) pairing highly trained dogs with individuals afflicted by disabilities, including a focus on veterans with combat wounds, 3) building/restoring independence and improving quality of life, for both the recipient and the dog, while minimizing reliance on government, communities, caregivers, and families 4) advancing successful service dog training practices by promoting appropriate trainer education and contributing to related research studies 5) pursuing increased public awareness and education regarding current disability laws and contributing to new/enhanced laws regarding service dogs.
Healing Paws for Warriors is a local veteran found / veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue to trained service dogs to combat veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at “no cost” to the veteran with continued support; reducing the statistic of veteran suicide, increasing self and family health and wellness. A resilient program that represents veterans helping veterans from personal experience and trained service dogs.
Our staff is comprised of a combat medical war veteran, practicing PTSD therapist, professional service dog trainer, a veterinarian, and many other supportive volunteers.
Our dogs come only from local rescues. Our service dog trainer teaches the dogs and the veterans as a team. The dogs are not pets, they are service dogs with the complete protection and rights granted by the American with Disabilities Act.
We are devoted to pairing and training service dogs with veterans at NO COST to the veteran to enroll!
Bringing awareness to veteran suicide; reducing the numbers one dog at a time.
Give hope and healing to Veterans and rescue dogs through empowering military heroes to return to civilian life with dignity and independence
Express gratitude to those who have served, or are serving our great country.
Reduce number of canines in shelters; ending pet homelessness.
The HER Foundation is committed to providing meals, lodging, access to medical care and job placement services for identified women veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.
The HOPE Project seeks to help bring hope and healing to wounded warriors, first responders, veterans, their families as well as to children, teens and adults who have been abused using horses, most of which have been rescued. The HOPE Project provides free Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, pastoral counseling and resources to those who have suffered trauma and may be battling PTSD.
PTSD/TBI Education & Support
Battlebuddy Support Groups
Group Functions & Retreats
Workshops on : Resiliency,
Teambuilding, Leadership, & More
HOPE Chapel Services
The mission of Just Our Soldiers Helpers is to increase the morale of deployed service members from all branches of the military. We do this by providing to them care packages containing name brand items that are not readily available during deployment.
Mission is to give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.
MSSA provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.
To Eliminate Homelessness among Veterans in Central Florida
When we were first founded in 2008, there were approximately 1,800 homeless veterans living in Brevard County. As of January 2018’s Bi-Annual Point in Time Count, Brevard’s population had been reduced to less than 300, an amazing 88% reduction! While we are very proud of the work we have accomplished, we still have a ways to go before we can say mission complete. According to the US Census Bureau there are 4,400 veterans in Brevard County that are in poverty, and so to reach mission complete we have to get all of the homeless housed while at the same time keep the at-risk in their homes.
What makes us truly unique is the fact that we tackle homelessness directly where it exists…on the streets of our community. We proactively go out to find our clients through street level outreach where they live, provide basic needs to ensure their survival and build rapport, and connect them to any organization that offers a service beneficial to them, rapidly moving from homeless to housed.
While being successful at your primary purpose as an organization is the most important factor, it is just as important to be fiscally responsible. That is why we are so proud of our 91% program service ratio for 2021, as well as our continuous Gold Star rating on GuideStar, the trusted leader in non-profit accountability.
Please view our NVHS Brochure HERE
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|The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to serve the needs of our active-duty and recent-veteran wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Forces (SOF) and their families by starting or continuing the process of mentally, physically and emotionally healing in preparation to return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life.|
|To develop a positive and proactive mindset of veterans and give them the confidence and tools they need to wear a new uniform. To leverage proven experience and success strategies and to provide veterans legitimate opportunities at the careers they deserve. To recruit the support of individuals, corporations and organizations, forming a vast network of resources available to our veterans.|
|Operation Warrior Resolution is a veteran run non-profit organization with the primary mission of providing Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) sessions and other innovative, holistic treatments to military service members and their family members, alleviating PTSD and other mental health issues.|
Their goal is to show their gratitude by sending care packages every month to members of the military who are assigned overseas. Their care packages help boost morale and bring joy at a time when troops are away from their family and loved ones.
Panhandle Warrior Partnership™ (PWP) is a veteran-focused, community-led initiative to proactively connect with all veterans and ensure access to quality resources and opportunities available in collaboration with the community. The Florida Panhandle is home to one of the largest concentrations of military installations and personnel in the country and while there is a well-knit support structure for active duty and their families; that support structure becomes disjointed and not easily navigated when our service members become veterans. An estimated 100,000 veterans reside in the communities of Northwestern Florida, “The Panhandle”. The larger cities within Northwestern Florida have a variety of support organizations and opportunities, but many veterans, especially in the largely rural areas that span the distance between the Panhandle cities, are not aware of them or the benefits they’ve earned. Veteran organizations are focused on direct services and do not have the capacity to proactively engage the veteran population prior to a need being identified. Additionally, community offerings within the cities can be unaware of what the veterans in the Panhandle are looking for and how to best support them.
PWP is standing by to serve veterans, their families, and caregivers in Northwest Florida. Coordinated assistance with veterans’ benefits and connections to local and national resources are just a call away!
SACC is the only job fair exclusively for service academy alumni. SACC allows candidates to interface with a large number of companies and universities. Companies and universities are encouraged to have in-depth conversations with the candidates to evaluate their skill sets. Semi-private “interview” tables are provided at each venue. By registering in advance, the candidate has the opportunity to have his resume reviewed by the companies prior to SACC and the companies are encouraged to reach out to the candidates and invite them to their booths. It is a win-win for all involved!
|Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nuturing extraordinary partnerships between people with dogs. They create elite working dogs and provide life-changing services for people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or loss of a parent in the military.|
To decrease and eliminate veteran and first responder suicide. By providing a community of support from fellow warriors who have found their way out of the darkness by a healing process they are now prepared and ready to teach and provide to others.
The Fire Watch is Florida’s fight to end veteran suicide. We are uniting our War Fighters and allies to swiftly activate local assets, stand watch, and build a life-saving network. To date, no city, county, or state has systemically reduced its veteran suicide rate. This effort is the first of its kind in the country.
Veteran suicide is a growing crisis. At least 20 U.S. veterans are taking their lives every day. To date, solutions to prevent suicide have been inadequate at best. In particular, federal solutions have had little to no effect on the crisis on the ground here in Florida. Given that Florida is home to over 1.5 million veterans, the need and the challenge are evident.
Based upon the success and experience of Florida’s non-profit K9s For Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to disabled American veterans in preventing veteran suicide, The Fire Watch recreates on a regional scale the support system and inter-connectivity required to keep our veterans safe from taking their own lives.
The Fire Watch combats veteran suicide in two ways. First, we coordinate local resources with our many veteran service partners to assist veterans in crisis. Second, we are mobilizing a Watch Stander network of 10,000+ community members to learn to identify the risk signs of veterans in crisis and to direct those veterans to the help and resources they need. Our goal is to ensure our War Fighters never slip into crisis at all.
Cohen Military Family Clinics provide specialized therapy for depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other transitional challenges. They also provide marriage counseling, relationship counseling and help with children’s behavioral issues to support the entire military family. The Cohen Clinics provide veterans and their families with high-quality, accessible care, regardless of discharge status or role in service.
Tribute To The Troops® is an organization of dedicated volunteers, supporters and participants that have joined together to raise awareness to the sacrifices made by America’s fallen heroes and their families. Their Mission Statement guides their efforts and continually reminds them of the importance of what they do. They invite you to explore their website, support their efforts, participate on their rides and family visits, and to help them convey their thanks to those who have sacrificed and all those who have served.
Casting Away Troubles & Connecting Heroes
VetCatch is a Florida born organization dedicated to using fishing and boating to focus on physical and mental healing for our disabled veterans. We are committed to restoring a sense of self through positive connections, outdoor adventure, and relieving stress on the open water.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center Region IV, representing the State of Florida, has twice been honored as the VBOC of the year, in 2014 and 2018.
Under the leadership of Brenton Peacock, the staff strives to continuously meet the needs of its clients. We consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you and provide the necessary skills to start or grow your own business.
Following a 1999 law to promote veteran participation in the entrepreneurship and small business field, the Small Business Association created and established a number of VBOCs. The Florida program, which is one of twenty-two in the country, finds that success is reflected in many start-ups throughout the State. Our clients have cumulatively received millions of dollars in contract awards, the bulk of which is through federal government contracting and loans. We help strengthen our clients’ business by providing education and resources, with the understanding that military service has set-up veterans to be fine entrepreneurs.
Consulting services are free, and we offer one-on-one communications with clients. Our consultants have been entrepreneurs, were in the military or closely related to the military, have worked in various industries, and have a wide range of education and skills to assist with almost any type of business venture.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center at Gulf Coast State College
Proudly Empowering Veteran Entrepreneurship in Florida
Our Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serves active duty personnel, veterans, and military spouses who want to learn more about, then start and grow a small business of their own in the State of Florida. We serve the entire State of Florida, from our headquarters in Panama City at Gulf Coast State College.
WHAT CAN THE VBOC DO FOR YOU?
We are your tax dollars at work. The VBOC is funded in part by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). We stand ready to help with FREE business counseling and assistance to Florida’s veterans and military spouses to help you.
Test the feasibility and potential profitability of your start-up idea or expansion of an existing business.
Write a solid business plan before you spend any money.
Take the right steps to start and successfully manage a small business in Florida.
Identify funding sources (banks, credit unions, non-traditional business lenders) and SBA loan programs. VBOC is not a lender nor do we represent any lenders.
Understand business taxes and your financial statements.
Develop marketing and customer acquisition strategies to grow your business.
Consider government contracting and take advantage of your veteran-owned small business status in procurement at all levels (federal, state and local).
Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.
Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.
The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the knowledge needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running we keep them connected with mentors and resources.
Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.
VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!
It is a sisterhood that provides a safe and supportive environment for healing, for learning ways to overcome challenges, find the peace within, improve well-being, and transition to civilian life.
We are Veterans of the Military and First Responder Communities whose service continues as peer leaders creating gathering spaces each month meant to encourage grassroots meaningful human connection.
The priority is to always grant basic needs or emergencies first – anything from putting food on the table to assisting with car repairs, home repairs, baby supplies, clothing, etc. When basic needs are met, W4OH also enjoys providing fun things like sending the troops to athletic events, sending them on vacation to get re-acquainted after deployments, meeting celebrities and more.
Every warrior has a next mission. WWP knows that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. WWP is here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because WWP believes that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.