Military Affairs Liaison

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MISSION

The mission of the Military Affairs Liaison is to provide support to improve the quality of life for Tampa’s Veterans out in the community and within our own TPD Family.

FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDANTS, and SURVIVORS

VA Benefits for Vets

Govt Benefits

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

Local Military Employment Consultant for Veterans who are separated from service and Local Military Readiness Consultant for DoD Card Holders:

Email Det. Susan Libertz at tpdvets@tampagov.net with the details. She will forward to the consultant.

MCC Unite

FloridaVets.Org

Help Paying Bills

FloridaJobs.Org

Homeless Vets Reintegration

American Legion (Florida)

 

USERRA: Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA 38 U.S.C. 4301-4335)

U.S. Dept. of Labor USERRA website

USERRA is neutral.  It offers guidance for both the employer and the employee in areas such as:.

  • How long can an employee be gone for military duty?
  • What does an employee run out of military hours?
  • Does an employee have to provide notice of military duty?
  • Does an employer have to maintain the deployed employee’s position upon their return?

TRANSITIONING BACK TO CIVILIAN LIFE

Mission United

An offshoot of United Way Suncoast, Mission United in Tampa enables military veterans and their families to successfully acclimate back to civilian life. By forming a coordinated network of community partners, we provides veterans and their families with a single entry point to the help they need.

Project Transition USA

This non-profit specializes in helping transitioning military Veterans & their families learn to utilize the powerful networking & job search technology of LinkedIN.  They also provide personal introductions to supportive, military-friendly professionals in the civilian world!

Wounded Warrior Project

This program is designed to help with transition, including mental and/or physical issues.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Rehab treatment in Florida

Florida Military Programs

Substance Abuse Benefits available for Vets

North Tampa Behavioral Health

MENTAL HEALTH

2-1-1

Staff and volunteer Intervention Specialists provide immediate and confidential short-term crisis intervention, and information & referral to over 4,600 human services available in Hillsborough County, including resources for: basic needs for food, rent, clothing, shelter and utilities, relationship counseling, senior services, health and substance abuse issues, depression and suicide, teenage issues, parenting help, disaster assistance, legal affairs and financial support.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Provides services to help deal with sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and emotional or situational problems.  They also operate the 2-1-1 information referral system

James A. Haley VA Hospital (website) - 13000 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612 (map) - (813) 972-2000

James A. Haley VA Hospital is a BA-52 receiving facility and will accept anyone who claims they are a VETRAN regardless of proof of status.

EXAMPLE: A subject states they are a Veteran but cannot provide a DD Form 214 or DoD Identification. Although they cannot provide ID they will still be processed at James P. Haley. If they DO NOT provide identification, please send a courtesy email to Troy Howell at troy.howell@va.gov. He will assist the Veteran with securing ID.

Military OneSource 800-342-9647

Provides free NON-MEDICAL, CONFIDENTIAL counseling for the above listed members and separated members for an additional 365 days post-separation.

Military OneSource provides active-duty, Guard and Reserve service members (regardless of activation status) and their immediate family members with information, referral, and consultation at no cost.  These services include non-medical counseling, online resources, educational materials, webinars, newsletters, outreach teams in each state, tax support and many other services. This personalized support is available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve.

A member is covered up to 365 days POST-military separation (Active, Reserve, Guard, IMA – Coast Guard when activated with the Navy)

6,935 VETTED RESOURCES

Examples of Military OneSource Programs:

  • Family and Relationship Counseling
  • Financial and Legal Assistance
  • Free Tax Prep
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education and Employment
  • Free Tutoring
  • MANGO (free online language programs/compared to Rosetta Stone)

Florida Veterans Support Line  1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838)

When a veteran calls 1-844-MyFLVet, they will speak with someone who is trained to provide immediate emotional support . The veteran can also be referred to both VA and non-VA resources including private, non-profit organizations, community programs, and local government services. Help is available regardless of discharge status. A list of the organizations answering calls to the Florida Veteran Support Line can be found at: https://flvetsupportline.squarespace.com/about

Veterans Crisis Line    1-800-273-8255

The Vet Center (Military Sexual Trauma) 

They provide readjustment counseling.  Vet Center services are also provided to family members of Veterans and Service members for military related issues when it is found to aid in the readjustment of those that have served. This includes bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.

Veterans Counseling Veterans, Inc

A network of mental health counselors who are Veterans too.  They take Tricare and private insurance.  Some have sliding scales based on income.

The LIFE Center of the Suncoast

The LIFE Center is a collection of counselors who provide individual, family, and group counseling following a death of a loved one or trauma. Survivors of violent crime receive counseling for free through a state grant.  They also offer Grief Support Groups for children, teens, spousal loss, and survivors of sexual trauma.

OTHER RESOURCES

Metropolitan Ministries (website) - 2301 North Tampa Street (map)   813-209-1200

Salvation Army

St. Vincent DePaul

Tampa Crossroads

Red Cross

The Red Cross supports military families during deployments and emergencies, including sending emergency messages to and from a deployed area.