To contact a FDVA Veterans’ Claims Examiner, call (727) 319-7440 and they’ll return your call within 24 hours. All services are free to the veteran. You may also contact them via e-mail at FDVA.VSO@FDVA.FL.GOV
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is a nearly 1,500-member constitutionally chartered State Veterans’ Affairs department responsible for serving the nation’s third largest veteran population. The department operates a network of eight state-run veterans’ nursing homes and one assisted living facility, and provides statewide outreach through a network of veterans’ claims examiners to connect Florida’s 1.5 million Veterans, their families, and survivors with earned services, benefits and support. FDVA has approximately 100 Veterans’ Claims Examiners, known in veterans’ circles as “VCEs,” co-located with the VA Regional Office in Bay Pines, each VA Medical Center and many VA Outpatient Clinics throughout the state. All outreach services are free to the Veteran. These “Hope Navigators,” who are often the first-line contact with our state’s Veterans, can be reached by calling (727) 319-7440. You may also contact them via e-mail at FDVA.VSO@FDVA.FL.GOV.
County Veteran Service Offices
Information on current federal, state and local veterans’ programs, entitlements and referral services is also available in Florida through a network of County Veteran Service Offices. The counselors, who are county employees and wartime veterans, are trained and accredited annually by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All services are provided free of charge. A list of offices can be found online at www.FloridaVets.org/benefits-services.
Florida Veterans Foundation
The Florida Veterans Foundation is the Direct Support Organization of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Now in its 13th year, the non-profit Foundation operates for charitable and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3). It works closely with Florida’s 67 County Veteran Service Offices, which are “frontline” for Florida veterans, their families and survivors. The Foundation is a safety net for Florida veterans and partners with major Veteran Service Organizations to assist veterans in need with employment, housing, transportation and benefits assistance. The Foundation website, www.HelpFLVets.org, also provides important emergency assistance information, including links to the Florida Veterans Crisis Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1.
Veterans Florida (Florida is for Veterans, Inc.)
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida and the state’s designated SkillBridge assistance organization. They provide powerful tools to help veterans find a new career, start a business, and connect with helpful resources in the Sunshine State. Through their Career Services Program, they connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. They 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. Visit www.veteransflorida.org to learn more.
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