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FLORIDA VETERANS FOUNDATION INC

No Florida Veteran Left Behind

aka http://www.HelpFLVets.org   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  www.HelpFLVets.org

Mission

The Florida Veterans Foundation serves, supports, and advocates for Florida veterans to improve their well being.

The Florida Veterans Foundation:

Serves 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 by educating the public and governmental entities to increase awareness on veteran-related issues.

Ruling year info

2009

Administration Officer

Raymond Miller

Main address

The Capitol, Suite 2107 400 S. Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 USA

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EIN

26-2748811

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans are in dire need of assistance, and with the COVID-19 Pandemic, more is needed to help guide them to a better life and more meaningful life. Suicide and Opioid Addiction are on the rise, PTSD is rampant, Veterans are losing jobs, cannot make ends meet and turning to a life of crisis. Aging Veterans are dying before they can get benefits to help them with long term care. Surviving spouses need help. Veterans cannot afford transportation to medical appointments and the list goes on. The Florida Veterans Foundation can help with all of these and more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Aging Wartime Veterans Program

Help aging wartime veterans and their survivors apply and receive VA Pension with Aid & Attendance Benefits through statewide outreach programs targeting aging veterans, age 65 and older who served at lease one day during eligible wartime eras. Our claims experts help them with the entire claim process AT NO COST TO THE VETERAN.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Creating and building personal relationships statewide for agency/service partnerships to expand services and improve outcomes (veteran population as pilot then include entire Florida population). Flexibility to provide full-on, targeted campaign statewide that will connect the pilot veteran population to service providers at all levels and by issues such as Suicide Prevention, Opioid Abuse, PTSD, Mental Health, Veterans’ Benefits, Transportation, Telehealth, Veterans Treatment Court, Homeless, Assisted Living Facility Resident Support (aging population). Educate and improve access to care for veterans by linking Federal and community resources to each other, including mutual aid support groups as well as partners outside the health care system such as law enforcement and community advisory boards and families.
Expand services by addressing unmet social service/community needs that create barriers to service delivery.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

(a) Project directed at military veterans and aged communities to provide financial literacy and financial fraud education and resources, and to include such resources in a suite of other immediate access life critical services being made available to such communities.
(b) Development of a mobile application providing direct and immediate all-hour access help to Florida's elderly and veteran communties as follows:
• Helps Veterans develop financial literacy skill sets, by connecting them to resources and information helping them make informed and effective decisions affecting or relating to their financial condition (VA aid and assistance claims filing, fraud awareness and prevention assistance, registration with Federal VA permitting receipt of benefits and facilitating life benefits claims);
• Provides immediate peer-to-peer contact and professional assistance for suicide prevention, opioid addiction; and mental health concerns; and
• Provides an effective medium for providing all Florida veterans and/or elderly citizens one-stop access to: financial literacy resources, mental and emotional crisis assistance, and VA financial benefits accessibility.
• Provides an immediate and personal outreach tool to millions of family members and caretakers of veterans and elderly citizenry to quickly publish, notify and educate and provide critical financial literacy informationand alerts, as well as life crisis care information.
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Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Provide statewide outreach services to find and get veterans registered for VA benefits. Support the FDVA with outreach programs to educate veterans on the many benefits available to them.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Veterans often face complex legal problems that our skilled attorneys and partners can solve. These include:
Wrongful eviction and foreclosure
ID issues for homeless veterans (driver’s licenses and FL ID)
Discharge upgrades
Disaster / FEMA assistance
Family Law issues
FVF has established a groundwork that has opened up services with Veterans. This has been done through collaboration with the Bay Area Legal Services (BALS) of Tampa Bay. Through this initiative we found a resultant “needs-assessment” by way of BALS’ Veterans Legal Helpline’s work. We have collectively seen firsthand the common issues facing our veterans today. Bay Area Legal Services’ work is life changing and many times, lifesaving. Veterans who suffer from PTSD and other mental ailments can be particularly vulnerable during major life crises and common legal aid issues like foreclosure/eviction, family law issues, or public health benefits claims that can severely impact their stability. BALS partnerships with veterans’ organizations like ours ensures that our community of veterans are provided the invaluable services they need to lead a stable, healthy lifestyle while transitioning through civilian life. BALS is our most trusted counsel, bar none.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Florida Veterans Foundation was created in 2008 by the Florida Legislature. It is the direct service organization for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Its direct mission is to assist Veterans and their Families with emergency assistance through a variety of programs.

There are many Veterans that are in dire need of assistance from homelessness to food insecurity, transportation, VA benefits navigation, suicide and opioid prevention, medical services and more. The Foundations goals are to serve more Veterans by adding new programs and services to expand outreach, education, and assistance.

The Florida Veterans Foundation serves our Veterans and their Families through eight districts which are staff with our volunteer board members who serve as the trusted conduits to the Foundation. Our website is a direct link to emergency services around the state. Our programs are designed to educate, encourage, and strengthen hope that help is on the way with trusted resources and reliability to get them assistance in an expedited manner.

To expand our programs, the Foundation is programmed with fiscal policies and procedures that help to keep our expenses low, while giving back more to Veterans in need. Examples include collaboration with other Veterans groups and programs such as COVID-19 Project Vet Relief, Veterans Ride Program, Workshops on Aging Veterans Benefits, Hyperbaric Treatment Programs, Dental Emergencies, Fraud Prevention and Protection, and educational materials such as the Florida Veterans Benefits Guides.

The Florida Veterans Foundation collaborates with several state Veterans groups like the Florida Veterans Council, 378 Veteran Service Offices, Legal Services, Crisis Centers, State Agencies, and several Veterans media groups. Our programs are mission-driven to meet the high volume of Veterans in need.

Our eighteen-member board of directors also serve as a conduit to Veterans across the state and volunteer thousands of hours each month. It is the donations, grants and direct public support that helps us to fund our programs.

Throughout the years the Florida Veterans Foundation has secured its place in the Veterans arena as the trusted source for referrals, resources, provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency assistance to Veterans in need. Our growth is continued by increasing its outreach, education through a new website, social media programs and collaborations and further extending a Veterans olive branch to finding help where needed

The Foundations mission is “No Florida Veteran Left Behind” and by increasing our capabilities through greater collaborations, grants, donations and direct public support, we can accomplish more, serve more, and help those heroes who are in dire need of assistance.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FLORIDA VETERANS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

USN CDR (Ret) Dennis Baker

Florida Veterans Foundation Inc


Board co-chair

Mr. Don Lanman

Florida Veterans Foundation Inc

Term: 2021 - 2024

Beatrice Love Moore, USN

District One West

Jeffrrey Askew, USN

District Three

Paul Kimbel

District Four

Chip Hanson, USMC

District Five

Joan Colosimo

District Six

Don Lanman, USA

District Seven

Angel Figueroa, USA

District Eight

Major John L. Haynes, USMC

Chairman Emeritus

Rear Admiral Rick Grant

At Large

Senator Danny Burgess

At Large

Senator Tom Wright

At Large

Terry McCaffrey

At Large

Rep. Sam Killebrew, USN

At Large

Chancellor Dr. William Proctor

At Large

Colonel Ben Findley

At Large

Mike Jones

At Large

Bruce Johnson

District Two

Pia Woodley

District 1E

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/28/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data