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Posted July 5, 2017 | 9:27 AM

Celebrate Veterans on Independence Day

98,300-plus military Veterans live in Hillsborough County, the most in Florida

Independence Day is a good time to honor Veterans, whose sacrifices protect and sustain the United States, and whose presence in Hillsborough County is unique in Florida.

A recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tally shows the County has more than 98,300 former military service members, the largest number among the state's 67 counties. That doesn't count thousands of active-duty servicemen and servicewomen who also live here.

Whether you plan to attend a parade, enjoy a fireworks display, or relax at home, in a park, or on a beach this Independence Day, remember those who served to give us the freedom to do such things - on the Fourth of July and every day.

Here are nine ways Hillsborough County reaches out to its Veterans:

  • Construction of the Veterans Services Resource Center is underway at the park. When completed, the facility will offer a one-stop shop for services for local Veterans.
  • Homeless Veterans receive services and, in some cases, housing through Operation Reveille, sponsored by Hillsborough County Homeless Services and Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI).
  • Operation Code Vet is a new Hillsborough County program that offers help for select Veterans whose homes or property have fallen into disrepair.