Celebrate Veterans on Independence Day
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:
- Veterans of all eras are honored at the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Museum, 3602 Highway 301 N.
- Construction of the Veterans Resource Center is underway at the park. When completed, the facility will offer a one-stop shop for services for local Veterans.
- Veterans, their dependents, and survivors can apply for a range of benefits, including disability compensation and pension assistance. Learn more about the Department of Consumer and Veteran Services.
- The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County serves as a liaison between County government and Veterans groups.
- Veterans can get discounted or free Conservation Parks Passes
- Homeless Veterans receive services and, in some cases, housing through Operation Reveille, sponsored by Hillsborough County Homeless Services and Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI).
- Hillsborough County encourages Veterans to consider careers in agriculture. One such enterprise, Veteran Agriculture Selection Program (V.A.S.P), is an intensive, nine-month, paid internship.
- Operation Code Vet is a new Hillsborough County program that offers help for select Veterans whose homes or property have fallen into disrepair.
- Honorably discharged, disabled Veterans and their surviving spouses are eligible for property tax exemptions on Florida real estate owned and used as homesteads.