Important Information & News for Veterans
Toxic Water at Camp LeJeune
Veterans and Civilians stationed at, living or working at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987 for a minimum of 30 days were exposed to toxic water. The water has been found to have contained toxic chemicals that can cause a multitude of serious illnesses ranging from various types of cancer to renal failure to stillborn births.
The ‘Keep Our Pact’ Act, approved by the Government in August of 2022, sets aside compensation for those who were affected. These benefits are available for two years from the date of approval, so don’t delay seeking assistance if you believe you are entitled to benefits.
For information and assistance with claims, contact any of the following:
Broward Veterans Coalition: 888-420-9135
Operation Sacred Trust: 855-778-3411
Your local VA: 305-575-7000
DRT Brain Love Foundation has been awarded a grant to provide mental health and wellness services to City of Hollywood (FL) Veterans who have faced financial challenges accessing mental health and wellness care. Services may include psychotherapy, mood disorder treatments (PTSD, anxiety, etc), medication management, reiki healing, and much more. If you are interested and qualify or know anyone who is interested in this opportunity, contact DRT at (305) 981-1700 or send an email to email@example.com.
RESOURCES & ORGANIZATIONS FOR VETERANS:
POMPANO BEACH VET CENTER, 954-984-1669 or 877-927-8387
2300 West Sample Road, Suite 102, Pompano, FL 33073
FORT LAUDERDALE VET CENTER, 954-714-2381
3666 W, Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderdale Lakes, Fl 33311
MIAMI VET CENTER, 305-718-3712
8280 N.W. 27th Street, #511, Miami, Fl 33122
MISSION UNITED MIAMI - part of UNITED WAY of MIAMI, 305-646-7130
Mission United helps ease the transition to civilian life and address the unique needs of veterans. By connecting them to a coordinated network of community partners, we empower veterans and their families to lead productive lives in our community. Services include job training and opportunities, affordable housing, legal resources and more.
MISSION UNITED BROWARD - part of UNITED WAY of BROWARD COUNTY, 954-4-United
United Way of Broward County created Mission United to support Veterans as they transition from Military life to Civilian life. Mission United focuses on 6 key areas of service to Veterans:
* Housing Support *Employment Services *Education
*Legal Assistance *Healthcare *Financial Stability
OPERATION SACRED TRUST - 411VETERANS.COM, 855-778-3411
OST Broward Veteran Service Center, 201 SE 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
OST Miami Veteran Service Center, 1400 NW 54th St., Suite 100, Miami, FL 33142
The goal of Operation Sacred Trust is to improve very low-income Veteran families’ housing stability. The program provides outreach, case management, and resiliency services, and will assist participants to obtain VA benefits and other public benefits, such as: health care services, daily living services, personal financial planning services, transportation services, fiduciary and payee services, legal services, child care services, housing counseling services and temporary financial assistance (including time-limited payments to third parties for rent, utilities, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, transportation, child care and emergency supplies). Operation Sacred Trust is unique in that it combines proven traditional outreach and case management best practices with novel nontraditional service delivery methods
BROWARD VETERANS COALITION, 888-420-9135
The Broward Veterans Coalition serves as an umbrella organization representing the interest of veterans organizations, individual veterans, and active-duty personnel.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33351
BVC’s Objectives Include:
To enhance the welfare, and quality of life, of all veterans in Broward County Florida.
To educate, and inform, the membership, and other veterans, regarding existing and proposed legislation that does, or could, affect veterans.
To provide a liaison between the Broward Vets and any other organization whose mission includes advocating for, assisting, or supporting veterans.
To provide continuing assistance to eliminate the backlog of claims facing those veterans requiring any services from the US Veterans Administration or any other government entity.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPT - VETERANS DIVISION, 305-256-7830
CAHSD Veteran Services Program assists Veterans and their families (spouse, children, widows, parents of Veterans) with applying for Veteran benefits, claims and appeals to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and their families can get assistance in applying for federal, state and local benefits. There is no cost to receive veteran services.
211 BROWARD, MILITARY AND VETERANS RESOURCES, call 211
211 Broward offers comprehensive services dedicated to serving military members, veterans, and their families to ensure they get the support they earned and deserve.
Helpline Services provides free, confidential crisis and suicide counseling, empathetic listening, and information and referrals for military members, veterans, and their families.
VA - THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,245 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,065 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.
VA Miami HealthCare Locations:
To schedule an appointment, Veterans can call 305.575.7000 or contact their care team.
*Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, 305-575-7000, 1201 NW 16th St, Miami FL 33125
*William “Bill” Kling VA Clinic, 9800 W Commercial Blvd, Sunrise FL 33351
*Key West VA Clinic, 1300 Douglas Circle, Key West, FL 33040
*Homestead VA Clinic, 950 Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030
Additional Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe County VA Healthcare Locations
BROWARD COLLEGE VETERAN’S RESOURCE CENTER
Veteran’s Resource Ctr - 954-201-2545, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd, Bldg. 62 #13-c, Coconut Creek, 33066
The College is designated a Military Friendly institution and offers a variety of programs to Veterans, in-service personnel, and to dependents of deceased or disabled Veterans.
Miami-Dade College Office of Veteran and Military Resources, 305-237-2841
The Office of Veteran and Military Resources at MDC is here to help Veterans transition to college life. Our Veteran & Military Services Resource Guide is a valuable tool for you to use for step-by-step instructions, viewing required documents for various GI Bills, educational information for navigating MDC college life, tuition assistance and scholarships, out-of-state tuition waivers, and examples of various forms.
Nova Southeastern University’s Veterans Access Clinic, 954-262-FLAG (3524)
Fort Lauderdale / Davie Campus 3200 S. University Dr., Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33328
Miami Campus 8501 S.W. 124th Avenue , Suite 111A, Miami, FL 33183
We are proud to offer many of our services to qualifying veterans and their family members for little or no cost. Those who served our country deserve nothing but the best. NSU Health is dedicated to supporting the needs of veterans and their families through NSU Veterans Health Care. These clinics and the services provided are jointly sponsored by Nova Southeastern University and the State of Florida, Department of Health.
Veterans Health Care Clinic Services
Backed by our extensive expertise, NSU Health is a top health care university that takes pride in our ability to help our nation’s heroes. Whether it’s for yourself or a family member, find the care that aligns with the health services you need, including Dental, Mental Health and Vision.
BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY VETERAN’S SERVICES
Veterans Connect Hotspot Program: Free Mobile Internet Service for Veterans, Active Military and their dependents! Veterans, active military members and their dependents can check out free WiFi hotspots at nine library locations throughout Broward County with valid military identification. The free hotspots provide unlimited access to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network and increase access to information and technology. The hotspots will be loaned for one month with the option to renew the loan three more times. For more information, please call 954-357-7444.
Broward County Libraries also provide veterans with Career Assistance, Education Resources, Training Resources, Business Resources and more.
HONOR FLIGHT SOUTH FLORIDA, 855-359-8138
Honor Flight South Florida is a 100% all-volunteer organization, dedicated solely to honoring all veterans in Broward, Dade, and Monroe counties. In the final chapters of their lives, it’s a race against time to fly these veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials built in their honor. Top priority is given to our most senior defenders of freedom, World War II and Korean War veterans, and those veterans who are terminally ill. Also, we are now serving Vietnam Veterans. Every one of these veterans fly absolutely free
FREEDOM FIGHTER OUTDOORS, 888-642-0486, 2436 North Federal Highway #312, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064
Mission is to raise awareness and seek public aid for needs, services and activities for injured service veterans. To facilitate injured service veterans in assisting each other through teamwork-based outdoor recreational activities and to provide unique, once in a lifetime outdoor activities to honor and empower our nations injured service veterans.
VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
ARMY SUICIDE PREVENTION WEBSITE
NATIONAL CALL CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 877-424-3838
1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
NAMI MIAMI and NAMI BROWARD (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
11/11/22 - Veteran Suicide Rates may be twice what was previously thought.
A research project called ‘Operation Deep Dive’ has found at least 44 Veterans commit suicide each day in the United States - more than two times higher than the previous estimate by th eDepartment of Veterans Affairs. The study, conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership with Duke University and the University of Alabama, analyzed data across five years in eight states. The research goal was to create a complete picture of the suicide crisis among veterans to address it better and prevent further deaths.
The study found that helping veterans access meaningful employment, housing, physical health and mental well-being will help to lower suicide rates.
NAMI is one of many organizations that can provide Mental Health assistance. Their unique approach includes peer to peer group sessions, moderated by trained Veterans, with separate groups for female Veterans.
If you or someone you know is a Veteran in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 9-8-8.
You can also reach NAMI Miami at 305-665-2540; or NAMI Broward at 800-950-NAMI (6264).
In an imminent crisis, always call 9-1-1.