Veteran Community By The Numbers:
- 754,000 Population- First Congressional District
- 106,680 Veteran Population (14%-- twice the national average!)
- 16,823 Post-911 Veterans (17%)
Goal: Engage > 2,000 Veterans annually, assess needs and provide support using our community partnerships
Between 2011 and 2014, as America drew down from two wars, the U.S. Military began a massive drawdown and a large population of veterans were released from active duty. Many veterans needed assistance transitioning. Communities had populated with numerous niche service organizations with good will and a desire to assist, but veterans didn’t know how to find them, or who provided what services. Despite the numerous organizations, there were still many gaps remaining in coverage. The Panhandle Warrior Partnership is designed to connect veterans to services, and create solutions where no services exist, using a model of community integration and collaboration.
We recognize that each veteran is a unique individual. A one-size- fits-all approach does not meet all veterans’ needs. We believe each veteran deserves and requires individual attention to help realize his or her aspirations.
Our holistic service model addresses the main components needed for a well-rounded, healthy life. The model supports each veteran’s quest to reach personal fulfillment and satisfaction in his or her own individual way.
Step 1: Connect
Outreach is critical. And we believe the only way to serve veterans is building individual relationships with each one.Connecting with and knowing veterans: where they live, work and what their challenges and goals are.
Step 2: Educate
Our Advocates educate veterans about resources available to them and educate the community about the value of its veterans.
Step 3: Advocate
We advocate for veterans when obstacles occur through our vast network of expertise. We promote changes to policies and systems when needed. We also advocate for their communities to ensure an environment supportive of veterans.
Step 4: Collaborate
As a leader in the community, instead of competing with other service organizations, we collaborate with them, bringing together all potential resources for veterans in order to provide a comprehensive and holistic empowerment plan.
Our five advocates and two case coordinators cover the six counties of Florida’s 1 st Congressional District. By teaming with over 160 local service partners, we are actively engaging the 106,680 local veterans from all service eras. Our team tracks all services offered and the impact made on all veterans they assist.
- Over 5,000 Relationships with active duty veterans
- 50+ housed
- 945 Enrolled for education
- 495 Employed
- 1,265 Enrolled in VA Healthcare
How We’re Funded
- Corporate Sponsors
- Individual Donors
Ways You Can Help
- Referrals (Get the word out!)
- Network (Help us get in touch with new partners)
- Volunteer (Your time is a valuable asset)
- Throw a Fundraiser
Community Leadership & Initiatives
- MyVA Community Veterans Engagement Board
- Vet Court
- Warriors Working
- Warrior Serve
Our National Partners
In just 18 months we have formed partnerships that will impact over 5,000 veterans. Think how many more veterans and communities can be impacted with additional support for our work.