With an infusion of state funding, the Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park Veteran Resource Center and Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum will be able to expand the support they provide to the military community in the region.
The Veterans Resource Center will receive $1.65 million in public funds that will be used to expand resources at the facility, located on the park grounds at 3602 US 301 N. in Tampa, just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Florida State Fairgrounds.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity award went to the Hillsborough County Department of Consumer and Veterans Services, of which Frank Strom is director. He said the improvements to the facility will be obvious to visitors.
“They will experience a 4,600 square foot educational facility that will connect visitors to our 14 memorials and their military connection and contributions to Hillsborough County,” he wrote in an email. . “As Florida’s population and tourism continue to grow, so does the need for our park and facilities, which have become a regional destination.”
The Veterans Resource Center opened in 2017 and will be expanded to include a new Veterans Education and Culture Center, which will have an exhibit gallery as well as meeting rooms.
According to a county press release, “The Veterans Educational and Cultural Center will provide programs and exhibits to educate the community about all eras of military service and the historical connection to Hillsborough County and the State of Florida.”
The Veterans Resource Center provides services that help veterans and their families, as well as surviving family members, obtain benefits from federal, state, and local agencies, including accessing health care at James A. Haley VA Hospital in North Tampa. The establishment also offers local services to veterans in assisted living facilities and retirement homes.
In addition to veteran-related services, the center also offers information consumers can use to protect themselves against cybercrime, such as identity theft, as well as advice on buying a car or asserting rights. under Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Workers can also lodge complaints about unfair wages or wage theft by employers.