United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County and The American Red Cross Join Forces to Support Broward's Military and Their Families

September 20, 2012

United Way of Broward County and The American Red Cross are proud to announce their collaboration in support of our veterans in Broward. MISSION UNITED focuses on the more than 110,000 veterans living in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life.

Currently Broward County does not have a military base to support these veterans and their families. Many are facing foreclosure, divorce, unemployment, legal issues, depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges.

United Way of Broward County and The American Red Cross will use MISSION UNITED to align existing military services and create programs where there are gaps in support.

As the primary service provider, The American Red Cross will operate their Transition Reintegration Plan “TRP” to deliver vital case management services for these returning veterans. The American Red Cross will offer essential assessment and case management services.  Under MISSION UNITED, United Way of Broward County and The American Red Cross will ensure every military service member is “no more than two steps to help”.  The very name “Mission United” reflects the commitment by Broward leaders and organizations to support Broward’s resident veterans.

“The men and women who are returning to South Florida, some after several tours of duty overseas, are facing extraordinary challenges,” said Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County.  “It’s already a difficult economic climate and the dedicated men and women in the military face a multitude of obstacles readjusting to civilian life.  We are eager to connect them with a wide array of services to make the transition easier and help them get their lives back.  We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us.”

“Harnessing community-wide knowledge, skills and resources, and the support of local business and government leaders, MISSION UNITED will serve veterans by supplying a structured system directing them to the right provider to help them and their families,” explained Sam Tidwell CEO of the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “United Way of Broward County and The American Red Cross will work together to ensure the transitional and crisis services of the local military community are clearly identified and universally accessible.”

Employers, local service providers and companies that can provide assistance are encouraged to contact Commander (ret) Nancy Vaniman, U.S. Navy (954) 462-4850 ext. 141 or LtCol (ret) Tony Colmenares at (786) 566-0551.

For more information visit www.MissionUnited.org


About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 70 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of education, income and health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.

About the American Red Cross in Broward County
Established in 1918, the American Red Cross in Broward County is guided by a volunteer board, representing a cross section of our very diverse community.  Red Cross staff and trained volunteers deliver disaster and humanitarian services across our community.  Red Cross services also include education about HIV/AIDS, learn to swim and lifeguard certification programs, CPR and First Aid certification, responding to fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, assisting military service men and women and their families with emergency communication, and much more.  The services provided by the American Red Cross are only made possible through the generous contributions of time and money from the Broward Community.
For more information, visit www.redcross.org



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