To advise the BOCC and other departments on issues pertaining to veterans

The purpose and scope of the activities of the Hillsborough County Veteran’s Advisory Board (HCVAB) shall be the following:

To serve in an advisory capacity to the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Hillsborough County Consumer  & Veteran’s Services Department, and the Conservation & Environmental Lands Management Department to effectuate development of the Veterans Resource Center additional phases, the memorials and grounds of Hillsborough County Veteran’s Memorial Park, and revitalization of the museum as outlined in the most current Master Plan created by the University of South Florida and adopted by the board in November 2022.

To serve as a convener of community groups whose interest is in the provision of resources to the veterans, their spouses, and the family members of veterans who reside in Hillsborough County.

To deliver an annual report to the BOCC detailing priorities, goals, and issues pertaining to veterans and their families.

The HVCAB will serve as an ad hoc board with a delineation date of December 2027, at which time an evaluation to determine the need of continuance will be conducted.

Members appointed by

Members are appointed by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners.


The HCVAB shall be composed of nine members as follows:

  • 7 members appointed by the BOCC with at least one member from each Commission District
  • 2 representatives from the Hillsborough County Veterans Council – Chair & Co-Chair

Non-voting Members

  • Director of Consumer & Veterans Services
  • Director of Conservation & Environmental Lands

Members should meet the following criteria:

  • Served in the Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge with a minimum of four years of service (preference given to those who have retired by years of service or medically retired from active service)
  • Resume of veteran-related community service
  • Educational background and work experience that would significantly contribute to the board when serving as a member
  • Identify all memberships in professional organizations


Terms are for two years.  


Resolution R23-105, approved 12/20/2023 by the BOCC; as amended by R24-013.

Meeting time and place

To be determined.

Special requirements

This board is subject to Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, also known as the Sunshine Law.

Last Modified: 6/5/2024, 6:19:24 PM
Hillsborough County Veterans' Advisory Board
Frank Strom - Director, Consumer & Veterans Services
(813) 246-3169
District 1
Susan Parda-Watters
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 2
Paul Ray
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 3
Lesley Miller, Jr.
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 4
Stephen Browning
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 5
D.J. Reyes
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 6
Cynthia Cook
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
District 7
Stephen Emerson
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
Gregory Holder
Veterans Council Representative
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
Charles Conover
Veterans Council Representative
6/5/2024 - 6/5/2026
Frank Strom
Non-voting member - Director of Consumer & Veterans Services
Forrest Turbiville
Non-voting member - Director of Conservation & Environmental Lands

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