Veterans Resource Center is a one-stop shop serving Veterans, their dependents, and survivors

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2024) - Local veterans will join a variety of dignitaries to ring in the new year at a groundbreaking for the new Veterans Education & Cultural Center, Phase II of Hillsborough County's Veterans Resource Center. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N., Tampa, FL 33619.

The existing Veterans Resource Center opened in 2017 and is a one-stop shop serving Veterans, their dependents, and survivors in accessing federal, state, and local benefits at no charge. Phase II is being funded by a $1.6 million grant from Gov. Ron DeSantis and the State of Florida, with support from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. The new Veterans Education & Cultural Center will feature a classroom theater and state-of-the-art displays connecting visitors to Hillsborough County's distinct participation in our nation's military.

Currently, more than 96,000 Veterans call Hillsborough County home, making it the largest Veteran population in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Resource Center has been a fitting addition to Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, where local Veterans' organizations have partnered with the County to help develop a master plan for the park, raise donations for its memorials, and provide museum volunteers. Park visitors can stroll in the shade of moss-draped oak trees and walk graceful paths that connect striking memorials and tributes to local fallen soldiers. The park is free and open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What: Groundbreaking for the Veterans Education & Cultural Center: Phase II of Hillsborough County's Veterans Resource Center
When:  10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12
Where:Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N., Tampa, FL 33619