Mission United

Mission United 2021-08-23T16:13:40-04:00

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Making the transition from active duty to civilian life can pose its own set of unique challenges to veterans and their families. From feeling isolated and discouraged to confronting issues with homelessness, joblessness or access to treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse, the needs of some veterans can be complex. That’s where we come in.

We’re Mission United in Miami – a single point of entry for veterans to access the help they need, at no cost. Mission United helps ease the transition to civilian life and address the unique needs of veterans. By connecting them to a coordinated network of community partners, we empower veterans and their families to lead productive lives in our community. Services include job training and opportunities, affordable housing, legal resources and more.


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Our mission: ease the transition

If you’re one of the thousands of veterans who call Miami home, and you’re in need of a network of free support services to help you get re-acclimated to civilian life, contact Mission United today.

For more information, complete this form or contact Mission United in Miami at missionunited@unitedwaymiami.org or (305) 646-7130.

Veteran Resources

Afghan conflict resource article from Wounded Warrior Project link below.

If you’re A Veteran in Crisis Or Are Concerned About One Call 1-800-273-8255 and PRESS 1

The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by text at 838255

Qualified VA responders are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line and how to know when to call: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/about/when-to-call

Additional Resources for Service Members & their Families

If you are a combat Veteran or family member and would like to speak to someone about your military experience or any other concerns about readjustment to civilian life, call the Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling) at 1-877-WAR-VETS or visit https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/Call-Center-PSA.asp

For Veteran support and connections to your community resources, call 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or visit https://www.myflvet.com/

Peer support for active duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans and their families or caregivers, call Vets4Warriors at 1-855-838-8255 or visit https://www.vets4warriors.com/connect/

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline is another resource if you need support, call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or visit https://nami.org/help

Florida Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families – www.SaveFLVets.org

VA Mental Health Services Guide – This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.

MakeTheConnection.net – Information, resources, and Veteran-to-Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.

RallyPoint – Talk to other Veterans online. Discuss: What are your feelings as the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan after 20 years of US involvement?

Download VA’s self-help apps – Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) –  Request a Peer Mentor

VA Women Veterans Call Center – Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 6:30PM ET)

VA Caregiver Support Line – Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM – 10PM & SAT 8AM – 5PM ET)

For Miami-Dade Veterans, your local Mission United Miami team is also available Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM by phone 305-646-7130 or email missionunited@unitedwaymiami.org

Please contact us if you need any support with financial stability, legal services, employment, or benefit navigation.

Get to know our Veterans

Meet a veteran who shared her story of how Mission United has empowered her with tools and resources to stay focused, motivated, and connected with the appropriate services and groups.

Thank you to Mission United’s generous supporters


Miguel “Mike” B. Fernández


The Batchelor Foundation
Carnival Foundation
Swanee and Paul DiMare
Lennar Foundation


Bacardi USA
Florida East Coast Industries
Marlins Foundation
Allan Pekor
Vincent Signorello


Jairo Bastilla
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Lindsey Champion
Deloitte LLP
JPMorgan Chase
Rudy Kranys
Thomas Obermeier
Patrick Pendergast
The Sarah Woodruff Foundation
Steven Williamson

2020-2021 Advisory Committee

Alfred Bunge
JP Morgan Chase

Laura Marks
Miami Dade College

Chair Emeritus
General Douglas Fraser USAF (Ret)

Founding Chairs
Tomas Erban
Col. Steve Williamson, USA

Juan Antunez
Stokes McMillan Antunez PA

Derek Auguste
University of Miami

Kelly Auguste
The Mission Continues

Althea Birch
The Advocate Program

Lisi Carreño
University of Miami

Jayme Cassidy
Legal Services of Greater Miami

Lorena Gonzalez
The Mission Continues

Olga Halley
Lotus Professional Group/Talent Management Consultants

Marsha Latham
Miami VA Healthcare System

Jesse Manzano-Plaza
Tridente Strategies, Inc.

Victor Perez
Law Office of Victor Perez

Jeremy Schwarz
City of Miami

Jacob Torner
Purpose Built Families Foundation

Donna Zazanis-Burke
Miami-Dade College