Welcome to the foundation of Mentors for Hillsborough County Veterans (MHCV). We are veterans who are dedicated to the men and women in Tampa Bay's Veterans Treatment Court (VTC).
Why We Do What We Do:
Driven by the U.S. military values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and moral courage, the volunteer mentors are Tampa Bay’s unsung heroes whose daily actions positively impact the well being of its local veterans and our community. They continue to pay it forward without any expectation of compensation or recognition. In fact, their “reward” is in the grateful acknowledgment from those veterans and their families and their well-being. The volunteer veteran mentors are the “quiet warriors” who will not rest until every veteran in trouble with the law is provided the needed resources to get well again and successfully reintegrate into our community.
Our Mission Statement:
To help identify, treat, rehabilitate, and to seamlessly reintegrate the veteran back into the community where he or she earlier swore to protect and defend; Serve as a platform for community awareness and education of the VTC program; Provide training and advisory support to requested VTC programs (intra and interstate levels); Advocate for pertinent Veterans legislation (local, state and federal levels).
LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY, SERVING WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY FOR VETERANS AFTER THE WAR.
29 July: WFTS-ABC 28 interview on the failed US Senate vote for S3373 (PACT Act/Toxic Exposures): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyAg33tHpHM
27 June: Status of HR3967 "Toxic Exposures/Burn Pits" legislation and the impending approval and POTUS signing into law: #HR3967 #ToxicExposures #BurnPits
17 June: WFTS ABC interview with Wendi Lane on the impact of HR3967 PACT Act: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-sarasota-manatee/bill-to-help-with-burn-pit-care-moves-forward-could-help-millions-of-impacted-veterans
16 June: Senate passes historic Veterans Health legislation (HR3967 PACT Act) - House anticipates final vote enroute to POTUS for signature: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/16/senate-burn-pit-bill-biden-00040195
11 March: US Congresswoman Castor and Veterans Legislation Update/Roundtable:
04 March: US House passes Toxic Exposures (Burn Pits) PACT Act:
12 January: Local Veterans' Wellness through Veterans Treatment Court and recent Burn Pits legislation signed into US Law:
22 November: Tampa VTC Judge and Mentors support Annual Thanksgiving Holiday meal delivery to VTC veterans: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/veterans-deliver-turkeys-and-hope-to-troubled-vets
11 November: WFTS ABC segment on Tampa's VTC Program: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/special-hillsborough-veterans-court-provides-treatment-instead-of-sending-troubled-vets-to-jail
12 October: Reverend William Corby Award: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=655211478796066
22 February: Veterans Corner Radio (Podcast):
01 December: Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) "ChangeMakers" p46: https://www.moaa.org/micro/changemakers/changemakers/
26 November: Fox13 Gloria Gomez covers VTC Mentors' Annual Thanksgiving Meal Program for its VTC veterans:
12 November: StepUpAmericaProgram.org Podcast "The Franklin Project": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYFUzlqt8jY
11 November: LTG James Peake Community Service Award (Bay Area Legal Services):
21 August: Radio Interview 1180AM WFYL (Phila, PA) on Tampa's VTC and Mentor Program:
21 August: Pandemic Poses Challenges For Veterans Treatment Courts
13 August: Tampa City Councilman Viera hosted panel with VTC Judges Michael Scionti and Gregory Holder, and senior veteran mentors DJ Reyes and Jim Fletcher:
8 August: POTUS signs VTC Legislation into law:
28 July: WFLA Bloom 38 TV Interview with Gayle Guyardo on VTC and HR886
21July HR886 VTC Bill Passed:
15 July Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award (Video):
https://www.nhl.com/lightning/news/col-dj-reyes-honored-as-lightning-community-hero/c-317452512tcid=fb_news_content_id&fbclid=IwAR3u9P4mcZtSfdVvvyU_uYif8luFWEBm4yUuk41lspR2eUjtoWP8TU2iNw (press release)
22 April VTC legislation commentary:
2022 VTC Schedule: 0900, 5th Floor Courthouse Annex, 800 E. Twiggs St, Tampa FL
Jan 21; Feb 11; Mar 4; Apr 22; May 6; Jun 3, 24; Jul 15; Aug 19; Sep 9, 30; Oct 21; Nov 10; Dec 9