The Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance was established in 2003 as a 501(c)3 under the name of Clearwater Veterans Alliance, to organize celebrations for various veteran events. This evolved into various annual events in the Clearwater community and today's name of the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance do to the outreach that we do working with several other veteran service organizations and team with other private and nonprofit organizations to bring to bear a full gamut of knowledge and service to ensure veterans can get help and services that are needed.
What the TBVA noticed was the lack of recognition for veterans from WWII to today. Given that there are more than 400,000 veterans in the region, and an untold number of deceased veterans, we only found it natural to establish the Memorial Fund.
The Florida Veterans Memorial Fund and the creation of the Florida Veterans Memorial Plaza was finally approved in January of 2014 after over 2 years of work with the city, Steve Fowler, and other Veteran Service Organizations to come up with the design for the plaza and the funding necessary. The first phase was completed and we had our inauguration on Memorial Day, 2016. In the second phase we will erect 6 statues, each statue will recognize a particular Service and will depict the combat uniform of the era: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom and, perhaps unique in the United States, Veterans of the “Cold War” period.
Our mission at the Florida Veterans Memorial Fund and the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance is to 1. Build and maintain this Plaza, 2. Create a scholarship fund for veteran’s children, 3. Create a fund for surviving spouses in need and 4. Provide emergency funds to Veterans in need in the local area.
Every penny that is either donated or used to purchase the Black Granite tiles that will proudly display the names of veterans will go towards these things.