Heroes on the Homefront

Heroes on the Homefront

Thanks to MacDill Air Force Base, we've got a huge military population here in the Bay Area. This consists of both active duty and retired military. On the last Monday of each month, we want to turn your attention to people and places working to make the lives of our military community better - they're our "Heroes on the Homefront." Check back here frequently for updated stories and videos about the positive impact your local military heroes have on the Tampa Bay area.

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Heroes: Celebrating the country's youngest heroes

4:30 PM, Apr 27, 2012

The Child Development Center at MacDill Air Force Base helps care for and educate the military's youngest heroes.


Pro Wrestler giving kids a leg up in Life

1:19 AM, Nov 16, 2012

Kids who have aspirations of playing sports finally can, thanks to a former WWE wrestler helping to provide them with prosthetic limbs.

Heroes: Warrior Yoga

2:36 PM, Mar 26, 2012

A South Tampa yoga instructor created a national foundation using yoga techniques to help recovering veterans.

Veterans job fair in Tampa draws hundreds

7:10 PM, Feb 23, 2012

Hundreds showed up to the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center in Tampa Thursday for the Veterans Employment Fair.

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Heroes: Giving veterans a second chance

11:40 AM, Feb 2, 2012

Veterans who have served their country can avoid serving jail time by going through a special diversion court.

Fallen soldiers, end of Operation New Dawn recognized in ceremony

7:17 PM, Jan 14, 2012

At the Field of Honor in North Tampa, Saturday marked the first calling out of names of fallen soldiers since the final phase of withdrawal from Iraq in Operation New Dawn.

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Heroes: Free homes for disabled veterans

3:03 PM, Dec 23, 2011

They've paid a high price in service to our country.  Now some disabled veterans are rewarded with homes that will fit their special needs.

New wheels and independence for Iraqi Veteran

8:10 PM, Dec 15, 2011

A local Iraq War Veteran injured stateside has regained some independence of his own after fighting for the independence of Iraqis.

Students make dozens of blankets for veterans

4:52 PM, Dec 6, 2011

"The children have realized the importance of giving back to the community," said Marie Mueller, the club's instructor.

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Heroes: Dogs bring help and healing

9:33 PM, Nov 25, 2011

They serve our country and often put their lives on the line, but our veterans don't always have an easy time when they return home.

Vietnam vet and family get home makeover

6:35 PM, Nov 16, 2011

Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay and Home Depot gave Danilo Acosta's Progress Village home a major makeover.

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CBS News: The difficult challenges for military kids

3:27 PM, Nov 9, 2011

CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports on the children of service members to find out how they're learning to cope with the pressures of having parents in war zones.

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Heroes: Offering help for disabled veterans

4:59 PM, Oct 28, 2011

ServiceSource and the Abilities Foundation offer several services to help disabled veterans return to civilian life.

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Rolling Thunder makes a loud noise for MIA/POWs

12:34 PM, Sep 26, 2011

The group Rolling Thunder tries to spread the message of finding or accounting for the tens of thousands of POWs and MIAs.

Weekend events planned for 9/11 observance

4:33 PM, Sep 6, 2011

Several events are planned to remember those killed in the September 11th attacks.

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Group honors fallen soldiers with education for their children

4:35 PM, Aug 26, 2011

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a Tampa-based charity, provides scholarships to the children of fallen servicemembers.

Military Appreciation Day concert planned for Sunday

3:13 PM, Aug 19, 2011

A concert celebrating the men and women of the military--and their families--will be held at the Tampa Convention Center.

Free wedding dresses for military families

5:49 PM, Aug 5, 2011

Operation Bridal Gown 2011 will provide 200 military brides-to-be with a free wedding dress. There's still time to register.

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A "helping hand" to wounded soldiers and their families

5:05 PM, Jul 22, 2011

"Operation Helping Hand" supports injured soldiers and their families at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa.

Captain America, Dunkin' Donuts team up to support troops

11:11 AM, Jul 21, 2011

You can stop by the Dunkin Donuts in Lutz Friday, sign a thank you card to troops and walk out with a free donut!

Job fair targets National Guard unemployment

5:36 PM, Jun 30, 2011

While a job fair in Tampa Bay may not be anything unique, the dozens of men and women looking for jobs at the Armed Forces Center in Pinellas Park, all had something in common.

Heroes on the Homefront: Help for servicemembers & family

3:08 PM, Jun 28, 2011

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is a one-stop shop for help for service members and their families at MacDill Air Force Base.

Heroes on the Homefront gather at a special place

12:23 PM, Jun 23, 2011

Even here, surrounded by military memorabilia and stirring stories, it's a tough call: Is Memorial Day for celebrating? Or only for somber reflection?