Posted May 12, 2017 | 2:28 PM

Cleanups Kick Off New Initiative to Help Veterans in Need

NFL receiver Vincent Jackson among those helping Saturday

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 12, 2017) - Military veterans have made great sacrifices for their country. A new initiative honors those sacrifices by helping veterans whose homes or property have fallen into disrepair.

Led by Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, Operation Code Vet is a partnership among several different agencies, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. The groups provide volunteers, equipment, and other resources to fix home and yard problems that otherwise could lead to citations and fines.

The initiative will kick off Saturday, May 13, with major cleanup and repair efforts at the homes of two veterans in Hillsborough County. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to Code Enforcement, the partnership includes the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, United Way Suncoast, and Tampa Crossroads. Groups or individuals interested in participating in future Operation Code Vet activities can find out more information online.

WHAT: Kickoff cleanups for Operation Code Vet
WHEN: Saturday, May 13. Work will begin at both locations at 8:30 a.m. and should continue until at least noon.
WHERE: 303 1st Ave. S.W. in Lutz (near Florida/ Lutz Lake Fern Road) Note: Vincent Jackson is scheduled to participate at this address; he's expected to arrive at 8:30 a.m.
3003 St. Charles Drive in north Tampa