(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Miami-Dade County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance creating a board dedicated to local military affairs. The Military Affairs Board, sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, will provide commissioners with recommendations regarding the armed forces with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for active, reserve, retired, and disabled military personnel.
“As the County’s military liaison, I was constantly meeting servicemen and women who didn’t know where to go for assistance with health care, employment, and other issues affecting them,” said Commissioner Diaz, who also served in the U.S. Marines. “A board committed to this military community will help Miami-Dade County better serve our men and women in uniform.”
The board will consist of 24 members, with each one appointed by the mayor, commissioners, the various military branches located in Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Defense Alliance, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Red Cross. Board members must meet certain qualifications to be eligible, such as being a U.S. citizen, and having served in the military or showing interest in military affairs. Terms are for three years.
Board members will advocate on behalf of military personnel on issues like health care, housing, loans, pension benefits, education, employment, incarceration, reintegration, unemployment benefits, disability claims, vocational training, and insurance. Overall, the Military Affairs Board will promote, attract, and solicit military activities in Miami-Dade County.
Specifics about the board’s duties and governance can be found here. Please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office for additional information by calling 305-599-1200.