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Military Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC)

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Victoria Jones, the Founder, President, and CEO of SCBCC, was recently honored with the prestigious Presidential of Valor award. This accolade was presented by the Brevard Veterans Coalition during their Night of Valor Gala, a significant event that took place at Patrick Space Force Base, FL. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, courage, and dedication to their community and country.


Receiving the Presidential of Valor award is a testament to Jones's outstanding contributions and tireless efforts in supporting veterans and their families. Under her leadership, SCBCC has grown into a pivotal organization, known for its commitment to providing resources and opportunities for veterans in underserved communities.

The Military Affairs Advisory Council plays a pivotal role in fostering a supportive environment for the military community on Florida's Space Coast by engaging with a diverse array of stakeholders. By collaborating with Chamber members, elected officials, topic experts, community leaders, and various organizations, the council ensures that the voices and needs of military personnel and their families are effectively represented. This collaborative approach helps to build a robust network of support, leading to the development and implementation of policies that enhance the quality of life for those who serve.


One of the key functions of the Military Affairs Advisory Council is to advocate for policies that address the unique challenges faced by military families. These challenges can range from housing and education to healthcare and employment opportunities. By working closely with topic experts and community leaders, the council is able to identify the specific needs of the military community and propose targeted solutions. This proactive stance not only helps to create a more stable and supportive environment for military families but also contributes to the overall well-being and readiness of the armed forces.


Moreover, the council's efforts extend to fostering a sense of community and belonging among military personnel and their families. By organizing events, workshops, and outreach programs, the Military Affairs Advisory Council helps to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities. This engagement not only provides valuable resources and support but also promotes mutual understanding and respect. In essence, the council's work is instrumental in creating a more inclusive and supportive society for those who dedicate their lives to serving the nation.

 

Advisory Council Members are responsible for discussing and deciding, by vote, the official position and activities carried out by the Chamber regarding policies that affect the military community on the Space Coast.

 

MAACs advocacy focus includes but is not limited to issues affecting active-duty service members, veterans, and their families on the Space Coast:

  • Housing

  • Jobs

  • Taxes

  • Unethical practices that impact service members and veterans

The Advisory Council also facilitates Operation Boots to Business, a new program designed for educating and connecting veterans to businesses within the Chamber and the Space Coast community to assist with their transition into civilian life. 

All Chamber Members and their employees are invited to join the meetings and participate in the discussions.

 

For more information about how to get involved with the Military Affairs Advisory Council please email maac@spacecoastblackchamber.com.

 

 

Quick Resources:

Department of Veteran Affairs https://www.va.gov/ 

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