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About Our Mission

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and feed. More than 7,500 people volunteer for us each year and make the difference in the lives of thousands. Find out how to become our partner. Our Veterans outreach program in Tampa recently got the attention of national media. Learn more about this page-turner

Helping Veterans in Hillsborough County

"Serving in the military was supposed to be a short-term commitment, but helping my brothers in arms became a life-long journey. I'm so fortunate to be able to impact the lives of others, all while partnering with some of the most passionate and driven philanthropists and veterans in Hillsborough County." - Mike O'Dell, Founder

Meet the Team

It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to make sure our organization is reaching out to as many communities as it can so vets everywhere have access to our assistance. We're fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause.

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Mike O'Dell

Founder & President

Mike O’Dell is our Founder and President of Hillsborough County Veterans Helping Veterans. He has dedicated many years to serving our Veteran community in numerous Veteran Service Organizations in a variety of leadership roles.

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Susi Martinez

Vice President

Susi Martinez is our Vice President, acting as Mike’s all around assistant. Susi is a Retired Air Force Disabled Veteran who continues to serve in many capacities in our community to ensure timely aid is provided to her fellow veterans and their families.

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Hardam Tripathi

Public Relations

Hardam has served multiple stints with Federal agencies and State government, focusing on international and criminal legal issues related to the national security of the United States. Hardam has dedicated his work in public service to serve as an advocate for veterans in the community and will be joining the U.S. Army JAG Corps upon passing the Bar Exam.

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Catherine Gerolimatos

Board Member

Catherine "Cathy" Gerolimatos is a New York native who settled in the Tampa area following her retirement from the United States Navy and acquiring her Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego State University. She is a member of or holds office in several local area veterans' organizations.

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Ray Kruelskie

Treasurer

Ray Kruelskie is a 27 year Air Force Veteran, former helicopter pilot.

He served in combat in DESERT STORM, Kosovo, and ENDURING FREEDOM, as well as other assignments around the world.

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Vince Cardella

Board Member

​A native of Brooklyn, NY, Vince is a Navy Vietnam Veteran having served in Vietnam on staff Commander US Seventh Fleet 1968-1969. He is also a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hillsborough Chapter 787.

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