About Us

Wounded Veterans Relief Fund provides urgent financial assistance and critical dental care to Florida’s eligible wounded and disabled veterans.

Veteran-founded in 2009, WVRF provides urgent financial assistance and critical dental care to eligible wounded and disabled veterans throughout the state of Florida. As a 501c3 Florida Nonprofit organization, we partner with the VA to provide vital resources for veterans.

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We never forget who we're serving.

As a team of veterans, veteran dependents, and veteran advocates, we are fully committed to the veterans that we serve, providing the maximum amount of relief and assistance possible, using sound management principles to guide our endeavors.

Learn more about our programs.

What veterans are saying.

Tim D., Navy Veteran

We appreciate the help so much as it kickstarts our finances again. You have definitely changed our lives for the better.

Shakan S., Air Force Veteran

Thank you so much for the help and being patient! This has been a stressful situation, but you’ve made everything seamless. I am forever grateful for your help!

Robert C., Marine Corps Veteran

WVRF saved my life coming to the rescue–my family is super grateful and we thank you. When I get back on track I will return the favor to help other veterans.

Scott W., Navy Veteran

Thank you so much, you will never know how much pressure this took off our shoulders. My wife starts chemo soon, and the financial assistance helped so much.

Tanya S., Air Force Veteran

I’m in tears. I don’t even know how to put into words how thankful I am. I appreciate all of your help. I literally had nobody and WVRF stepped in. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Paul H, Air Force Veteran

I appreciate your assistance in this matter. It is for people like you that veterans have gone and risks life and live to perpetuate our way of life and one thing I have to say about the American flag and that is that our colors don't run. Thank you for your support!

WVRF Team

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Mike Durkee

USA

Executive Director

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Alana Leon

USN

Director of Veterans Programs

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Nick Cannon

USAF

Director of Development and Communications

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Cheryle Dittmer

Donor Relations Manager

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Abby Widmann

Executive Administrator

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Ed Moore

USA (Ret)

Special Projects Manager

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Jade Sembric

USAR

Dental Program Manager

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Tami Martin, EFDA

Dental Outreach Coordinator

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Holly Pollitzer

Dental Program Case Manager

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Jason LaRossa

USA

Veteran Intake Coordinator

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors guides and supports WVRF in the performance of its mission. These volunteer professionals bring experiences and a dedication to serve eligible Florida Veterans. Many are former members of the United States Military.

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Robert D. Chelberg

LTGEN, USA (Ret.)

President

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Russell J. Cancilla

USA (Ret.)

Vice President

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Ellen Andel

Secretary

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John Tassone

Treasurer

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Rand Allen

USA

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Gene Andrews

LTC, USA (Ret.)

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Lauren Berkson

Gold Star Daughter

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Jim Brown

USN

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Brittany Cartwright

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Julia Dattolo

CDR, USNR (Ret.)

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Jim Edwards

USN

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Patrick Miller

USMC

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Peter Stark

USA

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Willard Shepard

LTC, USAF

Dental Advisory Board

The Dental Advisory Board assists WVRF in its mission to help Florida Veterans with their critical dental needs. Volunteer medical professionals have generously volunteered their time and expertise to support this important undertaking.

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Dr. Zack Kalarickal, DDS

Wesley Chapel Dentistry
Tampa

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Dr. Fredric J. Norkin, DMD

South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
Boca Raton

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Dr. Thomas W. Roberts, DDS

Implant Dentistry of South Florida
West Palm Beach

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Dr. Randall Rodriguez-Torres, DMD

USA Dental
Port Saint Lucie

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Dr. QueAnh Phan, DMD

Fantastic Dental Arts
Naples & Palm Beach Gardens

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Dr. Coral Cohen, DDS

Jupiter Mobile Dentist
Jupiter

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Dr. Maureen L. O'Flanagan, DDS, PA

Maureen L. O'Flanagan DDS
Deerfield Beach

Ambassadors

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Ana Hume

Miami

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Jenniffer Norman

Palm Beach Gardens

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Nikhol Primm

Fort Pierce

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Pamela Patterson

Jupiter

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Stephanie Taylor

Boca Raton

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Pete Viall

Naples

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Maria Charles

Port Saint Lucie

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John Rummel

Tampa Bay