Operation Code Vet In The News

Operation Code Vet serving Bay Area veterans

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New Home for Retties, two veterans in Ruskin

Veteran Organization Builds Dream Home for Couple Affected by Hurricane Ian
February 23, 2024 – BAY9 – Tampa, FL

Operation Code Vet Building Home for Vets
February 23, 2024 – WFLA (NBC) – Tampa, FL

Nonprofit Helps Veterans Get a New Home
February 23, 2024 – WTSP (CBS) – Tampa, FL

For two local veterans living on a porch, a visit from code enforcement was a blessing in disguise
February 22, 2024 – WTSP-TV

Operation Code Vet on ABC Action News

A local veteran says he’s been living without heat or air conditioning for 3 years. Operation Code Vet decided to lend a hand. The group teamed up with 2 local air conditioning companies to help the veteran. He’s also been dealing with severe back problems, so this morning, the group stopped by his house in Riverview to put in the new AC unit and do other help around the house and help him stay in his home. keep him safe. Keep his home sustainable and allow him to have AC in Florida for the rest of his life.

OTR: Operation Code Vet on RHStv

Christine Zien-McCombs and Joe Gross on RHStv.com

Christine Zien-McCombs and Joe Gross are inspiring for many reasons, but what stands out the most is what they’re doing to improve the lives of those who have served our nation.

Operation Code Vet, Inc. was established to support veterans in Hillsborough County with maintenance of their homes, while improving the quality of life through community partnerships.

We were so honored to have these two on the show to share the mission of such an imperative organization. We can’t forget to give back to those who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe as Americans! Stay tuned for this episode of On the Record coming soon 🇺🇸🪖🎖️

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Jerry Wooten Home In the News

Operation Code Vet has been hard at work since late in 2020 to rebuild the home of Air Force veteran Jerry Wooten and his wife. The Wootens’ home caught fire when a shed next door went up in flames. The Wootens didn’t have homeowners insurance, and the home was a total loss. After complaints about the home were called in to Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, instead of writing up code violations plans were drafted to help the Wootens restore their home to a livable condition. Operation Code Vet has worked diligently to get many aspects of the home’s repairs donated.


Keeping the American Patriotic Spirit Alive Award

Public Management Innovation

Public Management Innovation is an award to recognize a government or non-profit agency,  department, or project team that demonstrated a strong team ethic with a positive and successful outcome. The team must demonstrate significant cooperation, reduction in duplication, application of a new technology or management innovation, improved communication within or across units, produced cost savings, demonstrated effective problem solving and increased program effectiveness.

Joseph V. Huskey Officer of the Year Award

Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Officer and Operation Code Vet founder Christine Zien-McCombs was named the 2018 Joseph V. Huskey Officer of the Year by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement. The Joseph V. Huskey Award was established in the name of the man who founded the Florida Association of Code Enforcement to recognize a code enforcement officer who exceeded what was expected of him/her, one who went beyond the normal job duties and by doing so helped to continue the advancement of the profession. Congratulations to Christine on this well-deserved honor!

Ivanhoe People Power Award

In December 2019, Operation Code Vet was the recipient of the Ivanhoe Broadcast News People Power Award.

Ivanhoe is a national news organization that produces television reports covering medical breakthroughs, family health, and consumer tips for women that are aired across the country. Sarina Fazan produced a news story about Operation Code Vet that was delivered to more than 50 of Ivanhoe’s station clients: Code Vet: Saving Veteran’s Homes. Thanks to Sarina Fazan for sharing our story to help bring attention to the veterans in our community who need our services.