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, led by Code Enforcement Officer Christine Zien-McCombs, has worked diligently to get many aspects of the home’s repairs donated. To see some local news coverage of the Wooten home transformation, click HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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!
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.