Mission United

Proudly Serving Those Who Have Served.


This is where you get the support you’ve earned.

Mission United is a United Way program of United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties and while Mission United is dedicated to serve those who have served, it also provides a personal touch that many of the Veterans Affairs options are simply unable to accommodate, often due to capacity.

More than 52,000 Veterans call Lake or Sumter County home. Whether they left the service years ago or are currently transitioning to civilian life, many struggle with the challenges of navigating a complex system of services and finding their place in the community. Our Mission United program is a collective effort that identifies gaps and creates systemic change in the area of health care access, education, and stability assistance.

For individual assistance and case management, contact our Mission United Coordinator.

Mission United Contact Info

Call:    352-787-7530

Email: MissionUnited@UWLS.org

Our Role

Our Mission United team’s primary role is to help Veterans navigate the system of benefits available, whether by providing those options directly or connecting our Veterans to a resource for any of the following services:


  • Employment Services
  • Legal Assistance
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health Care
  • Stability Housing


“I cried; not only was I able to get enough gas to get back home, but I could eat also.
I am so grateful and would like to Thank Keia and United Way.”

– John

“I was so happy, I immediately called Keia at United Way to tell her the good news. Thank you for all your hard work for the people in the community you provide services to at our lowest points.”

“My experience was exceptional. I met two ladies wo overwhelmed me with joy and comfort. Nishika and Keia were excellent, professional, and very knowledgeable. My family and I are blessed.”

in food assistance provided to 120 veterans experiencing food insecurity in 2023

veterans received case management services in 2023

veterans were transported to their medical appointments on Mission United busses in 2023.


of veterans are living paycheck to paycheck.

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The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.

You are likely eligible if your household’s income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line, or if you or someone you live with currently receives a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

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VALife Insurance Program

In January 2023, VA launched a new life insurance program called Veterans Affairs Life Insurance (VALife), which provides guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance coverage to veterans age 80 and under, with any level of service-connected disability. Some veterans age 81 and older may also be eligible.

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