EMBRACING FLORIDA'S WOUNDED HEROES...
TAMCO Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan charity which provides direct support to military veterans from Florida who have been severely wounded and disabled while serving our country.
Our mission is to embrace these American heroes and their families throughout their recovery and their return home as they rebuild their lives and endure associated challenges from their disabilities.
"Severely wounded" is defined as greater than a 20% VA Disability Rating. All military services are eligible - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard - encompassing Active, Reserve, National Guard and Civilian members.
In 1999, Jack Thompson, CEO and Founder of TAMCO (Telecommunications Asset Management Company) and his staff became involved, financially and emotionally, with The Children's Home in Tampa, FL. As a company, TAMCO adopted a "cottage" of 12-year-olds and for the next five years TAMCO's personnel was involved with the children's birthdays, pizza parties, back to school supply donations, art classes in the summer months, annual passes to Bush Gardens, tutoring, and an annual Christmas party.
Continuing with the giving spirit, the organization decided to adopt a platoon of Marines stationed in Korea in 2003 and for the following two years, Jack and his team continued to contribute time and financial donations to Pinellas and Hillsborough County non-profit organizations.
In 2007, TAMCO coordinated and hosted its 1st of three annual Grand Slam Charity fishing tournaments, benefitting Easter Seals (2007 & 2008), Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (2008 & 2009) and The Children's Home (2009).
On February 12, 2008, TAMCO Foundation received 501(c) 3 status and officially became a non-for-profit organization.
In 2009, Jack and the board of trustees agreed that the foundation should concentrate on supporting severely wounded veterans, including their families, who were returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. A new mission was created along with programs that would help veterans and their families rebuild their lives.
In 2010, the foundation assisted over 300 wounded heroes and families through their Embracing Florida’s Wounded Heroes (EFWH) programs. TAMCO Foundation now hosts its Annual Grand Slam Fishing Tournament, where wounded heroes who sustain injuries in the War on Terror (blindness, wheelchair bound, amputees, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other health issues) enjoy a fishing expedition on Tampa Bay. We just hosted our 7th annual tournament and it was a huge success. In addition to our fishing tournament, TAMCO has attended the Lakeland Rodeo, the procedes of which go into EFWH. In the fall of 2012 we hosted our golf tournament, and we have various speaking engagement all over the Tampa Bay Area.
EFWH is there to fill the need when other agencies could not or would not. Whether it is allowing families to be united during the holiday season, or sponsoring the son of a wounded hero to attend a sports camp, EFWH program touches every area of a wounded soldier’s life.
TAMCO Foundation is now rapidly growing, with full time employees, over 80 volunteers, and numerous partners and sponsors in the local area.