Meet our veteran community in the Sunshine State
With 21 military bases, Florida has always maintained a strong reverence for its veteran community. As Airbnb’s statewide host community has come together in recent months to support fair home sharing rules throughout Florida, we’ve met dozens of veterans and active duty personnel who turn to home sharing for supplemental income and to serve as ambassadors for their neighborhoods. As we take this day and every day to acknowledge those who’ve served, here are a few of their stories.
Lauren Hedlund, Tampa
“By opening up and sharing a little about ourselves we can build empathy for service members and their families, creating a more understanding country.”
Maura and Carl LeCroy, Orlando
Aimee Tarte, Fort Lauderdale
In Florida, cherishing the societal contributions of those who have served our country extends beyond just the veteran community itself. For Aimee Tarte, it offers a way to maintain a connection to her beloved father.
She created the Tarte’s Hearts Foundation to preserve the legacy of her late father, a veteran of the Vietnam war. The foundation reflects his unconditional love and commitment to service. It strives to get children involved in their community by regularly partnering with local veterans’ organizations. Aimee shares her home on Airbnb for the purpose of funding the mission of her organization. This Veteran’s Day, her Coral Springs coffee shop (The Lady & the Mug) will be working with volunteers from Tarte’s Hearts to serve veterans free coffee and provide a forum for them to share their stories. — Veterans and military families represent the backbone of Florida’s way of life. Through opening their doors and sharing their values with visitors from around the world, hosts like Lauren, Maura, Carl and Aimee make the Sunshine State that much more welcoming and culturally enriching.