Thanks to MacDill Air Force Base, we've got a huge military population here in the Bay Area. This consists of both active duty and retired military. On the last Monday of each month, we want to turn your attention to people and places working to make the lives of our military community better - they're our "Heroes on the Homefront." Check back here frequently for updated stories and videos about the positive impact your local military heroes have on the Tampa Bay area.
The Child Development Center at MacDill Air Force Base helps care for and educate the military's youngest heroes.
Kids who have aspirations of playing sports finally can, thanks to a former WWE wrestler helping to provide them with prosthetic limbs.
A South Tampa yoga instructor created a national foundation using yoga techniques to help recovering veterans.
The group Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa raises money for injured service members through their love of running.
Hundreds showed up to the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center in Tampa Thursday for the Veterans Employment Fair.
Veterans who have served their country can avoid serving jail time by going through a special diversion court.
At the Field of Honor in North Tampa, Saturday marked the first calling out of names of fallen soldiers since the final phase of withdrawal from Iraq in Operation New Dawn.
They've paid a high price in service to our country. Now some disabled veterans are rewarded with homes that will fit their special needs.
A local Iraq War Veteran injured stateside has regained some independence of his own after fighting for the independence of Iraqis.
"The children have realized the importance of giving back to the community," said Marie Mueller, the club's instructor.
They serve our country and often put their lives on the line, but our veterans don't always have an easy time when they return home.
Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay and Home Depot gave Danilo Acosta's Progress Village home a major makeover.
CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports on the children of service members to find out how they're learning to cope with the pressures of having parents in war zones.
ServiceSource and the Abilities Foundation offer several services to help disabled veterans return to civilian life.
The group Rolling Thunder tries to spread the message of finding or accounting for the tens of thousands of POWs and MIAs.
Several events are planned to remember those killed in the September 11th attacks.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a Tampa-based charity, provides scholarships to the children of fallen servicemembers.
A concert celebrating the men and women of the military--and their families--will be held at the Tampa Convention Center.
Operation Bridal Gown 2011 will provide 200 military brides-to-be with a free wedding dress. There's still time to register.
"Operation Helping Hand" supports injured soldiers and their families at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa.
You can stop by the Dunkin Donuts in Lutz Friday, sign a thank you card to troops and walk out with a free donut!
While a job fair in Tampa Bay may not be anything unique, the dozens of men and women looking for jobs at the Armed Forces Center in Pinellas Park, all had something in common.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center is a one-stop shop for help for service members and their families at MacDill Air Force Base.
Even here, surrounded by military memorabilia and stirring stories, it's a tough call: Is Memorial Day for celebrating? Or only for somber reflection?