Assisting Veterans of America Support Team

AVAST - Amputee Veterans of America Support Team



AVAST... Making a Difference

The Avast (Assisting Veterans of America Support Team) Color Guard was started in March of 2012. Our purpose was to raise awareness, hope and inspiration for wounded Veterans and a way for us to give back to all the People who supported us.

The Color Guard is made up from local Veterans of the Tampa area, who served in different branches of the military. Some of them are combat wounded and are Purple Heart recipients, some have recently returned from deployment and others are retired Military.

All served this country proudly.

Veterans helping veterans...  

Consider the AVAST Color Guard at your next Rudy Salas, Commander of Color Guard at 813-928-1631 to reserve your date.  Call for your event early, as dates do fill up quickly.

Our “Shout Out” to Donors

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Shout Out to Donors

Look into the faces of our member veterans and allow them into your heart.  They have given dearly of themselves to help others.  It is time to show our gratitude and return the gift...donate now!

Help Support AVAST!

Every bit helps!



New AVAST Flag

Color Guard

“Shout Out” of Thanks

Thank you for your above and beyond donations

that allow us to continue to do what we do.

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Tee It Up for the Troops, Bill Gilkes

Golf Supports Our Troops, Brian & Nancy Coleman

Support Our Troops, Mark Van Trees


Michael “Doc” Milligan                             1946-2017

“Doc” Milligan,

a friend, a patriot and

a deeply caring man.

As a Navy man, Doc had been a part of AVAST almost since its inception.   As an original Color Guard member, he was an active, hardworking member of AVAST.   Doc remained active in the Guard, and refused to let any additional medical challenges affect his ability to participate.   The gentle soul that he was, all he wanted to do was help those veterans less fortunate than he, and those still recovering from their wounds.   

Doc was one of the main, golf player representatives, of AVAST, traveling around the world representing the Veteran Amputees.  An inspiration to many as an example that you can learn new things at any age.  

Doc’s positive attitude resonated throughout AVAST and everywhere he went.  He was a living example of the sacrifices of military representatives, past, present and future, pay to ensure our freedom.  He was and still is an inspiration for us all.

Doc, thank you for your compassion, caring, contributions and service.  Doc, you will be missed.