AVAST - Amputee Veterans of America Support Team

Amputees Helping Amputees


AVAST... Making a Difference

Established in January 2007, Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST) has grown to be one of the most recognized amputee support teams in the Tampa Bay Area. The Team consists of veterans and non-veterans who have experienced an amputation that is life changing.  The organization also includes family members, friends and V.A. liaison involved in the rehabilitation of amputees.  

Friday’s Adaptive Golf Lessons


Contribute actively to integrate the amputees with their families, health professionals, peers and the community.  To provide the amputee physical, mental, and spiritual rehabilitation.

Become a Member!

Are you or do you know someone who is an amputee and/or a veteran! Attend one of our events and meet the AVAST members.      


Our “Shout Out” to Donors

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Shout Out to Donors

Donate to AVAST Every Time You Do An Internet Search

It is really simple.  Go to http://www.goodsearch.com  and register to support “AVAST”.  Every time you do a search, AVAST will receive $0.01.  Your donation will add up quickly so REGISTER TODAY!

AVAST Members Help Teach Other Amputees Through the Weekly Adaptive Golf Program

The first Wednesday of every month, AVAST members gather at Terrace Hill Golf Club along with patients from the James Haley Veterans Memorial Hospital. They work to develop adaptive golfing skills and help coach the veterans  in the games rules and etiquette.  Each day out there is a gift to all who participate.

Looking for Amputees,

Upper or Lower

Looking for veteran amputees, male or female to join our color guard.  Training and uniforms provided by AVAST.  Must be from Tampa or surrounding areas and be able to walk short distances unattended.  No experience needed.  


813-928-1631 or



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AVAST Received Check from Frank Swimford,

Lake Jovita, Florida

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!

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AVAST Awards Scholarship to

Diane Hensley

AVAST awards a $500 scholarship to Diane Hensley who plans on studying Orthotics and Prosthetics in her course of study in college.  Through AVAST she’ll have the opportunity to achieve her academic goals and achieve her goals.

Diane responded:  “I decided to go into Orthotics and Prosthetics to help people get back to daily living after having injury to, or loss of limb.  This is especially important for the Veterans who have fought for our freedom and have a need for the custom prosthetics we can provide.  I am learning so much in my program and hope to graduate with the ability to create quality products for those in need.  Thank you.”




AVAST Color Guard at Helping Hands 10th Anniversary Dinner

Rudy Salas and Bob Silah at Helping Hands Dinner thanking active military wounded/injured and their families.