Our vision is to create a world where veterans H.O.P.E never dies. We use hope as an acronym for Happiness. Opportunity. Purpose. and Empowerment. Mission Zero was created to be the vehicle that brings education and awareness to the veteran suicide epidemic and support those dealing with PTSD. In conjunction with our education and awareness objectives, we are dedicated to supporting & launching initiatives that will have a positive impact in preventing as many veteran suicides as possible. When you feel the system has failed you and you community of support is lacking, please know that Mission Zero is here for you always.
Jose Belen is a decorated United States Army Combat veteran who has dedicated his life to bringing national awareness to the PTSD and suicide epidemic plaguing U.S. veterans.
A native of Amsterdam in Upstate New York, Jose enlisted in the Army at age 19. He deployed to Iraq in 2003 during the initial Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion and spent 14 consecutive months in combat. Jose was honorably discharged in 2005, and two years later he moved to Florida, where he began raising a family and launched a successful corporate career in the real estate and insurance industries. Meanwhile, he was silently battling the debilitating effects post-traumatic stress disorder, with medical and veterans-support systems he had access to offering little help. Jose’s struggles came to a head in 2016, when the war within his own mind almost robbed him of everything: His career, his family, nearly his own life.
Ultimately, however, Jose was able to overcome his personal demons. Inspired by his triumph, in 2017 Jose and his wife Danielle founded Florida Mission Zero, an organization dedicated to proving PTSD isn’t a death sentence or the end of the line for U.S. veterans and their families.
Our team is not just about the people who manage the organization, but more so about the support system we’ve been able to engage. Ranging from individual contributors, veteran lead organizations, individual veterans and first responders, community leaders, volunteers, start up businesses, and established companies.
10 years as the top insurance sales professional for a fortune 500 insurance agency. Army combat veteran, husband, father, activist and entrepreneur. He has never been on a cruise!
15 years of top performance in the IT industry, Certified Personal Trainer, Bachelors in Interpersonal Communications, wife and mother of two. She is a Dallas Cowboys fan!