All Eyes photo gallery: One veteran's enduring mission

Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, salutes while the Air Force Honor Guard presents the American flag to the family of Stephen Bittbenner, an Air Force veteran at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Thomas "T-Man" Brown, a Veteran Outreach Coordinator with Tampa Crossroads, a non-profit organization that assist veterans by providing them with access to health, social and job services. Brown who works tirelessly in search of homeless veterans, is immensely involved with the military community. He volunteers in the Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star families, parades, soldiers homecomings and other military related activities. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, salutes while the Air Force Honor Guard presents the American flag to the family of Stephen Bittbenner, an Air Force veteran at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Thomas "T-Man" Brown, a Veteran Outreach Coordinator with Tampa Crossroads, a non-profit organization that assist veterans by providing them with access to health, social and job services. Brown who works tirelessly in search of homeless veterans, is immensely involved with the military community. He volunteers in the Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star families, parades, soldiers homecomings and other military related activities.OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published November 10 2016
Updated November 10 2016

It is another busy morning for Thomas Brown as he prepares to drive to Ruskin to find one more veteran in need.

There is work to parcel out and logistics to coordinate. As a homeless coordinator for Tampa Crossroads, a local non-profit, Brown's job is to help veterans in Hillsborough County who are living without permanent shelter.

It is a job he relishes. But for Brown, a month shy of his 64th birthday, there is always more to do.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown gets a hug from Beverly Young before Air Force Veteran Stephen Bittbenner's funeral at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Young is the widow of the late Representative C.W. Bill Young the longest serving House Representative in the U.S. Congress. Thomas "T-Man" Brown, a Veteran Outreach Coordinator with Tampa Crossroads, a non-profit organization that assist veterans by providing them with access to health, social and job services. Brown who works tirelessly in search of homeless veterans, is immensely involved with the military community. He volunteers in the Patriot Guard Riders, Gold Star families, parades, soldiers homecomings and other military related activities.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, prays along with Beverly Young and other Patriot Guard Riders before Air Force Veteran Stephen Bittbenner's funeral at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown salutes while the family of Air Force Veteran Stephen Bittbenner arrives for his funeral service at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, and Tina Zipf observes the Air Force Honor Guard presents the American flag to the family of Stephen Bittbenner, an Air Force veteran at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown works closely with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Homeless Initiative Office to locate veterans who are in need of housing on Monday, October 17, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown talks to Army Veteran Roofer Randy Striby, 65, who's been living in the woods for over 10 years in Riverview on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

            

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During the 'Tampa Stand Down' an collaborative of organizations to help veterans with resources, Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, talks with Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputy Gerald Andrews with the Homeless Initiative Office Thomas on Friday, October 28, 2016.

            

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John Allen, left, stands with Thomas "T-Man" before the start of the annual Town-N-Country Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

            

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John Allen, left, and Thomas "T-Man" call over their fellow Patriot Guard Riders for briefing of the parade route before the start of the annual Town-N-Country Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

            

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John Allen, right, stands with Thomas "T-Man" before the start of the annual Town-N-Country Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown gets a hug from Erlynn Bittbenner the widow of Air Force Veteran Stephen after his funeral at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Bay Pines, Florida on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, jokes with Army National Guard veteran Josh Walbey, 27, after helping him find housing and providing him with a backpack to keep his belongings through his organization Tampa Crossroads on Monday, October 17, 2016.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown sits in his office at Tampa Crossroads while prepares to return phone calls on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

            

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Navy veteran Jeff Sloane, left, who's homeless talks to Thomas "T-Man" Brown about how to qualify for housing assistance in Brandon, on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Sloane originally from Cleveland says he's been homeless for 20 years.

            

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Thomas "T-Man" Brown, left, talks with Joyce Kelly, and Randall McNabb outside of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sunshine City Post in St. Petersburg, on Saturday October 29, 2016.

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