Returning Veterans

More than 231,000 veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom claim the Sunshine State as their home of record.  Many are enrolling in Florida’s colleges and universities using the new Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Others are looking for employment, housing, health care and other earned services, benefits and support.  Florida welcomes its returning veterans and their families.

Florida offers many benefits and services for returning veterans.  The Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide contains a comprehensive list of services and benefits for eligible veterans.  For more information, visit a county veteran service office or call (727) 319-7440 for more information.

OEF/OIF combat veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release.

VA Website for Returning Service Members
http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

Returning Service Members Mental Health Support
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/returningservicevets.asp

Vets Centers
http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

Employ Florida Vets
https://veterans.employflorida.com/portals/veteran/Default.asp

Hiring Florida’s Heroes
http://www.workforceflorida.com/PrioritiesInitiatives/vets/HiringFloridasHeroes.php

Florida Veterans Employment Program
http://www.floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/workforce-programs/veterans-employment-program

White House Website for Veterans
http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/veterans

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
http://benefits.va.gov/vow/index.htm

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are NOT alone!