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Governor Signs Law Waiving Out-of-State Tuition Fees for Honorably Discharged Veterans

March 31, 2014

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott was joined here March 31 by Senate President Don Gaetz, Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, Rep. Doc Renuart, Rep. Jimmie Smith and Rep. Jimmy Patronis to sign House Bill 7015, which creates the “Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program,” that waives… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Vietnam Veterans

March 28, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – To commemorate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, 71 Vietnam Veterans were awarded the Governor’s Veterans Service Award during the March 18 Cabinet Meeting. Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet also presented the Vietnam-era veterans with a Cabinet resolution proclaiming March 30, 2014 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Honors 137 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

February 27, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH — Governor Rick Scott, joined by Brig. Gen. James O. Eifert, assistant Adjutant General of the Florida Air National Guard and Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Retired Army Col. Mike Prendergast, awarded 137 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award on Feb. 25… READ MORE »


FDVA Releases 2014 Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guides

February 21, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs has released the 2014 edition of the Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide.  FDVA is the premier point of entry for Florida veterans to access earned services, benefits and support.  The 24-page guide, sponsored by the Florida Veterans Foundation, provides information about earned federal and… READ MORE »


VA Names Two New National Cemeteries in Florida

February 18, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the names of two new VA national cemeteries planned in Florida – the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor and the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee. “These two new cemeteries are a priority for the growing Veterans’ community in… READ MORE »


FDVA Executive Director Updates Governor and Cabinet on Recommendation to Build More State Veterans’ Nursing Homes

February 7, 2014

TAMPA – Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast briefed the Governor and Cabinet on the results of an independent study recommending the construction of additional veterans’ homes in Florida.  The presentation during the Feb. 6 Cabinet Meeting at the Florida State Fairgrounds discussed the formal process necessary… READ MORE »


“It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” Invests Additional $20 Million in FDVA

January 29, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” includes a nearly $20 million increase over the previous year’s FDVA budget, bringing the total to $110.8 million. This investment lays the groundwork for the construction of two new state veterans’ nursing homes that will serve Florida veterans. The… READ MORE »


Call for Nominations for 2014 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

January 28, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the second annual class of inductees into the recently established Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Florida Legislature established the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2011 to honor and recognize military veterans for their post-military… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Honors 142 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

December 20, 2013

PANAMA CITY – Governor Rick Scott, joined by Adjutant General of Florida National Guard Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr. and Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Retired Army Colonel Mike Prendergast, awarded 142 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida… READ MORE »


2013 National Battle of the Bulge Day Proclamation

December 13, 2013

Florida honors the servicemembers currently residing in the Sunshine State who were involved in the battle fought in eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg during World War II between December 16, 1944 and January 25, 1945. Thank you for your service to our nation as we commemorate this day and honor… READ MORE »


2013 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 6, 2013

Florida honors the more than 140 servicemembers currently residing in the Sunshine State who were stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. Thank you for your service to our nation as we commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation… READ MORE »


Fraud Alert!

November 25, 2013

FRAUD ALERT! Veterans should be aware of a scam targeting callers trying to reach the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Honors Five Veterans Turned Teachers with Shine Awards

November 19, 2013

TALLAHASSEE – During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized five educators who formerly served in various branches of the military with the Governor’s Shine Award for their service to our country and their contributions to Florida’s students. Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to thank… READ MORE »


Veterans Day Resolution 2013

November 8, 2013

TALLAHASSEE — The governor and the Cabinet have signed the 2013 Veterans Day Proclamation honoring Florida’s unwavering commitment of its Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Merchant Mariners who have preserved our freedoms around the world. Download the proclamation here. Download the proclamation here.… READ MORE »


Hire a Veteran Month

November 1, 2013

Governor Rick Scott has signed the 2013 Hire A Veteran Month proclamation for the Sunshine State. Veterans offer Florida businesses the benefits of competent skills, education, leadership, maturity and dedication. View the proclamation here:… READ MORE »


Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council Announces Inaugural Class

October 23, 2013

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council announces the inaugural class of inductees into the newly established Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Inductees are: 1.         John R. D. Cleland, Major General (Retired), U.S. Army (Melbourne) 2.         The late Rep. Sam M. Gibbons, former U.S. Army Major (Tampa) 3.        … READ MORE »


2013 Gold Star Family Recognition Day

September 27, 2013

The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Family Day and Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have signed the State of Florida 2013 Resolution honoring families who have lost a loved one and are due our unwavering support and admiration. Click here to view the full proclamation:  Gold Star… READ MORE »


2013 POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 17, 2013

September 20 is POW/MIA Recognition Day and Gov. Rick Scott has signed the State of Florida 2013 Proclamation, honoring those who selflessly relinquished their freedom so we may enjoy the blessings of liberty and peace. Click here to view the full proclamation: 2013 POW / MIA Recognition Day  … READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Honors 136 Veterans at Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home

September 6, 2013

LAND O’ LAKES – Joined by Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr. and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Executive Director, Retired Army Col. Al Carter, Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott awarded 136 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Honors 154 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

August 16, 2013

ST. AUGUSTINE – Joined by Adjutant General of Florida National Guard Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr. and Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Retired Army Colonel Mike Prendergast, Governor Rick Scott today awarded 154 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida… READ MORE »


2013 Purple Heart Day Resolution

August 6, 2013

Governor Rick Scott has signed the 2013 Purple Heart Day Resolution, honoring Florida’s Purple Heart recipients and the families of the fallen. Download a print version of the resolution here.… READ MORE »


2013 Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation

July 26, 2013

Governor Rick Scott has signed the 2013 Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation, honoring Florida’s Korean War veterans. This is the 60th anniversary of the armistice, signed on July 27, 1953. Download the proclamation here.… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Signs Bill Protecting Veterans from Fraud

July 1, 2013

TAMPA – Gov. Rick Scott signed into law HB 1223, which extends a heightened protection from predatory practices to military service members and their families.  The bill signing on July 1 was held at MacDill Air Force Base.  Governor Scott was joined by Holly Petraeus, Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi, Sen.… READ MORE »


2013 Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation

June 24, 2013

Korean War Remembrance Day is Tuesday, June 25th and to commemorate this day, Governor Rick Scott signed the annual State of Florida Korean War Remembrance Day proclamation. Thank you to those service members who answered the call of duty. Download the proclamation here.… READ MORE »


2013 Memorial Day Resolution from the State of Florida

May 23, 2013

The State of Florida has released its annual Memorial Day Resolution to commemorate this weekend’s observance.  To those who have answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice, you will never be forgotten.  To our Gold Star Families, we salute you this day and every day. payday loans… READ MORE »


Federal VA Mandates Overtime to Increase Production of Compensation Claims Decisions

May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON – As part of its ongoing effort to accelerate the elimination of the disability compensation claims backlog, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is mandating overtime for claims processors in its 56 regional benefits offices.  The surge, which will be implemented through the end of fiscal year 2013,… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs unveils PSA honoring Florida’s women veterans

March 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) today released a public service announcement honoring Florida’s more than 140,000 women veterans and the many hats they wear in military and civilian life. Unveiled in the Florida Senate chamber as part of a ceremony to honor Florida’s veterans, the… READ MORE »


Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Opens Nomination Period for Inaugural Class

March 1, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is now accepting nominations for the first class of inductees into the newly established Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after… READ MORE »


FDVA Releases 2013 Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guides

February 5, 2013

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs has released the 2013 edition of the Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide.  FDVA is the premier point of entry for Florida veterans to access earned services, benefits and support. The 24-page guide, sponsored by the Florida Veterans Foundation, provides information about earned federal and… READ MORE »


FDVA Releases Statement on Governor Rick Scott’s 2013-2014 Florida Families First Budget

January 31, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – “Governor Scott is a Navy veteran, and his recommended Florida Families First Budget strengthens our ability to advocate with purpose and passion for his fellow Florida veterans and link them to superior services, benefits and support,” said Mike Prendergast, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs… READ MORE »


More than 27,000 Florida Veterans Gained Employment in 2012

December 17, 2012

Opa-locka, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced Dec. 14 that more than 27,000 Florida veterans have found jobs with the help of the state’s workforce system.  Governor Scott made the announcement following a meeting with military base commanders at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Opa-locka. Governor Scott said,… READ MORE »


Governor Rick Scott Honors Family of Fallen Hero

December 11, 2012

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott honored the family of Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Robert James Miller on Dec. 11 with a plaque to be placed on the Capitol’s “Medal of Honor” wall, along with the Florida flag that was flown over the Florida State Capitol earlier that… READ MORE »


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 6, 2012

Governor Rick Scott has signed the official 2012 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation.  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Friday, December 7. Click to view a larger version of the document.… READ MORE »


Floridian Appointed to VA Committee on Women Veterans

November 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – Five new members have been appointed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women veterans.  Larri Gerson, an Air Force veteran who serves as a claims examiner for the Florida Department of… READ MORE »


VA Purchases Land for Two New National Cemeteries in Florida

November 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it has purchased land for two new national cemeteries in Florida. “We are pleased to expand burial service to families in the Sunshine State where so many Veterans live,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Acquiring this… READ MORE »


On Guard for Seniors

November 14, 2012

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and the Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services have created On Guard for Seniors, a website designed to provide specific information on annuities, reverse mortgages, long-term care insurance and identity theft to help seniors learn more about these topics, their potential pitfalls… READ MORE »


Governor Signs ‘Hire A Veteran Month’ Proclamation

November 12, 2012

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual ‘Hire A Veteran Month’ Proclamation, highlighting Employ Florida Vets, the state’s online veterans job portal at http://Veterans.EmployFlorida.com. A network of professional specialists are deployed around the state to assist veterans and their spouses in employment. In addition, Florida’s veterans who are public employees… READ MORE »


2012 State of Florida Veterans Day Resolution

October 25, 2012

The State of Florida has issued the official 2012 Veterans Day Resolution. It is fitting that all Floridians honor America’s military veterans, including Florida’s more than 1.6 million living veterans, through whose selfless service and sacrifice we enjoy freedom and liberty. Download a print version of the Resolution.    … READ MORE »


Honoring General McKinley

October 22, 2012

The men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs congratulate Gen. Craig McKinley as he retires following a distinguished 35-year career.  The Florida National Guard conducted a retreat ceremony at its headquarters in St. Augustine on his behalf Oct. 19.  McKinley, a Jacksonville native and Florida National Guardsman,… READ MORE »


FDVA Bids Farewell to Dr. Rebecca Yackel

October 4, 2012

The men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs bid a fond farewell to Dr. Rebecca Yackel, administrator at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, upon her retirement Oct. 4.  Yackel, who completed her Doctorate Degree in Health Administration in 2010, and her… READ MORE »


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