A statement from FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess

April 4, 2020

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Department Of Health Launches New COVID-19 Community Action Survey

April 3, 2020

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Health TALLAHASSEE — Today, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced the launch of a new community action survey, StrongerThanC-19, designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. This cutting-edge tool gives residents the power to unite in… READ MORE »


VA expands virtual services to support Veterans ‎due to COVID-19 pandemic‎

April 2, 2020

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans continue to receive benefits and services after VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) temporarily closed its 56 regional offices to the public March 19 in response to COVID-19. “The decision to close our offices to the general public, is part of the VA’s effort… READ MORE »


COVID-19 Project Relief Fund to Help Florida Veterans

March 26, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is impacting many Floridians as well as Florida’s veterans, active duty military members and their families. As many businesses and organizations are being forced to close their doors, our veterans are unable to work and provide an income to support their families. The Florida… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Commissioner Corcoran, Executive Director Burgess & College Presidents Applaud POTUS Expanding GI Benefits for Vets Impacted by COVID-19

March 21, 2020

~ Bill allows veterans to utilize GI Bill benefits for online education without economic impact ~ TALLAHASSEE – Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess and Florida College System Presidents applauded President Donald Trump and Congress… READ MORE »


Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard

March 16, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — In the state’s ongoing efforts to provide transparency and clarity regarding COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health announced March 16 the launch of a new COVID-19 Case Dashboard. To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, this dashboard will be updated twice… READ MORE »


Visitor Access to State Veterans’ Homes Suspended

March 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) has announced ‎additional steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida.‎ ‎• Effective March ‎‎11, 2020, FDVA is restricting visitor access to its State Veterans’ ‎Nursing Homes and Domiciliary ‎until further notice, with the exception of essential… READ MORE »


Capitol Ceremony Honors 16 Inductees into Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

March 9, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Sixteen Florida veterans were inducted March 9 into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Capitol. FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess hosted the ceremony honoring the Class of 2019, and was joined by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “Congratulations to the Florida Veterans’ Hall… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Health Monitoring COVID-19 Cases in Florida

March 2, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health has announced there are two presumptive positive cases of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. Both individuals remain in isolation at this time. Despite these cases in Florida, the overall immediate threat to the public remains low.… READ MORE »


Florida College System Council of Presidents Launch the Patriot’s Path Program

February 20, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida College System ‎Council of Presidents (COP) are continuously elevating methods to advance the educational and workforce ‎experience for veterans and active duty military members and their families. … READ MORE »


Governor Announces Housing Loan Program for Military and Veterans

February 19, 2020

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Feb. 19 the unveiling of the “Salute Our Soldiers” Military Loan Program (SOS) that will be offered to veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the state. The announcement was made following a roundtable to discuss ongoing issues and initiatives that involve Florida’s… READ MORE »


FDVA Statement on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2020‎ State of the State Address

January 14, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny ‎Burgess provided the following statement regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the ‎State Address today.‎ ‎“Florida is well-situated as a national champion in supporting our 1.5 million veterans ‎and their families. With the nation’s third largest veterans’ population, we offer… READ MORE »


Roy Clark Named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs

January 13, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Roy Clark has been named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by FDVA Director Danny Burgess. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans’ homes and provides statewide outreach to connect Florida’s 1.5 million veterans and their earned services, benefits… READ MORE »


Governor Appoints FDVA Executive Director to Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee

January 7, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the designation of Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee. The United States Census will be conducted from March to June 2020 and Florida’s Complete Count Committee will coordinate with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure Floridians are accurately reflected in the federal count.… READ MORE »


Veterans need VHIC for in-person Commissary, Military Exchange, MWR access

January 6, 2020

The Defense Department has announced expanded Commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access Jan. 1 and established a standard for physical access to military installations. Veterans who are eligible and want to take advantage of in-person benefits must have a Veterans Health Identification Card, or VHIC. Primary Family Caregivers must… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis and FDVA Executive Director Burgess Highlight ‎Historic First Year in Office to Support Veterans

December 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials from the Florida ‎Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) are pointing to a string of policies and ‎initiatives that are providing critical support to the state’s 1.5 million veterans. ‎ Gov. Ron DeSantis said: “It’s been a fast-paced and meaningful first year. As a… READ MORE »


Governor Proclaims Dec. 16 as Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida

December 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the last major German offensive on the western front during World War II. The battle, which lasted until Jan. 25, 1945, resulted in an Allied… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2019 marks the 78th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry into World War II. The flags of the United States and State of Florida will be flown… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis Joins U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 22, 2019

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today for the groundbreaking ceremony of a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in St. Augustine. The Governor was joined by Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess, Congressman John Rutherford as well as… READ MORE »


FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess Statement on Governor DeSantis’ Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget

November 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess issued the following statement today on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget: “As a former Naval officer, Governor DeSantis has proven to be a lifelong champion of veterans issues, both as a congressman and now as Florida’s… READ MORE »


Attorney General Moody Announces Partnership with Statewide Legal Helpline to Better Protect Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new partnership Nov. 8 to bolster ongoing efforts to protect Florida veterans and service members. The partnership between the Florida Attorney General’s Military and Veteran Assistance Program and Bay Area Legal Services’ Florida Veterans Legal Helpline will allow for a more rapid… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis and FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess Participate in Veterans Day Events

November 12, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla, – Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess participated in events to recognize and honor Florida veterans on Veterans Day. “Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, and it is our duty to ensure those who have served our… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis & VISIT FLORIDA Launch New Website for Service Members and Their Families

November 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — In honor of Veterans Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new military-friendly travel section on VISIT FLORIDA’s website, www.visitflorida.com/military. The section is a consolidated source of Florida travel information for service members, veterans, and their families. The site includes information about discounts and experiences available to… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation

November 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation. The State of Florida is recognized as one of the most military and veteran-friendly states in the nation, with more than 1.5 million veterans living in the Sunshine State. Nov. 11, 2019 is Veterans Day.… READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes National Medal of Honor Society Convention

October 22, 2019

TAMPA – The State of Florida is proud and honored to host the National Medal of Honor Society Convention in Tampa, Oct. 22-27. On behalf of the men and women of FDVA, welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your visit. Did you know? Florida’s state veterans’ homes are named… READ MORE »


Governor Announces Local Workforce Development Boards to Receive Veterans Performance Incentive Awards

October 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today three Local Workforce Development Boards are being awarded Veterans’ Performance Incentive Awards for their diligent work of providing employment and training opportunities to thousands of veterans. The three Local Workforce Development Boards being recognized for this achievement are CareerSource Central Florida, CareerSource Flagler… READ MORE »


VA Awards 3 Major Leases for Health Care

October 4, 2019

GAINESVILLE/OCALA, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded three leases for Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Gainesville and Ocala. The major leases were authorized Sept. 30, 2019 under the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 (“Choice 2.0”) and will expand and enhance health care… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Commemorating Gold Star Family Day in Florida

September 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation commemorating Sept. 29, 2019 as Gold Star Family Day in Florida. Florida owes a lasting debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives in service to secure the blessings of liberty. A new Honor and Remember Flag is flown on… READ MORE »


Governor Commemorates POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida

September 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida proclamation. The observance is Sept. 20, 2019. The POW/MIA flag is flown daily over the Florida Capitol, rest areas along Florida’s interstate highways, and at Florida’s State Parks to honor POW/MIAs and their service. There are… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2019 Patriot Day Proclamation

September 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the 2019 Patriot Day Proclamation.  The flags of the United States and State of Florida will be flown from sunrise to sunset at half-staff to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  Patriot Day is Sept. 11.  … READ MORE »


Governor Selects Army Veteran to Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

September 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the selection of Henry “Hank” James Thomas to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Thomas, of Jacksonville, served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966 where he earned six combat medals, including the Purple Heart. He was active in the civil rights movement… READ MORE »


Editorial: Finding Solutions to Veteran Suicides Require All-Hands-On-Deck

September 9, 2019

A disturbing number of Veterans take their own lives in the U.S. On average, approximately 7,300 Veterans die from suicide each year.  Despite significant efforts and billions of dollars invested by the state and federal governments across the nation, suicide rates among Veterans rose 26 percent from 2005 to 2016.… READ MORE »


VA Clinic Closures

September 4, 2019

State Veterans’ Homes Program Update:  The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) operates six skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility.  All state veterans’ homes are currently operational and have resumed normal operations.  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Update:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number… READ MORE »


FDVA Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

August 28, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – With Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida for a potential Monday landfall, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is gearing up its social media messaging regarding potential delays and closures of veteran-related facilities. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will also provide similar messaging. Follow us for updates impacting Florida’s… READ MORE »


Governor Celebrates Opening of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners

August 26, 2019

TAMPA – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the Cohen Veterans Network Aug. 26, to celebrate the opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners. Steven Cohen launched Cohen Veterans Network in 2016 along with the first four Military Family Clinics. “I appreciate the great work the… READ MORE »


Forward March Regional Veterans’ Assessments Conclude

August 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) has completed the regional assessment phase of the Forward March veterans’ advocacy campaign. The initiative was announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year and aimed to unite the combined energy and resources of Florida’s state agencies, veteran service organizations, private… READ MORE »


Florida Releases Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation

August 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the state’s annual Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation, commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II. There are currently more than 49,000 World War II veterans living in Florida.    … READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Annual Convention to Orlando

August 7, 2019

ORLANDO – Tuskegee Airmen Inc. are meeting Aug. 8-10 in Orlando for their 48th National Convention. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Purple Heart Recipients

August 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation designating Aug. 7, 2019, as Florida Purple Heart Day. We salute all Purple Heart recipients for their courage and sacrifice.        … READ MORE »


Disabled American Veterans 2019 National Convention in Orlando

August 2, 2019

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is having their 2019 National Convention in Orlando, which begins this weekend. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation

July 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation, honoring the state’s Korean War veterans and commemorating the 66th anniversary of the end of the war. More than 124,000 Korean War veterans currently reside in Florida. More than 34,000 Americans were killed in action during the… READ MORE »


Hire a Veteran Day in Florida

July 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation observing July 25, 2019 as Hire a Veteran Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes VFW Annual Convention to Orlando

July 18, 2019

ORLANDO – VFW delegates from around the nation are converging in Orlando for the 120th Veterans of Foreigh Wars (VFW) National Convention, which begins this weekend. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Four State Veterans’ Homes Recognized with the AHCA/NCAL Silver National Quality Award

July 3, 2019

Florida Leads Nation in Earning National Distinction for Achievements in Delivering Quality Care Courtesy of the Florida Health Care Association TALLAHASSEE – Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is pleased to recognize 17 skilled nursing centers and two assisted living facility members across Florida which earned a 2019 Silver – Achievement… READ MORE »


Bob Asztalos named Florida Veterans Foundation Chairman

July 2, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief Bob Asztalos has been appointed chairman of the Florida Veterans Foundation by Danny Burgess, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Former Chairman Mike Mason has been named Chairman Emeritus. “Mike Mason set the example of hard work and unsurpassed excellence… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis Signs Two Bills to Support Florida’s Veterans

June 26, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/HB 501: Alternative Treatment Options for Veterans and CS/CS/HB 427: Honor and Remember Flag, at the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success, June 26. “Here in Florida, we take great pride in being the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Celebrates Legislative Accomplishments

June 21, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – On its 30th anniversary, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs continues to be the premier point of entry for Florida veterans to access earned services, benefits and support. The agency’s budget resulting from the recently concluded 2019 Florida Legislative Session was signed into law today by Gov. Ron… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Korean War Veterans

June 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation honoring Korean War veterans as part of Korean War Remembrance Day in Florida. The proclamation commemorates the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950. More than 294,000 Floridians wore the uniform of the Armed Forces… READ MORE »


New VA Clinic to serve Veterans in East Pasco County, Florida

June 10, 2019

The new community based outpatient clinic broke ground in Zephyrhills, Florida Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – Veterans in East Pasco County, Florida will soon have access to a brand new 14,000 square foot VA clinic, replacing the existing 4,500 square foot community based… READ MORE »


VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act

June 7, 2019

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Commemorating 75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 3, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. June 6, 2019 marks the anniversary of the landings and the Battle of Normandy, as well as the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. An estimated 156,000 American, British… READ MORE »


FDVA Employee Named Rising Star in Nursing

May 31, 2019

FDVA salutes Barbara Klein, a health care professional at the Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port Charlotte. Klein was named the Florida Health Care Association’s 2019 Long Term Care Rising Star in Nursing Award winner.    … READ MORE »


VA Implements Mission Act

May 17, 2019

Increasing Veterans’ access to health care WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s signing of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 approaches, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is making significant strides in implementing major improvements to community care… READ MORE »


State Women Veterans’ Conference coming to Pensacola

May 10, 2019

PENSACOLA – The sixth annual Women Veterans’ Conference will be held June 10-11 at the University of West Florida Conference Center. All women who have served or are serving are invited to attend. To register for this event: 2019floridawomenveteranconference2.eventbrite.com  … READ MORE »


Nominations Open for Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Class of 2019

April 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is accepting nominations for the next class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period for the Class of 2019 is open until May 31, 2019. Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature… READ MORE »