Groundbreaking Set for New State Veterans’ Nursing Home

February 23, 2018

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie on March 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. The new 120-bed state veterans’ home will be located near 10700 SW Tradition Parkway… READ MORE »


VA Launches Welcome Kit to Guide Veterans to the Benefits and Services They’ve Earned

February 7, 2018

VA’s onboarding process can be overwhelming at times. Veterans who have visited a VA outreach booth, VA eligibility office, or have gone through a Transition Assistance Program know that VA has no shortage of technical handouts, benefits books and materials. But, even with all of these resources, Veterans are telling… READ MORE »


DoD, VA Release Online Tool to Help Vets With Discharge Upgrade Process

January 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – A joint initiative between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has yielded a web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. View the full article at https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1424677/dod-va-release-online-tool-to-help-vets-with-discharge-upgrade-process/. Access the online tool at https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions.… READ MORE »


New Edition of Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide Released

January 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – The 2018 edition of the Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide is now available. The annual guide helps connect Florida’s more than 1.5 million veterans and their families with earned federal and state benefits, services and support. It also contains useful phone numbers and website addresses for additional information. An… READ MORE »


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

December 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2017 marks the 73rd 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 Proclaims December 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 6, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2017 marks the 76th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry into World War II. As part of the observance, the governor has directed the flags of the… READ MORE »


White House VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation’s Veterans

November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 29 that the White House VA Hotline, first launched in June 2017 as part of President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reforming VA, is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve veterans 24-hours a day, 365 days a… READ MORE »


VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card

November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Nov. 29 that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for veterans. The new card has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor veterans, and the rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Announces 20 Inductees to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

November 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott joined the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Nov. 27 to honor 20 inductees to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors military veterans who have made a significant contribution to the State… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Announces Free Admission to Florida State Parks on Veterans Day

November 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Florida State Parks will be offering free admission for all families and visitors on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to honor all who have served and are currently serving in our U.S. military. Florida State Parks offer year-round discounts on Annual Entrance Passes… READ MORE »


Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Issue Resolution Recognizing Veterans Day

November 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued a resolution today recognizing Nov. 11, 2017 as Veterans Day. The resolution was presented during the Nov. 7 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. “I am proud to issue this resolution recognizing Veterans Day as we honor those who have served… READ MORE »


Veterans’ Homes Ready in Face of Storm

October 31, 2017

By Glenn W. Sutphin, Jr. Executive Director Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs As we come together to honor the contributions of our state’s more than 1.5 million veterans during the Veterans Day weekend, many Floridians are still recovering from the long-term impact of Hurricane Irma. Florida’s network of county veteran… READ MORE »


Veterans’ Home in Daytona Beach Has Residential Openings

October 16, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH – The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Volusia County has openings for qualified veterans. The 120-bed skilled nursing facility, located at 1920 Mason Avenue in Daytona Beach, has a number of available rooms for both male and female veterans. Basic admission requirements for all state… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Gold Star Family Day

September 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the Gold Star Family Day in Florida Proclamation, recognizing the heartfelt sacrifices Gold Star Family members have experienced through the years.  Sept. 24 is Gold Star Family Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


Hurricane Irma Closures

September 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – With Hurricane Irma approaching the State of Florida, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing temporary closings and suspensions of many clinics and services. Patients who had scheduled appointments will be contacted to reschedule their appointments. Complete address and contact information for all VA facilities in Florida… READ MORE »


State of Florida 2017 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation

August 30, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott has signed the 2017 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation. Friday, Sept. 15 is POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Selects Veteran for Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

August 29, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of U.S. Navy veteran Kathleen “Scotty” Robertson Culp to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, Aug. 25.  Governor Scott chose Culp, along with Mary Lou Baker and Katherine Fernandez Rundle, from a group of ten nominees selected by the Florida Commission on… READ MORE »


Governor Awards Christopher Allyn with Medal of Merit

August 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott recognized U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Allyn with the Governor’s Medal of Merit during the Aug. 16 meeting of the Florida Cabinet. On April 10, 2016, Allyn witnessed a car accident in Cape Coral where a vehicle had overturned and caught fire. He broke the car… READ MORE »


New Florida Guide Helps Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard

August 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – The Fall 2017 edition of the Florida Military-Friendly Guide is now available online, courtesy of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The guide contains a summary of various advantages military service members and their families enjoy while being stationed and living in Florida. “Our goal is to maintain… READ MORE »


2017 Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation from the State of Florida

August 4, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott has signed the 2017 Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation, commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II.  Monday, August 14 is Spirit of ’45 Day. There are currently more than 65,000 World War II veterans living in Florida.… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Tuskegee Airmen

July 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott is calling upon Floridians to join him in observing Tuskegee Airmen Recognition in Florida to honor and pay tribute to those who helped pave the way for the full integration of the U.S. Armed Forces following World War II. His proclamation notes the activation of… READ MORE »


2017 Florida Purple Heart Day Proclamation

July 21, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Florida Purple Heart Day Proclamation.  The governor calls upon Floridians to pay special tribute to those members of the Armed Forces who have received the Purple Heart, while also honoring the families of the fallen. August 7, 2017 is Florida Purple Heart Day.… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Korean War Veterans During Armistice Day Anniversary

July 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed the annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation, honoring the state’s Korean War veterans and commemorating the 64th anniversary of the end of the war.  More than 144,000 Korean War veterans reside in the Sunshine State. The Korean War was fought from June 25, 1950… READ MORE »


Governor Completes Four-City Tour Honoring Florida Veterans

July 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott awarded 723 veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation during his four-city “Honoring Florida Veterans” tour July 6-7.  The Governor also highlighted funding included in the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget that supports active military, veterans and… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Korean War Remembrance Day

June 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual State of Florida Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation. June 25, 2017 is the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War. More than 294,000 Floridians wore the uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces during the three-year conflict. More than 34,000… READ MORE »


Gold Star Mother Receives Champion of Service Award

June 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Chester Spellman awarded Kelly Kowall with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition, during the June 14 Cabinet Meeting. “I’d like to thank Kelly for her selfless service to help those who are mourning… READ MORE »


Governor Awards Ben Ritter with Medal of Merit

June 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recognized George Bennett (Ben) Ritter with the Governor’s Medal of Merit during the June 14 meeting of the Florida Cabinet.  Ritter is a former non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and serves his community as an advocate for veterans with disabilities. “I want to… READ MORE »


Governor Awards Sgt. Maj. Ray Quinn with Medal of Merit

May 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recognized retired Sgt. Maj. Ray A. Quinn with the Governor’s Medal of Merit during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, May 23. Sergeant Major Quinn served in the U.S. Army and Florida National Guard for 30 years. “I’d like to thank Sergeant Major Quinn for… READ MORE »


Governor, Cabinet Sign 2017 Memorial Day Resolution

May 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet presented the 2017 Memorial Day Resolution during the May 23 Cabinet Meeting.  The resolution was accepted on behalf of Florida’s veterans by Glenn Sutphin, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The Governor and Cabinet ask all… READ MORE »


Attorney General Launches New Military Consumer Protection Initiative

May 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi launched a new consumer protection program May 17 that will serve the unique needs of Florida’s military and veteran communities and directly assist with consumer protection-related issues.  The Military and Veterans Assistance Program is Attorney General Bondi’s most recent effort to spread awareness of… READ MORE »


Senate Confirms Sutphin as FDVA Executive Director

May 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate unanimously confirmed retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn W. Sutphin Jr. as executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, May 5.  The vote took place toward the end of the 2017 Florida Legislative Session. Sutphin was appointed executive director by Gov. Rick Scott and… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Selects Two Veterans for the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

April 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced April 21 the selection of Dr. Arnett Girardeau and Willie H. Williams to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose Girardeau and Williams, along with the late Patricia Stephens Due, from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the Florida… READ MORE »


Florida Commemorates Anniversary of America’s Entry Into World War I

April 3, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – April 6, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I against Germany. Floridians in all branches of service were sent overseas to fight in the war as part of the American Expeditionary Force, alongside service members from Britain and France. A total… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring Former Prisoners of War

March 31, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed a proclamation March 24 honoring Florida’s former Prisoners of War. April 9 is designated by Congress as the Presidentially proclaimed observance of National Former POW Recognition Day. On April 9, 1942, United States forces surrendered on the Bataan Peninsula, beginning the Bataan Death March.… READ MORE »


Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Issue Resolution Recognizing Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

March 24, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet of the State of Florida issued a resolution recognizing March 30, 2017 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. “We must take every opportunity to recognize the brave men and women who served in our armed forces and defended our country,” said Governor… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Awards Retired Marine with Governor’s Medal of Merit

March 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott awarded retired Maj. John L. Haynes with the Governor’s Medal of Merit during the March 14 Florida Cabinet meeting. Haynes, who retired in 1975, is a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.… READ MORE »


Florida Veterans Foundation Receives New Chairman

March 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Mike Mason has been appointed chairman of the Florida Veterans Foundation.  Mason, who serves as Polk County’s Supervisor of Veterans Services, was appointed to a three-year term by Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Glenn Sutphin. He succeeds retired Army Col. Washington Sanchez, who retired on March… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for 2017 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

March 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the fifth annual class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period is open until May 31, 2017.  Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature established the Florida… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Appoints Three to Florida is for Veterans, Inc.

February 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced two appointments and one reappointment to Veterans Florida, also known as Florida is for Veterans, Inc. James Sampey, of Indian Rocks Beach, is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Valpak and serves as a board member on the Veteran’s Workforce Initiative for… READ MORE »


Dedication Ceremony for Tallahassee VA Health Care Center

February 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A dedication ceremony has been scheduled for the Tallahassee Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Center (THCC) on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  The new facility opened its doors to serving area Veterans October 2016. The new THCC is located at the intersection of East Orange… READ MORE »