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 »


Florida Honors Montford Point Marines

January 25, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed a proclamation honoring the Montford Point Marines of World War II fame on the 72nd anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Iwo Jima. More than 13,000 Montford Point Marines, including many Floridians, served with honor and distinction in combat overseas following segregated… READ MORE »


AHCA Announces 2017 Gold Seal Award Winners

January 18, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced Jan. 17 that 11 nursing facilities have received the Gold Seal Award from the Governor’s Panel on Excellence in Long-Term Care, including two state veterans’ homes. Among the new award recipients for 2017 are the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing… READ MORE »


Florida Commemorates Battle of the Bulge Anniversary

December 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day Proclamation, commemorating the 72nd anniversary of one of the most important battles of World War II.  The last major German offensive on the Western Front began on Dec. 16, 1944 and lasted until Jan. 25, 1945,… READ MORE »


2016 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 6, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Florida honors the servicemembers currently residing in the Sunshine State who were stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs estimates there are fewer than 75 Pearl Harbor survivors living in the Sunshine State. Thank you for your service to our… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Offers Improved Mobile App for Veterans

November 15, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) is proud to announce enhancements to its free Mobile App, available to veterans and their families through the iPhone and Android Markets.  The app is a primary tool to advocate for the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans. FDVA’s enhanced… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Highlighting Veteran Employment

November 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed today a proclamation to promote the availability of Florida’s veterans to employers and encourage businesses to seek out veterans with proven leadership and technical skills, a strong sense of teamwork and integrity, and the ability to work under pressure.… READ MORE »


Eleven Inducted into 2016 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

September 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet inducted eleven individuals into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  The unanimous vote for the Class of 2016 came during the Sept. 20 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. Inductees are: Reubin O’Donovan Askew, U.S. Air Force veteran (deceased) LeRoy Collins, U.S. Navy… READ MORE »


Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Recognize Gold Star Families

September 22, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued the following resolution during the Sept. 20 Cabinet Meeting recognizing Gold Star Families. “I am honored to recognize the Gold Star Families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and our freedoms,” said Governor Scott. “We… READ MORE »


Governor Rick Scott has signed the State of Florida 2016 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation. Friday, September 16 is POW/MIA Recognition Day.

September 15, 2016

2016 POW MIA Recognition Day… READ MORE »


George Washington Would be Proud – Florida Salutes Purple Heart Day

August 5, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – It was Aug. 7, 1782. The Revolutionary War was still nearly two years from ending and General George Washington wanted a way to recognize the outstanding soldiers who were fighting to achieve our nation’s independence. His solution was the Badge of Military Merit, which he wrote would be… READ MORE »


Governor, Cabinet Appoint Sutphin Veterans’ Affairs Director

August 2, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet during the Aug. 2 Cabinet Meeting.  FDVA, on behalf of the Governor and three-member Cabinet, is the premier point of entry for Florida’s more… READ MORE »


Commissioner Putnam Provides Tips for Military Consumer Protection Month

July 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — July is Military Consumer Protection Month, and Commissioner Adam H. Putnam is providing tips for Florida’s more than 1.5 million veterans and 65,000 active duty military members to protect themselves against fraud.  Military Consumer Protection Month is a national effort to raise awareness about common scams and how… READ MORE »


Gold Star License Plate

July 8, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 88 into law on April 6, 2016.  The new legislation, which takes effect on July 1, 2016, expands the eligibility of certain individuals to obtain a Gold Star license plate. The Gold Star license plate is a special license plate developed to… READ MORE »


2016 Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation

June 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual State of Florida Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation June 25, 2016 is the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  We are thankful for our nation’s veterans, and their service and sacrifice to defend freedom.  … READ MORE »


Florida Releases 2016 Memorial Day Resolution

May 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have signed the official State of Florida 2016 Memorial Day Resolution.  Our state remembers, honors, and salutes all service members, who since our nation’s founding, answered the call of duty with their selfless service and sacrifice.… READ MORE »


Tallahassee to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

May 4, 2016

The Governor’s Veterans Service Award, honoring Florida’s honorably discharged veterans, will be presented by Gov. Rick Scott to Tallahassee-area veterans during the May 10 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.  The 2016 Memorial Day Resolution from Governor Scott and the Cabinet will also be unveiled as part of the presentation. Date:… READ MORE »


FDVA Receives New Interim Executive Director

April 26, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — Retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn Sutphin was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet April 26, 2016. The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, on behalf of the Governor and Cabinet, is the premier point of entry for… READ MORE »


Volunteers Donate Time and Care to Deserving Veterans

April 5, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Volunteers are an important part of the daily routine in the lives of residents at Florida’s network of state veterans’ homes. In some cases, due to the absence of family members, they constitute the only primary source of social interaction for elderly residents. “From individual bedside visits to… READ MORE »


Pensacola to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

March 31, 2016

Pensacola, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged Veterans is scheduled for April 7, 2016. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida Veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:30… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Honors Veterans in Winter Haven with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

March 23, 2016

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott awarded more than 190 veterans at the National Guard Armory here with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award March 22 for their service to Florida and the nation.  Since 2013, the governor has presented more than 8,000 medals to honorably discharged veterans in ceremonies… READ MORE »


FDVA to Expand Availability of Skilled Nursing Care for Central Florida Veterans

March 10, 2016

ORLANDO — Congressman John Mica hosted a ceremony here March 9, transferring the vacant 120-bed former VA community living center at the Lake Baldwin VA medical complex from the federal government to the State of Florida. The building, dedicated in 1999, was converted to clinical and office use approximately two… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for 2016 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

January 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the fourth annual class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period is open until May 31, 2016.  Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature established the… READ MORE »


Deland to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

December 17, 2015

Deland, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged Veterans is scheduled for January 19, 2016. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida Veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 9:30… READ MORE »


Florida Salutes Battle of the Bulge Veterans

December 16, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – Florida honors its Battle of the Bulge veterans on the 71st anniversary of the historic battle with its annual proclamation.  The battle in the heavily forested Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg was the largest land battle fought by the U.S. Army in World War II. … READ MORE »



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