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 »


Jupiter to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

November 3, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. — Governor Scott will present the Governor’s Veterans Service Award to honorably discharged veterans at the beginning of the November 10, 2015, Cabinet Meeting. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. The medal presentation will immediately follow the presentation of the annual State of Florida Veterans Day Resolution. Location:… READ MORE »


Fort Lauderdale to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

November 3, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged veterans is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony… READ MORE »


Lakeland to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

October 14, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged veterans is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Lakeland. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ceremony begins at… READ MORE »


Eight Inducted into 2015 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

September 29, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet today inducted eight individuals into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  The unanimous vote for the Class of 2015 came during the Sept. 29 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.   Inductees are: 1. Charles E. Bennett, U.S. Army veteran (deceased) 2.… READ MORE »


Governor Rick Scott has signed the State of Florida 2015 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation. Friday, September 18 is POW/MIA Recognition Day.

September 18, 2015

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Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Patriot Day

September 11, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing September 11, as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance, and directed the flags of the United States of America and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset, at all local and… READ MORE »


FDVA Field Services Outreach Schedule

August 28, 2015

FDVA Claims Examiners regularly attend events throughout the state to help veterans with questions about their earned benefits and assistance. Find out about the upcoming events that are going on from benefits presentations to town hall meetings across Florida and get your questions answered. Click here to download the latest schedule.  … READ MORE »


2015 Purple Heart Day Resolution

August 7, 2015

On August 7, 1782, General George Washington issued general orders for the Badge of Military Merit. Later, in 1932, the Badge of Military Merit was resurrected into the Purple Heart. Continuing the tradition of honoring those wounded in battle, Governor Rick Scott has signed the 2015 Purple Heart Day Resolution, honoring Florida’s Purple Heart… READ MORE »


Capitol Ceremony to Honor Five Florida Veterans

July 2, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five distinguished veterans representing the Class of 2014 will be inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Capitol July 6. Inductees are: 1. The late Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr., U.S. Navy Reserve (retired) 2. Maj. Gen. James Lee Dozier, U.S. Army… READ MORE »


Program Focuses on Recruiting Veterans to Health Care Careers in Florida

June 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE—Florida has the country’s third-largest population of military veterans and is proud to be a veteran-friendly state. The Florida Department of Health has programs in place to aid veterans in finding employment in health-related fields after they return home. “Men and women who have served our country in uniform have… READ MORE »


Governor, Cabinet Sign 2015 Memorial Day Resolution

May 12, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet signed the state’s official Memorial Day Resolution during the May 5 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.  During the presentation, Governor Scott also remembered Florida’s Gold Star Families and the sacrifices their family members in uniform made to the perpetuation of American… READ MORE »


Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Brands as Veterans Florida

April 24, 2015

Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Brands as Veterans Florida ~ Organization starts to take shape ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Executive Director, Bobby Carbonell, today announced the selection of Veterans Florida as the organization’s new brand name.  The board of directors voted unanimously to do business as… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for 2015 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

April 3, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the third annual class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  The nomination period is open until May 30, 2015.  Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature established the Florida… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Vietnam Veterans

March 27, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have signed the annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Resolution, honoring the Sunshine State’s nearly 500,000 Vietnam Veterans.  More than 58,000 service members, including more than 1,900 from Florida, made the ultimate sacrifice during the war. One in three Veterans in Florida… READ MORE »


Five Inducted into 2014 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

March 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet today inducted five individuals into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The unanimous vote for the Class of 2014 came during the March 24 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. Inductees are: 1. Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr., U.S. Navy Reserve (deceased)… READ MORE »


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

March 3, 2015

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott awarded 132 honorably discharged Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award on Feb. 26 for their service to Florida and the nation. Governor Scott said, “As a Navy veteran myself, I was honored to recognize 132 Florida veterans today for their courage… READ MORE »


Seven state Veterans Affairs departments recognized for innovations

March 3, 2015

Florida honored for Outreach and Branding Campaign U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Public Affairs February 25, 2015 One hundred fifty years ago, during his second inaugural address in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln articulated what would become the nation’s obligation to Veterans: “to care for him who shall have borne the… READ MORE »


Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Selects Marino as Chief Operating Officer

February 23, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Executive Director, Bobby Carbonell, announced Feb. 20 the selection of Joe Marino as the corporation’s Chief Operations Officer. In his new position, Marino will implement and oversee modern, efficient operations in support of the organization’s mission, which is to: • Attract and… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Proposes $7.4 million for Three New State Veterans Nursing Homes

January 27, 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE – Governor Rick Scott announced Jan. 26 proposed funding for three new state veterans nursing homes as part of the 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget.  One of the new homes, the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home, has already been approved by the Florida Cabinet to be… READ MORE »


State Names New Veterans’ Nursing Home For St. Lucie County Medal of Honor Recipient

January 13, 2015

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s newest state veterans’ nursing home will be named in honor of a Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War — Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County native Sergeant Ardie R. Copas.  The announcement was made at the Capitol during today’s Cabinet Meeting by Florida Department of… READ MORE »


Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Names Carbonell Executive Director

January 12, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The board of directors of Florida is for Veterans, Inc. today announced its selection of Roberto “Bobby” Carbonell as the corporation’s executive director.  As executive director, Carbonell will be responsible for the operation and general management of the non-profit organization.  His first official day on the job will… READ MORE »


2014 Battle of the Bulge Day Proclamation

December 10, 2014

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 »


2014 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 5, 2014

Florida honors the 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. View the proclamation here.… READ MORE »


Florida Issues Veterans Day Resolution

November 10, 2014

To commemorate Veterans Day in Florida, the Governor and Cabinet have signed a resolution honoring the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans.  Thank you for your service. Click here to view the resolution.… READ MORE »


Governor Scott: November is Hire a Veteran Month

November 10, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed November as Hire a Veteran Month in Florida. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs encourage businesses and community leaders to recognize the value of hiring veterans this month for their competent skills, education, leadership,… READ MORE »


Veterans Day Freebies

November 4, 2014

In honor of Veterans Day, businesses across the country are offering veterans discounts on November 11. Veterans and military personnel are generally required to show proof of his or her veteran or military status. Click here for a comprehensive list of offered discounts.… READ MORE »


Florida is for Veterans, Inc. Takes Inaugural First Step to Help Veterans

October 31, 2014

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida is for Veterans Board of Directors held their initial organizational meeting on Oct. 20 in the Florida Senate Office Building. Florida is for Veterans, Inc. was established by the legislature in 2014 as part of the Florida GI Bill to serve as an innovative corporation to… READ MORE »


State Seeks Name for New Veterans’ Home in St. Lucie County

October 16, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is accepting nominations for the name of the newest State Veterans’ Nursing Home to be built in St. Lucie County.  To be considered, a nominee must be: One of 16 deceased Medal of Honor recipients accredited to the State of Florida… READ MORE »


St. Lucie County Chosen as Site of Seventh State Veterans’ Nursing Home

September 23, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – St. Lucie County will host the site of the next state veterans’ nursing home, following a unanimous vote in today’s Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. The decision was made following a presentation on the site selection process by Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast. The… READ MORE »


National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 15, 2014

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott has signed the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Day proclamation honoring and remembering Florida’s brave men and women considered mission in action or prisoners of war and their families this September 19, 2014. More than 83,000 servicemembers remain unaccounted for from past conflicts.  Download the proclamation here.… READ MORE »



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