State Converting Former VA Facility in Orlando to State Veterans’ Home

November 13, 2018

ORLANDO – The former VA Community Living Center on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Campus at Lake Baldwin in Orange County is being converted to a 114-bed state veterans’ home. The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs accepted title of the facility in August 2018 and is preparing a nine-month… READ MORE »


Florida Launches Paychecks for Patriot Initiative to Connect Veterans to Jobs

November 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the official start of the 2018 Paychecks for Patriots events, which connect veterans with great careers in their communities. To celebrate Veterans Day this month, DEO is sharing resources available for veterans and recognizing our partners that excel in serving Florida’s… READ MORE »


Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Issue Resolution Recognizing Veterans Day

November 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued a resolution today recognizing Nov. 11, 2018 as Veterans Day. The resolution also notes the observance marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I. The Sunshine State is home to more than 1.5 million… READ MORE »


Construction Begins on Veterans’ Home in Port St. Lucie

November 7, 2018

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Progress continues on the new 120-bed Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Lucie County following the March 20, 2018 groundbreaking ceremony. “We’re finishing the leveling and drainage of the 28-acre property and are preparing to pour the foundation in anticipation of construction,”… READ MORE »


Florida Commemorates 100th Anniversary of World War I Armistice

October 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Nov. 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which brought an end to the First World War. Floridians in all branches of service were sent overseas to fight in the war as part of the American Expeditionary Force. A total of 42,030 Floridians served in the… READ MORE »


Sarasota Ceremony Cancelled

October 22, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. – Due to Hurricane Michael relief efforts, the Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation in Sarasota scheduled for Oct. 23 is cancelled.  Thank you for your understanding.… READ MORE »


Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts in Panama City Underway

October 16, 2018

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Recovery efforts are underway at the 120-bed Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Panama City. Residents, staff and families sheltered in place during Hurricane Michael, and were safe throughout the storm. The skilled nursing facility, opened in Bay County in 2003, was designed to… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Gold Star Family Day

September 25, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have signed the Gold Star Family Day in Florida Resolution, recognizing the heartfelt sacrifices Gold Star Family members have experienced through the years. The resolution calls upon local government officials to display the United States Flag on government buildings, and urges Floridians… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2018 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation

September 17, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed the 2018 POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation. The POW/MIA flag is flown at the Florida Capitol, rest areas along Florida’s interstate highways and at Florida’s State Parks as a powerful reminder of those who so faithfully served our country. Sept. 21 is POW/MIA Recognition… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Observing Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Week

September 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has declared the week of Sept. 9-15, 2018 as Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Week. The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is partnering statewide with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in a campaign of awareness and prevention. VA Medical… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Recognizes Florida Veteran Fred Taylor with Governor’s Medal of Merit

August 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott recognized Florida veteran Fred Taylor with the Governor’s Medal of Merit during the Aug. 14 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. “It’s a privilege to present Fred Taylor with the Medal of Merit in recognition of his exceptional service to our country,” said Governor Scott. “We… READ MORE »


Florida Releases Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation

August 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the state’s annual Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the end of World War II. Aug. 14 is Spirit of ’45 Day. There are currently more than 61,000 World War II veterans living in Florida.… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2018 Florida Purple Heart Day Proclamation

August 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – 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, 2018 is Florida Purple Heart… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Korean War Veterans During Armistice Day Anniversary

July 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed the annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation, honoring the state’s Korean War veterans and commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of the war. More than 139,000 Korean War veterans currently reside in Florida. More than 34,000 Americans were killed in action during the… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Announces 2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide

July 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced the release of the 2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide. The annual guide, created by the Florida Defense Support Task Force, offers a summary of Florida’s laws, programs and services benefitting military servicemembers and their families. It also highlights Florida’s low tax and financial advantages, educational… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Korean War Remembrance Day

June 19, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual State of Florida Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation. June 25, 2018 is the 68th 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 »


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

June 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced June 14 the selection of Janet Petro to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose Petro and two other nominees, Adela Hernandez Gonzmart and Lee Bird Leavengood, from a group of ten nominees selected by the Florida Commission on the Status of… READ MORE »


Governor, Cabinet Release 2018 Memorial Day Resolution

May 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet have released the annual Memorial Day Resolution from the State of Florida. Memorial Day is Monday, May 28, 2018.… READ MORE »


Florida Veterans Support Line Expands Statewide at 1-844-MyFLVet

May 22, 2018

TAMPA – With a veteran population of more than 1.5 million in Florida, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the Florida Veterans Support Line, 1-844-MyFLVet, has expanded to every county in Florida. Florida has the third largest veteran population in the nation. Through a simple phone call… READ MORE »


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

April 30, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott announced April 27 the selection of Marvin Davies and Dr. Reverend Willie Oliver Wells Sr. to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Governor Scott chose Davies and Wells, along with John Dorsey Due Jr., from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the… READ MORE »


Veterans Florida Announces $1 Million in Grant Funds Awarded to Florida Businesses

April 30, 2018

Program Pours $10 Million into the Hands of Florida Veterans, and Back into State’s Economy TALLAHASSEE – Veterans Florida, the leading non-profit corporation dedicated to helping veterans transition to civilian life in the Sunshine State, recently announced it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds to Florida businesses… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Class of 2018

April 27, 2018

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 2018 is open until May 31, 2018. Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. “With the nation’s… READ MORE »


Governor Scott Honors Vietnam Veterans

March 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed a proclamation designating March 29, 2018 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Florida.  The Sunshine State is home to nearly 500,000 Vietnam-era veterans, the state’s largest veteran demographic group. Vietnam Veterans Day is observed annually as part of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act… READ MORE »


New State Veterans’ Nursing Home Begins Construction

March 23, 2018

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Joe Negron joined civic, community and veteran leaders in the Port St. Lucie community of Tradition on March 20, 2018 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 120-bed Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home. “I was proud to… READ MORE »


Governor Proclaims Women Veterans Recognition Week in Florida

March 9, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has designated the week of March 11-17, 2018 as Women Veterans Recognition Week in Florida. Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veterans’ population. Of the approximately 21.3 million living veterans nationwide, more than 2 million are women. There are more… READ MORE »


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 »