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 »


Governor Ron DeSantis and AARP Announce Florida’s Designation as an Age-Friendly State

April 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) CEO Jo Ann Jenkins to announce that Florida has been designated an Age-Friendly State, making Florida the fourth state in the nation to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. They were joined during the April… READ MORE »


DeSantis Announces Governor’s Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW)

April 18, 2019

EGLIN AFB, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today the Governor’s Initiative on Lawyers Assisting Warriors (GI LAW), an initiative to leverage the talent of Florida’s leading law firms to provide pro bono services to military members. Joined by Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess, Enterprise Florida… READ MORE »


Burgess Supports Efforts to Bring USSPACECOM to Sunshine State

April 11, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess released a letter today to Florida’s Congressional Delegation, supporting the DeSantis Administration’s efforts to bring the newly created United States Space Command to Florida. “Bringing USSPACECOM to the Sunshine State is a logical choice and has many advantages,” said Burgess.  “With so many… READ MORE »


James S. Hartsell Named Deputy Executive Director

April 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James S. “Hammer” Hartsell has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans’ homes and provides statewide outreach to connect Florida’s more than 1.5… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis Announces Forward March Initiative

April 1, 2019

TAMPA – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to announce Forward March, an initiative which aims to unite the combined energy and resources of Florida’s state agencies, veterans’ service organizations, private partners and local communities. The new initiative, launched March 29 at the University of South… READ MORE »


Governor Salutes Vietnam Veterans

March 27, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation designating March 29, 2019 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Florida. The Sunshine State is home to more than 519,000 Vietnam-era veterans, the state’s largest veteran demographic group. Vietnam Veterans Day is observed annually as part of the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition… READ MORE »


CFO Jimmy Patronis Launches ‘Operation Return the Valor’ for Florida’s Veterans

March 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In honor of National Medal of Honor Day, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced, ‘Operation Return the Valor,’ a statewide initiative to further honor those who serve in our armed forces. The initiative’s first mission will be to find owners or heirs of nearly 40 medals… READ MORE »


Governor Proclaims Women Veterans Recognition Week in Florida

March 7, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has designated the week of March 10-16, 2019 as Women Veterans Recognition Week in Florida. Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veterans’ population. There are more than 144,000 women veterans in the Sunshine State. For more information and resources for… READ MORE »


FDVA Statement on 2019 State of the State Address

March 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess provided the following statement in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State Address today. “Florida is a national champion in supporting our more than 1.5 million veterans. We offer unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families… READ MORE »


New Edition of Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide Released

February 21, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The 2019 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. The… READ MORE »


Allison Sitte Named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs

February 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Allison Sitte has been named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans’ homes and provides statewide outreach to connect Florida’s more than 1.5 million veterans with their… READ MORE »


Governor, Cabinet Appoint Burgess Veterans’ Affairs Director

January 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Former State Rep. Danny Burgess was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet during the Jan. 24, 2019 Cabinet Meeting. “I thank my fellow members of the Florida Cabinet for approving Danny to lead the Department of… READ MORE »


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

December 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2018 marks the 74th 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 »


VA Provides $1 Million in Funding for Florida Veterans Support Line

December 12, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. –  To enhance veteran suicide prevention efforts, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) announced today that the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay (Crisis Center) has received a $1 million contract from the VA to enhance… READ MORE »


Governor Proclaims December 7 as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2018 marks the 77th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry into World War II. More than 61,000 World War II veterans currently reside in the Sunshine State.… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Recognizes Three Veterans with Governor’s Medal of Merit

December 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – During the final Cabinet Meeting of his administration, Gov. Rick Scott recognized three Florida veterans with the Governor’s Medal of Merit. Retired Army Lt. Col. Glenn W. Sutphin Jr. entered active duty service as an enlisted soldier in 1969, received his commission as a Field Artillery Officer, and… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Award

December 5, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO David Mica Jr. presented Ashton Adler with the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award, Florida’s official statewide volunteer recognition, during the Dec. 4 Cabinet Meeting here. Ashton Adler is an exceptionally active volunteer with Honor Flight South Florida. The mission of… READ MORE »


Governor Scott and Cabinet Honor Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Class of 2018

December 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet voted unanimously to induct 20 individuals into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame during the Dec. 4 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol. Class of 2018 inductees are: Mark W. Erdrich, U.S. Army veteran (deceased) Lt. Gen. Gordon E. Fornell, U.S. Air Force,… READ MORE »


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 »