Attorney General Moody Announces Partnership with Statewide Legal Helpline to Better Protect Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new partnership Nov. 8 to bolster ongoing efforts to protect Florida veterans and service members. The partnership between the Florida Attorney General’s Military and Veteran Assistance Program and Bay Area Legal Services’ Florida Veterans Legal Helpline will allow for a more rapid… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis and FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess Participate in Veterans Day Events

November 12, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla, – Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess participated in events to recognize and honor Florida veterans on Veterans Day. “Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, and it is our duty to ensure those who have served our… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis & VISIT FLORIDA Launch New Website for Service Members and Their Families

November 12, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — In honor of Veterans Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a new military-friendly travel section on VISIT FLORIDA’s website, www.visitflorida.com/military. The section is a consolidated source of Florida travel information for service members, veterans, and their families. The site includes information about discounts and experiences available to… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation

November 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation. The State of Florida is recognized as one of the most military and veteran-friendly states in the nation, with more than 1.5 million veterans living in the Sunshine State. Nov. 11, 2019 is Veterans Day.… READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes National Medal of Honor Society Convention

October 22, 2019

TAMPA – The State of Florida is proud and honored to host the National Medal of Honor Society Convention in Tampa, Oct. 22-27. On behalf of the men and women of FDVA, welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your visit. Did you know? Florida’s state veterans’ homes are named… READ MORE »


Governor Announces Local Workforce Development Boards to Receive Veterans Performance Incentive Awards

October 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today three Local Workforce Development Boards are being awarded Veterans’ Performance Incentive Awards for their diligent work of providing employment and training opportunities to thousands of veterans. The three Local Workforce Development Boards being recognized for this achievement are CareerSource Central Florida, CareerSource Flagler… READ MORE »


VA Awards 3 Major Leases for Health Care

October 4, 2019

GAINESVILLE/OCALA, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded three leases for Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Gainesville and Ocala. The major leases were authorized Sept. 30, 2019 under the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 (“Choice 2.0”) and will expand and enhance health care… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Commemorating Gold Star Family Day in Florida

September 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation commemorating Sept. 29, 2019 as Gold Star Family Day in Florida. Florida owes a lasting debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives in service to secure the blessings of liberty. A new Honor and Remember Flag is flown on… READ MORE »


Governor Commemorates POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida

September 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida proclamation. The observance is Sept. 20, 2019. The POW/MIA flag is flown daily over the Florida Capitol, rest areas along Florida’s interstate highways, and at Florida’s State Parks to honor POW/MIAs and their service. There are… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2019 Patriot Day Proclamation

September 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the 2019 Patriot Day Proclamation.  The flags of the United States and State of Florida will be flown from sunrise to sunset at half-staff to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance.  Patriot Day is Sept. 11.  … READ MORE »


Governor Selects Army Veteran to Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame

September 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the selection of Henry “Hank” James Thomas to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Thomas, of Jacksonville, served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1966 where he earned six combat medals, including the Purple Heart. He was active in the civil rights movement… READ MORE »


Editorial: Finding Solutions to Veteran Suicides Require All-Hands-On-Deck

September 9, 2019

A disturbing number of Veterans take their own lives in the U.S. On average, approximately 7,300 Veterans die from suicide each year.  Despite significant efforts and billions of dollars invested by the state and federal governments across the nation, suicide rates among Veterans rose 26 percent from 2005 to 2016.… READ MORE »


VA Clinic Closures

September 4, 2019

State Veterans’ Homes Program Update:  The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) operates six skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility.  All state veterans’ homes are currently operational and have resumed normal operations.  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Update:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number… READ MORE »


FDVA Prepares for Hurricane Dorian

August 28, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – With Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida for a potential Monday landfall, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is gearing up its social media messaging regarding potential delays and closures of veteran-related facilities. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will also provide similar messaging. Follow us for updates impacting Florida’s… READ MORE »


Governor Celebrates Opening of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners

August 26, 2019

TAMPA – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the Cohen Veterans Network Aug. 26, to celebrate the opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners. Steven Cohen launched Cohen Veterans Network in 2016 along with the first four Military Family Clinics. “I appreciate the great work the… READ MORE »


Forward March Regional Veterans’ Assessments Conclude

August 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) has completed the regional assessment phase of the Forward March veterans’ advocacy campaign. The initiative was announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year and aimed to unite the combined energy and resources of Florida’s state agencies, veteran service organizations, private… READ MORE »


Florida Releases Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation

August 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the state’s annual Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation, commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II. There are currently more than 49,000 World War II veterans living in Florida.    … READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Annual Convention to Orlando

August 7, 2019

ORLANDO – Tuskegee Airmen Inc. are meeting Aug. 8-10 in Orlando for their 48th National Convention. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Purple Heart Recipients

August 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation designating Aug. 7, 2019, as Florida Purple Heart Day. We salute all Purple Heart recipients for their courage and sacrifice.        … READ MORE »


Disabled American Veterans 2019 National Convention in Orlando

August 2, 2019

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is having their 2019 National Convention in Orlando, which begins this weekend. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation

July 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the annual Korean War Armistice Day Proclamation, honoring the state’s Korean War veterans and commemorating the 66th anniversary of the end of the war. More than 124,000 Korean War veterans currently reside in Florida. More than 34,000 Americans were killed in action during the… READ MORE »


Hire a Veteran Day in Florida

July 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation observing July 25, 2019 as Hire a Veteran Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


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 »