Returning Veterans

More than 231,000 veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom claim the Sunshine State as their home of record.  Many are enrolling in Florida’s colleges and universities using the new Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Others are looking for employment, housing, health care and other earned services, benefits and support.  Florida welcomes its returning veterans and their families.

Florida offers many benefits and services for returning veterans.  The Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide contains a comprehensive list of services and benefits for eligible veterans.  For more information, visit a county veteran service office or call (727) 319-7440 for more information.

OEF/OIF combat veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release.

VA Website for Returning Service Members

Returning Service Members Mental Health Support

Vets Centers

Employ Florida Vets

Hiring Florida’s Heroes

Florida Veterans Employment Program

White House Website for Veterans

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You are NOT alone!