Spotlight: Vietnam Veterans

Florida is home to more than 496,000 Vietnam-era veterans, so it is very likely that one in three veterans you meet in the Sunshine State is a Vietnam veteran.

To thank and honor veterans of that war on behalf of a grateful nation, the State of Florida has erected a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Tallahassee next to the Capitol building.  In addition, Florida honors its Vietnam veterans annually during Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

The Florida Legislature has enacted laws in which honorably discharged veterans who, as a result of being inducted into any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and unable to complete their high school education, can be awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma. For more information, call (850) 245-0446 or visit: www.fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/veterans-diplomas.stml

Approval for a Vietnam Veterans license plate has passed and you can find out about the license plate here http://www.flhsmv.gov/specialtytags/miltags.html#vietnam

We strongly encourage our eligible Vietnam veterans to enroll in health care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs if they have not already done so.  The VA recognizes that service in Vietnam may have exposed veterans to certain cancer causing chemicals and other health problems as presumptive diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides.  We want those veterans to be identified, treated and compensated for any effects they may be having as a result of exposure.  Call (727) 319-7440 for more information.

Click here: Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration

 

State of Florida Commemorative Partner Certificate

Vietnam War Poster

 


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