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Governor Signs 2022 Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation

June 24, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation, commemorating the start of the Korean War in 1950. More than 93,000 Korean War Veterans currently reside in the Sunshine State.… READ MORE »


First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Continue the Mission Initiative

June 22, 2022

PENSACOLA, Fla. – First Lady Casey DeSantis announced June 22 the launch of the Continue the Mission initiative, which will recruit veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to be child protective investigators and Department of Children and Families (DCF) case managers, as well as mentors to children in… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis Signs Six Bills to Support Florida’s Military Families

June 9, 2022

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis signed six bills June 9 to support veterans, military members, and their families in finding employment and educational opportunities in Florida. These pieces of legislation build on funding provided in the Freedom First Budget signed by Governor DeSantis last week to support… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget Continues to make Florida the most Veteran Friendly State in the Nation

June 7, 2022

State Veterans’ Homes Receive Critical Funding to Recruit and Retain Key Health Care Professionals and Expand Access to Eligible Veteran Residents TALLAHASSEE – Thanks to a budget signed into law June 2 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs continues to be the premier point of ‎entry for… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2022 Memorial Day Proclamation

May 27, 2022

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the 2022 Memorial Day Proclamation, honoring our nation’s fallen service members. The U.S. and Florida flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon on Memorial Day in their memory. The 154th Anniversary of Memorial Day is also an opportunity to honor our… READ MORE »


Governor Announces Launch of Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program

May 23, 2022

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today the June 1, 2022 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program to help Floridians in over 50 critical professions purchase their first home. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program will be available to Floridians including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees,… READ MORE »


Capitol Ceremony Honors 15 Inductees into Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

April 28, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Fifteen Florida Veterans were inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame before a capacity crowd at the Florida Capitol on April 27. Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell presided over the ceremony for the members of the Class of 2021. The class was the… READ MORE »


CFO Patronis Highlights Military Saves Month

April 14, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is celebrating April as Military Saves Month by encouraging Florida’s active military members and veterans to pay off debt and prepare for the future by creating an achievable savings plan. Military Saves Month is a month-long national effort to encourage the military community… READ MORE »


New Florida Veterans’ Home to be Named for Alwyn C. Cashe

March 31, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Lake Baldwin State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Orlando, scheduled to open to residents later in 2022, will be renamed in honor of the late Sgt. First Class Alwyn C. Cashe, a U.S. Army Medal of Honor recipient who grew up in nearby Oviedo. The announcement was made… READ MORE »


Fifteen Florida Veterans Inducted Into Hall of Fame

March 29, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet voted unanimously today to ‎induct 15 veterans into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The names for the ‎Class of 2021 were presented for a formal vote during the March 29 Cabinet ‎Meeting by FDVA Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell.‎ The… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring Florida’s Vietnam Veterans

March 24, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Vietnam War Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation. Approximately one in three Florida Veterans served during the Vietnam War era. March 29 is Vietnam War Veterans Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


VA Releases Asset and Infrastructure Review Report

March 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its Asset and Infrastructure Review report, March 14, that includes recommendations by the VA Secretary to cement the department as the primary, world-class provider and coordinator of Veterans health care for generations to come. The VA MISSION Act requires Secretary Denis McDonough to… READ MORE »


Statement from Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs on the safe evacuation of residents and staff from the Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Panama City.

March 6, 2022

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State Seeks Name for New Veterans’ Home in Orlando

February 8, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) is accepting nominations for the renaming of the Lake Baldwin State Veterans’ Nursing Home, scheduled to open later in 2022. The 112-bed facility, a former U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center on the VA’s Lake Baldwin campus, is… READ MORE »


Veterans’ Home Prepares to Open

February 1, 2022

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Officials with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs are actively preparing for the May 2022 opening of a new state veterans’ home in Port St. Lucie.… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Highlights ‎2021 Successes Impacting State’s Veterans

December 28, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida ‎Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) are highlighting a number of policies and ‎initiatives that are providing critical support to the state’s 1.5 million Veterans, their families and survivors. ‎FDVA is ‎a 1,500-member ‎constitutionally created State Veterans’ Affairs department ‎‎responsible for serving the nation’s… READ MORE »


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

December 14, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2021 marks the 77th 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 victory… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget Strongly Supports Florida’s Veteran Community

December 9, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget provides timely and vital support to the state’s 1.5 million Veterans, their families and survivors. ‎ Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell said: “I’m ‎thankful for Governor Ron DeSantis’ steadfast support of FDVA. As a Navy combat… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 6, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry into World War II. The flags of the United States and State of Florida will be flown at… READ MORE »


VA Statement on GPO Printing and Mailing Delay

November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Due to supply chain and staffing shortages, the vendor contracted by the Government Publishing Office to provide printing services for the Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing delays in printing and mailing notification letters to Veterans and claimants. The disruption may impact the ability of some claimants to meet… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) and The Fire Watch Team Up To Launch Innovative Veteran Suicide Prevention Program

November 15, 2021

Each year more than 6,000 U.S. Veterans take their own lives, including more than 500 here in Florida. Veterans are dying by suicide at a rate nearly 1.5 times higher that of their civilian counterparts. This tragedy covers all age groups and demographics. It is time to take a new… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation

November 3, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – 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 1.5 million veterans living in the Sunshine State. Nov. 11, 2021 is Veterans Day.  … READ MORE »


Florida Honors Gold Star Family Members

September 22, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation commemorating Sept. 26, 2021 as Gold Star Family Day in Florida. Gold Star Family Day grants Floridians the opportunity to show abiding gratitude and keep the memory of deceased service members alive. A Gold Star Family Monument Dedication Ceremony is scheduled… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Veteran Suicide Prevention Month

September 20, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation, reminding Floridians of the state’s pledge to offer support and resources for those who have ensured our nation remains free. Florida encourages Veterans in need to call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838)… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Observing POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida

September 2, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida Proclamation. The observance, commemorated annually on the third Friday in September, is an opportunity to honor and recognize our nation’s service members who are classified as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. More than 1,100… READ MORE »


Afghanistan – Let’s Talk About It

August 17, 2021

You Are Not Alone Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs If you have questions about your service or whether it was worth the sacrifices you made, you are not alone. You may feel frustrated, sad, and helpless, or filled with grief and distressed. If you have questions or… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Purple Heart Recipients

August 3, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation honoring our state’s Purple Heart recipients, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms we hold so dear. The Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation in 2012 establishing Aug. 7 as Florida Purple Heart Day to recognize recipients of… READ MORE »


First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces Expanded Hope for Healing Website

July 15, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – First Lady Casey DeSantis announced July 14 an expanded Hope for Healing website that makes it easier for Floridians to access help for mental health and substance abuse. The new site is an aggregator of federal, state, local, private sector, faith-based and non-profit mental health resources,… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis Signs Veteran-Related Bills from 2021 Legislative Session

June 30, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis signed three additional Veteran-related bills on June 29 ‎that were sent to him following the 2021 Florida Legislative Session.‎ House Bill 231 – Services for Veterans and Their Families As part of the state’s focus on mental health care and Veteran suicide prevention with the… READ MORE »


Governor Proclaims Women Veterans Day in Florida

June 8, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis has proclaimed June 12, 2021, as Women Veterans Day in Florida. The Sunshine State has the second highest population of women Veterans in the nation. The proclamation salutes and honors Florida’s more than 162,000 women Veterans. In addition, the City of Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida Women… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis Signs Three Bills to Strengthen Commitment to Supporting Florida Military Families & Veterans

June 4, 2021

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed three military- and veteran-related bills into law to establish a “Purple Star Campus Program,” help transitioning servicemembers gain workforce ‎training, and enhance veterans’ preference in hiring. “Florida is the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Ron… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Celebrates 2021 Legislative Accomplishments

June 2, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Budget Highlighting Strong Support for Florida’s 1.5 Million Veterans, Their Families, and Survivors TALLAHASSEE – Thanks to a budget signed into law today by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs continues to be the premier point of ‎entry for Florida veterans to access… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2021 Memorial Day Proclamation

May 25, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the 2021 Memorial Day Proclamation, honoring our nation’s fallen service members. The U.S. and Florida flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon on Memorial Day in their memory. The 153rd Anniversary of Memorial Day is also an opportunity to honor our… READ MORE »


Governor Signs 2021 Armed Forces Day Proclamation

May 12, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Armed Forces Day in Florida Proclamation. The State of Florida is recognized as one of the most military and veteran friendly states in the nation, with 1.5 million veterans and more than 130,000 service members stationed in the Sunshine State. Armed… READ MORE »


VA Offering Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccinations Nationwide

May 10, 2021

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs WASHINGTON— All U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and clinics that administer COVID-19 vaccines are accepting walk-ins for eligible Veterans, spouses and caregivers. This walk-in service ensures all Veterans enrolled in VA health care and those authorized under the SAVE LIVES Act… READ MORE »


Governor Appoints Hartsell Veterans’ Affairs Director

May 4, 2021

Cabinet Members Unanimously Approve TALLAHASSEE – Retired Marine Corps Major General James S. “Hammer” Hartsell was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Gov. Ron DeSantis during the May 4, 2021 Cabinet Meeting. Florida’s three Cabinet Officers unanimously approved the appointment. “We appreciate you and thank… READ MORE »


Korean Consul General Donates Protective Masks to State Veterans’ Homes

April 23, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – The Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Young-jun Kim, donated 10 boxes of protective masks to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs during a televised ceremony at the Capitol, April 22. The masks will be used in Florida’s network of state veterans’ homes. During the visit, Consul… READ MORE »


CFO Jimmy Patronis: Encouraging Servicemembers to Eliminate Debt and Prepare for Retirement during Military Saves Month

April 16, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — In recognition of April as Military Saves Month, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is encouraging Florida’s active military members and veterans to pay off debt and prepare for the future by creating an achievable savings plan. Military Saves Month is a month-long national effort to encourage the military… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Class of 2021

April 15, 2021

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 2021 is open until May 30, 2021. Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature… READ MORE »


VA Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Florida

April 8, 2021

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Florida can now provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, regardless of discharge, their spouses and adult caregivers at no cost. Check out their websites or give them a call to learn how you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Bay Pines VA Healthcare… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Honoring Florida’s Vietnam Veterans

March 24, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Vietnam War Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation. One out of every three veterans in Florida is a Vietnam-era veteran. March 29 is Vietnam War Veterans Day in Florida.… READ MORE »


COVID-19 Vaccines for Homebound World War II & Korean War Veterans

February 12, 2021

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management to coordinate with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs to identify veterans of World War II and the Korean War who are unable to travel to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Governor will continue to… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis’ Florida Leads Budget Strongly Supports Florida’s Veteran Community

January 28, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Florida Leads budget provides critical support to the state’s 1.5 million veterans, their families and survivors. ‎ Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell said: “I’m very ‎proud of Governor Ron DeSantis’ steadfast support of FDVA, ensuring Florida remains the most… READ MORE »


Veterans Florida Applauds Legislation Launching Statewide DOD SkillBridge Initiative

January 25, 2021

TALLAHASSEE – Veterans Florida, a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state, issued the following statements supporting Senate Bill 586 by Senator Tom Wright. SB 586 creates a statewide awareness and employment program… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis and FDVA Deputy Executive Director Hartsell Highlight ‎2020 Successes Impacting Florida Veterans

December 23, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials from the Florida ‎Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) are pointing to a string of policies and ‎initiatives that were providing critical support to the state’s 1.5 million veterans in 2020. ‎ Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell said:… READ MORE »


VA Launches Single Access Point to All VA Contact Centers

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Dec. 16, the formal launch of 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411), a single access point to all VA contact centers. The number is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. Responding to Veteran feedback on the challenges of… READ MORE »


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

December 16, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2020 marks the 76th 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 victory… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 3, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2020 marks the 79th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to America’s entry into World War II. The flags of the United States and State of Florida will be flown at… READ MORE »


Veterans Florida Wins $745,000 USDA Grant for Agriculture Fellowships

November 23, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Veterans Florida, a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state, has received a three-year, $745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program in partnership with the University… READ MORE »


VA confirms authority for its health care professionals to practice across state lines

November 13, 2020

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it published an interim final rule affirming VA’s current policy allowing VA health care professionals to practice across state lines in accordance with the scope and requirements of their VA employment,… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation

November 10, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – 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 1.5 million veterans living in the Sunshine State. Nov. 11, 2020 is Veterans Day.  … READ MORE »


Florida Announces Statewide Paychecks for Patriots Virtual Hiring Fairs for Military Veterans and Families

November 9, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an official proclamation to recognize the launch of Florida’s annual Paychecks for Patriots hiring fairs, taking place virtually and statewide through Nov. 21, 2020. Coordinated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the CareerSource Florida network, Paychecks for Patriots career fairs connect veterans and… READ MORE »


Bob Asztalos: ‘Yes’ vote on Amendment 6 will honor those who served our country

October 1, 2020

Opinion Amendment 6 helps fulfill the promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans, making it the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. We offer veterans access to important programs and seek out… READ MORE »


VA Schedules Benefits Tele-Town Hall Meeting for Florida Veterans

September 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a VA Benefits Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 5 beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. This is the third VBA tele-town hall meeting for Florida veterans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Paul Lawrence, VA Under Secretary for Benefits, will… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Gold Star Family Members

September 22, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation commemorating Sept. 27, 2020 as Gold Star Family Day in Florida. Florida owes a lasting debt of gratitude to those who gave their lives in service to our nation. The Honor and Remember Flag is flown on Gold Star Family Day… READ MORE »