For 24/7 counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 988, Press 1. You may also call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 1-844-MyFLVet (1-844-693-5838) or dial 211.


FDVA Statement on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2020‎ State of the State Address

January 14, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny ‎Burgess provided the following statement regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the ‎State Address today.‎

“Florida is well-situated as a national champion in supporting our 1.5 million veterans ‎and their families. With the nation’s third largest veterans’ population, we offer unique ‎benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families ‎using the Post-9/11 ‎GI Bill, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded ‎veterans’ preference, and ‎extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many ‎activities and occupations. We also ‎offer high quality care at our network of seven state ‎veterans’ homes, with two ‎additional homes to open later this year in Port St. Lucie and ‎Orlando. As an Army ‎Reserve Captain and former state legislator, I’m proud to support the bold vision of our ‎Governor and Navy veteran, Ron DeSantis, as we unveil the report from our Forward ‎March veterans’ outreach initiative. Governor DeSantis and I are turning ideas into action ‎and ensuring the Sunshine State sets the national standard in veteran service and ‎support. Together, we will continue to ensure that Florida continues to lead the charge as ‎the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”‎

For more information on Forward March, visit

Official Photo of Danny Burgess
FDVA Executive Director Danny ‎Burgess