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.


Governor, Cabinet Appoint Burgess Veterans’ Affairs Director

January 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Former State Rep. Danny Burgess was appointed Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet during the Jan. 24, 2019 Cabinet Meeting.

“I thank my fellow members of the Florida Cabinet for approving Danny to lead the Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “His unwavering commitment to our nation and support for our veterans during his time in the legislature make him the right man for the job and I could not be more excited to see what all he accomplishes for our veteran community in this new role going forward.”

FDVA is the premier point of entry for Florida’s more than 1.5 million veterans. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans’ homes and provides statewide outreach to connect veterans with their earned services, benefits and support.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve those who served us,” said Burgess. “Together, we will work to ensure Florida continues to lead the charge as the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”

Burgess, an Army Reserve Captain, is a life-long resident of east Pasco County. Born and raised in Zephyrhills, he attended Zephyrhills High School and the University of South Florida. At the age of 18, he was elected the youngest city council member in the history of Zephyrhills and the youngest elected official in the State. He served two terms on the City Council before going to Barry Law School to get his law degree. He served as Mayor of Zephyrhills from 2013-2014 before being elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014. From 2016-2018, he served as Chair of the House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee.

Burgess and his wife, Courtney, live in Zephyrhills with their three children: Adeline, Daniel III and Eleanor.

Official Photo of Danny Burgess

FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess