Executive Director’s Message
Welcome to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
At the end of World War II, the State of Florida recognized the need to provide services to returning service members and created a division within state government to connect Veterans with their earned benefits. To address the growing Veteran population, Florida voters in 1988 overwhelmingly approved a Constitutional Amendment to create a Cabinet Agency to “Honor Those Who Served U.S.”
Today, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) is the premier point of entry for Florida’s nearly 1.5 million Veterans to access earned services, benefits and support. FDVA operates a network of nine State Veterans’ Homes and provides statewide outreach to connect Veterans, their families, and survivors with earned services, benefits and support.
If you have questions regarding Veterans’ issues in Florida, please contact one of our State Veterans’ Service Officers at (727) 319-7440 or via email at FDVA.VSO@FDVA.FL.GOV. We provide our services to you at no charge.
You can also learn more about Veterans’ issues by following us on Twitter (X), Facebook and LinkedIn. A free Mobile App is available for downloading. We also feature a free monthly email subscription newsletter highlighting Veterans’ issues. Links to all can be found on the front page of this website.
Working together toward a positive future for Florida veterans and their families, Florida continues to be the most veteran friendly and sought after state in the Nation.
James S. “Hammer” Hartsell
For more information, visit the Leadership Team page.