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Governor Ron DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Commitment to Serving State’s 1.5 Million Veterans

November 11, 2022

TALLAHASSEE — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted Florida’s commitment to serving the state’s 1.5 million veterans through state programs and initiatives that provide resources and opportunities that help build the future success of Florida’s veterans. As the nation’s most veteran-friendly state, Florida’s state agencies and partners offer an abundance of resources and… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Veterans Day in Florida Proclamation

November 10, 2022

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, 2022 is Veterans Day.… READ MORE »


VA offers benefit debt relief to Veterans affected by recent hurricanes

September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a suspension of debt repayments for Veterans and family members affected by Hurricane Fiona or Hurricane Ian. For suspension of benefit debt, Veterans and beneficiaries can contact the VA Debt Management Center via Ask VA at https://ask.va.gov (select Veterans Affairs-Debt as the category) or call… READ MORE »


VA Health Care Closures for Saturday, Oct. 1

September 30, 2022

VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Post Hurricane Ian Operational Status Update for Saturday, October 1, 2022 Clinic Updates & Other Information Veterans experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest open emergency room. For virtual care and support, please call VA Health Connect (also… READ MORE »


VA Health Care Closures for Friday, Sept. 30

September 30, 2022

VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Operational Status Update for Friday, September 30, 2022 Clinic Updates & Other Information Veterans experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest open emergency room. For virtual care and support, please call VA Health Connect (also known as the… READ MORE »


Hurricane Ian Information for Veterans

September 29, 2022

The VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center provides 24/7, virtual care and support to Veterans enrolled for VA Health Care in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Veterans who receive care in the network can call 1-877-741-3400 around the clock to get their health questions or concerns answered from… READ MORE »


VA Health Care Closures for Thursday, Sept. 29

September 28, 2022

VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Operational Status Update for Thursday, September 29, 2022 Hurricane Ian Veterans experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest open emergency room. For virtual care and support, please call VA Health Connect (also known as the VISN 8 Clinical… READ MORE »


VA Health Care Closures for Wednesday, Sept. 28

September 27, 2022

VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Operational Status Update for Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Hurricane Ian Veterans experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest open emergency room. For virtual care and support, please call VA Health Connect (also known as the VISN 8 Clinical… READ MORE »


VA Health Care Closures for Tuesday, Sept. 27

September 27, 2022

Operational Status Update for Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Hurricane Ian Veterans experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest open emergency room. For virtual care and support, please call VA Health Connect (also known as the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center) at 1-877-741-3400; 24/7. VA… READ MORE »


Florida Honors Gold Star Family Members

September 21, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Gold Star Family Day in Florida Proclamation. We honor all Gold Star Family Members for their courage and tenacity in the face of the tremendous sacrifices made by their loved ones. Never forget. Sunday, Sept. 25 is Gold Star Family Day.… READ MORE »


Florida Observes Veteran Suicide Prevention Month

September 15, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Florida Veteran Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation, reminding Floridians of the state’s continuing pledge to offer support and resources for those who have ensured our nation remains free.… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Proclamation Commemorating POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida

September 14, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day in Florida Proclamation. Sept. 16, 2022 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Florida commends and affirms that our Nation is not deterred from pursuing missions to account as fully as possible for our service members who are still missing… READ MORE »


Ten Florida Veterans Inducted Into Hall of Fame

August 23, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet voted unanimously today to ‎induct 10 Veterans into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The names for the ‎Class of 2022 were presented for a formal vote during the Aug. 23 Cabinet ‎Meeting by FDVA Executive Director James S. “Hammer” Hartsell.‎ The… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis Announced Three New Initiatives to Elevate Teachers and Students’ Learning

August 17, 2022

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis announced Aug. 16 three proposals for the 2023 Legislative Session that will help support and grow Florida’s teaching workforce and leverage the talents of Florida’s retired veterans and first responders. The proposals include a recruitment initiative targeted to bring retired first responders and… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Veterans to Apply for Temporary Teaching Certificates

August 11, 2022

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Aug. 11 the launch of a new webpage to help recruit qualified military veterans to join schools across the state. On August 17th, the State Board of Education will consider a rule to formally implement a program for veterans to receive a five-year temporary… READ MORE »


President Signs PACT Act Expanding Veterans’ Health Care and Benefits

August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Biden signed into law today new legislation that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. Known as the PACT Act, the legislation empowers the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide much-needed benefits and care to millions of… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Purple Heart Recipients on 10th Anniversary of Florida Purple Heart Day

August 5, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Florida Purple Heart Day Proclamation, honoring our state’s Purple Heart recipients. The Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation in 2012 establishing August 7 as Florida Purple Heart Day.… READ MORE »


Attorney General Recognizes National Military Consumer Protection Month by Highlighting Resources for Service Members

July 14, 2022

TALLAHASSEE — To recognize Military Consumer Protection Month, Attorney General Ashley Moody is highlighting the plethora of resources available for service members through the Florida Attorney General’s Office. More than 1.5 million veterans, 100,000 service members and their families call Florida home. Unfortunately, there are scammers who focus on members of… READ MORE »


Florida Launches New Military Consumer Protection Online Resource Page

July 11, 2022

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) announced July 5 the launch of a new Military Consumer Protection page on the FDACS website, joining the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Defense, and the Consumer Financial Protection… READ MORE »


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 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 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 »


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 »


COVID-19 Project Relief Fund to Help Florida Veterans

March 26, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, is impacting many Floridians as well as Florida’s veterans, active duty military members and their families. As many businesses and organizations are being forced to close their doors, our veterans are unable to work and provide an income to support their families. The Florida… READ MORE »


Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard

March 16, 2020

TALLAHASSEE — In the state’s ongoing efforts to provide transparency and clarity regarding COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health announced March 16 the launch of a new COVID-19 Case Dashboard. To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, this dashboard will be updated twice… READ MORE »


Visitor Access to State Veterans’ Homes Suspended

March 12, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) has announced ‎additional steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Florida.‎ ‎• Effective March ‎‎11, 2020, FDVA is restricting visitor access to its State Veterans’ ‎Nursing Homes and Domiciliary ‎until further notice, with the exception of essential… READ MORE »


Capitol Ceremony Honors 16 Inductees into Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

March 9, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Sixteen Florida veterans were inducted March 9 into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Capitol. FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess hosted the ceremony honoring the Class of 2019, and was joined by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. “Congratulations to the Florida Veterans’ Hall… READ MORE »


Florida Department of Health Monitoring COVID-19 Cases in Florida

March 2, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health has announced there are two presumptive positive cases of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. Both individuals remain in isolation at this time. Despite these cases in Florida, the overall immediate threat to the public remains low.… READ MORE »


Florida College System Council of Presidents Launch the Patriot’s Path Program

February 20, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida College System ‎Council of Presidents (COP) are continuously elevating methods to advance the educational and workforce ‎experience for veterans and active duty military members and their families. … READ MORE »


Governor Announces Housing Loan Program for Military and Veterans

February 19, 2020

PENSACOLA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Feb. 19 the unveiling of the “Salute Our Soldiers” Military Loan Program (SOS) that will be offered to veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the state. The announcement was made following a roundtable to discuss ongoing issues and initiatives that involve Florida’s… READ MORE »


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… READ MORE »


Governor Appoints FDVA Executive Director to Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee

January 7, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the designation of Florida’s 2020 Census Statewide Complete Count Committee. The United States Census will be conducted from March to June 2020 and Florida’s Complete Count Committee will coordinate with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure Floridians are accurately reflected in the federal count.… READ MORE »


Veterans need VHIC for in-person Commissary, Military Exchange, MWR access

January 6, 2020

The Defense Department has announced expanded Commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access Jan. 1 and established a standard for physical access to military installations. Veterans who are eligible and want to take advantage of in-person benefits must have a Veterans Health Identification Card, or VHIC. Primary Family Caregivers must… READ MORE »


Governor DeSantis and FDVA Executive Director Burgess Highlight ‎Historic First Year in Office to Support Veterans

December 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis and officials from the Florida ‎Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) are pointing to a string of policies and ‎initiatives that are providing critical support to the state’s 1.5 million veterans. ‎ Gov. Ron DeSantis said: “It’s been a fast-paced and meaningful first year. As a… READ MORE »


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

December 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Battle of the Bulge Day in Florida Proclamation. Dec. 16, 2019 marks the 75th 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… READ MORE »


Governor Signs Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation

December 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. Dec. 7, 2019 marks the 78th 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… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis Joins U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 22, 2019

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today for the groundbreaking ceremony of a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) located in St. Augustine. The Governor was joined by Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess, Congressman John Rutherford as well as… READ MORE »


FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess Statement on Governor DeSantis’ Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget

November 18, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess issued the following statement today on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget: “As a former Naval officer, Governor DeSantis has proven to be a lifelong champion of veterans issues, both as a congressman and now as Florida’s… READ MORE »


Attorney General Moody Announces Partnership with Statewide Legal Helpline to Better Protect Veterans and Service Members

November 15, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Ashley Moody announced a new partnership Nov. 8 to bolster ongoing efforts to protect Florida veterans and service members. The partnership between the Florida Attorney General’s Military and Veteran Assistance Program and Bay Area Legal Services’ Florida Veterans Legal Helpline will allow for a more rapid… READ MORE »