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A statement from FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess

April 4, 2020

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Department Of Health Launches New COVID-19 Community Action Survey

April 3, 2020

Courtesy of the Florida Department of Health TALLAHASSEE — Today, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced the launch of a new community action survey, StrongerThanC-19, designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. This cutting-edge tool gives residents the power to unite in… READ MORE »


VA expands virtual services to support Veterans ‎due to COVID-19 pandemic‎

April 2, 2020

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans continue to receive benefits and services after VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) temporarily closed its 56 regional offices to the public March 19 in response to COVID-19. “The decision to close our offices to the general public, is part of the VA’s effort… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Commissioner Corcoran, Executive Director Burgess & College Presidents Applaud POTUS Expanding GI Benefits for Vets Impacted by COVID-19

March 21, 2020

~ Bill allows veterans to utilize GI Bill benefits for online education without economic impact ~ TALLAHASSEE – Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, Congressman Matt Gaetz, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess and Florida College System Presidents applauded President Donald Trump and Congress… READ MORE »


Roy Clark Named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs

January 13, 2020

TALLAHASSEE – Roy Clark has been named Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs by FDVA Director Danny Burgess. The agency operates a network of seven state veterans’ homes and provides statewide outreach to connect Florida’s 1.5 million veterans and their earned services, benefits… READ MORE »


Governor Ron DeSantis and FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess Participate in Veterans Day Events

November 12, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla, – Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess participated in events to recognize and honor Florida veterans on Veterans Day. “Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, and it is our duty to ensure those who have served our… READ MORE »


Forward March Regional Veterans’ Assessments Conclude

August 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) has completed the regional assessment phase of the Forward March veterans’ advocacy campaign. The initiative was announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this year and aimed to unite the combined energy and resources of Florida’s state agencies, veteran service organizations, private… READ MORE »


Florida Releases Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation

August 14, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the state’s annual Spirit of ’45 Day Proclamation, commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II. There are currently more than 49,000 World War II veterans living in Florida.    … READ MORE »


Florida Welcomes Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Annual Convention to Orlando

August 7, 2019

ORLANDO – Tuskegee Airmen Inc. are meeting Aug. 8-10 in Orlando for their 48th National Convention. Welcome to the Sunshine State and enjoy your stay.… READ MORE »


Governor Honors Purple Heart Recipients

August 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation designating Aug. 7, 2019, as Florida Purple Heart Day. We salute all Purple Heart recipients for their courage and sacrifice.        … READ MORE »


FDVA Employee Named Rising Star in Nursing

May 31, 2019

FDVA salutes Barbara Klein, a health care professional at the Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port Charlotte. Klein was named the Florida Health Care Association’s 2019 Long Term Care Rising Star in Nursing Award winner.    … READ MORE »


State Women Veterans’ Conference coming to Pensacola

May 10, 2019

PENSACOLA – The sixth annual Women Veterans’ Conference will be held June 10-11 at the University of West Florida Conference Center. All women who have served or are serving are invited to attend. To register for this event: 2019floridawomenveteranconference2.eventbrite.com  … READ MORE »


FDVA Statement on 2019 State of the State Address

March 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE – FDVA Executive Director Danny Burgess provided the following statement in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ State of the State Address today. “Florida is a national champion in supporting our more than 1.5 million veterans. We offer unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families… READ MORE »


Gov. Scott Selects Veteran for Florida Women’s Hall of Fame

August 29, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of U.S. Navy veteran Kathleen “Scotty” Robertson Culp to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, Aug. 25.  Governor Scott chose Culp, along with Mary Lou Baker and Katherine Fernandez Rundle, from a group of ten nominees selected by the Florida Commission on… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for 2017 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

March 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the fifth annual class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period is open until May 31, 2017.  Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature established the Florida… READ MORE »


Commissioner Putnam Provides Tips for Military Consumer Protection Month

July 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE — July is Military Consumer Protection Month, and Commissioner Adam H. Putnam is providing tips for Florida’s more than 1.5 million veterans and 65,000 active duty military members to protect themselves against fraud.  Military Consumer Protection Month is a national effort to raise awareness about common scams and how… READ MORE »


2016 Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation

June 24, 2016

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual State of Florida Korean War Remembrance Day Proclamation June 25, 2016 is the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  We are thankful for our nation’s veterans, and their service and sacrifice to defend freedom.  … READ MORE »


Tallahassee to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

May 4, 2016

The Governor’s Veterans Service Award, honoring Florida’s honorably discharged veterans, will be presented by Gov. Rick Scott to Tallahassee-area veterans during the May 10 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.  The 2016 Memorial Day Resolution from Governor Scott and the Cabinet will also be unveiled as part of the presentation. Date:… READ MORE »


Pensacola to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

March 31, 2016

Pensacola, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged Veterans is scheduled for April 7, 2016. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida Veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 10:30… READ MORE »


Nominations Open for 2016 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

January 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is currently accepting nominations for the fourth annual class of inductees into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The nomination period is open until May 31, 2016.  Anyone is permitted to nominate a military veteran. The Florida Legislature established the… READ MORE »


Deland to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

December 17, 2015

Deland, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged Veterans is scheduled for January 19, 2016. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida Veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the ceremony begins at 9:30… READ MORE »


Florida Salutes Battle of the Bulge Veterans

December 16, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – Florida honors its Battle of the Bulge veterans on the 71st anniversary of the historic battle with its annual proclamation.  The battle in the heavily forested Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg was the largest land battle fought by the U.S. Army in World War II. … READ MORE »


Jupiter to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

November 3, 2015

JUPITER, Fla. — Governor Scott will present the Governor’s Veterans Service Award to honorably discharged veterans at the beginning of the November 10, 2015, Cabinet Meeting. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. The medal presentation will immediately follow the presentation of the annual State of Florida Veterans Day Resolution. Location:… READ MORE »


Fort Lauderdale to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

November 3, 2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged veterans is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony… READ MORE »


Lakeland to host Governor’s Veterans Service Award Presentation

October 14, 2015

LAKELAND, Fla. — The next Governor’s Veterans Service Award presentation for honorably discharged veterans is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Lakeland. Since 2013, Governor Scott has awarded the medal to more than 7,000 Florida veterans at ceremonies across the state. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ceremony begins at… READ MORE »


Eight Inducted into 2015 Class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

September 29, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet today inducted eight individuals into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  The unanimous vote for the Class of 2015 came during the Sept. 29 Cabinet Meeting at the Capitol.   Inductees are: 1. Charles E. Bennett, U.S. Army veteran (deceased) 2.… READ MORE »


Program Focuses on Recruiting Veterans to Health Care Careers in Florida

June 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE—Florida has the country’s third-largest population of military veterans and is proud to be a veteran-friendly state. The Florida Department of Health has programs in place to aid veterans in finding employment in health-related fields after they return home. “Men and women who have served our country in uniform have… READ MORE »