Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) demonstrated Florida’s obligation to serve the sunshine 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,” while looking to be the nation’s most “veteran-friendly state.”
These state programs and initiatives attempt to provide those who served opportunities to find employment, support their loved ones, and be a part of their communities in ways that bring positive outcomes.
The commitment that the DeSantis administration has made includes a $1.5 million to provide temporary housing for veterans and Floridians as a whole that are recovering from substance abuse through the Recovery Housing Program (RHP).
“Florida’s veterans have made countless sacrifices to protect our freedoms, and in return, we are working hard to ensure they have the resources and support they need to be successful and take care of their families,” said Gov. DeSantis. He would go on to mention that “my administration will continue to invest in our veterans in the same way that they made sacrifices to invest in the freedom of our nation.”
DeSantis’ press release includes a multitude of Florida’s veteran departments, economic opportunity departments, and housing coalitions that can support veterans and their return to civilian life.
The Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) and retired Marine Corps Major General, James S. “Hammer” Hartsell, commended the work that the DeSantis administration has done for those who’ve served.
“On this Veterans Day, we’re very appreciative of Governor DeSantis’ unwavering support of Florida’s 1.5 million veterans, their families, and survivors,” said the retired Major General. “Florida offers 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. Working together toward a positive future for Florida veterans and their families, we’ll ensure the Sunshine State continues to be the most veteran sought after state in the nation. We are honored to serve you,” Major Gen. Hartsell concluded.
The Floridian wishes all veterans and their families a peaceful Veteran’s Day. We are all thankful and grateful for their service and sacrifice.