The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs This is the official page of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs (FDVA). Visit us online at www.FloridaVets.org FDVA is the premier point of entry for Florida veterans to access earned services, benefits and support.

We appreciate State Senator Manny Diaz Jr.  for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 1672, State University Free Seat Program....
04/20/2021

We appreciate State Senator Manny Diaz Jr. for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 1672, State University Free Seat Program. The bill, which applies to Florida veterans, was voted favorably in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. #FLVets

We appreciate State Senator Manny Diaz Jr. for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 1672, State University Free Seat Program. The bill, which applies to Florida veterans, was voted favorably in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. #FLVets

Kudos to Sen. Danny Burgess for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 764, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which seeks to ...
04/19/2021

Kudos to Sen. Danny Burgess for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 764, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which seeks to create statewide standards for the operation and expansion of VTCs, was voted favorably today in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. #FLVets

Kudos to Sen. Danny Burgess for his sponsorship of Senate Bill 764, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which seeks to create statewide standards for the operation and expansion of VTCs, was voted favorably today in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. #FLVets

Our teleworking Veterans’ Claims Examiners have launched a new “virtual” video conference option, providing Veterans wit...
04/19/2021

Our teleworking Veterans’ Claims Examiners have launched a new “virtual” video conference option, providing Veterans with the flexibility and convenience of meeting with a claims examiner from a personal computer or mobile device. Visit https://bit.ly/3txbv4F

Our teleworking Veterans’ Claims Examiners have launched a new “virtual” video conference option, providing Veterans with the flexibility and convenience of meeting with a claims examiner from a personal computer or mobile device. Visit https://bit.ly/3txbv4F

77 years ago, Elmer Blair who is now 102, led his Army platoon to safety after they were attacked by a German tank. Near...
04/19/2021

77 years ago, Elmer Blair who is now 102, led his Army platoon to safety after they were attacked by a German tank. Nearly 80 years after this 1944 act of bravery, Elmer has been awarded a Bronze Star.

To read more about his story, click here: https://bit.ly/3e4K9MK.

77 years ago, Elmer Blair who is now 102, led his Army platoon to safety after they were attacked by a German tank. Nearly 80 years after this 1944 act of bravery, Elmer has been awarded a Bronze Star.

To read more about his story, click here: https://bit.ly/3e4K9MK.

According to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, providing more support for veteran health care is an important compon...
04/18/2021

According to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, providing more support for veteran health care is an important component of the White House’s effort to create jobs and rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans, 9.5% of whom are women and 53% of whom are older than 65, according to the Infrastructure Report Card report. The plan would improve care specific to the needs of women and older veterans.

For more information on the plan, click here: https://bit.ly/3wSN2sF.

According to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, providing more support for veteran health care is an important component of the White House’s effort to create jobs and rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
Florida is home to 1.5 million veterans, 9.5% of whom are women and 53% of whom are older than 65, according to the Infrastructure Report Card report. The plan would improve care specific to the needs of women and older veterans.

For more information on the plan, click here: https://bit.ly/3wSN2sF.

Did you know can apply for benefits, search for available jobs and receive the latest Florida Veterans’ Affairs news all...
04/17/2021

Did you know can apply for benefits, search for available jobs and receive the latest Florida Veterans’ Affairs news all from a mobile app? The FDVA mobile app is easy to use and will connect you the information you need quickly.

To download the app, click here: https://bit.ly/3dYg7Kk.

Did you know can apply for benefits, search for available jobs and receive the latest Florida Veterans’ Affairs news all from a mobile app? The FDVA mobile app is easy to use and will connect you the information you need quickly.

To download the app, click here: https://bit.ly/3dYg7Kk.

04/16/2021

Thank you Rep. Andrew Learned
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Thank you CFO Jimmy Patronis for your noteworthy support of our state's veterans. Always there for us.
04/16/2021

Thank you CFO Jimmy Patronis for your noteworthy support of our state's veterans. Always there for us.

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Encouraging Servicemembers to Eliminate Debt and Prepare for Retirement during Military Saves Month

Read more: bit.ly/2QySUGw

During his deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. Army veteran Sergeant Reid Erickson saw heavy combat and suffered multiple in...
04/16/2021

During his deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. Army veteran Sergeant Reid Erickson saw heavy combat and suffered multiple injuries. After returning home, he began to suffer from PTSD, which made it difficult for him to adjust. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, a Naples area nonprofit that partners skilled assistance dogs with veterans suffering from physical injuries and mental trauma, helped him regain confidence and independence.

To read more about Reid’s story and Golden Paws, click here: https://bit.ly/3mRvqsg

During his deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. Army veteran Sergeant Reid Erickson saw heavy combat and suffered multiple injuries. After returning home, he began to suffer from PTSD, which made it difficult for him to adjust. Golden PAWS Assistance Dogs, a Naples area nonprofit that partners skilled assistance dogs with veterans suffering from physical injuries and mental trauma, helped him regain confidence and independence.

To read more about Reid’s story and Golden Paws, click here: https://bit.ly/3mRvqsg

Timeline Photos
04/16/2021

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“The Florida House of Representatives sent a strong message in passing House Bill 435, the SkillBridge bill, and firmly planted Florida’s flag as the top state for transitioning servicemembers to live and work after their service.” #FlaPol Rep. Tyler Sirois Senator Tom Wright Florida Chamber of Commerce

http://bit.ly/435psg

Kudos to Rep. Ardian Zikafor his support and sponsorship of House Bill 231. The bill, which provides behavioral health c...
04/16/2021

Kudos to Rep. Ardian Zikafor his support and sponsorship of House Bill 231. The bill, which provides behavioral health care referral and care coordination for veterans and their families, received a 117-0 vote today in the Florida House of Representatives.

Kudos to Rep. Ardian Zikafor his support and sponsorship of House Bill 231. The bill, which provides behavioral health care referral and care coordination for veterans and their families, received a 117-0 vote today in the Florida House of Representatives.

Timeline Photos
04/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Check out General Assembly’s free webinar series to learn how military spouses can find a career, start a business, and much more. Register today: ga.co/3dkcEHc

Kudos to Rep. Cord Byrd for his support and sponsorship of House Bill 7023, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which s...
04/15/2021

Kudos to Rep. Cord Byrd for his support and sponsorship of House Bill 7023, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which seeks to create statewide standards for the operation & expansion of VTCs, received a 117-0 vote today in the Florida House of Representatives.

Kudos to Rep. Cord Byrd for his support and sponsorship of House Bill 7023, Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill, which seeks to create statewide standards for the operation & expansion of VTCs, received a 117-0 vote today in the Florida House of Representatives.

There is still time to nominate a veteran for the Class of 2021 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations are open unt...
04/15/2021

There is still time to nominate a veteran for the Class of 2021 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations are open until May 31. To nominate someone, or for more information visit: https://floridaveteranshalloffame.org/.

There is still time to nominate a veteran for the Class of 2021 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Nominations are open until May 31. To nominate someone, or for more information visit: https://floridaveteranshalloffame.org/.

Thanks Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez! She really enjoyed your Zoom call this morning. Thanks for reaching out to th...
04/14/2021

Thanks Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez! She really enjoyed your Zoom call this morning. Thanks for reaching out to this World War II veteran at our Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans' Nursing Home in Port Charlotte. #FLVets

Thanks Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez! She really enjoyed your Zoom call this morning. Thanks for reaching out to this World War II veteran at our Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans' Nursing Home in Port Charlotte. #FLVets

Are you a Veteran Small Business Owner? If so, join the SBA South Florida District Office tomorrow, April 15 at 11 a.m.,...
04/14/2021
Federal Contracting for Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans

Are you a Veteran Small Business Owner? If so, join the SBA South Florida District Office tomorrow, April 15 at 11 a.m., as they host a free training class, which will provide an overview of the SDVOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as Veteran Owned Small Business eligibility requirements. This training session will also include an overview of the Veteran's Administration (VA) Programs and certification processes.

To register, click here: https://bit.ly/3siiMnB.

The Federal Government spent $ 20.6 billion on Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) contracts in 2018.

“Congratulations on your retirement from FDVA.”
04/14/2021

“Congratulations on your retirement from FDVA.”

Did you know you can chat with a VA health care professional through the VA Health Chat App? Through VA Health Chat, Vet...
04/14/2021

Did you know you can chat with a VA health care professional through the VA Health Chat App? Through VA Health Chat, Veterans enrolled for care at a VA facility in Florida may chat online with Clinical Contact Center staff members to ask nonurgent health questions, schedule appointments, ask about prescriptions, and more.

U.S. Army Veteran Josef Mendez Lopez is a fan of the app and he recently shared his experience with representatives from the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. To learn more about his experience or VA Health Chat, click here: https://bit.ly/3t4Kk0D.

Did you know you can chat with a VA health care professional through the VA Health Chat App? Through VA Health Chat, Veterans enrolled for care at a VA facility in Florida may chat online with Clinical Contact Center staff members to ask nonurgent health questions, schedule appointments, ask about prescriptions, and more.

U.S. Army Veteran Josef Mendez Lopez is a fan of the app and he recently shared his experience with representatives from the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. To learn more about his experience or VA Health Chat, click here: https://bit.ly/3t4Kk0D.

The Northeast Florida Women Veterans is launching a new project called HerSpace to provide temporary emergency housing f...
04/13/2021
HerSPACE: Project to provide temporary housing for women veterans in Jacksonville Beach

The Northeast Florida Women Veterans is launching a new project called HerSpace to provide temporary emergency housing for women veterans experiencing homelessness. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on April 15 in Jacksonville. For more details, click here: https://bit.ly/3uP0Q5I.

It’s called “HerSPACE” and it will provide temporary emergency housing for those experiencing homelessness.

If you love air shows, there are two opportunities this weekend to see some of our finest servicemembers perform. The U....
04/13/2021

If you love air shows, there are two opportunities this weekend to see some of our finest servicemembers perform. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform at the Sun N’ Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds will perform at the Cocoa Beach Air Show, April 17 – 18.

For more information on the Blue Angels performance schedule, click here: https://bit.ly/2Q0PnRp. For more information on the Thunderbirds performance, click here: https://bit.ly/31RFF6j.

If you love air shows, there are two opportunities this weekend to see some of our finest servicemembers perform. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform at the Sun N’ Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds will perform at the Cocoa Beach Air Show, April 17 – 18.

For more information on the Blue Angels performance schedule, click here: https://bit.ly/2Q0PnRp. For more information on the Thunderbirds performance, click here: https://bit.ly/31RFF6j.

Spot a Scam, Stop a Scam! Pension Poaching is a financial scam targeting Veterans and their families with promises to qu...
04/12/2021

Spot a Scam, Stop a Scam!
Pension Poaching is a financial scam targeting Veterans and their families with promises to qualify them for VA Pension benefits.

Learn more: https://va.gov/pension

Spot a Scam, Stop a Scam!
Pension Poaching is a financial scam targeting Veterans and their families with promises to qualify them for VA Pension benefits.

Learn more: https://va.gov/pension

Florida's teleworking Veterans' Claims Examiners are connecting veterans and their families with earned benefits, servic...
04/12/2021

Florida's teleworking Veterans' Claims Examiners are connecting veterans and their families with earned benefits, services and support. No fees. Call these wartime veterans at (727) 319-7440 and they'll return your call or email them at [email protected].

Florida's teleworking Veterans' Claims Examiners are connecting veterans and their families with earned benefits, services and support. No fees. Call these wartime veterans at (727) 319-7440 and they'll return your call or email them at [email protected].

On Thursday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RecruitMilitary and the Disabled Veterans Charity are hosting a virtual ca...
04/12/2021

On Thursday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RecruitMilitary and the Disabled Veterans Charity are hosting a virtual career fair for Jacksonville area veterans. This free virtual hiring event is open for registration to all transitioning members of the military, veterans, military spouses and dependents.

To register and for more information, click here: https://bit.ly/3sYzSb0

On Thursday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., RecruitMilitary and the Disabled Veterans Charity are hosting a virtual career fair for Jacksonville area veterans. This free virtual hiring event is open for registration to all transitioning members of the military, veterans, military spouses and dependents.

To register and for more information, click here: https://bit.ly/3sYzSb0

Ramon Pulliam, an 80 year-old veteran, reluctantly enlisted in the Army in 1960 to avoid been drafted. By 1963, Pulliam ...
04/11/2021

Ramon Pulliam, an 80 year-old veteran, reluctantly enlisted in the Army in 1960 to avoid been drafted. By 1963, Pulliam had been promoted to staff sergeant and his military career was growing.

In an ironic twist, Pulliam did get a draft notice — while serving with the Army in Hawaii. For more about Pulliam’s Vietnam experience and his 20-year military career, during which he ascended to the rank of major, click here: https://bit.ly/39XxeL8.

Ramon Pulliam, an 80 year-old veteran, reluctantly enlisted in the Army in 1960 to avoid been drafted. By 1963, Pulliam had been promoted to staff sergeant and his military career was growing.

In an ironic twist, Pulliam did get a draft notice — while serving with the Army in Hawaii. For more about Pulliam’s Vietnam experience and his 20-year military career, during which he ascended to the rank of major, click here: https://bit.ly/39XxeL8.

For the past 11 years, Charles Reed has been busy locating photos of 80 fallen Vietnam veterans whose names are commemor...
04/10/2021

For the past 11 years, Charles Reed has been busy locating photos of 80 fallen Vietnam veterans whose names are commemorated on the Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Fort Myers.

As a veteran himself, Charles calls this work his “therapy.” Now that he has located all 80 photos, his focus has been on raising funds to move the current memorial in Fort Myers to Cape Coral’s Eco Park Veteran's area. Plans for the new memorial site include more room for parking, better security, restroom facilities and a pavilion for Veteran’s ceremonies.

Read more about his story here: https://bit.ly/2R5k2NK.

For the past 11 years, Charles Reed has been busy locating photos of 80 fallen Vietnam veterans whose names are commemorated on the Southwest Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Fort Myers.

As a veteran himself, Charles calls this work his “therapy.” Now that he has located all 80 photos, his focus has been on raising funds to move the current memorial in Fort Myers to Cape Coral’s Eco Park Veteran's area. Plans for the new memorial site include more room for parking, better security, restroom facilities and a pavilion for Veteran’s ceremonies.

Read more about his story here: https://bit.ly/2R5k2NK.

All Central Florida veterans, their spouses, caregivers and some beneficiaries can now get vaccinated at the Orlando VA ...
04/09/2021

All Central Florida veterans, their spouses, caregivers and some beneficiaries can now get vaccinated at the Orlando VA Healthcare System under the Biden administration’s SAVE LIVES Act.

Call 407-631-0499 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information: https://bit.ly/3wBhreE.

All Central Florida veterans, their spouses, caregivers and some beneficiaries can now get vaccinated at the Orlando VA Healthcare System under the Biden administration’s SAVE LIVES Act.

Call 407-631-0499 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information: https://bit.ly/3wBhreE.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Florida can now provide COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, reg...
04/08/2021

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. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3fQOztb.

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. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3fQOztb.

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In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.

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