State / Territory Benefits - Florida
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Summary: The state of Florida offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including homestead tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Income Tax: No State Income Tax in the state of Florida
Retirement Income: Not taxed.
Homestead Tax Exemptions for Veterans: Any real estate owned and used as a homestead by a Veteran who has been certified as having a service-connected, permanent, and total disability is exempt from taxation.
Eligibility: Veteran must have been honorably discharged and have a 100% rated service-connected, permanent and total disability; the Veteran must also be a permanent resident of the state on January 1 of the tax year for which exemption is being claimed. (FS 196.081(1))
Homestead Tax Exemptions for Veteran's Surviving Spouse: If, upon the death of the Veteran, the Spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead and permanently resides there, the exemption from taxation carries over to the benefit of the Veteran's Spouse until such time as he or she remarries, sells, or otherwise disposes of the property. If the Spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted from the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to the new residence as long as it is used as the primary residence and the Spouse does not remarry. (FS 196.081(3))
Homestead Property Tax Discount for Veterans Age 65 and Older With a Combat Related Disability: A Veteran who is disabled, 65 or older, and owns homestead property may qualify for a property tax discount based on their percentage of disability. This discount is in addition to any other exemptions Veterans now receive.
Eligibility: To be eligible, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service and be partially disabled with a permanent service-connected disability, at least part of which is combat-related. (FS 196.082)
Homestead Tax Exemptions for Surviving Spouse of Member of Armed Forces Who Died From Service-Connected Causes While On Active Duty: Any real estate owned and used as a homestead by the surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who died from service-connected causes while on active duty is exempt from taxation if the member was a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year in which the member died. (FS 196.081(4)(a))
Homestead Property Tax Exemption (10% to 100% BUT not Permanent in nature): Eligible, resident Veterans with a VA certified service-connected disability of 10% or greater shall be entitled to a $5,000 homestead property tax exemption.
Eligibility: To qualify for homestead exemption, a Veteran must be a bona fide resident of the state. The Veteran must establish this exemption with the county tax official in the county in which the Veteran resides by providing documentation of this disability from the VA. If the benefit is in effect at the time of death of the Veteran, the benefit will carry over to the un-remarried Spouse who had been married to the deceased Veteran for at least five years. If the Spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted in the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to the new residence if used as the primary residence. EVERY person who is entitled to homestead exemption is this state and who is serving in any branch of the Armed Forces of the U.S. may file a claim for homestead exemption. Service personnel entitled to homestead exemption in this state, and who are unable to file in person may file through next of kin or a duly authorized representative. (FS 196.24)
Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Veterans who are paraplegic, hemiplegics, permanently and totally disabled and must use a wheelchair for mobility, or are legally blind, are exempt from real estate taxation if gross annual household income does not exceed the adjusted maximum allowed. Check with local property appraiser to determine if gross annual household income qualifies.
Eligibility: The Veteran must be a resident of the State of Florida to qualify. Certificate of such disability from two licensed doctors from Florida or from the VA or an award letter from the Social Security Administration to the property appraiser is prima facie evidence of entitlement to such exemption. (FS 196.101)
Filing for Exemption by Next-of-Kin: Service members entitled to homestead exemption in this state, and who are unable to file in person by reason of such service, may file through next of kin or a duly authorized representative. (FS 196.071)
Occupational License Tax Exemption: A disabled wartime Veteran who is unable to perform manual labor and his/her un-remarried Spouse shall be exempt for this tax up to $50.00.
Eligibility: This exemption is applicable to Veterans and their surviving Spouses who are Florida residents.
Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program: Waives out-of-state tuition and fees for an honorably-discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, to include the Reserve or National Guard. The program will cover up to 110% of the required credit hours for the degree or certificate program in which the Veteran enrolls.
Eligibility: Any honorably-discharged Veteran of the Armed Forces, Reserve, or National Guard who physically reside in Florida while enrolled in the institution.
Educational Dollars for Duty (EDD): 100% paid tuition at state colleges/universities (undergraduate only) at Florida public community college/university. Additionally you can apply for Florida National Guard sponsored scholarship (NGOA-F) for $1,000.
Eligibility: For enlistees (non-prior and prior service) who joined the Florida National Guard after 1 July 1997:
- Total time in service is less than 15 years.
- Soldier has completed/signed Educational Dollars for Duty Memorandum of Agreement, EDD Survey and OML Data Sheet.
- Three-year obligation after use of benefits.
- Does not have a bachelor's degree.
- Cannot utilize until BASIC and AIT are completed.
- Five years to use benefit.
- Five-year clock starts at completion of BASIC and AIT for non-prior service and at enlistment date for prior service.
- Remains a member in good standing.
- Can be used for associates and bachelor's degrees and technical certificates.
- Can be used to earn up to bachelor degree.
All members of the FLNG are considered Florida residents and qualify for the in-state tuition rates. All members using EDD must complete an application for benefits each semester. For further information, please contact the National Guard at 1 (800) 342-6528.
Scholarships for Children and Spouse of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV): The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV) provides scholarships for dependent Children or un-remarried Spouses of Florida Veterans or Service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities. CSDDV also provides funds for dependent Children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service. CSDDV provides funds for tuition and registration fees at an eligible public postsecondary institution or the equivalent at an eligible private postsecondary institution. Students who wish to take advantage of this benefit must submit a Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by April 1st of the school year in which he/she wishes to begin attending and/or receiving benefits.
Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding
The Veteran or Service member will:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be a Florida resident for one year immediately preceding time of death, determination of 100% disability, or prisoner of war/missing in action classification.
- Have died as a result of a service-connected disability(ies) sustained while on active duty.
- Have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having a service-connected 100% permanent and total disability.
- Have been classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service for a dependent Child to receive scholarship funding.
The Child or Spouse will:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student's residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
- Enroll in an undergraduate degree or certificate program for a minimum of six credit hours, 180 clock hours, or the equivalent, per term at an eligible participating postsecondary institution.
- Meet State of Florida's general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aid.
Additional Specific Initial Eligibility Requirements for Children
The Child will:
- Be a dependent Child of a qualified Veteran or Service member whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Be between the ages of 16 and 22.
- Receive educational opportunity until such a time as the parent so classified as prisoner of war or missing in action is returned alive or until classified otherwise.
Additional Specific Requirements for Spouses of Deceased Service members
The Spouse will:
- Be un-remarried.
- Have been the Spouse of a qualified Veteran or Service member whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Have been, with the Service member, a Florida resident for 1 year immediately preceding the Service member's death as certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Apply for the scholarship within 5 years after the Service member's death as certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additional Specific Requirements for Spouses of Disabled Service members
The Spouse will:
- Be the Spouse of a qualified Veteran or Service member whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Have been married to the disabled Service member for one or more years as certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Have been, with the Service member, a Florida resident for 1 year immediately preceding the occurrence of the Service member's disability as certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Accept scholarship funding only during the duration of the marriage and up to the point of termination of the marriage by dissolution or annulment.
Waiver for Recipients of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decorations: Provides a tuition and fee waiver to recipients of the Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence if the recipient is enrolling in a Florida public community college or state university, and provided he or she meets specific criteria. This waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the number of required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled.
- Enrolled full-time, part-time, or summer-school student in an undergraduate program of study leading to a degree or certificate;
- Currently, and was at the time of the military action that resulted in the awarding of the Purple Heart or other superior combat decoration, a resident of Florida; and
- Submits to the state university or the community college or university Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214), issued at the time of separation from service, as documentation that he or she has received a Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence.
High School Diploma for Eligible Veterans: In 2013, legislation was passed that states the Commissioner of Education may award a standard high school diploma to any honorably-discharged Veteran who has not completed high school graduation requirements.
Eligibility: The Veteran must meet the following criteria:
- Left a public or non-public school located in any state prior to graduation and entered the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Is a current resident of the State of Florida, or was previously enrolled in any high school in Florida, or was a resident of Florida at the time of his/her death.
- Is honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States as verified by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligible Veterans may download an application here.
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
- Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Curtis Jenkins, Student Support Services Team Leader
Florida Department of Education
Address: 325 West Gaines St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
CAPT (RET) Robert Buehn, Adjunct Professor
US Naval War College
Address: 1883 Osprey Bluff Blvd, Fleming Island, FL 32003
Employment Assistance: The usual fee shall not be required for the issuance of a Commission as a Notary Public.
Eligibility: Veteran who served during a period of wartime service, and has been rated 50% or more for service-connected disability. Other fees may apply. (FS 117.01)
Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity Act: It is the intent of the Legislature to rectify the economic disadvantage of service-disabled Veterans, who are statistically the least likely to be self-employed when compared to the Veteran population as a whole and who have made extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of the nation, the state, and the public, by providing opportunities for service-disabled Veteran business enterprises as set forth in this section. A state agency, when considering two or more bids, proposals, or replies for the procurement of commodities or contractual services, at least one of which is from a certified service-disabled Veteran business enterprise, that are equal with respect to all relevant considerations, including price, quality, and service, shall award such procurement or contract to the certified service-disabled Veteran business enterprise. (FS 295-187)
Employment Preference: An eligible Veteran is entitled to preference at each stage of the hiring process; however, the preference is not absolute. Employment preferences, where numerically based examinations are used as a device for selections, consists of adding ten points to the score of the first category of applicants (disabled Veterans and Spouses of disabled or missing Veterans) and five points to the score of other preference-eligible applicants. The names of all the preference-eligible applicants shall be placed on a register or employment list, beginning with those disabled Veterans with disability ratings of 30 percent or more, and followed by all other preference-eligible applicants in the order of their augmented ratings. A Veteran can file a complaint with the FDVA when a non-preference applicant has been employed instead of an equally qualified Veteran.
Eligibility: Section 295.07, Florida Statutes, extends Veterans' preference to the following:
- A Veteran with a service-connected disability who is eligible for or receiving compensation, disability retirement, or pension under public laws administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
- The Spouse of a Veteran who cannot qualify for employment because of a total and permanent service-connected disability, or the Spouse of a Veteran missing in action, captured, or forcibly detained by a foreign power.
- A Veteran of any war who has served on active duty for one day or more during a wartime period, excluding active duty for training.
- The un-remarried Widow or Widower of a Veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
Florida Veterans' Employment Initiative (Employ Florida VETS): Florida's Employment Career Centers are staffed with a network of professional staff members that provide priority workforce services to Veteran customers. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists focus on providing intensive case management services to disabled Veterans with difficulties surrounding employment. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts to increase employment opportunities for Veterans. Career center locations can be found here.
Florida Professional & Business Licensure Assistance: Veterans and their Spouses who reside in Florida and seeking state licensure in a profession requiring a license are eligible for expedited processing and waiver of initial application and licensure fees up to 60 months (five years) from discharge date.
Eligibility: Active-duty Soldiers, Reserve/National Guard members, Veterans with an honorable discharge, and their Spouses.
Reemployment Assistance: Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own.
Before filing your claim on-line, gather the following information to assist you in completing the application:
- Your Social Security number;
- The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your employers during the last 18 months;
- The dates you worked and total earnings from each employer;
- Gross earnings for this week since 12:01AM Sunday;
- Driver's License, State Identification , voter registration number or other type of ID that could verify your identity;
- The name and local number of your labor union hall, if applicable;
- If you are not a U.S. citizen, your Alien Registration Number and work permit expiration date;
- Your DD-214 form (if you were in the military within the last 2 years);
- Form SF-50 or Form SF-8 and check stubs or W-2 proof of earnings (if you were a federal employee).
Click here for more information on the Florida Reemployment Assistance Program.
Reemployment Assistance Benefits Hotline: 1-800-204-2418
Handicapped Toll Permit: Any handicapped person who has a valid driver's license, who operates a vehicle specially equipped for use by the handicapped, and who is certified by a licensed physician or by the VA Adjudication Officer as being physically disabled and having permanent impairments which impair the person's ability to deposit coins in toll baskets shall be allowed to pass free through all tollgates. A vehicle window sticker will be issued. (FS 338-155)
Toll Exclusion for Military Service members: State military personnel while on official military business are exempt from paying tolls on Florida highways. (FS 338.155)
Special Vehicle License Plates and Permits: Click here for a complete list of license plates.
Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and Distinguished Service Cross License Plate: No fee.
Eligibility: Veteran must provide proof from the U.S. Government that you have received the appropriate award and submit to the Division of Motor Vehicles along with form HSMV 83034 to your local tax collector for processing.
Ex Prisoner of War (POW) Plate: License plates stamped with the words "EX-POW" are tax exempt. This plate is offered to eligible military members at no charge; however, administrative fees apply to civilians according to weight of vehicle.
Eligibility: Veteran or member of the Armed Forces, who is an Ex Prisoner of War, may be issued this special license plate. Veteran must complete form HSMV 83034, provide required proof and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
National Guard Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is an active or retired member of the Florida National Guard. Applicant must complete form HSMV 83030, provide required proof and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
U.S. Reserve Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is an active or retired member of the U.S. Reserves. Applicant must complete form HSMV 83030, provide required proof and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Combat Action Badge Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are charged.
Eligibility: Applicant has been awarded the Combat Action Badge. Applicant must complete form HSMV 83034, provide required proof and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Combat Infantryman Badge Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant has been awarded the Combat Infantryman badge, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
US Paratrooper Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle. Also, a $20 specialty plate fee is associated with this license plate.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove service as a US Paratrooper, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Purple Heart Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are charged.
Eligibility: Applicant has been awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Applicant must complete form HSMV 83034, provide required proof and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Pearl Harbor Survivor: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement within Pearl Harbor timeline, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Gold Star Plate: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant must complete form HSMV 83034, provide required proof of Gold Star recipient and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Operation Desert Shield: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement with Operation Desert Shield, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Operation Desert Storm: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement with Operation Desert Storm, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Operation Enduring Freedom: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement with Operation Enduring Freedom, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Operation Iraqi Freedom: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement with Operation Iraqi Freedom, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Korean Conflict Veteran: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement with the Korean Conflict, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Vietnam War Veteran: Taxes and administrative fees are assessed according to the weight of the vehicle.
Eligibility: Applicant is able to prove military involvement in the Vietnam War, complete form HSMV 83034 and submit to your local tax collector for processing.
Florida Driver's License: No fee for driver's license for disabled Veterans.
Eligibility: Any Veteran honorably discharged from the Armed Forces who has a valid FDVA disabled Veteran identification card or who has been determined by the VA or DoD to have a total and permanent service-connected disability and is qualified to obtain a driver's license.
Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle License Plate: Florida offers disabled Veteran license plates for three separate levels of disability or lack of mobility. Free parking is permitted at metered or timed parking on public streets for Disabled Veteran, Disabled Veteran Wheelchair Suffix or Paralyzed Veterans of America license plate holders; however, disabled Veterans who have been issued a "DV" plate may only park in designated handicapped parking spaces if they also have mobility impairment. For each plate, only one may be issued at no charge; subsequent plates are subject to full taxes and administrative fees associated with regular license plates. Please refer to the plates listed for specific eligibility guidelines.
Disabled Veteran License/Motorcycle Plate: This plate is offered for Veterans with a 100% disability rating as certified through the Department of Veterans Affairs, but who are not limited to a wheelchair. Please refer to Procedure RS-17 for complete guidelines and requirements.
Disabled Veteran - Wheelchair Symbol Plate: This plate is offered for Veterans with a 100% disability rating as certified through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and who are bound to a wheelchair for mobility purposes. Please refer to Procedure RS-18 for complete guidelines and requirements.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Car & Motorcycle Plate: These plates are offered for Veterans with 100% disability ratings and are members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Please refer to Procedure RS-16 for complete guidelines and requirements.
Medical Benefits: Worker's compensation; State Active Duty call-up-Humana; Line-of-duty full pay statute for up to 1 year, after 1 year regular worker's compensation rate.
Eligibility: National Guard members.
Group Insurance: Up to $260,000 per active guard member. Spouse and Child coverage is available.
Eligibility: Active Florida National Guard member.
Workers Compensation: State Active Duty.
Eligibility: National Guard member.
Injury and Death Benefits:
- Injury: State Active Duty retained on duty up to 1 year plus medical costs, after 1 year placed on worker's compensation.
- Death: Survivor benefits of $25,000 and worker's compensation if Service member killed/dies of injury.
Eligibility: National Guard member.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses:
Disabled Veteran Hunting and Fishing License (residents only): In order to receive a no-cost Resident Disabled Person's Hunting and Fishing Certificate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, applicants must attach a copy of one of the following certifying him or her as totally and permanently disabled":
- Certification by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- A Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs 100% Service-connected Disabled Veteran Identification Card (must have a statement of "total and permanent disability").
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers a Military Gold Sportsman's License and Reduced-Fee Annual License: The reduced-fee annual license ($20) offers the same privileges as the traditional Gold Sportsman's License ($100). The Military Gold Sportsman's License includes the Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and the Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzle loading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits. The license does not include tarpon tags, alligator trapping licenses, limited entry hunt permits, migratory bird permit or the federal duck stamp. The license is only available at tax collectors' offices. Applicants must show their military ID cards plus a Florida driver's license or orders showing they are stationed in Florida.
Eligibility: Active duty, Armed Forces Reserve, National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, and retired military who are stationed in Florida or claim Florida as their primary residence. Hunter education requirements apply to military personnel.
License Exemption for Soldiers on Leave: Florida residents who can show military orders stating that they are not stationed in Florida and home for leave for 30 days or less do not need a hunting, freshwater/saltwater fishing license or a Florida waterfowl, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzle-loading season, or management area permit.
*This exemption does not apply for the Federal duck stamp, some limited entry permits, alligator trapping licenses, or tarpon tags.
Discounts On Annual Entrance Passes For Veterans And Their Families: Florida's state parks offers special deals on Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the United States military branches, Veterans with service related disabilities and surviving Spouses of members of the US military who have fallen in combat:
- 25% discount on Annual Entrance Passes for active duty and honorably discharged Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard or reserve units of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard.
- Free Lifetime Military Entrance Passes for honorably discharged United States Veterans who have service-connected disabilities.
- Free Lifetime Military Entrance Passes for surviving Spouses and parents of deceased members of the United States Armed Forces, National Guard or reserve units of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard who have fallen in combat.
Disabled Veteran Identification Card: The Department of Veterans' Affairs may issue an identification card to any Veteran who is a permanent resident of the state and who has been adjudged by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to have a 100-percent, service-connected permanent and total disability rating for compensation, this could also be a rating of Individual Unemployability from the VA, or who has been determined to have a service-connected total and permanent disability rating of 100 percent and is in receipt of disability retirement pay from any branch of the United States Armed Services, upon the written request of such Veteran. Such card may be used by the Veteran as proof of eligibility for any benefit provided by state law for 100-percent, service-connected permanently and totally disabled Veterans except this card may not be used as proof of eligibility for Exemption of Homesteads. The identification card shall bear a statement that it is unlawful for any person other than the Veteran to whom it was issued to use the card. FS 295.17
To obtain a card: Contact the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs' at 1-800-827-1000, extension 7400 or commercial at (727) 319-7440 and request an application or contact the local County Veteran Service Office.
Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program: The mission of the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MH RRTP) in Orlando, Florida, more commonly called, Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP) is to provide an opportunity for motivated, at-risk Veterans to participate in a residential, rehabilitative and therapeutic community environment assisting the Veteran in achieving his/her optimal level of functioning and a return to independent living in the community beyond. The Orlando DRRTP provides state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment services for Veterans with a variety of serious mental health, alcohol and drug addictions, medical illnesses, and other psychosocial problems, including but not limited to homelessness and employment/vocational needs.
Screenings for DRRTP admission are conducted on all regular business days from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The length of stay in the program depends on a person's individual clinical needs and is limited to 180 days. You may apply by referral from a healthcare professional or submitting an application in person at Orlando VA Medical Center located at Lake Baldwin campus in building 509, room 120 or contact the Domiciliary Screening Coordinator at the contact number 321-397-6090.
The DRRTP helps with screenings by offering transportation assistance or through the use of telephone, video conferencing, or contacting off-site/outreach staff to screen for admission.}Eligibility: The specific eligibility requirements are:
- Assessed as not meeting criteria for acute psychiatric or medical admission.
- A less restrictive treatment alternative has been tried or is unavailable and the Veteran has been assessed as requiring the structure and support of a residential treatment environment.
- Assessed as not a significant risk of harm to self or others.
- Lacks a stable lifestyle or living arrangement that is conducive to recovery.
- Capable of self-preservation and basic self-care.
- Has identified treatment and/or rehabilitation needs which can be met by the program.
Veteran's Assisted Living Facility: The Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans' Domiciliary Home in Lake City (Columbia County) opened to residents in 1990. The recently renovated 149-bed Assisted Living Facility provides a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and incidental medical care to eligible Veterans. Veterans must be able to feed and dress themselves and in need of assisted living care. Call (386) 758-0600 for more information. Address: 751 SE Sycamore Terrace, Lake City, FL 32025. This facility is seeking additional Veterans.
Veterans' Nursing Home: There are currently seven 120-bed Veteran Nursing facilities located in Florida. They include the Emory L. Bennett State Veterans' Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home in Land O' Lakes, the Alexander "Sandy" Nininger Veterans' Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines, the Clifford C. Sims State Veterans' Nursing Home in Panama City, the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans' Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, the Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home in St. Augustine and the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie.
Eligibility: Basic Admission requirements for all state Veteran's homes include an honorable discharge, state residency prior to admission, and certification of need of assisted living or skilled nursing care as determined by a VA physician. For more information call (727) 518-3202 Ext. 5562.
Veterans' Community Living Center, Orlando: The Orlando VA Community Living Center (CLC), (formerly called the VA Nursing Home Care Unit), provides compassionate, person-centered care in a safe and home-like environment to eligible Veterans who require nursing home level care. Located at Lake Nona, the goal of care is to restore function, prevent decline, maximize independence, and provide comfort during end-of-life care. The goals of care are achieved in an environment where the Veteran is respected, treated with dignity, and invited to be an active participant in his/her care. Special attention is given to make the Veteran feel at home.
Eligibility: Veterans who meet the current state eligibility requirements for VA nursing home care and are in need may receive care.
Burial Benefits: The VA provides honorably discharged Veterans, Spouses and dependents with burial in a National Cemetery at no cost. Cremated remains are also accepted. Eligible Spouses and dependents may be buried if they predecease the Veteran. The VA provides a headstone, marker or medallion for placement on a private headstone at a private cemetery. The VA does not make funeral arrangements. Call toll free (800) 697-6947 or visit www.cem.va.gov for more information.
National Veteran's Cemeteries: VA has seven national cemeteries in Florida including Jacksonville National Cemetery, Sarasota National Cemetery, South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, recently expanded Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Bay Pines National Cemetery in St Petersburg which offers cremation burial sites only and St. Augustine National Cemetery, established in 1881, has been closed since 1997.
Eligibility: Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their Spouses and eligible dependent Children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty, their Spouses and eligible dependents.
Free Benefits Counseling: The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs has Claims Examiners co-located with the VA Regional Office in Bay Pines, each VA Medical Center and many VA Outpatient Clinics. Assistance with claims is free and covers all state and federal Veterans' programs. FDVA, through its Bureau of State Approving Agency, also evaluates and approves secondary and post-secondary education programs so Floridians can take advantage of federal Veterans' educational programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For more information, call (727) 319-7440.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Healthcare System
Gainesville: North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, 1601 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, 352-376-1611 / 800-324-8387 and Lake City VA Medical Center, 619 South Marion Ave, Lake City, 386-755-3016 / 800-308-8387
VA Medical Center
Bay Pines: C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, P.O. Box 5005 (mailing), 10000 Bay Pines Blvd, 727-398-6661 / 888-820-0230
Gainesville: Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS, 1601 SW Archer Rd, 352-376-1611 / 800-324-8387 / Fax: 352-374-6113
Lake City: Lake City VA Medical Center, 619 South Marion Ave, 386-755-3016 / 800-308-8387 / Fax: 386-758-3209
Miami: Miami VA Healthcare System, 1201 N.W. 16th St, 305-575-7000 / 888-276-1785
Orlando: Orlando VA Medical Center, 5201 Raymond St, 407-629-1599 / 800-922-7521
Orlando: Lake Nona VA Medical Center Campus, 13800 Veterans Way
Tampa: James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, 813-972-2000 / 888-811-0107
Tampa: James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital Primary Care Annex, 13515 Lake Terrace Lane, 813-998-8000 / Fax: 813-998-8171
West Palm Beach: West Palm Beach VAMC, 7305 North Military Trail, 561-422-8262 / 800-972-8262
Cape Carol: Lee County VA Healthcare Center, 2489 Diplomat Pkwy East, 239-652-1800 / Fax: 239-652-1951
Daytona Beach: William V. Chappell, Jr., VA OPC, 551 National Health Care Dr, 386-323-7500 / Fax: 386-323-7570
Jacksonville: Jacksonville OPC, 1536 N Jefferson St, 877-870-5048 / 904-475-5800
Jacksonville: Southpoint Clinic, 6900 Southpoint Dr North, 904-470-6900
New Port Richey: New Port Richey OPC, 9912 Little Rd, 727-869-4100 / Fax: 727-861-4194
Orlando: Lake Nona Campus Primary Care Clinic, 13800 Veterans Way, 407-631-1050
Tallahassee: Tallahassee OPC, 1607 St. James Ct, 850-878-0191 / 800-541-8387 / Fax: 850-878-8901
The Villages: The Villages OPC, 8900 SE 165th Mulberry Ln, 877-649-0024, 352-674-5000 / Fax: 352-674-5001
Viera: Viera OPC, 2900 Veterans Way, 321-637-3788
Community Service Programs
Port St. Lucie: St Lucie County PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) Outpatient Program, 126 SW Chamber Court, 772-878-7876
Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Boca Raton: Boca Raton CBOC, 901 Meadows Rd, 561-416-8995 / Fax: 561-416-9374
Bradenton: Bradenton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 5520 State Rd 64, Suite 101, 941-721-0649 / Fax: 941-721-6080
Brooksville: Brooksville CBOC, 14540 Cortez Blvd, Suite 108, 352-597-8287 / Fax: 352-597-7060
Clermont: Clermont CBOC, 805 Oakley Seaver Dr, 352-536-8200
Deerfield Beach: Deerfield Beach CBOC, 2100 SW 10th St, 954-570-5572 / Fax: 954-570-6207
Delray Beach: Delray Beach CBOC, 4800 Linton Blvd, Bldg E Suite 300, 561-495-1973 / Fax: 561-495-2097
Elgin AFB: Eglin CBOC, 100 Veterans Way, 866-520-7359
Ft. Pierce: Fort Pierce CBOC, 1901 South 25th St, Suite 103, 772-595-5150 / Fax: 772-595-6560
Hollywood: Hollywood CBOC, 3702 Washington St, Suite 201, 954-986-1811 / Fax: 954-986-9452
Hollywood: Pembroke Pines/Hollywood CBOC, 7369 W. Sheridan St, Suite 102, 954-894-1668 / Fax: 954-894-6670
Homestead: Homestead CBOC, 950 Krome Ave, Suite 401, 305-248-0874 / Fax: 305-248-1875
Key Largo: Key Largo CBOC, 105662 Overseas Hwy, 305-451-0164 / Fax: 305-451-4864
Key West: Key West CBOC, 1300 Douglas Circle, Bldg L-15, 305-293-4863 / Fax: 305-293-4813
Kissimmee: Kissimmee CBOC, 2285 North Central Ave, 407-518-5004 / Fax: 407-518-6746
Lakeland: Lakeland CBOC, 4237 South Pipkin Rd, 863-701-2470 / Fax: 863-701-2474
Lecanto: Lecanto CBOC, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct, Suite A, 352-746-8000 / Fax: 352-746-8001
Leesburg: Leesburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 711 W Main St, 352-435-4000 / Fax: 352-435-4015
Marianna: Marianna CBOC, 4970 Highway 90, 850-718-5620
Miami: Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, 1492 West Flagler St, 305-541-5864 / Fax: 305-541-6974
Miami: Miami Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic (OSAC), Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center, 1st Floor, Rm 1E107A, 305-575-7500
Naples: Naples CBOC, 2685 Horseshoe Dr South, Suite 101, 239-659-9188 / Fax: 239-659-0526
Ocala: Ocala CBOC, 1515 E. Silver Springs Blvd, 352-369-3320 / Fax: 352-369-3324
Okeechobee: Okeechobee CBOC, 1201 N. Parrot Ave, Okeechobee, 863-824-3232 / Fax: 863-824-3379
Orange City: Orange City CBOC, 2583 South Volusia Ave (17-92), Suite 300, Orange City, 386- 456-2080 / Fax: 386-456-2122
Palatka: Palatka CBOC, 400 North State Rd 19, Suite 48, Palatka, 386-329-8800 / Fax: 386-329-8805
Palm Harbor: Palm Harbor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 35209 US Hwy 19 N, 727-734-5276 / Fax: 727-734-5914
Panama City Beach: Panama City Outpatient Clinic, Naval Support Activity, Bldg 387, 101 Vernon Ave, 850-636-7000
Pensacola: Joint Ambulatory Care Center, 790 Veterans Way, 850-912-2000
Port Charlotte: Port Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 4161 Tamiami Trail, Suite 401, 941-235-2710 / Fax: 941-235-2712
Port Saint Lucie: St Lucie CBOC, 128 SW Chamber Court, 772-344-9288
Sarasota: Sarasota CBOC, 5682 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 100, 941-371-3349 / Fax: 941-371-7749
Sebring: Sebring Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 5901 US Highway 27 S, 863-471-6227 / Fax: 863-471-6510
St. Augustine: Saint Augustine CBOC, 1955 U.S. 1 South, Suite 200, 904-829-0814 / 866-401-8387 / Fax: 904-829-6174
St. Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, 840 Dr MLK Jr St N, 727-502-1700
Stuart: Stuart CBOC, 3501 S E Willoughby Blvd, 772-288-0304 / Fax: 772-288-1371
Sunrise: William "Bill" Kling VA Clinic, 9800 W Commercial Blvd, Sunrise, 954-475-5500 / Fax: 954-625-8770
Vero Beach: Vero Beach CBOC, 372 17th St, 772-299-4623
Winter Park: Crossroads Annex, 925 South Semoran Blvd, Suite 114, 866-998-4365
Zephyrhills: Zephyrhills CBOC, 6937 Medical View Lane, 813-780-2550 / Fax: 813-780-3010
Vet Center - 877-927-8387
Clearwater: Clearwater Vet Center, 29259 US Hwy 19 North, 727-549-3600 / Fax: 727-549-3623
Clermont: Clermont Vet Center, 1655 East Highway 50, 352-536-6701
Daytona Beach: Daytona Beach Vet Center, 1620 Mason Ave, Suite C, 386-366-6600 / Fax: 386-274-5700
Ft. Myers: Fort Myers Vet Center, 4110 Center Pointe Dr, Unit 204, 239-652-1861 / Fax: 239-277-5817
Gainesville: Gainesville Vet Center, 105 NW 75th St, Suite #2, 352-331-1408 / Fax: 352-331-1962
Greenacres: Palm Beach Vet Center, 4996 10th Ave North Suite 6, 561-422-1201 / Fax: 561-439-5877
Jacksonville: Jacksonville Vet Center, 300 East State St, Suite J, 904-232-3621 / Fax: 904-232-3167
Jupiter: Jupiter Vet Center, 6650 W. Indiantown Rd, Suite 120, 561-422-1220 / Fax: 561-744-7714
Key Largo: Key Largo Vet Center Outstation, 105662 Overseas Hwy, 305-451-0164 / Fax: 305-451-4864
Lakeland: Polk County Vet Center, 1370 Ariana St, 863-284-0841 / Fax: 863-284-5638
Lauderdale Lakes: Fort Lauderdale Vet Center, 3666 W. Oakland Park Blvd, 954-356-7926 / Fax: 954-356-7609
Melbourne: Melbourne Vet Center, 2098 Sarno Rd, 321-254-3410 / Fax: 321-254-9138
Miami: Miami Vet Center, 8280 NW 27th St Suite 511, 305-718-3712 / Fax: 305-718-8712
Naples: Naples Vet Center, 2705 Horseshoe Dr. South, #204, 239-403-2377 / Fax: 239-403-2388
New Port Richey: Pasco County Vet Center, 5139 Deer Park Dr, 727-372-1854 / Fax: 727-372-7921
Ocala: Ocala, 3300 SW 34th Ave, Suite 140, 352-237-1947 / Fax: 352-237-3119
Orlando: Orlando Vet Center, 5575 S. Semoran Blvd #30, 407-857-2800 / Fax: 407-857-5005
Panama City: Bay County Vet Center, 3109 Minnesota Ave, Suite 101, 850-522-6102
Pensacola: Pensacola Vet Center, 4504 Twin Oaks Dr, 850-456-5886 / Fax: 850-456-9403
Pompano: Pompano Beach Vet Center, 2300 West Sample Road, Suite 102, 954-984-1669 / Fax: 954-984-2779
Sarasota: Sarasota Vet Center, 4801 Swift Rd Suite A, 941-927-8285 / Fax: 941-927-8307
Shalimar: Okaloosa County Vet Center, 6 11th Ave, Suite G 1, 850-651-1000 / Fax: 850-651-1006
St. Petersburg: RCS 3A Vet Center Regional Office, 450 Carillon Pkwy, Suite 150, 727-398-9343
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Vet Center, 6798 Crosswinds Dr, Bldg A, 727-549-3633 / Fax: 727-299-6700
Tallahassee: Tallahassee Vet Center, 548 Bradford Rd, 850-942-8810 / Fax: 850-942-8814
Tampa: Tampa Vet Center, Fountain Oaks Business Plaza; 3637 W Waters Ave, Suite 600, 813-228-2621 / Fax: 813-228-2868
St. Petersburg: VISN 8: VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, 140 Fountain Pkwy, Ste. 600, 727-575-8069 / Fax: 727-575-8093
Veterans Benefits Administration
Regional Benefit Office
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Regional Benefit Office, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, 800-827-1000
Intake Site (Pre-Discharge Claims Assistance)
Doral: US Southern Command, US Army Garrison-Miami Southern Command Family Support Center
Fort Walton Beach: Eglin Air Force Base, Airman & Family Readiness Support Center
Hulbert Field: Hurlburt Field, Airman & Family Readiness Center
Jacksonville: NAS Jacksonville, Department of Veterans Affairs
Key West: Key West Coast Guard, NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West
Key West: NAS Key West, NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West
Mayport: Mayport Naval Station, Branch Medical Clinic
Miami: US Coast Guard Group Miami, USCG Health, Safety and Work-Life Field Office Miami
Milton: NAS Whiting Field, Fleet & Family Support Center
Panama City: Naval Support Activity-Panama City, Fleet & Family Support Center
Pensacola: Corry Station, VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Pensacola: NAS Pensacola, Fleet and Family Support Center
Pensacola: Naval Hospital Pensacola
Tampa: MacDill Air Force Base, Base Hospital 2nd Floor, Room C 277
Tyndall AFB: Tyndall Air Force Base, 325 FSS/FSFR
Viera: Patrick Air Force Base, VA Office of Public Contact
Regional Loan Center
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Regional Benefit Office, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd
National Cemetery Administration
St Petersburg: Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd, 727-319-6479 / Fax: 727-319-6490
Bushnell: Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, 352-793-7740 / Fax: 352-793-9560
Jacksonville: Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd, 904-766-5222 / Fax: 904-766-5980
Lake Worth: South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 S. State Rd 7, 561-649-6489 / Fax: 561-649-3948
Pensacola: Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Rd, 850-453-4108 / Fax: 850-453-4635
Sarasota: Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, 941-922-7200 / 877-861-9840 / Fax: 941-922-3457
St. Augustine: St. Augustine National Cemetery, 104 Marine St, 904-766-5222 / Fax: 904-766-5980
Military Installations in Florida
U.S. Army Garrison -- Miami/ United States Southern Command
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Naval Station Mayport
Naval Support Activity Panama City
Naval Air Station Pensacola
Whiting Field Naval Air Station
Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center
Document Review Date: 24 March 2015