On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott swung through Ponte Vedra to highlight military and veteran spending in the 2018-19 budget.
This was the second trip this month to the Jacksonville market to highlight military-friendly initiatives.
Scott staged the event at K9s for Warriors, which provides service dogs for veterans who suffer from PTSD and other post-combat maladies.
The nonprofit will receive state money for the first time this budget year.
Scott proposed a $178 million spend ahead of the Session, but it actually came out to $180 million, and included the following:
— More than $17 million for Florida’s military presence and families, which funds the state’s support of military research and development.
— Nearly $2.5 million to support veterans with jobs and entrepreneurship.
— $1 million for Building Homes for Heroes, for home rehab and building for injured veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
— $250,000 for K9s for Warriors to support the training of more service dogs.
Scott noted, regarding K9s for Warriors, that it’s “completely free for veterans” and is the largest provider of service dogs for them, with outreach to 46 states thus far.
The military and veteran spending was, per Scott, “money well spent.”