Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Veterans Appreciation Month’ measure
Florida seeks to give service members and their families a break on health care licences.

This replaces Veterans Week, which the Legislature approved last year.

November will be a month for Floridians to demonstrate how much they value those Armed Forces members who fought for their freedoms.

That’s the big takeaway from legislation signed Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who of course is a veteran of the military himself.

CS/HB 357, which passed the Senate and House with unanimous support, ensures that each November is “Veterans Appreciation Month” and removes previous statutory provisions relating to Veterans Week that were passed just last year.

“The Governor may issue an annual proclamation designating the month of November as Veterans Appreciation Month and encouraging counties, municipalities, public schools, and Florida residents to observe the occasion by creating special programs and events to show appreciation for the veterans who have served the United States,” reads a committee analysis of the legislation.

Just as November was the appropriate month for Veterans Week given that it contains Veterans Day, the entire month will be dedicated to recognizing former armed services members.

Florida has a lot of them.

“Each year, about 250,000 service members end military service as veterans and either reenter the civilian workforce or enroll in higher education. Florida is home to 20 major military installations and 65,159 active duty military personnel with 37,833 more in the National Guard or in reserve. Florida is also home to the nation’s third-largest veteran population with 1,430,000 veterans,” the committee analysis notes.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Impeach Biden

    April 6, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    As a vet I say thanks to our fine Governor.

    • Pam

      April 7, 2024 at 1:22 am

      I have ALWAYS thought loved DeSantis because he cares about all the right people nor his self and his walket..

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 7, 2024 at 1:45 pm

        pam, ?????

  • Andy

    April 6, 2024 at 6:01 pm

    Signing a piece a paper honoring Veterans is fine, but the paper ALL Veterans living in Florida is a reduction in the highest home, flood, and auto insurance in the nation! Keep your proclamation, refund our premiums paid for your book tour, and you failed presidential aspirations!

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 6, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    andy, i’m a vet and i hate desantis.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 6, 2024 at 9:20 pm

      Yeah, but Dee loves your vote and expects you to follow his orders in Nov. like a good MAGA.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 7, 2024 at 9:32 am

      Of course you do. Left of Bernie Sanders that also says Reagan was our worst President. Maybe you were exposed to agent orange or something. It has certainly affected your thinking.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 7, 2024 at 11:14 am

        IM, with your commonly “reverse” thinking on almost every issue, maybe you need a little agent orange in your life. wait, i forgot, trump is your agent orange. just to help yourself with a better attitude, try reversing your first thought on issues, and act on the second, correct answer. that would be a helpful tip for you because if your present state of mind is correctly reflected by your posts, you could use a reversal of belief system. and BTW raygun was the worst president until trump came along.

        • Impeach Biden

          April 7, 2024 at 8:37 pm

          Reagan was my CIC. Truly an excellent leader. The military was strong while he was the boss. Our equipment was new, the training excellent, and the experience was nothing I will never forget. The man that brought back respectability to the military after the Jimmy Carter years. I served!

          • Rick Whitaker

            April 7, 2024 at 10:05 pm

            IM, i served in the draconian nixon years, not the carter years. nixon was my CIC. unlike you, i wasn’t hypnotized by my CIC. i knew nixon wasn’t serving the country well. you still don’t seem to have a clue about raygun. have you ever read an objective book on raygun? i have. raygun is close to the bottom of the best president list. look it up.

          • Impeach Biden

            April 8, 2024 at 6:55 am

            Hypnotized by my CIC. That’s funny hillbilly. No, actually most of us that worked for Reagan respected him as he treated the military like gold when he was CIC. Look that one up.

          • Rick Whitaker

            April 8, 2024 at 11:21 am

            IM, the purpose of hypnotizing someone is to get them to like and respect you even if you don’t deserve respect. the purpose of the maga cult is the same as the raygun cult. when you are affected by a cult like you are, you don’t know it’s happening until someone pulls you out of the influence of the cult and de-programs you. didn’t you know what the definition of a cult is? you are definitely in the maga/raygun cult.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 8, 2024 at 3:58 pm

            Beirut, 1983 ring a bell?
            And, no one laughed when RR began to talk about his military service in WWII — all of it without leaving Hollywood.
            Carter, on the other hand, was an Academy puke and a nuclear submariner.

  • Tom

    April 7, 2024 at 11:59 am

    Given all the issues they’re having with recruitment, how about if you’re convicted of a minor crime, two years service rather than jail time. If you want to become a citizen, three years service and you’re in. A real leader would come up with creative solutions that save our current vets from multiple tours of duty but I guess waving a piece of paper around is easier.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 7, 2024 at 1:49 pm

      tom, as we know, desantis is quick to do the wrong thing for perceived glory. he is what is known as a punk’s punk. desantis being in the navy, didn’t seem to help him much.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 8, 2024 at 10:07 am

      How about all these people that want to walk away from their college debt. Have them serve the armed forces. No such thing as a free ride, but of course the Demos support that and it looks like the “Feel the Bern” crowd wants a four day work week.

      • JD

        April 8, 2024 at 10:49 am

        Conscription = citizenship.

        I have been saying that for years. Military and civil service choice. You can still incentize military over civil.

        Modern Germany has had this model for decades. But they also have national social programs to start a business, healthcare, education, etc. And their economy is still roaring and their inflation has come down.

        Stop the welfare for corporations and dogged bootstraping for citizens.

        • JD wins

          April 10, 2024 at 4:56 pm

          I vote for JD. From a vet.

  • Dave

    April 19, 2024 at 9:51 am

    With Florida being awash with tax revenue it would be nice for Veterans that are not a 100% VA disability to get some kind of real property tax relief or some really benefits at all. The current $30K off the assessed value is almost nothing with all the the inflation in home values we have seen.

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